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.
Todays Reading, “Leadership Reflections from a ‘Motorbike,’” Part 2 continues IT•LP reflection written by Michelle Reynolds, alumnus of IT•LP 2012 and Assistant Director for Central IT Support at Cornell.
Last week Michelle led us to reflect on her first five rules:
• Stay alert
• Be conscientious of the neighborhood
• Visibility is important
• Everyone can see things differently
Today’s Tuesday Reading is “6 Exercises To Strengthen Compassionate Leadership” and was written by Andrew Newberg, an M.D. and author, who with Mark Robert Waldman has written the book “Words Can Change Your Brain.” Newberg is also Director of Research at the Myrna Brind Center for Integrative Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and Medical College and Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.
Today’s reading is “Candor, Criticism, Teamwork” by Keith Ferrazzi, CEO of Ferrazzi Greenlight, a research-based consulting and training company. He is also author of the book Who’s Got Your Back. The essay first appeared in the HBR blog.
A few weeks ago, one of the Harvard Business Review Blogs contained a short post by Linda Hill and Kent Lineback with the eye-catching title “The Words Many Managers Are Afraid to Say”. Linda A. Hill is the Wallace Brett Donham Professor Business Administration at Harvard Business School. Kent Lineback spent many years as a manager and an executive in business and government.
In today's reading "Thank You for Doing Your Job", Whitney Johnson argues the value of saying thank you for routine work that contributes to the organization's well being.
Today, there is too little praise or appreciation voiced in our work environments. In fact, I remember an organization that almost prided itself in being a "praise-free" zone. Yet genuine gratitude goes a long way to engage people and bind them together, to say nothing about strengthening an building relationships.
Today’s reading, “Getting to the Heart of a Disagreement – and Resolving It,” is from Roger Schwarz’s Fundamental Change Newsletter and is found below.
Disagreements are natural and inevitable, and their resolution is often crucial to moving forward. So, how do you resolve them? Do you focus on developing common ground? Do you try to minimize the differences? Do you compromise hoping that the disagreement will go away?
Today’s reading is about a particular form of relationships called “clicking,” the phenomenon of rapidly connecting with another person, either in the work environment or in our personal lives. The article “The Importance of Connecting with Colleagues” is a discussion by Ori Brafman and Rom Brafman of their new book “Click: The Magic of Instant Connections.”
“Click” is the outgrowth of a research project to discover what happens when people click; and whether and how these moments shape our lives. Two big surprises came from the research:
Today’s reading “If You Mess Up, Fess Up!” comes to us from Fast Company’s Expert Blog. It’s author is Paul Glover, who founded the Glover Group, a management consulting firm focusing on improving workplace performance, after a long career as a labor/employment law attorney.
This weeks Tuesday Reading “Getting You and Your Boss on the Same Communication Wavelength” comes to us from John Baldoni’s FastCompany blog and can be found at <http://bit.ly/6PbJvE>