Consider leading many ‘mini-lives’

Writer David Kadavy decided to reveal his dislike of travel in print. He describes how he’s made a habit out of living what he calls “mini-lives,” which he defines by spending a month or more in a different location from where you live and living a life that resembles your normal day-to-day.

‘Where lungs have breath, no limits can exist’

Max Calderan’s prowess for extreme exploration earns him a distinction with the likes of Sir Edmund Hillary and Neil Armstrong, and one may even reasonably argue that he’s exceeded them both. But unlike either, the 54-year-old Italian has never had the backing of expert Sherpas or government-funded agencies such as NASA, which makes his storied résumé even more legendary and mythical.

Let your anxiety serve a purpose

It’s stating the obvious to say that there’s still a lot of anxiety going around right now. As leaders, many of you are trying to keep your businesses healthy and take care of your employees and families. Since anxiety is a heightened state of alarm or awareness, there are some beneficial aspects to experiencing it.

Don’t be just a JOAT

The “Jack of all trades” moniker is not only cliché, but also reeks of mediocrity. Instead, the idea that someone has singularly devoted themselves to a particular endeavor—so as to be better at it than the majority of their similarly situated peers—carries more immediate and lasting appeal.

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Today's Leadership Tip

In meetings, don’t overfacilitate a discussion by acknowledging every comment and then calling on the next speaker. It’s fine to keep quiet and let group members bounce ideas off each other. In fact, some of the best brainstorming occurs when the leader fades into the background and lets participants run the show.

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Q: Sometimes I think I’m doomed as a leader because I listen to what far younger people are saying and I think, “You just don’t get it. You don’t have any life experience. Just wait 20 years and see if you still believe your nonsense.” Am I just a hopeless dinosaur?

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