Reading for Leading Archive

  • resolving conflict, series on conflict

    Resolving Interpersonal Conflict – 3rd of 3

    My business partner M.A. used to say, “Muller, we teach best what we most need to learn.” So, I’ve been teaching myself about conflict over the last two weeks.  Here in Red is a summary of the first two RFL columns on the topic: 1: Heighten your […]

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  • Curbing the Curse of Conflict – Part Two

    This is part 2 of 3 in thinking about one of – if not the greatest energy-sucks in organizational and family life:  Conflict. Last week, I suggested a three-part foundation (if you missed last week’s RFL, the three parts are described in a little more […]

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  • How You Can Get a Handle on the Costly Curse of Conflict

    We were seven kids in a pretty healthy family.  Seven kids in a 3-bedroom ranch. Oh, and seven 7 kids in our one Ford Country Squire. Picture the 9 of us, sardine chldren: We were a daily and nightly laboratory of conflict. My memory is […]

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  • What Would You Tattoo . . . On Your Heart

    Perhaps you have read of Fr. Gregory Boyle, S.J.  Boyle has been working (LEADING!) in Los Angeles for thirty years, dedicated to Homeboy Industries, “the largest gang intervention, rehabilitation and re-entry program in the world.” In his two books, he frequently introduces the “homies” (as […]

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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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