All of this year’s conference attendees and all MOR staff members were invited to complete a personal assessment tool called the Strength Deployment Inventory, or SDI for short. It was a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the sometimes messy business of engaging with other people who *gasp!* don’t see things exactly as we do. Susan Washburn, SDI certified MOR coach and workshop leader, managed the process and guided us all in interpreting the results.
Today, 18 members of MOR converged on Chicago in preparation of MOR’s 6th annual IT Leaders Conference. This year’s theme, “The Leadership Challenge of Disruptive Change,” marks the fifth consecutive year that the conference has focused on change. According to Jim Bruce, one of the founders of the IT Leaders Program and a longtime program leader and coach, MOR keeps revisiting the topic because dramatic change keeps coming. This year in particular has seen breathtaking changes, notably the arrival of MOOCs in a big way, including the launch of EdX.
Making progress toward a goal increases motivation and performance. In today’s reading, “3 Motivational Mind Tricks Designed to Power Progress” <http://www.fastcompany.com/3012545/dialed/3-motivational-mind-tricks-designed-to-power-progress>, Janet Choi, Chief Creative Officer of iDoneThis, provides advice on how we can use our mind to power further progress.
Watch an online learning module of Jim Bruce on the topic of delivering results.
Today’s Reading is “The One Conversational Tool That Will Make You Better At Absolutely Everything” <http://www.fastcompany.com/3003945/one-conversational-tool-will-make-you-better-absolutely-everything> from the pen of Shane Snow, a New York City-based technology writer and co-founder of Contently.com. The article first appeared in Fast Company.
Anna Mar, engagement manager and senior writer at simplacable.com posits that open positions in your organization are precursors to contests. This piece was suggested by Bill Allison, an ITLP alum who is Director, Campus Technology Services at the University of California, Berkeley. Bill noted that the short piece is valuable even when the leadership contest isn’t bitter and isn’t a contest.
In Warren Berger’s Harvard Business Review blogs essay, he writes that his work has led him to conclude that the three words “how might we …” unlock our creative juices. He notes that too often our language with phrases like “How can we do this?” and “How should we do that?” imply judgment: Can we really do it? Should we?
The Tuesday Reading today is “Are You Learning as Fast as the World is Changing?”
http://blogs.hbr.org/taylor/2012/01/are_you_learning_as_fast_as_th.html, written by Bill Taylor for the Harvard Business Review blog. Taylor is William C. Taylor is cofounder of Fast Company magazine and author of Practically Radical: Not-So-Crazy Ways to Transform Your Company, Shake Up Your Industry, and Challenge Yourself.
There’s a rule you really have to make New Year’s Resolutions. Today’s Tuesday Reading, “10 Resolutions to Make 2013 Your Best Year Ever”
http://www.fastcompany.com/3004179/10-resolutions-make-2013-your-best-ye..., will help you get started. It’s from the pen of Shawn Parr, CIO of Bulldog Drummond, a San Diego based consultancy focused on innovation and design.
The Tuesday Reading today is “Don’t Sabotage Yourself” by Susan David, founder and co-director of the Harvard/McLean Institute of Coaching. She is also a member of the Harvard faculty. This essay appeared in the HBR blog.