Making Meetings Mindful instead of Miserable

“I am a really good teacher, and as so, I hold people’s attention.”  That’s what I tend to think.  But when I watch others teach, I realize, “OMG, it’s so easy in the audience – even without technology – to drift off!” And when I allow myself to sneak a peak at my phone, well … Continued

A Strategy to Grow as a Leader

If you’ve been reading Read2Lead over the past few years you’ve tracked my decided shift into two territories you might call micro-leadership:  leading yourself and leading in dyads. They are profoundly connected.  And here are the two primary reasons why they are, and how they form a virtuous cycle: lead yourself by increasingly leading with and … Continued

How to tap the power of perfectionism

I am entering into one of those stretches. You know them. Bam. Bam. Bam. One thing after the next. It’s the time my extreme SJ envy comes out.  SJ, as in Sensing and Judging in the Myers-Briggs sense: SJ’s are Sensate people who naturally live in the land of reality (rather than my preferred position … Continued

Making Practical Use of the Power of Leading by Two

406 words. 3 minutes reading time.  Here are two simple images of an organization – a classroom, locker room, a start-up, a division: The drawing on the right is excerpted from fascinating work by Professor Wayne Baker of the Ross School of Business.* My simple point is this: Which would appear more dynamic and powerful?  … Continued

Gain Power and Presence by Pausing

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I am stealing a page from Axios newsletter. They publish their word count and expected reading time.  I may, as I have today, added footnotes, a more extensive commentary, and external links should you wish to explore more. 407 words.  3 minutes. Dr. Ronald Heifetz of the Kennedy School of Government would utterly unnerve students. … Continued

I am Humbled – Are you?

My dad was born to Irish immigrants in 1928, the year the stock market crashed. The Depression lasted a full decade, plus. And think about this: During that decade, while his father drove for the Detroit Street Railway, his mother had five more children. Can we even imagine this today? (We tell the pollsters that … Continued

From Sweeting by Two to Leading by Two

  Ten days ago our Connor read his vows to Alexis. And Alexis read hers to Connor.  I know it’s not a word, but they were sweeting! Ever since, I’ve been reflecting – like a mirror – back and forth from sweeting in love and marriage, to leading in business and partnership. What I keep … Continued

Manage Your Urgency Curse

Maybe you aren’t cursed by urgency. I am, and so was a student. I was dismayed to find that the wonderful writing of this promising student was riddled with unattributed quotes. Plagiarism: it’s such an ugly, sad and troublesome word and, worse, a phenomenon to confront. Confront it I did. The student’s response was contrite … Continued

How to become glad-you’re-here with a challenging colleague

Quick recaps from the last two weeks: Two weeks ago I talked about the power that comes to a leader who says by their behavior and their actions towards others, “I’m so glad you’re here.” Speaking this way is a powerful manner of exhibiting leadership. Last week I pondered the question: What is it like when you don’t have that – … Continued