Leadership Lessons from Marathon Bombings, April 8

The National Preparedness Leadership Initiative and the Metro Boston Homeland Security Region will present a symposium of the leadership lessons from the Boston Marathon on April 8, 2014 in Boston. The program will feature NPLI faculty as well as many of the front line leaders from the events that week. “There have been many meetings to look at the operational lessons learned,” said NPLI co-director Leonard Marcus. “We will examine…

Keenan Chairs Clean Gulf 2013; McNulty Keynotes

Gwen Keenan (Cohort VII), Director, Office of Emergency Response of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, was chairperson of the 2013 Clean Gulf conference held last week in Tampa, Florida. The conference gathered more than 2,000 people from industry, government, and non-profit groups to address critical issues in preparedness and response in the region. Eric McNulty, the NPLI’s Director of Research and Professional Programs, delivered the opening keynote address on…

Cohort XI Complete and Ready for Class

All open places in the 2013-2014 Cohort (XI) of the NPLI have been claimed. The incoming class includes participants from organizations as varied as the New York City Police Department, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Red Cross, Team Rubicon, the Singapore Armed Services, and the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. The cohort of fifty students will meet on the Harvard campus for a week in December…

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…

NPLI Cohort X Project Makes News

Can social media be an effective tool for detecting outbreaks of food-borne illness? That is the question that one project team set out to answer during 2012/2013’s Cohort X. The answer seems to be yes. Among the team’s activities was developing and testing an app for automated Twitter monitoring for outbreaks of food poisoning and other restaurant-related illnesses in greater Chicago. A suspect Tweet triggers a response asking the person…

McConnell calls for Meta-leadership on Cybersecurity

Former Director for National Intelligence Mike McConnell has called for meta-leadership as the nation prepares for more and larger cyber attacks in Politico: For NIST to bring all of the parties together and create meaningful change, I believe that its senior leaders must become directly involved in this effort, bringing to it these enterprisewide leadership skills, and the engagement of the Department of Commerce, and interagency and business leadership. The…

Assessing the Response in Boston

The recent Boston Marathon bombings tested the city’s preparedness and response. These efforts included many associated with the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative. Here is a quick round up of some of the more interesting pieces: The Harvard School of Public Health Forum held a live webcast in conjunction with WBUR featuring NPLI Founding Co-director Dr. Leonard Marcus, The Department of Health and Human Services’ Don Boyce (Cohort IV), Massachusetts General…