You did it. You shared an article, book or video with your team. You gave a presentation to a group of peers. You wrote a blog about a concept that has impacted your career or life. You pitched leadership on a new idea….all centered on a purpose of making a difference for your clients, customers, and team.
And then there is nothing……crickets.
So we wait, for a “Thanks” or “Yes! That was awesome”. Or may be we wait for a like, or share, or retweet…because how else will we know if being that vulnerable actually makes a positive impact.
It is a hard lesson learned, but a worthwhile one to remember. Stop waiting. The reason you choose to put yourself out there in first place was to share something that made a difference in you. You were changed….and changed enough that it was worth risking passing your story or an idea along with the belief that it could create more change.
If you believe in sharing with your team about how developing yourself as a leader has been a learning and growth experience: keep sharing. If you write about how continuously nurturing your creativity makes a difference in your professional and personal life: keep writing.
And just you may never be there to see a seed you have planted sprout and bear fruit, stop waiting for thank you’s and keep giving, sharing, and dreaming. You may never see the life or career you touch with your stories and ideas. Keep sharing.
Here are this week’s 5 for 5 articles:
Creativity As A Daily Practice – by Helen Williams – via Holstee
- SO WHAT: Creativity is a choice we make. It is how we choose to live our lives. <- best thing I read all week
Problems – by Seth Godin
- SO WHAT: Slack not only allows for the agility to address problems, but it provides confidence to spend time exploring new ideas.
M&A: The One Thing You Need to Get Right – by Roger Martin – via Harvard Business Review
- SO WHAT: Having been close to M&A activity for years now, this is an insightful view on how to evaluate opportunities.
The Neuroscience That’s Turning Good Managers Into Great Leaders – by John Brandon – via Inc.
- SO WHAT: Empathy matters everywhere….especially with our teams.
The Surprising Link Between Laughter And Learning – by Dana Bilsky Asher
- SO WHAT: “Relaxing is key to learning. Learning is key to leadership. Laughter unlocks both.”
all the best, kevin