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On Gratitude

By: Jim Bruce
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Several weeks ago while reading the Leading News leadership letter I found today’s reading “On Gratitude.”  It’s author, Patricia Wheeler <Patricia Wheeler Patricia@thelevingroup.com>, is an executive and team coach who helps smart people become more effective leaders.

The Flight from Conversation

By: Jim Bruce
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Today’s reading is “The Flight from Conversation”by Sherry Turkle.  The article appeared in the April 21, 2012 edition of the New York Times.  Professor Turkle is a psychologist and Abby Rockefeller Mauzé Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology at MIT.  She is the author of a number of books including “Alone Together:  Why We Expect More From Technology and Less From Each Other.”  If you’d like to hear Professor Turkle speak on this subject, check out her TED talk at <

How to Really Listen

By: Jim Bruce
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We all need to have a “listening” tune-up from time-to-time.  Today’s reading “How to Really Listen”serves that purpose.  The article is from the Harvard Business Review Blogs and was written by Peter Bergman, author (“Get the Right Things Done”) and strategic advisor to CEOs and their leadership teams.

Listening is hard, one or the hardest of the routine things we have to do each day.

I Was Impossible, but Then I Saw How to Lead

By: Jim Bruce
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For today’s Tuesday Reading, we turn to an Adam Bryant interview of Brown University President Ruth J. Simmons which appeared in the December 3, 2011 NYTimes.  IT Leaders Coach Greg Anderson called this interview – which can be found at <http://nyti.ms/tw4lR0> – to my attention.  It seemed to be a particularly fitting way to begin the New Year.  

Fundamentally, the column is President Simmons’ leadership journey.  Some of the key lessons I found in the piece are:

The Secret of Dealing with Difficult People: It’s About You

By: Jim Bruce
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Today’s reading “The Secret of Dealing with Difficult People:  It’s About You” comes from Tony Schwartz’s blog at the Harvard Business Review.  Schwartz is the president and CEO of The Energy Project and the author of Be Excellent At Anything. 

Almost everyone of us has someone who routinely triggers us.  It may be the cynic in your group.  It could be someone who doesn’t listen.  Or, someone who takes credit for your work.  And the list is endless.

Steve Jobs

By: Jim Bruce
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Steve Jobs died last Wednesday.

Since then, tens of thousands of words of tribute and remembrance have been written along with other similar expressions for this man who on one hand was very human – "much more ... a real person than most people knew" (Dr. Dean Ornish) – with a tremendous love for his wife and children, and on the other was an innovator, likely the greatest innovator who has lived or will live in our time.

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