Today’s reading “Five Questions That Should Shape Any Change Program” comes from Scott Keller and Colin Price, directors at McKinsey & Company and coauthors of the book Beyond Performance. This article appeared early in December in the HBR blog.
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:
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.
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
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.