5 for 5 blog – Are you filling your cup?

1 Sep

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Good morning everyone.


I was recently re-watching the 2014 Leadercast presentation by Andy Stanley, in which his big challenge is to become a “Beyond You” Leader. He shared three practical ways to achieve this, one of which is by “emptying your cup” into others. In other words,  we need find ways to pour into the people around us, so that as they go forward in their day, month, or career that they take you knowledge and experience with them. But in order to “Empty Your Cup”…theoretically, you need to fill it first.


As I have been thinking about this idea, I began wondering why more people aren’t doing this, filling their cup? Some people believe their impact would be too small. But as I reference in last week’s post (http://www.5for5blog.com/5-for-5-blog-leaders-alter-vectors/) our job is simply to add value and alter someone’s vector, not to rule out opportunities that may seem too small.


Honestly, I think some people believe it is beneath them. They believe these things should be outsourced to a learning organization. They believe it is for the “newer” or “younger” associates.


Lastly, some people don’t empty their cup because they have nothing to give. Put simply, because they have not been focusing on filling their cup of experience and knowledge, they have no points of reference to share.


So why aren’t people investing in filling their own cup??? I’m sure the most common answer is time. Again, I think this goes back to the belief that we need to have a big experience to fill our cup. And while certainly, big experiences or training opportunities are great, it is really the “little drops” that go the furthest towards filling our own cup.


So my question for you: “Are you filling your cup?”


What are you waiting for? If you aspire to any level of leadership, especially to be a “Beyond You” leader….even leading those that don’t report to you, how can you possibly hope to fill another person’s cup if you are not filling your own. So some people may say, they just don’t know where to begin. I know that this is tough…you need someone to empty a little wisdom into your cup to get the ball rolling. That is exactly why I am passionate about writing this blog. It is more than a way to simply stay in touch with some friends and colleagues…I know these ideas can begin to fill your cup or alter your vector. And whether you are ready to begin emptying your cup into someone else (a direct report, a peer, a colleague, a classmate, a child), begin to fill your cup more and more.


To help you out, I wanted to share three mediums that I use to fill my cup and three resources within each. ALL OF WHICH ARE COMPLETELY FREE!!!!


1a. Reading blogs – The amount of blogs out there are staggering, but again, all of them are free….here are a few I would encourage you to follow on your favorite social media outlet or sign up for their newsletter:

  • Fast Company
  • Havard Business Review
  • Seth Godin’s blog
  • The 5 for 5 blog (sorry…shameless plug)


1b Reading books – Please, do not give me an excuse that books aren’t free. Get thee a library card. I bet you can buy the paperback  for all of these books for under $10 each. And if you are really thrifty, you might be able to buy used:

  • Start With Why – by Simon Sinek
  • The Success Journey – by John Maxwell
  • The Innovator’s Dilemna – by Max Depree
  • Playing to Win – by Roger Martin and A. G. Lafley
  • The Accidental Creative – by Todd Henry
  • Quiet – by Susan Cain


2. Listening to Podcasts – As I have mentioned in a previous 5 for 5 blog, podcasts are one of my favorite ways to catch up on new ideas, all in the comfort of my morning commute. So skip the morning talks shows, and subscribe on itunes to some of the following podcasts:

  • The Accidental Creative – by Todd Henry
  • Entreleadership Podcast – by Dave Ramsey
  • Office Hours – by Dan Pink


3. Check out some videos – Videos are another great way to fill your cup and so many authors and thought leaders are sharing material via You Tube or in interviews on the web, that it is nearly impossible not to find something. Here are some of my favorites:

  • TED Talks (http://www.ted.com/) – just make yourself watch the top 5 most watched videos – the beauty…each talk is 20 minutes or less.
  • 99U (http://99u.com/) – A wonderful site that blends creativity and leadership with some amazing speakers
  • Knowledge @ Wharton (You Tube)
  • Burning Questions (You Tube )  – James Victore is a graphic designer, author, and speaker form New York City. He can be a little irrelevant, but his weekly installation is typically ~5 minutes and full of inspiration about finding your creativity, persevering, and just being awesome!


So what are you waiting for? Start filling your cup!!!!


By the way, what blogs, books, podcast and videos would you add? Please comment below!!!


Here is this week’s 5 for 5:


Lead by Doing, Not by Delegating – by Susan Cramm – via Strategy+Business


SO WHAT: I am guilty here. Leaders need to find a balance between giving team members challenging assignments and passing off a problem that is too challenging to be solved by the team alone.

Tags: Leadership


Seven Ways to Stay Curious – by Sam McNerney – via 250 Words


SO WHAT: An interesting take on creative problem solving. Approaching problems as mysteries is a necessity in the current climate where you can never solve tomorrow’s issues with yesterday’s solutions. Staying curious is less of luxury and more about keeping pace if not ahead.

Tags: Creativity


6 Unorthodox Ways to Spark Your Creativity – by Herbet Lui – via Contently


SO WHAT: Please pair this with the previous article. I am a big believer in #5 (Change your environment). But if you want to spark your creativity in your work environment, I would highly recommend a creative hobby….may be something you used to do as a child (draw, sing, dance) or perhaps something you have developed an interest for later in life (for me it’s photography). Either way, having a creative space outside of work where you give yourself the freedom to explore and create without fear of judgment will truly enhance your exploration and creativity in the work environment. I could write a whole blog post on this.

Tags: Creativity


Learn To Listen and Listen To Learn – by Scott Williams – via Big is the New Small


SO WHAT: Winston Churchill said “Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” As per this articles recommendation – Listen THEN Assess. Great advice.

Tags: Listening, Leadership


How 3 Pages and 15 Minutes Can Make You Better at Your Job – by Jessica Stillman – via The Muse


SO WHAT: This was very interesting….I may give this a try and report back in a few weeks. Does anyone else follow the concept of Morning Pages? If so, how has it changed your on the job performance? Please feel free to add on in the comments.

Tags: Creativity, Writing


All the best,




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