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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.]
  

John McCain – An American Hero

By: Jim Bruce
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Some two weeks ago, Senator John McCain died. While some saw him as a maverick, someone with a strong independent streak, he was also determined to do what he believed right, even at a high personal cost. He is an American hero – for his five and a half years as a prisoner in a Vietnamese war prison, for his many years of service in Congress, and for the leadership principles he embodied.

Being Vulnerable

By: Jim Bruce
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“Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity and change.”                   – Brenè Brown

 

The Merriam Webster Dictionary defines vulnerable as capable of being physically or emotionally wounded, open to attack and damage.
 

Watch Your Body Language

By: Jim Bruce
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… Others Most Certainly Are

 

Some 150 years ago, Ralph Waldo Emerson put it this way “What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say.”  
 
What Emerson was saying is that the way you show up, your presence, can so over power what you say that your words have little or no impact or perhaps even a negative impact. That’s not a very pretty picture.
 

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.
 

I Just Received a Compliment

By: Jim Bruce
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… How do I respond?

 

Compliments are a good thing, right? Everyone likes to be recognized for a job well done. Especially from someone whose work you admire. They are a special form of positive feedback. However, many of us find accepting a compliment with grace to be a major challenge. Too often, our first instinct is to dismiss the compliment. For example, the recipient:

Memorial Day

By: Jim Bruce
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Yesterday was Memorial Day, our holiday for remembering all those – some 1.4 million from the American Revolution until now – who gave their lives in conflicts while serving in our nation’s armed forces. 
 

The Rebel Leader

By: Jim Bruce
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The MOR Leaders Program, as the name implies, is about leadership.  Just what is it that leaders do and how do they go about doing it?  Two weeks ago, we focused on the humble leader.  There we wrote about what makes a leader humble1 and how a leader can cultivate those characteristics in his or her leadership style.
 
Leadership style has to do with the way a leader provides direction, implements plans, and motivates people.  The literature on leadership discusses many different styles.
 

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