Goals & Practices

I Dropped the Ball

By: Jim Bruce
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Every one of us has, at one time or another, disappointed a colleague or friend.  No matter how hard you try, sometimes a deadline will be missed or a commitment not met.  Many of these misses don’t carry huge consequences – almost always some disappointment, sometimes inconvenience, and perhaps some loss of credibility.  And, some have huge consequences – real deep disappointment, loss of trust and credibility.  Liann Davey says that it is inevitable that you won’t be able to live up to everyone’s expectations, neither small ones or large significant ones.  There are simply too many priori

You Gotta Have Grit

By: Jim Bruce
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Not the grit you think of in “gritty from hard work in a grimy, greasy environment.”  But rather, it’s the grit that Angela Duckworth defines, in her 2013 TED Talk, “as the passion and perseverance for very long-term goals.”  In this view, grit is having stamina, it is sticking with your future, day in, day out, not just for the week, not just for the month, but for years, and working really hard to make that future a reality.  Grit is living life like it’s a marathon, not a sprint. 
 

Michigan State - Building Leadership Community

By: Sean McDonald
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The attached is part of a series of case studies supporting our clients as they recognize leading change is a campaign and engaging others in that process is critical as they move ideas forward in their environment.  

Enjoy!  And thanks to Jim Willson from MSU for partnering with us on this write up.

Asking Questions

By: Jim Bruce
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"Without a good question a good answer has no place to go.” – Clayton Christensen In today’s Tuesday Reading, I’ll focus on asking questions. Dan Pink, in his book Drive, tells us that the factors of mastery, autonomy, and purpose, spark motivation. And, that’s what you’d like to do as a leader, spark motivation. Stanier tells us that asking questions is a simple, powerful, yet difficult way of doing this. Good, well asked questions, he believes, can increase autonomy and mastery, and possibly purpose.

Watch Your Language

By: Jim Bruce
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Professor Bernard Roth is academic director and cofounder of Stanford’s d.school, the campus hub for innovators.  Students and faculty from engineering, medicine, business, law, humanities, sciences, and education come there to work together on some of the world’s most messy problems. 

Giving Credit

By: Jim Bruce
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Today’s Tuesday Reading, Giving Credit, is an essay by Anna Lynch, Manager, Online Instructional Design, eLearning Design & Services, and Julie Parmenter, Manager, Enterprise Decision Support Services, at Indiana University’s University Information Technology Services.
 

Is Technology Wasting Your Time?

By: Jim Bruce
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Got your attention, didn’t I? 
 
In a recent HBR blog post, Bain & Company’s Michael Mankins answers with a strong very likely.
 
Twenty years ago, new technologies like email and teleconferencing were key drivers in dramatically increasing productivity.  Information flowed faster, collaboration was easier.  However, by 2007 year-to-year growth in productivity was on the decline.  Yet, today, a decade later, organizations continue to invest in new technology for white-collar workers.  And, increases in benefits are no longer visible.
 

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?’”

AHA

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Mike Dewey is Director of Campus Services in the Office of Information Technology at Rice University.  He leads groups that provide desktop computing support and help desk services.  He is also interim director of the Teaching, Learning, and Scholarly Technologies group.

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