Leadership Thought - Why We Need to Value Input from the Entire TeamThe simple fact is that those in the weeds of an operation are far more aware of potential issues, room for improvement, and the viability of new ideas. As a leader, I must seek their input and value what they say. leadership James Clear Read more

20 Quotes from Think Again by Adam GrantAdam Grant argues that too often we do not rightly question are opinions and biases and instead he argues that, as the title says, we need to think again. Rethinking is a skill that must be developed, it does not come naturally to many of us. As a leader, it is important that we seek feedback and challenge our assumptions. Leaders cannot do it alone and need a honest feedback, data to drive decisions, and the abilitiy to admit we are wrong. book quotes Adam Grant decision making Read more

20 Quotes from Building a Second Brain by Tiago ForteForte provides a helpful organizational method for organizing notes and other information. Tiago Forte book quotes Read more

20 Quotes from Hyperfocus by Chris BaileyAnother book in the productivity sphere that argues for the importance of intentional focus for creatives and knowledge workers. His twofold argument for hyperfocus and scatterfocus is helpful as you think about your own work. Chris Bailey book quotes Read more

The Myth of the Breaking News CycleFrom Make Time by Jake Knapp and John Zeratsky.

The whole concept of breaking news runs on a very potent myth…You need to know what’s going on around the world, and you need to know now. Smart people follow the news. Responsible people follow the news. Grown-ups follow the news. Don’t they? We’ve got some breaking news of our own…You don’t need to follow the daily news. True breaking news will find you, and the rest isn’t urgent or just doesn’t matter.
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3 Steps To Overcome the Lack of MotivationI'm the first one to raise my hand at this. Far too often, I feel unmotivated, but the reality is that I need clarity on what I'm going to be doing. Awareness is key. When I know that my motivation is frequently due to the lack of clarity, I can take action to make the task clear. motivation clarity Read more

20 Quotes from Atomic Habits by James ClearIf you’re anything like me you want to build better habits into your daily life. I want to read more, eat better, be more mindful and so forth. Too often I have grand plans and quickly fall off the wagon. Atomic Habits reminds us to start simple by making it obvious, attractive, easy, and satisfying. habits James Clear book quotes Read more

16 Quotes from Digital Minimalism by Cal NewportEach book that I've read by Cal Newport has changed my life in deep, sustained, and long-term ways. Often his philosophies take root and sprout changes months after reading his books. Digital Minimalism is no exception. Cal Newport book quotes Read more

12 Quotes from The Revenge of Analog by David SaxDigital is not always the sweet fantasy that we think it is. Analog tools, with their limitations, actually enhance our experience with whatever activity we are doing with them. There are tradeoffs but there are also tradeoffs when it comes to digital that we oftentimes don't see. analog David Sax book quotes Read more

Grit and Deliberate Practice When Learning AnythingGrit coupled with deliberate practice will help you attain your learning goals on any topic. Angela Duckworth has four helpful tips when it comes to the topic of grit. study habits grit Read more

Recognize Busyness and Focus on the EssentialsBusyness is a clear indicator to me that I am not focused, projects are likely falling through the cracks, and my commitments are hanging by a thread. Often I do not notice that I’m in this “busyness” state, so I’ve implemented three ways to help me stay on track. busyness productivity Read more

7 Ways I Have Been Reading More Books Per MonthIn the last couple of months, I've dedicated more time to reading for fun. During these past 45 days of making this commitment, I’ve noticed that my mind is much more active. I’m thinking about new ideas, creating mental pictures of the different stories I’m reading, and learning from characters in both the good and the bad. Here I outline seven different ways I've been able to read more in my day-to-day life. reading goals Read more

15 Quotes from Do Nothing by Celeste HeadleeDo Nothing by Celeste Headlee is an interesting book on "productivity" where it combines a critique of the capitalistic nature of our productivity (focusing on the history of labor) while also arguing for doing less. I'm sure some people won't resonate but overall I found the book helpful in many ways, especially the call to look at your production rather than your productivity. Oftentimes its easy to get bogged down in doing things better without actually producing anything of value. book quotes Celeste Headlee Read more

Leadership is a Relational EnterpriseI love this quote on leadership from Dan Allender:

"Leadership is not about problems and decisions; it is a profoundly relational enterprise that seeks to motivate people toward a vision that will require significant change and risk on everyone's part. Decisions are simply the doors that leaders, as well as followers, walk through to get to the land to where redemption is found." - Dan Allender in Leading with a Limp
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20 Quotes from Discipline is Destiny by Ryan HollidayDiscipline is Destiny is one of my favorite books I've read in 2022 (along Burkeman's excellent, Four Thousand Weeks. Ryan Holliday is an excellent writer and highly quotable. Self-discipline is so essential and encompasses so much of our lives. book quotes Ryan Holiday Read more