Covid-19 and Hannibal’s Law

For many years, I have advocated what I call Hannibal’s First Law of Leadership: “Never give an order that won’t be obeyed.” Hannibal’s Law recognizes that war is fought in the real world, and that a general who gives orders that aren’t obeyed won’t be a general for much longer. We are now reaching that … Continue reading Covid-19 and Hannibal’s Law

Scaling and Prevailing Over Covid-19

* * * An exponential threat like Covid-19 requires us to scale up our responses at lightning speed. But how do manage the risks and strain of this effort, while making sure that we mitigate, rather than amplify, the existing structural problems in our society? In a week, Bob Sutton, Laura McBain, Marc Chun, and … Continue reading Scaling and Prevailing Over Covid-19

Resist Covid-19 Fundamentalism

The Covid-19 pandemic may be the greatest threat the world has faced in over a century. All of humanity has a common enemy, a merciless, exponentially-spreading virus. If ever we needed to unite against a common enemy, now is the time. And of course, not only are nations at loggerheads, even within the United States, … Continue reading Resist Covid-19 Fundamentalism

What Is The Human Cost Of Swedish Herd Immunity To Covid-19?

One of the major pieces of Covid-19 news today is that Dr. Anders Tegnell, the chief epidemiologist of Sweden’s Public Health Agency told CNBC that he believed that the Swedish capital of Stockholm would achieve herd immunity in the next few weeks, and that his agency’s models project that 20% of the population there is … Continue reading What Is The Human Cost Of Swedish Herd Immunity To Covid-19?

Make Your Zoom Meetings Work Better By “Wasting” More Time

Today, I participated in a 2 1/2 hour Zoom meeting that seemed to fly by. Sound impossible? Yes, if the meeting had been structured like a typical meeting, which is to say, essentially without structure. Sitting on a meandering Zoom call for 2 1/2 hours was one of the punishments Dante placed in the eighth … Continue reading Make Your Zoom Meetings Work Better By “Wasting” More Time

Adapting to the Covid-19 Pandemic

One of the greatest challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic is the speed and scope of change. Our lives have changed so much and so quickly that it’s hard to adapt. I’m no exception. I was following the Covid-19 story as I visited Dubai and India in February, but I didn’t grasp its true significance. … Continue reading Adapting to the Covid-19 Pandemic

Hydroxychloroquine Clinical Trials

There is a lot of discussion of hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil) online, largely because disparate figures such as Elon Musk and President Donald Trump have viewed it as a potential treatment for Covid-19. I can understand the appeal–the drug has been around for decades, is cheap, and can be administered orally. Imagine being able to cure Covid-19 … Continue reading Hydroxychloroquine Clinical Trials

Searching For Meaning In The Coronavirus Age

By Chris Yeh and Jennifer Aaker, General Atlantic Professor at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business For millions of Americans, the novel coronavirus (or Covid-19) went from minor, far-off worry to life-altering disaster, seemingly overnight.  Perhaps it was three weeks ago, when the NBA suspended its season, followed closely by nearly every other sports … Continue reading Searching For Meaning In The Coronavirus Age

The Four Levers To Combat Coronavirus

During a call with my fellow Silicon Guild members today, I shared my “three lever” model for addressing the coronavirus crisis. Based on their feedback, I’ve expanded it to four. The key levers that we as a society can pull are: 1. Testing 2. Tracking 3. Treatment 4. Behavior Change These levers are, to a … Continue reading The Four Levers To Combat Coronavirus