5 for 5 blog – Reflection, rest, and readiness

15 Dec

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Good morning everyone.

For most people around the world, the holiday parties are starting to ramp up…big time. If you are like me, you are through your 2015 budget cycle…and by “through” it means you know how big your new goals are to go get.

As this year winds down, quickly, I would ask you to be intentional about doing three things over the course of the next couple of weeks:

  • Reflect: As part of winding down, we need to take time to understand what we did well, and where we can improve. Did you grow? What did you learn? What needs to be part of your development in the next year? If we are not intentional about capturing what we have learned, we have no way of charting a course for the next year.
  • Rest: For many the holidays can often mean the exact opposite of resting, with the holiday parties and family gatherings mentioned above. But it is important for all of us to rest. With rest comes incubation, allowing our thoughts and ideas to run in the background and to make important, unknown connections to push them forward.
  • Readiness: This is one I have not done well in past years. But not unlike some of the productivity tips we have shared on the blog, it is important to lay out some objectives for early January before you go on break. The inertia of getting back up to speed can be slowed if we go in without specific items to dive into…..take the time now…layout how you want January to roll out…share that with your team…and then get back to the first two R’s.

Here’s this week’s 5 for 5:

Survive, Compete, Aspire – by John Maeda – via Creative Leadership


SO WHAT: This may become my new WHY statement:

“Aspiration is less of a check-off-the-box assault at making it to the top, and instead is the magical, emotional part of something — grounded in a set of values — that embodies a sense of possibility. It gives you the *feeling* that you can make a difference.”

Tags: Leadership, Responsibility


The thing about a clean sheet of paper – by Seth Godin – via @thisissethsblog


SO WHAT: Learn to change the shape of your clean sheet.

Tags: Creativity


The Most Important Thing You Don’t Have on Your Bucket List – by Gary Vaynerchuk – via Medium


SO WHAT: It is the people in our lives that make our journey what it is.

Tags: Leadership


Two Words That Kill Innovation – by Roger Martin – via Harvard Business Review


SO WHAT: How many times have we had good ideas shelved because we have to prove its success before actually beginning. A compelling article on why managers need to embrace concepts from design thinking to enable, not shut down, innovation.

Tags: Creativity, Innovation


The Google Way of Attacking Problems – by Greg Satell – via Harvard Business Review


SO WHAT: Google focuses on attacking the problems themselves, not the people. This article is an interesting take on their approach.

Tags: Leadership


All the best,