What I'm Reading, August 24
Thursday, August 24, 2017
Students of leadership (and every great leader is a student of leadership) should enjoy this installment of “What I’m Reading,” as well as those interested in the factors that contribute most to success in education. I can’t think of two subjects more worthy of my interest.
“How to lead a business through non-business challenges”
Dr. John Hillen has worn many "hats" - army officer, corporate executive, college board member, corporate board director, university professor, and government official. So he knows a great deal about the wisdom of leadership based on his first hand experience in multiple arenas. In this article he advises today's executives to enhance their sagacity so that they may be better prepared to lead in ambiguous circumstances with no clear answers as opposed to relying solely upon their technical skills. A good program to assist in this growth process is attending the Aspen Executive Seminar where attendees read great texts meant to help them discern the role of the leader in a "good society.” I have both participated in and moderated the seminar and whole-heatedly agree with John's recommendation.
“Google Spent 2 Years Studying 180 Teams. The Most Successful Ones Shared These 5 Traits”
Our cabinet at RMU has worked diligently with a former Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) expert, Sara King, to improve our performance as a team. Google's findings in this article are quite similar to what we discovered.
“Researchers Say You Should Go to a College in a Big City. Here’s Why”
Although many factors go into selecting the best college for a given student, research now exists that attending a school in a thriving urban are like Pittsburgh may boost earning power by 10 to 15 percent.
“Netflix’s CEO backs a math education program that works like a streaming service”
My classmate from the Aspen Institute Henry Crown Fellowship, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, has always worked on the cutting edge of predictive analytics and now he turns his attention to personalizing math education for our nation's youth. We are following his lead here at RMU, having joined the Student Success Collaborative, which uses a proven approach to leverage predictive analytics and technology.