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  • Sidin’ With Biden – Touch and Leadership

    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 women of invading their sense of physical comfort – touching or holding them […]

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  • I Flip-Flop – Rage and Resilience

    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 behavior: we need to end the false choice between being a “great leader” […]

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  • Which One Leads More Effectively – and the role of rage

    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 term leader is bounced around almost as much as the leather ball […]

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

    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 and the stage lights were like […]

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  • What the Front Lines Want from Supervisors

    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 invited your thoughts on what it is we want from first-level leaders. So, […]

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  • Women, Men, are Turning the Corner

    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: I’ll take Dan’s survey on what I want(ed) from a first-level supervisor. […]

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  • Every Good Supervisor of Others . . .

    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 “millennials,” but believe me, the […]

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

    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 how we best pair by looking at others who do it well. One unusual […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • New Year’s Plan – From Great to Good

    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 you in having a great year, following conventional and valuable insights, search […]

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