5 for 5 blog – The gift

22 Dec

the gift

Good morning everyone!

This will be my last “new” post of this year as I will be spending the next couple weeks following my own advice (http://www.5for5blog.com/5-for-5-blog-reflection-rest-and-readiness/). Typically over the winter break I try to take advantage of the extra time to catch up on some reading.

I want to wish everyone a very happy holidays. And since it is the time of year, I hope you will get all of the gifts you are wishing for this year. But most importantly, my great wish is for you, is to share your gift with the world. Maybe it is a blog, maybe it is a cookbook. Perhaps it is leading a team at work, or leading a youth sports team.

I have already finished one book so far this break, “Tribes” by Seth Godin. It has a very simple message: Leadership is a choice. We need you. We need you to share your gift and lead us.

Trust me the proposition of sharing your unique gifts with the world can be terrifying. We think about rejection. We tell ourselves that perhaps our gift isn’t so unique. But the flip side, is if we can even make a difference for one person, sharing our gift is absolutely imperative. That is why, despite all of the questions and resistance in my mind, I keep hitting send. So what is holding you back? We need you! What gift do you need to share?

I want to thank everyone that has been following the blog. It is truly a joy, and a good amount of work, to put it out every week. Thank you to those that are sharing the blog, Mid Week Motivation, and the Friday Unwind on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. I truly hope I can inspire you with new ideas to make a difference wherever you are!!! This is post number sixty-three….and I’m not stoppin’ any time soon. 🙂

Here’s this week’s 5 for 5:

A Manifesto of a Doer – by David Hieatt – via davidhieatt.typepad.com

http://davidhieatt.typepad.com/doonethingwell/2014/12/a-manifesto-of-a-doer.html

SO WHAT: If you only read one thing this week….READ THIS. Print it out. Read it again and again. And most importantly…apply these ideas.

Tags: Leadership

 

Why Work Should Get a Little Harder Every Day – by Ron Friedman – via Harvard Business Review

https://hbr.org/2014/12/why-work-should-get-a-little-harder-every-day
SO WHAT: A great article. You must continually challenge ourselves to grow in our roles, our craft, and our relationships.

Tags: Creativity, Leadership

 

Dramatically simple trick to improve hiring at your startup. – by Nathan Waterhouse – via Medium

https://medium.com/ideo-stories/dramatically-simple-trick-to-improve-hiring-at-your-startup-fd972380d433

SO WHAT: Love this! I have often waited to see the depth of questions interviewees, and even mentees, would ask….you can tell a lot about the person’s interest by the questions they prepare.

Tags: Hiring

 

The Most Important Thing to Know About Leadership – by Thomas Koulopoulos – via INC

http://www.inc.com/thomas-koulopoulos/the-most-important-thing-to-know-about-leadership.html?cid=sf01001

SO WHAT: Leadership is a choice…a choice to make a difference.

Tags: Leadership

 

This or that vs. yes or no – by Seth Godin – via @thisissethsblog

http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/2014/12/this-or-that-vs-yes-or-no.html

SO WHAT: When selling an idea, find those who believe what you believe. They will help you build the wins to convince the toughest critics.

Tags: Leadership