Beyond Panic and Complacency

In the 1970s, two words could be used to describe the United States’ attitude toward oil: complacency and panic. This insight is attributed to former US Secretary of Defense and the first US Secretary of Energy, Dr. James Schlesinger, who experienced firsthand how quickly our nation moved between these two states during the Middle East … Read more

Cathartic or Authentic?

When I began writing A Test for Our Time: Crisis Leadership in the Next Normal, people often asked me if authoring a memoir was cathartic. Initially, I assumed it was—yet as I revised and edited the book, I discovered that there’s a distinction between catharsis and authenticity. An authentic account is rooted in fact, so accuracy … Read more

“Crisis Leadership in the Next Normal”​ Explained

This is an exciting week, as I prepare for the Pre-Launch of my book A Test for Our Time: Crisis Leadership in the Next Normal. A book pre-launch is an opportunity for you to pre-order a copy of my book, join me on my author’s journey as I move into final editing and marketing, and celebrate … Read more

COVID Has Changed Us

It’s been over two and a half years since the pandemic started, and we’re all feeling its effects in different ways. For some of us, it’s been a time of reflection and growth, while for others it’s been a time of anxiety and depression. But one thing that we can all agree on is that … 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