4 Reasons Leaders Need To Slow Down

Do you feel like you never have enough time? By the time you solve one business problem, another issue raises its ugly head. You never have enough time to slow down.

You may feel like you have to run around like the Flash from the Justice League. Rushing from one emergency to the other. Always taking on more and having less time to slow down.

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Photo by Fabio Ballasina

Slowing down may make you feel like a sloth. Just trudging along and never getting anywhere. You may believe slowing down will hinder your ability to lead. But that’s what I want to encourage you to do today. I want you to take a moment, take a deep breath, and slow down.

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.

Quotes And Leadership Lessons From Ocean’s 8

A Reel Leadership Article

There have been many classic heist films in the history of cinema. Heat, The Bank Job, Baby Driver, Ocean’s 11 and 12 (fun little fact, I viewed Ocean’s 12 at my bachelor party oh so many years ago), and Bonnie And Clyde to name a few.

Heist films are all about a team pulling off an impossible job. They rob a bank, steal a bunch of cars, or knock over a casino. You get to experience the thoughts and actions of a team as they go for the score of a lifetime.

Leadership lessons in Ocean's 8

Ocean’s 8 continues in this vein.

Debbie Ocean (Sandra Bullock) is finally released from prison after five years, eight months, and 12 days for her part in a previous Ocean robbery. Upon her release, she begins to implement a scheme she’s been devising for all those years behind bars.

Finding Your Identity As A Creative Leader With Kent Sanders

The Answers From Leadership Podcast Episode 009

Today’s guest is Kent Sanders. Kent is an editor at the Good Men Project, Professor at St. Louis Christian College, and author of The Artist’s Suitcase: 26 Essentials for the Creative Journey. He writes about art and creativity at KentSanders.net.

Find your creative leader identity

Show Notes:

How do you define creativity?

I don’t define creativity in terms of a certain kind of art or skill. That’s a very superficial way of looking at it. It’s much broader than that.

“Creativity” suggests creating, or bringing forth something that is new or fresh. I like to define creativity this way: Doing what you were born to do.

It’s like breathing: you must breathe in (take care of yourself; be healthy; personal growth), but you must also breathe out (serving, being generous, being excellent at your craft. A healthy person is always breathing both in and out.

Episode 002 – Why Creativity Matters In Leadership With Tyler Reagin

The Answers From Leadership Podcast

Welcome to Episode 2 of The Answers From Leadership Podcast. This week, our guest is Tyler Reagin.

Tyler Reagin is a husband, father, and lover of golf. He is also the Executive Director at Catalyst.

And I had the pleasure of interviewing him at Catalyst Atlanta this past October.

Meeting Tyler Reagin At Catalyst 2015

Show Notes:

Who is Tyler and what does he do at Catalyst?

Tyler leads the team at Catalyst. He helps provide spaces for leaders to grow, develop, and be equipped.

Why did you choose the theme Awaken The Wonder?

As we age, we begin to lose the wonder we had as children. It’s critical we reclaim this awe and wonder.

As leaders, we get bogged down in the minutia of reality. Digging into wonder brings something special to our leadership.