Almost every time I travel from Cambridge to Boston, I cross the Longfellow Bridge. The central piers of the bridge feature four carved, ornamental stone towers, which give rise to another name for the bridge, the “Salt and Pepper Bridge,” which many of us still use. Originally opening in 1906, the bridge replaced previous bridges and ferry services going back to 1630. Since 2013 the bridge has been the subject of a $250 million restoration and rehabilitation effort which is expected to be completed in late 201
A few years ago, Charles Duhigg, who you likely know through his earlier book The Power of Habit, was interviewing people at exceptionally productive companies for his 2016 book Smarter Faster Better: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business.” As he did this, he often asked for help in solving a family problem: How could he and his wife (who also has a demanding job) and their two sons, now ages five and eight, regularly eat dinner together?
Most of us firmly believe that there is a linear relationship between the hours we work and the productive results that we generate, at least to the point of sheer physical exhaustion. Research has begun to show, however, that it’s more complicated than that. That, in fact, the stressors that keep us from focusing and generating results, kick in much earlier.
I have it, and so do many of you to a more or lesser degree.
Attention Deficit Trait (ADT) is a term used to describe the effects of a persistent state of information overload that can be generated in our digital world. Psychiatrist Edward Hallowell first used this term in his 2005 Harvard Business Review essay, Overloaded Circuits: Why Smart People Underperform.
Resolutions. Along with the arrival of the New Year come New Year’s Resolutions. This is neither new nor all that unique. Babylonians made New Year’s Resolutions 2500 years ago. And, since then everyone has followed.
In the November 1, 2016 Tuesday Reading, Always on Stage, readers were invited to respond to the question
What’s the most important, or effective, way you lead by example?
Moving is one of the most stressful experiences. Packing, cleaning, planning, arguing, worrying, and rethinking just about everything in our daily routine … no thank you.
Today’s Tuesday Reading, “Don’t waste your time looking back. You’re not going that way,” is an essay by Mark (Bo) Connell, Assistant Dean for Hospital Operations, Texas A&M University, College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, Texas Veterinary Medical Center. It first appeared earlier this year as a leaders program reflection.
There are informal leaders in every organization. These are the people in the organization who, without formal title or authority, get things done, and done well, show others how to do them, and have a large network interconnecting many people in a variety of teams and organizations across the entire organization. Often we do not even know who these people are nor recognize their importance in our organization’s success or understand the breadth of their networks.
Leaders in Higher Education walk a tightrope every day.
Financial pressures have sustained while expectations and demands for return on investment have continued to increase. The pace of change has accelerated and will not stop. Market conditions have spurred new innovation and competition at the edges, some of which might be considered unwelcome.