The people we surround ourselves with are a reflection of who we are and how we communicate. This week we're reading articles that challenge long-standing beliefs about how to brainstorm, achieve success, and create work-life balance:
This Medium author says there are two primary mental shifts that all highly successful people experience: 1) The power of choice and 2) The power of context. He argues though, that very few people make it to the second shift. Why? The second shift involves taking responsibility for our lives. Read on to learn how collaboration, delegation, and rest play into becoming highly successful.
In 1959, Isaac Asimov, a former American writer, was asked to join brainstorm sessions that would develop creative approaches for a ballistic missile defense system. Asimov later penned a piece based on his observations of those sessions, in which he outlined how to create new ideas. MIT Tech Review published his letter in 2014 that comes down to a single factor: identify the best environments for people to be creative - a kitchen table, a small group, and a jovial atmosphere play a part according to Asimov.
Author Alex Soojung-Kim Pang is challenging the work-life balance conversation. In his study of the lives of Nobel laureates, famous writers, and great artists, he learned that most of us think too narrowly about work-life balance; we're always trying to do and achieve everything all at once. In this Thrive Global article, Pang profiles the life of Australian Historian Inga Clendinnen to show us how work-life balance can be achieved in another way: over the course of our lives.
This School of Life article argues that therapy should be as ordinary as getting a haircut or going to the dentist. Read on to learn five ways how therapy can be helpful for everyone. The first benefit: untangling confusing thoughts. A great read to encourage team members to start having more open conversations about emotions they're facing at work.
To keep learning on this topic, read: From Arlene: The Big Lie About Work-Life Balance