A Note from Ujima Donalson,
Even if youíre not in school or your particular job isnít affected by the vagaries of the academic calendar, thereís just something about summertime. From the array of fresh fruit at the market to the golden sunshine well into the evening hours, the world presents its abundance to us. I find myself feeling a touch of that ďschoolís out for summerĒ joy and an extra burst of appreciation for life.
Maybe youíve found yourself taking more walks, lingering after your al fresco dinner on the back patio, or engaging in a long conversation with a neighbor while watering your plants after work. Meanwhile, the work of a manager never takes a vacation—but you can bring some summertime habits into your work life.
Why not bring more summer into your workday by holding a staff meeting outside or taking a walking one-on-one with a willing employee? Being outside stimulates the senses, inspires a fresh perspective, and simultaneously relaxes us. As consultant Denise DeLuca explores in this issueís feature article, leaders have a lot to learn from nature. Although that concept may seem far-fetched, the sciences have long looked to nature for innovative solutions.
Another way to bring summer into your work is with your extracurricular reading. Whether your usual beach-book fare is a fluffy novel or quick-paced thriller, Iíd encourage you to consider the recommendations in Leadership by the Book. Although you wonít find any whirlwind romances or transcontinental intrigue among these books, you will find engaging reads that wouldnít be too taxing for a day at the beach.
As I sit down to sip my iced tea, Iím sure to be eagerly devouring Crucial Accountability: Tools for Resolving Violated Expectations, Broken Commitments, and Bad Behavior. This book is from Kerry Patterson and the other folks who brought us the bestseller Crucial Conversations back in 2002. Iím excited to read Crucial Accountability because itís become clear to me in my work that leaders who donít hold themselves and others accountable damage their credibility and integrity. Iíll be anxious to tell you more about this in our fall issue of the Leading Edge. In the meantime, I hope you make the most of whatís left of our beautiful, bountiful summer!