Here is your Seven-Bullet Monday
1. A quote I am pondering:
"The key to successful leadership is influence, not authority." – Ken Blanchard
If only the leaders and managers in our organizations would lead this way, how much stronger would working relationships and business results be?
2. A question I am asking myself:
What does my future self look like in one year and five years?
When I think about this quote, it motivates me to act differently today. What am I eating, what exercise am I doing, what am I prioritizing, what am I learning, who am I connecting with, etc.? How do I look in one year or five years' time if I continue doing what I am doing?
3. A book I am reading:
An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth: What Going to Space Taught Me about Ingenuity, Determination, and Being Prepared for Anything – Chris Hadfield
Chris Hadfield is Canada's most famous astronaut, chronicling much of his space experience in photos, social media feeds and music. This book was delightful in so many ways, chronicling his many incredible experiences. You also see his phenomenal discipline, aptitude and hard work that ultimately led to him becoming the first Canadian commander of the International Space Station. He also created a fun filmed-in-space music video with his lyrics to David Bowie's Space Oddity. You can watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KaOC9danxNo
4. My favourite podcast this week:
The Chris Harder Show: How to Imagine What's Possible with Creating Your Own Mastermind Group
If you want to learn about Masterminds or are interested in starting one, you will find this podcast helpful. Chris Harder chats with his wife, Lori, about her starting a mastermind with some friends. They discuss how life-changing this mastermind was for her and her friends. It also speaks to the discipline and commitment required to ensure masterminds work as designed.
Adjust your spending to fit economic times
There is little good news on the economic front, and high inflation and interest rates will not blow over any time soon. So instead of simply hoping for better days, we need to buckle down and ensure we come out financially healthy at the end. One way to do this, and no one likes to hear it, is to take a good hard look at our spending patterns and see what needs to be adjusted. This is where it helps to look at our spending habits between obligations (e.g. mortgage payments, rent, utility bills), needs (fuel, groceries etc.,) and wants (eating out, entertainment and alcohol) and see what we need to cut. By starting to trim our spending on wants, we protect the spending on our obligations and needs. This way, we can help ourselves emerge from the economic downturn without long-term negative impacts.
6. My highlight this last week
Working in an office full of people once again
I spent a couple of days working from our Vancouver office last week, and we had a full office on both days. It was great to see so many people in person again and to interact face-to-face after too many video calls over the last two years. It was fun hearing office banter again in the kitchen and seeing people who had never physically met before getting to know one another.
7. My challenge to you for this week
Embrace challenging people and situations in your life
Have you ever found that when you ask
for patience, the most challenging people and situations rock up in your life, and you wonder how you will get through? In the gym, muscle only builds when there is resistance (and some pain). So it is with patience. It doesn't come easy just because you ask for it. You will be well served to take Jim Rhon's advice, "Don't wish for less problems; wish for more skills.". Embrace the challenge and instead work on your skills to overcome it.
Have a wonderful week