The Power of Diversity of Thought

The Power of Diversity of Thought

We live in a world of constant disruption. It interrupts and destabilizes our systems and norms, impacting individuals, organizations, and indeed, all of our society. We face cultural, environmental, and technological disruptions on a daily basis and rarely do we...

CONCORDIA SUMMIT REFLECTIONS

CONCORDIA SUMMIT REFLECTIONS

I recently had the opportunity to attend my first conference in-person since the start of the pandemic last March. Held concurrently with the United Nations General Assembly, the Concordia Summit was founded ten years ago. I was honored to sit on a panel and attend...

The Difference Between Determination And Tenacity

The Difference Between Determination And Tenacity

I’ve spent my whole life willing things through. I’ve grabbed hold of goals and refused to let go until I’ve made them happen. And that’s worked for me. Sweating every single detail has worked. This said, it probably hasn’t been the best way to do it. Leadership...

“Can I Get a Refund For 2021, Please?”

“Can I Get a Refund For 2021, Please?”

If this popular question is any indication, 2021 might not have started the way everyone hoped. We were all so eager to be through with the hardships of 2020 that we thought 2021 would be different. Turns out, not so much. January’s been brutal — a roller coaster of...

Imagining the Unimaginable Can Make You a Better Leader

Imagining the Unimaginable Can Make You a Better Leader

“Nobody could have imagined this.” “This is unbelievable.” “I can’t believe what we’re seeing.” That was the language of January 6th as domestic insurgents desecrated the hallowed halls of the U.S. Capitol. From a standpoint of human emotion, each and every one of the...

RL Leaders Announces Advisory Board

RL Leaders Announces Advisory Board

Entertainment, Military, and Diplomatic veterans to advise next phase of growth WASHINGTON, DC - RL Leaders (RLL) announced the members of their newly constituted Advisory Board today. The announcement follows two new additions to the ranks of their senior leadership...

Eric Islinger Joins RL Leaders

Eric Islinger Joins RL Leaders

New CFO tasked with managing growth as public and private sectors seek solutions to vexing challenges WASHINGTON, DC - RL Leaders announced today that Eric Islinger has joined their senior leadership team as Chief Financial Officer (CFO). The announcement comes on the...

Darren West Joins RL Leaders

Darren West Joins RL Leaders

Business Development hire reflects growing demand for Deep Applied Creativity to address evolving challenges facing public and private sectors WASHINGTON, DC - RL Leaders announced today that Darren West has joined their senior leadership team as Vice President of...

Has This Pandemic Changed How You View Time?

Has This Pandemic Changed How You View Time?

“What is a week-end?” As the humorous line in British series Downton Abbey reminds us, the Industrial Revolution brought about more than machines: it fundamentally altered how society perceived time on a mass level. Weekends came into existence. It was the start of...

Why Every Leader Needs to Become a Campaign Manager

Why Every Leader Needs to Become a Campaign Manager

Now, more than ever, we have to figure out how to get stuff done and how to be smart about it. Both professionally and personally, our lives will inevitably change moving forward, the only certainty is that we must be ready to face it. Thinking differently is part of...

The Leadership Podcast: Prisoners of Our Own Perspective

The Leadership Podcast: Prisoners of Our Own Perspective

I recently had the privilege to join the wonderful team over at The Leadership Podcast to discuss leadership and a slew of other topics. Here are some of the takeaways, along with the full recording below. The Leadership Podcast - We Study Leaders · TLP206: Prisoners...

What Do We Do?

What Do We Do?

Marches. Protests. Riots. Each is a different, unique expression of anguish facing communities and their allies. Each is capable of evolving into another in an instant, with or without actual, representative intent, much less strategic planning. All of them are rooted...

How the Coronavirus Could Lead to a New Renaissance

How the Coronavirus Could Lead to a New Renaissance

The future has never been guaranteed. Even so, we’ve taken it for granted, and have avoided preparing in government, our businesses, and society in general. We tend to “work in,” not “work on,” managing too many crises and tasks to tackle the tough questions about the...

Ode to Les: Six Life Lessons My Mentor Taught Me

Ode to Les: Six Life Lessons My Mentor Taught Me

I got an out-of-the-blue email the other day from a couple of old friends and colleagues. They were looping me into a broader email thread of former Les Aspin staffers in honor of the twenty-fifth anniversary of Les’ death. For those of you who don’t know, Aspin was...

How We Can Help Coronavirus Lead to a New Renaissance

How We Can Help Coronavirus Lead to a New Renaissance

We have a choice: we can either retrench into what was, realigning with old systems that have already revealed their cracks, or take the brave step the Renaissance Men and Women took to envision a new future—and then create that. The medieval Plague seems irrelevant...

Create a Better World by Eliminating Rigidity of Thought

Create a Better World by Eliminating Rigidity of Thought

In times of tremendous instability, the easiest tendency to fall victim to is retrenchment. “Let’s just go back to how things were before…” many find themselves musing. But the “good old days” crowd has to face some facts. For one, unless somebody creates Doc Brown’s...

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