Reading for Leading Archive

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    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 […]

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    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 semester of teaching “Holistic Leadership” to law, public policy and other graduate students at UC Berkeley.  With the three prior runs, I have struggled to find my […]

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    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, compliments of […]

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  • Dan Krichbaum

    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. […]

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    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 to choose three book winners from the 76 submissions).  Today I am lending RFL to Dr. Christine Carter for her thoughts: I’ve loved reading […]

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    How do YOU Get Into Your Sweet Spot – and win a free copy of the book

    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 […]

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    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 all stretching, […]

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    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 […]

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  • January-5

    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 morF knihT syawlA or, for ease: […]

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  • Thanks

    Make it Your Best Year End — Ever

    On this my 56th year end, I commit to: 1. Going to a coffee shop with just me and my notebook computer for at least 60 minutes. 2. Writing a stream of conscious list of thank you’s. I’m pretty sure my list will get to […]

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