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3 Things I Learned Last Week #16 – From Quad Dilemmas to Leading the Charge

DRUMROLL PLEASE… 🥁 Welcome to the sweet 16th edition of “3 Things I Learned Last Week”! 🎉

Pop open the metaphorical champagne bottle because this isn’t just another newsletter – it’s a chance to dip your toes into a bubbling jacuzzi of insights from my whirlwind learning journey last week. The goal? To keep you informed, inspired, and ready to tango with the ever-evolving world around us.

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This week’s gems are harvested from a conversation so enlightening it could light up the Vegas strip – an intellectual tête-à-tête between Nick Bare and Seth Godin:

  1. 🕵️‍♂️ To Stalk or To Trust: A Quadrant Dilemma
  2. 🎭 Leaders vs. Managers: Same Movie, Different Roles
  3. 📜 The Write Path: Committing to Organization Success

Alright, grab your snorkel. Let’s dive in!

🕵️‍♂️ To Stalk or To Trust: A Quadrant Dilemma

During this intellectual joust, Nick Bare and Seth Godin plunge into the murky waters of choosing between surveillance and trust within an organization – especially when the stakes are higher than the heels on a pair of Jimmy Choos.

Seth, like a human GPS, navigates us through a quadrant system, shedding light on organizational dynamics and dishing out a handy tool for improvement and reflection.

From low stakes-high trust scenarios (like whether or not to steal a cookie from the communal jar) to high stakes-low trust situations (think: defusing a bomb in a James Bond movie), Seth illustrates how humans can focus on trust-based work, leaving the peeping Tom duties to AI and robots.

🎥 Don’t just take my word for it. Check out the segment on surveillance vs trust here.

🎭 Leaders vs. Managers: Same Movie, Different Roles

The plot thickens as Seth Godin differentiates between leaders and managers, shedding light on their unique roles in the organizational screenplay. While leaders are the Spielberg’s of the bunch, steering the ship towards a brighter tomorrow, managers are the stage directors, ensuring everyone remembers their lines and hits their cues.

In this dialogue that packs more punch than Rocky Balboa, Seth and Nick share their ringside experiences, revealing their preferences towards leadership roles and how they’ve leveraged the skills of competent managers to score some serious organizational KOs.

🎥 Here’s a ringside seat to the segment on leaders vs managers.

📜 The Write Path: Committing to Organization Success

Shining brighter than a freshly polished bald head, Seth Godin emphasizes the need for organization commitments that could make both leaders and employees shine.

From gardening intentional changes to respecting tension-stress differences, he hammers home the point of critiquing the work, not the worker (unless they keep stealing your sandwich from the communal fridge).

Seth’s firm belief: fostering a dialog over monologue, and treating people with the dignity they deserve can steer an organization towards the kind of success that makes a Scrooge McDuck-style money bin dive possible.

🎥 For a deeper dive, watch the segment on organization commitments here.

That’s a wrap for this edition of “3 Things I Learned Last Week.” Fingers crossed these topics offer you a turbo boost on your journey to personal and professional growth. Stay tuned, same bat time, same bat channel, for more thrilling discoveries next week!

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Here’s to a week stuffed full of learning, growth, and that joyous feeling you get when you remember there’s still ice cream in the freezer.

Till next time,

~ Nathan

The author partially generated this content with GPT-4 & ChatGPT, OpenAI’s large-scale language-generation models. Upon developing the draft, the author reviewed, edited, and revised the content to their liking and took ultimate responsibility for the content of this publication.






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