Things that have caught my eye

Newsletter: 27th May 2016

SubscribeEvery week I read a lot of articles and blogs, as well as watch a number of videos. I thought you might be interested in seeing some of the ones that I’ve particularly enjoyed this week.

The first is an article from Harvard Business Review which reminds us of the role listening plays in leadership.

Interestingly, it’s actually a question that stands out for me (yes, questioning is part of listening). The author mentions one of their managers who, when listening to a list of things they had done, asked “what are all of these things helping to solve in the organisation?” Given the temptation to create and tick things off on our to-do list, this is a really powerful and perceptive question.

Talking of to-do lists, Mark LeBusque posted a great article on LinkedIn called ‘To Be or To Do – That Is The Question’. In this, he suggests we need to complement all our ‘doing’ work by adding in the ‘being’. Things like:

  • Being Present
  • Being Collaborative
  • Being Authentic
  • Being Empathetic
  • Being Compassionate
  • Being Caring
  • Being Open to Different Perspectives
  • Being Balanced
  • Being Courageous
  • Being Good Enough
  • Being Human

Perhaps one way of getting this balance is by working with a mentor. In this short video, Carolyn Mazzenga, partner-in-charge at accounting firm Marcum LLP, explains why it’s so important to have one.

Mentoring however isn’t necessarily a cosy relationship; as Mazzenga says, a really good mentor will be brutally honest with you, but that’s what will help you achieve what you want to achieve.

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