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What Are You Making? What Are You Sharing?

11 Oct

What Are You MakingOne important question to reflect on as you spend time working and/or reading on the computer is:

Are you sharing things that are made or making things that are shared?

You could also ask:

Are you sharing what other people write or writing what other people share?

It is so easy to believe that “curating content” is a noble pursuit, as we spend time sharing other people’s work on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, etc.

Would your time be better spent if you shared your own work and thoughts instead of sharing other people’s work?

How Do You Make the Hard Choice the Default Choice?

18 Sep

Do you know your brain typically functions in two very distinct ways?  Daniel Kahneman outlines these two systems in his book, Thinking, Fast and Slow.Book Cover He tells us of System 1 and System 2. For a simple explanation, System 1 is the immediate response we have to a situation. System 2 is our thought-out response that comes after thinking through the situation or problem.

One of the basic premises of the book is that engaging System 2 requires effort and we tend towards the least effort in our decision making. Many fascinating implications follow from this observation. In this brief post I will focus on just one question below.

How Do You Make the Hard Choice the Default Choice?

  • make it easy
  • make it unavoidable
  • make it apparent
  • make it cool
  • make it worthwhile
  • make the immediate effects known
  • make it short
  • get it started before you actually want to do it
  • make preparations before you begin
  • make it a commitment
  • make it visible
  • make it part of a larger pattern or routine
  • make it easy to forgive mishaps or forgotten commitments

How do you make your hard choices easier?

Sometimes the Best Way to Lead People Is to Be Unavailable

15 Aug

Availability is different than visibility. You can be visible but unavailable. And good leaders are often very visible. They make their presence known. They let their people know that they are on top of things and present to the organization.

Good leaders are also very approachable but, again, being approachable is different than being available. If you are approachable it means people trust that you will be a good listener, provide insight, compassion, and direction where needed. People know that they can approach you because you have their best interests at heart.

But good leaders are not always available. Good leaders are sometimes away from the day-to-day movement, problems, and successes. Good leaders spend their time thinking through and working through the current big-picture trends. Good leaders step away to reflect. Good leaders step back and make sure they do not have to do any crisis management. They know crises can become addicting. Leaders understand the perspective they gain by stepping away.

Good leaders also know that being too available does not give people a chance to problem solve on their own. Good leaders do not train their people to come to them with all of their problems; some problems, yes, but not all. Good leaders know they must trust their people to solve their own problems.

Good leaders also know that stepping away allows other leaders to emerge. It allows people space to think in a different way because no matter how approachable and helpful a leader is, their words and actions tend to stifle creativity and emerging leadership if always present in problem-solving situations.

When is the last time you led by being unavailable?

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