What’s Dennis Reading? – 2/25/15

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5 Ways to Become More Self-Aware
by Anthony K. Tjan, Harvard Business Review

Tjan argues you can’t be a good leader without self-awareness. How does one become more self-aware? He suggests meditation, writing down your key plans and priorities, taking psychometric tests, asking trusted friends and getting regular feedback at work.

The Future of Higher Education
by Janna Anderson, Jan Lauren Boyles and Lee Rainie, Pew Research Center

Obtaining knowledge is no longer solely synonymous with the college campus. Technology has allowed for things like digital textbooks and high-quality streaming video to give students a vast amount of knowledge for little to no cost. This has sparked a re-examination of the modern university’s mission and its role within society.  A Pew Research Center survey in 2011 found 75% of adults think college is too expensive for most Americans to afford. Similarly, 57% said the higher education system in the U.S. fails to provide students with good value for the money they and their families spend.

The Art of Crafting a 15-Word Strategy Statement 
by Alessandro Di Fiore, Harvard Business Review

A strategy statement must identify the target customer, the value proposition and how the latter fits two requirements of focus: what you want to offer to the target customer and what you don’t, as well as difference: why your value proposition is divergent from competitive alternatives.

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