NPLI Confronts Hurricane Harvey, Irma, and Maria

Hurricane Harvey has lashed Texas with significant winds and unprecedented rains. Thousands are homeless and rescue operations continue. Then Irma blasted across the Caribbean, across Florida, and into the southeastern United States. Marina wreaked havoc on Puerto Rico and other islands. We have heard from many NPLI alumni involved in the response and know that many more are working to help the affected communities cope. There are many opportunities for…

NPLI “Swarms” with Hoover Institution in DC

NPLI faculty and alumni gathered at The Hoover Institution in Washington, DC this week to discuss the latest meta-leadership research and practices. In a lively, 45-minute dialogue facilitated by NPLI Founding Co-director, Dr. Leonard Marcus, the group explored “swarm” behaviors in evidence when cooperation and collaboration are high as well as the opposite–suspicion-based behaviors that lead to discord and disunity. Dr. Marcus presented the five behavioral principles derived through the…

Dr. Leonard Marcus Wins Teaching Award

The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health has given an Executive and Continuing Professional Education Excellence in Teaching Award to Dr. Leonard Marcus. Marcus is the founding co-director of the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative and directs the Program for Health Care Negotiation and Conflict Resolution. In addition to his teaching in NPLI programs and graduate-level courses at the Harvard Chan School, Marcus co-teaches the Leading in Health Systems executive…

Jane Cage Named Meta-Leader of the Year

When Cohort XV came to Cambridge for their opening session in early December, they had the chance to meet a special alumnus: Jane Cage (Cohort XI). Jane is chairman of the Joplin (MO) Citizens Advisory Recovery Team and was a tireless volunteer in the aftermath of the EF-5, multi-voretx tornado that ripped through Joplin hard on May 22, 2011. The tornado killed more than 150 people and injured more than…

Remembering 9/11, 15 Years On

Every NPLI alumnus, faculty, and staff member has a connection to 9/11. Some were in at or close to sites of the attacks. Others were in the thick of the response and recovery efforts. While each anniversary of 9/11 is a time to pause and reflect, this one is generating greater interest in lessons learned and progress made in keeping the nation and its people safe. NPLI Founding Co-director Leonard…

Marking the Fifth Anniversary of Joplin

NPLI Founding Co-Director Dr. Leonard Marcus was privileged to deliver a keynote address at the Joplin Disaster Recovery Summit in May 2016 at Missouri South State University. The event was held to commemorate that fifth anniversary of the devastating tornado that ripped through the town and, more important, the resilience of the population and the kindness of individuals, organizations, and communities across the nation that rallied to support Joplin in…

Marcus, Dorn Interview Fmr MA Governor Patrick

Former Commonwealth of Massachusetts Deval Patrick joined NPLI Co-Director Leonard Marcus and NPLI faculty member Barry Dorn, both lecturers on public health practice, for a conversation on leadership during the Boston Marathon bombing response. The talk was the keynote for the annual meeting of the School’s Leadership Council, which was held October 28-29, 2015. Marcus and Dorn noted that the NPLI’s extensive research on the Boston Marathon bombings response showed…

NPLI Faculty Respond to Recent Terror Attacks

The world has been rocked by recent attacks in Beirut, Baghdad, and most recently, Paris. Faculty and guest speakers from the NPLI have been among the most widely quoted experts. Here is a summary of their comments. NPLI founding Co-Director Leonard Marcus has been active with local Boston media on the topic. Links to those stories were not available as of the time of this post. However, Marcus provided this…

Goralnick, Marcus speak at Summit on Hospital Shooters

On April 11 Dr. Eric Goralnick, NPLI faculty member and medical director of emergency preparedness at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, along with Dr. Leonard Marcus, NPLI founding co-director, led a panel discussion as part of the first national symposium on response to an active shooter in a hospital or health care setting. The symposium was hosted by Johns Hopkins public health and emergency preparedness experts: Symposium organizers note…

Meta-Leadership in Action

Boston Marathon

Retired US Coast Guard Commandant Thad Allen joined the NPLI’s Lenny Marcus and Barry Dorn to co-author a chapter in the new book, Tackling Wicked Government Problems: A Practical Guide for Developing Enterprise Leaders published by Brookings Institution Press. Based on a presentation that Allen and Marcus made at a Brookings event in 2012, the chapter presents the meta-leadership framework in the context of Allen’s leadership of the responses to…