I took a randomizing twist to this week’s posts. You won’t see themes like you’ve seen in the last couple of postings. I was all over the place with these. Some of the things I read were more out of curiosity then a need to learn. I’m going to put a warning out there, some of what caught my attention were pretty hard to read because of the graphic way they were written. Just want to put that out there before you get into the dives.
- The Trauma Floor was hard for me to get through and its not what you think. You ever wonder what social media moderators have to put up with in their job? I did too, which is why this one caught my attention. It’s rough. And, the environment they have to endure would break anyone. Content warning for you though, there is some serious mental health issues in here as well as some racist remarks. Here’s the story: https://www.theverge.com/2019/2/25/18229714/cognizant-facebook-content-moderator-interviews-trauma-working-conditions-arizona
- The world’s greatest art thief? Stephane Breitwieser. Reportedly nabbed over 200 pieces and $1.4 billion in worth, of art. A art thief. I don’t really know why this one grabbed my attention. Aren’t we all thieves in some way? Wasn’t it coined at one time the greatest artists are all thieves. Anyway, get curious here, step into Ali Baba’s cave of wonders: https://www.gq.com/story/secrets-of-the-worlds-greatest-art-thief
- Humble narcissism? Is that a thing now? Adam Grant explains how leaders can be both at the same time. Not only that, it can be considered a strength as a leader when you can use both in a balanced way. I know, narcissism can’t possible be good in a leader? Here’s the thought: http://ideas.ted.com/tapping-into-the-power-of-humble-narcissism
- I’ve taken some time to look into my morning routines to see if I still want to keep them or not. This is what I took away from this one that states your life is made or broken between the hours of 5-7AM. There are a ton of historical geniuses from our past like Ben Franklin that made it their habit to wake up before 7AM everyday. I’m mixed. Here’s the dive: https://www.theladders.com/career-advice/you-make-or-break-your-life-between-5-7-am
- “Never waste a good crisis.” This is a great quote that was shared with me. I think to many times we get into these situations where we are literally not able to handle it or put under some pressure we’ve never experienced before. A crisis. The only thing we can think about is normalizing and getting out of the feeling. Once we’re out, we wipe our sweaty little brows off, feeling we’ve dogged a bullet. We don’t stop long enough to take a look back to recognize what we could have learned from that crisis. That’s what I think about when I read that. Never waste what you an learn from being put in the hurt locker of life. It can teach you how to be more resilient and aware for the next run in.
- Rushing in to give someone feedback can be a disaster. I’ve learned in my career the right and wrong way. I’ve learned a lot about the art of feedback over the years. This article from HBR was a great reminder on it’s importance to making someone better as well as the right way to deliver. Check it out here: http://t.a.email.hbr.org/r/?id=h494270fb,8cecf64,8cecf68
- You have a defensive person you really want to help, but every time you try, they get defensive? Great way to overcome that rounding out my 7 from this week is this article on how to do it even when you give some advice or share knowledge to help someone grow. It’s as much about preparing yourself, so you can deliver even when the other party gets defensive. Check it out: http://t.a.email.hbr.org/r/?id=h494270fb,8cecf64,8cecf68
Hope you enjoyed the 7 this week. Couple weird ones in there I know. But, sometimes getting into things you’ve never knew or understood can be a game changer for a fresh perspective or finding a purpose to lead the charge.