Fuel and Nutrition for Leadership

Two weeks ago, Ashton wrote on values, reminding us to ground ourselves in what we hold most dear. Then, Dan spoke to the importance of allowing space to rest and recover, especially as many of us – including parents with children at home full time – continue to try to juggle more than we can … Continued

Leading Through Scary Season – Part 4 – You Can Do It!

By Laura Andersen of LeadingX2 Last weekend I taught a five-year-old how to use a badminton racket. She started off open-minded to learning and eager to experience a new game. With each whiff, her excitement and eagerness shifted toward frustration and anger. Failing was not fun. I used every trick in my repertoire to keep … Continued

‘Why am I here?’ Eradicating listlessness on your team

By Laura Andersen It is way too easy now. A meeting gets put on your calendar about a project. No preparation instructions, no asks in advance, no provided purpose. You’re lukewarm on the project, not fully convinced of its merits yet. But everyone can see that your calendar is blank at that time. So, you … Continued

Leading with reverence for time

  Recently, I had the honor of interviewing a friend of mine, Niket Desai, for a leadership course at Berkeley. I invited him to speak on what can be a mundane topic – objectives and key results, or one common format of organizational goal setting – because of his particular focus within it: deep reverence … Continued

Faith, Facts & Goals: Leadership for the Long Haul

By Laura Andersen of LeadingX2 This week I talked to a customer-facing manager while he prepared lunch for his kids. In the past month, he lost the chance to backfill vacant roles on his team and hire much-needed positions to support first quarter sales. Expectations of his team have not changed, but their capacity is … Continued

What’s their reaction behind your back?

Dan has been writing Read2Lead weekly since March 1, 2000. Twenty years! A new era of Read2Lead begins today, with Dan’s partner Laura Andersen, weighing in. She will now periodically contribute, as they lead by two! The topic is right on point. In a recent post, Dan described his experience speaking to students as their … Continued

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