I'm all for not over complicating leadership.  Sometimes as leaders we may have grand ideas and yet miss the obvious.  Recently while having a casual conversation with a friend, I heard her mention three things that are absent in the leadership of her group that could make a significant difference.  They are not complicated.  She shared...

- No one from leadership has called me in the last four years to touch base and see how my small group is going. 

- No resources or training have been given to build into us as a small group leaders.

- The leaders don't seem to be committed to attending the small groups, they don't model what they expect of others.

Connecting, resourcing...

'Workers everywhere are experiencing an epidemic of overwhelm… for many, every day involves a constant, massive, and overwhelming volume of work.  As the world digitizes, globalizes, unplugs, and reorganizes, having too much to do has become our biggest complaint.’ (Your Brain at Work, David Rock)

Can you relate to this statement?  Sadly most of us working in the knowledge economy can.  Recently a friend was describing her state of overwhelm, which included 2,000 unread emails in her inbox!  How do we keep up?

David Rock suggests that to be effective in our job we need to understand how our brain works and to develop more brain-smart approaches to our daily work.

Like any other muscle, the area of the brain...

‘A study done at the University of London found that constant emailing and text- messaging reduces mental capability by an average of ten points on an IQ test.’ (David Rock, Your Brain at Work)

Smart phones are rapidly becoming the norm and jokes are made about those who still have ‘dumb phones’.  But maybe those of us who have smart phones aren’t so smart after all.  Having 24/7 access to our emails and constant communication, through various apps, means we are ‘always on’.  But it is being discovered...