What You and I Can Do About Baltimore05/04/15
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,...
Just What Does it Mean to Lead With Your Best Self?
I have been signing-off Reading for Leading for 15 years with the line “lead with your best self.” What do I mean by that? And, more importantly, what do you take from it? Here is perhaps the acid test of leading with your best self. […]
Find Your Sweet Spot and Focus – From Dr. Christine Carter
Thanks for the amazing range of comments to last week’s RFL about how you find your sweet spot (I used random.org to choose three book winners from the 76 submissions). Today I am lending RFL to Dr. Christine Carter for her thoughts: I’ve loved...
How do YOU Get Into Your Sweet Spot – and win a free copy...
Last week I wrote about one of the key lessons I am learning from The Sweet Spot by Dr. Christine Carter. You’ll recall that the point of her book — subtitled How to Find Your Groove at Work and Home – is to help her […]
How to Find Your Leading SWEET SPOT
When my awesome 84-year old mom routinely answers my question, “How are you, Mom?” by saying, “I’m just so busy.” And when my friend’s YPO (Young Presidents Organization) group is holding a retreat on dealing with “the rat race,” I think, “Whoa! We’re...
Two Things to Make Your Goals Work For You
Last week, I suggested that you take YOUR route to annual goal-setting. Maybe your verb is to “hope,” or “intend” or a “commit” to those goals. Robert Fritz, whose work I greatly admire,* balked at my offering of verbs. He argued that I missed the […]
New Year – New You – Put it Out There
I have arrogantly written my first law of leadership. In honor of ancient languages like Hebrew and Arabic, my law reads “backwards.” Because to do something backwards requires intention and focus. Thus, Mulhern’s First Law of Leadership: tfeL oTthgiR...
PROVE or IMPROVE – My pride in the 99
You can make the same shift as 99 students of whom I am greatly proud. They inspire me to make the same choice that I commend to you today. They chose to improve, rather than to prove. I’ve had a 100 undergrads this semester. I […]
Leading — Into the Holidays – 5 Simple Tips
Leaders always lead in context. But context we forget. So, here are 5 simple reminders as our context is shorter days, dropping temperatures, and some mounting pressures. Finish strong by clarifying realistic yet stretch goals. Re-read that sentence...
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