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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.
February 24, 2021 | By Victoria de Onis

I invite you to think about a recent interaction when you felt inspired by an individual or group. What resonated with or shifted inside of you? What emerged, as a result? That experience is the influ…

November 18, 2020 | By David Lapin

“A nation is strong when it cares for the weak. It becomes rich when it cares for the poor. It becomes invulnerable when it cares for the vulnerable. That is what makes great nations.” Rabbi Lord Jona…

November 10, 2020 | By David Lapin

Magic is “an extraordinary power or influence seemingly from a supernatural source.” Every individual has extraordinary power seemingly from a supernatural source. We see it manifest at times of crisi…

November 3, 2020 | By David Lapin

The problem with change is, in fact, not change at all. Despite all we are told about how difficult it is to manage change, the truth is that as human-beings, we are wired for change and get bored wit…

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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…

October 20, 2020 | By Sunny Lee-Goodman

I recently met with a division leader of a large corporation about effective Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DE&I) strategies for his group. He shared that he recently implemented DE&I metri…

October 7, 2020 | By Victoria de Onis

What does it mean to be a leader? In the words of John Buchan, former Governor-General of Canada, “The task of leadership is not to put greatness into people, but to elicit it, for the greatness is th…

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…

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