Reorientation + Renewal = Revitalization

By: Jim Bruce
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For over two decades William Bridges has helped organizations and individuals deal more effectively with change.  Today’s Tuesday Reading is a short piece by Bridges – “Reorientation + Renewal = Revitalization” <http://tinyurl.com/yet24s4> (download) – which focuses on how to revitalize a team after it goes through a difficult time of change.

Bridges focuses on teams which fall into any one of three natural groupings-

1.  A team that is not able to let go the past.

Using Curiosity to Create Accountability with Powerful People

By: Jim Bruce
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Today’s Tuesday Reading is a piece which I reproduce below “Using Curiosity to Create Accountability with Powerful People” by Roger Schwarz of the Skilled Facilitator.

In his piece, Schwarz notes that when people are accountable to you, you [should] expect then to explain the key decisions and actions they have taken.  Yet, when we are talking with people who have more power than we do, we stop asking questions, we stop being curious.  In this piece, Scvhwarz suggests four questions that you might ask in these situations along with ways to set the context.

 

The Brand Called You

By: Jim Bruce
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Over the past several years, I’ve seen a number of articles about personal branding.  My favorite is a piece Tom Peters wrote some two years ago – “The Brand Called You – that appeared in FastCompany on December 18, 2007.  Peters' piece is this week’s Tuesday Reading.

How Authentic Leaders "Walk the Walk"

By: Jim Bruce
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Today, we turn to Business Week’s September 18, 2009 Leadership column for the piece “How Authentic Leaders ‘Walk the Walk’".

In the article, Alan Deutschman, says that being an authentic leader means two things:

1.  You must share the struggle and the risks with your people.

2.  You must make sure that your actions consistently reinforce the one or two most important values you hold up for your organization.

Who Needs Harvard?

By: Jim Bruce
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Today’s Tuesday Reading takes a look at Higher Ed 2.0.  Our reading is “Who Needs Harvard?” from the September 2009 issue of Fast Company.  The article’s subheading says it all:  “Free online courses, wiki universities, Facebook-style tutoring networks – American higher education is being transformed by a cadre of web-savvy edupunks.”  

How Team Leaders Show Support – or Not

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For today’s Tuesday Reading, we turn to a Harvard Business School Working Knowledge Q&A – “How Team Leaders Show Support – or Not”– with HBS faculty member Teresa Anabile.

Though from 2004, the findings remain valid.  Professor Anabile’s research points to two key concepts for leaders who want to gain their staff’s confidence:

1.  Perceptions of team leader support are more positive when the leader

     - gives timely feedback

     - support the team member’s actions and decisions

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