May 2011

The Toughest Choices a Leader Must Make

By: Jim Bruce
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I recently stumbled across a post “ The Toughest Choices a Leader Must Make”(which is alternatively titled “Thinking Strategically About What You Want to Accomplish in Life”) that really caught my attention.  Its author is Ray Blunt, who is Associate Director and Fellow at the Washington Institute fro Faith, Vocation, and Culture.  His focus as a leadership consultant and teacher is on servant leadership.

Better Time Management is Not the Answer

By: Jim Bruce
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For this week’s Tuesday Reading, we turn to a Harvard Business Review blog post by Linda Hill and Kent Lineback “Better Time Management is Not the Answer.  Hill is the Wallace Brett Donham Professof of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School and Lineback has spent many years as a manager and executive in business and government.  They are co-authors of Being the Boss – The 3 Imperatives for Becoming a Great Leader.

The 5% Creativity Challenge

By: Jim Bruce
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Are you up for a challenge?  Josh Linkner in a recent Fast Company blog post, “The 5% Creativity Challenge, challenges each of us to schedule two one-hour thinking sessions each week.  Linkner is the author of Disciplined Dreaming - A Proven System to Drive Breakthrough Creativity and CEO and Managing Partner of Detroit Venture Partners.

Managing Yourself: Stop Holding Yourself Back

By: Jim Bruce
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Today’s reading is “Managing Yourself:  Stop Holding Yourself Back”from the Harvard Business Review.  The authors are Ann Morriss, managing director of the Concire Leadership Institute and Robin Ely and Frances Frei, both professors at the Harvard Business School.

Morriss, Ely, and Frei have been studying for over a decade what gets in the way of ambitious employees who want to step up and lead.  Ely has studied race, gender, and leadership;  Frei has focused on coaching senior executives; and Morriss works on unleashing social entrepreneurs.

Leadership, Architected by Gaudì

By: Jim Bruce
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Luca Baiguni, Professor of Organizational Behavior and Personal Development at the Politecnico di Milano, was recently was in Barcelona on business and spent some time visiting the city.  One of his must see places was the Sagrada Famìla, the basilica universally considered the masterpiece of Antoni Gaudì, the Spanish architect who lived from 1852 to 1926.