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 story)

27 Dec 2018. Bob Kaplan

"Brace yourself, Phil," I told him, as we pivoted from praise to criticism. His eyelids flickered. Earlier that morning it was a very different story, the opposite side... 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 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

High-Powered Couples With Kids: Don't Make It Harder On Yourselves — Try This

29 Jun 2017. Bob Kaplan

I'm always rooting for couples. I want them to "win." I'm always cheered when someone tells me, with feeling, "I'm happily married." So I'm always pained when couples... More

The Value of Griping

12 Apr 2017. Bob Kaplan

When I bump into my neighbor, who happens to be a CEO, it's the same sad song, the same resentful lament. "I'm so frustrated," he says. Anytime somebody says with feeling... More

Blemished (a story)

21 Dec 2016. Robert E. Kaplan

At our very first meeting EmmaJean bared her soul—uncharacteristically, I later learned. "Look," she said, emphatically, "If I'm going to get anything out of this, I... More