“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
In his own words, “My work is to amplify the impact of those who choose to lead. I am a writer, teacher, student, conversation catalyst, intellectual adventurer, provocateur, environmentalist, traveler, foodie, and advocate for the local and entrepreneurial. I draw inspiration from nature, the complex environments of cities, and the seemingly endless creativity of my fellow humans.
I am a fox, not a hedgehog. This is not because I need to flit from interest to interest but rather because I like building from one subject to the next, finding the connections, often unseen, between various areas of study and practice. I am a natural multi-disciplinarian.
My reason for being is to stimulate exploration and discussion of what I see as the big issues in our lives: Why are we here? What contributions will we make? How can we more keenly perceive the complex systems of which we are a part? How do we ensure that both human and non-human species can thrive? My goal is to catalyze abundant stewardship through leader development.”
Eric is an active writer, speaker, and educator on leadership and, in particular, leading through crisis, change, and 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 as well as at M.I.T and the University of California, San Diego. He speaks to executive audiences around the world about the challenges of leading in fast moving, unpredictable circumstances.
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 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 has written for CNN.com, Harvard Business Review, Leader to Leader, MIT Sloan Management Review, and many more. Eric has been covered or quoted in the Boston Globe, CheddarNews, The Financial Times, Forbes, Inc., Knowledge@Wharton radio, Second City Works, Yahoo! Finance, and many other outlets.
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.
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.