True story: Two people compete for an open supervisor position. A gets it and now supervises B. Supervisor A immediately makes worker B come in for multiple, successive Saturdays to train A on technical skills that the new boss is lacking. While at...
As Reading for Leading readers know, leadership is not a position. Leadership is an activity. But what happens when the person in the position of authority is not leading well? Then don’t wait. Don’t whine. Be the leader!!! Note: I did not say: Act...
Every Day Leading After an Amazing Week
It’s so easy to get discouraged when you want change, but it won’t come. You get numb. You get mad. You give up. You whine. You mobilize. You hit your head against a wall. You’re the messenger who gets shot. You get cynical. You feel […]
Gather Your Courage and Ask a Transformational Question
10 of my law school classmates made it to sandy, sunny Lake Michigan for a weekend gathering, truncated into 36 hours, due to widespread workaholism and our cross-country flights. As if the decompression time wasn’t short enough, I ate into it by...
How Can You Lead When You’re Unsure
I invite my students to begin the semester bywriting about what would make this their Best Class Ever. You could think, I suppose about what could make this your best summer ever (need that be impossible?). Perhaps best ever “family summer,” or best...
How Parents and Bosses Need the Same Lesson.
On Sunday, Jennifer and I watched thelast of our three children cross the high school stage. Being a parent is the quintessential form of hierachical leadership. No new employee comes to work, no student enters a classroom, as full of promise and as...
Why Leaders Should Be The Best At Slowing To A Stop and...
Reading for Leading works for me every Sunday, and hopefully for you on many Mondays (or whenever) because it causes me (and you?)to STOP. One of the major images we have of leaders is that they well, LEAD. Literally, they are at the front. Or, […]
Today’s RFL is a “best of” edition. I feel as strongly as the day I wrote it. I was just talking to a good friend and his 9th grade son, and while “pops” was distracted by another conversation, I asked the younger: “Who’s the leader […]
What You and I Can Do About Baltimore
I was 10 when Detroit burned with rage and rebellion. Since then I have done little things, and little things matter, but have I done nearly enough? And, more importantly, what more can I do? If you believe in “everyday leadership,” or “kill (the idea...
A question that can strengthen how you manage and elevate...
I love leadership, but often in my work I find that people never learned to manage. Some (me!) naturally have their heads in the sky, so they fail to generate the clarity that helps people work in concert (I think of an orchestra or band […]
Lists for those who love em – and those of us who should
3 mini-stories today on the power of lists, with great thanks to my good teachers: Eve, Uncle John, and Ivana. 1. Every Monday I share my list of top3 goals with my accountabilibuddy,” Eve. Last month we hit our 100th week of exchanging by email […]
Learn The Other F Word
95% of America (and 80% of my household) watches the oddballs like me and they wonder: How can you guys possibly sit there and watch golfon TV? B-O-R-I-N-G! But if watching golf must have some redeeming value, I will say that watching The Masters this...
Here’s a simple thought — maybe for the week. Maybe for the day. Maybe for just now: What if you forget about everything YOU have to do this week? Forget about your top 3 goals (What, you don’t write your top 3 goals every week?). […]
Seriously, Who Are You Waiting For? Get out your pen for...
I teach my students: “Kill the leader.” I don’t mean it literally! I mean kill the THE — like there’s really one leader. What a stupid idea. And kill the idea that I invite you to re-kill today: Who (are) you waiting for — whose […]
How You Can Lead With Courage
I sat next to Carolyn, a retired history teacher on a plane out of DC last week. She’s got a cool job: between February and June, she leaves her home in Dayton almost every week and heads to DC or Williamsburg or sometimes Boston, […]
How to Grow Your Leadership Mindset
Carol Dweck a long-time Stanford psychologist burst onto the scene with Mindset: The New Psychology of Success at the end of 2007. It’s been around for a long while, it will be around for a much longer while, and I finally got around to reading […]
How Everyday Leadership Turns Magnificent
(I am interpreting, fairly I hope, an incident that happened this past Thursday night. For insight from one of the principals, you can watch a Detroit Free Press interview here.) It usually starts bad. Often, really bad. Like this past Thursday: Two...
The Dress and Success as a Leader
The dress to the left has become the hottest mess in the west. While to many it certainly appears to be gold and white, to others it’s blue and black. Really. I mean, really. You may think this is a joke, because you so clearly […]
Read this at 2:00 PM
Today’s approach to “leading with our best self,” is entirely practical. Biologically so. In January I began my fourth semesterof teaching “Holistic Leadership” to law, public policy and other graduate students at UC Berkeley. With the three prior...
Finding Your Inner President
Who’s your favorite modern President? Was it their temperament or politics or a stand they took? Or was it some other yardstick you’d use to measure them? They all present one massive truth about leadership. Oh, my gosh, it’s hard and thankless. Here,...
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