Often we get the most joy in our lives from the smallest pleasures. The warm sun on our faces. A page-turning book that we can’t put down. Some of my everyday life pleasures include being outside in nature, learning what makes people around the world happy, and hearing a heartfelt story. This month, I’m uncovering new forms of inspiration through all my senses:
Summer, come via Vinyl Cafe Story Exchange
I’ll always admire the Vinyl Cafe. Its founder, the late Stuart McLean, helped amass a big, beautiful collection of human stories from across Canada; he had a way about him that encouraged people to share their emotional experiences--the type of stories that bind us together as neighbours, friends, parents, and simply, people. Summer, come is one such story out of the eastern town of Bowmanville, Ontario, that hilariously captures how eager Canadians are for summer to arrive every year. Read on for a good laugh, and soak up summer’s rays.
I don’t have much time to discover new music, which is why I enjoy checking out NPR’s Tiny Desk Performances. I can listen to new music while working, or watch and listen during the evening. Recently Ravi Coltrane, the son of John Coltrane, one of the most famous jazz composers of all time, and his quartet got my attention. Listen on for beautiful instrumentals that touch the soul.
Human Collection via Vsco
How fun: Vsco created a global collection of photos, Forever Young, to celebrate the individuality of humanity. The elderly, twins, and photographers from around the world share their photos to showcase the beauty of their identities. We all have an identity to own and a purpose to pursue, and this collection amply captures that process. Check it out for campaign, project, and team building inspiration.
We need more reports like Gallup’s recent release of its global emotions survey. Too often, as leaders, we turn to the hard facts to determine how to create high-performing teams and companies. Gallup quantified “what makes a life worth living” by asking people around the world what they learned yesterday, and how often they feel positive versus negative emotions--Latin America came out on top. We might be wise to learn from these countries about how their people understand and interact with each other, so we can develop high-performing teams and companies.
Be A Better Leader, Live A Richer Life via Harvard Business Review
Ah, the never-ending conversation about how to achieve work, life balance. It’s probably the number one question I get from entrepreneurs, so I’m always looking for resources that will help people shape their own perspective. It’s a personal process after all, that requires linking our values to our actions. This short video is helpful to determine how to lead in four domains of life all at once: work, family, community, and self. Plus, Harvard Business Reviews gives real-life examples of how to organize, communicate, and measure success.