One of my all-time favorite books is basically a practical guide on How to Really Think Better.
Last week I finally opened and dove into Never Stop Learning: Stay Relevant, Reinvent Yourself, and Thrive by Bradley R. Staats, which I bought a year ago this month.
Here are a couple of takeaways for me so far:
Focus on the process rather than the outcome
This feels like a DUH moment … but it was a terrifically good reminder, especially as I am ramping up my next business venture. I keep asking myself: By doing X activity, what are we seeking to learn from it?
I could easily get wrapped up in the outcome bias – sales. But right now we’re seeking to learn and refine, which means testing, experimenting and failing (another one of his chapters).
Reflection and relaxation
Yet another DUH moment for me and reminder. For the past four months, I’ve been trying to brute force it in my work. I’ll get to my office and starting pounding on the keyboard … then after an hour or two hit big roadblocks and beat my head against the table, when I know I need to get up, get out, into nature.
He mentions scheduling breaks and even taking vacations. But it ties into something that’s been on my mind very much recently — getting back into some healthy habits, particularly exercise (my rualks aka run-walks).
Learning from others
I was really curious about this, especially because of the leadership group work we’re doing at Leader.Team.
He mentions is familiarity of teams helping with learning — work with the same people repeatedly.
By the way, I just announced two new online small groups on leadership starting in June 2019.
I’ve boiled my Leadership Foundations group down to four key concepts, over four weeks, that I’d want any leader to engage and wrestle with at any stage because they’ve been most impactful, helpful and effective for me.
I’m offering two separate groups, starting in June 2019 and limiting each group to 6 people committed to learning and growing, together.