Connect with John Pisapia

Strategic Thinking

Thumb Prints - Hand Prints - Foot Prints

I was on a panel discussing the most important features of leadership at The Hague, Netherlands a few years ago when I heard the most profound story of the importance of coherence and shared vision and the role competition, cooperation and collaboration play in it. 

It seems that after the fall of the Berlin Wall emancipated countries and cities across the Soviet bloc became a beehive of activity to create a new vision.  It seems that in one such city, the newly elected Mayor commissioned an artist to do a rendering of the city that captures its essence.  His hope was to create a mural that would be on display in the lobby of City Hall that displayed the energy and goodness of the city in an image.  

Run To Daylight!

jjIn my book, The Strategic Leader: New Tactics for a Globalizing World, I present the tactic of Running for Daylight.  Basically it means to know where the goal line is, preplan, run in place for a while, and when an opening occurs pounce on it vigorously. In the book, I identified the tactic by observing that the same people were always first to receive the incentives being offered by the organization.  Basically they knew what was happening, where they were going, and were ready with a plan when the door opened. 

Research Agenda

Books, Articles, Papers, Lectures
Strategic and Entreprenurial Leadership, Thinking, & Doing

My mission is to develop and provide the tools which enable aspiring and practicing leaders (in all contexts) to cultivate themselves and then their organization.  I attempt to fulfill this mission by focusing on theory, tool development, network development, and community building. My working hypothesis is that in times of complexity leaders who are cognitively and behaviorally complex produce better results than those less cognitively and behaviorally complex.  This hypothesis has been up held in our studies
on Facebook