Susanne Jul

Susanne Jul

Los Altos CA

Creative Crisis Leadership

Senior Researcher

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Published on Aug 24, 2021

Neglected, but still rippling

As you may know, I am starting a nonprofit, Creative Crisis Leadership, aimed at giving more people the confidence, courage, and skills that allowed Zach to do what he did. So, while it’s been much...

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Published on May 07, 2020

Do you know something about grassroots leadership?

I'm working with a group of researchers to understand what people need when organizing local communities outside established organizations in COVID-19. We are looking for people who can provide us ...

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Published on May 05, 2020

Creative Crisis Leadership

The underlying motivation for the Rockport study was to understand,How can we prepare individuals to help the people around them improvise an effective response to crisis?Many of you know that this...

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Published on Feb 05, 2020

Rachel: "I was just a shell."

Rachel, age ~42, was in physical and emotional shock when she arrived at the shelter. She was aware of little beyond her own situation, and was in no condition to take action to help others.Situati...

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Published on Dec 14, 2019

It's time to look at the people!

We now have an understanding of the circumstances that led up to the shelter opening, and what it was like inside as the storm passed over. We also have a couple of frameworks to guide an examinati...

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Published on Nov 11, 2019

What's the Point?

In a response to a recent comment, I mentioned how appalled and dismayed I am at how long it's taking me to get through the Rockport data. This is, in part, because I keep toggling between doing th...

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Published on Oct 28, 2019

Past future perfect: What actions could have been taken?

It’s easy, in the future, to view a perfect past and deem that, “Of course, action was needed.” And, from the outside, imagine that, “Of course, I would have done something.” But, as we learned fro...

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Published on Aug 06, 2019

"They sent everybody to the cafeteria, if I can remember, that had no pants."

It’s been a while since my last lab note. This was, in part, because I have been doing some paid work. But mainly, it was because I had to take care of a tedious, time-consuming, critical task.You ...

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Published on May 08, 2019

"... it just went from bad to worse."

In the last lab note, we saw that organization at the shelter really failed after dinner. This pretty much coincided with the shutdown of external services, the storm intensifying, a late rush of p...

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Thanks for your enthusiasm and support!
Aug 25, 2021
What personal qualities and situational factors enable someone rise to leadership in disaster?
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Thanks! It does feel as though disaster has gone mainstream!
Aug 25, 2021
What personal qualities and situational factors enable someone rise to leadership in disaster?
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Thanks for your encouragement!
Aug 25, 2021
What personal qualities and situational factors enable someone rise to leadership in disaster?
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Thanks!
Aug 25, 2021
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Yes, I am appalled and dismayed that this is taking so long. But I am making progress, and am seeing one finding that I think is a significant contribution to the leadership literature. I'm starting to talk about it in grant proposals, but until I can lay out the evidence, I'm not revealing it here ;-) And, yes, the third step of Latané and Darley's decision model is deciding that you have personal responsibility to act.
Oct 30, 2019
What personal qualities and situational factors enable someone rise to leadership in disaster?
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Thanks!
Sep 27, 2019
What personal qualities and situational factors enable someone rise to leadership in disaster?
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Thanks!
Jul 19, 2019
What personal qualities and situational factors enable someone rise to leadership in disaster?
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Thanks. It's been a joy to get back to it!
Apr 25, 2019
What personal qualities and situational factors enable someone rise to leadership in disaster?
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Ah, thank you! I can put it on my CV now :-)
Apr 06, 2019
What personal qualities and situational factors enable someone rise to leadership in disaster?
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And, thank you for your interest and support.
Apr 05, 2019
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I'm looking forward to see what you learn about incorporating microclimate metrics in models. Understanding how the redwood forests might fare is of tremendous importance in public policy and planning.
Feb 20, 2019
Can coast redwood seedlings survive reduced fog and climate change in California?
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That is a very insightful observation! In my mind, I had lumped such benefits under “rewards.” There is definitely value in understanding different types of benefits/rewards/punishments/resources a leader might control. But, … For my purposes, the more important point you raise is separating control from source. The key attribute of Position is that authority is conferred by a third party. The leader has the backing and access to resources of that third party. However, someone could have independent control of resources, and rely on that as a source of leader authority. This could be a resource that is critical to the group’s success—“We can use my Dad’s barn!” Or, it could be vital to individual success—“I have water. If you want some, you’ll have to follow my rules.” There you have it. A sixth source of leader authority! One that may well be in play in many cases of spontaneous leadership, where we assume a lack of positional leaders. Either through absence of a third party or the abdication of its appointed leaders. In this case, the leader might have direct control of the resource ("my water"), or they might rely on personal influence with someone who has direct control ("Dad").
Feb 08, 2018
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