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The Lapin blog features our latest thinking and responses to issues raised by our clients and community. It’s designed to stimulate thinking, provoke conversation, and catalyze action in fast-changing environments.
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…

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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 bank hired a coach to teach me how to act and react like…

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 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…

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