“Pilgrim, there is no path. We make the path by walking.”
~ Antonio Machado
Eric works to increase the leadership capacity and capability in individuals, organizations, and communities to advance positive change. He is an author, speaker, and educator drawing inspiration from nature, the complex environments of cities, and the seemingly endless creativity of his fellow humans. His goal — and satisfaction — is tangible impact.
Eric is an active writer, speaker, and educator on leadership and, in particular, leading through crises and other turbulence. He holds an appointment as Director of Research and Professional Programs at the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative (NPLI), a joint program of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and as Instructor at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Eric teaches in numerous executive education and graduate level courses at Harvard and M.I.T. He speaks to executive audiences around the world about the challenges of leading in fast moving, unpredictable circumstances.
Eric is the author of Three Critical Shifts in Thinking for the Evolving Leader (O’Reilly. 2015) and Your Critical First 10 Days as a Leader (Safari, 2015). He is also the co-author, along with Dr. Leonard Marcus and Dr. Barry Dorn, of the second edition of Renegotiating Health Care: Resolving Conflict to Build Collaboration (Jossey-Bass, 2011). Eric is a co-author of a chapter on meta-leadership in the McGraw-Hill Homeland Security Handbook (2012) and many articles on leadership, decision-making, and negotiation.
Eric’s columns on leadership and management appear regularly at strategy+business where he is a contributing editor. He seek to stimulate honest conversations and return humanity to organizations. He speaks and writes for technology executives regularly through O’Reilly Media and has a special expertise in leading as a subject matter expert.
He is the principal author of the NPLI’s case studies on leadership decision making in the Boston Marathon bombing response, innovation in the response Hurricane Sandy and the professional/political interface in the Deepwater Horizon response drawing upon the firsthand research he and his colleagues conducted as well as extensive interviews with leaders involved in the responses. He has also researched and written on the H1N1 pandemic response and the domestic response to Ebola in 2014-2015.
Eric holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics (with honors) from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a Master’s degree in Leadership from Lesley University.
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