“The biggest predictor of whether you’ll continue a habit is whether or not you’ve performed that habit in the last three weeks. That probably sounds shockingly obvious, but it’s true. Starting anything can feel daunting. As always, our only job is to take one small step and then the next one. To quote Martin Luther King Jr., ‘If you can’t fly, then run; if you can’t run, then walk; if you can’t walk, then crawl. But whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward.’ Once we start, we tend to continue.” — Eric Martin, Author, Your Leadership Moment

London | Keynote Speech | Skoll World Forum “Beyond Dialogue” side event

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What if…we stand at the threshold of civil strife unlike anything we’ve seen. What if…the civil war has already begun. What if…each of us…Right and Left…is arming ourselves with our most lethal weapon. Pipe bombs, zip ties, mob incitation, verbal slights, character attacks, dismissive rhetoric, hardened hearts, closed minds, final judgements rendered. Death to the other side the desired option — be it physical, political, or social.

What if I have already made the choice to storm the inviolable capitol of human dignity and respect. …


Sometimes the universe conspires to put you in the right place at the right time. So it was in the Spring of 2020 for team members at Adaptive Change Advisors (ACA), which is the world’s foremost mission-based Adaptive Leadership development organization.

As the coronavirus pandemic broke out, the team had just begun a leadership program for over 200 immunization professionals across Africa, South Asia and Southeast Asia. The program, a 6-week virtual series funded by the Gates Foundation, was designed to support immunization professionals to tackle the ‘adaptive challenge’ of last-mile vaccination coverage and vaccine hesitancy. …


You may have heard about the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

These days it is rare to hear a public figure spoken of with such reverence by politicians from both sides of the aisle. We observed that with the passing of Ginsburg, the praise of a life well lived and her legacy of conviction and intellectual courage.

It is worth recalling the friendship she held with her rival on the court — titan of the bench Antonin Scalia. It was a deep friendship that went back before their years on the Supreme Court, back to when they…


I’m committed to helping people exercise leadership over a lifetime — not just in their current project, job, or even their current career.

Like me, you might have stepped into the world of leadership development accidentally. Perhaps, you became intrigued after reading a leadership book or after an unexpectedly meaningful leadership workshop. Or maybe, you had a great boss or mentor who opened the door of inquiry into your own leadership potential…or a bad boss who taught you everything *not* to do to develop others.

My own leadership aha happened back in 2003. I came across a community of leadership…


How to know when it’s your time to lead.

By Eric R. Martin, Managing Director, Adaptive Change Advisors

Let’s suspend any lofty notions of leadership as a visionary, strong, charismatic figure who inspires the masses. The truth is that’s the stuff of both dictators and great change-makers alike. It has nothing to do with leadership.

For over fifteen years, I’ve had the pleasure of working closely with the people who developed the Adaptive Leadership framework at Harvard. I’ve also had the honor of helping bring it to worldwide scale and practice — from Harvard to the “real world” as I often quip. …


By Eric R. Martin and Asim Janjua

“Why Zuckerberg’s 14-year apology tour hasn’t fixed Facebook” | Wired, April 2018

“14 years of Mark Zuckerberg saying sorry, not sorry” | The Washington Post, April 2018

Mark Zuckerberg’s Apology Tour” | The New Yorker, April 2018

Solving the Wrong Problem Perfectly

Just beneath the surface of Facebook’s consistent string of apologies lies a persistent pattern: its penchant for putting technical fixes on problems that are fundamentally not technical in nature. Take fake news for example. On the surface, filtering algorithms appear to be a straightforward technical fix. If fake news doesn’t reach the eyeballs of susceptible readers…


Democracy is declining for the 12th consecutive year according to the latest Freedom of the World report, which has tracked the rise and fall of democracy around the world since 1972. The report comes from Freedom House, which was founded 70+ years ago to champion the advancement of freedom globally. While Russia and China make their dutiful appearance in the report — and the US makes a disturbingly strong showing too — what most strikes me is this attribution for the decline:

“…the younger generation [is] indifferent to democratic values and innocent of the horrific though heroic struggles that secured…


The Trump administration’s recent executive order to begin rewriting the sweeping 2015 rule known as Waters of the United States will likely devolve power from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to counties and municipalities.

In giving “leadership” back to municipalities, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt might benefit from revisiting the provocative leadership approach initiated under former EPA Administrator William D. Ruckelshaus, who served under Ronald Reagan, and his successors who succeeded in protecting the New York City Watershed.

Shaking Up the New York City Watershed

Bringing a new sense of urgency to protecting the water supply of New York City’s 9…


How Not to Solve Fake News

Everyone is abuzz about fake news, Russian trolls and how they affected the US election. The proposed solutions, however, are actually more fake than the fake news itself.

Consider the filtering algorithms Google, Facebook and Twitter are putting in place. On the surface it’s a straightforward fix. If fake news doesn’t reach the eyeballs of susceptible readers — voila! they’ll act or vote based on sounder logic and reason.

This won’t this solve fake news, however, and here’s why:

According to Adaptive Leadership, a leadership approach developed at Harvard, there are actually two kinds…

Eric Martin, Author | Your Leadership Moment

Democratizing Leadership in an Age of Authoritarianism #adaptiveleadership

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