Blogs of Note for the Week Ending September 12, 2014
Every day I learn something that advances my leadership knowledge and competency. Here are quotes from 5 blogs that got my attention this week. I don’t benefit from reposting any of these posts. Sometimes, I don’t even know the writer. However, I do read and personally grow my knowledge by reading posts that challenge my thinking and get me to think outside my old paradigm. It’s not important that you agree with any of these writers. It’s only important that you think. I hope you will find some new sources of inspiration with these posts. Here’s the next group of 5 in the series:
Martina G. McGowan
The Time Is Running Out! Think About Living Creatively
Fear is an interesting thing. It can drive us forward toward doing things. But, much more often, it stops us from doing many of the important things that matter to us. Fear is a useful tool because it lets us know that there is some danger, or at least some degree of risk in our next step. The next step along our journeys in pursuit of what we want often is just outside of our comfort zone.
Our innate fight or flight response tells us that there is a stressor, even though our logical minds do not want to view it that way. To paraphrase Frank Herbert, fear is indeed the mind-killer. But it is also the spirit-killer. If we hold ourselves in check and never stray outside of what is comfortable and easy, it won’t remain comfortable for long. Comfort will morph into laziness and stagnation. Our brilliance will dull under the drudgery of doing the same things week in and week out.
There are gifts locked inside of you. There are things you want to let out. There are marks in the passage of time you wish to make. There is a brilliant shine you wish to share. You know these things to be true.
THE NEW HABIT CHALLENGE: CREATE A BETTER TO-DO LIST
THE SHORT ANSWER: YES.
Just making an exhaustive list of all the things you need to do isn’t enough to help you actually accomplish them. So, in the hopes of leading a more productive, organized life, we’ve gathered three essential ways to create a better to-do list:
1. BREAK PROJECTS INTO MORE MANAGEABLE TASKS
You know that feeling you get when you have a really big project or deadline looming?
How to Master the Art of Designing Social Media Goals
We know it sounds cheesy, but to get the most out of social media, you first need to know what you’re trying to accomplish. “Getting X followers on Twitter” or “growing Facebook fans by X%” may sound great on paper, but goals like these miss the mark if they’re not connected to something more fundamental.
Let’s try something. Close your eyes. Ask yourself, “What are my personal and professional goals right now?”
Take a minute to brainstorm a list, and then prioritize it. What are your top goals? Do you want to land a great job? Find new clients? Perhaps network with like-minded thinkers or support a political cause?
There are many ways to accomplish goals like these, and in our increasingly networked world, social media is an important one. Yet without careful planning, it can also lead us astray. Many of us have been guilty of confusing the means with the ends: we turn being great at social media into the goal, rather than a way of achieving our goals.
For example, you can have millions of followers, but what’s the point if they only interact with your Buzzfeed shares and not your insightful industry analysis? For most of us, there’s more value to be found in smaller audiences than respect your opinions, circulate your topical content, and send new opportunities your way.
The Entrepreneurs’ Guide to Getting What You Want
Master negotiators say the negotiation doesn’t truly begin until the parties reach impasse. Back at the dawn of my negotiation career, this made as much sense to me as a zen koan. You know, like the sound of one hand clapping. Ten years after leaving legal practice, hundreds of mediations, scores of speaking and training gigs and dozens of consulting clients later, I know from experience that the word “no” signals the beginning, not the end, of any value-creating negotiation.
People don’t like conflict. I’ve been told by marketing gurus that selling conflict resolution to the general public is a tricky proposition because people’s primary response to conflict is denial.
3 Ways to Break Trust and 1 Way to Build It
The conversation on leadership intentions sparked good conversations. Samantha Hall asked a key question about how we can really evaluate our intentions accurately and honestly, and Alli Polin posed a key point on what happens if an intention is good but the action is not. In other words, what happens when intentions don’t match?
Samantha’s comments resulted in my post on Lead Change – How Do You Check Your Leadership Intentions? – and All’s comment instigated this post on actions and intentions.
The crux of the matter is impact. However our leadership intentions and actions come together, there is a resulting impact from the combination.
Thinking through this question and point seemed like a ripe opportunity for a two by two matrix (one of my favorite ways to analyze a concept, challenge, or question!).
The Transformational Leadership Strategist TM