What The World Series Can Teach Us About Covid-19

Last night, my hometown baseball team, the Los Angeles Dodgers, won the World Series for the first time since 1988. I can still remember the 1988 World Series, which featured Kirk Gibson’s famous walk-off home run in Game 1 (my dad and I started off watching the game at our local Shakey’s pizzeria, and finished … Continue reading What The World Series Can Teach Us About Covid-19

The Martingale Presidency

One of the puzzling aspects of Donald Trump’s presidency is his inability to follow a coherent long-term strategy. Prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, strong economic conditions would have made any conventional president a shoo-in for re-election. All Donald Trump would need to do is to stay quiet and avoid saying anything other than, “Are you … Continue reading The Martingale Presidency

The Zoom Treadmill (Treadzoomer? Zoommill?)

If you’re like me, endless Zoom calls and the inability to work out at your regular gym may have produced a “Quarantine 15” effect on your weight and fitness. For those who are fortunate enough to afford both a treadmill and the space to set it up, I offer a solution: The Zoom Treadmill, or … Continue reading The Zoom Treadmill (Treadzoomer? Zoommill?)

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