Taking Control of Your Work Life Balance and Gaining Personal Fulfillment

By: Jim Bruce
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This week’s Tuesday Reading “Taking Control of Your Work Life Balance and Gaining Personal Fulfillment” takes a hard look at work life balance.  In her review of clinical psychologist Henry Cloud’s new book "The One Life Solution," Meridith Levinson, a CIO staff writer, wrote:

” Work will consume as much time as we allow it.  It will take over our whole lives if we let it.“

IT Careers: 5 Tips for Charting Your 100 Day Plan

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Today’s reading “IT Careers:  5 Tips for Charting Your 100 Day Plan" by Mary Pratt, a Computerworld contributing writer in Waltham, MA, focuses on developing a plan for the next 100 days.  The point being that the more you have a vision of where you want to be in 100 days and a well thought out plan for how you might get from here to there, the more likely you will be successful.

Degrees of Giving

By: Jim Bruce
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Today’s reading, “Degrees of Giving” by Bruna Martinuzzi, comes from the MindTools November 25th, 2008 newsletter.  

Last week we celebrated Thanksgiving and were with our families and thought about all the reasons we have to be thankful.  We may have thought about giving -- giving thanks, giving of our time, giving material gifts, etc.  Such gifts can give us some understanding of the power of generosity and lead naturally to asking how the ideas of generosity and giving translate to the workplace and leadership.

Soft Skills: Listening for Better Leadership

By: Jim Bruce
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Throughout ITLP we talk about the importance of listening, of choosing to carefully pay attention to and to understand what is being said.

Today’s Reading “Soft Skills:  Listening for Better Leadership” addresses this topic.  In the piece, the author Diann Daniel notes that listening conveys respect, not listening makes people feel devalued and less motivated;  good listening empowers, not listening guarantees you won’t understand.

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