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One Small Step for You – One Giant Leap for Employees

By: Jim Bruce
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Today’s reading is a short piece by Jeff Haden, “One Small Step for You – One Giant Leap for Employees”.  Haden learned much of what he knows about management as he worked his way up the printing business from forklift driver to manager of a 250-employee book plant.  The rest he picked up from ghost writing books for some of the smartest CEOs he knows in business.

In the article, Hayden provides two short personal stories of bosses he has had congratulating him on his work.

Leadership as the 'Norm, not the Exception'

By: Jim Bruce
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Today’s reading is an article from the May 11, 2011 issue of Knowledge@Wharton – “Leadership as the ‘Norm, not the Exception'” <http://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article.cfm?articleid=2771>, a report on a speech at Wharton by Barry Salzberg, who became global CEO of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited on June 1, 2011.

In his remarks, Salzberg identified ten leadership lessons for the next generation of leaders:

What is this thing called CEO leadership?

By: Jim Bruce
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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.

Thank You for Doing Your Job

By: Jim Bruce
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In today's reading "Thank You for Doing Your Job", Whitney Johnson argues the value of saying thank you for routine work that contributes to the organization's well being.

Today, there is too little praise or appreciation voiced in our work environments.  In fact, I remember an organization that almost prided itself in being a "praise-free" zone.  Yet genuine gratitude goes a long way to engage people and bind them together, to say nothing about strengthening an building relationships.

Alone Together

By: Jim Bruce
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Sherry Turkle, the Abby Rockefeller Mauze Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology at MIT, has a new book, “Alone Together.”  In the book, Turkle raises an interesting point about how we get and maintain each other’s attention in our always-on-connectivity culture.  

Confidence is a Learnable Skill

By: Jim Bruce
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Some people seem to be born full of confidence, while others have difficulty speaking up about their ideas.  Is confidence, then, something you are born with and therefore that those of us less gifted, just have to muddle through?

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