Reading for Leading Archive

  • Which One Leads More Effectively – and the role of rage

    About ten years ago, Duke Coach K for Krzyzewsky was cast in a commercial where, with his nasally Chicago voice he said, “I’m not a basketball coach. I’m a leader.”  And, indeed the term leader is bounced around almost as much as the leather ball […]

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  • What if you were leading blind – because often you are!

    A week ago, I spoke to 1,500 people from the TEDx Berkeley stage at Zellerbach Hall on the UC Berkeley campus.  I was blind. I realized this would be the case during my dress rehearsal:  the hall was dark and the stage lights were like […]

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  • What the Front Lines Want from Supervisors

    NOTE:  I will be presenting at the TEDx Berkeley event this coming Saturday, March 9.  Tickets are available by clicking here.  Enter SPEAKER-NETWORK for a 35% discount. Supervisors Two weeks ago I invited your thoughts on what it is we want from first-level leaders. So, […]

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  • Women, Men, are Turning the Corner

    Thank you to the 117 of you who have answered my 2-question survey on first level supervisors. I think we would all like to see a bigger “N,” so here’s a second chance: I’ll take Dan’s survey on what I want(ed) from a first-level supervisor. […]

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  • Every Good Supervisor of Others . . .

    Students come back to me or write to me: “Professor Mulhern (or usually, Dan), my manager clearly never took your class!” And they explain.  Many of these alums quit within 18, 12, even less than 6 months. Yes, they are “millennials,” but believe me, the […]

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  • Who’s a Great Partner and What Do You Look For?

    My co-writer, John Gillis, says “No one leads alone. No one.”  When you pull away the perceptual film of “the leader,” you see “leading by two” is everywhere.  We can learn how we best pair by looking at others who do it well. One unusual […]

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  • What You Can Learn from Two California Bellwether Leaders

    I posted a variation of this article on LinkedIn last week. Ever wonder what a bellwether is? It’s a sheep. More specifically, a wether is a castrated male, equipped with a bell, leading the flock. In modern parlance people refer to “bellwether states,” and California […]

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  • New Year’s Plan – From Great to Good

    For the first time in the 20 years I’ve been writing a New Years message, I am contradicting the messages of my new years’ past. So, if you’re seeking a stimulus to support you in having a great year, following conventional and valuable insights, search […]

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  • 2018 What Will Make the Next YEARS Better

    I sent out a short list of good books from 2018 on Friday. You can read my mini-reviews and click the links here. With this Read2Lead, I finish 2018. By the next time I write, my niece Erin will have given birth. Her amazing Maximus […]

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  • Books that Have Been Gifts to Me 2018

    Here’s a short list of books I’ve enjoyed, separated into a few categories: 1.  Being your best self. Anne Lamott, Almost Everything: Notes on Hope. I would describe Anne Lamott as a seeker, seer, and humorist. She always brings me to an awakened sense of, “Oh, right! […]

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