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10 Rules for getting things done

By: Jim Bruce
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The Tuesday Reading this week is “10 Rules for getting things done” by Jacques Horovitz, Professor Emeritus of Service Strategy, Marketing, and Management at IMD.

Professor Horovitz writes “Successful execution at an organizational level depends almost entirely on each individual manager executing his or her part promptly and efficiently.”  Here are ten rules that he has found help keep the team on track and task:

What Successful People Do With the First Hour of Their Work Day

By: Jim Bruce
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Today’s reading “What Successful People Do With the First Hour of Their Work Day” by Kevin Purdy, a freelance writer, first appeared in FastCompany.  It’s not a new message – you heard it during your IT Leaders Program sessions – but it is presented in new voices.

Purdy points out that many leaders do, and more should, start their days in powerful different ways:

How to Think

By: Jim Bruce
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Today’s Tuesday Reading is a recent reflection from Jim Phelps, ITLP alumnus and Senior IT Architect at the University of Wisconsin Madison.  His thoughts do cause one to pause as we have (or really take) so little time to think that we have forgotten how.

Are You Sure You’re Not A Bad Boss?

By: Jim Bruce
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Today’s Tuesday Reading “Are You Sure You’re Not A Bad Boss?” first appeared in the Harvard Business Review’s Blog Network.  Jack Zenger and Joseph Folkman are, respectively, the CEO and the president of Zenger | Folkman, a leadership development consultancy.  They are co-authors of the October 2011 HBR article “Making Yourself Indispensable,” and the book How to Be Exceptional: Drive Leadersh

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.

To-Do Lists Don’t Work

By: Jim Bruce
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Recently Daniel Markovitz wrote “To-Do Lists Don’t Work” for the Harvard Business Review blogs.  I found the posting to be a good discussion of why we all wrestle with making our to-do lists work and decided to share it as today’s Tuesday Reading.  Markovitzis president of TimeBack Management and the author of A Factory of One.

He argues that to-do lists inevitably set us up for failure and frustration for five reasons:

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