Images as Fuel for Change: Leading the Conversation on Diversity III

November 12, 2020

Greetings. This is the third of three takes that I’ve offered on diversity. The first offered an annotated bibliography of historical writings that I have found particularly useful in enhancing my understanding of the context of race relations in America. The second presented a consideration of language in how we talk and think about race and diversity.. read more

Lessons for Hard and Changing Times: Personal and Professional

October 30, 2020

Greetings. We never know what we’re training for. For me, it was cancer. In this podcast, we discuss my year of cancer treatment (2017) and its relevance to leadership topics such as change, surviving hard times, resilience, and mentoring before moving on to less personal material and the topics of leadership, working remotely, leading change (including the.. read more

Resetting Language: Leading the Conversation on Diversity II

October 13, 2020

Greetings. In this longish newsletter, I resume my attempt to affect how we all, and especially leaders, approach talking about our most acute group identities, particularly race, and how to improve our approach. (Part 1: Setting the Context appears here) This time, I focus on how we consider two current words/phrases in good standing, namely racist.. read more

Setting the Context: Leading the Conversation on Diversity Part 1

September 29, 2020

Tension mounts all around us. Groups clash. Connections fray. Our enemies exploit our divisions. Again. How might any of us, particularly leaders, approach these troubled times? How do we make the conversation about diversity any different, any more effective this time around? I’d like to take two passes at this large, heated and intimidating topic, one in this newsletter.. read more

Leadership, Change and the Nineteenth Amendment

August 18, 2020

One hundred years and counting. August 18, 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment which states, “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex. Congress shall have the power to enforce this article.. read more

Hard Times, Shared Sense- making and Personal Myths

July 23, 2020

White water abounds. Events pound us and cross currents push us about. We pull off to the side of the river, but we find little respite there as we lug our battered craft out of the water. Rather, we find worries aplenty and, for many, too much time to fret.Advice also abounds as we set up camp with.. read more

COVID Lessons Still Worth Learning

July 2, 2020

So much seems to move so slowly these days, as if we are stuck in an endless replay of only slightly revised versions of the same, often disturbing storylines. Yet, at the same time, major new outcroppings do arise even as we retrace steps over increasingly familiar ground. The resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic in the.. read more

Leading in Hard Times 2020

June 11, 2020

You probably have received a near tsunami of advice about how best to lead during the pandemic. Much of the counsel likely carries value. I offer two thoughts for your consideration as you look at a likely long period of ‘what comes next’. First, we have experienced multiple traumas: health, economic, and societal. They are connected, of course,.. read more

Jackie Robinson, Larry Doby, and Lessons in Change

April 16, 2020

Moses Fleetwood Walker played Major League Baseball in 1884. He was the last openly African-American to do so until Jackie Robinson stepped onto a Major League field on April 15, 1947. During that time, America completed building what might be called its version of apartheid or, as Douglas A. Blackmon entitled his Pulitzer Prize winning book: Slavery.. read more

Creating Moral Machines: How AI could help front line healthcare providers

April 1, 2020

Difficult times to be sure. As you know, I focus on change and leading change. That focus led me to collaborate on an article that I’d like to call to your attention that I co-wrote with Krzysztof Laudanski, MD and Cassie Solomon on the connection of the pandemic, rationing of care, likely ER and ICU.. read more