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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 4 (last)

    This is a continuing series on “paired leadership” generally, and the last of 4 on creating a partnership with one who is subordinate to you.  My launching point for this series has been how, for well over a decade, my oldest daughter and I were […]

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  • How to Lead a Subordinate to Become a Partner – Part 3

    In a continuing series on the power of creating partnerships – including with those who are “below” us. Recap:  For the past two weeks I have been writing about how it’s possible to turn (nearly every) top-down relationship into a partnership, and that doing so […]

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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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  • How to Lead a Subordinate to Become a Partner – Part 1

    Continuing thoughts on “paired leadership” – 2nd in an ongoing series. As I wrote last week, in some key paired leadership situations there are pure equals, like spouses and co-founders.  But sometimes your paired leader or partner is “beneath” you in the hierarchy.  You are […]

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  • A Resolution to Change A Life

    Happy New Year . . . and to help make it so . . . I will be writing much of this year on the topic that has for three years completely seized my imagination, my research, teaching, client practice, and family life.  Paired Leadership. […]

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  • A Book for the beach the snow and 2017

    My friend Mike Tenbusch asked me if I’d write about his book in this space.  I honestly can’t remember anyone asking me that before (although in 16 years of writing it, I’m sure someone has).  So, Mike is first. I have often quoted Kouzes & […]

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  • The Rewarding Discipline of Positive Leadership

    “Doesn’t being so positive with people end up meaning that you’re denying reality?”   I was asked this at a Women’s Executive Leadership program at the Haas Business School at Berkeley last week.  She was responding to my challenge: great relationships tilt heavily positive, so […]

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  • 5 Ways to Lead Down the Stretch

    Now we head down the stretch with that strange admixture of tugs and pulls: Thanksgiving, Advent, collecting from clients, Hanukkah, year-end reviews, New Year’s, bonuses, gift-giving, planning for 2017, and . . . shopping. Let me add one more strange pairing and that is leadership […]

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  • Use This Leverage Point For the Micromanager and the Micromanaged

    I often do an exercise in which I ask people to take index cards and write down the behaviors they have experienced from their managers which have dis-abled, de-energized, de-motivated, dis-couraged, or otherwise dis-sed or de-ed them.  Stop for a nano-second and consider a manager […]

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