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  • July 4th Break

    I’ll be taking the week off and hope you as I celebrate the great gift of freedom. Remember “the price of liberty is eternal vigilance.”* For some leisurely 4th of July genesis of this famous, go here: http://www.thisdayinquotes.com/2011/01/eternal-vigilance-is-price-of-liberty.html And lead with your best self.

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  • Calling for Next Level Leaders

    You are surely and sorely needed at this time.  Needed to think – and perhaps act – globally, and surely to think and act locally. They have never been more connected. Globally, there are 25 million documented refugees, with another 40 million displaced within their […]

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  • My Dad – Your Dad – Leadership

    I woke up on Sunday, Fathers Day, thinking about my dad, John G. Mulhern, 1/11/28 – 10/16/96. I ask you to hit the comments today and share the answer to the question that arose for me, which I will offer and respond to here. What […]

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  • Whaddya Want? How to Choose Your BEST Self

    The most wonderful thing – about being human is you get to choose what you want.  Yet, it’s hard. It’s so much easier to be told what to want, or to have habits take over, or to jump to doing whatever seems like it should […]

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  • Be Careful How You Characterize

    Authors create characters. Back in 1982, when I was entirely smitten with the work of novelist Walker Percy, I wrote him a letter to tell him that his writing was so good that I felt his characters were more real than people I met in […]

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  • Are You a Strong Leader?

    Leaders are supposed to be STRONG, right?  Look up strong on Google and click on “images.”  Here’s the first of many similar images: One thing is obvious, right?  The figure to the left is a GUY! There are other images on the Google search.  More […]

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  • Leading Through Routine and Stagnation

      “Assume more power when situations are stagnant…”  Nate Medina, UC Berkeley, ’18 I am submerged in final papers.  Berkeley juniors and seniors pull together their thoughts after a semester’s course on leadership.  The papers marry their personal experience leading with the theoretical concepts they […]

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  • Can you find yourself in these tales of heroic leadership?

    “Leaders go first.” A tautology? In a sense yes, because it’s definitional that leaders stand apart. But my friends Kouzes and Posner in The Leadership Challenge stand this “going first” on its head. They don’t mean “goes first” because he or she is brimming with […]

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  • Leaders don't always act.

    Don’t Lead

    While preparing for an upcoming series of classes and speeches, I pulled up my “Definitions” of leadership file.  Here are two: “Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.”          […]

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  • Using Ritual to Lead

    I’ve been thinking about routine and ritual a lot. The older I get the more I seem to appreciate how deeply we humans crave them and how important they are for those of us who lead teams, families, communities. I wonder about your rituals. We began the […]

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