Leap Updates

quote1 Knowledge has to be improved, challenged, and increased constantly, or it vanishes. quote1 –Peter Drucker

Each month, we publish a Leap of Reason Update to share insights, tools, and learning opportunities for those who are working to raise their performance.


How Funders Can Leap from Good to Great

Last week, Lowell made a presentation to new board members of a family foundation interested in raising its game. It was a great opportunity to synthesize several years' worth of learning about how positive-outlier foundations find good organizations and help them become great.

Collaborative Patriotism

On July 4th, Lowell and his family participated in one of their favorite annual rituals: attending a naturalization ceremony at the foot of the Space Needle and welcoming America’s newest citizens. The ceremony featured more than 500 new Americans and roughly three times as many cheering onlookers, many of them wearing red, white, and...

Flashlights Not Hammers

As readers of this update know, we’re big believers in the power of data for learning and improvement. But we also recognize people can—and often do—use data in ways that create harm. The latest example comes from this New York Times podcast, which aired on June 5. It’s the sobering story of how then-Baltimore...

A Passionate, Personal Drive for Performance

When reading the Chronicle of Philanthropy's May 1 feature story on the Leap Ambassadors Community, we got a kick out of a quotation by our friend Brad Dudding, the brilliant COO of the Center for Employment Opportunities. Perhaps channeling Mario, Dudding pulled off a rare triple mixed metaphor when explaining one of the community's...

28 Fixes

Three years ago, when the Leap Ambassadors Community released the first version of the Performance Imperative (PI), the ambassadors made it clear that they would practice what they preach about learning and improvement by collecting feedback and eventually producing a version 2.0. The ambassadors have followed through on that commitment. At the beginning of...