August 2017
VIDEO OF THE MONTH: "3 Ways to Plan for the (Very) Long Term"

We increasingly make decisions based on short-term goals and gains -- an approach that makes the future more uncertain and less safe. How can we learn to think about and plan for a better future in the long, grandchildren-scale long term? Ari Wallach shares three tactics for thinking beyond the immediate in this informative TED Talk video

ARTICLE OF THE MONTH: "In Making Decisions, Are You an Ant or a Grasshopper?"

In one of Aesop's famous fables, we are introduced to the grasshopper and the ant, whose decisions about how to spend their time affect their lives and future. The jovial grasshopper has a blast all summer singing and playing while the dutiful ant toils away preparing for the winter. 

Findings in a recent publication by UConn psychology researcher Susan Zhu and colleagues add to a growing body of evidence that, although it may seem less appealing, the ant's gratification-delaying strategy should not be viewed in a negative light. 

"The decision strategy can be harder or more time-consuming in the moment, but it appears to have the best outcome in the long run, even if it isn't fun," says Zhu. 

The ant is what the researchers would call a maximizer. A maximizer is someone who makes decisions that they expect will impact themselves and others most favorably: they seek to "maximize"  the positive and make the best choices imaginable. Yet the ant may consider so many variables that the same tendency to maximize benefit may lead to difficulty in making decisions. Previous research suggested this, with maximizers being less happy overall, having higher stress levels, and possibly regretting decisions they made. 

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"Against the Tide" by Rear Adm. Dave Oliver - Book Reviewed by TLP Cohort #5 member

This book illustrates several key leadership lessons and management techniques that will be of value to TLP Cohort members. 
The book's focus is on Admiral Rickover's management techniques, which he used to change the culture and performance of the U.S. Navy Submarine Fleet. There is a quote in the book that states, "policies and procedures are the mechanism that makes weak employees strong." 

Admiral Rickover was an excellent engineer; however, he could not have accomplished what he did alone. He created a staff that leveraged his expertise and supplemented his weaknesses. The U.S. Navy is still utilizing the management framework that emphasizes policies and procedures to excel today, long since he has retired and passed away. 
5 Interview Questions that Will Help You Hire Better People 

"Most employers are approaching job interviews all wrong," says business consultant Anthony Tjan. To identify the candidates who have substance and not just smarts, here are better questions to ask.
While the number of questions that can be asked on a job interview are infinite, almost all of them fall into one of two categories: questions about competency or questions about character. Competency questions are aimed at establishing a person's skills, abilities and qualifications; character questions are intended to illuminate their intrinsic values and personality. Even though both types of questions are important, "we're biased to the competency side," says Anthony Tjan, a business consultant and CEO of the Cue Ball Group, a Boston-based venture capitol firm. "And we're neglecting important attributes like truth, compassion and wisdom."
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"The function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers"
- Ralph Nader

The 2017 T2 Training Calendar is Available

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Module 3: Public Speaking, Presentation Skills & Effective Meetings

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Innovative Leadership: Developing a Learning Culture
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