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
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.”
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:
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.
I suspect that we all have heard enough about Secretary Clinton’s decisions, first to use a non-government email server for both her government-related email as well as her personal email, and subsequently about the processes followed to preserve or delete emails. And, that you like me want to be done with it.
I thought this would get easier as time went on, but had been feeling the opposite. When I got back from Session 1, I was jazzed. Before my flight back to CT, I wrote my boss a genuine note of thanks for the opportunity to participate in the MOR program and told her about the new tools and techniques I was excited to try when I got back. I was going to be aware of my leading/managing/doing ratios, use defensive calendaring, think more strategically, be intentional, as well as ask for and provide feedback.
As I reflected on what has transpired over the past several weeks, I wanted to revisit the essay that I had prepared in hopes of being selected for this wonderful leadership opportunity. Here is my original objective from that essay:
“My ultimate objective is to improve the impact of my team on the customers they serve. To accomplish this, I want to invest in my team and motivate them with a strategic plan they align with and support that enables their success. The result will hopefully result in an evolution of my team to deliver high quality service.”
We’ve all been in situations where we’ve succumbed to peer pressure. We often argue to ourselves that it’s too hard to step up with a different point of view – we won’t be liked, we’ll do harm to our relationships, and after all it’s not that big of a deal. However, in many cases, it is a big deal.