Excellence is a slippery slope. As leaders, the balance of authenticity and excellence is a delicate one. In this episode, Jonathan Pearson and Dustin Bates talk about how excellence is the new standard and how we can balance it with authenticity.
Want to change the whole world with small, bite-sized steps? Affirm people. We’re starving for it. We live in a highly critical age when civility has been replaced with sharp-tongued sarcasm. We celebrate witty criticism far more than we celebrate affirmation, but affirming people is a missing ingredient to deeper relationships, mutual emotional healing, and basically, a better world all the way around.
William Blake said, “The true method of knowledge is experiment.” Experimenting in a variety of activities can help you to find your areas of strength. The key is to participate in the activities you enjoy, have a passion for, and that pull at your deepest heartstrings. You should play or work in a variety of areas until you begin to see the activities or tasks which come easier and more natural to you. When you begin to find your areas of strengths then concentrate your time on them. Allow the power of experimenting to direct you toward your personal strengths. In Now, Discover Your Strengths, Donald O. Clifton said this about experimenting until you begin to identify your areas of strengths:
I love Evernote. Does it have it’s share of confusion and hiccups? Sure. However, Evernote is still my digital brain. It holds everything for me from preaching notes, this blog post, take out menus, and Ebooks. It’s important to me and I have no idea what I’d do without it. I really wouldn’t like to find out either.
Relationships are key. For young leaders, relationships with those that lead us can determine our success or failure pretty quickly. In this edition of the podcast, Jonathan Pearson and guest Tim Peters talk about building relationship equity and building influence through relationships.