Reading for Leading Archive

  • Making Practical Use of the Power of Leading by Two

    406 words. 3 minutes reading time.  Here are two simple images of an organization – a classroom, locker room, a start-up, a division: The drawing on the right is excerpted from fascinating work by Professor Wayne Baker of the Ross School of Business.* My simple […]

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  • Gain Power and Presence by Pausing

    I am stealing a page from Axios newsletter. They publish their word count and expected reading time.  I may, as I have today, added footnotes, a more extensive commentary, and external links should you wish to explore more. 407 words.  3 minutes. Dr. Ronald Heifetz […]

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  • I am Humbled – Are you?

    My dad was born to Irish immigrants in 1928, the year the stock market crashed. The Depression lasted a full decade, plus. And think about this: During that decade, while his father drove for the Detroit Street Railway, his mother had five more children. Can […]

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  • From Sweeting by Two to Leading by Two

      Ten days ago our Connor read his vows to Alexis. And Alexis read hers to Connor.  I know it’s not a word, but they were sweeting! Ever since, I’ve been reflecting – like a mirror – back and forth from sweeting in love and […]

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  • Manage Your Urgency Curse

    Maybe you aren’t cursed by urgency. I am, and so was a student. I was dismayed to find that the wonderful writing of this promising student was riddled with unattributed quotes. Plagiarism: it’s such an ugly, sad and troublesome word and, worse, a phenomenon to […]

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  • How to become glad-you’re-here with a challenging colleague

    Quick recaps from the last two weeks: Two weeks ago I talked about the power that comes to a leader who says by their behavior and their actions towards others, “I’m so glad you’re here.” Speaking this way is a powerful manner of exhibiting leadership. Last week I pondered […]

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  • Wait – What if you AREN’T happy to see a key colleague – what then?

    Thanks for the comments and emails about last week’s blog on Aunt Linda and leaders like her who convey in words and behavior, “I’m so glad you’re here.” I am so glad you are here today with Read2Lead! In contrast to last week’s positive message, sometimes […]

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  • How An Everyday Leader Led Like God

    In a hurry? Skip to the last three paragraphs, however, know that this column heads in one direction before it turns down Linda Lane, where I profile an everyday leader and what I consider to be her extraordinary approach to leading people. In my courses […]

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  • Leading by 2 – an idea worth spreading

    For six years I have been looking at the nature of Leading by Two.  I have been coaching pairs 2-at-a-time, running workshops on great pairs and collaboration, and researching and writing with my LX2 thought partner,  John Gillis.  John and I live it in our […]

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  • Sidin’ With Biden – Touch and Leadership

    The prevailing wisdom of the moment is right and fair:  Individuals have boundaries and each person should be able to control their boundaries.  Joe Biden has been accused by a number of women of invading their sense of physical comfort – touching or holding them […]

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