April 2013

Why Courage is the Most Essential Virtue

By: Jim Bruce
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This “reading” is a short video presenting the idea that having courage enables you to say NO to something so that you can say YES to something that really matters.  Its author is Michael Bungay Stanier, a senior partner at Box of Crayons, a Toronto-based organization with the slogan “do less Good Work in order to do more Great Work.”

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The Boston Bombing Was Close to Home

By: MOR
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Marathon Monday is a wonderful tradition in Boston going back 117 years. It is Patriot’s Day as well. An occasion celebrated by the reenactment at dawn of the battle that took place between the Minutemen and the British in Lexington on April 19, 1775. The Red Sox play at 11am so fans can leave Fenway Park to cheer on the runners as they start on their last mile in this grueling contest. Thousands show up along the 26.2 miles from the starting line to Copley Square providing water, oranges and encouragement to those making this trek. It's a grand day, perhaps Boston's finest of the year.

"Small Ball" Leadership

By: Jim Bruce
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It’s the job of the leader to keep the team “on point,” heading with a laser-like focus on getting the results the team committed to deliver to its sponsor.  This good reminder for all of us comes from Robert O’Malley, Director Electronic Research Administration, University Information Systems, University of Colorado.

Is it time for you to sharpen your focus today?

. . . jim

"Small Ball" Leadership
by Robert O’Malley, Director Electronic Research Administration, University Information Systems, University of Colorado

Bring Courtesy Back to the Workplace

By: Jim Bruce
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Ron Ashkenas, managing partner of Schaffer Consulting and author of The GE Work-Out and Simply Effective begins his essay in the HBR blog with the declaration that “Respect towards others should be standard behavior in the workplace, regardless of role, rank, or reputation.”  Sounds like a reasonable proposition, not only for work but for all of life.  Certainly, in the not-to-distant past, the majority of work was either face-to-face or via real-time.  These personal in