Somebody Could Use Your Encouragement

I’ve been away from writing for a month. I return: back to basics with two stories and an invite. On Wednesday, Jennifer and I found ourselves on a bucket list hike to the top of Machu Picchu in Peru.  Our guide, Marcilino has led over 500 hikes of a day or four-days length. He’s had … Continued

What You Can Learn from Two California Bellwether Leaders

I posted a variation of this article on LinkedIn last week. Ever wonder what a bellwether is? It’s a sheep. More specifically, a wether is a castrated male, equipped with a bell, leading the flock. In modern parlance people refer to “bellwether states,” and California has long been known as America’s bellwether state. It has … Continued

Managing a Challenging Manager

This post was originally published on March 25, 2013. Friends, A wonderful recent college grad was seeking advice … about how to give advice.  Her organization is one that’s trying to do the right thing by giving the front line (where she is) lots of feedback AND asking for lots of feedback from them to … Continued

Testing Your Leadership Power

Testing Your Leadership Power Friends, I think I was wrong last week when I called Fr. Mark’s wonderfully crazy move an act of trust.  If you missed last week’s RFL, I told how our pastor at St. Augustine’s in Oakland, California flipped the service – and all cautious rationality – on its head by randomly distributing … Continued

Recently on “Everyday Leadership”:Men and Women Working and Buying

Recently on “Everyday Leadership” Dan talked about the different ways men and women work and how they consume. Consider the fact the women make up just over 50% of the U.S. population, and make over 80% of consumer decisions. Dan will have different experts on to discuss why this is, and the differences and similarities … Continued

Previously on “Everyday Leadership”: Start-ups and Local Entrepreneurs

On “Everyday Leadership” Dan discussed start-ups and local entrepreneurs. The show included an owner of a local sports store, State Director of Small Business and Technology Development Centers, and a Michigan State Grad who started a world wide web phenomenon. Curt Munson owner of the Okemos Playmakers was on with Dan to discuss how he … Continued

So, Say You Want to Offer Someone Some Coaching

Friends, With the publication of my new book, Be Real last week I thought I’d try something new: a video version of Reading for Leading.  It’s one of my absolute favorite ideas – with credit to my friends at PMP in Bingham Farms – on how to coach your kids, boss, team members, even your … Continued

Laboring America

Laboring America Friends, Which auto executive said this about his organization: We “recognize(s) that flexibility, innovation, lean manufacturing and continuous cost improvement are paramount in the global marketplace.” You might not have guessed that it was Bob King, new president of the United Auto Workers, who also said the “21st century UAW must be fundamentally … Continued

A Chicken and Egg Question About Leaders and Teammates

A Chicken and Egg Question About Leaders and Teammates Friends, I’m a Democrat, but especially a democrat when it comes to work.  I wrote a book called Everyday Leadership: Getting Results in Business, Politics, and Life and I have a radio show called “everyday leadership,” because I believe leading is an activity and NOT a … Continued

You Can Lead Up

Friends, I came at it from a bunch of different angles on Saturday. Topic: How do you get heard? I interviewed a radio producer to see just how the successful supplicants managed to get on JP McCarthy’s morning drive time show. I talked to Lindsay a PR student as MSU about the tactics she’s using … Continued