Pete the Cat

By: Jim Bruce
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Today’s Tuesday Reading is an essay by Frances Haies, Assistant Director, Office of Information Technology, Project Management Office, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Her essay first appeared as a leaders program reflection last fall. [Frances may be reached at <haiesfa@oit.rutgers.edu>.]
 
 

Fearing Failure

By: Jim Bruce
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At one time or another, we have each tried and failed at something, sometimes miserably. And, as a result we all have some fear that if we try to do the same thing, or something similar, again, we will again fail.
 
Not always. But, sometimes. It might be that when you have a new opportunity or are beginning a new task, you remember when you tried something similar, and it didn’t go well. So, you hesitate. Or, you might recall a time when you were laughed at or made to feel like a failure or ignored when you made a proposal or presented an idea. 
 

Bored?

By: Jim Bruce
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… That could be a good thing.
 

“I’m bored.” Now, that’s a sentence everyone has heard, or spoken, or thought many times in his or her life. And, in spite of what you may have been taught, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. What might be bad is how you respond.
 

Advice to Sponsors and Managers of MOR Program Participants

By: Sean McDonald
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Even with good intent ‘receiving’ participants upon their return can be extremely challenging. In an effort to provide some practical advice we interviewed Laura Patterson, recently retired CIO of the University of Michigan, and Casey Gordon, the CIO at the College of St Benedict and Saint John’s University in Minnesota.

The Twelve Days of MOR

By: Jim Bruce
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Today’s Tuesday Reading – The Twelve Days of MOR – is an essay by Christy McColum, Director of Administration, Washington University Information Technology. [Christy may be reached at cmccollum@wustl.edu.]  
 
Her essay first appeared as a program reflection in 2017 and then as the Tuesday Reading on December 19, 2017.
 
 

Leadership as Performance Art

By: Jim Bruce
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Harry Davis is the first individual to connect leadership and performance art that I ever encountered. He is the Roger L. and Rachel M. Goetz Distinguished Service Professor of Creative Management at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. We met at the 2008 MOR Leaders Conference1 where Professor Davis was the featured speaker. His topic was Leadership as Performance Art. 
 

Let’s Choose to Be Civil

By: Jim Bruce
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Two weeks ago, on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, I wrote about gratitude – the importance of expressing gratitude, how to cultivate a practice of showing gratitude, and about the impact our showing gratitude has on others.  After completing that essay, I watched the CBS Friday (November 15) Evening News. The last of the evening’s news items was about a man who served in the Vietnam war as a helicopter gunship door gunner.

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