Welcome to the Deploy Yourself Newsletter, where I gently provoke you to show you your own power. This newsletter is an invitation to your leadership. You can also read this issue online.
Short or long-term thinking? An image that says it all!
When you focus on the short term, you experience more fluctuations emotionally. It is turbulent.
When you focus on the long term, you experience less turbulence and smooth progress.
The external events or circumstances do not change with either. They are the same.
It is a mindset shift – two ways of looking at the same events and reality.
One gives you anxiety.
One leaves you calm and composed to deal with what you have to deal with.
The good news is – we have a choice in how we look at life – short-term or long-term?
Which one are you focusing on? Is it working for you?
If yes, great! But if not, what new results could be possible if you shift how you are looking at things?
Reply back and share what this is provoking for you. I read and respond to every reply.
Fascinating Articles & Stories
Eva Poppe – “When you get out of your comfort zone, you learn so much about yourself.”
I interviewed Eva Popee, Chief Growth Officer at ZeroLight on the Choosing Leadership podcast. Eva shares:
- You learn so much about yourself as much as you learn about other cultures.
- it’s crucially important that you can have a joke from time to time.
- Getting out of your comfort zone, you learn so much about yourself, about others, about empathy. It makes you humble. Um, which I think is very important because You’re no better than others.
- I think it is very important if you talk to people from, like other views who give you like an outside view on where you’re at because you’re in your own zone a lot of times you can, um, then not see left or right.
Listen to the entire episode.
Nick McQuire – “Learn it all as opposed to know it all”
I interviewed Nick McQuire, Director of Product Management at Microsoft on the Choosing Leadership podcast. We talked about:
- mindfulness works for me as long as I’ve got that structure and it’s communicated well with the team that and everyone understands and we’ve got a mutual respect for that, it works.
- if you can have those transparent discussions and there’s flex on either side. I think it ultimately, that’s the place you want to get to and that transparency and respectful approach to your colleagues, I think is so important.
- the big changes that happened in my life and career as a result of setbacks ultimately turned to be really good things.
- The temptation and the visceral reaction is quite natural, is to be downbeat and to be a little bit oh my goodness, you know, what’s happening, type of, uh, reactions. But I think in the long run, kind of hold onto the point that actually these tend to be really positive events, cuz you’ll be able to, it’ll take you onto, you’ll either trampoline into another area.
Listen to the entire episode.
Curated resources for your leadership
Here are my best finds from all over the internet for your leadership. Make yourself tea/coffee as you read, listen and learn.
Pro-tip – Listen and read the below about YOU – not about the author. (reply back and ask if you do not understand what that means)
- The 3 Key Milestones from my life – and what I learned from them
- 7 Mental Models For Great Engineering Leadership – an article on Athenian
- Why Feedback hurts and what to do about it?
That’s it for now. If you have any questions or feedback, or if you are new and want to introduce yourself, hit reply. I read and respond to every reply. All the best,
P.S. – I am looking to interview more inspirational leaders on my podcast. If you know anyone I should interview, reply back with their name.