• How to manage frustration by Michael Kaplan

    Everything that causes you frustration can be brought into one of 3 buckets:

    1. A problem you have to solve
    2. A dilema you have to manage, you might not be able to solve it, you just have to make sure it doesn’t disrupt you
    3. A distraction you just need to avoid

    When you’re feeling frustration, if you can figure out which bucket that thing is in, then you can very quickly figure out which action you need to take.

    The full podcast with Michel Kaplan, Director, Agency Business Development at Google, can be found here:

  • A Plan Is Not a Strategy by Roger Martin

    A comprehensive plan—with goals, initiatives, and budgets–is comforting. But starting with a plan is a terrible way to make strategy. Developing strategy means going outside an organization’s comfort zone and escaping the common traps of strategic planning.

    Roger Martin, is the former dean of the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto and one of the world’s leading thinkers on strategy.

    The main concepts Roger Martin touches on the video are:

    • Most strategic planning has nothing to do with strategy
    • So what is a strategy?
    • Why do leaders so often focus on planning?
    • A real-world example of strategy beating planning
    • How do I avoid the “planning trap”?

  • Teamwork: What Is Behind Greatness

    I wonder why stories always get focused on one
    It’s easy to see the leader at the front
    Even if that leader is guiding from the back
    The story of one still forms
    But what’s truly behind it all?
    It’s Teamwork

    We want to remember the legends
    And of course with should
    Extraordinary people can do extraordinary things
    But rarely on their own
    Behind the person are the people
    Surrounding the greatest achievements
    Is the greatness of many

    So let’s learn about leadership, the vision to inspire others
    We need those who can see the world differently
    Create something new, bend the future path in a better direction
    But let’s also learn about what it takes to join forces with others
    Let’s recognize the incredible spirit that allows great teams to come together
    Let’s also lift up to those gifts
    Because what does great teamwork take?

    The willingness to fit into the strengths and weaknesses of others

    The choice to keep showing up
    The decision to keep being accountable to the needs of many

    The agreement that we may need to each give up some of our self interests
    To give up on me first in order to reach the full height of we

    Video by Tyler Waye

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