Same eight letters – two different words
These words elicit very opposite images to me…but this is exactly what we have to decide on each day:
To be creating
- Not intimidated by constraints
- See many ways to solve challenges
- Practice empathy
- Pick yourself (h/t Seth Godin)
- Embraces uncertainty
- Seek “both and” solutions
- Believe you can affect your future
Or to be reacting
- Frustrated by constraints
- Seeking fastest way (which may not be the best) to solve challenges
- Seek sympathy
- Never seems to get picked
- Focus on certainty
- Race to “either or” solutions
- Things just keep happening to you
I could list many more. And the point isn’t whether anyone is purely one or the other, but our approach, our attitude is our choice. Are you creating your agenda, your day, your strategy or reacting to everyone else.
Rather than being out of your control, as the leader you get to choose how to align these letters, which word will define your work, how you will make a difference.
Here are this week’s 5 for 5 articles:
Why you need a pre-performance routine – by Daniel McGinn
- SO WHAT: Pre-performance rituals shouldn’t just be reserved for athletes.
Five weak words you should avoid—and what to use instead – by Andrea Ayres
- SO WHAT: I am guilty of all of these – great advise for improving your writing and speaking
5 Questions to Ask About Corporate Culture to Get Beyond the Usual Meaningless Blather – by Bill Taylor
- SO WHAT: Great questions that every leader should reflect on about the culture they hope/think/want to build
People Don’t Buy Products, They Buy Better Versions of Themselves – by Belle Beth Cooper and Alfred Lua
- SO WHAT: So true. People want to drill quarter inch holes.
This Simple Formula Makes Highlighting Transferable Skills Easy – by Sara McCord
- SO WHAT: Great advise for conveying why you can taken on a role in a field outside of your last experience
All the best, kevin