Today’s Tuesday Reading is from the April 28, 2009 Ask Annie column of Fortune Magazine: “How to work better with Gen Y”. The April 28th question has to do with working with a new class of interns – Generation Y individuals; birth years 1978-1990 – who are very much like our younger employees.
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.
Today’s Tuesday Reading is “Stay Out of the Bunker”from the New York Times Under New Management column. There Kelly Holland says that even though this may be a very challenging time for managers, employees still need leadership if they are to function effectively. She suggests seven behaviors for leaders:
For today’s reading we turn to advice from José Carlos Eiras, former CIO of DHL-Express US and also European CIO and Global Services Information Officer at General Motors, found in “Practical Advice for CIOs Struggling to Survive in Tough Times".
After talking briefly about the choices IT leaders struggling with tough times -- either ”hunker down and wait timidly for fate,“ or ”seize the moment“ -- Eiras advocates seizing the moment and makes seven recommendations:
Too often, we take people for granted. In this week’s Tuesday Reading “Staff Retention: The Power of Appreciation at Work”, Mike Robbins quotes the U.S. Department of Labor as noting that 64% of Americans who leave their jobs say they do so because they don’t feel appreciated. And, Gallup reports that 70% of people in the U.S. say they received no praise or recognition in the workplace.
Have you ever had a manager who was abrasive on your staff? You know, the person who causes you headaches, who have aggressive management styles that create interpersonal friction, reduce motivation and trust to rubble, and disrupt work well beyond the group they lead. In “Taming the Abrasive Manager: Words from the Boss Whisperer”, Laura Crawshaw, president of the Executive Insight Development Group, has some good words of advice.
During the course of a Leadership Program many of the participants ask how to conduct effective meetings and even more groan under the impact of the meetings on their calendars. This weeks reading, Eight Steps to More Effective Meetings which can be found at <http://www.cio.com/article/141300/Eight_Steps_to_More_Effective_Meetings>, provides s
Early last month, I was talking with with a businessman who is now the president of a small college in New York. In the course of our conversation, he noted how rude his faculty were to one another. I couldn’t help reflecting on the rudeness I had observed among IT staff members during my two decades at CIO -- personal attacks, ignoring colleagues who had a different point of view, dominating conversations, interruptions, and the list goes on.