CREATIVE LEADERSHIP KIT
End of semester is nearing (one more week eek) and we are working on tool kit for leadership. Below you will find some of the most impactful lessons I got introduced to over the course of the Creative Leadership class. Some are videos that I find very inspiring for when I feel down and need a pick me up reminder. Others are useful exercises and readings to keep me on track. It has been fun!
MY EMERGENCY LEADERSHIP KIT
QUICK VIDEOS TO HELP YOU FEEL GOOD, RE-CENTER AND RE-BALANCE (1-4)
- When everything seems hard and to follow may be an easy choice, stay true to yourself and do what’s right like the little hummingbird did during the forest fire.
- When your patience is running low, time feels stagnant and all efforts seem in vein, remember that From Little Acorns Mighty Oaks Grow. Remember that some things take time to develop and grow. Be patient, and keep working hard.
- When the walls around you feel like they are closing in and you start to sophisticated from being boxed in this video will remind you the box is nonexistent, there should be no box, you create and take down the walls around you and you charter the course ahead.
Phill Hansen: Embrace the shake
- When you feel scared but know you have to step outside of your comfort zone, to lead it means to be open to ridicule, to be vulnerable and lead by example.
Derek Sivers: How to start a movement
CHECKS AND BALANCES TOOLS (5-7)
(to help re-access or re-configure the path you are on)
- Conduct a SWOT every 6-8 months
Two helpful readings on Weaknesses and Strengths
Look to weaknesses to find your leadership strengths.pdf
Discover and Use Your Top Strengths.pdf
- Do an O&R session every 2 months
FROM MCAD: Creative Leadership SD-6750
- Create Triads 2-3 times a year and cultivate your network often
Here’s what you do:
1). Reflect on projects of all of your colleagues and friends including their
websites/ blogs, professional work, personal interests
2). Using this information, thoughtfully create a triad.
Remember: A triad consists of yourself plus two others, who, you have discovered, all have something in common – ideally related to your vision and values
3). For each triad you have created, introduce the two other members of the triad (person A and person B) to each other by email or in person
- Tell person A about what you value in person B
- Tell person B about what you value in person A
- Tell both why you think the two of them would want to connect
READ AT LEAST 2-3 HRS EACH WEEK (8-11)
Easy readings to follow and reflect on
Good repeat readings to remind yourself to challenge your own position and find your place in workplace leadership
- Daniel Pink: The Flip Manifesto
- Dave Logan: Tribal Leadership (audio) quick reference of leadership stages pictured below
PRACTICE LEADERSHIP (12-14)
- Practice Applied Improv
- Label Recognition
Beware of what “labels” stick and help self and others navigate through them:
- capitalize on positive labels such as “the dependable one”
- mitigate negative labels such as “the slow one”)
- Keep a Record
Journal weekly on your blog hautegreenplanet.com as a way to reflect of lessons learned and steps taken to get to where you are going