Jennifer and I are Repotting

Jennifer and I Repotting for a While

Apropos of today’s RFL on repotting, I want to share how Jennifer and I will be repotting. I want to share the changes – changes I hope will enrich the soil from which Reading for Leading grows.

First, we are writing a book to come out this fall on the lessons learned leading Michigan. It will be a tale of leadership in the midst of massive economic shifts and political turmoil.  We believe it will stimulate a rich discussion in our country which, like Michigan, continues to face economic changes that are not merely cyclical but have deep causes and require big changes.

Second, we are also temporarily uprooting for a couple years. In our twenty-fifth year of marriage – in our beloved Michigan – we’re moving to the Bay Area to be near Jennifer’s parents. We will both be teaching at the University of California at Berkeley through the 2013 academic year.  Jennifer will teach classes on energy, industrial policy and governing in tough time in the Boalt School of Law and the Goldman School of Public Policy, while I will be teaching at Boalt Law and the Haas School of Business. At Haas, I’m excited to be teaching leadership, so I hope you’ll keep engaging and educating me around all things leadership.

We will also be doing public speaking – represented by the Keppler Speakers Bureau. Jennifer will become a regular guest panelist on Meet the Press.  I have big plans for a book on men and how we rise to the unique challenge and extraordinary opportunity to learn to lead and follow in wonderful new ways.

We feel trepidation and sadness at leaving Michigan for a while, especially as the state struggles to get its own roots into more nutritious soil.  But it’s time for some repotting, and a very important time for us to tend to Vic and Shirley, the sturdy family tree upon which my beloved bride was nurtured. Jack finishes middle school here this spring, and we hope to make his high school years – our last as full time parents – great ones.

Jennifer and our kids and I are on a serious prowl for a lake home in Michigan and will always be our home base.  We’re grateful for your prayers and hope you’ll keep us close to the place and people we love so well.

Stay tuned for other announcements of exciting work we’ll be doing with some national non-profits.  I can still be reached at, Jennifer can now be reached at She’s launched a website and we will soon launch  Let us know how we can help you, as you

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