“Pilgrim, there is no path. We make the path by walking.”
~ Antonio Machado
ONE OF TRUST ACROSS AMERICA’S 2018 TOP THOUGHT LEADERS ON TRUST
Eric works to increase the leadership capacity and capability in individuals, organizations, and communities to advance positive change. He draws 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 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 and M.I.T. He speaks to executive audiences around the world about the challenges of leading in fast moving, unpredictable circumstances.
Eric is co-author of the forthcoming book, You’re It: Crisis, Change, and How to Lead When it Matters Most (Public Affairs, 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 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 has a special expertise in leading as a subject matter expert, whether a physician, engineer, or preparedness and response executive.
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.
For more, check out Eric’s LinkedIn profile. Follow him on Twitter @RicherEarth.