Today’s reading “IT Careers: 5 Tips for Charting Your 100 Day Plan" by Mary Pratt, a Computerworld contributing writer in Waltham, MA, focuses on developing a plan for the next 100 days. The point being that the more you have a vision of where you want to be in 100 days and a well thought out plan for how you might get from here to there, the more likely you will be successful.
Today’s reading, “Degrees of Giving” by Bruna Martinuzzi, comes from the MindTools November 25th, 2008 newsletter.
Last week we celebrated Thanksgiving and were with our families and thought about all the reasons we have to be thankful. We may have thought about giving -- giving thanks, giving of our time, giving material gifts, etc. Such gifts can give us some understanding of the power of generosity and lead naturally to asking how the ideas of generosity and giving translate to the workplace and leadership.
Throughout ITLP we talk about the importance of listening, of choosing to carefully pay attention to and to understand what is being said.
Today’s Reading “Soft Skills: Listening for Better Leadership” addresses this topic. In the piece, the author Diann Daniel notes that listening conveys respect, not listening makes people feel devalued and less motivated; good listening empowers, not listening guarantees you won’t understand.
Today's reading is "The Success Delusion -- Why It Can Be So Hard for Successful Leaders to Change" from the Marshall Goldsmith Library. Goldsmith's thesis is straightforward: The more successful we become, the more positive reinforcement we get, the more difficult it will be for us to make the changes we need to make to continue to be successful.
This week we turn our attention to Generation Y, those individuals with ages 21-31, the youngest members of our staff. The reading is “Leadership Lessons We Can Learn from Generation Y” which appeared in the July 9, 2008 issue of Fast Company.
Early in every Leadership Program group, we spend some time talking about delegation. Today’s Tuesday Reading, “How Well Do You Delegate?” from the Mind Tools website, brings us all back to this topic.
This week’s Tuesday Reading is “Six Tips for Fessing Up to Your Mistakes" by Deborah Brown-Volkman, president of Surpass Your Dreams, a career, life, and mentor coaching company.
If you haven’t made a mistake you can pass this week’s reading. But, somehow, I think you may find the column interesting. We all mistakes and it is supremely important that we take responsibility for the mistakes we make. Deborah suggests that fessing up involves six steps: