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Getting to the Heart of a Disagreement – and Resolving It

By: Jim Bruce
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Today’s reading, “Getting to the Heart of a Disagreement – and Resolving It,” is from Roger Schwarz’s Fundamental Change Newsletter and is found below.

Disagreements are natural and inevitable, and their resolution is often crucial to moving forward.  So, how do you resolve them?  Do you focus on developing common ground?  Do you try to minimize the differences?  Do you compromise hoping that the disagreement will go away?

Six Ways to Supercharge Your Productivity

By: Jim Bruce
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Tony Schwarts, CEO of the Energy Project, says a lot in this short piece “Six Ways to Supercharge Your Productivity”.  His key point is that as a result of the digital demands of the world we now inhabit, we are in danger of undertaking more and more tasks and creating less and less real value.

He suggests six practical behaviors – all of which you’ve heard before – which if adopted will increase the value of what you do:

Leaders Develop Daily, Not in a Day

By: Jim Bruce
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I came across today's reading, "Leaders Develop Daily, Not in a Day", last week in John Maxwell's GIANT Impact newsletter.  Maxwell is an internationally know writer -- over 19 million books sold -- and speaker on leadership.

His's thesis in this piece is very straightforward:  "Unless we set aside time to grow into the person we desire to be, we will not reach our potential."  Leaders need to commit themselves to the process of growth, if indeed they want to develop as leaders.

The Importance of Connecting with Colleagues

By: Jim Bruce
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Today’s reading is about a particular form of relationships called “clicking,” the phenomenon of rapidly connecting with another person, either in the work environment or in our personal lives.  The article “The Importance of Connecting with Colleagues” is a discussion by Ori Brafman and Rom Brafman of their new book “Click:  The Magic of Instant Connections.”

“Click” is the outgrowth of a research project to discover what happens when people click;  and whether and how these moments shape our lives.  Two big surprises came from the research:

Back from a vacation?

By: Jim Bruce
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In today’s reading “Back from a vacation?”, David Rock, founder of the NeuroLeadership Institute and CDO of Results Coaching Systems, reports on research indicating that we are more likely to solve really difficult problems when we have a fresh or quiet mind.  Specifically the research points out that when faced with a new problem we apply strategies that worked in prior experiences.  This works well if the new problem is similar to an old one, but is far less likely to work if there is little relationship between the two problems.  What happens is that th

The Brand Called You

By: Jim Bruce
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Over the past several years, I’ve seen a number of articles about personal branding.  My favorite is a piece Tom Peters wrote some two years ago – “The Brand Called You – that appeared in FastCompany on December 18, 2007.  Peters' piece is this week’s Tuesday Reading.

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