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Entropy, part of the second law of thermodynamics, is the concept that energy in a system will always move from order to disorder unless additional energy is applied. Meaning: Chaos reigns, unless we intentionally dethrone it.
Our muscles are amazing. They, quite literally, move us. Improved performance only comes through properly exercising that which moves you—whether it’s your muscles or your leadership.
Metal structures that experience many on-off cycles of forces will become brittle—even when those forces are well below what the structure can normally handle. Once the metal becomes brittle, the application of even a slight force causes it to fail. The results are usually catastrophic.
For the next eight weeks I’ll be doing a blog series called Take a Leadership Cue From Nature, using eight naturally occurring phenomena from the world around to illustrate how—if we’re not careful—we can let circumstances undermine our effectiveness. Maybe that thing we’re sensing may not be so strange after all…
Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs illustrates how we tend to meet our own basic needs first. While this may be generally true, it also illustrates an opportunity for leaders to be more effective—by turning the hierarchy upside down.
Many parts of the human experience compel us to move backward. Fear, guilt, grudges, regret, lack of reconciliation with others (or ourselves) … there are so many reasons to look for ways to circle the wagons or retreat altogether.
Passion in leadership usually instills urgency, value and meaning into a team’s work effort. But it’s easy to equate passion and its distant cousin, emotion, to disastrous effect.
I’m a sucker for movies with a personal transformation story—especially in a leadership context. Not long ago I saw one that fits the bill: Burnt, starring Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller.
There’s a natural tendency to believe that if I’m talking, I’m in control—or, more accurately, if I’m not talking I’ve lost control. Nothing could be further from the truth.
One aspect of leadership that is often overlooked and under-appreciated is that leadership ultimately expresses itself in outward, visible behavior. This is so foundational that, if you overlook it, you won’t be able to move the needle on improving your effectiveness as a leader.
Events like the recent solar eclipse (and how we respond to them) give us the opportunity to look at ourselves (because, after all, you shouldn’t look at the sun). Here are some things I saw…
Being competent in the area of trust just might be the single-most important life skill we can teach our kids. If we want them to grow up to be successful adults, this is one area we should invest our time and energies.
If our kids are ever going to be in a position to truly influence their world as adults, they will need to work with and through people. They can only do that if they authentically display compassion. So what’s the best way for them to learn compassion?
Remember the last unstable/unhealthy job you were in? It felt terrible, didn’t it? When kids experience instability in the home its impact can be long-lasting. So what can we do as parents to lead our kids by providing greater stability?
Sometimes the grind of parenting erodes the hope that your kids will become capable adults. But if we don’t have hope for our kids, what happens to them when they don’t have any hope for themselves?