Leading From a Spreadsheet
Most things are more complicated than we think.
Leadership is no exception.
Leadership is not simply influence.
Minimalism is not reductionism.
A leader is someone with followers. This is reductionist.
In my first job, the person who “led” the entire branch holed up in his office on most days. I was a lowly warehouse worker. The branch manager only rarely even made an appearance in the warehouse, and rarely spoke to anyone other than his direct reports.
He was not a leader because it’s impossible to lead with a spreadsheet and commands to the Human Resources department.
People are not and never will be commodities, even when they’re treated as such.
Just so you know …
Starting June 1st (tomorrow), I will be doing a digital declutter per Cal Newport’s latest book “Digital Minimalism”. (You need to read this. And at the moment I’m publishing this, you can get the audiobook for $8.99. That’s almost a steal. Buy this book NOW!)
What this means for me: I am logging out of 99% of my social media for the month of June. All social media will be deleted from my phone. This blog will continue to post to Twitter automatically. It will not auto-post to Facebook or LinkedIn and I will NOT be logging into Facebook for the month. (I haven’t entirely decided what my LinkedIn behavior will be for June, as I do have business contacts on that platform,)
Two solutions for this:
Use an RSS feed reader like Feedly or Feed Wrangler. Or just download an app like Reeder. If you use the Internet in place of a newspaper (Like most of the current population), you need this in your life anyway. Just drop this URL into one of these service: https://www.bernieanderson.com/blog/?format=rss.
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Would love to track with you as I seek what “Digital Minimalism” will mean for me.