Tuesday Dispatch: Issue #74
The Owl and The Beetle
I have been diligently reflecting on a concept over the past few weeks and am now eager to share it with you and initiate action. This newsletter on leadership has been a valuable resource that has enabled me to sharpen my understanding of the subject, and I am now determined to take it to the next level.
I'll kick off my leadership development program in a few weeks.
Here is my vision:
A cohort-based program for ten people, 90-minute sessions every two weeks for three months.
Every session briefly introduces the topic, and then we break out into groups and do exercises.
I realized that most of the leadership material available, from books to videos, presentations to masterclasses, misses the essential element: practice, practice, practice!
When I was in New Zealand, studying Aikido and preparing for my black belt exam, my sensei used to say: "Don't talk about a problem; solve it" - Practice will solve it, not words.
Taking inspiration from this principle, I want to build a community of practice where people interested in developing their leadership skills can come together, meet regularly, and do exercises together. Whether it is a joint coaching session, a conflict resolution workshop, or a delegation matrix exercise, getting together will be beneficial.
The first cohort will take off in a few weeks. Reply to this email if the idea of practicing together resonates with you. I'll be happy to get you involved.
This week we learn about isopraxism, walking meetings, and compliments. As well as soundscapes and beautiful information.
The premium content is about running a distributed team over multiple countries, time zones, and cultures.
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3 Droplets of Leadership
Deconstructing the Mirroring Effect
Isopraxism, also known as “mirroring,” is a behavior in which one individual unconsciously copies the body language of another, often without being aware of it. This phenomenon is observed in many cultures and species but is particularly pronounced in humans.
Mirroring someone's movements can create a mutual feeling of comfort and understanding, which may lead to increased levels of cooperation. However, if mirroring is done to mock rather than to establish rapport, it is unlikely to lead to increased cooperation.
Mirroring can be a powerful tool to build rapport and make a solid first impression, but it should be used judiciously. When done correctly, it can help one to gain a deeper understanding of others.
Got A Meeting? Take A Walk!
Nilofer Merchant proposes an innovative solution to improve your life and health: Transform your next one-on-one meeting into a "walking meeting" and observe how ideas can flow while you move and converse. Check it out!
How to Compliment Someone
This Twitter thread offers excellent advice on expressing appreciation without focusing on physical appearance. It is highly recommended reading.
2 Grains of Technology
Personalized soundscapes to help you focus, relax, and sleep. Backed by neuroscience.
Information Is Beautiful
An incredible selection of data to restore a sense of optimism in our lives.
1 Atom of Reflection
Your focus should be on identifying the most suitable tools for resolving your issues rather than the most excellent tools available.