A Memorable Day Hiking in Acadia National Park
I was on my way to Baxter State Park for some mid-summer hiking, when I made a spur of the moment decision to go to Acadia National Park for a day hike to avoid inclement weather forecast for Baxter. Located on Mount Desert Island, and encompassing Bar Harbor, an iconic Maine seaside resort, Acadia National Park is a beautiful place to visit and hike in.
Having been to Acadia in the fall of 2012 (as part of a reconnaissance mission to scope out the park) and driven to the top of Cadillac Mountain on a picture perfect day, I was looking forward to hiking Acadia in September. To that end, I had eagerly poured over Hiking Acadia National Park: A Guide to the Park’s Greatest Hiking Adventures, a well written and beautifully illustrated book, and identified a number of hikes that sounded like they were within my capability. On the top of my list was the Cadillac North Ridge Trail, which I understood was of moderate difficulty, only a 4.4 mile round trip from the trailhead to the summit of Cadillac Mountain and back and rewarded the successful hiker with some excellent views of Bar Harbor, the Maine coastline, and the surrounding mountains from open ridges on the last part of the climb. It sounded perfect!
The Modern Leadership Model: A Creative Synthesis
How do you lead? Do you plan, organize, staff, exert influence, and control? Or is that the definition of management? Do you focus on providing strategic direction and leave the implementation to others? Or do you dive into the details of day-to-day operations to ensure that people do things right? Do you one-minute manage, or do you focus on moving the cheese?
The answer is a resounding “None of the above.” In fact, the answer lies in a creative synthesis of time-honored management practices, contemporary leadership principles, and a few secret ingredients from the experts in change management.
Collaborative Leadership in Action: A Breakthrough Meeting
After years of study and experience in conducting hundreds of meetings, I developed a simple, common sense meeting management process called the Breakthrough Meeting System.
The Breakthrough Meeting System increases motivation and enhances productivity by giving participants a higher level of involvement in all aspects of a meeting, from premeeting planning through post-meeting follow up. Work done in the meeting to identify, prioritize, and resolve key issues by consensus is integrated with participants' ongoing work. This participative, priority-focused management process leads to breakthrough results.
The breakthrough meeting principles are so simple that you can start putting them into practice immediately. Here are some of the things that the system will do for your meetings:
The Dissertation is a Marathon, not a Sprint!
A surprising number of doctoral students, perhaps because their course work is so carefully scheduled by the university, think that the dissertation is a sprint to the finish line. Nothing could be further from the truth.
One good analogy is that a dissertation is like a marathon.