Weekly Leadership Reading

Developing others and ongoing learning are in our DNA here at Braithwaite/Get Your BIG On, so we’re doing research all the time. It might be fact-finding for something we’re writing, creating content for a development session or speech, or working for a client. We get to see lots of worthy material while doing our work (what a wonderful perk!), so we share the highlights via our weekly leadership reading, a short-cut to information you may not have the time to look up but might be interested in knowing. Enjoy!

“I have the power!” (I/O at Work)

The BIG team is on mission to educate people that power in and of itself is neutral. We believe it becomes positive or negative depending on how people choose to use it. The research cited here affirms that power doesn’t corrupt. However, the researchers found that power “allows corrupt people to express their inner ‘corruptness’ more freely (or allows the virtuous to express their goodness).”

Brainwashed: Seven Ways to Reinvent Yourself (Seth Godin on Change This)

A sweet little manifesto geared to get you thinking about why you believe the best way to make a living is having a job.

Where in the World is Aaron Greenberg? Unconscious Bias and Cultural Diversity (Jonathan Segal on We Know Next)

We love Jonathan’s poignant story that underscores how we get caught up in thinking patterns that get us into trouble.

It’s Okay To Say… (Lolly Daskal on Lead From Within)

As individuals, as leaders, as moms or dads, we feel the pressure to be perfect, to be the answer guy or gal. It isn’t cool to be vulnerable. The BIG team believes it takes strength to be vulnerable and love how Lolly encourages people to acknowledge the dark side and then move on.

Listening in Color (Neil Harbisson on TED Talks)

Neil was born with the inability to see color. Listen to his fascinating story of how a brain implant has allowed him to listen to color…and how that has changed his life. Inspiring and thought-provoking. too.

Danger, Marissa Mayer! (Wally Bock on Three Star Leadership)

Wally cuts right to the heart of the matter regarding Marissa Mayer being named the CEO of Yahoo! It’s her abilities that matter.

A quote reminding us that it’s all about awareness. Manners are a sensitive awareness of the feelings of others. If you have that awareness, you have good manners, no matter what fork you use. ~Emily Post

Step into your power and use it for the collective good this week!