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Food For Thought
 
Here is something that I came across this week that I could not wait to share with you.

The sigmoid curve, also called the “S” curve, is a cycle that all living organisms go through. As you follow the blue line, you will notice that it peaks and starts to decline. Our goal as leaders is to keep learning to avoid the decline. The only way to keep from becoming stagnant in our leadership is to commit to continuous learning and start a new "curve"!  

4 continuous learning fundamentals:
  1. Always be curious
  2. Don't think you know everything
  3. Have the courage to be wrong...and make mistakes
  4. Make time to learn.

Do You Want To Live Longer?
 

If you want to live longer, do this one thing (From the 3-2-1 Newsletter from James Clear).

Longevity researcher Dan Buettner on the health benefits of friendship:

"I argue that the most powerful thing you can do to add healthy years is to curate your immediate social network. In general, you want friends with whom you can have a meaningful conversation. You can call them on a bad day and they will care. Your group of friends are better than any drug or anti-aging supplement, and will do more for you than just about anything."


As Learner-Centered Leaders, having a social network is key to maintaining a healthy outlook on life. Remember, that as you "move up" in the ranks, people that were your friends, may not be so friendly after you become a boss. Make sure you find and cultivate a new network of friends that you can lean on during the tough times.

Why We Should Care About the Bravery Of Simone Biles
 

I am sure most of you heard about the greatest gymnast of all time having problems at the Olympics. Simone Biles lost her focus and pulled out of her events at the Olympics. 

What made this brave is that she recognized that she was hurting the team with her problems and not performing at her usual world-class best. She did what was best for the team and pulled out of the events so others on the team could shine...the very definition of a leader.

I will not get too deep into this story (because like everything else in our society it has become politicized), but to witness, in real-time, the bravery she showed, was an inspiration. I only hope she finds peace and comes back better than ever.

Let's consider what we can do to provide self-care. How are you doing in these 8 dimensions?
From The Daily Coach Newsletter:

8 Dimensions of Self-Care
Self-care is multidimensional:

Mental: How we think.

Physical: How we eat, move and rest.

Emotional: How we express ourselves.

Relational: How we connect with others.

Financial: How we allocate our resources.

Spiritual: How we illuminate our inner truth.

Aptitudinal: How we contribute to the world.

Environmental: How we harmonize with nature.

“I have to do what's right for me and focus on my mental health and not jeopardize my health and well-being. That's why I decided to take a step back.” — Simone Biles 
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Leading Without A Title
 

Creating the conditions to allow change in your organization (or simply getting things done) requires more than the heroic efforts of someone with a title that bestows the term "leader" on them. So if you are a building leader or a central office leader in a school system, please understand that the work of getting things done often occurs through the work of informal leaders.

From the article:
If you squint a little and look off of the organization chart, you'll see a small group of individuals leading without the benefit of title or formal authority. They're busy driving collaboration, cross-silo problem-solving, innovation and strategy execution.

The 5 Habits of people who lead without a title.
  1. Trust building: These people build trust with their colleagues.
  2. Reciprocity management: If someone does a favor for someone else, they are likely to repay it in the future.
  3. Boundary Spanning: Informal leaders transcend traditional organizational charts and "silos" in an organization to cultivate true collaboration.
  4. Coalition building: Creating capacity with the people that need to be at the table to get things done, is a gift. Find the people in your organization that can do this and you will fast-track your impact.
  5. Gray-zone leadership: The ability, to see problems or solutions where other people don't.
A question for you, my friends. Who are your informal leaders and how can you start to build a relationship with them today? Please email me at tom@poweringuped.com to let me know how you will work with your informal leaders.
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Amazon announced its last quarter earnings recently.
  • In the last quarter (3 months) they earned 1.2 billion dollars a day!
  • Amazon makes as much in 4 seconds as the average American earns in a year ($52,000).
     
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