Effective leaders know when to be silent, creating space for others to be their best selves.
BiographyFor 40 years, James (Jim) Bruce served on the faculty of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology culminating his career there serving as professor of electrical engineering and, for 20 years, as MIT's first vice president for information systems and CIO. Following retirement from MIT, he has collaborated with MOR Associates, where he is now senior fellow and executive coach, to develop and deliver the MOR Leaders Program to some 2,500 individuals at this nation's leading research-focused universities. Today, he enjoys an on-going association with IT through an opportunity to influence the skills and competencies the next generation of IT leaders will have for them to successfully address this ever-changing environment. In 2016, Internet2 named him the first recipient of the William "Brit" Kirwan Mentorship Award, established to recognize individuals singled out by their peers for their work to develop IT leaders across higher education. As CIO at MIT, Bruce was responsible for directing the evolution, integration, and effective use of computing and communication resources throughout MIT. Early in his tenure as CIO, MIT focused, with extensive support from the Digital Equipment Corporation and IBM, on developing and introducing a campus-wide distributed computing environment for education, known today as Athena. This work was important in the early history and development of desktop and distributed computing. In the mid-1990s, he led the redesign of MIT's administrative processes and systems, along with the installation of the university's first comprehensive enterprise reporting system. In the early 1990s, Bruce, along with the CIOs of Harvard University and Boston University, were founders of NEARnet, the first IP-based academic and research network for the New England states. He later chaired the Network Planning and Policy Advisory Committee for Internet2 and was a member of the board of trustees for the University Corporation for Advanced Internet Development. He has also served as a member of corporate IT advisory boards and committees. Earlier in his career at MIT, he was director of MIT's Industrial Liaison Program, where he led MIT's program to provide industry with efficient, timely access to the university's research and staff resources. At the end of his tenure as director, the program provided services to some 300 companies in the United States, the United Kingdom, Europe, Japan, and South America. From 1971 to 1978, Bruce was associate dean of MIT's School or Engineering, the university's largest school. During this time, he also served as interim dean for one year. Bruce's extended family includes his wife, Eleanor MacLaren Bruce, their three adult children and their spouses, nine grandchildren, a grandchild's spouse, and a great-granddaughter.
By articulating a set of questions and answering them daily, you can raise your awareness of how well you are meeting your own goals.
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