Managing Difficult Conversations

By: Jim Bruce
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Today’s Tuesday Reading focuses on managing difficult conversations.  Most likely each of us will have at least one difficult conversation today.  We’ve all had difficult conversations that have gone badly and we instinctly fear that the one on the horizon will do so as well.  Today’s reading is actually a video produced by Fred Kofman.  He is Professor of Leadership at the Univer

Questioning Questioning

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When discussing leadership we tend to focus on good leadership practices. While this is important, I personally have learned a lot over the years by observing bad leadership practices which I then actively avoid. The recent MOR Tuesday Readings on asking questions made me remember one of these examples of bad leadership, which I call: “Questioning Questioning.”

Gratitude

By: Jim Bruce
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Today’s Tuesday Reading, Gratitude, is a reflection written earlier this year by Jaime Thompson.  Jaime supports IT in the College of Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota and is a participant in the Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) there.
 

More About Questions

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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.

Planning is Planning, whether for a Scuba Dive or a Project

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Hi everyone!
 
As I think about what to reflect on this past week, I keep coming back to thoughts of scuba diving as I took my regulator in to get serviced this past weekend. Scuba divers are, most often, over-prepared in the planning and execution of a dive. 
 
Below is a little bit of the planning:
1. Exposure suit (wet-suit thickness or dry suit)
   - Depth of dive, temp at surface, temp at bottom, bottom composition (sand, mud, rock)
2. Regular air or nitrox
3. Length of dive
4.

Two Powerful Tools: Being Still and 90 Minute Blocks

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I have come to enjoy and value the weekly reflections as well as Jim Bruce’s Tuesday readings.  A few weeks ago in the Tuesday reading, Be Still, I was struck by the truth and simplicity of what was written in that piece.  I thought to myself, why not use “being still” as the foundation for everything that is big or important, (or trivial for that matter) in order to contemplate the next step.  After all, don’t we often do this in many other areas of our lives?   I do it when I need to have an important conversation with a family member, before deciding whether to spend thousands of dollars

Asking Good Questions

By: Jim Bruce
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Today’s Tuesday Reading, Asking Good Questions, continues the series begun last week.  There we noted that asking good questions is as important as listening well.  After all, a major part of a leader’s job is initiating and building relationships, collaborating to craft a vision and strategies, developing an understanding of the work and desired results, as well as leading his or her team.  You really cannot do any of this work well without being proficient in asking questions.
 

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:

Be Still

By: Jim Bruce
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Last week Mary Jordan’s post on the Linkage Leadership Blog showed up in my Inbox.  She is a Principle Consultant and Co-Leader of the Change and Transition Leadership Practice at Linkage, an international consulting practice focusing on developing organizations.
 

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