Where is the Night’s Watch?

March 1, 2019

On March 5 and 6, MIT Sloan Management Review will be dropping the paywall on the MIT SMR site – unlocking all research articles and reports to all visitors. This two-day window allows me to share with you a recent article that I co-authored with George Day on innovating for growth (Grow Faster by Changing.. read more

Salute to 2018

December 9, 2018

There is an old Japanese saying that suggests: beginning is easy, continuing is hard. That saying seems particularly relevant at this time of year. What does this December bring to you? Hopefully, it concludes a good year with ‘good tidings and cheer’. Most probably, the year also contained arduous patches of whitewater, as most likely.. read more

VIDEO: Delivering Bad News…

September 19, 2018

“Language derives 70 to 80 percent of its meaning from context.  Permanent whitewater shreds context.  Communication rests more than ever on behavior and clear symbolic actions.” Notions from my book, Your Job Survival Guide. Our communication tools enable us to dispatch information and decisions quickly.  Written communications, from memos to those limited to 120 characters,.. read more

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

VIDEO: 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

VIDEO: 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

Cyber Monday

November 28, 2016

Wharton Digital Press, publisher of my book Leading Successful Change, is offering TODAY ONLY – Cyber Monday, a particularly great deal on Leading Successful Change.  You can purchase the Ebook for $1.99.  That’s right folks, $1.99. With so much change in the air its a perfect opportunity to gather insight and ideas to impact your organization... read more