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You Cannot Excel at Everything

By: Jim Bruce
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Several years ago, at the Harvard Business School, Frances Frei, UPS Foundation Professor of Service Management, and Amy Schulman, Senior Lecturer in Technology and Operations Management, taught a new course “Why You Should Care: Creating the Conditions for Excellence” to a group with equal numbers of law and management students. The purpose of the course was to help the business and law students help each other define and achieve their own interpretations of success.
 

Luck

By: Jim Bruce
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… and Why It Matters


Today’s Tuesday Reading is an essay by Julian Koh, Associate Director of Telecommunications and Network Services at Northwestern University. Julian is an alumnus of the MOR Leaders Program. [He may be reached at  <kohster@northwestern.edu>.] 
 
 

Your Current Step

By: Jim Bruce
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… “A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” 
     –  Lao Tzu, Chinese philosopher from the 6th century B.C.E.


All journeys, whether they are physical journeys by foot, by car, train, or plane, or journeys of the mind where you work small step by small step to solve a problem, resolve an issue, or explore some new idea, begin from where you are, from the current step you are taking.
 

Are You a Ball Hog?

By: Jim Bruce
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Today’s Tuesday Reading is an essay by Amanda Winegarden, a Security Risk Analyst in the University Information Security Group at the University of Minnesota. She is a new alumna from the recently graduated MOR Lead From Where You Are Program at the University of Minnesota. Her essay first appeared as a program reflection earlier this year. [Amanda may be reached at <mandy@umn.edu>.] 
 
 

Pre–crastination

By: Jim Bruce
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For the past two weeks, I’ve been writing about pro-crastination,1,2 “willingly deferring something though you expect the delay to make you worse off.”Pre-crastination is intentionally completing tasks quickly just to get them done sooner, or to get them done so that you no longer have to remember to get them done. Edward Wasserman calls this the “fierce urgency of now.”4
 

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