Here’s what I learned and got into this past week. I hope you find some of them click worthy and find yourself interested enough to take the dive.
1. Another HBR article I found really interesting on intuition. When to trust the gut instinct we all have and how to refine it. It can serve as an incredible warning sign or give you valuable insights. I think more than anything my gut helps me know that I need to pause and think before taking that next move. The article addresses the point that we need to cultivate our gut instinct. Like a built in Spidey Sense. Find it here: http://t.a.email.hbr.org/r/?id=h40dd7116,7f37b30,7f37b33
2. I wanted to check out the leaders of some of the top companies in the world. Interesting diversity mix in the 2019 edition of the CEO top 100 from HBR. Not a lot of women in there. Lots of white males, which I am by the way. Several other ethnicities. All that to say, we’ve got a long way to go to balance diversity and create more inclusion in our top companies around the world. Check it out here: http://t.a.email.hbr.org/r/?id=h40c0688c,7f167aa,7f167b8
3. As I am about half way through Sinek’s new book The Infinite Game I’ve found a podcast that I regularly listen to that has him being interviewed on the game. Any time Sinek public speaks it’s going to be really good. The Lewis Howes School of Greatness podcast is very cool by itself and you can find it here as well as the Sinek interview: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-school-of-greatness/id596047499?i=1000453396995
4. Meet the mole people. Great short docu I ran into. It’s eye opening. I’ll leave it at that. Nothing you can’t watch in the open, it is appropriate SFW. It’s safe for a lunch break to watch or listen to around the office if you need something to play in the background. Check it out on YouTube here: https://youtu.be/DRrxFX1wfFg
5. Recuperation. I was challenged the last couple of weeks to research it. In that research I found my own opportunity in myself to practice what I learned better. Here’s what the research taught me that I shared on a recent episode of The Well: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-well/id1449024725?i=1000454887327
6. James Blunt’s been an artist that I really enjoy and follow. Of course I couldn’t wait to listen to his new release cover to cover. The best albums to me are the ones that tell the story from the vantage of the artist. Especially when the whole creative piece is a reflection to their inner most thoughts and dealings. This was a vulnerable one for him and he put it all on the line. It’s something special. You can find it on any platform. I choose to find it and read about it here: https://music.apple.com/us/album/once-upon-a-mind/1477361268 You can read the story about the album here which I recommend reading before you listen to it: https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/james-blunt-sixth-album-cold-878594/
7. Never underestimate your impact on someone. There are people all around you that need your help. Most of the time it’s just someone that will listen to their story without any judgement. Listening is a skill anyone can master. It’s a choice and awareness. They’re all around you, we just have to stop long enough to look and really see them. I think you will find a certain value in just listening to others more than being the one talking. Practice this week being a great listener. Let someone pour out of themselves what they’ve been holding inside for what might be years, pour it out. There’s a lot of “talkers” out there and not enough “listeners” which this world today needs desperately.
Stay curious! Learn something new. You could find a new cause, skill, or something like surprise and delight for now knowing more about the world you didn’t know. Have a great weekend!