I am reminded of a discussion long ago about my favorite cartoon strip ("Doonesbury") and Garry Trudeau's use of a technique where the characters in the strip had running commentaries in their minds, which helped to explain their motivations, desires, and (often) delusions about how they were perceived by others. I have often caught myself engaging in this mental commentary.
I think we need to be aware of what we are telling ourselves, for two important reasons:
1) Maybe we'll live up to our best images ... rising to meet the aspirational expectations we have for ourselves.
2) Maybe we need to "Photoshop" the images we are actually projecting to others.
Thanks for another good post:)
John (writing creatively and thoughtfully while radiating great wisdom and insight:) ...
More seriously, engaging those you oppose always turns out better than silent struggle. McClane has a habit of communicating with his foes ... psychologically this keeps him on more of an even standing with the,. even when he's barefoot with bleeding feet. It also injects some enjoyable humor into what are otherwise tense situations.
I don't know about you, but I'm feeling like a movie night is in the offing now:)
The point of the article is simple: Good leaders seek content which reinforces certain skills or knowledge areas and doing so makes them better leaders.
My question would be 1) Do you agree with the thrust of the article, and 2) Is this one of those absolute truths or do exceptions exist?
I have some thoughts, but I'm sitting on them for the moment:).
Do we read something because of what we are going through at the time? Many times yes. At other times, we read what might be called to our attention by others, like this article.
How we lead is shaped by both external and internal goings on.... At least, that's my opinion.
Seriously, I like the shifting focus in this routine. Makes sense that you don't crash and burn from extreme focus on one thing ... like studying for a college final, for example (or cramming, as we used to call it:)
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