Dan Mulhern Archive

  • 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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  • How to Lead in Politically Divisive Times

    Thanks to so many of you who commented on last week’s blog, offering feedback on the “Clear the Air” series and expressing interest in future topics.  A good number asked me to write about “thoughts on leading as American citizens in this unsettling time.”  With […]

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  • Can You Help Me Help You

    I have felt confused and disappointed for the last three weeks, when I wrote the 3-part series on how to clear the air with “I feel…when you…because” statements, and when I did not get any comments from readers; because I feel like this method offers […]

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  • Leaders Clear the Air – Part 3 of 3

    Recap of the last two weeks:  This series is about how to clear the air with an important work or home partner. Part One spoke to the importance of standing up for yourself when a partner has hurt the relationship, but also recognizing that it […]

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  • Leaders Clear the Air – second in a series

    Last week I wrote about the need each of us has from time to time to clear the air, to get something off our chest that is creating stress for us, and likely diminishing trust, enthusiasm and collaboration for work with a key colleague – […]

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  • Leaders Clear the Air – first in a series

      Today a combined Reading for Leading and LeadingX2 (leading by two).    I will keep this reasonably short by introducing a topic, two steps, and then continuing next week. In any strong partnership there come times when you need to “clear the air.”  Your […]

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  • How to Lead in Another Crazy Week

    This past week seemed to rival if not surpass the divisive madness that followed Trump’s election, or the intense emotion of the hanging chads after the Bush-Gore election.  I offer a big picture and an observation of some truly amazing everyday leadership. Big picture.  We […]

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  • I Would Be Honored if You Would Listen to Thoughts About Listening Leadership

    I approach this column as perhaps the “most” I have written in 20 years. It’s most important. Most controversial. Most already-written about. And most tricky. I am writing about Mr. Kavanaugh and Ms. Blasey Ford. What’s tricky? Well, first what lens will I use, and […]

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