Engage Your Staff

By: Jim Bruce
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In a recent Interact/Harris Poll of some 1000 U.S. workers, 91% of the respondents said communication issues prevent leaders from being as effective as they might be.  The most frequent issues noted in the survey were: 

Triggers

By: Jim Bruce
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Marshall Goldsmith, one of the best known executive coaches in the U.S., has just published a new book, Triggers:  Creating Behavior That Lasts, Becoming the Person You want to Be.  One of the things that caught my eye in one of the book’s reviews that I read, was a practice Goldsmith has to bring significant discipline into his life.  He’s practiced it for years.  At the end of each day, he has a friend call him and ask the same 22 questions each day.  He doesn’t just answer each question, he also relates what he has done that day for each question on a scale from

G–I–V–E Feedback: A Path to Improvement

By: Jim Bruce
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Today’s Tuesday Reading, G–I–V–E Feedback:  A Path to Improvement, is an essay by Mary Therese Durr, Director of Computing Support and Information Technology Service Management at Boston College an ad MOR Leaders Program alumnus.  Her essay provides an additional tool, beyond those in the Tuesday Readings of last June, for formulating and giving feedback.

You Cannot Excel at Everything

By: Jim Bruce
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In the Harvard Business School 2015 winter term, Frances Frei, UPS Foundation Professor of Service Management at HBS, and Amy Schulman, Senior Lecturer in Technology and Operations Management, also at HBS, taught a new course “Why You Should Care:  Creating the Conditions for Excellence” to a group with equal numbers of law and management students.  The purpose of the course was to help the business and law students help each other define and achieve their own interpretations of success.

Have a Real Vacation

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I hope that everyone is taking advantage of the summer weather. My reflection for this week has to do with taking actual vacations from work in just as meaningful and purposeful a way as tackling a major project or presentation. This is a new approach to vacations for me because recently I have become rather half-committed to cutting ties with email and thinking about work while away.

Emotional Intelligence in Tough Conversations

By: Jim Bruce
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Today’s Tuesday Reading is a short video Emotional Intelligence in Tough Conversations from the Harvard Business School’s “The Management Tip” series.  The presenter is Susan David, CEO, Evidence Based Psychology and Codirector, Institute of Coaching, McLean Hospital.  David is also co-author of Emotional Agility, which appeared in the November 2013 issue of the Harvard Business Review.

2015 MOR Leaders Conference keynote - Chris Mayer

By: Sean McDonald
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From the 2015 MOR Leaders Conference, keynote Chris Mayer talks about the industry parallels between media and higher education.  In this three part video series, he prompts us to think about how education is defined and the experience will continue to change, in large part by students and employers.

Asking Questions

By: Jim Bruce
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Today’s Tuesday Reading, Asking Questions, is an essay written by Diane Weller, shortly after the April Tuesday Reading series on asking questions.  Diane is a member of the Information Technology Services Staff at the Pennsylvania State University and is an alumnus of the MOR Leaders Program.

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