Post Election Healing – Our Auto-Immune Disease

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America wakes up as divided as she went to sleep. He has handily won the Electoral College. She appears to have won the popular vote. The latter is electorally irrelevant and statistically insignificant. The country is rent in two. For this piece, I hope to write to us, meaning all of us – backers of … Continued

Leading with Character and With a Coin on the Copier

Last week I referenced the story of the “coin on the copier.” I referred to it as one of those stories about things you may say — especially when people look up to you — where the impact on others is more powerful than you’d ever think. The coin on the copier story was something … Continued

Stand Tough When Technology Can Sweep You Away

Stand Tough When Technology Can Sweep You Away Friends, Scene 1:  “How many devices do we have going?” my sister asked on Saturday as she scanned the five of us with what turned out to be 4 smart phones and one laptop.  “I can be as bad as anyone,” she added. “But this just doesn’t … Continued

Trust Matters – Be Careful What They Trust You For

Trust Matters – Be Careful What They Trust You For Friends, One of my two partners asked me, “How did your program go?” She was inquiring about the year-long leadership course I had kicked off the day before with thirty school principals. Her tone was unusually serious. “Great,” I said. “They’re a super group, and the … Continued

New New New Leadership

Friends, Go to Kroger, Meijer, Wegman’s, Safeway, etc., and you can’t let your eyes move across 5 packages without seeing at least one NEW!!! emblazoned across the front.  If somebody popped a “New” sticker on you, what would be the product they’d be touting?   Tonight my wife is “all new.” She is hosting “The … Continued

Enlarging Your Bandwidth in Leadership

Friends, The release of our book A Governor’s Story: The Fight for Jobs and America’s Economic Future has offered me a chance to re-learn a key lesson about bandwidth. It was fascinating at major news stations in D.C., New York, L.A., S.F. and Ann Arbor to sit with my co-author/bride/governor, and to observe the responses … Continued

Should Leaders Show Vulnerability?

Friends, Tomorrow, Jennifer and I officially release A Governor’s Story: The Fight for Jobs and America’s Economic Future.  It took us about 18 months to write, and it’s about 300 pages long, so, (how) can I distill a decent Reading for Leading message?  (Warning: I run a paragraph longer than usual, but beg you to … Continued

A Governor’s Story

Dan Mulhern and Gov. Granholm’s latest book “A Governor’s Story” is now available! A candid account by Michigan’s charismatic, controversial former governor of reckoning with the profound economic challenges her state—and the country—face. Release Date: 9/20/11 Jennifer Granholm was the two-term governor of Michigan, a state synonymous with manufacturing during a financial crisis that threatened … Continued