Step Back from the Baggage Claim
with Jason Barger
Every single person on the planet has the privileged-opportunity to lead, serve, and impact the world every day. But In the fast-paced, global world we live in today, how do our actions as individuals impact the culture of our communities and the organizations we move in and out of every day? Our lifestyles often deliver long ‘to do’ lists, high expectations, and many obstacles along the path. Our career lives can often feel like the feeding frenzy around the baggage claim of a crowded airport - everyone fighting to claim what they think is theirs. All of us need time and space in our lives to Step Back and re-evaluate who we want to be. Stepping Back from the Baggage Claim is about living with Purpose, gaining a wider Perspective, and naming a new spirit for how we stimulate Progress in our work and the world. When we put servant-leadership actions into motion, not only are we better at what we do, but we contribute to changing the culture - one small act at a time. Sometimes we just need to “Dare to begin.”
This course is based off of the globally celebrated book Step Back from the Baggage Claim by Jason Barger. Barger spent seven straight days ï¬‚ying 6,458 miles to seven different cities - without leaving the airports the entire time! He studied 10,000 minutes of observations at all four corners of the U.S. and reï¬‚ected on how our airport experiences can teach us about our lives TODAY. The airport metaphor leaps to life through funny and inspiring stories that remind us how to change our daily world through compassionate action. In a busy and mobile world, Step Back from the Baggage Claim is a refreshing call for Servant-Leadership, Mission, Culture Change, Innovation, and Social Responsibility. This book has sparked a worldwide movement - people committing to Travel Gracefully in the world.
Learn more at www.StepBackFromTheBaggageClaim.com. Join the Movement.
Who Should Attend?
This course is for anyone who wants to Step Back from all that is going on in their life and think about who they want to Be in the world, gain a healthy Perspective, and identify actions that will help stimulate Progress for moving forward. Anyone who wants to think about their own leadership actions, creativity, gratitude - or just looking for inspiration for the next leg of their journey - will love this course!
What You'll Learn
Week 1. Stepping Back
- Purpose, Perspective & Progress
- Naming the Bags We’re Carrying In Our Lives
Week 2. Four Breaths
- Are We Actually In A Hurry?
- How Our Pace Impacts Our Performance In The World
Week 3. The Ministry of Availability
- Who Are We Traveling With?
- What It Means To Be Available For Those Along Our Path
Week 4. Cast Down Your Bucket Where You Are
- Seeing The World Through A lens Of Gratitude and Thanksgiving
- Discovering Opportunities In Our Work and Life
Week 5. Turning the Ketchup Bottle Upside Down
- Exploring An Ethic Of Creativity
- What It Means To “Put Our Shoes On First” & Ask The “What Ifs” In Life
Week 6. Take Flight
- The Attributes Of A 21st Century Leader
- Identifying Actions We Want To “Dare To Begin”
Dates & Tuition
Time and Date: This class is available for immediate download!
What Youâ€™ll Get Out of the Course
- A Renewed Sense Of Personal Purpose & Who You Want To Be
- An Infusion Of Gratitude, Perspective & Compassion
- The Ability To See Your Life Through New Eyes Of Possibility & Creativity
- Inspiration To Bring 21st Century Leadership To Life In Your World!
Textbook for the Course
Step Back from the Baggage Claim by Jason Barger
About Jason Barger
Jason Barger is a globally celebrated Author/Speaker/Consultant and creator of the "Step Back from the Baggage Claim" Movement - featured in the New York Times, National Geographic Traveler, Kiplinger, Book TV, and more. His message and spirit has resonated near and far with people passionate about making a difference in the world.
This viral leadership movement has spread across all sectors and now 4 editions of the book exist. The "Business Leader Edition", in collaboration with Howard Behar, the former President of Starbucks, was released in September 2010. The "Healthcare Leader Edition", in collaboration with Dr. Chip Souba, Dean of the Dartmouth Medical School, was released in 2011. The "Education Edition", in collaboration with Education Consultant, Christian Long, was released in November of 2011.
Prior to sleeping in airports and observing human behavior, Barger led over 1700 people to construct 125 houses internationally for families living in poverty as well as implemented the Streets Mission Project to serve the homeless on the streets of Columbus, Ohio. As the former Director of First Community ChurchÊ¼s Camp Akita, he designed programming focused on living with joy, love, compassion, faith, and service for over 1900 campers a summer.
Jason is a graduate of Denison University, where he served as Captain of the menÊ¼s basketball team, and also received certiï¬cation from Georgetown University in Nonproï¬t Executive Management. In 2004, he was one of ï¬ve people in Columbus, Ohio to receive a Jefferson Award, a national award given to “Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things”.
Today, Jason and his wife, Amy, and their three children, Will, Benton and Brooke, live in Columbus, Ohio. Jason is an Author, Consultant, Angel Advocate Coach, Servant-Leader, Creative Think-Tanker, and sought after Keynote Speaker. As founder of Step Back Leadership Consulting LLC, he works with organizations that are passionate about Culture Change, Leadership Development, Innovation, Service, Social Responsibility, and bringing their Mission to life everyday.
Jason is a professional speaker and dynamic storyteller who is a sought-after keynote speaker nationwide. He is passionate about inspiring people to bring their unique gifts to stimulate progress in their organizations and our world. His creativity, insights, spirit, and ability to relate content uniquely to each group, are a perfect match for almost any audience. Jason has experience speaking in businesses, large churches, high schools, universities, nonprofits, and as the keynote speaker at a wide variety of conferences. His message is resonating with organizations and communities that are passionate about - Leadership, Culture Change, Service, Faith, Innovation, Social Responsibility, and more.
Praise for Jason Barger
“Jason, and his book, aspire to make a difference - and are doing so as more people put this spirit into action in their organizations. He offers valuable reminders and simple principles that can guide the leadership actions you take in your own life and business. In the midst of obstacles, delays, and cancellations in business, the way your people respond to challenges will determine your level of success. I hope you’ll join his movement.”
– HOWARD BEHAR, former President, Starbucks International
“Jason is a remarkable speaker with a tremendous amount of energy and dedication to both doing good in the world and helping others become successful. He ï¬nds creative ways to engage everyone around him into working to their ultimate potential. I loved watching him captivate our students with positive reinforcement, humanity, humility, and passion.”
– KAREN RAMOS, Education Abroad Program Manager, University of Cincinnati
“Jason's message was extremely well-received by our students, staff, faculty, and corporate partners who were also present at the event. Jason spoke as the keynote to one of our annual signature events for our students. He tailored his speech to address the theme of our event and was a pleasure to work with.”
– CHRISTIAN BARTELS, Associate Director for Student Life, University of Minnesota
“In the same way Mark Twain considered himself a ‘prodigious noticer,’ Jason Barger takes the obvious things that surround us when we travel through airports and uses them to illustrate profound life truths. Step Back from the Baggage Claim is a delightful little book that will cause you to think thoughts you probably should have been thinking already! Jason does a great job showing us how to ‘travel through life gracefully."
– CHRIS BRADY, New York Times Best-Selling Co-Author of Launching a Leadership Revolution
“To Step Back from the Baggage Claim means to exit the rat race, if only for a moment. The disciplined practice creates the space, a kind of opening that allows us to observe our blind spots, home to our hidden assumptions and taken for granted presuppositions. In the act of ‘stepping back’ we make room for new ways of being and thinking, allowing our best selves and our best leadership to emerge. Jason's presentation to our staff was a hit. He has the genuine ability to be present with others in the moment. Because he 'shows up' 100%, the audience is fully engaged as well. His relatedness as a person embodies the basis of a culture of effective communication.”
- DR. WILEY “CHIP” SOUBA, Dean, Dartmouth Medical School
“Step Back from the Baggage Claim is a must read for anyone interested in excelling at international business. Too often your managers are looking for an elegant solution or for the ‘silver bullet’ to doing business effectively. However, Jason’s book covers the key soft aspects to gaining cooperation in a cross-cultural and cross-national business world. I recommend this book for anyone interested in international business education.”
– P. ROBERTO GARCIA, Ph.D, Professor of International Business and Co-Director of the Supply Chain and Global Management Academy, Indiana University, Kelley School of Business
“Your workshop was the favorite in our professional development series for our staff! We all are still discussing ways we can ‘step back’ in life and in business.”
– VANESSA KUMAR, Weber Associates, Columbus, Ohio
“Barger’s visit to JupiterFIRST Church was a sweeping success. He is a gifted speaker and his message about serving the world is refreshing and transforming. He embodies the wisdom of ‘dropping our swords to pick up our paint brushes’. Great stuff!"
– DR. BARRY JOHNSON, JupiterFIRST Church, Jupiter, Florida
“With changes in the economy and the market, so many people are scrambling to re-invent their brands/businesses. Barger’s advice to ‘let everything grow out of an authentic purpose’...was great advice!”
– A. FOSS, from the ‘Accidental Creative’ discussion on fostering a creative process
“Jason arrived at our church a stranger, and left as a friend and co-traveler on the journey! He effortlessly connected with people at every age and stage of life with his warm personality and relevant message. He taught, led workshops, and preached in worship--all with the same posture of genuine interest in the lives of other people. In short, Jason enriched and strengthened our faith community. As one of our congregants reported to me in an email, ‘I loved hearing Jason Barger on Sunday...thanks for bringing him to WCC! His message was especially appropriate for Type A's (myself included in that group) that sometimes forget to Step Back, Be Available, or Travel Gracefully. I am embarrassed to admit that I frequently fail to do all three, and the airport is a great metaphor for life in that regard.’ I recommend Jason Barger to any church, synagogue or mosque that wants to take a "step back" from their own baggage...and claim a new angle of vision on mission and ministry."
– REV. DR. JOHN F. ROSS, Wayzata Community Church, Wayzata, MN
“The fast-paced and mobile world that our students are growing up in makes it difficult for them to define community. Their experiences cross so many different times and places, that it is easy for them to get lost in the shuffle. Jason's presentation was a wonderful reminder to our students and staff what "true community" is all about! Our students were encouraged to build, maintain and repair relationships with each other and those in need.”
– MATTHEW PETERSON, Principal Jones Middle School, Upper Arlington, OH
“In an age of cynicism and “bad news”, Jason Barger brought good news into our life. He engaged our congregation with his remarkable story telling and his inspirational spirit. We discovered again that ordinary people can make a great difference in the world. Jason helped us reclaim our God-given gift of offering grace to others. He has the capacity to motivate, inspire, and bring good humor into the groups that are privileged to hear him speak. Even more, he brings the special gift of helping people connect their own stories with those of others in ways that create a special synergy and excitement.”
– REV. DAVID LONG-HIGGINS, Co-Pastor, David's United Church of Christ, Canal Winchester, OH
Jason Barger is a globally celebrated Author/Speaker/Consultant and creator of the "Step Back from the Baggage Claim" Movement - featured in the New York Times, National Geographic Traveler, Kiplinger, Book TV, and more. His message and spirit has resonated near and far with people passionate about making a difference in the world. Learn more about Jason »