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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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  • How to Manage Conflict with the Powerful and Entrenched

    Thanks for the wonderful feedback on my just-completed 3-part series on how to constructively engage when there is CONFLICT.  I got wonderful push back, too.  Some argued against the usefulness of my prescriptions in important cases.  For example, my deliberate, humble and honest approach to […]

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  • The Subordinate Partner Speaks Out on Partnership

    This belongs to the general series on the incredible power of partnership — of “paired leadership.”  And this is the last for now in the mini-series on “leading a subordinate to partnership.” The first 4 are all available at www.danmulhern.com/category/reading-for-leading.  I have been writing about […]

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  • How to Lead a Subordinate to Become a Partner – Part 2

    Paired Leadership — 3rd in a series —  This series is written for people who can imagine that creating a PARTNERSHIP with a key report (or child or student) might generate much better results and much more satisfying relationships than “managing down.”   What I call […]

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  • A Step-by-Step Process for When GRRRRR You’re Stuck

    (Note: RFL generally runs about a page. Today it’s about 2 pages; not as quick a read, as it required more explanation.  Next week, I expect to return to shorter pieces, but I hope you find value in this one.) Last week, I wrote about those […]

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  • Next Week Will Be Great But In a New Way

    I am guessing that you did not notice that I first published last week’s “Reading for Leading” about Dr. King in January of 2007.  (I updated one line about Black Lives Matter.)   Many of you weren’t even getting “Reading for Leading” in 2007.  I […]

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  • Movies and Leadership – Who Grabs You?

    When a scene is well written, directed and acted, we can feel targeted or triggered. We are treated or entreated — we are drawn to something that evokes what’s best in us. These dramatic figures are like a gift to us, and they hit each […]

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  • Leaders Are Big – But Forget It

    Last week I wrote about how my former TA, Hannah figured she was being listened to and appreciated, because, as she said, “I get invited to a lot of meetings.”  That story prompted this response from a reader: “I remember very vividly one early morning […]

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  • How do YOU Get Into Your Sweet Spot – and win a free copy of the book

    Last week I wrote about one of the key lessons I am learning from The Sweet Spot by Dr. Christine Carter. You’ll recall that the point of her book — subtitled How to Find Your Groove at Work and Home — is to help her […]

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  • How to Find Your Leading SWEET SPOT

    When my awesome 84-year old mom routinely answers my question, “How are you, Mom?” by saying, “I’m just so busy.” And when my friend’s YPO (Young Presidents Organization) group is holding a retreat on dealing with “the rat race,” I think, “Whoa! We’re all stretching, […]

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