“Eric changed the way [our] people think about leadership in turbulent times.”

In his own words, “My work is to amplify the impact of those who choose to lead. I draw inspiration from the complexity nature and cities, as well as the seemingly endless creativity of my fellow humans as I develop concepts and tools to help leaders and their organizations thrive.”

Eric’s writing and speaking have been called “crystal clear,” “compelling,” and “timely.”

He is a wide-ranging thinker and natural storyteller. Eric sees leading as an endeavor that requires curiosity, courage, and empathy. In his work, he draws on insights from anthropology, behavioral economics, biology, neuroscience, organizational behavior, systems theory, urbanism, and more.

Eric says, “Admittedly, I am a fox, not a hedgehog. I like building from one subject to the next, finding the connections, often unseen, between various areas of study and practice. My task is to reveal their relevance to our daily endeavors because complex challenges are only met through multi-disciplinary thinking.” He seeks to stimulate honest conversations and return humanity to organizations. He has a special expertise in helpng subject matter experts step into leading, whether as physicians, engineers, scientists, or preparedness and response executives.

“Pilgrim, there is no path. We make the path by walking.”
~ Antonio Machado

Eric is co-author of the book, You’re It: Crisis, Change, and How to Lead When it Matters Most (PublicAffairs, June 2019) and 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 has written more than 200 bylined articles on leadership, decision-making, and negotiation in top journals. His columns on leadership and management appear regularly at strategy+business where he is a contributing editor. He has written for CNN.com, Harvard Business ReviewLeader to LeaderMIT Sloan Management Review, and many more. Eric has been covered or quoted in the Boston GlobeThe Financial TimesForbesInc., Knowledge@Wharton radio, The New York TimesThe New Yorker, Second City Works, Yahoo! Finance, and many other outlets.

He holds an appointment as associate director of 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 as well as at M.I.T and the University of California, San Diego. In 2018, he was named a Trust Across America Top Thought Leader in Trust. He speaks to executive audiences around the world about the challenges of leading in fast moving, unpredictable circumstances.

Eric sits on the editorial panel of Crisis Response Journal the Leadership Communications Council at the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia. He also sits on the board of Massachusetts for Elephants. He 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.

For more, check out Eric’s LinkedIn profile. Follow him on Twitter @RicherEarth.