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When this is all over and we're cleaning the dust from our desks, let's remember to not sink into our old comfort zone. Let's ask ourselves now, how are our adaptations going to influence the ways that we lead our teams and lead up to our leaders? How do we hold on to our heightened sense of empathy to springboard our relationship management? Most importantly, what changes should we lead so that we are better prepared for next time? In fact, what changes can we start putting into place now?

Danielle Hilmes

These are challenging times for all of us, but hopefully you are able to find your own silver linings amidst the disruption you are facing.  Here is what I am learning about leadership from COVID-19:  Inclusion, Leadership Styles, and Networking...

I’m going to join in with Libby and share my reflection on the same topic: leadership in the midst of crisis. I agree with Libby’s point about the difficulties we’re all dealing with, and the gaps and vulnerabilities that may have exposed in IT architecture. We’re certainly not alone in that (I’m looking at you, Zoom). Like Libby, I’ve also been thinking of the leadership principles we’ve discussed, and how increasingly relevant they’ve become during this crisis. One topic in particular keeps coming up for me: managing stress.

I’ve struggled over the last few days to think about what seemed valuable to reflect upon. (There are soooo many things!) Even though we’re all going through this pandemic together, each of us have and/or are having very different experiences, and those experiences are shaping how we respond to all things that are rapidly evolving, sometimes on a daily basis.

As I write this I hope that you and all your families are safe and well during this worldwide pandemic.  Many of us are now sheltering in place, working from home, and helping our institutions successfully do distance learning.  This is something most of our schools have never done before.  It’s a challenge, but we as IT leaders are an integral part of its success. 

... more on Gratitude

By: Jim Bruce
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Last week the Tuesday Reading, On Being Grateful,1 focused on showing appreciation and called attention to a quote from Robert Emmons, University of California, Davis psychologist and author: “Feeling gratitude starts off with the realization of what we have received from others and what it has cost them.”2
 
This led me to suggest four ways that we can each show gratitude:

Just How Does One Listen?

By: Jim Bruce
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“Humble listening" is among the top four characteristics of leader.1  —  Jeff Immelt, Former Chairman and CEO, GE.
 
“If there is any one secret of success, it lies in the ability to get the other person’s point of view and see things from that person’s angle as well as from your own.”2,3     —   Henry Ford.
 

Changing Culture, Growing Leaders

By: Jim Bruce
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Today’s Tuesday Reading is an essay by Monika R. Dressler. Director of Academic Technologies, in the LSA Technology Services group at the University of Michigan’s College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. She is an alumnus of the MOR Leaders Program. Her essay first appeared as a program reflection earlier this year. [Monika may be reached at <mdressle@umich.edu>.] 
 

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