Today’s Tuesday Reading, “Don’t Get Gun Shy”, is an essay by Lizz Duke, Senior Systems Analyst and member of the ServiceLink Team at NYU. The essay first appeared as a program reflection in November 2016.
Today’s Tuesday Reading, Mastery, is an essay by Josh Lawrence, Manager of Technical Services at Washington University in St. Louis. The essay first appeared as a program reflection last year.
I grew up in a home where apologizing for my wrong actions, for example, taking and hiding my brother’s toys, was required. All that it took to trigger the apology was a stern look from my Mother. As I got older and didn’t have the prompt from my Mother, I want to believe that I either recognized my hurtful behaviors or responded to prompts from the people around me and apologized to the wronged party. However, I know that I must have missed many opportunities when I should have apologized for wrongs both small and large and did not, either because I didn’t know how I’d been offensive, b
Do you have one?
We’ve all encountered them. The one, or two, or more bad apples on our teams who have little or nothing positive to say about anything, regularly upset and disrupt others, and make work miserable for everyone.
Do You Have One?
Career limiting habits (CLHs) are habits, repeated behaviors that keep us from greater success or enjoyment in our careers. And, really, in all aspects of our life. Research has shown that most of us are aware of our career limiting habits but have not made much progress in addressing them. Why? Partly because it is really hard, partly because we don’t understand the cause, and partly because the cure we select doesn’t address the real cause.
What's the difference?
Someone asked the other day, “What do you think?” and I wondered, is this a time to coach or a time to mentor? In our interactions everyday we may have the choice to adopt one approach over the other. Yet we need to be able to make the distinction between coaching in contrast to mentoring. When is coaching the better path; when would mentoring be a better option?
SCARF :: A User’s Guide
The focus of the past two issues of the Tuesday Reading has been on neuroscience and change. Today’s essay continues this theme, providing some practical suggestions as to how you can employ SCARF to better understand yourself and to manage and lead others.
"Without a good question a good answer has no place to go.”
– Clayton Christensen
In today’s Tuesday Reading, I’ll focus on asking questions. Dan Pink, in his book Drive, tells us that the factors of mastery, autonomy, and purpose, spark motivation. And, that’s what you’d like to do as a leader, spark motivation. Stanier tells us that asking questions is a simple, powerful, yet difficult way of doing this. Good, well asked questions, he believes, can increase autonomy and mastery, and possibly purpose.
Among the essential skills we expect leaders to have is giving and receiving feedback. Everyone needs to know how they are doing, what they might improve, what they are particularly good at, etc. Feedback focuses on the past, and in particular on what you did recently. And, that’s important in providing guidance on how you can do it better in the future.