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

Human Animals Pause

Heifetz would drive people crazy, when… He would p-a-u-s-e Uncomfortably L O N G 1…..2…..3 seconds. You could almost hear the students’ collective unconscious crying out, “for God’s sakes, man, teach!” I’m speaking of Ronald Heifetz, the King Hussein bin Talal Senior Lecturer in Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, whose content … Continued

Committing to Act, Preparing to Lead

  I have asked Ashton Fandel to write this week. She contributes to our team with great insight. She’s currently the head reader for a Berkeley Haas leadership course, where she gives amazing counsel to aspiring Berkeley undergrads. I know she’d appreciate your constructive comments! “Class, what are the ‘Two Evil Twins of Self-Defense?” my … Continued

Gentle Leadership

Gentle leadership. It’s not an oxymoron. Nor is this a contradiction in terms: self leadership. So, today a simple musing after these two facts.  1. When you are stressed and stretched, it is nearly impossible to “lead with your best self.”  2. In this time of severe dislocation, fear, and challenge, everyone I know is … Continued

Are You Leading or Are You Led?

Last week, I wrote about how in-your-face Covid has been for all of us. Not equally, of course. Some of your families may be right now threatened by the disease itself. Yet it confronts us all. Last week,  I invited you to hear Anne Zehren our Thursday resilience speaker.  Anne has dealt for a decade … Continued

Your Pandemic Challenge: Habits or Opportunities?

The exhausting challenge. The amazing opportunity. Resilience . . . Plus . . . At no time in my 60 years of life in America, has our collective life so totally invaded my, and our, private existence. The events, threats, and responses to Covid strike at our individual identity, our “who I am.”  We are … Continued

Generosity the Leadership Antidote

The pandemic wears on. People get more restless with the abiding uncertainty, wrankling repetition, and worry. True in homes. True in nursing homes. True in cities and colleges. True for countries and the world. Money and health? Is anything more foundational for our well-being, and more worrisome when it’s threatened? Although we don’t have physical … Continued

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