Reading for Leading Archive

  • 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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  • 2018 What Will Make the Next YEARS Better

    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 time I write, my niece Erin will have given birth. Her amazing Maximus […]

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  • Books that Have Been Gifts to Me 2018

    Here’s a short list of books I’ve enjoyed, separated into a few categories: 1.  Being your best self. Anne Lamott, Almost Everything: Notes on Hope. I would describe Anne Lamott as a seeker, seer, and humorist. She always brings me to an awakened sense of, “Oh, right! […]

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  • A Short Tender Story of Leading By Two

    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 had been close to Baker who was only forty when Baker’s first […]

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  • Who’s Got Your Back?

    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 from the ideals of Harvard’s halls to the political streets where I […]

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  • Leading by Two – How Do You Identify a Strong Partner

    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 asked the two-part question:  “What’s a step I can take and with […]

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  • Learning from Veterans about Leadership and LX2

    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 out of patriotism. That contains truth for some.*  Actually, more enlist in […]

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