Reading for Leading Archive

  • How to Lead in Politically Divisive Times

    Thanks to so many of you who commented on last week’s blog, offering feedback on the “Clear the Air” series and expressing interest in future topics.  A good number asked me to write about “thoughts on leading as American citizens in this unsettling time.”  With […]

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  • Can You Help Me Help You

    I have felt confused and disappointed for the last three weeks, when I wrote the 3-part series on how to clear the air with “I feel…when you…because” statements, and when I did not get any comments from readers; because I feel like this method offers […]

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  • Leaders Clear the Air – Part 3 of 3

    Recap of the last two weeks:  This series is about how to clear the air with an important work or home partner. Part One spoke to the importance of standing up for yourself when a partner has hurt the relationship, but also recognizing that it […]

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  • Leaders Clear the Air – second in a series

    Last week I wrote about the need each of us has from time to time to clear the air, to get something off our chest that is creating stress for us, and likely diminishing trust, enthusiasm and collaboration for work with a key colleague – […]

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  • Leaders Clear the Air – first in a series

      Today a combined Reading for Leading and LeadingX2 (leading by two).    I will keep this reasonably short by introducing a topic, two steps, and then continuing next week. In any strong partnership there come times when you need to “clear the air.”  Your […]

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  • How to Lead in Another Crazy Week

    This past week seemed to rival if not surpass the divisive madness that followed Trump’s election, or the intense emotion of the hanging chads after the Bush-Gore election.  I offer a big picture and an observation of some truly amazing everyday leadership. Big picture.  We […]

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  • I Would Be Honored if You Would Listen to Thoughts About Listening Leadership

    I approach this column as perhaps the “most” I have written in 20 years. It’s most important. Most controversial. Most already-written about. And most tricky. I am writing about Mr. Kavanaugh and Ms. Blasey Ford. What’s tricky? Well, first what lens will I use, and […]

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  • Everyday Leaders – Take Your Shot!

    3 quick stories of leadership with the same moral – and music – to the stories. “Men and women on the street” was a favorite segment on my radio show Everyday Leadership.  Problem was none of my student assistants wanted to put a microphone in […]

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  • Learning Leadership from a Good Week in the Washingtons

    In Washington DC and the State of Washington, we saw some crazy border crossings last week. Some people led, literally, got out in front, and flouted rules, laws and conventional wisdom. Risky stuff. Maybe stupid. Maybe wrong. Have your views, but stay with me for […]

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  • How to Practice Leading the Leader – Full Stop

    I offer three resources today for leading the leader.  Yes, you leading you. Jennifer and I ran a half marathon on Saturday.  The field was sparse. Jen had literally left me in the dust, and I was on my own. I, poorly conditioned, heard the […]

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