Fantastic Tools to lead with your best self

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For 22 years, I have signed off Read 2 Lead with the line, “lead with your best self.”  It implies the obvious: often we lead with something other than our best! This closer implies, quite intentionally, that in some sense we have multiple selves.  My friend and coach Cathy Raines introduced me to Shirzad Chamine, … Continued

You as American political leader

warning: this one’s passionate, fact-based, but a bit long 🙁 Everyday Leadership definitionally asserts: everyone can lead. In our representative democracy, this is a tautology: citizens not kings are leaders. One of the complaints I hear a lot is that elected leaders are more like elected . . . followers, “with their finger in the … 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

Leaders Say No. Will You?

2020 Sucked!  It brought a lot of suffering on a lot of levels and to too many people. And the suffering will continue, especially in the weeks upon us, post holiday travel.  2020 also awakened us. “Normal” wasn’t. And still isn’t.  Truth is, it’s easier to change when things aren’t normal. Anyone who has been … Continued

Thank You For Hearing Me

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

Thanksgiving-Colored Glasses

May I jumpstart your Thanksgiving week? I enjoin you to lead those around you to Give Thanks. As Kouzes & Posner wrote, and I have many times shared, “only challenge produces the opportunity for greatness.” 2020 has been a non-stop challenge. This week we can stop – we have that capacity – to see all the … Continued

Long Dark Days – Piercing Leadership Light

I loved hearing the body of this message and kind of like the way I read it. Perhaps the 2:46 reading is worth a listen :-).    Everyday Leadership. That’s always been my mission and delight. Check out this reminder. Jennifer and I heard our pastor this morning recite a moving prayer. Well, that’s what … Continued

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

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

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

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