In today’s reading “Back from a vacation?”, David Rock, founder of the NeuroLeadership Institute and CDO of Results Coaching Systems, reports on research indicating that we are more likely to solve really difficult problems when we have a fresh or quiet mind. Specifically the research points out that when faced with a new problem we apply strategies that worked in prior experiences. This works well if the new problem is similar to an old one, but is far less likely to work if there is little relationship between the two problems. What happens is that th
Today’s Tuesday Reading, “Keeping Pace with Technology” comes from ITLP IX’s Vision Team – Beth-Anne Sullivan (Northeastern University), Terry Tatum (University of Texas), Elease Welch (New York University), Randy Standridge (University of Texas), Todd Rheinfrank (Carnegie Mellon University), and Tom Lewis (University of Washington). Their graduation was last summer and since then they have continued to write, challenging their colleagues in the next stages of their leadership journey.
In "The Power of Persuasion", Susan Cramm Cramm argues that persuading and inspiring others starts with your character and credibility which you have established through personal interactions. She believes that effective leaders get things done through others and, in doing so, are able to create a powerful role for themselves, their organizations and technology. In the piece she suggests that talking to stakeholders, providing help, interacting with their staff and clients, understanding their work, empathizing with
David Storm, in the January 2007 issue of InformationWeek calls our attention to "Five Disruptive Technologies to Watch in 2007".
Today's reading is the Work-Life Balance column from the December 19, 2006 issue of The Economist. The column, which can be found at,
has two short notes: "Consumer technologies are invading corporate computing" and "Executive toys."
Today, we welcome the participants in Group VI of the IT Leaders Program who are starting their first workshop. Welcome to the Tuesday Readings, gleanings from my readings that I hope you might find interesting, provocative, and otherwise useful.
As I was reading the current issue of Fast Company, I ran across a
longer column reporting on a conversation with Joe Kraus on what he
now knows. Kraus was a founder of Excite that in 1996 became one of the
biggest tech IPOs ever. At 33 he is not starting Jotspot, a hosted
Internet service that allows anyone to create and edit Web pages.
I thought you might find his lessons instructive.
One of the things that is becoming more important to all of us is
"virtual communication," whether one-on-one or with teams. Some of
us are old hands at this, others are still learning. I've copied
below three recent columns on the subject from Point Lookout, a free
weekly email newsletter produced by Chaco Canyon Consulting. I've
found the columns to be direct, usually insightful, and often quite
helpful. (Back issues of the newsletter can be found at