September 22, 2020 | By Dr. Michael Forlenza, PHD, MPH

If you would indulge me, I would like to begin this post with a short exercise. It won’t take long. You will need a blank sheet of paper to write a few things down. Divide the paper lengthwise by draw…

September 15, 2020 | By David Lapin

We’ve all heard a lot about the power of forgiveness. Self-help books and coaching literature all talk about how liberating it is to forgive others as well as yourself. While this is of course true, t…

September 9, 2020 | By David Lapin

We are currently in the toughest phase of our pandemic experience. To explain what I mean, consider two different states of being: fatigue and depletion. Fatigue is when a muscle or the mind has been…

September 1, 2020 | By David Lapin

As business leaders we evaluate the past and forecast the future. We focus so much on the past and on the present, and we need to. But we take our eye off the present at our peril. How a leader shows…

August 25, 2020 | By David Lapin

Leadership is the art of influencing the thoughts, attitudes, behaviors, and choices of others. In that sense, anybody who is in sales is in a leadership role, trying to influence the thoughts, attitu…

August 18, 2020 | By David Lapin

We have an office in Tucson, Arizona where I once visited Kitt Peak. Kitt Peak is a 7000 ft mountain top campus that houses the most diverse collection of astronomical observatories on Earth. Our inst…

August 11, 2020 | By David Lapin

Is leadership something we are born with and possess innately or is it a capacity we learn and develop later on in life? To address this age-old question, we need to agree on what we mean by leadersh…

July 28, 2020 | By David Lapin

Of course I am not better than you—nor are you better than me. Comparing people’s qualities is like questioning whether Einstein is better than Mozart or whether Bill Gates is better than the Dalai La…

July 23, 2020 | By David Lapin

So many people, Ray Dalio says, often make bad decisions because they’re absolutely sure they’re right. Successful people, Dalio says—and Dalio is a super successful billionaire, hedge fund manager, t…

July 7, 2020 | By David Lapin

We’re all facing the hard reality that COVID-19 and its domino effect of hardships will be with us for a while. When the pandemic first began, despite our worries and fears, there was some novelty in…

June 30, 2020 | By David Lapin

Of the approximately 35,000 choices we make every day, many of them impact other people. Of course, it’s inevitable that over the course of a few days or weeks, we are going to mess up with these choi…

June 23, 2020 | By David Lapin

Recently I mentioned the Truth and Reconciliation Commission established in 1995 in South Africa. It was an exercise in restorative rather than retributive justice. Its purpose wasn’t to punish anyone…

June 16, 2020 | By David Lapin

“Things only get better when we get better,” said Tony Robbins on Instagram recently. Tony Robbins is correct. We tend to depersonalize the need for change and put the focus on things that have to get…

June 9, 2020 | By David Lapin

When people act up, whether it’s a child throwing a tantrum or an entire generation of people protesting, the cause is almost always a deeply felt pain that has been triggered. In acting up, however,…

June 2, 2020 | By David Lapin

My sadness about what is happening in America at the moment is deep and complex, as I’m sure yours is. I’m sad about the looting, the chaos, and the suffering it has caused. I’m sad—very sad—about the…

May 19, 2020 | By David Lapin

To navigate the COVID-19 crisis and global lockdown and to help our people through it, we have had to draw on new and deeper resources within us and practice leadership skills we were never taught. No…

August 30, 2019 | By Erin Clymer-Lessard

In his book, Blink, Malcolm Gladwell shares the story of the Getty museum’s kouros statue, a sixth century BC sculpture purchased in the early 1980s for $10 million (which would be just shy of $26 mil…

August 22, 2019 | By David Lapin

Among the hardest decisions business leaders must make is how to balance the conflicting interests of their companies’ stakeholders. For example, it may be in shareholders’ interests to radically redu…

April 17, 2019 | By David Lapin

The fifth belief that Gallup’s forthcoming book, It’s the Manager, recommends organizations change is: Belief #5: Millennials and Generation Z don’t want a manager who fixates on their weaknesses. I l…

April 17, 2019 | By David Lapin

The sixth and final belief that Gallup’s forthcoming book, It’s the Manager, recommends organizations change is perhaps the most surprising one: Belief #6: For millennials and Generation Z, work “is n…

April 15, 2019 | By David Lapin

In their forthcoming book, It’s the Manager, Gallup recommends that organizations should change six beliefs. In earlier pieces I have addressed the first three. The fourth is: Belief #4: Millennials a…

April 15, 2019 | By David Lapin

In this piece, we expand on the third of six beliefs that organizations should change, according to Gallup’s forthcoming book, It’s the Manager. Belief #3: Millennials and Generation Z don’t want boss…

April 15, 2019 | By David Lapin

In this piece, we expand on the second of six beliefs that organizations should change, according to Gallup’s forthcoming book, It’s the Manager. Belief #2: Millennials and Generation Z are no longer…

April 15, 2019 | By David Lapin

To succeed in 2019, you need to change six beliefs about young talent. This is according to the Gallup organization in its forthcoming book, It’s the Manager. In this piece, the first of six, we’ll ex…

March 18, 2019 | By David Lapin

When leading others, you can improve your chances of success if you clarify whether what you are asking of them is a value or a strategy. Sometimes you do things because you believe they are the right…

March 15, 2019 | By David Lapin

Companies spend a fortune to overcome resistance to change, both externally in the form of marketing, and internally in the form of change management. But is this effort all founded on a serious misco…

February 10, 2019 | By David Lapin

I recently commented on the HBR article by John Coleman “You Don’t Find Your Purpose – You Build It” saying that he confuses the idea of finding meaning with that of finding purpose. What are the diff…