AGL 008: The Leadership Process, Leadership Training
October 15, 2015
AGL 010: Book Review: Daniel Pink, Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us
October 22, 2015

AGL 009: Creative Rhythm – Focus, Relationships, Energy, Stimuli, Hours

In Todd Henry’s book “The Accidental Creative” he talks about five elements of Creative Rhythm.  As an IT Leader you’re called to make creative decisions and come up with brilliant solutions at a moment’s notice.  In a future episode I’ll do a full book review of “The Accidental Creative,” but I feel the 5 elements of creative rhythm is worthy of a show by it self.

Creative Rhythms are important because as leaders we must understand that we can’t go all-in 100% of the time and expect to maintain our productivity, mind, and joy for our work. Consistency is important, and if we understand our rhythm then we can adapt to it and maximize it.

“What you do everyday matters more than what you do once in a while.” — Gretchen Rubin

The Five Elements make up the acronym F.R.E.S.H, which stands for Focus, Relationships, Energy, Stimuli, and Hours.

One thing I noticed about all of these is that they are all finite resources.  We only have so much focus, we can only maintain so many real relationships, we only have so much energy in a day (without Red Bull), we can only consume so much stimuli, and we only have 24 hours in a day.

“Mediocrity doesn’t just HAPPEN, it’s chosen over time.” — Todd Henry

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