October 2013

Reflecting on Your Leadership Journey

By: Sean McDonald

Indeed, as Marshall Goldsmith suggests, “What Got You Here Wont Get You There”, but it is still important to understand that what got you here did get you here.  We have become the leaders we are today because of a unique set of varying experiences.  We’ve been taught new things, shown the right ways, seen bad ways, been part of amazing teams, struggled at times, been let go, promoted, challenged, led, followed, etc… These all piece together into our own individual leadership journeys.

Act Like a Leader Before You Are One

By: Jim Bruce

Many aspire to be a formal leader at some point in their career.  The Tuesday Reading for today has some advice for you:  “Act Like A Leader Before You Are One”.  In her HBR blog, Amy Gallo, contributing editor at the Harvard Business Review, suggests that you begin to act, think, and communicate like a leader long before you have reached that ultimate formal state.  To help you, Gallo has a list of “do’s” and don’t’s“ that you should consider:

Quote of the Week

By: Lori Green

"The best leaders convene conversations.  They set the stage that enables others to develop solutions."

- Rosabeth Moss Kanter

  • How much are you doing because you know how or it seems easier?
  • How involved or empowered do others in your unit feel to help with solutions?
  • How much brain power and how many ideas are wasted daily because of ill use and timing?
  • What can you do to help promote individuals or groups to help tackle tough issues?


IT Leaders Program Alum presenting at Educause

By: Sean McDonald

If you the Educause 2013 event in Anaheim this week be sure to check out there great presentors/presentations:

Arin Komins - University of Chicago

The Goldilocks Principle and the Project Manager: Right-Sizing Project Management Methodology

8am on Thurs.

David Burns – University of Texas Austin

Less Push, More Pull

By: Jim Bruce

Today’s Tuesday Reading is a guest reading from the pen of Greg Busby, Director, Planning and Program Management, Office of the CIO, Cornell University.  It first appeared as a Reflection to the ITLP 2013 cohort.  

Let’s face it – we live in a Push world. Things to do arrive on our desk all the time, pushed there via email, meetings, texts, phone calls. And all of these are SOMEONE ELSE’S PRIORITY.

Schmooze or Lose: How the Lost Art of Negotiation Led to a Shutdown

By: Jim Bruce

Jack and Suzy Welch say it simply:  “You have to schmooze.”  They point out that you must schmooze early and often, well before you need the relationship.  In today’s reading “Schmooze or Lose:  How the Lost Art of Negotiation Led to a Shutdown”, which first appeared in Linkedin, they note that building relationships is what you must do all the time.  “It has to be a massive part of your job.”  You just have to spend time walking around, having coffee, sitting an