At this point in the year, I have held to two of my resolutions. The first being trying to out read Tim Cowlishaw. I have finished off 6 books in the new year and am in the middle of reading 2 others. Finished books are the following:
- Along Came a Spider – James Patterson
- Kiss the Girls – James Patterson
- The Radical LEAP – Stever Farber
- Aesop’s Fables – Aesop and translated by some British dude
- The Three Signs of a Miserable Job: A Fable for Managers (And Their Employees) – Patrick Lencioni
- The Five Temptations of a CEO: A Leadership Fable – Patrick Lencioni
And I read a graphic novel, The Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Attacks by Max Brooks, but I am not counting that in the mix as it was mostly pictures and thought bubbles. I am in the middle of reading Jack and Jill by James Patterson and Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner. I tried to start reading The Iliad by Homer, but I think I need to find another version. The one I downloaded for free from Amazon was a disaster. I am not sure if it was the conversion or that is just how the novel reads. I have a hard copy of the book, so I think I will turn to that and check. After my current books, I think I am going to delve into Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels and The Girl…Series by Steig Larsson. I might take in the not so sequel to Freakonomics, Super Freakonimics, by the same authors of the previous book.
The other resolution I have held up is being a better manager. Well, at least I think so. I have tried to bring the students more into the actual process and have been giving them more responsibility for making decisions and planning. We have not set up daily measureable items for them at this point, and it is probably something I will be starting with the staff next semester through training. However, more formal agendas and tasks for the next meeting have helped to make the weekly meetings have more importance than just a general powwow. I am happy with the direction we are heading and my management style has gotten better, again in my opinion.
I am flying into Washington D.C. at the end of the week to help facilitate Phi Sigma Sigma’s Leadership Conference. I am really excited to have the opportunity to help out and work with students outside of my institution on a topic that I am passionate about. I am going to chalk this up as being a part of my resolution to do some consulting. I hope to write a little bit about the weekend once I return or on the flight back.
Until next time…