Sandra Ford Walston

Who is Sandra Ford Walston?

“The motivational speaker who gives you the courage to step up to the next level.”

Sandra Ford Walston, The Courage Expert,

innovator of StuckThinking™, bestselling author, consultant, seminar leader, speaker, courage coach

Sandra has been featured in numerous magazines such as:


• Chief Learning Officer


• Strategic Finance


• Personal Excellence: The Magazine of Life Leadership (Professor Bennis)


• HR Matters, Malaysia


• Training & Development (US and Germany)


• The Washington Executive


• Brandon Hall Network

Courage Publications

Partial List of Published Articles on Courage

Following is a partial list of Sandra’s most popular articles on courage and courageous leadership. You are welcome to download any of the following articles for your own use. More articles are posted on this link.

However, if you wish to reprint or repost any of these articles on this website, you need to contact Sandra for permission to see if a royalty is required for reprint. If permission is granted, we request a hard copy of the publication in which the article appears. Please include Sandra’s bio at the end of the piece, along with contact information, and preferably, a photo.

A gentle reminder to those who are interested in sharing some of Sandra’s research findings or program concepts, etc., in work or presentations you are doing, please quote her as this content is representative of her intellectual property and she shares her work in good will.

  • Human Resources Institute of Alberta (HRIA), Courageous Leadership: Step Up to Your Next Level,” July 3, 2012
  • British Columbia, Human Resources Management Association and HRvoice.org, “Courage Leadership: Step Up to Your Next Level,” June 2012
  • Chief Learning Officer, “Courage in the Workplace,” December 2011 (feature article)
  • Ziglar Newsletter, “Top 5 Signs that You’re Stuck at Work,” December 13, 2011, Edition 50
  • HR Matters, Malaysia, “Foaming at the Mouth,” Issue 16, October 2011
  • TrainingIndustry.com, “Courageous Leadership–Dare to Take Control,” November 3, 2011
  • TrainingIndustry.com, “Teaching the Attributes of Courage,” August 9, 2010
  • TrainingIndustry.com, “Awakening Courageous Leadership,” July 2010,
  • HR Matters, Malaysia, “The Enneagram: A Business Model for 9 Ways to Work Together,” July 2010
  • Personal Excellence: The Magazine of Life Leadership (Warren Bennis’ subscriber magazine), “Cultivate Courage: Develop Six Components,” June 2010
  • Star Lee Magazine, “Find the Authentic You by Embracing Your Feminine Courage,” May 2010
  • Star Lee Blog, “Facets of Courage,” May 2010
  • Chief Learning Officer, “Cultivate Courage in Uncertain Times,” April 2010
  •  Newfield Network Newsletter,” Cultivate Courage and Benefit 12 Ways,” April 2010
  • The Beltane Papers, “Overcoming the Myth,” Issue #48, April 2010
  • Ziglar Newsletter, “Finding Courage During Times of Uncertainty,” April 27, 2010
  • The Washington Executive, “Shift Your Scripts,” January/February 2010
  • HR Matters, Malaysia, “5 Courage Myths at Work,” January 2010
  • Personal Excellence: The Magazine of Life Leadership (Warren Bennis’ subscriber magazine), “Exercise Courage: You Benefit in 12 Ways,” December 2009
  • Personal Excellence: The Magazine of Life Leadership (Warren Bennis’ subscriber magazine), “Take Courage,” November 2009
  • HR Matters, Malaysia, “How Do You Deal with Hell in the Hallway?,” October 2009
  • On Balance, “The Language of Courage,” Sept./Oct. 2009 (mailed to 8,200 certified public accountants and other accounting professionals members)
  • Ziglar Newsletter, “Feminine Courage,” September 2009
  • Ziglar Newsletter, “Hitting the Bull’s Eye,” August 2009
  • Chief Learning Officer, “Finding Courage During Times of Uncertainty,” August 2009
  • The Washington Executive, “The Power of Language,” August 2009
  • HR Matters, Malaysia, “Top 5 Signs that You Are STUCK at Work,” July 2009
  • Ziglar Newsletter, “The Authentic Swing,” July 2009
  • HR.com, “5 Signs that You’re Stuck at Work.” June 9, 2009
  • Yahoo Shine, “Claiming Your Courage During Scary Times,” February 6, 2009
  • Newfield Network Newsletter for Coaches, “Finding Courage During Times of Uncertainty,” February 2009
  • Chief Learning Officer, Talented CLOs Hit the Bulls-Eye,” Executive Briefings, January 2009
  • The Washington Executive, “Courage is Caged in the workplace Part 1 of 2,” November/December 2008
  • NAFE e-newsletter, Five Tips for Finding Your Own Courage,” October 7, 2008
  • Yahoo Shine, “Having the Courage to Speak Up,” November 4, 2008
  • On Balance, “The Acceptance of Rudeness in the Workplace,” July/August 2008
  • Personal Excellence: The Magazine of Life Leadership (Warren Bennis’ subscriber magazine), “Bull’s-Eye Courage,” April 2008
  • Success Television, “Courage Blog” started November 2008-2010, goes out to 25,000 viewers, RSS link
  • Google Knol, “The Courageous Spirit of the Entrepreneur: How to Keep Stepping Up,” 2008
  • Google Knol, “4 Courage Myths,” 2008
  • Chief Learning Officer magazine: “WANTED! CLO with Courage” “issue feature article,” January 2007
  • Chief Learning Officer magazine: “Tangibles or Intangibles: Where’s Your Value?” “issue feature article,” November 2007
  • PINK, “Feminine Courage,” August/September 2007
  • Fast Company/Feedback, Wed Dec 19, 2007
  • HR Matters, Malaysia, “Courage Leadership: Step Up to Your Next Level” November 2007
  • Strategic Finance, “12 Things to Love about Courage,” July 2007
  • MirthAndReverence.com, “Unleashing Courage in the Workplace,” Spring 2007
  • Brandon Hall Network, “Courage Leadership: Step Up to Your Next Level,” April 2007
  • “Self Perceptions of Women and their Courageousness: Some Implications for Pragmatic Management,” published (double-blind refereed Paper) December 2006 in the Proceedings of the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference (White Paper)
  • Strategic Finance, exclusive interview “Claiming Your Courage,” October 2006
  • Interview article from London, England, Management Mentors, Courage Leadership” Part I January 2006 and Part II February 2006
  • Chief Learning Officer magazine: “The Importance of Courage for Learning Leaders” “Awakening Courage Leadership” Part I and Part II, 2005
  • The Sandspur, “Reclaim Your Hidden Virtue, The Junior League, Spring 2005
  • Chief Learning Officer magazine, “Courage is Caged in the Workplace,” September 2004
  • The Sandspur, “Courage Advice Column,” The Junior League, Fall 2004
  • Courage and Time,” published April 2004
  • “Courage Leadership” ASTD, Global Network Germany, 2004
  • Training & Development, “Courage Leadership,” July 2003
  • Executive Female, “When Another Career Calls,” Spring 2003 (quoted expert)
  • Patient Care Management,  “Courage and Caring: Step Up to Your Next Level of Nursing Excellence,” April 2003
  • Society of Women Engineers, “With Courage, Your Passion Cannot Be Doused,” October/November 2001
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