In MOR’s several Leaders Programs, we routinely talk about the need for everyone to set aside time on a regular basis for reflection, for work on strategic projects, and for planning. In today’s reading "An 18-Minute Plan for Managing Your Day", Peter Bregman proposes a very structured plan for planning and thus for gaining control of your day.
Over the past several weeks I’ve seen many reviews of Teresa Amabile and Steven Kramer’s new book “ The Progress Principle: Using Small Wins to Ignite Joy, Engagement, and Creativity at Work.” Today’s reading “How Small Wins Unleash Creativity” from Harvard Business School’s Working Knowledge is a summary of that book.*
You may have run across the term “decision fatigue” in your recent reading. John Tierney in a lengthy NYTimes article “Do You Suffer From Decision Fatigue?” writes:
Today’s Reading, “Go Ahead, Take That Break”, comes from Whitney Johnson’s HBR Blog. Johnson is a founding partner of Rose Park Advisors (Clayton M. Christensen’s investment firm), and is author of the forthcoming book “Done-Dream-Do: Remarkable Things Happen When You Dare to Dream.”
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.
This week’s reading comes from an interview Robert Mcgarvey had with Larry Bossidy that appeared in the July 2003 issue of the AmericanWay – “It’s All In The Follow-through” – about the time Bossidy’s book Execution was published. Of particular attention is the sidebar at the very end of the piece.
One of the most consistent findings in psychology is that people behave differently when their environment changes. When we are at a place where people are quiet, say a church or a library, we’re quiet; when we are at a sporting event where it’s loud, we’re loud.
Why then, when we try to make changes at work do we, almost always, focus on people changing rather than on changing the environment. Often, changing the environment is the easiest way to effect meaningful behavioral change.
For this week’s Tuesday Reading, we turn to a Harvard Business Review blog post by Linda Hill and Kent Lineback “Better Time Management is Not the Answer”. Hill is the Wallace Brett Donham Professof of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School and Lineback has spent many years as a manager and executive in business and government. They are co-authors of Being the Boss – The 3 Imperatives for Becoming a Great Leader.
Are you up for a challenge? Josh Linkner in a recent Fast Company blog post, “The 5% Creativity Challenge”, challenges each of us to schedule two one-hour thinking sessions each week. Linkner is the author of Disciplined Dreaming - A Proven System to Drive Breakthrough Creativity and CEO and Managing Partner of Detroit Venture Partners.
The reading’s key point is that we, each as individual participants in a meeting, play a role in whether that meeting is successful or not. We do this through four choices: