Over the past few weeks, I have been wrestling with a thought: is it really worth it to read a bunch of books each year and 40-50 blogs per week? Am I dealing with some sort of professional FOMO (my kids explained that this means Fear Of Missing Out)? Couldn’t I just take a while off from reading and listening to podcasts, and watching videos on leadership, creativity, and inspiring teams?
And in the midst of this last week, I came across two incredible posts, one a blog by Jason Fried (founder and CEO of Basecamp) and a video shared from this year’s 99U conference. Both of the posts dealt with the idea that curiosity to ask questions and find answers is what enables our (and our teams) growth.
Often times we have answers in search of the right question. Learning for me is often about following the breadcrumbs. When I first really committed to learning, I immersed myself in leadership content. Leadership opened the door to the idea (or question) about how great leaders enable innovation. Diving into innovation challenged me on the creativity that plays such a key role in developing unique and useful solutions. All of which ultimately led me back to reading about leadership that builds creative cultures and moves great opportunities from being just ideas to delivering those in new ways for clients and customers.
We are all challenged with not enough time. But as leaders, we have an obligation to our teams and our own leaders to continuously stretch our minds, to keep asking questions, to keep problem finding with the answers we are gathering, to use what we learn to make a difference in the lives of others.
Here are this week’s 5 for 5 articles:
What are questions? – by Jason Fried
- SO WHAT: The best thing I read all week. One of the articles that inspired this week’s posts. “Questions are the places in your mind where answers fit.”
The Multiplier Manifesto. – by Do Lectures
- SO WHAT: Printing this out. Repeating once a day. Great stuff.
Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, and Oprah Winfrey All Use the 5-Hour Rule – via Inc.
- SO WHAT: Most us can’t dream of craving out 5 hours for deliberate learning. As this posts argues, we cannot afford not to.
On Primal Productivity – by Cal Newport
- SO WHAT: Definitely an interesting view…….however you call it, finding greater focus is something we all need.
3 Core Behaviors of Brilliant Thinkers – by Art Markman
- SO WHAT: #1 – Learn widely. Hmm…..I think there is a theme this week.
all the best, kevin