Self-Leadership, Strengths, Well-Being, Productivity
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Hi all! The time has come to start HMX-JOURNAL WEEKLY, which is a short email with things, tools and ideas I enjoyed in the last week.
I hope the tools and ideas I share will make your lives better.
Any feedback is welcome. Enjoy.
TED TALK I ENJOYED
Martin Seligman on “The new era of positive psychology”.
Seligman talks about what creates well-being and happiness according to his research as a psychologist. First off it’s meaning, then engagement or flow. Only third come the little pleasures, that contribute to our well-being. He calls pleasure the whip cream and cherry, but engagement and meaning are more important.
A major aspect of living a meaningful life is to know personal strength and use them in the service of something larger than you. That’s why the next parts are about strengths and how to find yours.
“The very good news is there is quite a number of internal circumstances […] under your voluntary control. If you decide to change them (and be warned that none of these changes come without real effort), your level of happiness is likely to increase lastingly.” (Martin Seligmann)
GREAT TOOL TO UNCOVER STRENGTHS
The Clifton Strengthsfinder is an assessment of your natural talents. This might sound weird, but I’ve been surprised how accurately it described what I’d behave like in certain situations. Moreover the tool will give you guidelines on how to use your strengths – for example I’m an “input type”, which means I like to collect ideas, books, articles, etc.. A more mature “input type” would share what has been collected. I’ve put off the idea of starting this blog and newsletter for a while, but the outcomes of the Strengthsfinder confirm my plans. My five major strengths are:
– Deliberative (decision-maker)
Sidenote: Beneath the other resources that accompany the Strengthsfinder I liked the book “Strengths Based Leaderships”.
ARTICLE I ENJOYED: MANAGING ONESELF
“Managing Oneself” is an article by Peter F. Drucker published in the Harvard Business Review in 1999. According to Drucker “Success in the knowledge economy comes to those who know themselves—their strengths, their values, and how they best perform”. To make the best contribution we possibly can, we’ve got to know what we are naturally good at – and it seems very few people actually know.
“Do not try to change yourself—you are unlikely to succeed. Work to improve the way you perform.”
You can access the article on the HBR website, or be resourceful in another way.
WHAT I’M LISTENING TO: MY CHAMPION
I’m really looking forward to the full record. But for now all we get is this.
That’s all I want to leave you with for today. Any questions? Shoot me an email.
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Have a great week!