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.
See more ‘what matters’ statements here
Community development is the work I cut my teeth on so many years ago. It’s where I learned about working in social justice, the idiosyncrasies about trying to ‘fix’ people, and the rich and diverse learning that can be gained through stopping to listen. I wrestled for many years as to where Evolve Network sits within the grand scheme of things. Are we solely about community and working directly with individuals who are classified by a multitude of demographic, or issue based silos? (aka direct service delivery) Or, are we about working with government to influence on the ground delivery? Or, are we here to help philanthropists better understand how to make their investment work?
The realisation I had a little while ago is that we are actually about all of those things. Yet, those things aren’t understood particularly well in Australia as yet. So, slowly and surely we can integrate all elements. Evolve Network works at the intersection of community, business, not for profits and government. Want to see how that can work? Stay tuned for more. In the meantime, here are some opportunities that anyone can access:
Kickstart My Community – a free online group offering you access to a 30 day action challenge, a task per day to build your community. Register for free HERE
Kickstart My Community – taster program: want to experience the format of the new program? Join us between 16 November and 11 December. Coaching, a blueprint for action, ongoing support – want more? Register NOW
I’ve been very interested to discover what other leaders think of the work/life balance notion. Thus far I’ve found that like me the leaders interviewed have a cynicism towards the notion. Why? Because we LOVE what we do. It is an integral component of our lives and our work doesn’t often feel like work. Ryan Ebert prefers the notion of ‘work life blend’. I couldn’t agree more. I guess the challenge for those of us who do love what we do is to know when it is time to step away. The benefits of doing this include that delicious sense of anticipation that comes through waiting rather than launching headlong into task after task. I’ll be exploring that this week.
Intentions for the week ahead:
Last week I did a lot better and I can certainly contribute that to setting more SMART goals around my theme, rather than just expecting it to happen.
So, my theme for the coming week is my book. I’m going to do that with 15minutes of planning each morning and 1.5 hrs of writing every day. To that I’ll add THREE interviews with community leaders.
Phew – task master !
What will your theme for the week be and how will you make it real? Think SMART goals.
PS what does this post have to do with 20 flying pigs? It’s a simple note to myself about anything being possible, about the importance of reflection and taking the time to notice. It’s about writing for pleasure and bringing even more joy to work. Finally it’s about exploring beyond what is possible, challenging my (and your) beliefs and uniting change.