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 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…

February 10, 2019 | By David Lapin

Few M&A initiatives deliver the anticipated value. Often, the reason is that they fail to carefully synthesize the purpose and values of each entity into something new and inspiring for the merged…

February 10, 2019 | By David Lapin

Leadership Development Programs can dilute the impact of high-performing leaders and companies, and achieve little or even negative returns on investment. Businesses need to compete; they need to opti…

February 10, 2019 | By David Lapin

I asked the only woman to have made it to the senior ranks of a leading bank (that today scores high on diversity and inclusion) to what she attributed her success. “I was fortunate,” she said. “The b…

February 9, 2019 | By Dr. Michael Forlenza, PHD, MPH

Promoting successful subject matter experts into positions of leadership is a common and commonsense practice. However, once in place, these experts are often confronted with a dizzying series of scen…

February 9, 2019 | By David Lapin

In 2018, Facebook lost over $100bn of market value. Its troubles stem from an early strategic decision it made. Who is the company essentially designed to serve—the user or the advertiser? This questi…

February 9, 2019 | By Sunny Lee-Goodman

The Starbucks event in Philadelphia led to a nationwide day of implicit bias training. It also prompted a memory and alerted me to why most diversity and inclusion training is not delivering value. It…