A number of you are fans of David Allen and follow many of the recommendations in his book, “Getting Things Done.” Our reading this week is “The Curse Of The Eternally Urgent” which you will find at <http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-allen/the-curse-of-the-eternall_b_96512.html>.
Goals & Practices
In my reading not long ago I found a pointer to a short piece by Sean Silverthorne – "The Power of the Humble Checklist". As the author points out, and as I will confirm, having a standard checklist for complex, but nevertheless, routine tasks – e.g., the pilot’s pre-flight checklist or the hospital’s safe-surgery checklist – is lifesaving and invaluable.
Dan and Chip Heath, who wrote "Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die," are two of my favorite authors. Recently, they wrote a column titled "Make Goals not Resolutions" which appeared in the February 2008 issue of Fast Company.
Too often, we take people for granted. In this week’s Tuesday Reading “Staff Retention: The Power of Appreciation at Work”, Mike Robbins quotes the U.S. Department of Labor as noting that 64% of Americans who leave their jobs say they do so because they don’t feel appreciated. And, Gallup reports that 70% of people in the U.S. say they received no praise or recognition in the workplace.
Here's the "Tuesday Reading" I sent out today to everyone who has been in the IT Leaders Program over the past several years. Based upon the discussion Saturday, I'm sending it along to you as well.
John Baldoni is one of my favorite writers. In today's reading "Saying Something Important? Three Questions to Ask Yourself First" which you will find at <http://www.cio.com/article/104802/Saying_Something_Important_Three_Questions_to_Ask_Yourself_First> he reminds us that “its not what you say,
Today's reading the "The 'Pull Leadership' Manifesto" by Stever Robbins, founder and president of LeadershipDecisionworks. This piece from the Harvard Business School Working Knowledge Archives caught my eye because of its thesis: "We need leaders who inspire others to follow, who engender loyalty." Robbins calls this "pull" leadership and then goes on to identify twelve key characteristics of pull leadership: Pull leaders
1. Create social systems that inspire people to join.
2. Take responsibility.
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.
Many people have observed that journaling will change the way that you go about your work and your life. In today's reading, Rick Brenner of Chaco Canyon Consulting observes that you record what you did and why you did it. And, you record what you didn't do and why you didn't do it. You record what you saw and what you only thought you saw; and later, upon reflection, what you didn't see. You separate out facts from what you only assumed. And, most important, when you go back to earlier entries, you see patterns you may have never noticed if you were not writing the words down.
I found this short piece on time management last week and thought that
I would share it with you. Most of the points are straight forward
but he does offer some new insights.
Have a great week................jim
Top Five Time Management Mistakes
BY : Dr. Donald E. Wetmore