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Bumper Stickers for Leaders

By: Jim Bruce
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Roger Schwarz writes an occasional newsletter titled “Mindset. Behavior.  Results.”  In a recent edition he noted that collective wisdom is often found in unexpected places, for example, bumper stickers.  Here is his article:

 

BUMPER STICKERS FOR LEADERS

 

You are what you learn

By: Jim Bruce
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Today’s reading “You are what you learn”comes from Scott Adam’s blog at dilbert.com and was drawn to my attention by my oldest son.

The key point in Adam’s short essay is simply:

A person changes in a fundamental way as he or she engages with a particular field of knowledge, i.e., when he or she learns something.

You think differently, the way you “show-up” is different, what you look for is different, your expectations are different, etc.

Managing Yourself: Stop Holding Yourself Back

By: Jim Bruce
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Today’s reading is “Managing Yourself:  Stop Holding Yourself Back”from the Harvard Business Review.  The authors are Ann Morriss, managing director of the Concire Leadership Institute and Robin Ely and Frances Frei, both professors at the Harvard Business School.

Morriss, Ely, and Frei have been studying for over a decade what gets in the way of ambitious employees who want to step up and lead.  Ely has studied race, gender, and leadership;  Frei has focused on coaching senior executives; and Morriss works on unleashing social entrepreneurs.

Dawn of a New Day

By: Jim Bruce
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Ray Ozzie, chief software architect at Microsoft and previously a key figure at Software Arts and at Lotus, and founder of Groove, is leaving Microsoft after a short transition period.  Shortly after he made his announcement, Ozzie wrote “Dawn of a New Day,” as an email to Microsoft’s Executive Staff and his direct reports.  He also posted it at <http://ozzie.net/docs/dawn-of-a-new-day/>.  I believe that this piece is a “must-read” for everyone who is, or who aspires to be, a university IT leader.  Ozzie has a good track record at

Leaders Develop Daily, Not in a Day

By: Jim Bruce
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I came across today's reading, "Leaders Develop Daily, Not in a Day", last week in John Maxwell's GIANT Impact newsletter.  Maxwell is an internationally know writer -- over 19 million books sold -- and speaker on leadership.

His's thesis in this piece is very straightforward:  "Unless we set aside time to grow into the person we desire to be, we will not reach our potential."  Leaders need to commit themselves to the process of growth, if indeed they want to develop as leaders.

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