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

ARTICLE: Tough or Toxic?

September 21, 2015

Our white water world of change can challenge and stress, even deplete us…and that’s just the environment and the work! I say “just” because how we and others handle the challenge and the stress has everything to do with how much that world depletes our direct reports and our peers. If we let ourselves get.. read more

VIDEO: Behavior in Strategy Implementation

June 15, 2015

Strategy. Grand thoughts. Detailed market analysis. Huge capital decisions. And behavioral change. In the end and most importantly, behavioral change. This newsletter and the accompanying video concerns the central importance of behavioral change to strategy implementation. Summer provides a great opportunity for many of us to recharge.   Whether your recharging translates into more exercise, travel,.. 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

Leadership for Sale?…..

December 6, 2014

Greetings! With Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday and new this year Giving Tuesday this time of year offers countless opportunities to be high achieving consumers and donors.   I’m wading into the fray. (I’ve always said this book is perfect for holiday giving so step right up, lean in closer to your screen and.. read more

VIDEO: How to Provide Directional Truth

October 30, 2014

Greetings. This newsletter is devoted to video cuts of my presentations about the value of Directional Truth and Concrete Objectives. Amidst whitewater, a leader’s ability to provide directional truth and tangible/concrete objectives often proves invaluable. The first video is a little longer than my usual videos, but the topic and story presented requires the additional time... 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

People are adaptable, so why is organizational change so hard?

August 9, 2013

The human being is a midsize omnivorous mammal that has invested large amounts of evolutionary energy developing a particularly large and complex brain. This brain enables us to scan our world in both simple and sophisticated ways and to fashion responses to it. We can work in the concrete and the abstract, and we can.. read more

Teaming for Today’s Run

August 8, 2013

Your real job is change which means that your real job centers on projects which means lots and lots of teaming. That alone would prove demanding enough, but in today’s fast-paced, whitewater world, the players change often so the teams change often too. Being a good team player has perhaps never been more important.   Yet,.. read more