About the Author

Dr. Steding is an advisor and scholar who has worked with public and private organizations on a range of issues from global risk assessment, mergers and acquisitions, executive development, and strategic and operational planning. He has extensive business experience having run large companies as well as founding and operating small companies. He has completed more than $10 billion in mergers and acquisitions during his career and has also conducted extensive research on presidential decision-making and US foreign policy. His academic credentials include degrees in marketing & finance as well as diplomatic history. He is the creator of cognetic profiling™ that provides a powerful diagnostic tool to explain complex decision-making based on the beliefs, convictions and modus operandi of the executive or leader. He is a former senior fellow at the Center for Presidential History at Southern Methodist University. He is the author of a number of essays and book reviews as well as his 2007 monograph, American Avenue: Rhythm and Reason and his 2014 monograph, Presidential Faith and Foreign Policy.  His current project is explaining the future of American identity (post-Trump) within the context of his unique historical cycle theory while providing readers with some tools to navigate these confusing times.

Steding, who has lived in many great American cities from Seattle to Washington DC, currently resides with his wife, Dana McCullam, in Ridgway, Colorado. Together, they have four adult children ranging in age from 21 to 34. He enjoys a number of outdoor activities, especially skiing, hiking, and fly-fishing. He is a certified helicopter pilot, dabbles in digital photography, and, when his restless mind requires, writes essays at his blog, ameritecture.com.