Former Founder, President of The Human Capital Initiative Launches First Phase of The Uncommon Leadership Institute

BATON ROUGE, La., Feb. 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Ed Chaffin, formerly the Founder and President of The Human Capital Initiative (HCI), is launching the first phase of his newest venture, The UnCommon Leadership Institute.  HCI was sold to Steve Hayes and The Human Capital Group in the summer of 2012. This new move represents the initial foundation of a project that will ultimately become a global, value-added, content-driven web experience for anyone wanting to expand and grow their leadership capabilities. Ed plans to create a network of global leaders contributing high value content aimed at up and coming leaders as well as the seasoned executive.  The web experience will also highlight from around the world those leaders who are truly making a difference in their own lives and the lives of others they lead – the guiding principles of being an UnCommon Leader.

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“I am excited to be able to make this announcement as this is the realization of a 20 year vision God graciously planted inside. To see it begin to take shape is very gratifying and I’m looking forward to being able to provide a rich, robust experience to assist people in becoming the best leader they can be,” says Ed Chaffin.

The first phase is the launch of The UnCommon Leadership blog. is available now and readers can find high value content on leadership with a weekly feature called Weekly Intention. The Weekly Intention is designed to give leaders an opportunity to develop an “intentional” focus on their leadership development. After one year of publishing Weekly Intentions, a book will be published with all 52 of the blogs available in a consolidated form. In addition, guest bloggers from around the world will contribute on a regular basis bringing different perspectives on leadership that will meet any and all levels of development.

Featured on the blog are consulting and executive coaching services that Ed has been providing leaders and their organizations for the past four years since his retirement as an executive of a publicly traded HR services company. He is certified as an executive coach through the International Coach Federation (ICF) as a Professional Certified Coach (PCC). In addition, he is certified in three powerful assessments – The Birkman Method®, SEIP™ and Strengthsfinder 2.0.

Another significant inspiration for this venture has been the executive coaching work Ed has done the past three years through his friendship and affiliation with Dr. George Kohlrieser, the professor of leadership at the International Institute for Management and Development (IMD) located in Lausanne, Switzerland. Dr. Kohlrieser leads one of the most successful executive development programs at IMD called High Performance Leadership (HPL). The program is delivered in Lausanne, Hong Kong, and Sao Paolo. In 2013, IMD is bringing the program to the United States for the first time in April.  HPL is based on Dr. Kohlrieser’s highly successful book Hostage At The Table; How Leaders Can Overcome Conflict, Influence Others, and Raise Performance.

“When you see how leaders can be transformed with a focused, intentional program that takes a person deep into their potential, you realize that everyone can develop the skills and talents needed to succeed as an UnCommon Leader in this fast paced world,” Ed commented.

About Ed Chaffin, PCC – he is a writer, speaker, former executive and now an entrepreneur dedicating his life to creating the next generation of “uncommon leaders.” Ed’s personal mission can be summed up this way: “Changing the world one person at a time.”  Besides his consulting and coaching work, he is on the Board of a Silicon Valley start-up, EmpInfo, and the Board of a local non-profit, The Baton Rouge Children’s Advocacy Center (BRCAC). BRCAC is dedicated to serving children who have been the victims of physical and sexual abuse.

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