Giving and Receiving Gifts in Conversation

By: Jim Bruce
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Welcome to 2010!  I trust that each of you had a wonderful time with family and friends.  Just before Christmas Roger Schwartz published “Giving and Receiving Gifts in Conversation” in his Fundamental Change newsletter.  I found the article so thought provoking that I have published it here as this week's reading  by permission.

Two Decembers ago, I wrote about giving and receiving gifts. Many readers found it helpful as they prepared for the holidays, so I have begun sharing the article each December:

Give Feedback with Video

By: Jim Bruce
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One of my sons acquired a new Flip MinoHD digital camcorder just before Thanksgiving.  This gave all the family ample opportunity to appear in living color and HD.  And, as I watched myself later on the video, I realized that what others were seeing was not what I necessarily expected or, in many cases, wanted them to see.

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.

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