Leadership Reflection

Planning is Planning, whether for a Scuba Dive or a Project

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Hi everyone!
 
As I think about what to reflect on this past week, I keep coming back to thoughts of scuba diving as I took my regulator in to get serviced this past weekend. Scuba divers are, most often, over-prepared in the planning and execution of a dive. 
 
Below is a little bit of the planning:
1. Exposure suit (wet-suit thickness or dry suit)
   - Depth of dive, temp at surface, temp at bottom, bottom composition (sand, mud, rock)
2. Regular air or nitrox
3. Length of dive

Leadership Reflection

Two Powerful Tools: Being Still and 90 Minute Blocks

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I have come to enjoy and value the weekly reflections as well as Jim Bruce’s Tuesday readings.  A few weeks ago in the Tuesday reading, "Be Still", I was struck by the truth and simplicity of what was written in that piece.  I thought to myself, why not use “being still” as the foundation for everything that is big or important, (or trivial for that matter) in order to contemplate the next step.  After all, don’t we often do this in many other areas of our lives?   I do it when I need to have an important conversation with a family member, before deciding whether to spend thousands of dolla

Tuesday Reading

Asking Good Questions

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Today’s Tuesday Reading, Asking Good Questions, continues the series begun last week.  There we noted that asking good questions is as important as listening well.  After all, a major part of a leader’s job is initiating and building relationships, collaborating to craft a vision and strategies, developing an understanding of the work and desired results, as well as leading his or her team.  You really cannot do any of this work well without being proficient in asking questions.
 

Tuesday Reading

Asking Questions

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Today’s Tuesday Reading begins a short series of readings on the subject of asking questions.  It was Voltaire who said,
 
“It is easier to judge the mind of a man by his questions rather than his answers.”

Tuesday Reading

IMPACT!

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Today’s reading, IMPACT, was written by Bruce Barton, as a reflection in one of the Leaders Program cycles.  Bruce manages the Shared Development Group of the General Library System at the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

 

Something I've been thinking about:

Tuesday Reading

Be Still

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Last week Mary Jordan’s post on the Linkage Leadership Blog showed up in my Inbox.  She is a Principle Consultant and Co-Leader of the Change and Transition Leadership Practice at Linkage, an international consulting practice focusing on developing organizations.
 

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As a Leader, Time for MY Work Has to Come First

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I thought this would get easier as time went on, but had been feeling the opposite.  When I got back from Session 1, I was jazzed.  Before my flight back to CT, I wrote my boss a genuine note of thanks for the opportunity to participate in the MOR program and told her about the new tools and techniques I was excited to try when I got back.  I was going to be aware of my leading/managing/doing ratios, use defensive calendaring, think more strategically, be intentional, as well as ask for and provide feedback.

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Putting it into Practice

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As I reflected on what has transpired over the past several weeks, I wanted to revisit the essay that I had prepared in hopes of being selected for this wonderful leadership opportunity.  Here is my original objective from that essay:

“My ultimate objective is to improve the impact of my team on the customers they serve.  To accomplish this, I want to invest in my team and motivate them with a strategic plan they align with and support that enables their success.  The result will hopefully result in an evolution of my team to deliver high quality service.”

Tuesday Reading

Stepping Up to Peer Pressure

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We’ve all been in situations where we’ve succumbed to peer pressure.  We often argue to ourselves that it’s too hard to step up with a different point of view – we won’t be liked, we’ll do harm to our relationships, and after all it’s not that big of a deal.  However, in many cases, it is a big deal.
 

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