Lauber Presents on Recent Book to IUP Alumni in Pittsburgh Region

Posted on 3/20/2017 8:47:13 AM

Erick Lauber (Journalism and Public Relations), director of the Leadership Indiana County program and director of Leadership Training and Research at MARTI-CBH, spoke recently to IUP alumni in Pittsburgh. Lauber spoke about his book, Don’t Break the Rope, an extended parable about teamwork and leadership in the modern day workplace. 

The book teaches that we have to keep our relationships intact and unbroken, even if our teammate is not our ideal partner.

John Simpson (IUP ’79) said, “The Lunch and Learn event with Erick Lauber gave me an opportunity for a self-examination of my day to day approach to my work associates, clients, and staff. It was very refreshing and helped me to learn to react to others in a more positive manner and as a team. The interactive questionnaires were a great way to understand and manage everyday levels of stress, and every business professional would have benefited from Erick’s presentation. The best takeaway Erick reminded all of us was that leaders are made and not born.” Simpson is a marketing manager with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

After earning his PhD in applied psychology from the University of Michigan more than 20 years ago, Lauber began teaching, coaching, and holding workshops on the basic principles of communication, self-management, and leadership. His scholarship has appeared in over 100 journals, magazines, and books, and his educational media products have won over two dozen national awards. Don’t Break the Rope is available on and for the Kindle.