Reading for Leading Archive

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    Two Great Leadership Movies – summer’s best

    If you haven’t seen them, go! I hate it when people spoil movies by telling me a lot, so I won’t do that here. I’ll just tell you what you’ve seen in previews, or what will not take away from the core story. Straight Outta […]

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    Leading When Positions Harden

    Often in leadership, and especially where there are two people  involved, positions harden.  It may happen that you have increasingly adverse positions with: Your boss on strategy or personnel Your spouse on child-rearing Your child on behavior and values It can take a lot of […]

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    Who’s Got Your Back?

    Literally means literally. Okay? And Cliff had my back literally. Since he was 7 years old my son Jack has told me — not asked — that on his 16 birthday we would jump out of a plane together.  My rather significant acrophobia told him […]

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    The Anti-Trump – One Minute of Humble and Powerful Inspiration for Everyday Leaders

    In preparing to facilitate a session on vision with an amazing group of women leaders recently, I found the splendid one-minute clip below.  Twenty years ago you couldn’t have found it, unless perhaps you scraped through recording archives of the Library of Congress.  Today, we […]

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    Cringeworthy Leadership

    True story: Two people compete for an open supervisor position. A gets it and now supervises B.  Supervisor A immediately makes worker B come in for multiple, successive Saturdays to train A on technical skills that the new boss is lacking.  While at the Saturday […]

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    Leading Up

    As Reading for Leading readers know, leadership is not a position. Leadership is an activity. But what happens when the person in the position of authority is not leading well? Then don’t wait.  Don’t whine.  Be the leader!!! Note: I did not say:  Act like […]

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    Every Day Leading After an Amazing Week

    It’s so easy to get discouraged when you want change, but it won’t come. You get numb. You get mad. You give up. You whine. You mobilize. You hit your head against a wall. You’re the messenger who gets shot. You get cynical. You feel […]

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    Gather Your Courage and Ask a Transformational Question

    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, I ate into it by foisting a “group […]

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  • President Barack Obama listens as Vice President Joe Biden makes a point during a meeting with the Democratic leadership in the Oval Office, June 23, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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    How Can You Lead When You’re Unsure

    I invite my students to begin the semester by writing about what would make this their Best Class Ever. You could think, I suppose about what could make this your best summer ever (need that be impossible?). Perhaps best ever “family summer,” or best ever “work […]

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    How Parents and Bosses Need the Same Lesson.

    On Sunday, Jennifer and I watched the last of our three children cross the high school stage. Being a parent is the quintessential form of hierachical leadership. No new employee comes to work, no student enters a classroom,  as full of promise and as completely dependent […]

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