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September 2012

September 12, 2012
Written By: Pete Petersen

Occasionally I find a great editorial that genuinely gets me excited; one of those that I forward to 35-40 people that might share my enthusiasm. Yesterday was the day; a New York Times article written by Thomas Friedman.

In a nutshell Friedman said that the phrase currently used by President Obama and first minted by Bill Clinton in 1992 — that if you just “work hard and play by the rules” you should expect that the American system will deliver you a decent life and a chance for your children to have a better one ... is out of date. The truth, he says is that if you want a decent job that will lead to a decent life today you have to work harder, regularly reinvent yourself, obtain at least some form of postsecondary education, make sure that you’re engaged in lifelong learning and play by the rules. The reason, Friedman goes on to say, is that the world of 1992 is gone. Technology and globalization are wiping out lower-skilled jobs faster, while steadily raising the skill level required for new jobs. More than ever now, lifelong learning is the key to getting into, and staying in, the middle class.

I thought to myself ... Friedman is spot on. Workers, students and our children do need to do more to compete in the future. Then I began to think: am I reinventing myself, am I continuing to learn, am I working harder and am I adapting to the changing marketplace? I didn’t like all my answers.  Do we hit a point in our careers that we think are exempt from challenging personal growth? Where as leaders we think that reinvention and personal development is only for the people that work for us or the other person?

I think that may often be the case but the reality is that just “working hard and playing by the rules" is outdated for all of us.

September 6, 2012
Written By: Jensen Consulting

Over the years, Jensen Consulting has worked closely with business leaders to provide access to meaningful leadership development opportunities. This fall we will offer two exciting programs for senior level executives who are looking for ways to enhance their leadership performance.    

Executive Roundtables

The Executive Roundtables are a group of peers who are willing to help each other solve the big problems and leverage the opportunities in this complex and challenging business environment.  
During the past 15 years, we've facilitated hundreds of Roundtable sessions with more than 130 executives from a diverse group of industries. Generally, Roundtable clients ...  

  • Don't stand still. Many have led their business through significant growth and/or to a position of industry leadership. A number have moved on to larger roles or larger businesses and many have encouraged protégés and colleagues to join a Roundtable.  

  • Are committed to organizational success.  

  • Listen to the feedback from their peers, and go back to their businesses and implement many of the ideas they get.  

  • Provide one another with genuine, meaningful, constructive feedback. They challenge one another's thinking, perspective and performance in a way that just doesn't happen anywhere else.  

  • Hold one another accountable - and they appreciate it.  

  • Our clients place a high value on the long term, high trust relationships they build with peers.

Sounding interesting? There is limited availability for upcoming Roundtable sessions. For more information, contact Russell Jensen at 515-875-4824.

Leadership Through People Skills (LTPS)
This new Jensen Consulting program is being offered in partnership with Psychological Associates, a highly regarded leadership development firm in St. Louis. Our colleague Dr. Michelle Clark will lead this impressive program that focuses on interpersonal leadership skills; understanding one's own style and behavior to read and analyze the behavior of others, and improving one's abilities to communicate, coach, collaborate and resolve conflict as a leader.
The Leadership Through People Skills program is intended for managers and senior executives.Participants work in small groups of four, which means we can accommodate up to four or five people from any one organization. We also work to match participants up with others at their same level in each small group.
For more information, contact Russell Jensen at 515.875.4824.

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