In today’s readings “Why Brainstorming Doesn’t Work”and “Better Brainstorming: 4 Ways to Generate Great Ideas", Margaret Heffernan reminds us of several shortcomings in our brainstorming practices and suggests improvements. Heffernan is visiting professor of entrepreneurship at Simmons College in Boston, CEO, author, and speaker.
This Tuesday’s reading is “Communicating Vision”, by John Maxwell, prolific writer and speaker on leadership.
In this short article, Maxwell outlines an approach for communicating a clear and compelling organizational vision. (You will notice many similarities to the SUCCES tool that we have presented in many of the MOR leadership program workshops.)
He makes six recommendations:
A few weeks ago Angela Bell from the University of Iowa shared Dan Bobinski’s article “Is your leadership developing or diminishing?” with her cohort and now I’d like to share it with everyone.
As Bobinski, a training specialist, author, and president of Associates at Leadership Development, indicates, too many leaders easily get caught up in the immediate and forget, or neglect, the important.
Recently Linkage published a short piece by Marshall Goldsmith – “When I Get Better at ...” A Simple Exercise for Changing a Behavior to Achieve Results <http://bit.ly/aUrU3M> – which is this week’s reading.
Terry Gray, IT Leaders Program alumnus from the University of Washington, suggested today’s reading, “How To Rise Fast At Work: A True Story”. Terry thought that the piece might be of interest to the leaders community. And, I agree.
In this Forbes.com piece, its author Avril David talks about two acquaintances – whom he calls Mike and Ted – and their respective, different approaches to their first job, analyst at a small investment firm.
If you are leading a change initiative, then you must be an influencer for that initiative to be successful. Yet studies have shown that only one in five leaders are able to influence positive change in a way that it lasts. What’s going on?
Today’s reading is “The Influencers: The Top Five Reasons Leaders Lack Influence”. In this piece, Ron McMillan and Joseph Grenny, the authors who also wrote “Influencer: The Power to Change Anything,” provide five reasons why leaders lack influence:
Every time you begin a change endeavor, it’s quite natural to ask “am I prepared and ready?” Is my team/organization prepared and ready? Are the stakeholders ready?
Today’s Reading is Preston Cline’s ”Leadership Lessons from Mt. Kilimanjaro“ which appeared in the November-December issue of the Wharton Leadership Digest <http://leadership.wharton.upenn.edu/digest/index.shtml> and is reproduced below by permission.
For over two decades William Bridges has helped organizations and individuals deal more effectively with change. Today’s Tuesday Reading is a short piece by Bridges – “Reorientation + Renewal = Revitalization” <http://tinyurl.com/yet24s4> (download) – which focuses on how to revitalize a team after it goes through a difficult time of change.
Bridges focuses on teams which fall into any one of three natural groupings-
1. A team that is not able to let go the past.
Today’s Tuesday Reading takes a look at Higher Ed 2.0. Our reading is “Who Needs Harvard?” from the September 2009 issue of Fast Company. The article’s subheading says it all: “Free online courses, wiki universities, Facebook-style tutoring networks – American higher education is being transformed by a cadre of web-savvy edupunks.”