Strategy

Probing the Periphery: Mastering Vigilant Leadership

By: Jim Bruce
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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 Leadershipis from the June 2008 issue of the Wharton Leadership Digest.  

A Roadmap for IT Leadership and the Next Ten Years

By: Jim Bruce
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As it nears the end of the year, it seems appropriate for the Tuesday Reading to turn to the future.  In “A Roadmap for IT Leadership and the Next Ten Years” <http://www.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/EQM0626.pdf> Tim Chester, CIO at Texas A&M at Qatar, argues that the future requires that CIOs and other IT leaders become technology advocates and not leaders of technology mechanics.  So, take a deep breadth, sit back and think carefully about your technology leadership role in the coming years.

Making Strategy That Sticks

By: Jim Bruce
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In “Making Strategy That Sticks", Susan Cramm points out that all too often when we develop a strategy, we focus on getting the right content rather than getting the right commitment.  She writes:  ”The acid test of strategy is whether it informs and constrains decision making by compelling leaders to align their functional goals and day-to-day decision making to the goals of the enterprise.  The only way to accomplish this is through communication and collaboration.  The process of aligning people’s hearts and mind

The Benefits of No

By: Jim Bruce
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Most of us cringe at the thought of saying no.  We think that it is not an option.  We don’t want to disappoint.  Etc.  However, saying yes to everything creates an untenable position for you and for your organization.  Esther Derby in "The Benefits of No" gives us an essential management tool, a three-point approach to saying no:

1.  Start by affirming the requester;  let them know you are listening.

The Hunch Engine

By: Jim Bruce
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Today, we welcome the participants in Group VI of the IT Leaders Program who are starting their first workshop.  Welcome to the Tuesday Readings, gleanings from my readings that I hope you might find interesting, provocative, and otherwise useful.

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