Strategy

Givers and Takers

By: Jim Bruce
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We have all grown up in a give and take world.  Remember the times when you were small and were either willing to share your toys and stuffed animals with your older/younger siblings, or wanted to accumulate as many of them as possible whether you were playing with them or not, or were willing to trade one of your objects for one of your younger/older sibling’s objects.  This behavior continues to play out in our lives throughout our careers.  And, it is the subject of Adam Grant’s 2013 book Give and Take as well as numerous essays and presentations.
 

Questions

By: Jim Bruce
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“The important thing is not to stop questioning … Never lose a holy curiosity.”                                  Albert Einstein

The Meeting Is Over …

By: Jim Bruce
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Now What?

There is lots of advice available on running meetings (for our purpose an intentional gathering of two or more people), two examples of which are the MOR Meeting Jogger and the essay “How to Run a Meeting Like Google,” listed among the references below.  However, I’ve found little organized thought about the steps that a leader needs to take after the meeting is over.
 
Today’s essay provides some advice on this issue.  But first, a review on “how to run a meeting:”
 
Before the meeting:

Those Elusive “Aha!” Moments

By: Jim Bruce
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Everyone of us, at one time or another, has had “Aha!” moments.  Times when all of a sudden, typically when we are not working on it, the solution to a major issue we are struggling to address floats, as if by magic, through our minds.  Aha!
 

Mastery

By: Jim Bruce
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Today’s Tuesday Reading, Mastery, is an essay by Josh Lawrence, Manager of Technical Services at Washington University in St. Louis. The essay first appeared as a program reflection last year.
 

I Resolve To …

By: Jim Bruce
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Resolutions.  Along with the arrival of the New Year come New Year’s Resolutions.  This is neither new nor all that unique.  Babylonians made New Year’s Resolutions 2500 years ago.  And, since then everyone has followed. 
 

Apologies

By: Jim Bruce
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I grew up in a home where apologizing for my wrong actions, for example, taking and hiding my brother’s toys, was required.  All that it took to trigger the apology was a stern look from my Mother.  As I got older and didn’t have the prompt from my Mother, I want to believe that I either recognized my hurtful behaviors or responded to prompts from the people around me and apologized to the wronged party.  However, I know that I must have missed many opportunities when I should have apologized for wrongs both small and large and did not, either because I didn’t know how I’d been offensive, b

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