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    Improve Your Sense of the “Field” That’s Surrounding You

    My reading of Daniel Goleman’s fascinating book Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence has coincided this week with a powerful experience of “a field” of energy in a group.  Goleman writes persuasively about how important it is to be able to change our focus, and to focus […]

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    How to Chew Up Criticism Instead of Letting it Chew You Up – Get real and get strategic

    My vocal teacher has story after story – starting with her own – of how critics can be to a singer’s esteem, what termites are to a wooden home.  A single criticism can devour the mind of self-confidence and easy expression.  Singers or not, everyone […]

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    October 1 Ain’t Just Any Day — Especially if you lead young people

    Friends, I love teaching at a great public university — the Michigan of the West, because my daughters went to a great public university, the Berkeley of the East. My undergraduate students seem so familiar, like my kids’ friends who’d chat with us across the […]

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    Go Back to School at the School of Leadership

    Friends, Let’s start quickly with TV, then to school, and on to work. Tell me why these were GREAT shows?  M.A.S.H., All in the Family, Happy Days, Mary Tyler Moore.  If I’m dating myself terribly, throw in The Office, How I Met Your Mother, and […]

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    Hidden Sources of Power

    Friends, Maybe because all four of my  grandparents came to this country as young adults, I have always had a bias in favor of the gifts that newcomers bring to a culture. I am stoked at the experience I have begun in this regard. Might […]

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    Today’s Oxymoron Is: Everyday Charisma

    If I were to ask a crowd “what do great leaders have that others don’t seem to,” it surely wouldn’t be very long before someone would say “charisma.” And someone else would say “presence.” You might wonder:  Who has it? Do I have it? Do […]

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    Jack Welch and My Mom – two E’s for Leadership

    Friends, Is it purely a metaphor when we say someone is “beaming?” Or is there something there – something real – even if we don’t have the tools to measure it? I ask this question, because my mom — stunned to see a room full […]

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    Tap the Power – Oil and the Crow

    Tap the Power – Oil and the Crow Friends, I was running up on Mackinac and thinking of my wife/governor’s recent successes landing a bunch of cutting-edge green energy companies in Michigan. Some people get fired up talking about sports, shoes, or sex. She gets […]

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    Lower the Bar

    Lower the Bar I’d never met a composer before, but had the pleasure on Sunday of meeting David Winkler.  David’s composition “Winds of Time,” was premiered at Michigan State University with violinist Dmitri Berlinksy conducting the chamber orchestra.  David is the husband of my friend […]

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  • The Power of Belonging

    The Power of Belonging

    A reminder that this e-column is about “everyday leaders,” therefore you don’t need to be authorized to lead, or to heed.  Today’s message:  Leaders always see, and tend to the importance of culture.  Culture is what unleashes or traps energy, creates meaning or meanness, offers […]

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