everyday leadership Archive

  • Trump U #2 – Searching for Lessons for US and us

    I last wrote about President Trump in light of the work of Kouzes & Posner.  I was searching for what seems to guide the “way” that he models, the values that he talks and walks.  And I wrote about what WE can learn from what […]

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  • Trump U – What I’m Learning – And You?

    Reading for Leading has always been about “everyday leadership.”  Leadership knocks every day and calls to everyday people, who don’t just lead down, but up and across the hierarchies of life. I write today about a high-level leader but with this important proviso.  I am […]

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  • What’s Your Trace of Toxicity?

    Last week I met with two of my favorite Haas Business School young alumnae. They both work for a large company whose name I will not reveal. The company is again on the most recent list of Fortune magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” with a […]

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  • Hey Everyday Leaders: Forget Trump’s 100 Days

    It seems like we’ve been talking about Trump’s first hundred days for about ten times a hundred days. Are you as weary of it as I am?  So, here’s a shift.  How have your first 100 days in office been? I decided to review the […]

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  • Check the Wiring – Check Yourself

    Last week (Bosses: Check the Wiring) I wrote about how my wife Jennifer had been asked by a group to speak about the election and, how when she asked me to be a sounding board for her as we drove to the event, I (somewhat […]

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  • Bosses: Check the Wiring

    I took a big step for me on Sunday, leading up. Next week, I’ll share why it wasn’t so easy, and why it might shed a little light for you, as you lead up. Today I want to tell the story and extract two lessons […]

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  • Why You Need to Befriend Angie

    If you don’t befriend Angie, she can wreck you.  And worse, she can cause you to wreck those around you. But, first you have to realize she is part of your organization.  It took me many years to bring Angie into the light, and I’m […]

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  • Dan, You Ignorant . . . Leader

    The laughter surprised me.  I felt a surge of indignation, but just as quickly it was gone. Because, I realized that I didn’t understand their response of laughter. . . because they hadn’t understood the point I was making.  You might catch the irony by […]

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  • What if the Most Important Leadership Work You Ever Do Is…

    …Totally indirect? I teach leadership to grads and undergrads at Cal. I think about leading all the time. I try to inspire, challenge, encourage them. I’m the show. But I’m just a coach. And I know some of these young people are going to do […]

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  • Wo! Check Yourself

    I thought of myself as confident yet humble. I suppose I was, at least as best I could be.  In retrospect…not so humble!   I remember taking a course with Ron Heifetz at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, back in 1984 or 1985. We were assigned […]

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