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The Success Trap

By: Jim Bruce
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Today's Tuesday Reading is “The Success Trap”, from Jeffrey Pfeffer's August 25th,  BNET Column, The Corner Officer on August 25, 2009.

Pfeffer’s thesis is simple:  When we become successful, it is very easy to drop our guard, to not maintain our standards (much less build on them), and to rest on our laurals.

He argues that to maintain our successes we have to understand the basis of our success and maintain a laserlike focus, discipling ourselves to maintain, and even improve, on what made us successful to begin with.

How Do Effective Leaders Handle Change?

By: Jim Bruce
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It seems like every week I hear of universities planning for, going through, or having recently experienced layoffs, terminations, or position eliminations as a result of the economic crisis we are experiencing.  Today’s reading – “Ask the Expert:  How Do Effective Leaders Handle Change?” -- is by Mark Hannum, Principle Consultant at Linkage and looks at practices that enable leaders to be more effective in such tough times.   

Hannum talks in this short piece about many aspects of layoffs and offers a number of specific suggestions:

The Three Questions

By: Jim Bruce
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Today, we turn to a short paper by William Bridges, “The Three Questions” (the paper will download).  Bridges is a name familiar to many as the author of “Managing Transitions” (2003) and “Transitions” (2004).  

In this short piece, he introduces us to three important questions which he often asks his clients:.

1.  What is changing?

2.  What will actually be different because of the change?

3.  Who’s going to lose what?

Keeping Pace with Technology

By: Jim Bruce
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Today’s Tuesday Reading, “Keeping Pace with Technology” comes from ITLP IX’s Vision Team – Beth-Anne Sullivan (Northeastern University), Terry Tatum (University of Texas), Elease Welch (New York University), Randy Standridge (University of Texas), Todd Rheinfrank (Carnegie Mellon University), and Tom Lewis (University of Washington).  Their graduation was last summer and since then they have continued to write, challenging their colleagues in the next stages of their leadership journey.  

Grownups Need Recess, Too

By: Jim Bruce
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Recently, in reading through the goals of participants in the Leaders Program, I noticed a number of goals of the form “reduce my stress,” "learn to control the stress I encounter day after day,“ ”reduce the hours I work to help control my stress,“ etc.  And, then I came across a piece, ”Grownups Need Recess, Too“, in Stew Friedman’s blog which made sense for today’s Tuesday Reading.  Friedman is a professor at the Wharton School and the author of the book ”Total Leadership.“

IT Careers: 5 Tips for Charting Your 100 Day Plan

By: Jim Bruce
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Today’s reading “IT Careers:  5 Tips for Charting Your 100 Day Plan" by Mary Pratt, a Computerworld contributing writer in Waltham, MA, focuses on developing a plan for the next 100 days.  The point being that the more you have a vision of where you want to be in 100 days and a well thought out plan for how you might get from here to there, the more likely you will be successful.

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