Leadership

Professional Toolbox

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A couple of years ago I had my kitchen remodeled.  During the process, I, along with my young boys, reveled in the tools the contractors had at their disposal, and their skill in using them.  They had so many tools - some for general use (hammer) and others more specialized (router) – their truck looked like an aisle at The Home Depot.

MOR's Top Trends

By: Brian McDonald
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For the 2015 MOR Leaders Conference held May 27-28 in Indianapolis Brian McDonald and Jim Bruce collaborated on the following top trends impacting our clients:

1. Globalization of Education

Education is global. Increased numbers of international students, US campuses abroad, countries creating new universities some of which are world-class and attract US students. The list of top universities in the world will change dramatically in the next two decades.

2. Teaching and Learning

Stretch and Learn

By: Matt Riley
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I attended the MOR IT Leaders conference in late May.  As an ITLP graduate who stepped into a CIO role two years ago, I was asked to share how I employ the elements of the MOR toolkit in my leadership role.  I’ve invested in relationships and focused on changing culture.  I’ve taken uncomfortable risks.  But, reflecting on my talk, I recognized that I took the safe route in sharing those experiences.  I didn’t share the boldest initiatives.  I didn’t lean in.

Character

By: Jim Bruce
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“Character is the tree.  Reputation is the shadow.”  —  Abraham Lincoln
 
Earlier this month, Fred Kiel’s new book, Return on Character, caught my attention. Kiel is co-founder and principal at the KRW Research Institute which focuses on creating character-driven leadership cultures. 
 

More About Questions

By: Jim Bruce
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Today’s Tuesday Reading, More About Questions, continues our discussion from the past two weeks.  As we’ve noted there, being able to ask good, well-formed questions is as important to a leader as being able to listen well.  Today, we’ll focus on crafting our questions, on asking questions, and finally on those terrible questions we should avoid.

Asking Questions

By: Jim Bruce
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Today’s Tuesday Reading begins a short series of readings on the subject of asking questions.  It was Voltaire who said,
 
“It is easier to judge the mind of a man by his questions rather than his answers.”

IMPACT!

By: Jim Bruce
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Today’s reading, IMPACT, was written by Bruce Barton, as a reflection in one of the Leaders Program cycles.  Bruce manages the Shared Development Group of the General Library System at the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

 

Something I've been thinking about:

Stepping Up to Peer Pressure

By: Jim Bruce
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We’ve all been in situations where we’ve succumbed to peer pressure.  We often argue to ourselves that it’s too hard to step up with a different point of view – we won’t be liked, we’ll do harm to our relationships, and after all it’s not that big of a deal.  However, in many cases, it is a big deal.
 

How Shall I Listen

By: Jim Bruce
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“Humble listening" is among the top four characteristics of leaders.     – Jeff Immelt, Chairman and CEO, GE
 
“If there is any one secret of success, it lies in the ability to get the other person’s point of view and see things from that person’s angle as well as from your own.”     – Henry Ford
 
“To be able to motivate and inspire others, you need to learn how to listen in both individual meetings and at the group level."     – Christine Riordan, President-Elect, Adelphi University and leadership coach.
 

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