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

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