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About the Author

Daniel Granholm Mulhern is the "First Gentleman" of the State of Michigan. In addition to the personal support and counsel he offers his wife, Governor Jennifer Mulhern Granholm, Dan contributes his services, spearheading leadership development and being a model for the nation in offering a governmental work place that is a "great place to do great work!" He also serves as Chairman of the Michigan Community Service Commission, which promotes and coordinates volunteer efforts across the state.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: University of Michigan Press/Regional; annotated edition edition (February 9, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0472069721
  • ISBN-13: 978-0472069729
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,229,205 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Daniel Granholm Mulhern is Distinguished Practitioner of Law & Business at the University of California, Berkeley. He is President of Granholm Mulhern Associates. He is a leadership expert, with a diverse personal work background. Dan has led organizations in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. Since 1999 he has been active as a public speaker, consultant, radio personality, and writer in the field of leadership.

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).

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I found this book to be a fast read, but I could not put it too far away from reach.
Mazzy
I had expected to find a series of great stories, but I found a solid structure and excellent techniques supported by great stories.
John J. Daniels
I believe this should be a must read for everyone, especially those preparing to become our next generation of leaders.
Rosemarie Giffen

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John J. Daniels on July 14, 2007
Format: Paperback
I bought a dozen of Dan's book before I read it, based on my belief in his warm human way of encouraging leadership as a practice of personhood. It took me a couple of months to start to read my own copy, but only a couple of days (on vacation) to finish it. His stories make it enjoyable to read, and the reader can be moved to grow from the inside, heart as well as head. Here are some pages I dogeared, and my comments when I had the time to review them:

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.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By K. Whitman on June 21, 2007
Format: Paperback
I am in a professional book club. Of the 6 people that met today to discuss the book, only one of us actually finished the book. The common complaint was that the book was too boring. The one that did finish it said he just scanned the last couple chapters. While there a couple good points (I made it 3/5th thru the book), it wasn't anything I hadn't read in another book that was much more interesting. I don't think his editor did him any favors with his writing. He says we don't tell enough stories, but most of his stories weren't interesting enough or long enough to draw me in. He should take his own advise to make any future books better reading.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Thomas E. Nugent on April 5, 2007
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I have been forwarding Dan's weekly Ezine on leadership to MY clients for about three years. Most of them promptly sign up. Now I will also be recommending his book, Everyday Leadership.

"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.

Tom Nugent

Grosse Pointe MI
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mazzy on March 12, 2007
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I found this book to be a fast read, but I could not put it too far away from reach. Something or other kept popping into my head -- at work, at the neighborhood group I work with, or even at home with my family. The notion of "everyday leadership" -- that we all can lead better no matter what title we hold -- really seems to have merit. I think I will buy more of these books for my everyday leaders -- my mom, my best friend, and a few folks at work and help them step into leadership and step up a bit more
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David Crumm on February 18, 2008
Format: Paperback
I have known Dan Mulhern for many years and have appeared on his radio show in Michigan, which is a disclaimer that I'm personally biased toward his work. But, these biographical details also signs of the authority with which I tell other readers: This guy's the real deal.

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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