Our Friday leadership favorites are an eclectic collection of articles, blog posts, quotes, pod casts and whatever else engages our interest. Some items are recent, others aren’t. Some are mainstream, others are off the beaten path. Enjoy! Be inspired!
Eat, Smoke, Meditate: Why Your Brain Cares How You Cope (Alice G. Watson, ForbesWoman)
We kinda knew all along that those chocolate chip cookies we used to sooth away the woes of the world weren’t really good for us. This intriguing post explains the brain chemistry involved in happiness and its link between “me” and “we” thinking.
Want to grow as a leader? Let go of being the “go-to person” (Scott Eblin, SmartBlog on Leadership)
The expectations are mighty, the rewards gratifying and the pressure high to be the one with all the answers. Yet, rather than being the ticket to the top as many leaders might guess, Scott points out how being the “answer person” can be a career derailer.
From Sharan Burrow, general secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation in Brussels: “…I found it telling that it was only a woman and a trade unionist that was prepared to say that we have lost our moral compass and that business needs to sit down and think about the design of the future of capitalism if it’s going to serve society.”
Your leadership trump cards (Eileen N. Sinek, SmartBlog on Leadership)
Leadership doesn’t happen sitting behind a desk or delivering PR-prepared legal-scrubbed speeches. It does happen when leaders connect because “people listen to facts, but they buy on feelings that get stimulated when leaders risk being authentically present.”
The Heavy Lifting of Career (Re) Invention-5 Keys to Moving Forward (Art Petty, Management Excellence)
Perhaps you’ve voluntarily decided to take your career in a new direction, or perhaps a change has been forced your way via downsizing, new technology, consumer preferences. etc. Regardless the reason, Art serves up five considerations to factor in as you re-invent yourself. Game. Set. Match.
Think back over your week and your impact on new ideas: “A new idea is delicate. It can be killed by a sneer or a yawn; it can be stabbed to death by a quip and worried to death by a frown on the right man’s brow.” ~Charles Brower
Here’s to using your head to manage and your heart to lead!