Reading for Leading Archive

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    A Simple Way to Simultaneously Learn More and Strengthen Relationships

    I’m reading a great book called Dialogue: The Art of Thinking Together, by William Isaacs who teaches at MIT. (While Harvard has its big name and often big ego), I’ve always admired those MIT folks.  They tend to bring an underlying and wonderful scientific skepticism – and […]

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    Why Mistakes Can Be Great – Even Real Whoppers

    I had a perfectly good explanation. But I had NO EXCUSE. Professionals don’t show up late when they’re presenting – sufficiently late that the program had to be rearranged. I’d hurried in, plugged in my deck and was ready to go in 30 seconds, but […]

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    A Story of Human, Humbling, H-Amazing Everyday Leadership

    Longtime readers of Reading for Leading know that I tell (perhaps way too many) stories from my own experiences leading. Specifically, leading in the place that matters most to me — leading my children. I take consolation in the fact that I try to be transparent, especially […]

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    Practice Leading Where It Matters Most

    For the moment the furor has died down.  NFL players who abused their girl friends, spouses or children have been rightly suspended. For the moment my furor has died down. Once again last week I said things to one of my family members I wished […]

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    Leadership and Seventh Grade – Are You Ready

    At the beginning of every class, I literally throw Kudos to students. (Tragically M&M Mars is discontinuing the not-so-tasty food bar, so I’m open to suggestions of new prize tosses.) I especially look for new insights or for people going outside the safety zones that […]

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    How You Can You Make Democracy Work – At Work

    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 […]

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    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 […]

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    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 made you […]

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    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 […]

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    Everyday Leader on Vacation

    Friends, I write this from somewhere off the coast of Guernsey Island in England, where I’m spending some wonderful quality time with my family.  I’ll be back next week with new reflections on Everyday Leadership. Until next time, I hope you have a great week, […]

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