How Will You Put A Dent In The Universe? Here’s My Plan.

Steve Jobs once remarked: “We’re here to put a dent in the universe. Otherwise, why even be here?” For me, the desire to make more of a dent in the universe has prompted a professional shift from innovation strategies for business gain to ones aimed at more meaningful societal benefit. As I emerge from my […]

It’s Gut Check Time On Corporate Purpose

Words matter. Imagine if the collective leadership of U.S. business ignored the protests against racial injustice or, even worse, followed the lead of the U.S. President to urge that “when the looting starts, the shooting should start.” The strong, supportive words so publicly spoken in support of racial equity by corporate America will ring cheap […]

6 Laws Of Zero Will Shape Our Future. For The Better Or Worse Is Up To Us.

“There are decades where nothing happens; and, there are weeks where decades happen,” observed Vladimir Lenin. The recent weeks grappling with the Covid-19 pandemic certainly fall into the weeks-where-decades-happen category. What’s more, the trillions of dollars being spent on pandemic-fighting strategies might well make or break the decades to come, as I recently wrote. Take telehealth, the […]

We Need A Moonshot For Diabetes Prevention, Part Two: Three Misconceptions

Diabetes is one of the fastest growing killers, as I discussed in Part 1 of this series. Thirty million adults in the U.S. suffer from it today. Another 84 million have a milder condition, prediabetes, that puts them at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Over time, if current trends continue, the disease will strike […]

5 Ways Our Coronavirus Recovery Strategies Might Make Or Break The Future: Part 1

When you’re fighting a fire, it’s easy to forget that the water can cause more damage than the fire itself. When you rebuild after a fire, the desire to rebuild quickly can trump the inclination to rebuild smartly. During a disaster, focusing on anything other than getting back to normal as fast as possible can […]

25 Principles Of Adult Leadership

Some time ago, on the occasion of his 60th birthday, John Perry Barlow sent me (and a few thousand other friends in his “BarlowFriendz” group) a birthday message with a gift. The email recounted how, when Barlow turned 30, he decided that he could no longer “defend [his] peccadillos on basis of youth.” While the 30-year-old Barlow didn’t […]

We Need A Moonshot For Diabetes Prevention, Part One: The Case For Action

About two years ago, my friend Tony lost three toes. The cause of this tragedy was type 2 diabetes, even though the disease is manageable and often preventable. Tony then fought a host of complications. Small wounds would not heal and became life-threatening. Another amputation was necessary, and more were a looming threat. Comorbidities, including infection, high blood […]

Climate Change Best Case Scenario: Save Millions, Make Trillions

If you’re looking to make a meaningful dent in the universe, few opportunities loom as large as addressing the root causes of climate change. That’s the case even if you don’t believe we’re facing a climate crisis, and more so if you do. This point was brought home to me recently by Dr. Jonathan Patz, a panelist […]

This Is Your Leadership Moment, Too. Here’s Your Biggest Challenge.

President Joe Biden faces a historic leadership moment. He’s not alone. You’re facing the same test. Whether you lead an entire country, giant organization, small team or work solo, your own leadership mettle is surely being tested by the shifting economic, political and social dynamics triggered by the pandemic and the chaotic (though, happily, not […]