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6 Dec 2008

Total Leadership: Why I am Reading this Book

Filed under: Total Leadership — Tags: , — Cat @ 8:23 am

The first recommended exercise is “why I am reading the book on Total Leadership and what I hope to get out of it”.

As I said in my Total Leadership introduction I bought this book just as it came out because I heard an interview with Dr Friedman on NPR that struck a chord with me.  I am always interested in finding ways to be more successful.  Despite that, it turned out that I was not willing to carry out the exercises recommended in the book to become a Total Leader. Suddenly, this week I am eager to get started.

I am just restarting an academic career that was derailed by my being denied tenure at a research university.  This time I want to succeed while still having a personal life outside of work.  Fortunately, I work at a community college where I concentrate on teaching which I love.  However, giving up research means that I am concerned that I am not going to reach my full potential as a scientist.  I have lots to offer my profession but since I struggle to present my work successfully I have failed to convince many of my colleagues of my value as a scientist as well as a teacher.

I am hoping that this book will allow me to me to articulate my goals so that my colleagues, and I, recognize my successes and that they help my profession.


1 Comment »

  1. I believe in your value as a scientist. Of course, I also don’t understand some of what you do, so that makes it less encouraging. I look forward to hearing more about your journey with the book. Improved self-articulation is always a good thing.

    Comment by Lisa — 7 Dec 2008 @ 5:18 pm

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