Cohort XIII Tackles Tough Leadership Challenges

NPLI Cohort XIII returns to Cambridge this week to present the results of their team projects. Each

team selected a real-world problem with leadership dimensions and worked for six months to improve the situation, increase knowledge, and boost connectivity. Cohort XIII’s projects ranged from exploring how to improve communication with the public in the face of an infectious disease outbreak to helping cities hosting major sporting events or National Special Security Events to responding to active shooter incidents.

An increasing focus in NPLI team projects is handing them off from cohort to cohort to achieve impact that cannot be accomplished within the constraints of a six-month executive education program. Cohort XIII’s active shooter project is the third in the series, each of which has addressed a distinct dimension of this important issue, and looks at how bystanders can be leveraged to assist to ensure that the injured do not die from uncontrolled bleeding.

Another example are the projects related to cyber attacks and electrical grid outages. In Cohort XII,

one team looked at the challenge of 30+ day grid outage and developed practical guidance for utility executives and public officials (CREO Final for Public 2015). At the same time, another looked at the gaps in doctrine and coordination between public and private sectors in the face of a state or state-sponsored cyber attack on the financial system. In Cohort XIII, a team wove these two streams of work together in a project that developed guidance for utility officials on how to prepare for and respond to a cyber attack. There work compresses voluminous resources into a concise, action-oriented guide that will be distributed to the industry through several channels. The guide will be posted on this site once it has been presented in class this week.

Congratulations to all Cohort XIII participants. Their work results in a better prepared, more resilient nation.