Guest Post: Leading from the Middle

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Enjoy this guest blog post written by Gwyn Teatro. If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito ~ Dalai Lama Leading from the middle is not really a new idea. But I suspect there are many people working in the middle of their organizations who don’t recognize their real potential to lead or …

Beware: NOT the Season to be Jolly for Everyone!

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Tis the season to be jolly?  Maybe and maybe not.  This post is written for people who are in the position to influence the lives of others.  Not all people are jolly at this time of year. The other day I was in one of my favorite coffee shops.  This coffee shop is much like the old TV show “Cheers” …

Leadership Lessons from Mister Rogers–A Sage

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Similar to several other people, I have been obsessed with Mister Rogers!  While my sons did not watch Mister Rogers often (I discouraged most TV and video games perhaps to a fault), I am now reading and watching all I can find about the man and it is easy to do.  (His commencement speeches such as at Dartmouth and Marquette are …

Every Day Can Be Thanksgiving

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During the month of November, there are constant reminders of why we should give thanks.  This post combines my thoughts on this topic.   When I teach my leadership course in the fall (as I am now doing), I include a mandatory, but ungraded assignment. Each student is to handwrite a thank you note or note of gratitude to a person …

Why Leaders Need to Understand Death and Loss

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This post is for anyone who is or has experienced loss.  And if you are in the position to influence the lives of others, then you need to read this post–for sure. An unusual theme that emerged that became a chapter in my book Leading with Wisdom:  Sage Advice for 100 Experts.  The theme was this:  leaders need to understand death …

What Legacy Are You Leaving?

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Being aware of the legacy you are leaving can make you a better person–a more effective leader.  What legacy are you leaving?  How do you know?  Read this to learn more. As a certified Sage-ing Leader through Sage-ing International, I learned the significance of what we call “legacy work.”  Thinking about the difference we are making in the world (legacy …

Why Do Leaders Act In Ways That Destroy Morale And MORE?

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If you think leadership is common sense, you need to read this for sure.  If you are in the position to influence the lives of others, then you are a leader.  This post is written for leaders at all levels.   People often say, “leadership is common sense.”  To which I reply, “It may be common sense, but common sense if not common practice.!” …

Why Good Leaders Go Bad

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Why are there so many bad leaders?  Why do good leaders go bad?  So many clients and friends complain about toxic leaders.  If you are in a position to influence the lives of others, you need to be aware to make sure you are not a bad leader.  Read this post to learn more about toxic leaders and what to …

The Costs for the Lack of Community and Isolation

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Several of my recent posts have been about the value of community, loneliness and the lack of community, and how leaders need to know more about mental health.  In fact, I think the most important task of leaders is to build community.  This post is about the costs for the lack of community and isolation.  We need to gather and …