April 9, 2018
Management Moments – Nourishment
Last week we talked about rest. Today, let’s talk food! For me, it’s early morning and since some of us haven’t broken our fast yet, you may think I mean the kind of food for your stomach. That’s an important to building the best foundation of “you” before you can useful to others. But this is not a health food discussion.
This is about nourishment for your mind. Are you feeding it at all, in fact? Are you working SO much that you can’t focus anymore? Do you only read the business press that affects your own industry directly, or do you branch out to see what the rest of the world is doing? Are you building upon prior knowledge (the best way for adults to learn) or do you cast about, always trying something new and unable to settle on what you want to do with your life? If you are one of the lucky ones, working a career you love, please be sure to keep it fresh. Stay in school (at least figuratively) forever. Keep reading the newest, latest stuff. You don’t have to agree with it all, but it keeps your mind sharp and builds new ideas.
You could even get out of the office for some of your education! Being among other humans is a physiological necessity for us to be our best. We are, in fact, herd animals. I believe there are only two things that can truly change the world. One is faith, which is a topic for a different forum, and the second is education. Broad, general, specific, academic, practical, scientific, public, private, experience, book, internet, CDs in the car, long talks with people you love, heated debates with colleagues, in school, with degrees or without, any form of stretching your brain is good.
You don’t have to believe in it all, or even agree with most of it, but the exploration will do you good. Keep your mind open and you’ll be amazed at the ease with which you handle your leadership responsibilities. Remember, we’re building a “foundation of you” first, so that you can focus on those you lead as promised in the first blog. Once you can lead by example, you’ll be a better leader. And if we are better leaders, we can build a better world!