Reading for Leading Archive

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    A Step-by-Step Process for When GRRRRR You’re Stuck

    (Note: RFL generally runs about a page. Today it’s about 2 pages; not as quick a read, as it required more explanation.  Next week, I expect to return to shorter pieces, but I hope you find value in this one.) Last week, I wrote about those […]

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    Managing Those GRRRR Moments of Frustration – turning heat into light

    Please bring to mind one thing that’s been preoccupying you. For instance, I am beleaguered by thoughts about a syllabus I need to revise for Fall. It pops into my head, unbidden. It can tighten me up, or get me in its grip. I can plan […]

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    Pushback Management – Giving and Getting It

    Every parent’s nightmare:  It’s the Sunday before Christmas and you’re at the mall.  It’s 4:00 and you have to get two more gifts; you won’t have another chance with work deadlines, family coming in town, and a house that’s not ready. Your just-turned-three-year old, however, […]

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    What to Do When an Important Partnership is Getting Worse

    Note:  This article was originally published June 10, 2013 I’ve hit rocky patches with bosses, and when I was the boss, ran off the smooth road with business partners, friends — and even my bride/best friend.  In at least a few cases, we never recovered. In […]

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    What to do When You’re Dreading Something

    Note:  This was originally published on March 11, 2013 Friends, When I woke him up for the second time on Sunday morning, my beloved son had that 15 year old’s look of anxious dread, and he breathed the heavy sigh to confirm it. I stole […]

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    How (Some) Women Lead and What They Can Teach

    Note:  This was originally published on March 4, 2013 Friends, After a lunch on Friday, one of my students told her female classmate, and then told me, “You’re a pusher.” I’m not sure if today’s students understand that back in the day, a pusher, was […]

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    Make Your Leaders Sing

    Note:  This was originally published on July 17, 2011  Friends, If you want to lead better, and who doesn’t, then you know that leading is about helping others to produce their best, right?  The most powerful leaders are not those who lead millions, but those, […]

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    Don’t Hit the Stop Button

    This was originally published on March 7, 2011 Friends, About 10 years ago I was working on a book based on tens of interviews. I never quite finished it, but it taught me a lot. One of the lessons was this: Never turn the tape […]

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    Gather Your Courage and Ask a Transformational Question

    Note:  This was originally published in June, 2015 10 of my law school classmates made it to sandy, sunny Lake Michigan for a weekend gathering, truncated into 36 hours, due to widespread workaholism and our cross-country flights. As if the decompression time wasn’t short enough, […]

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    Managing a Challenging Manager

    This post was originally published on March 25, 2013. Friends, A wonderful recent college grad was seeking advice … about how to give advice.  Her organization is one that’s trying to do the right thing by giving the front line (where she is) lots of […]

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