5 for 5 blog – No “Thanks”

6 Jun

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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

Problems – by Seth Godin

M&A: The One Thing You Need to Get Right – by Roger Martin – via Harvard Business Review

The Neuroscience That’s Turning Good Managers Into Great Leaders – by John Brandon – via Inc.

The Surprising Link Between Laughter And Learning – by Dana Bilsky Asher

all the best, kevin

2 thoughts on “5 for 5 blog – No “Thanks”

  1. Thanks Kev! Last week MB and I challenged each other to the one hour a day to be creative. Keep in mind that my schedule is just a “little” more flexible, but we both got a lot accomplished! Thanks for the inspiration! (P.S. I’m still sewing)

  2. So true! I learned that people are listening even when they are staring blankly at you. When I was a teacher, I had a parent say to me that every time they went to Blockbuster (dating me, I know) her daughter wanted them to rent Farris Bueller’s Day Off.
    Flash back several months to the first day of class when I did roll call and they all sat there staring at me and saying nothing; “Bueller? Bueller? Bueller?”
    More blank stares while the other teacher and I howeled with laughter! None of them knew why that was funny so I told them it was from a very funny movie. Probably not a great idea to promote a movie about skipping class on the first day, but it was amusing all the same.

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