Moderating a Gubernatorial Debate

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How's this for an assignment? On Friday October 10, I served as moderator for the Wisconsin gubernatorial debate between incumbent Governor Scott Walker and challenger Mary Burke. It was held in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. It was an honor to be invited to help guide this historic event. The race is being closely watched, in my very divided home state. The debate was carried on more than 100 TV and radio stations in Wisconsin and carried nationally on C-Span.

 

Here's a link to C-Span's broadcast of the event, in case you'd like to see it for yourself.

 

 

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Listen Better and You’ll Communicate Better

I learn something whenever I teach leadership workshops. That's because I believe there's already abundant wisdom already in the room. It was certainly the case when I led a week-long leadership and coaching program for journalists from around the world. As you can see from the class picture, it was a smart, diverse, fun group.     MediaProject2014Class   One of the participants, E.S. Isaac of India, made an impression on everyone. His wisdom and warm smile lifted us all. Isaac has a deep belief in the power of listening.   Jill&Isaac   Isaac inherited that belief from his father, a man who had no formal education, who was illiterate for much of his life, and yet was a formidable teacher. He gently schooled Isaac on the priceless value of listening. Now, your parents and mine may have tried to tell us to listen, but I bet the message was not quite as magical as this. Listen for yourself as Isaac tells the story:     You can read more about Isaac and see a photo of his family in a column I wrote for Poynter.org. Just click here.    
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A Chat across the Pond

ILMlogoMy book, columns and podcasts have connected me with leaders all across the world. Most recently, I was contacted by Rhian Morgan, writing for the Institute for Leadership and Management in the United Kingdom.

 

Rhian sent me a great list of questions, dug back into some of my columns, and wrote this combination profile/interview for ILM. It's called: "Women in Leadership: A Culture of Coaching." We discussed women's skills and values as leaders, the importance of coaching, and the essentials of power and influence. Here's a link to the story.

 

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Leading into the Future

This is a class picture -- one I'm delighted to share. I had the joy of helping lead The Minority Leadership Institute of the American Society of News Editors during the ASNE/APME convention in Chicago. ASNE identified up-and-coming journalists who are currently serving as managers, or whose organizations see them as on the cusp of that important role.

 

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Over the course of two packed days, we covered leadership skills and values, performance management, communication, motivation, collaboration and business issues. It was a privilege to be in their company -- and to help ensure that high-potential people get training early, to help them succeed. Kudos to ASNE for this investment.

 

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Busy Week Ahead!

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Feeling Overwhelmed by Your Workload? – Here’s Help:

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We meet a friend and ask how she's doing. "Busy. Crazy busy." is often the answer.  And that's probably not an exaggeration. Today's workforce, especially managers, are under pressure to keep raising the bar for performance, even with fewer resources to make it happen.

 

In my latest column, I take on the "Overworked and Overwhelmed" challenge.  I offer seven questions managers should answer to help them get control of their time and workloads. Just click on this link to read the tips. And take good care of yourself. We the world of work needs more great -- not burned out -- bosses.

 

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How to Lead from Wherever You Are

PosterLeadfromWhereverYouAre   People sometimes tell me they hold back on taking initiative or responsibility beyond their current role, because they don't want to overstep their boundaries. I respect that concern. I also think people can be overly cautious and talk themselves out of acts of leadership.   There's a big difference between taking over, butting in, grabbing power -- and simply stepping up. That's what leaders do. They step up. Carefully. Collaboratively. Considerately. I think there are four ways you can be seen as a leader, no matter what your title.   I lay out those four in a column and podcast just published on Poynter.org. A simple click on this link will take you right to the column. Hope you enjoy -- and keep leading!  
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Six Dangerous Biases of Bosses

I write this message, knowing it just might offend you -- but it's a risk worth taking. Here goes:

 

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Why talk about biases? Because they are real and we all have them. We're also in denial about them. Research says we think of ourselves as more principled and ethical than we really are. It's human nature.

 

That's why I wrote a column for Poynter.org that lists six dangerous biases that bedevil managers. I candidly share how a few them affected me and what I learned from them. If you want to build your credibility as a leader, check out this link for the column and podcast of "Six Dangerous Biases of Bosses."

 

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Closing the Gender Gap: Watch The Video

Here's video from "Closing the Gender Gap: A Forum on Women in Journalism Leadership," which I moderated this week at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. The focus was journalism, but the conversation covered issues that affect women in all professions.

 

With me on the panel (left to right) are Rachel Smolkin of Politico, Susan Goldberg of National Geographic, Madhulika Sikka of NPR, Carolyn Ryan of the New York Times, and Anders Gyllenhaal of McClatchy Newspapers.

 

As you will see, the audience is also filled with experts and lively voices!

 

 

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Closing the Gender Gap in Leadership

NPC This week, I had the honor of moderating a forum at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. Our focus was on the gender gap in journalism. Women are underrepresented in leadership and management roles and have yet to achieve equity in pay.

 

These issues aren't exclusive to media -- that's for sure. They affect women in most all professions. Using data and research, we examined the barriers that still exist for women and how to knock them down.

 

If you'd like to read more about the advice from experts, click on this link for coverage from Poynter.org. Or check out this take from the National Press Club's website.

 

The National Press Club will be posting video of the 90-minute program with leaders of The New York Times, NPR, National Geographic, Politico and McClatchy publications as well.

 

There's lots of work to be done, so leadership genuinely reflects the whole spectrum of our population.

 

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