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Edition 55: We all have to try something new. Sometimes.

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Assignment: How do you lead?

I mean, really, what drives leadership for you? Why do you want to run that meeting or project or manage that team? How do you do it? With a strong hand? With empathy? Honesty? Firm direction? Many questions?

You don’t have to have answers for this, but there are very many reasons why sometimes it’s worth reminding yourself of how you want to lead, even if you’re not fulfilling that right now.

There’s lots of ways to discover this, though I don’t think a personality quiz is the right answer. Think about what it is that drives you and what the best (and worst) bosses you’ve had were like. 

Lara Hogan, who I immensely respect, has a worksheet for you.

Some core questions to answer, with my current answers (and re-assess frequently!):

  • What are the values that matter most in leadership to you? I value honesty and persistence. Kindness, with candor.
  • How do you want someone else to describe you as a leader? She is hard on me sometimes, but it’s always for the better and I always know where she’s coming from.
  • What kinds of environments do you do best in? Teamwork must be important. I don’t do well in groups that are only there to beat their chest. Supportive, but thoughtful environments where you can be honest, but no one takes anything personally. I must be able to fail, and not worry about consequences. 
  • How do all of the above manifest on a daily level? I like to know about everything, so I’m never surprised, but I don’t need to manage day to day. I want to give overall direction and trust my teams to manifest them in whatever way they believe works best. I always give hard news in person, and criticism. I like having check-ins so I can stay on top of all of the above, or having dashboards where I can see what’s going on.

Reading // Making // Playing // Watching


Reading aka tab clearing //
The Overstory by Richard Powers // This profile of a woman who tracks hate-filled men for a living (Cosmo) // A new OSINT guide (CJR, RIP IntelTechniques) // How and why some newspapers got their subscribers to stay (Neiman Lab)

Making //
It’s very hot out, but I am still baking anyway. Lately its super simple sugar cookies. These seem kinda underdone when you pull them out but wait until they cool and they’re *perfect*. 

Playing //
I can’t stop playing this simple, relaxing puzzler from the New York Times. It’s just matching, but the colors are great.

Watching //
The Sinner, season two, fresh out on Netflix. It’s about cults. I love cults. Well, I am fascinated by them and the psychology of them.