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A Reading for Leading as Short as a Christmas Elf

Your Key Task on December 11 is . . . to implement Mulhern’s First Law:* Always Think From Right to Left. Right, in this case, is December 31. It is just twenty days away. What do you and your key peeps really want or […]

Duration: 00:01:17

Men Leading Men

An old friend and I were sharing with each other some of what we are grateful for. It’s a wonderful practice I’ve been sharing with anyone who will participate with me. He said: “I’m grateful that in my 15 years of teaching I did nothing […]

Duration: 00:04:54

SEX abuse and leadership – observations and a plea

With the Cosby, Trump, Franken, Moore, Louis CK, Weinstein, Ailes, Conyers, Rose…outrages alive and festering, all of us in families and other organizations have a chance to learn and do better. The lessons pertain to sex, power and yet go beyond these. For reflection: Power […]

Duration: 00:05:11

Leadership Thanks and Giving

I pulled together a dinner at a restaurant last week. It was a reunion for friends who had attended a life-planning retreat ten years ago. And it was also a fundraiser for one of that cohort, Kelly Rossman-McKinney, who will make an awesome Michigan State […]

Duration: 00:02:53

Why is Initiative So Rare?

This week I experienced a “first” in nearly 30 semesters of teaching “leadership” at University of California Berkeley. A student led other students to meet as a group outside the class schedule. It may not sound like a big deal, but see why it was […]

Duration: 00:04:30

Who is Leading You?

John Gillis and I have a draft of an article on Leading by Two. We have been leading each other to get here. Now, we’ve asked a handful of people to read what we have written and help “lead” us to make it better. It’s […]

Duration: 00:01:26

Mending Division in Your Leadership World

Read if there is division in your world. If not, skip it. Two stories. 4 points of view. Please see if you can withhold judgment. Story 1. A dear mentee and friend. He’d spent more than a handful of years in prison for a crime […]

Duration: 00:05:41

Using Your Unused Capacity As Boss

Everyday Leadership means you don’t need no stinkin’ boss to tell you what to do. You have your own value and values, your own initiative and instincts. Sure, the boss is “above” you, but they may not be smarter, kinder, or more effective. And even […]

Duration: 00:03:55

Leading Through Division

Could Trump Kaepernick and the NFL teach us all something about leading in our own individual, collective and sometimes divisive lives? I think so. If you haven’t been following the National Football League, a controversy began over a year ago when San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin […]

Duration: 00:05:40

Leap to Lead

I write this in remembrance of my friend John Hammell. He was my debate partner for two years in high school and combined brilliance with an extraordinary work ethic. Although he earned a bachelor’s and master’s in 4 years at Northwestern and graduated with honors […]

Duration: 00:03:53

Mulhern Mistake #502 – Failure to Proactively Recruit

I saw Spiderman: Homecoming this weekend. I like the guy. But at one point hubris got him. Doesn’t it always? Next thing you know, his recklessness results in a Staten Island Ferry splitting in two. Thank God for the (pompous) Iron Man who comes along […]

Duration: 00:05:16

Leaders Move to the Front – How Will You?

For almost 20 years I’ve been writing this blog. When I wrote my first book I came to see “everyday leadership” as the simplest banner for my point of view. I have always sought to distinguish authority figures from leaders. You don’t have to have […]

Duration: 00:07:25

How Mary Z Shows Lesson One in LeadingX2

I’ll be writing more these days about the atomic unit upon which all leadership is built – what I’m calling LeadingX2 or leading by 2. I am referring to the way in which you can lead and be led by one other person. The other […]

Duration: 00:04:57

Don’t Fight Your Internal Consultant

I held my first meeting this weekend with my new Teaching Assistants for the fall. They had both taken my course this past semester. The class consistently gets good marks and I’m always tweaking and trying to improve it. Joseph, one of the two, suggested […]

Duration: 00:04:42

You’re Sidelined! What Will Happen?

Your morning leadership check: You’re sidelined. If you had to leave the team(s) you manage (or have managed) for half a year, and turn them over to your right-hand man or woman, could the team perform as successfully as if you were there? And what […]

Duration: 00:04:24

Two Ways You Can Enlarge Your Impact and Influence

Bruce Wilkinson wrote a wonderful book a few years ago called the Prayer of Jabez. It was a self help, spiritual, business crossover that made the New York Times best seller list. It’s worth reading, and here’s the Cliff’s notes: Jabez prayed to God: […]

Duration: 00:04:12

Trump U #2 – Searching for Lessons for US and us

I last wrote about President Trump in light of the work of Kouzes & Posner. I was searching for what seems to guide the “way” that he models, the values that he talks and walks. And I wrote about what WE can learn from what […]

Duration: 00:06:37

Trump U – What I’m Learning – And You?

Reading for Leading has always been about “everyday leadership.” Leadership knocks every day and calls to everyday people, who don’t just lead down, but up and across the hierarchies of life. I write today about a high-level leader but with this important proviso. I am […]

Duration: 00:09:27

What’s Your Trace of Toxicity?

Last week I met with two of my favorite Haas Business School young alumnae. They both work for a large company whose name I will not reveal. The company is again on the most recent list of Fortune magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” with a […]

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Hey Everyday Leaders: Forget Trump’s 100 Days

It seems like we’ve been talking about Trump’s first hundred days for about ten times a hundred days. Are you as weary of it as I am? So, here’s a shift. How have your first 100 days in office been? I decided to review the […]

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