Are You Living In An Echo Chamber?

I recently entered into a conversation on Facebook. Another social media influencer had posted his opinion on the abortion debate that started with Alabama.

The conversation was staying civil. He and his wife were on one side of the fence. I was on the other side.

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Photo by Caleb Steele

For me, that’s okay. I can take disagreement. I can listen to someone who opposes my views and consider their argument. Then something happened.

I logged into Facebook. I checked my notifications. And there were no new notifications from this conversation.

Then I did something I shouldn’t have done. I searched for the Facebook friend. When I couldn’t find his page, I found the URL for his Facebook page and tried to access it. I received the following message:

Message on Facebook stating Sorry, this content isn't available right now The link you followed may have expired, or the page may only be visible to an audience you're not in.

Hmmm… Is Facebook broken? Nope. Something else had happened.

What’s Your Option Number Three?

In June 2019, the alternative rock band Radiohead learned over 18 hours of music recorded during their sessions for their album OK Computer was stolen. The hacker reached out to the band with a ransom demand: Give me $150,000 or I’ll release the stolen recordings.

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Photo by Mink Mingle

Radiohead appeared to only have two choices from the hacker. They could either pay the ransom or they could let the hacker release their music for free. The band was stuck between a rock and a hard place…

Until they looked for Option Number Three.

Option Number Three

At first glance, you may agree Radiohead only had two choices. It would be easy to see this as the hacker had only given them two choices. Yet, there was an additional option.

Radiohead blew off the hacker and chose to see a third possible option.

Why Every Leader Needs A Hobby

With so much of our day spent dealing with the problems that arise from leading others, it is easy to think you don’t have time for a hobby. It’s a fallacy many leaders fall into. Failing to have a hobby is also one of the reasons many leaders stumble and face burnout.

I was reminded of this as I listened to Adam Grant’s new book Power Moves. In it, one of the Davos attendees he talks to David Solomon, the CEO of Goldman Sachs.

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Photo by Alan BishopDavid Solomon isn’t the straight-laced CEO you might think of when you think of Goldman Sachs. Outside of work, David spends his free time on his hobby: DJing at clubs and events. He goes by the name of DJ D-Sol and rocks clubs all around the world.

He found an outlet for the stress of his job. Using his hobby of DJing, he is able to relax and decompress to avoid burnout.

Better Isn’t Always Better

There’s been so many innovative, awe-inspiring inventions in the last couple of decades that it is mindblowing. The Apple iPhone, high-speed internet, DVR… All of these inventions were improvements upon something we already had.

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The iPhone allowed the average phone user to carry a mini-computer inside of their phone. High-speed internet drastically reduced the time it took to browse the internet (or download music). And DVRs allowed television viewers the opportunity to record live TV and watch it at their leisure.

All cool things. All things that improved our lives. Or so we think.

Is it really better to have 200 channels to channel surf through? Can you really find something on Netflix to watch with all of the choices available? What about recording all of the television shows you want to watch (but never get the chance to)?

Why Your Attitude Matters More Than Anything Else

It’s already been a rough morning. Before you left for the office, you and the wife had an explosive argument. Top that with the kids were crying and you were late… Your morning is shot. Your attitude is too.

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And that’s a major problem. Yes, the issues with your family are big problems too. Your family problems need to be fixed as well. However, when you bring a lousy attitude to the office, you’re bringing major problems with you.

Your Attitude Matters

As a leader, your attitude matters to your team. How you feel and the energy you exude will set the tone for your team members.

They see you down in the dumps and cranky, there’s a good chance they’re going to be as well. Your team will follow your example.