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.  Power is indispensable in getting an organization off the ground but when too much power is concentrated in the one person’s hands,... 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

Unstoppable Top Executives And The Forces Of Restraint

29 Mar 2018. Bob Kaplan

It's always a problem when too much power is concentrated in the hands of the top person.  That's almost a given in start-ups run by the founder. Inevitably,... More

Wronged (a short story)

15 Feb 2018. Bob Kaplan

From behind his massive mahogany desk, polished to such a sparkling gleam it almost hurt my eyes, Sam Califon sat high in his black upholstered desk chair. A big man,... More

Between Your Ears: Your Mental Game Is Everything!

06 Oct 2017. Bob Kaplan

Have you been told or seen for yourself there's something wrong with the way you lead and, like many leaders, you decided to fix it, like you'd solve any other problem,... More