Week 7 of posts to inspire you in your leadership journey and through the week.
These spiritual window-shoppers,
who idly ask, ‘How much is that?’ Oh, I’m just looking.
They handle a hundred items and put them down,
shadows with no capital.
What is spent is love and two eyes wet with weeping.
But these walk into a shop,
and their whole lives pass suddenly in that moment,
in that shop.
Where did you go? “Nowhere.”
What did you have to eat? “Nothing much.”
Even if you don’t know what you want,
buy _something,_ to be part of the exchanging flow.
Start a huge, foolish project,
It makes absolutely no difference
what people think of you.
Tips for Emerging Leaders It’s started. This week I’ve created podcasts with two awesome leaders, Ryan Ebert and Narelle Lee. Want to hear their inspiring stories of become authentic leaders? About how they maintain their work life balance (or alternate beliefs to that), their mentors and hot tips for emerging leaders? Keep your eye on the blog to find out more. Or, have the podcasts delivered directly to your inbox JUST CLICK here
Who are you accountable to? I’ve been reading ‘Better than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives’ by Gretchen Rubin. I’m a slow reader so be prepared for a few more reflections on this book. The book prompted me to revisit the notion of accountability, and to think a little harder about how I use accountability to get things done. I realise that generally I’m pretty self-motivated (is that a leadership trait?) but there are some sticky things that I need to be held to account just a little more. Let’s take, for example the alcohol free challenge I keep talking about. For accountability I set up and led the group throughout August – knowing that I was in that role was enough accountability for me. My personal fitness however is something that needs a bit more of a nudge. I NEED my walking accountability buddy to keep me going – and I’ve just added a personal trainer to that mix. I’ve become a bit complacent at the gym (if I get there in the first place). So the trainer is there to make sure I push my boundaries towards the agreed result. Rubin says that in some incidences it’s better that the accountability buddy is paid, that it’s their role to keep you to account. In the gym example I completely agree. What do you need an accountability buddy for?
Sometimes you have to choose the best of a bunch of bad decisions. When the things that matter most to you are at stake in these decision making processes it can be tough. I wrote a little about decision making last week.