Well-integrated, high-performing teams, teams that “click,” is the subject of today's Tuesday Reading – “How Leaders Get Their Teams To ‘Click’” by Phil Harken. Such teams never lose slight of their goals and are largely self-sustaining. They often seem to take on a life of their own. Studies by the European Centre for Organizational Research show that teams that “click” always have a “leader who creates the environment and establishes the operating principles and values that are conducive to high performance.”
This week, for the week's Tuesday Reading, I turn to a recent message from the ITLP IX Vision Team: "The Key to Getting Lucky: PRACTICE!!!"
The Key to Getting Lucky: PRACTICE!!!
A Golf Story
Today's Tuesday Reading is "Making Decisions Outside Your Repertoire" by Ronald Heifetz (you remember him from the first session of the Leadership Program), Marty Linsky, and Alexander Grashow.
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.
Everyone who has participated in the ITLP has had the opportunity to look back on their career and note the leadership lessons they have learned. Today’s Tuesday Reading is a leadership journey in the form of an interview. Recently, Richard Anderson, chief executive of Delta Airlines, was interviewed for the New York Time’s April 26, 2009 CORNER OFFICE column.
I think that you’ll enjoy and learn from Anderson’s learnings. Some gems that caught my eye:
- be patient and don’t lose your temper.
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).
This week’s Tuesday Reading is a piece “Anxiety for Fun and Profit” which I found on a recent flight in the April 2009 issue of United’s Hemisphere magazine.
John Maxwell, a very prolific writer on leadership, is the author of our Tuesday Reading for today: “Influence: Connecting with People”.
Maxwell’s thesis is straightforward; ... “until leaders learn the art of connection, their influence remains minimal.” To help us make connections, he offers eight practical steps:
1. Don’t take people for granted.
2. Possess a difference-maker mindset.
3. Initiate movement toward people; take the first step.
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 turn to a short paper by William Bridges, “The Three Questions” (the paper will download). Bridges is a name familiar to many as the author of “Managing Transitions” (2003) and “Transitions” (2004).
In this short piece, he introduces us to three important questions which he often asks his clients:.
1. What is changing?
2. What will actually be different because of the change?
3. Who’s going to lose what?