Culture Warriors – Best Advice From The Front Lines – Week of 5/10/13

May 14, 2013 — Leave a comment

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Culture Warriors is an ongoing weekly post where I’ll be highlighting the best advice, tips, tricks, etc from the hundreds of articles I review each week.  These will all be based on leadership, team engagement, culture, training, motivation, etc.

This week, I’ve selected the top three articles from these categories in order to help filter and learn from the best of the best!

First, here’s a great quote to help set the tone:

There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.” Ernest Hemingway

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Now, on with the show:

1.) http://www.inc.com/les-mckeown/three-leadership-weaknesses-you-cant-fix-on-your-own.html by @lesmckeown

This post has such great depth to it!  Not only do these lessons apply to anyone as a professional, but the idea that we limit ourselves by not reaching out for help in our areas of weakness, is a profound truth.  Just consider the premise here and search your heart…what behaviors do you struggle with?  Why not ask for help?

2.) http://blogs.hbr.org/ideacast/2013/05/the-secret-to-effective-motiva.html by Heidi Grant Halvorson and E. Tory Higgins

This short audio interview really struck me this week.  I’m always looking for ways to stay motivated, to motivate others, and to prevent de-motivation.  Here, the authors discuss their research on the subject of motivation.  What motivates more, pleasure or pain, promotion or prevention?  Maybe it depends on the person; maybe the job?  I believe there is something to this theory.  What do you think?

3.) http://www.dumblittleman.com/2013/04/how-to-overcome-self-help-fatigue-and.html by Luke Reid

If you are reading my site, then you are likely a self-help junkie like myself.  The article written here by Luke Reid hits the nail on the head.  He gives some very practical advice on making the advice you read every day, actually stick and work.  Try these tips:

Disconnect / unplug.  Don’t read any self help articles or books.  Just be who you are for a bit.

Take a walk with a friend.  Invite a close friend to take a walk.  Let the conversation go as deep as possible.  You’ll be surprise!

Take a long walk alone.  This time, just talk to yourself.  There is no better way to connect to yourself.

Watch your favorite against all odds movie.  This is a no brainer!  This is a great way to gut pumped about your next project.

Reaffirm your dream in writing.  If there’s anything that all the self-help gurus agree on it’s this…writing things down is vital to success!

Make it bigger than you.  The best way to gain energy is to give it.  Help someone else with their dream first.

Establish your meaningful quest.  You are the hero of your own story.  Focus on telling yourself a story, but don’t just focus on the ending.

Curate your mentors.  Select and prune.  You don’t need so many.  Choose the best and focus.  This one hits me pretty hard!

Pretty powerful stuff this week!  And once again, there seems to a theme…self improvement / motivation.  This is a topic that we should all spend some time with.  Whether you are trying to motivate yourself or those around you, there is some great advice here.

Question: What content impacted you last week?  Please share…

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