Tuesday Reading

Employee Engagement – What's a Manager to Do? (Part 2)

By: Jim Bruce
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The past two Tuesday Readings have focused on employee engagement, first, on February 10, 2015, focusing on what employee engagement is and then on February 17, turning to a set of five expectations that employees have of their supervisors.  The data shows that if these expectations are met, engagement will increase.  And, that’s a good thing.   

Tuesday Reading

Employee Engagement – What's a Manager to Do?

By: Jim Bruce
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Last week’s Tuesday Reading, “Employee Engagement – What?” focused on what employee engagement is.   According to Kevin Kruse in Employee Engagement 2.0, “Employee engagement is the emotional commitment the employee has to the organization and its goals.  This emotional commitment means engaged employees actually care about their work and their company.  They don’t work just for a paycheck or just for that next promotion, but on behalf of the organization’s goals."
 

Tuesday Reading

Employee Engagement – What?

By: Jim Bruce
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The issue of employee engagement has surfaced in several ways over the past few weeks – what is it?, why is it important?, should I be concerned about my team’s engagement?, how would I improve it?, what could/should a team member do to increase his/her engagement?, etc.  This issue and these questions have led to this and the next two Tuesday Readings.

Tuesday Reading

OKR – Objectives and Key Results

By: Jim Bruce
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We began the 2015 Tuesday Readings with a series of readings focused on being intentional.  A week later, we focused on being intentional about developing new practices to strengthen our leadership.  We next focused on the art of saying “NO,” about being intentional in adding to your deliverables.

Tuesday Reading

Your Calendar

By: Jim Bruce
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We began the Tuesday Readings for 2015 with a focus on being intentional, and followed that with an essay on practices and then, last week, on the art of saying “no.”  Today we want to take a next step and turn to your calendar and being intentional about it.  It’s been noted that you have a choice – either you control your calendar or your calendar controls you.  I fear that too often it’s the later when really it should be the former.  You really need to control your calendar to be an effective leader and be intentional about how you use your time.

Tuesday Reading

The Art of Saying "No"

By: Jim Bruce
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Almost everyone I run into bemoans their busyness, the large number of To Do’s that are in front of them, and the seeming inability to make headway in reducing the length of the list.  Author and consultant David Allen suggests that the typical mid-level manager, at any one time, spanning all aspects of his or her life, has 40 – 70 projects (a project being anything that takes more than one step to finish) and 150 – 200 next action steps.  (As an aside, you really do have to have a system – beyond your brain – to manage all this or else items will always get lost.)


Tuesday Reading

Is 66 the New 21?

By: Jim Bruce
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Today’s Tuesday Reading is an essay by Jim Dezieck, Leadership Coach at MOR Associates.  In the essay, Jim focuses on developing new practices.  As I indicated in last week’s Tuesday Reading, building new practices is one step in becoming more intentional.

Tuesday Reading

New Year's Resolutions

By: Jim Bruce
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Happy New Year!

At the beginning of each new year, many individuals, particularly Americans, develop New Year’s Resolutions for themselves.  Doing this is neither new nor all that unique.  Babylonians made resolutions 2500 years ago, and since then, everyone has followed.

Personal Priorities

By: Jim Bruce
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Today’s Tuesday Reading is a reflection written for his cohort by Patrick Widham, IT Support Manager at Montana State University and recent IT Leaders Program alum.

 

When we started the first session, I mentioned that I was like a sponge and wanted to soak in all of the information I could.  Looking back on that statement I realized that I was not 100% honest with myself.

I did not fully grasp what the MOR program was all about and didn’t anticipate that amount of commitment that was needed.  I am happy to say that it wasn’t long before I came around! 

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