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.

20
Dec

A True Profile in Courage

Our post last month on gratitude struck a resonant chord with many of you. So we want to end this year by talking about a related virtue: courage. The kind of courage we often read and talk about is physical—like Lowell’s father-in-law’s heroic combat on the frozen slopes of Monte Belvedere to liberate Italy...
28
Nov

Gratitude Isn't a Platitude

Fair warning: We're gonna get personal in this post. That's because we're feeling extra reflective this holiday season. We both had milestone birthdays this year (50 for Lowell, 75 for Mario), and we've both experienced personal loss. In the past month alone, Mario lost...
17
Oct

The Red Pill

Last month, we wrestled with the implications of the new book 'Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World', which has earned more buzz in our sector than we've seen in a long time. This month, we're turning our focus to '21 Lessons for the 21st Century', a book that...
26
Sep

A Gut Punch

During the Jewish High Holidays, Lowell's rabbi implored his congregation to spend less time with eyes fixed on our algorithmically narrowed news feeds and more time looking for new perspectives. In response, Lowell picked up Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World, a book that was likely to challenge key assumptions...
23
Aug

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.