News from Leader to Leader
Managing Editor Bruce Rosenstein Honored by Association of Independent Information Professionals
October 5, 2015
Congratulations to Bruce Rosenstein, Managing Editor of Leader to Leader, who was recently named the winner of the 2016 Roger Summit Award by the Association of Independent Information Professionals (AIIP).
Past Presidents of the AIIP independently fund the Roger Summit Award Lecture for the purpose of sponsoring an industry leader to attend and speak at the annual AIIP Conference. The intent of the award is to attract an individual who will inspire and challenge AIIP members, contributing to the continuing education and development of the attendees. The person selected each year is an innovative thinker or is able to present ideas in a manner that stretches the minds and imaginations of attendees. Roger Summit, founder of Dialog (now ProQuest Dialog), is considered one of the fathers of online information.
Hesselbein and Company
Serving Our Employees and Volunteers: Teaching, Mentoring and Spirit-Building in the Workplace
are a number of disconcerting phenomena that characterize today's
workplace in the United States. One that is particularly troubling is
the depleted energy and degraded spirit of our most important asset—our
Finding causes would be easy, and two plausible
possibilities come to mind immediately. First, although the Bureau of
Labor Statistics says the most recent recession to the U.S. economy
officially ended in June 2009, economists and experience tell us the
impacts and recovery, like the recession itself, are years in the
making. Besides the devastating financial and economic effects, we could
blame the recession for draining the emotional and motivational psyche
of employees across the country. Employee loyalty is down as is loyalty
and satisfaction from customers; passion is hard to find, because it
seems business processes aren't the only thing technology has
“automated,” and connectedness and community have been supplanted by
self-interest and isolation. But, if that isn't enough, another more
subtle, albeit just as demoralizing, culprit can be indicted. We could
blame the slow deterioration of our employees' emotional and mental
wellness in the “profit-first, double-digit returns” (read greed)
that pervades the corporate strategies and policies of some businesses.
In these cases, the push for profits seems to be without consideration
for the impact on people, and can result in job layoffs and
eliminations; but this disregard can certainly have the same deleterious
effects on people who are left in the workplace after others have been
Stephanie L. Foster
My Leadership Lesson Recently Relearned: Positivity as an Intentional Leader Bias
December 26, 2013
It is a privilege to join Leader to Leader readers in the study and sharing of lessons learned and advancements in leadership development. I am a recently retired colonel from the U.S. Army with more than twenty-five years of military service. As a graduate of the United States Military Academy, the principles of leadership espoused and practiced in the military have significantly shaped my professional life.
Over the course of my military career, I have had the distinct privilege of working with diverse populations of professionals, including fellow Army, Air Force, Marine, and Navy military members, Department of Defense civilians, and hosts of nonmilitary professionals, such as contractors, scientists, engineers, researchers, corporate leaders, and academics. To be expected, the heterogeneity of my teammates grew as my rank and responsibilities increased. When I began my career as a second lieutenant, I was responsible for a small group of truck drivers—all military and of lesser rank and longer military experience than me. Twenty-two years later, my command responsibilities as a colonel included leadership of a matrix organization of military, Department of Defense civilian, and contractor personnel entrusted with the provision of advanced target acquisition and laser equipment for military members. Once again, my workforce possessed greater experience than me in the technical development of the command’s commodities.