I found today’s Tuesday Reading in yesterday’s New York Times. Matt Richtel had a wonderful piece “Outdoors and Out of Reach, Studying the Brain” that reports on a five day trip by five neuroscientists plus Richtel, and a guide, rafting, hiking, and camping along the San Juan River in the Glen Canyon National Recreational Area in Utah.
Dan Heath in today’s Reading – “Want Your Organization to Change? Put Feelings First” – points out that typically when we want people to change, we try to teach them something. Sounds good, right? WRONG! According to Heath and John Kotter, knowledge rarely leads to change.
This Tuesday’s reading is “Communicating Vision”, by John Maxwell, prolific writer and speaker on leadership.
In this short article, Maxwell outlines an approach for communicating a clear and compelling organizational vision. (You will notice many similarities to the SUCCES tool that we have presented in many of the MOR leadership program workshops.)
He makes six recommendations:
If you are leading a change initiative, then you must be an influencer for that initiative to be successful. Yet studies have shown that only one in five leaders are able to influence positive change in a way that it lasts. What’s going on?
Today’s reading is “The Influencers: The Top Five Reasons Leaders Lack Influence”. In this piece, Ron McMillan and Joseph Grenny, the authors who also wrote “Influencer: The Power to Change Anything,” provide five reasons why leaders lack influence:
For today’s reading, we turn to a December 2007 FastCompany article by William Taylor, The Leader of the Future. In this piece Taylor, one of the founders of FastCompany, reports on a discussion with Ron Heifetz, director of the Leadership Education Project at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. You will likely remember that Heifetz is author of one of the views of leadership we studied early in the l
Much of a leader’s time is spent, formally or informally, working to influence decision makers, typically peers, cross-organizational colleagues, or those higher up in the organization. The Tuesday Reading this week – Effectively Influencing Decision Makers: Ensuring That Your Knowledge Makes a Difference – focuses on just this subject.
John Maxwell, a very prolific writer on leadership, is the author of our Tuesday Reading for today: “Influence: Connecting with People”.
Maxwell’s thesis is straightforward; ... “until leaders learn the art of connection, their influence remains minimal.” To help us make connections, he offers eight practical steps:
1. Don’t take people for granted.
2. Possess a difference-maker mindset.
3. Initiate movement toward people; take the first step.
How often have you laid out for your team, perhaps in a presentation followed by a clearly written document, a future state for the team as well as the strategies for getting there. And, you wait, and wait, and nothing happens.
This is the situation that Marshall Goldsmith addresses in “Don’t Just Check the Box”. Though written four years ago, his advice is as timely today as it was in 2005.
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: