Leading From Below

By: Jim Bruce
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In the March 3, 2007 issue of The Wall Street Journal's Journal Report there was an interesting piece by James Kelly and Scott Nadler titled "Leading From Below."  They note that CEOs -- and I would add leaders in general -- cannot change organizations on their own.  They suggest that the secret is to foster a leadership mentality throughout the ranks.  The authors have several suggestions:

• Make a decision to be a leader, don't wait to be told.

True Leaders Must "Walk the Floor"

By: Jim Bruce
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Several weeks ago I was pointed to UBS's Knowledge Center and a short piece True Leaders Must "Walk the Floor."  This piece reinforces the importance of communicating with staff.  It notes that many leaders have found that interacting with their staff by walking around can build relationships, help staff understand their leader's goals, and provide them with insight and helpful information.  You'll find the piece at,

Seven Strategies for Attracting and Retaining Top IT Talent

By: Jim Bruce
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Today's reading, Seven Strategies for Attracting and Retaining Top IT Talent, which comes from the January 4, 2007 issue of CIO, is just as applicable to other fields as it is to IT.  

Business 2.0 reports what seems to be an amazing data point:  For every two baby boomers who retire in the next decade, there will be only one college grad to take their place.  Thus, it is very likely that having strong skills in attracting, hiring, and retaining staff will become even more important than it is today.  

Let’s Revise our Rituals

By: Jim Bruce
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Happy New Year!  I trust that you successfully rang out the old and in the new, perhaps made some resolutions (or goals) for the year, and are now ready to address what is before you with new energy and excitement. 

What Makes a Good Question?

By: Jim Bruce
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It's the day after Christmas and many of you are still on holiday.  However, I thought I'd send a quick note along.

We have all learned about the importance of asking the "right" questions, questions that help us get at underlying issues, questions that help us think, and questions that help others move issues forward.  In this piece Rick Brenner suggests that too often when we are in groups we focus on being the first one to provide the answer when a better focus would be on asking the right question.

The Hunch Engine

By: Jim Bruce
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Today, we welcome the participants in Group VI of the IT Leaders Program who are starting their first workshop.  Welcome to the Tuesday Readings, gleanings from my readings that I hope you might find interesting, provocative, and otherwise useful.

Workplace Barn Raisings

By: Jim Bruce
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Today's two-part reading takes the once-common practice of communal barn-raising where everyone in a community worked together to benefit a single farm family.  Given the right task, good planning and organization you may find a community approach gets the right result and has the benefit of generating new relationships that represent a real added value.

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