Returning to work after our second session, I felt like I was coming back not just with new tools, but with new lenses and sharper vision. But would that have an impact? I think it has. Here are three mini-reflections focused around new things that happened in my leadership because of lessons and tools I acquired through MOR:
Stop Getting in Your Own Way
My big takeaway from our first set of meetings has to be to “get on the balcony.” Related to getting on the balcony, I recognized through our reading and activities that I need to delegate more, give work back, and say no more. Once I condition myself to make a habit of doing these things, I will have carved out the time for me to be on the balcony.
A couple of years ago I had my kitchen remodeled. During the process, I, along with my young boys, reveled in the tools the contractors had at their disposal, and their skill in using them. They had so many tools - some for general use (hammer) and others more specialized (router) – their truck looked like an aisle at The Home Depot.
For the 2015 MOR Leaders Conference held May 27-28 in Indianapolis Brian McDonald and Jim Bruce collaborated on the following top trends impacting our clients:
1. Globalization of Education
Education is global. Increased numbers of international students, US campuses abroad, countries creating new universities some of which are world-class and attract US students. The list of top universities in the world will change dramatically in the next two decades.
2. Teaching and Learning
I attended the MOR IT Leaders conference in late May. As an ITLP graduate who stepped into a CIO role two years ago, I was asked to share how I employ the elements of the MOR toolkit in my leadership role. I’ve invested in relationships and focused on changing culture. I’ve taken uncomfortable risks. But, reflecting on my talk, I recognized that I took the safe route in sharing those experiences. I didn’t share the boldest initiatives. I didn’t lean in.
“Character is the tree. Reputation is the shadow.” — Abraham Lincoln
Earlier this month, Fred Kiel’s new book, Return on Character, caught my attention. Kiel is co-founder and principal at the KRW Research Institute which focuses on creating character-driven leadership cultures.
Today’s Tuesday Reading, More About Questions, continues our discussion from the past two weeks. As we’ve noted there, being able to ask good, well-formed questions is as important to a leader as being able to listen well. Today, we’ll focus on crafting our questions, on asking questions, and finally on those terrible questions we should avoid.
Today’s Tuesday Reading begins a short series of readings on the subject of asking questions. It was Voltaire who said,
“It is easier to judge the mind of a man by his questions rather than his answers.”
Today’s reading, IMPACT, was written by Bruce Barton, as a reflection in one of the Leaders Program cycles. Bruce manages the Shared Development Group of the General Library System at the University of Wisconsin – Madison.
Something I've been thinking about:
I suspect that we all have heard enough about Secretary Clinton’s decisions, first to use a non-government email server for both her government-related email as well as her personal email, and subsequently about the processes followed to preserve or delete emails. And, that you like me want to be done with it.