Here at DGG Week Peek, we condense 3 valuable articles we’ve found on the web every week. We provide you with key insights from each article, and some personal takeaways we’ve gathered.
This week, explore lessons on leadership, deliberate learning and time management!
This writer summarised 3 key takeaways from Alibaba CEO Jack Ma’s recent speech on leadership:
1. Love Quotient
Leaders need to genuinely love his/her team, and love the ultimate goal and purpose of what he/she is building
2. Being a leader is not fun
The leader has profound pressure to make sure that the organisation runs well, and is responsible to fix anything that goes wrong
3. Inspiring and pushing people
Through hard times, leaders need to inspire the team to see past the tough times and make it to better times together as a team
Being a leader might look glamorous and easy, but it is anything but. Leaders have to bear strong responsibilities for both the team and the projects he/she builds.
Deliberate Learning for Success
This writer uses the example of Benjamin Franklin’s success, and proposes the ‘5-hour rule’ as a success strategy that we all should use.
Benjamin Franklin consistently invested an hour a day every weekday for deliberate learning. The 5-hour (one hour a day) rule thus reflects the idea that the most successful people are the ones who are constant and deliberate learners.
The core concept of the 5-hour rule: Empty Space
This allows learners to:
- Plan out learning goals
- Deliberately practice and receiving feedback, improving on specific areas
- Thinking deeply and gain more perspective on lessons learned
- Set aside and prioritize time for learning
- Solve problems as they arise
- Do small experiment with the learning process
This might be quite contrasting to the highly productivity-driven lifestyles many of us have today. Instead, purposefully setting aside time and using the time allocated to learn and improve a little bit a day can create profound impact in the long run.
This writer found that most productive employees did not work the longest. She offers certain tips to help increase one’s productivity:
1. Splitting the day into several 45-minute segments
Focusing and maximizing one’s productivity within shorter time sessions rather than trying to go for longer hours (i.e. quality time over quantity time)
2. Building a habit of ‘deep work’
Focusing on work without any distraction for a certain period of time before taking a break
3. Embracing downtime, being lazy
Brains tend to be more efficient when they toggle between being focused and unfocused
As our society now puts a premium on being busy 24/7, we are wired to think that our schedules should be filled with appointments and to-dos. However it seems that the emphasis should be on the amount of hours of focused work and appropriate rest, to maximize our productivity and work efficiency.
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