School of Greatness: Why leaders Eat Last

Lately I listened to an old episode of the School of Greatness podcast.

After I went to listen to his Ted Talk presentation:

Simon has a great vision of leadership. It’s a leadership that can be learned. Some people does have it more naturally, but it can be learned just like a skill. It’s a mix of empathy, trust and openness to others, so you don’t hurt their feelings and understand the non-verbal or read between the lines.

I like one of his example, but I don’t think I would have been able to read between the lines. The story go a bit like that: A man stops his movie to answer his wife’s call, and she asks him do you like the tapestry I choose for the soon to be born baby’s room. And he truthfully answer no. What he should have understood between the lines is “Do you think I will do choices has a mother?”

But what I can relate the most is when he makes the difference between leadership and authority. That is one of the things easily understand, because I do live that. A person that has authority, and no leadership that always say: “Do what I tell you because I’m the boss”. And my mental answer is: “I can’t, I don’t trust you”. People would follow a good leader because they trust them, and they would follow authority figures because they fear them. But sometimes in organisations, there are roles that you have authority over some staff, but you don’t have the power to cause fear in your staff. So you need them to trust you will make the good decisions if you want them to follow you.

The words of Simon Sinek are eye-opening, I do suggest at least the TedTalk presentations, and if you want to know more there is his book: Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t

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Happy learning.

Great Word Processing software for writers

Has I’ve been writing more and more for my blog. I do start to get more comfortable with Scrivener from Literature and Latte as a word processing software. It’s a Word Processor on steroids for writers (any type of writer, even bloggers). It has a lot of options and a lot of possibilities to structure your work, store your research, and references. And can even help you concentrate on your work.

The composition mode (and the « do not disturb mode » of OS X) helps me work harder on my text.

I’m not yet very organized with the software, but the Scrivener Coach does help me a lot. The training helps me find my way into the software in sort but clear videos about how to do some things. And how to optimize your processes.

It doesn’t have a WordPress plugin to post a blog post from Scrivener (has I know of), but it can export your blog post as HTML. Which contains all the formatting you already set in Scrivener.

Has I wrote in a previous post: About Scrivener, it’s a great tool to write a novel, because the fiction template gives you places to put information and bio of each characters without having to search and open a new document as you would into a standard Word Processor.

Happy learning.

Thought Leader course: Trying to tackle the world

I’m at lessons 3 of the Content Strategy for Thought Leaders course, a training about organizing your thought and writing about them to become a Thought Leader in your field.

In lessons 3, I stumbled on this title: This is why it’s more important to have a niche than try to tackle the world.

This is totally me, so I stopped what I was doing and started to write this post.

I always starts something that is too big, or start something, and then before publishing it. I ask myself, where should I publish this. Do I need a blog for each type of posts I want to do, and one about me, giving links to all my projects.

It reminds me of the SmartPassiveIncome Podcast episode 155. In this episode Pat Flynn is at one of his Mastermind call, and the Joey Korenman from SchoolOfMotion.com is on the hot seat. And Joey has a lot of training ideas, and they all say to him: “Start one and complete it. When it’s done, go to the next one.”

I should do that, but I don’t know which to start.

Now let’s whip myself to the content strategy course, and finish this lesson 3…

Happy learning.

SPI: School of Motion

Again a small post. I didn’t finish my longer article, but this, I needed to share.

Wow!! those animation are cool!!

At the School of Motion they show you tips and training about doing some animations. This is great, not for me, but great. I’m not too much in doing animation. The free training looks and sound good. I don’t have the software, and I don’t know the software and I feel I can do everything Joey says.

This site came to my knowledge with the Smart Passive Income Podcast episode 155.

This episode is full of great tips for online business, and passive income. I will need to listen to it at least one more time to note everything down.

This is a double learning post, if you don’t learn with the School of Motion, you can learn about the way to grow an online business.

Happy learning.

TedX: Own your body data

The women with a PhD in Statistics present us the power of owning our own body data. The presentation is funny and very data centred.

Talithia Williams: Own your body’s data

I do think it’s true, we need to own our body data. I do cumulate some of my body data, like my weight and the number of steps per day. Following my weight daily do help me see the causes of the weight change. I’m more aware of the effects of what I eat on my weight. Lately, I went to the sugar shack, and eat a lot, and I mean a lot. A gained 5 pounds, it took me 10 000 steps per day for 5 days to go back to my average weight.

But we need to have a basic knowledge about the data itself. The blood pressure is more variable, taking it a Sunday afternoon after a spa or meditation, and taking it a Friday day night right after hard and very stressing workweek. They won’t say the same. So taking it at the same time every day or every week, will give you a better idea of the situation. Just like your weight before a Thanksgiving diner and after. Sometimes we over-eat.

Happy learning.