Today’s Tuesday Reading is from the April 28, 2009 Ask Annie column of Fortune Magazine: “How to work better with Gen Y”. The April 28th question has to do with working with a new class of interns – Generation Y individuals; birth years 1978-1990 – who are very much like our younger employees.
Somehow, Tuesday came and I was completely oblivious to my commitment to send out something for everyone to reflect on. Don't know where my thoughts were that morning! In spite of my forgetfulness, we do have a very good piece for this week from ITLP IX’s Vision Team – Tom Lewis (University of Washington), Todd Rheinfrank (Carnegie Mellon University), Randy Standridge (University of Texas), Beth-Anne Sullivan (Northeastern University), Terry Tatum (University of Texas), and Elease Welch (New York University).
Recently, Adam Bryant, writer for the New York Times’ Coner Office column, interviewed John Donahoe, president and chief executive of eBay for the past year. The condensed interview is today’s Turesday Reading – “There’s No Need to Bat .900”.
Donahoe has a lot of good advice:
• You can’t change people. … Allyou can do is help them help themselves.
Today, we continue our theme of leading in challenging times with Seven Lessons for Leading in Crisis. The piece’s author is Bill George, author of “True North,” and a professor of management practice at the Harvard Business School. He is also the former CEO of Medtronic.
For today’s Tuesday Reading, we turn to Dan and Chip Heath’s Made to Stick column in Fast Company for a piece about goals: “Time to Aim Lower”.
In this piece the focus is on those ambitious goals that we often set for ourselves. Sometimes these goals, instead of energizing and empowering the goal-setter, do just the opposite. We dread getting started. We may feel overwhelmed. We may feel that we’ll fail or succeed (and not like the result). And, the list goes on.
In ITLP, we talk a lot about meetings. Greg Anderson, senior director for General Services at the University of Chicago, recently called my attention to a January 18, 2009 New York Times article “Meetings Are a Matter of Precious Time”. The author is Reid Hastie, Robert S. Hamada Professor of Behavioral Science at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.
In the current issue of Fortune Magazine, Jim Collins is interviewed by Fortune Senior Writer Jennifer Reingold for the article “How Great Companies Turn Crisis Into Opportunity”.
Today’s reading “IT Careers: 5 Tips for Charting Your 100 Day Plan" by Mary Pratt, a Computerworld contributing writer in Waltham, MA, focuses on developing a plan for the next 100 days. The point being that the more you have a vision of where you want to be in 100 days and a well thought out plan for how you might get from here to there, the more likely you will be successful.
A number of you are fans of David Allen and follow many of the recommendations in his book, “Getting Things Done.” Our reading this week is “The Curse Of The Eternally Urgent” which you will find at <http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-allen/the-curse-of-the-eternall_b_96512.html>.
Over the past week or so, it has seemed that everywhere I turned I ran across an article or a book with leadership or leader in the title: Vigilant Leadership, Adaptive Leadership, the Leader of the Future, Better Leadership, and Total Leadership. Today's piece, Mark Hanna's "Probing the Periphery: Mastering Vigilant Leadership" is from the June 2008 issue of the Wharton Leadership Digest.