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Everyday Leadership: Getting Results in Business, Politics, and Life Paperback – February 9, 2007
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In 2007 Dan published Everyday Leadership: Getting Results in Business, Politics and Life, and in 2009 published Be Real: Inspiring Stories for Leading at Home and Work. For ten years he has been writing an acclaimed blog, "Reading for Leading," which is received directly by over ten thousand readers (sign-up at www.danmulhern.com).
Dan is expert in individual coaching and organizational development. He has facilitated groups as large as 600 individuals, and worked with CEOs and executive teams from small start-ups all the way to Fortune 500 companies.
Dan left his successful business, Mulhern Hastings Group in 2002 when his wife Jennifer Granholm was elected Governor of the State of Michigan. He took as his primary focus the love and development of his and Jennifer's three children. During those eight years he has also thrown himself into his duties as Michigan's first, First Gentleman: Chairing the state's Community Service Commission, establishing an economic development effort called Michigan's Next Great Companies, and spearheading an organizational change movement inside the state government to make it a "great place to do great work." He has also served on the National Governors Association's Spouses Leadership Council, serving a term as chairman. Dan has given hundreds of pro bono speeches to support, challenge and motivate Michigan's non-profits, governmental units and for-profit companies. Dan's groundbreaking radio show "Everyday Leadership: Making Work Work" was broadcast across Michigan on the Michigan Talk Network and streams online at the Michigan Talk Network.
Dan has recently spoken to and/or consulted at Google, Facebook, Cisco Systems, the California Workforce Association. He has spoken on the changing roles of men at recent conferences of the Family & Work Institute and the Boston College Center for Work and Family.
Dan gives gratitude for his Jesuit education at University of Detroit High School, and his degrees in education and religion at Yale (1980) and Harvard Law School (1986).
Top Customer Reviews
Page 31: "leaders light torches". I realized some time ago that my wife is like this. Everywhere she goes, she affirms people's goodness as she delights in them and takes interest in them. Her little wick is hardly seen, but oh, the lights she's lit! As I grow older, I realize that this kind of leadership is ageless, and leaves a greater legacy than any other.
Page 139: "leading from the middle" Discovering that we are average, and being called to lead from there is really good for me. It helps me to see that when I am effective, I mistakenly think it is because I am exceptional; when I discover my frailty, it distracts me and I lose my stride. On the other hand, if I put on the hair shirt of self doubt, I'm totally useless. This middle ground is fertile! I see a second book in this!
Page 160: "technologically advancing but tribally regressing century" - this is prophetic, in my opinion.
Page 167: "I don't want to look stupid" - boy, oh boy, is this valid for me. While we were in Germany, I hid from using my very limited German. Meanwhile, my wife, equipped with her smile and her little German-English dictionary, was quite effective in communicating. Difference? She was not afraid to make it clear that she could not speak much.Read more ›
"Most of us don't tell enough stories" Dan says on page 46, and then continues to tell story after story that call out the ideas, and more importantly the values, that leaders leverage to move themselves and their organizations forward.
Everyday Leadership reads like a work of music. Think Beethoven or the Beatles. Start with the fourth movement or in the middle of Sgt. Pepper, and every section will stand alone as a work of art. But start in the beginning for the full power and effect. Dan's lessons stand on their own in short sound bites that echo major leadership themes. Every story is quick, and personal, and universal. But put them all together and you will ask yourself at every step whether you have not lived just that same experience.
"Leaders move others to action". "Everyday Leadership" will get you moving.
Grosse Pointe MI
Dan is famous now as Michigan's First Gentleman -- but, for years before that, he worked as a leadership coach. And, for a while, he devoted himself to full-time efforts helping the staff at the University of Detroit High School rethink that urban school's image. The U-of-D-High work was a noble pursuit on his behalf, and not the kind of career move of someone only interested in making money off the leadership profession.
Dan cares deeply about communities -- and the people who can motivate and lead communities. He's a grassroots listener -- and, as a journalist, I know a lot about listening. His book reflects the wealth of personal experience he has soaked up from years of listening to real people struggling with leadership issues.
No, this isn't a 10-bullet-points-to-success guidebook. Rather, this is a mature, honest, helpful reflection on the deeper human qualities -- and the human failings -- that will shape our lives for good or ill as leaders in whatever corner of our communities we find ourselves working.
It's well worth reading. It also can be read and discussed in group settings. And there's the supplement here of Dan's own ongoing work in this field, including his Web site and E-supplements.
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Purchased for an under grad class a few years back and we never read it in class. Glad I finally decided read it, author provides numerous examples of real life situations and... Read morePublished on December 11, 2013 by Q
Mulhern has a way of writing about Leadership concepts that everyone can understand. The stories he tells to illustrate his points ring true on many levels. Read morePublished on December 15, 2008 by J. G. Bowman
In "Everyday Leadership: Getting Results in Business, Politics and Life," author Dan Mulhern says there are no small leaders or small acts of leadership. Read morePublished on March 5, 2008 by K. Elster
Daniel Granholm Mulhern's little book is a storyteller's dream. He describes how honest leadership, with integrity and passion, actually looks, how it sounds, and how it feels. Read morePublished on May 3, 2007 by Elwin N. McKellar
Everyday Leadership humanized the practice of leadership and the leaders discussed. Most books on leadership glorify the leader or the practice to inspire or teach the reader. Read morePublished on May 3, 2007 by Rosemarie Giffen
Anyone interested in becoming a more effective leader needs to pick up this book! It moves quickly; the real life examples Mulhern uses are very practical and motivating.Published on April 4, 2007 by M. Loughman
Finally, someone defines leadership for me. "Leadership is Energy." With it you can motivate, communicate and get people to do the right thing. Read morePublished on March 14, 2007 by Jim Palmer