I am hitting the Airwaves near you…..

August 7, 2018

As some of you know, my longtime friend and colleague Professor Peter Cappelli of Wharton occasionally invites me to co-host “In the Workplace” on Business Radio Powered by the Wharton School, SiriusXM Ch. 132.  This Thursday is one such occasion. Tune in LIVE from 5-7PM ET. The final guest lineup is still under construction, but currently.. read more

Sometimes we need to ‘get off the river’

July 11, 2018

Robert Gunther and my book, Your Job Survival Guide, discusses various benefits of time ‘off-river’. Many of them involve one’s own well-being. One set of benefits, however, accrue both to you as leader as well as to those you would lead. One use of going off-river is to talk. The rush of whitewater can make.. read more

Why we must listen

January 10, 2018

Our current zeitgeist seems filled with conflict. The conflict includes much of what we may hold dearest. So many others seem involved. It persists. It seeps into our places of work, both directly and indirectly, and even into our private lives and families. Correspondingly, we find ourselves stressed, anxious and on edge. We find ourselves.. read more

How do you build your G-Rig and why should you be thinking about it?

September 10, 2017

First and foremost, I trust that you and yours are safe this hurricane season.  Change used to come largely in a similar, sweeping, all-encompassing form, disrupting prolonged periods of relative calm.  Today, though, change drives so much of our journey through permanent white water conditions.  Water and turbulence  are everywhere so much of the time... read more

My New Book: We Can Fix Healthcare

February 17, 2017

Healthcare seems never to drift far from the front pages, physical or digital, and, if it ever left, it has now returned with a vengeance as a new waves of sturm und drang surround the handling of the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare).  As many of you know, I have spent over two decades working.. read more

Why we shouldn’t give up… and why we should ‘show up’ for 2017

February 8, 2017

My sign off on these newsletters is ‘paddle on’, in these demanding, turbulent, change filled times, inside organizations and outside them. My organizational travels over the past year and especially since the US elections have brought me in repeated contact with people unusually and uncharacteristically troubled about the state of the country and the world,.. read more

Lessons From Antarctica

April 13, 2016

Greetings.   I spent much of Wharton’s winter break getting to and from or being in Antarctica.  From 12/27/15 to 1/9/16 I flew over 15,000 miles along with 8 days and 7 nights of camping out on King George Island, hiking in slushy snow and mud, moving camp 4 times, building (and rebuilding) snow walls,.. read more

Leadership Through Transitions

March 10, 2015

    Anxiety runs high during periods of whitewater –people get anxious and leaders want to reassure.   When leaders work to steady the waters it is important to remember that a number of reassuring strategies can have negative middle and long term outcomes.  Consider the following strategies. First, avoid being specific in your assurances and.. read more

Getting The Story Right

May 7, 2014

 Leading Successful Change, chapter 2.What are the story or stories that you want to characterize your organization after the change you have in mind has succeeded? Develop them in order to define and to focus your efforts and those of your colleagues. Set the scene. Imagine your business  3, 5, 10 years in the future... read more

Find Safety in Numbers – Never Paddle Alone

May 6, 2014

From Your Job Survival GuideYou are responsible for your own safety, as you are responsible for your own security. That is the baseline. Flip the kayak, and most likely your paddle and your skill will bring you upright… or not. You cannot expect a superhero to swoop in and save the day. You provide your first.. read more