As leadership communities grow across our client organizations, we’ve witnessed several interesting approaches to leading leaders. Here are a few noteworthy trends we see in letting leaders spread their wings.
… at this year’s commencement exercises
Merriam Webster’s on-line dictionary defines accountability as an obligation or willingness to accept responsibility for, or to account for one’s actions. This definition does not speak to the issue of one’s success or less than that with regard to our actions. Yet, as Connors and Smith note in “How to Create A Culture of Accountability,” individuals tend to “view accountability as something that belittles them or happens when performance wanes, problems develop, or results fail to materialize. … people rarely ask ‘Who is accountable for this success?’”
Mike Dewey is Director of Campus Services in the Office of Information Technology at Rice University. He leads groups that provide desktop computing support and help desk services. He is also interim director of the Teaching, Learning, and Scholarly Technologies group.
Stop Getting in Your Own Way
My big takeaway from our first set of meetings has to be to “get on the balcony.” Related to getting on the balcony, I recognized through our reading and activities that I need to delegate more, give work back, and say no more. Once I condition myself to make a habit of doing these things, I will have carved out the time for me to be on the balcony.
A reflection shared by MOR Leaders alum, Jim Hall from UMN.
Today’s Tuesday Reading, “The Case for and Against Stressful Deadlines” comes to us from the pen of Laura Vanderkem and recently appeared at FastCompany.com. Vanderkem is a well-known writer who questions the status quo and helps readers rediscover their true passions and beliefs in pursuit of more meaningful lives.
Today’s Tuesday Reading “If You’re Not Helping People Develop, You’re Not Management Material” <http://blogs.hbr.org/2014/01/if-youre-not-helping-people-develop-youre-not-management-material/>, first appeared in the HBR Blog Network. The author is Monique Valcour, Professor of Management at EDHEC business school in France. She focuses on helping companies and individuals craft high performance, meaningful jobs, careers, workplaces, and lives.
Today's Tuesday Reading is How to Ask Better Questions. The essay's author is Judity Ross, a contributing writer and columnist for Talking Writing, an online literary magazine.
This week’s Tuesday Reading, “Where’s Your Focus?” is a post on Jim Hall’s COACHING BUTTONS Blog. Jim is an 2007 ITLP alum from the University of Minnesota where he is now Director of Information Services at the University of Minnesota, Morris.