Test for our Time:

Crisis Leadership in the Next Normal

Why I wrote this book?

Almost every day we hear stories about people who have accomplished extraordinary things in their lives. What we may not realize is how often these people started out in mundane ways, seeming unlikely to succeed. When we think of heroes, we typically think of “first responders”—the police, firefighters, and medical professionals, who put their lives on the line. But during the pandemic, there were also heroes on the front lines of innovation, working fast and furious to help combat the spread of the coronavirus.

A Test for Our Time is the unlikely and improbable story of OraSure Technologies Inc., the small and pioneering company that created the acclaimed InteliSwab® Rapid COVID-19 Test—the “easiest to use” test of its kind and the “#1 Standout Product” to hit drugstore shelves in 2021. InteliSwab® is truly a test for our time!

I was Orasure’s CEO during these unprecedented times.

During this calamity and all its uncertainty, I learned what it took to be bold and calm, to make right and tough decisions, and to be fully accountable. I opened up and risked vulnerability, which allowed me to build empathy. I learned the art of trust and steered OraSure through its most complicated and challenging storm to achieve more than anyone imagined possible.

Then I was abruptly fired—a drastic move to appease an activist shareholder. (Spoiler alert: it led to massive erosion of shareholder value.)

You will love this book if you are:

  • Interested in ways to overcome crises—as a leader and an individual;
  • Seeking new means of inspiring and motivating others;
  • Appreciative of underdog stories and the lessons they teach;
  • A believer that a “hybrid workplace”, remote and in-facilities employees, can collaborate effectively to make magic happen;
  • Curious about our fundamentally changed workplaces in a crisis-filled next normal.
When we have the will, we have the power to rise above and create something beautiful and powerful from the ashes. We are each the hero of our own story.  Our time is now- let’s write the next chapter of the next normal—together.

What I explore in the book.

Modern leadership, crisis, caring, setbacks, company culture, achievement, failure, and the roller-coaster of getting back up, time and again.

Untangling and applying concepts from Dare to Lead (Brené Brown), Think Again (Adam Grant), Bittersweet (Susan Cain), True North (Bill George and Zach Clayton), and many others, weaving a coherent and compelling narrative that covers the following:

  • Leading whole people wholeheartedly
  • Journeying into and out of the darkness together
  • Aspiring, risk-taking, learning, and achieving together
  • Living with fear, anxiety, and daily coping, and how to accept uncertainty together
  • Inviting and embracing challenges outside of work to align and motivate people while they work
  • Belonging and inclusion to help overcome isolation and loneliness.

My Blog

Monday Morning Motivations

My Entrepreneur’s Journey: Uncommon, Unlikely & Unprecedented

As a Lehigh University alum, I was recently recognized with a Distinguished Alumni Award as Outstanding Entrepreneur. It was an honor to accept this award on behalf of the organizations and many people that I’ve worked with during my life’s journey as an entrepreneur. My connection and experience with Lehigh have been uncommon, unlikely, and … Read more

Honored to receive this award from Lehigh University!

On Friday 14th October 2022 I attending  Lehigh University’s University’s 144th Founder’s Day celebration of Asa Packer. I humbly accepted the Distinguished Alumni Award as Outstanding Entrepreneur. It was a honor to elevate the accomplishments of my former OraSure Technologies colleagues, as well as acknowledge and credit those that made me a better person to serve a … Read more

Book Excerpt: Leaders should respect people who treat them as equals

Here’s an excerpt from my new book (working title), A Test for Our Time: Crisis Leadership in the Next Normal. It echoes this week’s theme about True North leadership: Leaders should respect people who treat them as equals and rely on relationships for their source of power, rather than hierarchy. According to research, companies and managers … Read more

Align on Mission

In his 2022 update to his seminal book on leadership, In Discover Your True North, Bill George, acclaimed former Medtronic Chairman & CEO, profiled behaviors for leaders to enable compassion, empowerment, accountability, and engagement. Here’s a bonus excerpt from my new book (working title), “A Test for Our Time: Crisis Leadership in the Next Normal.” It echoes this week’s … Read more

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