Blog 2022-11-28T06:11:47-05:00

LEADERS KEEP GIVING

28 November 2022

I hope that all readers of this newsletter enjoyed a happy and fulfilling Thanksgiving. At a minimum, I hope you benefited from some days off from work, and some introspection and reflection.

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LEADERS GIVE THANKS

20 November 2022

This coming Thursday will be Thanksgiving. People throughout the United States will be celebrating this special holiday with friends, family and special guests. In that spirit, I wish all of you a wonderful Thanksgiving and blessed time with the people about whom you care the most.

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LEADERSHIP LESSONS LESSONS FROM VACATION

14 November 2022

If you missed my leadership newsletter last Sunday, it’s because I was on vacation with my wife, our adult children and our granddaughter in Jamaica.  A day after we returned to Maryland, I attended a two-day leadership conference sponsored by the Institute for Transformational Leadership Network(ITLN), for which I sit on the board.

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LEADERS RETAIN LESSONS FROM THEIR EARLIEST MENTORS

31 October 2022

Today I was thinking of all the mentors I’ve had the pleasure to learn from during my life. Typically, I think of my earliest career mentors: Ray Milkman at The Lazar Institute, Vicki Jaycox at the National Council of Senior Citizens and Richard Granat at the Center for Legal Studies and  the Institute for Paralegal Training.

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LEADERS DON’T HAVE TO EMBRACE HIERARCHY: THEY CAN CONSIDER HOLOCRACY

24 October 2022

You may have read my subject line today and responded with “What the heck is a Holocracy?”

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LEADERS DON’T TRY TO CHANGE PEOPLE

18 October 2022

When I was younger and more naïve, I used to think that with adequate leadership and coaching from me, I could convince underperforming employees to change.

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LEADERS CULTIVATE RELATIONSHIPS – EVERY DAY!

10 October 2022

Yesterday, I was reading an article in The Athletic, a national sports newsletter. This article relayed the story of Draymond Green, a forward for the Golden State Warriors, and his teammate Jordan Poole.

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LEADERS MAKE THEMSELVES VALUABLE, NOT IRREPLACEABLE

02 October 2022

Years ago, when I was a young leader, I strived to hone my skills and my knowledge so that no Dean at Georgetown Law Center would dare replace me with someone else.  At my retirement party, people spoke about how almost impossible  it would be for someone to replace me.  The younger me would have appreciated those kind words. The older and wiser me responded with a rueful smile

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LEADERS INVOLVE THEIR TEAMMATES

26 September 2022

Do you have any favorite quotations? Ones that you’ve used or referred to for most of your adult life?  Do you use them repeatedly in conversation? Do you have them framed on the walls of your home or your office?

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WE CAN ALL EMRACE INQUIRING LEADERSHIP

20 September 2022

Several weeks ago I was coaching an experienced leader and we were discussing how she could be more effective in leading her teammates on a daily basis.

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GOOD LEADERS FOLLOW THE EXAMPLE OF MOVIE DIRECTORS AND ACTORS

10 September 2022

wo weeks ago, my wife and I attended the Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival in Vermont. This eight-year-old event features narrative and documentary work of first-time and second-time filmmakers from around the world. This was the first time we had attended in four years because of the pandemic.

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LEADERS CULTIVATE THEIR ABILITY TO LIVE WITH ALL THEIR EMOTIONS

04 September 2022

When we are children, we learn from our parents to focus on emotions like happiness, enthusiasm, joy, and other positive emotions. We are taught to stay away from uncomfortable or negative emotions.

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LEADERS TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE SPACE BETWEEN STIMULUS AND RESPONSE AND

CONTROL THEIR OWN ATTITUDE

22 August 2022

One of the most influential books written during the 20th century was “Man’s Search for Meaning” by Austrian psychiatrist Viktor Frankl. Frankl was imprisoned in a Nazi concentration camp during World War II. During that time, he was repeatedly tortured by Nazi doctors who performed a variety of ghastly experiments on his body.

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LEADERS ADOPT A LEARNING MINDSET

15 August 2022

In his most recent monthly newsletter, “Granted,” Wharton professor and psychologist Adam Grant started with these definitions:
Imposter Syndrome: “I don’t know what I’m doing. It’s only a matter of time until everyone finds out.”

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