This week, at least in the United States, we celebrate Thanksgiving Day, traditionally a day of giving thanks for the harvest (that provides our food) and for the preceding year. History suggests that this celebration goes back in the United States at least to a 1621 feast in the Plymouth Colony celebrating a good harvest in the Colony’s first year. This tradition, with both civil and religious roots, has continued and since 1941 has been celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November.
Today’s Tuesday Reading, "Listening", was written by Zachary Jacques as a Leadership Reflection for the ITLP 2014 Leaders Program cohort. Zach is Director of Research Administration Information Services at Cornell University.
The Tuesday Reading today is 7 Ways You’re Unconsciously Undermining Yourself. The essay was written by Gwen Moran for FastCompany.com. Moran writes about business, money and assorted other topics for leading publications and web sites. She is co-author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Business Plans.
Ten years ago today, the first workshop of the first MOR IT Leaders Program, held at the University of Chicago, came to an end. Beth Hayes, Penn State participant in that first cycle, has written of that time:
Last summer, for a leadership reflection, John Shutt, Instructional Media Coordinator at Michigan State University, pointed his colleagues in their leadership program, to a short audio clip of Jim Collins’ discussion of “Creating a Pocket of Greatness.” Collins is a noted leadership author known for his books Good to Great and Level 5 Leadership.
The Tuesday Reading today is “3 Underappreciated IT Leadership Skills?”, a commentary appearing this past July in Information Week. The essay’s authors are Whitney Hischier and Rajiv Ball, lecturers at the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business where they teach the Business Leadership for IT Professionals program.
Today’s Tuesday Reading is actually a Marshall Goldsmith video “Leadership is a Contact Sport”.
In this video Goldsmith teaches a very straightforward model for development as a leader or as a team member. It has eight steps:
1. Ask. Create a habit of asking people important questions – how could I have done a better job on my last project? How could I lead my team better? How could I have better supported you? You get the idea.
Today’s Tuesday Reading is a reflection written for his cohort by James Lewis, Academic Technology Support Infrastructure Manager, College of Liberal Arts, University of Texas, Austin and a recent IT Leaders Program alum.
The Tuesday Reading today is “Take a Walk, Sure, but Don’t Call It a Break”, an essay that appeared early in the year in the HBR blogs. Its author, Dan Pallotta, is an expert in nonprofit sector innovation and a pioneering entrepreneur. He is founder of Pallotta TeamWorks, which invented the multi-day AIDSRides and Breast Cancer 3-Days.