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From Michael Bungay Stainer at ChangeThis: Getting anything up and flying is a tricky business. I’m still learning how to catch the wind just right in most of the things I do. This story is about launching a new project, a book. But if it was a kite, right now we’d be seeing it crashed and broken on the ground.
18 months later, and it’s all changed. End Malaria launches September 6th, published by Seth Godin’s latest venture The Domino Project. 58 smart men and women share their best insights, strategies and tips to stop the overwhelm, focus on the work that matters and make a real impact in the work you do. And we’ve solved the money thing. $20 from every $25 book sold goes to Malaria No More, to further their mission of ending malaria in Africa by 2015.
Here’s why, second time around, my own Great Work Project got off the ground and what I learned (and you can learn to) from traveling at the speed of Seth.
From anecdote: People are highly sensitive to social norms — information about what other people are doing and what they approve of. We look for cues to how we should behave, what we should and shouldn’t do, and what we should buy through looking at what other people do.
From The Energy Project: Our most fundamental need as human beings is to spend and renew energy. Instead, in a world of relentlessly rising demand and chronic overdrive, most of us spend far more mental and emotional energy than we adequately renew, and far too little physical energy to stay fit.
The average American gets just over 6 ½ hours of sleep a night. In fact, more than 95 percent of us need between 7 and 8 hours to feel fully rested. Great performers, from musicians to athletes, average as much as 8 ½ hours of sleep a night.
It’s during sleep — deep, sufficient sleep — that our bodies not only renew and recharge, but also repair themselves and grow.
The Johari Window describes a fundamental process for improving emotional intelligence. Developed in the 1950s by American psychologists Joseph Luft and Harry Ingham, the model is especially relevant with today’s emphasis on improving ‘soft’ skills — behavior, empathy, cooperation, collaboration, inter-group development and interpersonal development. · Read more →
From Dumb Little Man: Whatever you do during the day, there are probably times when you need to concentrate. Perhaps you’ve got a project at work that requires focus (it could be anything from writing a report to carrying out some important lab tests). Or perhaps you’re studying – for a degree, for a vocational qualification, or just for your own enjoyment.
From Steve Tobak at CBS News: I wracked my brain trying to come up with some lessons for leaders learn from the whole Joe Paterno Penn State scandal but, to be blunt, I couldn’t come up with a damn thing. Not to say I couldn’t come up with some trite nonsense to attract eyeballs. I just couldn’t bring myself to do that because the truth is you can’t teach morality to leaders. By the time you reach that point in your career, you either get personal responsibility or you don’t.
From Lou Imbriano at ChangeThis: “It’s important to realize that the only true barrier in life is you. Sure, there can be obstacles that you face every day and people who are impediments to achieving your goals, but ultimately, you will be the reason that you achieve or fail. I quite often tell folks that they have to “Go Do.” Frequently, on social media, you will see that two-word charge from me because I hope it will click with folks in need of motivation. There are so many people out there with the “woe is me” attitude; what they must realize is that they are causing the woe and they are the only conduit for change.”
From Andrew Sobel: You don’t have to become good friends with clients or colleagues. But you do need to get to know them as people. That means understanding their background, family situation, likes and dislikes, preferred means of communications, how they make decisions, their risk tolerance, and so on.