Delegating

After the first MOR session, with help from Peggy at our follow up coaching session, I set my goals and action items. One of my action items is shifting to intentional response to urgent matters. In order to apply that in my practice, I stopped taking phone calls when I am having a one-on-one. Even though I am not meeting my direct reports in person during the COVID-19 pandemic, there are plenty of distractions on my computer screen.

After the first MOR session, with help from Peggy at our follow up coaching session, I set my goals and action items. One of my action items is shifting to intentional response to urgent matters. In order to apply that in my practice, I stopped taking phone calls when I am having a one-on-one. Even though I am not meeting my direct reports in person during the COVID-19 pandemic, there are plenty of distractions on my computer screen.

As I write this I hope that you and all your families are safe and well during this worldwide pandemic.  Many of us are now sheltering in place, working from home, and helping our institutions successfully do distance learning.  This is something most of our schools have never done before.  It’s a challenge, but we as IT leaders are an integral part of its success. 

As I write this I hope that you and all your families are safe and well during this worldwide pandemic.  Many of us are now sheltering in place, working from home, and helping our institutions successfully do distance learning.  This is something most of our schools have never done before.  It’s a challenge, but we as IT leaders are an integral part of its success. 

Hidden Leaders

By: Jim Bruce
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… Hunting, Fishing, Trawling

Every organization has hidden leaders.  They’re everywhere.  They consistently step up to deal with client problems, with intractable issues, with extra effort to meet an unusual request from a key client, etc.  We often don’t think of such individuals as leaders, after all they don’t have a positional title that would signify that they are a leader.  However, they are key to the success of the organization.

The Leader’s Role in Leading Leaders

By: Sean McDonald
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As leadership communities grow across our client organizations, we’ve witnessed several interesting approaches to leading leaders.  Here are a few noteworthy trends we see in letting leaders spread their wings.

And, they said …

By: Jim Bruce
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… at this year’s commencement exercises

This year’s spring graduation season has come to an end.  About 4,700 degree granting public and private, two and four year institutions awarded some 2.8 million degrees at their commencement exercises.  And, every one of these gatherings had speakers that spoke of not giving into the darkness and despair of the day, of celebrating a major accomplishment, of being resilient, not fearing failure, listening, being generous, being ready, taking risks, focusing clearly, finding your own path, and a long list of

Accountability

By: Jim Bruce
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Merriam Webster’s on-line dictionary defines accountability as an obligation or willingness to accept responsibility for, or to account for one’s actions. This definition does not speak to the issue of one’s success or less than that with regard to our actions. Yet, as Connors and Smith note in “How to Create A Culture of Accountability,” individuals tend to “view accountability as something that belittles them or happens when performance wanes, problems develop, or results fail to materialize. … people rarely ask ‘Who is accountable for this success?’”

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