Girl reading book by lake
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Episode 6: Self-Development

 

 

Show Notes:

Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs
Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs
  • More downtime is great like personal retreats, mindfulness, prayer, yoga and relaxing vacations
  • Gratitude journaling is a good method for reflecting on your blessings
  • Volunteer leadership opportunities can be very rewarding and are within everyone’s reach
  • 70-20-10 model of development
70/20/10 model of development
70/20/10 model of development
  • More frequent breaks help improve productivity, mindfulness and give you a chance to reflect
  • Accountability partners and coaches help keep you focused and give feedback on your progress
  • Book: Insight by Tasha Eurich
  • Ask for feedback by writing “What is something that might be getting in the way of me [fill in the blank with your development goal]?” on the front of a notecard.  Have your peer group respond with anonymous feedback on the back of that notecard. This feedback will be a major gift for your development.
  • Don’t try to climb the mountain to the top of your goal too quickly or you may find it overwhelming. Take baby steps and start the journey!
  • Book: FYI: For Your Improvement by Korn Ferry – look for used copies to save money; older editions are still quite useful
  • Book: Before Happiness by Shawn Achor
  • Book: Boundaries series by Henry Cloud & John Townsend
  • Brene Brown has created some wonderful resources in a variety of media formats including
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Tip 50: Borrow travel books

I admit I am mostly a consumer of digital content these days and mostly rely on podcasts and Google searches to learn about areas I am traveling to. Still there is a huge benefit to travel books and maps..I love maps! So while we have previously suggested ebooks and related apps, this tip is all about the good old fashion page turner.

Have you considered borrowing travel books rather than buying them? Honestly I hadn’t as I regularly buy the cheapest, newest used book I can find on Amazon, but recently my son wanted to spend a rainy afternoon wondering around the library…and I wasn’t about to discourage that. I was surprised at how many travel books, magazines and videos were available for loan at our local library. We’ll definitely be back soon!

Now off to study up for our upcoming Cuba trip!

Change commitment
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Episode 5: Living through Change

Change cartoon
No takers on leading change?

CEB Research – https://www.cebglobal.com/insights/change-management.html

What tools or models do you think are most helpful to people leading change?

When you see someone who just has a knack for championing change, what characteristic/trait sticks out to you? (What makes them great?)

  • Flexibility
  • Curiosity
  • Passion
  • Authenticity
  • Aware of stakeholders

What are often overlooked execution strategies leaders miss as they get wrapped up on “doing the change”?

  • Celebrating small wins
  • Anticipating resistance – more info on Pre-Mortems
  • Slow down to move fast – aligning on the front end
  • Knowing when it’s ok to direct change vs allow for more collective intelligence/wisdom of the crowd – Kerber and Buono research (this is a bit more academic but good stuff)

How can the leader solidify the change in the culture?

  • Provide opportunities for 2-way conversation with employees
  • Communicate, communicate, communicate
  • Reward the right behaviors
  • Modeling what you want to see in others
  • Select people who align with and advance the culture you are building
  • Know when to change talent on a project team to reinvigorate a change

What strategies do you use to personally cope with change?

  • Reminding myself that it’s usually not as bad as I assume it will be
  • Focus on gratitude even in the midst of pain
  • Not ignore our feelings
  • Giving up control
  • Being intentional about how you are spending your social time and making sure you are not isolating yourself

How do you help those who struggle with resistance to change?

  • Demonstrating empathy
  • Not passing judgment when someone is struggling
  • Provide personal examples
  • Change style indicator – brochure
  • William Bridges’ transitions model

What change books and resources have been helpful?

It seems like all industries, fields, even hobbies are changing a lot based on digital and other trends. How do you stay on top – or in front, when possible – of these changes?

  • Think of other ways to do things you do today especially ways to use digital tools differently
  • Twitter and LinkedIn helps connect global thought leaders
  • Conferences or Professional development sessions and organizations

 

BONUS!

Girls’ Trip Elephant Adventure pictures – Sandy on an elephant at the Indianapolis Zoo

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Movies on a tablet
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Tip 7: Free Audiobooks and more for travel

Did you know you can rent & download audio books for free if you have a library card? Zinio (RBDigital) for magazinesOverdrive (Libby) for books, and Hoopla (music/audio books/TV) are all great options. We like to listen to books when traveling by plane, train and car.

London travel
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Episode 4: Traveling the British Isles

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Pictures from travels to the British Isles:

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London and London suburbs:

·        Crown Jewels in the London Tower

·        Piccadilly Circus

·        Wimbledon

·        Harrods – enjoy the café’s crepes

 

UK outside of London:

·        Stonehenge

·        Oxford

·        Cambridge

·        Stratford Upon Avon

·        Windsor Castle

·        Warrick castle

 

Also recommend attending a High Tea and taking a hop on, hop off bus tour.

 

Scotland:

·        Edinburgh castle

·        Glasgow

·        Near Scotland – York

 

Ireland:

·        Cliffs of Moher

·        Wicklow

·        Glendalough

We didn’t mention it, but also recommend the Temple Bar District in Dublin for a good Irish singalong.

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Episode 3: Paths Followed by Faith

Questions we considered and hope you do, too:

  1. What are you most grateful for beyond the typical – family, friends, job, etc.?
  1. How can your personal transformation help you to have more grace with the growth of another person?
  2. Where in your life do you need to be brave? How could your faith help you?
  3. Who do you know that is really brave? What does their life look like?
  4. Describe an example of a time where your faith led you down a different path than you otherwise would have gone down? Or a time where you felt like He asked you to do something that made you uncomfortable.

References for things we mentioned:

 

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Episode 2: Emotional Intelligence

Show Notes: 

  1. Self Awareness – recognize moods, emotions and drives
  2. Self-Regulation – control/re-direct disruptive impulses and moods; think before act
    • How to develop Self-Regulation: WAIT – Why Am I Talking?
  3. Motivation – passion to work for reasons beyond money & status
    • How to develop Motivation: Reframing – finding the good in difficult situations/interaction
  4. Empathy – understand emotional makeup of others; treating people according to emotional reactions
  5. Social Skills – managing relationships and building networks; find & build rapport

 

  • Emotional Intelligence benefits of travel
  • Faith’s role in emotional intelligence