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Don’t Give Into Your Bias for Busyness

By: Jim Bruce
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Greg Anderson is the author of today’s Tuesday Reading.  He is Senior Consultant and Leadership Coach at MOR Associates, a role he has had since 2009. Earlier he served in senior IT leadership positions at the University of Chicago and at MIT. His essay first appeared as note to participants in a MOR leadership program where Greg was a coach. [Greg may be reached at ganderson@moassociates.com.]
  

Mistakes, We All Make Them

By: Jim Bruce
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… Own them, learn from them, don’t repeat them

mis•take  noun  an action or judgment that is misguided or wrong.
 
The only man [or woman] who never makes a mistake is the man [or woman] who never does anything.”
                                    – Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States

 
 

Learning How to Learn

By: Jim Bruce
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It’s hard to believe, but after 18 years of formal study, from first grade in a small East Texas school through doctoral study at MIT, I cannot remember ever having a class or having a teacher talk about learning how to learn. Perhaps that’s why Coursera’s MOOC “Learning How to Learn” has been taken by more than 1.8 million students from some 200 countries.1, 2 It’s appears clear that my experience is not unique.
 

Teams and Teaming

By: Jim Bruce
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Today, most organizations, including a university’s IT organization, structure their work through a set of teams. Other examples include professional sports teams with their structure, their practice day-after-day of plays they may execute in the game, and a surgical team that performs the same procedure, for example, hip replacement, under tightly controlled conditions, perhaps multiple times, day after day.
 

Think Fast, Think Slow

By: Jim Bruce
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Sometimes we need to react fast, automatically.  For example, as we see a large truck speeding towards us as we are standing in the edge of the street waiting for a traffic light to change.  Or, as we observe the subtle cues of a very dissatisfied client.  And, at a different time, we may find ourselves totally engrossed in the deep work1 of a seemingly intractable problem.  And, then our thoughts and actions need to proceed at a slower pace.
 

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