Topics: Mindfulness, 10 Year’s of Wisdom, Leadership, Maker & Manager, Human Drives
BY HENDRIK MUSEKAMP
Photo by Kai Dörner
Hi all! It’s Friday. Hence, here is your weekly dose of hmx-weekly, a list of what I’m enjoying, pondering, or working on. Enjoy.
FLUID REFLECTION ON KEEPING A SOLID CENTER
10 Learnings from 10 Years of Brain Pickings. This is Maria Popova reflecting on ten years of brainpickings.org, which is her blog. I could totally quote the whole article, but that would be inadequate. It would take 8 minutes of your time to read it. Would like to stress, that it is worth it. Might save you ten years.
MAKER OR MANAGER?
I reviewed this essay many times. Paul Graham elaborates on the different schedules makers and managers work on, and why they oppose each other. Eventually there is advice on how to solve it:
“Till recently we weren’t clear in our own minds about the source of the problem. We just took it for granted that we had to either blow our schedules or offend people. But now that I’ve realized what’s going on, perhaps there’s a third option: to write something explaining the two types of schedule. Maybe eventually, if the conflict between the manager’s schedule and the maker’s schedule starts to be more widely understood, it will become less of a problem.
Those of us on the maker’s schedule are willing to compromise. We know we have to have some number of meetings. All we ask from those on the manager’s schedule is that they understand the cost.”
WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO
Tony Robbins discusses the “invisible forces” that motivate everyone’s actions — and high-fives Al Gore in the front row. If we reflect on behavior or what someone has said, we often use “causal investigation”. Seeking reasons in the past won’t be helpful though, it won’t be rewarding. It neglects, that our behavior is always goal-driven. Tony Robbins elaborates on the 6 major “goals” or needs we have as human beings, and how flexibility in reaching these goals improves performance and well-being.
A UNIQUE VIEW ON LEADERSHIP
Check out Simon Sinek. I believe he has beautiful insights concerning leadership, and current events such as the election of the new american president.
Why Your Mindfulness Efforts Aren’t Working. Short article on hbr.org on why an investment of 1% of your time might increase your resilience, capacity for collaboration, and ability to lead in complex conditions. Moreover the author elaborates on common pitfalls. I find myself here totally: focus on what needs to be done, and being stressed about mindfulness practice itself at times keep me from meditating. The article culminates with steps to take to make your mindfulness practice work.
“Don’t be surprised if some days your mind is busy, fretful, or even wildly unruly. When this is the case, practice curiosity and the art of allowing.”
That’s all I want to leave you with for today. If you liked this please forward this email to a friend or two, and suggest they sign up. Have a great week!