Many know Dan as a writer on leadership, but he is perhaps at his best when engaging people live in a public speaking setting. He creates a hospitable place for truly authentic discussion, whether it’s a keynote speech in a grand ballroom or a table of executives.
He is a nationally recognized thought-leader on emerging topics affecting everyday leaders–from CEOs and elected officials in the highest halls of power, to soccer moms and stay-at-home dads. His broad appeal has motivated a wide and diverse following that transcends age, occupation and gender.
Most Requested Topics
LEADERSHIP IN CHALLENGING TIMES
Feel like you’re constantly putting out fires? Does the enduring recession have you scrambling? Anyone can lead in times of stability and prosperity. But we’re in an environment of tremendous uncertainty. The current conditions test a leader’s mettle. Capital is difficult to access, layoffs are all too common, and complexity and change seem to be always on the rise. Challenging times afford the best opportunities to change the way you operate . . . for the better. From his experience in Michigan, one of the most tumultuous economies, Mulhern offers tested methods for getting your people and yourself to deliver your best performance when you need it most. Mulhern will inspire your audience to move beyond their fear of change to instead embrace and tackle the challenges before them.
Dan has been brought in to speak about this to: National Hospice Work Group, Michigan Credit Union League, Michigan Bar Association, Association of Adult and Community Education, Ford-UAW Leadership Meeting, Mentor Michigan Summit, Wisconsin Association of School District Administrators
CREATING GREAT PLACES TO DO GREAT WORK
Great organizations don’t just hire great people, they cultivate them. The best workers expect more than a great job—they want to contribute and they want to be valued. Mulhern gives an insider’s view of successful strategies used to engage workers and reap the huge productivity rewards by companies on Fortune’s list of “100 Best Companies to Work For.” He spearheaded the creation of the State of Michigan’s Office of Great Workplace Development and Michigan’s Next Great Companies, which collaborated with the seven Michigan companies on the Fortune list. Using that experience, Mulhern presents his audience with a list of internal adjustments that are the catalyst to change from the inside-out. He’ll help you understand:
- How to create a workplace that makes people clamor to work at your organization?
- How do you attract the brightest and the best?
- What’s at the heart of these 100 top companies?
- What tactics and strategies to the best companies use to simultaneously create productivity and satisfaction?
- How do you inspire loyalty and commitment in order to reduce turnover?
Mulhern shares not only the core tenets but some of the low- to no-cost strategies that can build up your workforce and inspire your workers to rise to the next level and to take you with them. Learn the bottom line value of being a great place to work and get fired up to make a difference in your workplace!
Dan has been brought in to speak about this to: Google, Facebook, Cisco Systems,and Little Caesar’s
WOMEN AND THE COURAGE TO LEAD
“Frailty, thy name is woman!” Hah! We are in the midst of a change of epic proportions in the world of work. Women are no longer limited in their career choices but can choose to compete on a largely-leveled playing field with men. Women as doctors, dentists, brokers, engineers, accountants, CEO’s and high profile political leaders are fast becoming the norm, far exceeding men in colleges and graduate schools. Women are changing the way work is done and the way we work is changing women. The “old boys network” has been, and is being further forced to become more inclusive as women continually find innovative ways to break through the glass ceiling. Unique questions now arise: How do we find balance between old and new styles of leadership which, on the surface, seem to contradict one another? How do women move men toward the new values of work, and what does the work world need to do to embrace change? And in all of this change how do men and women and workplaces change to support the organizations we care most deeply about: Our families! Individuals and organizations that can understand and build upon differences in the ways of men and women will be the ones who prosper and create exciting new worlds of work. In the end it’s both about what’s right and making it work for everyone.
Dan’s unique experience as the confidante, advisor and husband to Governor Jennifer Granholm allows him to share insights that will surprise and empower both men and women in the new and evolving world of work and family.
Dan has been brought in to speak about this to: Women’s Law Association of Michigan, Athena Awards Keynote, Michigan Women’s Political Alliance, August (GA) Chamber of Commerce Women’s Quarterly Keynote, Women and Politics Institute at American University
PARENT LEADER: WHAT PARENTING TELL US ABOUT LEADING AT WORK AND WHAT PUBLIC LEADERSHIP TELLS US ABOUT LEADING AT HOME
”I’m the boss here, and you’ll do it the way I want it done!” You’d probably never think of speaking to a paid employee that way. But every parent comes to that exasperated point with a child at some time. Parenting is a place where the leadership boundaries are the most highly challenged. As the parent, I’m the boss and I’m always the boss. But the fact is that leadership at work or in the home operates in similar, basic social systems. When we relate to our children, are we applying all of the leadership techniques we know and understand to be empowering or do we make the quick and easy jump to “Because I said so?” Do we have the courage to play the roles of both leader and led with the people who know us more intimately than our bosses or co-workers? How do we relate to our parents, our siblings or our grandparents – sometimes sources of great wisdom, sometimes out of step. If we understand our family dynamic, we can learn an enormous amount about ourselves and how we carry that dynamic into the workplace. This presentation can be the most challenging for many people, because it shows us the face in the mirror that we think is hidden to our co-workers. It’s the unwashed, fresh morning face in which we see every blemish, every flaw and one we’d like to keep hidden from our more public façade. I’ll show you how to make what works at work, also work at home and how to use what’s good from each world to empower the other.
Dan has been brought in to speak about this to: Macomb Parenting Conference, East Lansing Honors Convocation
Women are in ascendancy: earning more degrees, outliving their men, and holding more supervisory positions. Some are suggesting it’s “the end of men,” as women go it alone as parents and go for the top at work. Mulhern has a totally different view: He thinks it’s an exciting new beginning. Much has been written about how women have to adjust, whether it’s their style at work or finding balance at home. Mulhern speaks to the changes men “have to” embrace, yet he sees them as incredibly opportunities through which men, like women, can become more full human beings, express themselves both at work and at home in more healthy and satisfying and productive ways. He’s lived it -with a high-flying wife and held audiences of men and women – captive with his positive yet challenging views of the future of men.
Dan has been brought in to speak about this to: The White House Conference on Workplace Flexibility, the Boston College Family and Work Institute Roundtable, the Families and Work Institute annual conference.
LEADERSHIP AND INTEGRITY
What does it mean to have integrity? How can you foster it in your team and in yourself? What do you do when it’s missing? Mulhern answers these questions and more as he takes his audience from the Latin roots of the word to the present day challenges of cultivating the character and ethics that are building blocks for corporate or organizational strength. Almost everyone knows that integrity matters, yet we continue to see leaders—and sometimes their organizations—suffer the consequences of their corruption:
- Why do ethical lapses keep happening?
- What are the early warning signs?
- How do you inculcate integrity in your children, your team, and how do you deepen it in yourself?
Mulhern draws on years of coaching, work in and around politics, and his early studies of psychology and theology to help you lead with your best self.
Dan has been brought in to speak about this to: Michigan Department of Human Services Leadership Academy