Blogs of Note for the Week Ending January 17, 2014
Continuing in my new tradition, here are quotes from 5 blogs that got my attention this week. I don’t benefit from reposting any of these posts. Sometimes, I don’t even know the writer. However, I do read and personally grow my knowledge by reading posts that challenge my thinking and get me to think outside my old paradigm. It’s not important that you agree with any of these writers. It’s only important that you think. I hope you will find some new sources of inspiration with these posts. Here’s the next group of 5 in the series:
Use Solitude to Make Yourself a Better Leader
One of the paradoxes of leadership is that the time you spend alone can make you a better leader. It’s there, out of public leadership’s high velocity environment, that you can become a better leader by deepening your understanding of the world and yourself.
Critique your behavior and performance. Group critique should be part of your campaign to gather feedback, but so should quiet review where you can integrate the things you heard.
Reflect. Frederick the Great asked: “What good is experience if you do not reflect?” The answer is: “Not much.” Reflect on specific things, but let your mind wander, too.
Forget Breaking Through the Glass Ceiling, Let’s Build a Brand New House!
As a young woman, I thought that the path to success in life was simple — invest in a great education, land a fabulous job in my chosen field and work obsessively to get ahead. Along the way, I hoped to find true love, raise a family, buy a house and travel the world. Climbing the corporate ladder, I measured my accomplishments by the new words in my job title. The elusive “glass ceiling” always shimmered in the distance, promising astounding rewards for my hard work. All I had to do was stay focused and do my job well.
For most of my career, momentum was on my side. Then, as I reached my 60s I realized something important that I believe every woman needs to hear.
THE CASE FOR AND AGAINST CHECKING YOUR EMAIL WHEN YOU WAKE UP
We know there’s a school of thought–best summarized by Julie Morgenstern’s wise book Never Check E-Mail in the Morning–saying you shouldn’t check it early on. But many of us do, in fact, a recent survey done by the Huffington Post and Real Simple found that 47% of the 3,583 women polled kept their smartphones on their night stands so they could check email right when they woke up.
To Achieve Your Goals, Add One More!
I’ll bet you’ve made resolutions and set new goals. You have BIG plans for this year! You’re going to make “it” happen…or at least, you’re determined to give it everything you’ve got. That’s wonderful! I’m cheering you on!!
While you’re adding so many things to your to-do list, I’m going to suggest you add one more. It’s an important one, too. One you shouldn’t forget. Not if you want to accomplish everything else on your list, anyway.
Here it is: REST. Find time for YOU.
7 Emerging Social Networks To Watch In 2014
New social networks are emerging all the time. While not every platform takes off and gains a significant user base, getting in on the ground floor of an up-and-coming social network gives you a distinct advantage when it reaches mass adoption. Which emerging social networks should you keep your eye on—and even experiment with—in 2014?
The Transformational Leadership Strategist