Staying Calm

01 Sep 2021. Bob Kaplan

The thornier the problem and the more at stake, the greater the premium on staying utterly calm, cool and collected. it's not necessarily easy but there are practices that... More

The First To Raise My Hand

26 May 2021. Colleen Blake with Bob Kaplan

A big influence on a woman growing up is how her father treats her. I got the full benefit of that. Every Saturday I'd go to the yard where he kept his construction... More

Nothing But The Best

10 Feb 2021. Bob Kaplan

Philip Smith, the head of investment banking for a global bank, sat uneasily in a conference room, waiting for the bank's head of HR, who declined to tell him the purpose... More

The Accidental Leader

25 Jun 2020. Maurice Perlman with Bob Kaplan

I never planned to be a teacher in the first place. I backed into it.  I went up to Tufts, with the idea of becoming a doctor. So I became pre-med and majored in... More

Founder Power Gone Awry

18 Feb 2020. Bob Kaplan

Power‎ sticks to founders like glue. Without it, they'd never get their initiative off the ground, no less keep it there. Yet all that power can cut back on itself.... More

From Millions to Billions

10 Oct 2019. Angelo LaGrega with Bob Kaplan

I came out of nowhere. I'm somewhat of a brash New Yorker, and I was working in the "good manners" South. I'm very instinctive, extraverted, and I tend to think out loud.... More

The Real Florence Nightingale

18 Jul 2019. Bob Kaplan

I had only the haziest idea of who Florence Nightingale was—a Good Samaritan, I thought, tending to soldiers in some long-ago war. "The Lady with the Lamp," as she was... More

Do You Bring Your A-game To Taking Care Of Your Body?

16 Apr 2019. Bob Kaplan

Here's an irony, a contradiction of sorts: capable people, high achievers, often fail to take care of themselves in important ways. Poor diet, lack of regular exercise,... More

Best of the Best (a short story)

27 Dec 2018. Bob Kaplan

Philip Smith, the head of investment banking for a global bank, sat uneasily in in a conference room, waiting for the bank's head of HR, who declined to tell him the... More

Blinding Glimpse of the Obvious

05 Nov 2018. Bob Kaplan

It's always interesting, if humbling, to suddenly notice what's missing in a situation that's utterly familiar to me. All the more so when that thing is totally basic and... More

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