Talent Management

Are You Sure You’re Not A Bad Boss?

By: Jim Bruce
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Today’s Tuesday Reading “Are You Sure You’re Not A Bad Boss?” first appeared in the Harvard Business Review’s Blog Network.  Jack Zenger and Joseph Folkman are, respectively, the CEO and the president of Zenger | Folkman, a leadership development consultancy.  They are co-authors of the October 2011 HBR article “Making Yourself Indispensable,” and the book How to Be Exceptional: Drive Leadersh

I Was Impossible, but Then I Saw How to Lead

By: Jim Bruce
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For today’s Tuesday Reading, we turn to an Adam Bryant interview of Brown University President Ruth J. Simmons which appeared in the December 3, 2011 NYTimes.  IT Leaders Coach Greg Anderson called this interview – which can be found at <http://nyti.ms/tw4lR0> – to my attention.  It seemed to be a particularly fitting way to begin the New Year.  

Fundamentally, the column is President Simmons’ leadership journey.  Some of the key lessons I found in the piece are:

Get Involved without Being a Micromanager: 3 Tips

By: Jim Bruce
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I think we are all micromanagers at heart.  This week’s reading is a short piece by John Baldoni, “Get Involved without Being a Micromanager:  3 Tips” which recently appeared in BNET’s leadership blog.

We all dive deeply into the details;  sometimes when we are the only one with the necessary skills and expertise.  But, more often it’s counterproductive and even harmful.  And, too often we do so when we need to feel that we are personally making a difference.

Baldoni provides three guidelines to help us decide when to dive in:

One Small Step for You – One Giant Leap for Employees

By: Jim Bruce
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Today’s reading is a short piece by Jeff Haden, “One Small Step for You – One Giant Leap for Employees”.  Haden learned much of what he knows about management as he worked his way up the printing business from forklift driver to manager of a 250-employee book plant.  The rest he picked up from ghost writing books for some of the smartest CEOs he knows in business.

In the article, Hayden provides two short personal stories of bosses he has had congratulating him on his work.

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.

Thank You for Doing Your Job

By: Jim Bruce
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In today's reading "Thank You for Doing Your Job", Whitney Johnson argues the value of saying thank you for routine work that contributes to the organization's well being.

Today, there is too little praise or appreciation voiced in our work environments.  In fact, I remember an organization that almost prided itself in being a "praise-free" zone.  Yet genuine gratitude goes a long way to engage people and bind them together, to say nothing about strengthening an building relationships.

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