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The Leader of the Future

By: Jim Bruce
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We all remember Ron Heifetz from the first day of the IT Leaders Program.  There we learned about "adaptive leadership," “giving work back to the workers,” and about “getting up on the balcony.”

Today’s reading “The Leader of the Future” reports on a series of 2007 conversations that William Taylor, a founding editor of Fast Company, had with Heifetz.  In the conversations, Heifetz offered ideas, advice, and techniques for leaders of the future.  The conversations are structured around four topics:

Taming the Abrasive Manager: Words from the Boss Whisperer

By: Jim Bruce
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Have you ever had a manager who was abrasive on your staff?  You know, the person who causes you headaches, who have aggressive management styles that create interpersonal friction, reduce motivation and trust to rubble, and disrupt work well beyond the group they lead.  In “Taming the Abrasive Manager:  Words from the Boss Whisperer”, Laura Crawshaw, president of the Executive Insight Development Group, has some good words of advice.

A Roadmap for IT Leadership and the Next Ten Years

By: Jim Bruce
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As it nears the end of the year, it seems appropriate for the Tuesday Reading to turn to the future.  In “A Roadmap for IT Leadership and the Next Ten Years” <http://www.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/EQM0626.pdf> Tim Chester, CIO at Texas A&M at Qatar, argues that the future requires that CIOs and other IT leaders become technology advocates and not leaders of technology mechanics.  So, take a deep breadth, sit back and think carefully about your technology leadership role in the coming years.

Making Strategy That Sticks

By: Jim Bruce
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In “Making Strategy That Sticks", Susan Cramm points out that all too often when we develop a strategy, we focus on getting the right content rather than getting the right commitment.  She writes:  ”The acid test of strategy is whether it informs and constrains decision making by compelling leaders to align their functional goals and day-to-day decision making to the goals of the enterprise.  The only way to accomplish this is through communication and collaboration.  The process of aligning people’s hearts and mind

Building Effective Corporate Cultures One Decency at a Time

By: Jim Bruce
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We all like to be treated with appropriate respect and consideration as we go through the several roles we have each day.  And, we bemoan the fact that in the fast-paced world we find ourselves in even the most basic decencies such as saying "hello" and "goodbye," or remembering and using the names of people we interact with often drop by the wayside.  In "Building Effective Corporate Cultures One Decency at a Time"  <

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