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Wait – What if you AREN’T happy to see a key colleague – what then?

May 13, 2019 News

Thanks for the comments and emails about last week’s blog on Aunt Linda and leaders like her who convey in words and behavior, “I’m so glad you’re here.” I am so glad …

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How An Everyday Leader Led Like God

May 7, 2019 News

In a hurry? Skip to the last three paragraphs, however, know that this column heads in one direction before it turns down Linda Lane, where I profile an everyday leader and what I …

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Leading by 2 – an idea worth spreading

April 29, 2019 News

For six years I have been looking at the nature of Leading by Two.  I have been coaching pairs 2-at-a-time, running workshops on great pairs and collaboration, and researching and writing with my LX2 thought partner,  John Gillis.  John and …

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Sidin’ With Biden – Touch and Leadership

April 6, 2019 News

The prevailing wisdom of the moment is right and fair:  Individuals have boundaries and each person should be able to control their boundaries.  Joe Biden has been accused by a number of …

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I Flip-Flop – Rage and Resilience

April 1, 2019 News

Last week I wrote about Michigan State men’s basketball coach Tom Izzo raging at a freshman player, Aaron Henry, during an NCAA tournament game. I stand by what I wrote about Coach Izzo’s …

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Which One Leads More Effectively – and the role of rage

March 27, 2019 News

About ten years ago, Duke Coach K for Krzyzewsky was cast in a commercial where, with his nasally Chicago voice he said, “I’m not a basketball coach. I’m a leader.”  And, indeed the …

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What if you were leading blind – because often you are!

March 18, 2019 News

A week ago, I spoke to 1,500 people from the TEDx Berkeley stage at Zellerbach Hall on the UC Berkeley campus.  I was blind. I realized this would be the case during my dress rehearsal:  the hall was dark …

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What the Front Lines Want from Supervisors

March 4, 2019 News

NOTE:  I will be presenting at the TEDx Berkeley event this coming Saturday, March 9.  Tickets are available by clicking here.  Enter SPEAKER-NETWORK for a 35% discount.

Supervisors

Two weeks ago I …

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Women, Men, are Turning the Corner

February 19, 2019 News

Thank you to the 117 of you who have answered my 2-question survey on first level supervisors. I think we would all like to see a bigger “N,” so here’s a second chance: …

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Every Good Supervisor of Others . . .

February 8, 2019 News

Students come back to me or write to me: “Professor Mulhern (or usually, Dan), my manager clearly never took your class!” And they explain.  Many of these alums quit within 18, 12, even less than 6 months. Yes, they are …

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Who’s a Great Partner and What Do You Look For?

January 27, 2019 News

My co-writer, John Gillis, says “No one leads alone. No one.”  When you pull away the perceptual film of “the leader,” you see “leading by two” is everywhere.  We can learn …

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What You Can Learn from Two California Bellwether Leaders

January 22, 2019 News

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 …

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New Year’s Plan – From Great to Good

January 7, 2019 News

For the first time in the 20 years I’ve been writing a New Years message, I am contradicting the messages of my new years’ past.

So, if you’re seeking a stimulus to support …

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2018 What Will Make the Next YEARS Better

December 17, 2018 News

I sent out a short list of good books from 2018 on Friday. You can read my mini-reviews and click the links here. With this Read2Lead, I finish 2018.

By the next …

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Books that Have Been Gifts to Me 2018

December 14, 2018 News

1.  Being your best self.

Anne Lamott, Almost EverythingNotes on Hope.

I would describe Anne Lamott as a seeker, seer, and humorist. She always brings me to an awakened sense of, “Oh, right! That’s what matters.” She …

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A Short Tender Story of Leading By Two

December 3, 2018 News

Today’s story is short and stands on its own – a tender example of LeadingX2:

James Addison Baker III, was George H.W. Bush’s longtime friend, chief of staff and secretary of state.  Bush …

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Who’s Got Your Back?

November 26, 2018 News

The Irish priests in Boston know their politics. Still, Fr. McInnes’ prescience and sophistication jolted me.  During our marriage preparation, he knew full well the aspirations I was packing up for my trip …

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Leading by Two – How Do You Identify a Strong Partner

November 19, 2018 News

Cathy Raines, an organizational development expert at the State Department, thoughtfully challenged my post last week about how military heroes seldom act in a solitary way, but instead depend heavily on LeadingX2. She …

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Learning from Veterans about Leadership and LX2

November 12, 2018 News

Often we think that soldiers are solitary heroes. This is almost never the case in that they train, work and survive in units, often in critical pairs. And often we think they enlist …

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How to Lead in Politically Divisive Times

November 5, 2018 News

Thanks to so many of you who commented on last week’s blog, offering feedback on the “Clear the Air” series and expressing interest in future topics.  A good number asked me to write …

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Can You Help Me Help You

October 29, 2018 News

I have felt confused and disappointed for the last three weeks,

when I wrote the 3-part series on how to clear the air with “I feel…when you…because” statements, and

when I did not …

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Leaders Clear the Air – Part 3 of 3

October 22, 2018 News

 

Recap of the last two weeksThis series is about how to clear the air with an important work or home partner. Part One spoke to the importance of standing up

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Leaders Clear the Air – Second in a series

October 15, 2018 News

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Last week I wrote about the need each of us has from time to time to clear the air, to get something off our chest that is creating stress for us, and …

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Leaders Clear the Air – first in a series

October 8, 2018 News

Today a combined Reading for Leading and LeadingX2 (leading by two).   

I will keep this reasonably short by introducing a topic, two steps, and then continuing next week.

In any strong partnership there …

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Don’t Lead

April 9, 2018 News

Podcast

While preparing for an upcoming series of classes and speeches, I pulled up my “Definitions” of leadership file. Here are two:

“Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to …

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Using Ritual to Lead

April 2, 2018 News

Podcast

I’ve been thinking about routine and ritual a lot. The older I get the more I seem to appreciate how deeply we humans crave them and how important they are for those of us who lead teams, families, communities. …

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The Most Meaningful Award for You

March 26, 2018 News

Podcast

What would it be? The most meaningful award you can imagine?

I used to hope for a MacArthur Fellowship. I guess that’s not to be, i.e., I’m just not a genius. Darn. I covet another award, but in a …

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