Published Articles

Below are some of the articles written by Bob Rue, Principal and Co-Founder of Myers Rue Training and Consulting. Click on the links below to view the full PDF versions of articles.

When Leaders Fail

Living with the Consequences of Missed Coaching Opportunities

PM Magazine

"I've been fired." The words struck like thunder since the person on the other end of my email was a colleague whom I had grown to admire, even though I had never seen the quality of her work. Still, the person whom I had gotten to know appreciated continuous learning, was approachable, smiled easily, and had a natural curiosity about management and organizations. "I'm not bitter, I'm kind of relieved," she continued. "I knew my boss believed that I wasn't worth training."

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Values-based Leadership

Determining Our Personal Values

PM Magazine

Values are the essence of who we are as human beings. Our values get us out of bed every morning, help us select the work we do, the company we keep, the relationships we build, and, ultimately, the groups and organizations we lead. Our values influence every decision and move we make, even to thepoint of how we choose to make our decisions.

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Evaluate Your Meetings' Effectiveness

"Meetings, meetings, and more meetings! It seems that our only job anymore is to sit through meetings!" complained a member of my client's team. His complaint is not unique. Many of us are spending more time in meetings and less time "doing real work." Yet, the role of supervisors, middle managers, and executives in organizations that are flattening their structures and creating greater inclusion is increasingly that of a "coordinator" rather than a "producer" of goods or services. Without this continuous coordination, a flatter, horizontally integrated organization simply cannot function. Hence, coordination meetings are a major part of the job for many of us.

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Resisting Change and the "Team Player"

"My only problem is that I can't get anybody to do what I want!" exclaimed a manager who had just been questioned by his boss for missing a deadline.

"In my last performance review, my boss said I wasn't a 'team player' because I question and challenge too much," said a participant in one of my workshops. "So now, I just shut up, even when I have information that could be helpful. I'm tired of being hammered for pushing back."

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