Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Leveraging Reflection for Creativity

So sure, in this age of e-everything, I guess I could simply download books, and I do (might escape reading is on my Kobo).  Except books on leadership and business need to be in my hands so that I can highlight them, post it note them, scan pages to send to people, fold corners and see the stack.  I love the colours, the images, the visual of these books in my yes, I like that they will come to me in the mail via Amazon or Indigo or any other means......I still order them online (satisfying my inner-geek) while still loving books.

This Summer has started on the right foot, with lots to learn, and lots to let go.  I feel that as I continue to develop (I am not saying 'age'), that I am more open to learning more about myself while I learn from others.  And books are the launching pad.  I have always loved to read and even more so today.  Even though I spend hours online and connected, the ability to touch a book, turn the pages and mark it up truly is relaxing and empowering at the same time.

Taking opportunities to work ON my business, I have enrolled in a great weekly session with like minded business leaders, and the push that I am getting to be more of myself is truly amazing.  As a leader I have felt that there are things that 'can't' or 'shouldn't' be as they may sway others away.....and lo and behold, I am finding the more of me that I am, the more I am enjoying my business, it's growth and the clients I am attracting.  Not only that, it gets easier...meaning that it is easy to be consistent, maintain my focus and share my ideas, because this creativity is leading me in new directions allowing me to let go and be disruptive, reflective and GROW.

Always having been creative, designing clothes way back in my past, I find it funny how things have come full circle in new ways.  By learning more about myself through the gifts of others wisdom, words and research, there seems to be more opportunity than obstacles to move forward.  I feel like I am at my most creative right now! And I can push it, stretch it and have a great time in this space.  The ah-ha moments are endless.  Can anyone tell me if this is part of being in your forties? 

Enough preaching about paper books and reflection and creativity, tell me what you are reading.  If you are looking for great summaries before you buy, download or read a leadership or business book, check out this link.

Right now, on the go, I have:

  • David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell
  • Daring. Greatly by Brene Brown
  • The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown
  • The Next Generation Leader by Andy Stanley 
  • How People See You by Sally Hogshead
  • As well as my Fast Company Magazine and the escape stuff on my Kobo. 
What are you reading?  How do you find what to read next?

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