One of my sons acquired a new Flip MinoHD digital camcorder just before Thanksgiving. This gave all the family ample opportunity to appear in living color and HD. And, as I watched myself later on the video, I realized that what others were seeing was not what I necessarily expected or, in many cases, wanted them to see.
For over two decades William Bridges has helped organizations and individuals deal more effectively with change. Today’s Tuesday Reading is a short piece by Bridges – “Reorientation + Renewal = Revitalization” <http://tinyurl.com/yet24s4> (download) – which focuses on how to revitalize a team after it goes through a difficult time of change.
Bridges focuses on teams which fall into any one of three natural groupings-
1. A team that is not able to let go the past.
Having heard a number of people talk about "leading-up, I decided to do a Google search on the words. This led to far more references than I had time to explore. However, I found one -- "Leading Up" The Art of Managing Your Boss" a review of Michael Useem's 2001 book, "Leading Up: How To Lead Your Boss So You Both Win" -- that is very helpful.
Today’s Tuesday Reading is the Conversation Starter by Larry Senn “Lead from the Top of the Mood Elevator” from Harvard Business Publishing. Senn is the founder of Senn Delaney and an authority and practitioner in the field of culture shaping.
Nancy Lublin, CEO of Do Something, is the author of this week’s Tuesday Reading, “How to Write a Mission Statement That Isn’t Dumb”. Her article appears in the December 1, 2009 issue of FastCompany.
Today’s Tuesday Reading is a piece which I reproduce below “Using Curiosity to Create Accountability with Powerful People” by Roger Schwarz of the Skilled Facilitator.
In his piece, Schwarz notes that when people are accountable to you, you [should] expect then to explain the key decisions and actions they have taken. Yet, when we are talking with people who have more power than we do, we stop asking questions, we stop being curious. In this piece, Scvhwarz suggests four questions that you might ask in these situations along with ways to set the context.
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.
Today, we turn to Business Week’s September 18, 2009 Leadership column for the piece “How Authentic Leaders ‘Walk the Walk’".
In the article, Alan Deutschman, says that being an authentic leader means two things:
1. You must share the struggle and the risks with your people.
2. You must make sure that your actions consistently reinforce the one or two most important values you hold up for your organization.
Today’s Tuesday Reading takes a look at Higher Ed 2.0. Our reading is “Who Needs Harvard?” from the September 2009 issue of Fast Company. The article’s subheading says it all: “Free online courses, wiki universities, Facebook-style tutoring networks – American higher education is being transformed by a cadre of web-savvy edupunks.”