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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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  • A Leadership Lesson from the McCain School

    Maybe it’s not just us humans. “Monkey see. Monkey do,” we used to say to each other as kids. But as humans, we can raise our leadership skills by reflecting on those who excel at it.  The passing of John McCain has set many to […]

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  • Take Step One to Lead A Direct Report

    [Approximately twice a month I will be focusing Read2Lead on the specific context of LeadingX2.] Every manager has the capacity with every direct report to build a relationship in which the two: “lead by two.”  The advantages of turning a direct report into a peer […]

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  • Soul Searching – Do You Lead – Are You a Leader?

    Soul Searching:  Do You Lead – Are You a Leader? I’d like to explore the distinction, as a way of getting you to think about your fundamental attitudes at work, in community, and at home. I am 99% sure that everyone who reads this blog […]

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  • Leaders Stretch and Will You

    It’s pretty inescapable that individuals as leaders, and organizations as leaders . . . stretch.  A couple examples.  Amazon the ultimate elastic company just keeps stretching with almost daily experimentation – from incorporating Whole Foods to continually new advertising on its boxes to Prime Day […]

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  • The Privilege of Authority is You Can Let Them Stretch You

    Dang it was a hard week.  On the last day of the prior week, at the end of a wonderful time at Lake Michigan, I threw out my back (doing yoga, of all things). Crooked, bent and thus more than a little irritable, I returned […]

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  • Boost Productivity With Simple Management Rules of Thumb

    Visiting students from China, Japan, France, German, from Kenyon College, USC and UC Santa Barbara, oh and Berkeley jammed their way with me through a six-week course in leadership. It was akin to running a half-mile race; you can’t sprint, but you have to keep […]

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