Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Three of the many sources of inspiration for me this past week:
1. This past Friday I heard Daniel Sediqqui speak at the Minnesota Career Development Association. I left his talk inspired and energized. Daniel spoke engagingly and with a great sense of humor about the ingredients for his success while ‘living the map’ and getting 50 jobs in 50 states (which he turned into a book): Adaptability, Persistence, Risk-Taking, Endurance, and Networking. You can see and hear him on YouTube at a TEDx talk.
2. Last week I read the book The Business of Belief by Tom Asacker, which is a topic and book very dear to my heart. It stresses the role and importance of your beliefs: your beliefs have an immense influence on what you see, how you interpret, and what you choose to do and thus create. Short chapters with high impact messages. That’s all I’m willing to give away.
3. A local leader in action: dedicated, skilled, positive, professionally caring, hard working, and fun. I’m talking about a Twin Cities middle school basketball coach, a young guy who is leading his team with conviction and candor – exactly the way I like it, but more importantly – exactly the way I think the best results are created.
Who and what inspires you?
What if you’d stop proving how smart you are
and start listening?
What if you’d stop commanding
and start asking questions?
What if you’d stop tripping over your ego
and start a journey of humility?
What if you’d stop the self-absorption train
and start focusing on others?
What if you’d stop controlling
and start letting go?
What if you’d stop worrying about ‘leadership presence’
and start working on ‘being present’?
Many teachers dislike the ‘what if…’ questions that students love to ask.
Our son has numerous stories about frustrations of teachers dealing with the never-ending stream of ‘what ifs’.
But it’s not all about stalling and distracting. And even if it were, shouldn’t we be stimulating youngsters to think beyond the framework they are handed - to think beyond the box? Shouldn’t we encourage independent, critical, out of the ordinary thinking?
What if a student would answer a question on a test with a much better question instead of providing the ‘correct’ answer?
What if we’d ‘what if’ each other regularly? In business settings and beyond.