Strategy

Nix Ambiguity and Focus for Lasting Change

By: Jim Bruce
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Today’s reading is a short piece “Nix Ambiguity and Focus for Lasting Change” by Dan and Chip Heath, authors of Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard, as well as Made to Stick:  Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die.

In this piece, a true story about eliminating narcotics abuse in a health-care network serving Minnesota and Western Wisconsin, the Heath brothers make two major points:

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.

Stop Procrastinating...Now

By: Jim Bruce
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It’s easy for me to imagine that I don’t procrastinate.  But that would really be stretching the truth, stretching it a lot.  The reality is that no one of us is immune to procratination.

Today’s reading is “Stop Procrastinating...Now”by Amy Gallo, a contributing editor at the Harvard Business Review.

There are lots of reasons why we procrastinate:

   – because we have too much to do

   – because we fear the difficulty and drudgery of the task

The Right Response is Not Always Instant

By: Jim Bruce
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Today's Reading, "The Right Response is Not Always Instant" , is from the pen of Ron Ashkenas, managing partner of Schaffer Consulting and a co-author of "The GE Work-Out."  His latest book is "Simply Effective."

Too many of the flood of messages we receive each day have an implied, or sometime stated, urgency that suggests, requires, or even demands that we drop everything and address the request.  You have to wonder, with seemingly everything "labeled" urgent whether anything really is.

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