VIDEO OF THE MONTH: "Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance" A TED Talk with Angela Lee Duckworth
Leaving a high-flying job in consulting, Angela Lee Duckworth took a job teaching math to seventh graders in a New York public school. She quickly realized that IQ wasn't the only thing separating the successful students from those who struggled. Here, she explains her theory of "grit" as a predictor of success.
ARTICLE OF THE MONTH: "What is Innovative Leadership" by Jeffrey Baumgartner from Innovation Management
The word "innovator," to describe an individual, is used far too widely these days. As I have written in the past, business innovation is a collaborative affair that runs from idea, through development, to implementation. This process normally involves many people with various expertise. So the notion of a lone innovator simply does not exist.
Usually, when people speak of innovators, what they really mean are "creative thinkers." In other words, people who are able to generate creative ideas that become the basis of innovations. Sometimes, however, what people mean by "innovator" is what we call an "innovative leader." Classic examples of innovative leaders include people like Steve Jobs (CEO of Apple) and Thomas Alva Edison (who commercialized electric lighting and many related things). Innovative leaders are creative visionaries who have big ideas and, most importantly, can motivate people around them to turn those ideas into reality.
"First In, Last Out" by John Salka -Book Reviewed by TLP Cohort #6 Member
"First In, Last Out" by Battalion Chief John Salka of the New York Fire Department (FDNY) takes you through the leadership essentials of the most effective organization in the world, the FDNY. He takes the power of "first in, last out" leadership and breaks down the strategies. The senior officer is the first one into a burning building and the last one out. Chief Salka takes his first hand experiences right from the frontlines of the fire-ground and explains how he and this organization develop leaders at all levels. As the United States Marine Corps Gazette put it, "The firefighters' leadership, bravery, and technical knowledge are tested on an everyday basis."
This is a must-read for anyone in a leadership position or aspiring to be a leader. Whether you are a firefighter or a CEO, Chief Salka will take you through stories straight from some of the toughest fires and the fire-ground in this battle tested blueprint of leadership! His lessons and knowledge will light the leadership fire in you!
"7 Reasons Why You Should Be Making an Anti-Resolution for the New Year" by Matt Valentine from Goalcast
Year after year, we make resolutions. And, year after year, many of us fail to make those changes a reality.
Why is that? And what can you do about it?
For many of us, we're coerced by society to make December both a time of holiday enjoyment and reflection to set goals for the New Year. It's difficult to do both of those things at once and this often leads us to spend no more than the last day or two of the year (if that, can't forget New Years celebrations) reflecting on what we'd like to change for the entire upcoming year.
What results is us setting extremely generalized and practically unattainable goals. Unattainable not due to difficulty but because we never clarified exactly what we want and rather put ourselves down to, "get my body back," or "build a successful online business."
Instead of feeling forced to create new goals at the beginning of the year and setting a New Year's resolution, how about cleaning up shop instead?