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Stop Chasing the Wrong Priorities

By: Jim Bruce
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Today’s reading – “Stop Chasing the Wrong Priorities"  – comes from the pens of Kelly Goldsmith and Marshall Goldsmith and appeared in a recent CBS News blog.  Marshall Goldsmith is a well-known author, leadership thinker, and executive coach.  Kelly Goldsmith is assistant professor of marketing at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.

The reading builds off interviews of retired leaders and their response to the question:  ”What is the key to having a great life?“  Their key responses:

Wilderness Leadership – on the Job

By: Jim Bruce
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Today’s reading “Wilderness Leadership – on the Jobcomes from the pens of John Kanengieter and Aparna Rajagopal-Durbin.  Kanengieter is director of leadership at the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), and Rajagopal-Durbin is the school’s diversity and inclusion manager and a faculty member.  NOLS is a non-profit outdoor educational school dedicated to teaching environmental ethics, technic

Humble Key to Effective Leadership

By: Jim Bruce
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Research by Bradley Owens from the University of Buffalo’s School of Management and David Hekman from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee’s Luber School of Business has shown that “Leaders of all ranks view admitting mistakes, spot lighting follower strengths and modeling teachability as being at the core of humble leadership.”  “And, they view these three behaviors as being powerful predictors of their own as well as the organization’s growth.”

One Small Step for You – One Giant Leap for Employees

By: Jim Bruce
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Today’s reading is a short piece by Jeff Haden, “One Small Step for You – One Giant Leap for Employees”.  Haden learned much of what he knows about management as he worked his way up the printing business from forklift driver to manager of a 250-employee book plant.  The rest he picked up from ghost writing books for some of the smartest CEOs he knows in business.

In the article, Hayden provides two short personal stories of bosses he has had congratulating him on his work.

’Let’s Meet’ Doesn’t Have to be Death Knell for Productivity

By: Jim Bruce
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Today’s reading is a July 17, 2011 column “’Let’s Meet’ doesn’t have to be death knell for productivity” <http://bo.st/qG5ac3> by Boston Globe Columnist, Scott Kirsner.  Kirsner is the author of the book “The Future of Web Video,” editor of “The Convergence Guide: Life Sciences in New England,” and a contributor to “The Good City: Writers Explore 21st Century Boston.” 

Why Leaders Play Chicken

By: Jim Bruce
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Today’s Reading “Why Leaders Play Chicken” comes to us via the HBR Blog Network and is from the pen of Ron Ashkenas.  Ashkenas is managing partner of Schaffer Consulting and author of the recent book, Simply Effective.

In this piece, Ashkenas reminds us of the game of chicken that most of us played when we were children.  It was a foolish, immature way of showing who had the most guts, the most nerve, and the most will-power.  And, the winner became the respected dominant leader of the group.

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