Dan Mulhern Archive

  • 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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  • Keeping it real simple

    This blog is called Everyday Leadership.  Obama is Obama.  Trump is Trump.  And you and I can choose to be everyday leaders.  324,707,000 people reside here.  It’s pretty wonderful and pretty crazy that as 1 out of 324,707,000 each of us feels entitled to have […]

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  • You – Making America Great Together

    The last marathon I ran was in Sacramento, and the last mile felt harder, slower, and longer than the first 25.1.  It reminds me of this never-ending race.  Wednesday, when it’s over, the question will be:  How will Trump or Clinton help us heal? Since […]

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  • 4 Ways White Folk Can Lead When it Comes to Race

    Thanks for all the great comments last week in response to my blog about whether you would have the courage to read a (rather long) Reading for Leading about race in America.  If you missed last week’s missive it was about how as white folk, […]

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  • I Froze and Didn’t Lead

    Friends, I could not write Reading for Leading last night. Maybe it was just how upsetting that debate was. An AMERICAN presidential candidate called their opponent “the devil.” And said if he were president, “she would be in jail.” That is frightening.  I have fearful […]

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