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Interesting Reads
December 3, 2010
Written By: Jensen Consulting Admin

Last week Michelle Clark talked about finding personal time during the holidays, and spending your time catching up with your reading is a good first step.  If the stack of books on your desk is too daunting, here are a few articles to get you started:

Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither are leaders
In a recent issue of Leadership Wired, John Maxwell suggests the primary difference between a good leader and a great one is the commitment to continual personal growth.  A good chance to reflect on how you work on personal growth. 

You are the biggest obstacle to change
It is true.  As leaders we often get in the way of meaningful change because we don’t truly understand the psychology behind it.  This McKinsey Quarterly article offers up the belief that it takes a lot more than common sense to build an effective change initiative.  The authors argue change happens when leaders embrace the seemingly irrational to be successful. 

Looking for more about how to effectively create change?  Check out the book Switch, which we did a deep dive into with our Executive Roundtables.   We also talked about it a couple of weeks ago in this blog entry.

Stop the bus! I want to get off!
We talk about getting the right people on the bus (and even in the right seats), but what happens when someone valuable wants to leave?  This Fast Company blog reprints a Harvard Business Review article that provides an overview of ways to manage your talent without giving away the house.  Practical thoughts as we look at an improving economic environment.

Again, these articles are from sources that we frequently read.  What out there has caught your eye?  Leave your suggestions in the comment section.


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