Reading for Leading Archive

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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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    Are You Mature? Test Yourself.

    Back in the day (about 5th grade, as I recall, yet heading forward towards high school), we spent a lot of time putting other people down. Sometimes it was public. Most times it was when you were walking to school, from a game, or milling […]

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    Bosses Forget They Have Permanent Megaphones

    My friend Miss Take – the professor of the school of lessons-from-experience — taught me a good one again this week.  It was a “dad mistake,” but reminiscent of “boss mistakes” I’ve seen and boss mistakes I’ve made. In short, I forgot that central authority […]

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    How to Purify Your Power for Good Leadership

    In 1985 When Ron Heifetz taught me about “systems thinking,” I realized that leaders have a scary power to inadvertently use group power to ignore, blame or even punish victims, and marginalize the most outspoken for raising difficult issues — issues which the group could […]

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    Managing Big Egos – 2 Big Secrets Because One is not Enough

    I have never enjoyed reading the work of people who write like they know everything. I have always resisted following people who acted like they were superior. Because I don’t trust people with big egos. I suspect you’re similar and share two secrets for managing […]

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