How Can I – and why Should I – lead with gratitude?

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Fr. Tim Shannon, of blessed memory, had an amazing ability to inspire – and raise money – with stories. And he could tell the same story – with the exact same words – over and over.  I must have heard him 50 times say, “I told Mike Gill, my admissions director, that I wanted more … Continued

Ever Felt Embarrassed at being Awarded?

  How do you think about humility? And. . . false humility? Maybe you share my ambivalence. Consider when YOU last received public or strong private praise. How was it? What was conjured, and how can you BEST relate when you’re receiving praise? It’s not just about you but also about how you lead! Denial … Continued

Correcting a (Covid) Communication Killer

Our research at LeadingX2 unequivocally tells us that Open Communication is the number one driver of the quality of paired relationships.  Remoteness, thanks to Covid, amplifies a life lesson:  STOP TEXTING AND EMAILING ABOUT HARD STUFF!!!!!! I scream this in all caps to evoke how one-way communication like this can feel. Doesn’t it grate on you? … Continued

Hey Everyday Leader,What Pervades Your Identity?

[I am going to write about Martin Luther King, Jr. next week.] My friend Berke’ Brown shared some psychological research that stuck with me. It showed how having multiple identities strengthens a person’s psychological resilience. So, for example, if one identities as an athlete, a lesbian and a humanitarian; and also identifies as a Detroiter, … Continued

Thank You For Hearing Me

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“Hear me. Love me. See me.”  To which I would add, “shall we?”

Can We Come Out Now?

Has the smoke cleared? Are the hurricanes gone?Has the virus stopped spreading?Could we be on the eve of the “peaceful transition [or continuation] of power?”As kids playing hide-and-seek, and as Londoners asked after German air raids:  “Can we come out now?”    2020 has been the year of primal fear. And the year in which so … Continued

A Simple Strategy for the Courageous Manager

First, the backstory. I had back-to-back meetings last week with a client I’ve been consulting to and another I’m coaching. On a group Zoom call, a team member was about 8 minutes late. The firm’s culture is friendly, respectful and transparent, so it wasn’t a big deal for him to say that his 2-year-old had … Continued

Scary(ier) Season – Truly

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Five weeks ago, I started writing about leadership strategies during pre-election Scary Season. That was before RBG passed, before the debate debacle, and before the President’s sickness. With the year 2020 that just keeps coming, and with Trump’s penchant for creating drama-that-sells, it would be crazy to think that crazy is done happening. Seat belts … Continued

Leading Through Scary Season – Part 1

I used to think of this 60-day lead-up to the election as Silly Season. Now it feels like Scary Season.  In the coming series of Read2Lead blogs we will offer ideas and practices to lead through the fear. We need leaders – you, leading with your best self – now more than ever. Systems are … 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

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