Reading for Leading Archive

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    Lists for those who love em – and those of us who should

    3 mini-stories today on the power of lists, with great thanks to my good teachers: Eve, Uncle John, and Ivana. 1. Every Monday I share my list of top3 goals with my accountabilibuddy,” Eve.  Last month we hit our 100th week of exchanging by email […]

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  • The Other F Word

    Learn The Other F Word

    95% of America (and 80% of my household) watches the oddballs like me and they wonder: How can you guys possibly sit there and watch golf on TV? B-O-R-I-N-G!  But if watching golf must have some redeeming value, I will say that watching The Masters this […]

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  • Who Meeee

    Not You

    Here’s a simple thought — maybe for the week. Maybe for the day.  Maybe for just now: What if you forget about everything YOU have to do this week? Forget about your top 3 goals (What, you don’t write your top 3 goals every week?). […]

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  • Godot awaited

    Seriously, Who Are You Waiting For? Get out your pen for this.

    I teach my students: “Kill the leader.” I don’t mean it literally! I mean kill the THE — like there’s really one leader. What a stupid idea. And kill the idea that I invite you to re-kill today: Who (are) you waiting for — whose […]

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    How You Can Lead With Courage

    I sat next to Carolyn, a retired history teacher on a plane out of DC last week.  She’s got a cool job: between February and June, she leaves her home in Dayton almost every week and heads to DC or Williamsburg or sometimes Boston, where […]

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    How to Grow Your Leadership Mindset

    Carol Dweck a long-time Stanford psychologist burst onto the scene with Mindset: The New Psychology of Success at the end of 2007.  It’s been around for a long while, it will be around for a much longer while, and I finally got around to reading […]

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  • Judge Terry Berg

    How Everyday Leadership Turns Magnificent

    (I am interpreting, fairly I hope, an incident that happened this past Thursday night. For insight from one of the principals, you can watch a Detroit Free Press interview here.) It usually starts bad. Often, really bad. Like this past Thursday: Two guys come up […]

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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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