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

Covid-19: How this could have gone…

March 17, 2020

The events of the day offer, unfortunately, an opportunity to discuss systems thinking, a key aspect of my book Leading Successful Change, perhaps to good effect. “What are we looking at?” — “We don’t know for sure.” “Might it matter?” — “Potentially, it could matter a lot.” “Do we know the odds, the actuarial shape.. read more

This is why I write books….

February 27, 2020

Greetings. Well, it happened. The second edition of Leading Successful Change hit the proverbial (actually mainly digital) shelves on 2/11/20. I’m pleased to the point of being happy about that. I thought that I might bend your ear for a moment about why I write which connects with why I feel good about the publication... read more

Successful Change Requires Leadership and…….

January 22, 2020

Greetings. I trust that you all had a good holiday season, one filled with Merrys and Happys. In this newsletter, I’d like to share with you that on 2/11/20 Wharton School Publishing (WSP) will be releasing an updated version of my book with Cassie Solomon, Leading Successful Change: 8 Keys to Making Change Work. This is.. read more

October Update

October 15, 2019

First, a few news items. A revised edition of my book with Cassie Solomon, Leading Successful Change, will be out early next year. I’ll be cohosting In the Workplace, live from 5-7 p.m. (October 24) on Wharton Business Radio (SiriusXM channel 132), please listen in. I’ve got several podcasts and articles from this year to.. read more

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