Had a bit of adventuring and some new topics I got into this week. Here’s what I dipped into.
1. “When People Ask You How You Are Doing, Stop Replying with ‘Busy’” Kind something we all might unconsciously do from time to time. I know I have. This article made me tackle it differently. Sends a really bad message to the person in front of you and makes you look like your unhappy when you reply with “busy” as your go to. Not appearing to have enough time as a leader to my team is not where I want them think I am. I needed to practice some of the article’s remedies stat. https://heleo.us11.list-manage.com/track/click?u=a6579e21df5f4156ea7a7c3bb&id=93e768edc3&e=090cce7857
2. We attack our problems from the wrong angle a lot of the time. We try to overcome our emotional problems with logic and it just doesn’t work that way. Read a great interview that the Editors at the Next Big Idea Club did with Mark Manson. How conflict can help us find meaning in life over drive us under. Mark says, “Ultimately, what defines us is our behavior, and our behavior is defined by our top values.” Check it out: https://heleo.us11.list-manage.com/track/click?u=a6579e21df5f4156ea7a7c3bb&id=5b5ec2e4c4&e=a3a9d2bd0b
3. Some research I got into on building a winning team. Getting into the season of hiring there are really 4-5 things I’m looking for this year I believe are really good to keep in mind. When I select talent beyond just diversity and inclusiveness I’m looking for experienced inexperience. Leverage my stable core group within my team. I’m going to constantly challenge my formula and that of my organization. Once I got the mix I need in the team, I need to cultivate curiosity within the team. Lastly, I need to pause in the peaks to really refine and measure. Did I really create the formula I wanted? My chance to learn and listen.
4. After a couple of months being that guy that wakes up around 5:30AM it’s time to move it 30 minutes earlier. I’ve found a huge positive to getting up before the rest of the world does. I know that 30 more minutes will benefit me greatly, but it’s going to not be as easy as it sounds. The isolation of 5AM has helped many greats from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Bill Gates, and John Grisham to name some familiars that have found the golden opportunity the early hour in the morning gives them. I’ll let you know how it goes.
5. Disconnect. That’s what Bill Bryson decided to do one day when he committed to going out to walk the entire Appalachian trail. What he learned was far beyond himself, he learned a lot more about the trail and its wild life. Things like how much forest the contiguous US has, the mysteries of our national parks, and how trees employ tricks to fend off creatures. You can find the book here: https://books.apple.com/us/book/a-walk-in-the-woods/id420526065
6. Movie I just saw that was really cool. The Biggest Little Farm http://www.biggestlittlefarmmovie.com/ The premise that if you wait long enough and create a farm where the ecosystem is given a chance to work together in a circle you’d get something really special. It’s a traditional food farm. Check it out.
7. Revisit some history when you get a chance to do so. While traveling the Virginia area with my wife we stumbled onto some history visiting Fort Monroe. A true fort with a moat around it. Huge cannons and gun batteries. Really cool just walking around the museum and national park. You’re ever around the Chesapeake Bay Area, check it out. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Monroe
That’s my 7 for the week. Click in and get curious. Let me know what you think.