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  • 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 […]

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  • Two Powerful Listening Practices

    It’s extraordinary how we learn shortcuts and habits in everything we do in order to be more efficient. It’s pretty cool. Of course, our practices and habits cause us not only to repeat good shortcuts but also to repeat mistakes. Mistakes we’re not even aware […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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:  “Enlarge […]

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