Last week my attention was drawn to a 2007 article by Harry M. Jansen Kraemer, Jr. "What is this thing called CEO leadership?". Kraemer is clinical professor of management at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management and an executive partner with Madison Dearborn, a private equity firm based in Chicago. He is also the former chair and CEO of Baxter International, Inc., a global healthcare company.
On March 15,2011 Harvard Business Review's Management Tip of the Day was "Live Your Mission, Don't State It". Two sentences – "A mission statement is an abstraction. An organization on a mission is inspiring." – caught my eye in this summary of Dan Pallotta's HBR blog entry "Do You Have a Mission Statement, or Are You on a Mission?".
Last Saturday, Erik Lundberg, ITLP alum from the University of Washington, found at interesting piece – "Google's Quest to Build a Better Boss" – in the New York Times and sent it to me. Erik noted that "By analyzing data from within its own ranks, Google proves what management practitioners already preach. But then implements it in a way that resonates with technical/engineering types."
Today's reading focuses on building a practice to increase your daily personal effectiveness. The IT Leaders Program emphasizes being intentional and planful with the use of your time. Specifically, we've suggested identifying and formally setting aside regular times to plan your week/day. For example, you might schedule time Sunday evening or on Monday morning to review the coming week to make sure you have reserved time to address your priorities.