Dan Mulhern Archive

  • Take Step One to Lead A Direct Report

    [Approximately twice a month I will be focusing Read2Lead on the specific context of LeadingX2.] Every manager has the capacity with every direct report to build a relationship in which the two: “lead by two.”  The advantages of turning a direct report into a peer […]

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  • Soul Searching – Do You Lead – Are You a Leader?

    Soul Searching:  Do You Lead – Are You a Leader? I’d like to explore the distinction, as a way of getting you to think about your fundamental attitudes at work, in community, and at home. I am 99% sure that everyone who reads this blog […]

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  • Leaders Stretch and Will You

    It’s pretty inescapable that individuals as leaders, and organizations as leaders . . . stretch.  A couple examples.  Amazon the ultimate elastic company just keeps stretching with almost daily experimentation – from incorporating Whole Foods to continually new advertising on its boxes to Prime Day […]

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  • The Privilege of Authority is You Can Let Them Stretch You

    Dang it was a hard week.  On the last day of the prior week, at the end of a wonderful time at Lake Michigan, I threw out my back (doing yoga, of all things). Crooked, bent and thus more than a little irritable, I returned […]

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  • Boost Productivity With Simple Management Rules of Thumb

    Visiting students from China, Japan, France, German, from Kenyon College, USC and UC Santa Barbara, oh and Berkeley jammed their way with me through a six-week course in leadership. It was akin to running a half-mile race; you can’t sprint, but you have to keep […]

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  • Calling for Next Level Leaders

    You are surely and sorely needed at this time.  Needed to think – and perhaps act – globally, and surely to think and act locally. They have never been more connected. Globally, there are 25 million documented refugees, with another 40 million displaced within their […]

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  • Whaddya Want? How to Choose Your BEST Self

    The most wonderful thing – about being human is you get to choose what you want.  Yet, it’s hard. It’s so much easier to be told what to want, or to have habits take over, or to jump to doing whatever seems like it should […]

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  • Be Careful How You Characterize

    Authors create characters. Back in 1982, when I was entirely smitten with the work of novelist Walker Percy, I wrote him a letter to tell him that his writing was so good that I felt his characters were more real than people I met in […]

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  • Are You a Strong Leader?

    Leaders are supposed to be STRONG, right?  Look up strong on Google and click on “images.”  Here’s the first of many similar images: One thing is obvious, right?  The figure to the left is a GUY! There are other images on the Google search.  More […]

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  • Leading Through Routine and Stagnation

      “Assume more power when situations are stagnant…”  Nate Medina, UC Berkeley, ’18 I am submerged in final papers.  Berkeley juniors and seniors pull together their thoughts after a semester’s course on leadership.  The papers marry their personal experience leading with the theoretical concepts they […]

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