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Giving Thanks, Expressing Gratitude

By: Jim Bruce
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This week we celebrate Thanksgiving Day, traditionally a day of giving thanks for the harvest (that provides our food) and for the preceding year.  History and tradition suggest 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 each year on the fourth Thursday of November.
  

I Sit Too Much

By: Jim Bruce
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Today’s Tuesday Reading, I Sit Too Much, should actually be titled “I Sit Too Much and So Do You.”

Researchers agree that we all sit far too much, about 10 hours per day – hours at the desk, focused on the computer screen, reading and writing emails, working on reports, eating lunch, in meetings, in front of the TV, surfing the web, playing video games, etc.  For comparison, we sleep about 7.7 hours each day.  The number of hours sitting is about 40% (4 hours) too large, and researchers argue that individual action is urgently needed.

It’s A Bad Day Today

By: Jim Bruce
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Who hasn’t had one?  No milk for the cereal.  A tanker truck cut you off as you were driving to work.  Joe wasn’t prepared for the meeting.  Sam’s presentation wasn’t aligned to the audience.  Stuff happens, and it usually leads to a foul mood.

And, as I’ve been told many times, you have to learn how to turn lemons into lemonade.

Brave is Good/Prepared is Better - Networking is Good/Investing is Better - Lessons are Good/Change is Better

By: Leadership Part...
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As I sit here before our last dinner and day together as a formal group, I remember our first day together and my inherent skepticism about whether this program would be much different from other leadership programs. I seem to have neglected the obvious difference between one week long leadership programs and eight month long leadership programs in my initial assessment. Although this is a bit late from its original due date, I hope it is now a better read than its original draft state.

If You Want People to Listen, Stop Talking

By: Jim Bruce
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Today’s Tuesday Reading, “If You Want People to Listen, Stop Talking,” comes from the pen of Peter Bregman and appeared in the Harvard Business Review blog on May 25, 2015.  Bergman is CEO of Bergman Partners, a company that strengthens leadership in people and organizations through programs, consulting, and coaching.  He is also author of 18 Minutes:  Find Your Focus, Master Distractions, and the Right Things Done.

Life Balance

By: Jim Bruce
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Today’s Tuesday Reading, Life Balance, is an essay by Jenn Stringer, Associate CIO, Academic Engagement and Director of Educational Technology Services at the University of California Berkeley.  Jenn is also a recent MOR Leaders Program alumnus.  Her essay first appeared as a program reflection last winter.

Triggers

By: Jim Bruce
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Marshall Goldsmith, one of the best known executive coaches in the U.S., has just published a new book, Triggers:  Creating Behavior That Lasts, Becoming the Person You want to Be.  One of the things that caught my eye in one of the book’s reviews that I read, was a practice Goldsmith has to bring significant discipline into his life.  He’s practiced it for years.  At the end of each day, he has a friend call him and ask the same 22 questions each day.  He doesn’t just answer each question, he also relates what he has done that day for each question on a scale from

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