100 Days of Solitude

100 Days of Solitude

Dr. Kathleen Allen asked me to write a second blog from just ten minutes north of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. As I wrote in my first piece, seven Bay Area counties were the first in the country to shelter in place beginning March 15th. As I write this new...
How Paradigms Fall

How Paradigms Fall

There is a pattern to how new ideas come into a society We are living in a world where we experience multiple and often competing world views every day, and leadership assumptions about how the world works are behind every political or business strategy. Many of these...
Some Thoughts from This Weekend

Some Thoughts from This Weekend

While I will leave any deeper analysis for a later time, the protests in Minneapolis and around the country after the death of George Floyd are giving us feedback about our society. Frankly, we are at a point where we must bravely choose to adapt and co-create a new...
May Leadership Insights

May Leadership Insights

Our daily lives – work and personal – have been deeply disrupted and challenged in this experience of sheltering in place. In many ways, we will never return to the “old normal” – the “new normal” is taking shape day by day....
A Pause That Refreshes

A Pause That Refreshes

In the time of the pandemic, what are we finding out about ourselves? What are the lessons we’ve learned?   My name is David Erskine and Dr. Kathleen Allen asked me to write a guest blog from just ten minutes north of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. As...
Adapt for Nature’s Sake

Adapt for Nature’s Sake

I had an interesting conversation the other morning. My friend was talking with a colleague who works at the VP level in a large tech firm. In the conversation they were sharing their experiences of sheltering in place and working from home. The exec said, “I don’t...
Letting Go for Nature’s Sake

Letting Go for Nature’s Sake

On April 15th four colleagues and I hosted a call on Leading Through Disruption: A Living Systems Path to Rapid Adaptation. On the call, we introduced some qualities of living systems and the adaptive cycle that nature uses to continue to evolve. We then posed the...