How You Can You Make Democracy Work – At Work09/15/14
At the end I share 5 quick things to do to make your workplace more democratic. But, first, are you sold on it? And does your organization need it? Do people still not get the power of a democratic workplace? I arrived early for my […]
Where Leaders Don’t Hang Out and Maybe They Should…
…At the Notre Dame vs Michigan Game, that’s where!… (leaders don’t hang out and maybe should). The few thousands of my fellow Michigan fans — among the tens of thousands of Irish fans — were sour and only soured more. By the end of the […]
Bring Confucius to Confusion
Last week I started teaching my undergraduate leadership course. I gave all the students a blue 3×5 index card and a gold one. “Write a blue card if something made you feel the blues in here,” I told them, “and a gold if something madeyou […]
Leaders Question Lines
I begin today’s brief blog in a plane at 36,997 feet above the earth, specifically above Yellow Knife, Northwest Territories. I’m mesmerized by the dynamic map on the monitor in front of me. It’s made up of shades of: greens, blues, browns, and a lot...
Are You Mature? Test Yourself.
Back in the day (about 5th grade, as I recall, yet heading forward towards high school), we spent a lot of time putting other people down. Sometimes it was public. Most times it was when you were walking to school, from a game, or milling […]
Bosses Forget They Have Permanent Megaphones
My friend Miss Take – the professor of the school of lessons-from-experience — taught me a good one again this week. It was a “dad mistake,” but reminiscent of “boss mistakes” I’ve seen and boss mistakes I’ve made. In short, I forgot that central...
How to Purify Your Power for Good Leadership
In 1985 When Ron Heifetz taught me about “systems thinking,” I realized that leaders have a scary power to inadvertently use group power to ignore, blame or even punish victims, and marginalize the most outspoken for raising difficult issues — issues...
Managing Big Egos – 2 Big Secrets Because One is not Enough
I have never enjoyed reading the work of people who write like they know everything. I have always resisted following people who acted like they were superior. Because I don’t trust people with big egos. I suspect you’re similar and share two secrets...
Am I Nuts – I Don’t Think So
“Vulnerability is our most accurate measure of courage. To be vulnerable, to let ourselves be seen [is] incredibly, incredibly difficult.” – Brene Brown* I share with you today what for me is a grand, wonderful and scary-as-all-get-out experiment. I...
The Two Most Important Words for Leaders
Someone once told me: The two most important words in the English language are “after you.” Can we reconcile this lovely thought with our rigid notion of “the leader,” a word and concept, which quite literally describes the one in front? Yes! Because...
Everyday Leader on Vaca
I’m giving myself a two week vacation. I hope at some point(s) this summer you will also be a leader on vacation. I briefly reflect today on what that might mean, as I prepare myself for vaca (and then take next Monday off RFL entirely)! […]
What Would you do if This Was Your First Day on the Job?
Many of my students are crossing the most significant life threshold beyond kindergarten. They are starting real jobs. One asked me to write about leadership for “new job jitters.” Initially, I thought the topic too narrow and my readership too old...
Look Out Because the Buck Might Stop With You
The buck just might stop with you. So, don’t pass it!!! A faulty ignition switch on a number of General Motors vehicles led to the deaths of at least 13 people. The buck now sits with GM’s new CEO Mary Barra. (The celebratory cakes honoring […]
4 Simple Steps to a Way Better Week
I tell students that my class should be the best class they take at Berkeley. I know. Sounds arrogant. But I quickly explain the two reasons why. First, “the topic is YOU,” I tell them – “your leadership – and what’s more interesting than YOU?” […]
Yesterday We Remembered – Today Let’s Lead
Yesterday we remembered all those who “made the ultimate sacrifice” in service to country. Especially since 911, we get all gushy. We should. We are blessed to live in this great country and blessed by those who have had to fight when the country...
You SHOULD Lead but Why?
UsuallyReading for Leading comes surprisingly easy to me. I write a list of ideas that seem alive and then one just seems to recommend itself. This time, a list of five came easily enough. But none were worthy. None had mystery. None had zing. It […]
Who’s the Leader – Your Mom or Your Dad
I was just talking to a good friend and his 9th grade son, and I asked the youngster: “Who’s the leader in your house — your mom or your dad?” His mom who’s been largely stay-at-home is now re-entering the work force. His dad is […]
Data on What Should You Be Coaching Your People About
This marks the final column, and to me, the most interesting data fromour mini-research inquiry on managerial coaching. While the first two were about how frequently people would like to be coached, today’s data is about the what – On what do we like...
Formal Coaching for Extraordinary Performance
Last week I shared the research on the huge gap that lies between the frequency of ideal and typical coaching. What yourfeedback on my survey showed was thatmost of us would like informal feedback once a week or at least every other week, while the […]
When the Data on Coaching Whacks You Upside the Head
Thanks to almost 200 of you who responded to last week’s survey, we have some pretty interesting data to look at over the next couple weeks. Today’s data — as my title suggests — gives us all a whack in terms of the contrast in […]
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