Last Saturday, Erik Lundberg, ITLP alum from the University of Washington, found at interesting piece – "Google's Quest to Build a Better Boss" – in the New York Times and sent it to me. Erik noted that "By analyzing data from within its own ranks, Google proves what management practitioners already preach. But then implements it in a way that resonates with technical/engineering types."
Today's reading focuses on building a practice to increase your daily personal effectiveness. The IT Leaders Program emphasizes being intentional and planful with the use of your time. Specifically, we've suggested identifying and formally setting aside regular times to plan your week/day. For example, you might schedule time Sunday evening or on Monday morning to review the coming week to make sure you have reserved time to address your priorities.
To some extent, and more so for some than others, we are all problem solvers. Most of the time we use ad hoc, informal, personal processes to solve problems. And, these often work at the “good enough” level. However, sometimes we miss good solutions, and even fail to identify the problem correctly in the first place.
Have you ever been in a meeting to make a decision and before the context can be outlined, a few meeting participants have taken over and are going deeper and deeper into a solution based on a suggestion of one of the individuals? Today’s reading, ”Go Broad Before You Go Deep,“ from Roger Schwarz’s Fundamental Change Newsletter and found below, considers just that issue.
Ray Ozzie, chief software architect at Microsoft and previously a key figure at Software Arts and at Lotus, and founder of Groove, is leaving Microsoft after a short transition period. Shortly after he made his announcement, Ozzie wrote “Dawn of a New Day,” as an email to Microsoft’s Executive Staff and his direct reports. He also posted it at <http://ozzie.net/docs/dawn-of-a-new-day/>. I believe that this piece is a “must-read” for everyone who is, or who aspires to be, a university IT leader. Ozzie has a good track record at
Six months ago, Robert Sutton, Professor of Management Science at Stanford University and author of a new book, Good Boss, Bad Boss, had a blog entry “12 Things Good Bosses Believe. ” You can find that entry at <http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2010/05/12_things_that_good_bosses_bel.html>.
Tony Schwarts, CEO of the Energy Project, says a lot in this short piece “Six Ways to Supercharge Your Productivity”. His key point is that as a result of the digital demands of the world we now inhabit, we are in danger of undertaking more and more tasks and creating less and less real value.
He suggests six practical behaviors – all of which you’ve heard before – which if adopted will increase the value of what you do:
Today’s reading, which focuses on the topic of personal productivity, comes fromDavid Allen’s August 3, 2010 Newsletter, and can be found at <http://www.davidco.com/newsletters/archive/0810.html>. A number of you know David Allen from his Getting Things Done book as well as the GTD website.
I found today’s Tuesday Reading in yesterday’s New York Times. Matt Richtel had a wonderful piece “Outdoors and Out of Reach, Studying the Brain” that reports on a five day trip by five neuroscientists plus Richtel, and a guide, rafting, hiking, and camping along the San Juan River in the Glen Canyon National Recreational Area in Utah.