Team Lighthouse Gets Creative in Its Pursuit of Enhanced Collaboration with Elected Officials to Improve Emergency Preparedness Nationwide

preparedness planning may not be a winning platform, elected and appointed officials are often front and center when a crisis hits. Team Lighthouse recognized that while preparedness may not win an election, perceived failure to effectively manage a crisis response and recovery certainly could lose one. The team also uncovered a lacking in the level of training provided to these officials, despite the important role they play in emergency response.…

Team “Airport Too-Point-Ohh!” spreads CALM across Airport Incident Management Systems

Airports have become increasingly complex security environments, due to rapidly evolving safety concerns and the interplay of multi-jurisdictional and cross-sector stakeholders from airlines, to retail, to federal, state and local regulatory and law enforcement agencies. With this complex environment in mind, Team Airport Too-Point-Ohh! utilized the Meta-leadership framework to enable airport leadership to focus on the “whole airport community” and develop improved collaborative decision-making for crisis preparedness and response. The…

With “Push2Breathe,” NPLI Executive Education Students Lead the Fight to Reduce Preventable Deaths from Opioid Overdose

The CDC reports that 91 Americans die each day from opioid overdose, with at least half of all overdose deaths involving prescription opioids.[1] This ongoing and growing epidemic, recently declared an emergency by the President, challenges leaders across sectors, from law enforcement to public health to elected officials to devise new strategies and policies to save lives. Meta-leadership to build connectivity among agencies and partners, is critical for successful intervention.…

Crisis Standards of Care Spotlighted by ASPR

When crisis hits, healthcare professionals are charged with allocating scarce resources to achieve the greatest benefit to the population. This can require a shift from conventional standards of care to what are known as crisis standards of care. For example, nurse-to-patient ratios may be extended or certain segments of the population may have to receive priority access to a vaccine, or other medical resource. The ability to move quickly when…

Leadership Moments Come Unexpectedly

At the NPLI, we have studied terror attacks for years. We have seen graphic images and heard wrenching descriptions of the horror. Monday’s bombings at the Boston Marathon, however, brought it all home. We saw tragedy and heroism side by side. We reflected on the role of leadership in crisis for a piece for HBR.org. “It is in difficult times like these that we are hungriest for leadership, for people who…

OPM Launches Meta-leadership Training

On Monday April 15, Dr. Leonard Marcus of the NPLI led the inaugural Meta-leadership Training for National Security Professionals and the Senior Executive Service in Washington, DC. The theme was “Leadership in Times of Crises” and focused on leadership during emergency situations requiring coordination of activities by multiple agencies, organizations, and stakeholders. The program is presented by the United States Office of Personnel Management. The second seminar will be held…

Mark Misczak (Cohort VII) Lauded for Sandy Work

Mark Misczak (Cohort VII), the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s deputy director of individual assistance division, was recently featured in the Washington Post for his work in the super storm Sandy response. “What other job could you have where you are able to help someone who has completely given up hope and help them put things back together,” said Misczak in the story. “To make that impact on people, it has…

FEMA Takes Innovation to the White House

FEMA brought it innovation efforts to the White House on February 6 for a national Think Tank call and panel discussion. The event was hosted by Rich Serino (Cohort I), Deputy Administrator at FEMA. The agency’s Think Tank series and Innovation Team efforts have been led by Desiree Matel-Anderson (Cohort IX). The NPLI’s Leonard Marcus was a featured presenter on the Think Tank call and Eric McNulty led off the panel discussion.…