Lists and more lists!

As the year comes to a close the lists have begun to appear everywhere. My music radio station (yes, I still listen to the radio and not Pandora!) is creating the top 100 songs of 2012; the papers I read are compiling the top stories of the year, and my twitter and Facebook accounts are filling up with lists large and small. Many are humorous, quite a few are interesting, some are just plain fun and a few feel powerful. We have just started our blog so we cannot even fill a list of our top ten posts of the year. That will have to wait for next year!

Instead of giving you a list, I am going to create my own list for my leadership development using what I have learned from earlier posts and invite you to do the same. I will post my list and I encourage you to post your list to HigherEDge over the next two weeks. Anita encouraged us to take a bite of P.I.E. (December 7 post), Dee Anne reminded us of the power of questions (December 14 post) and I suggested shifting your perspective to what is right about ourselves and what is right about our teams (December 12 post). As I wrap up 2012 and move into 2013, I will be emphasizing my strengths and the strengths of those around me to provide the highest value leadership development expertise, resources, and support to leaders across our system. To do that my P.I.E. recipe list (Performance, Image and Exposure) includes:

  1. Reach out to leaders across divisions and functions and ask them what they need to be wildly successful in this new higher education environment and how we can partner to accomplish it.
  2. Enhance my collaboration by scheduling feedback and dialogue time with my colleagues and asking them to help me recognize my blind spots.
  3. Manage my non-strength area of linear project management through the use of simple project updates with my boss.
  4. Ask the people on my team what they need from me to help them be successful in 2013.

What does your list look like? I am curious to read what strengths each of you will be polishing as we move into 2013 and what you will be doing to bake your P.I.E. Please take a few minutes and post your list here.

Todd Thorsgaard


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