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  • Abuse Authority Leadership – Us

    Two stories this week scream to those in authority and to those without authority- and I would guess that we are all both. In different contexts, we are with and without authority.  The stories confront us with the worst of human nature and of the […]

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  • 2018 How to Tap a New Source for Leading

    I have one question that I think might make your 2018 dramatically better and also more fun. First I begin with a question, then a quick story, then the might be mighty part of the story. The Question:  “What could happen in 2018 for which you […]

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  • 3 W’s to a Great Year

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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 need […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

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