The days leading up to the holiday break seem more like the “storm before the calm”, but the days following represent a wonderful opportunity.
It allows us to take a break from our “to-do” list, that daily ritual of most people.
One of my favourite thinkers is the poet David Whyte. He describes your ‘to-do’ list as the person you were yesterday. With this in mind, I’d recommend over the next few weeks setting aside a few hours to consider two other lists, those being:
1. Your ‘To-Know?’ List…focused on your learning, the book you would like to read, the podcast you’ve been wanting to listen to, the conversation you’ve been promising to have.
2. Your ‘To Be?’ list…focused on your purpose, contextualised against three words, meaning, connection and belonging, in my mind, the key elements of any major effort or undertaking.
At all times the three lists, the ‘to-do?’, the ‘to-know?’ and the ‘to-be?’ need a connection to one overarching question:
The ‘what’s important?’ question is personal, seeking to match your ambition with capability across all of the important domains of your life. It requires you to go deep, as there will be tension between goals and expectations in the complex and multi-faceted world which we operate in.
CEO & Founder
Allan Jeans was never a dreamer, he was way too pragmatic for that, but clearly understood that he had the capacity to make or break dreams, and that often proved a heavy burden.read more
All of our work at designCEO builds on the core philosophy that people, teams and organisations do not rise to the level of their ambition, they fall to the standard of their systems.read more
So ask yourself, are you matching the values you talk to, with the standards you model, and are you prepared to call people out for behaviours outside of these expectations, regardless of who they are, be it status or ‘technical’ performance?read more
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