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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October 19, 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, […]
October 15, 2015

AGL 008: The Leadership Process, Leadership Training

If you do want to be a leader, you have to train. You have to work hard at it. It’s not just something that you can just try to do without work. Have you ever run a marathon? It’s not something that you can just go out and try. You have to put in a lot of time and effort to train for marathons. Becoming a leader is the same thing. You have to train hard. There is a difference between reading leadership books and training. Reading books is education, not training. Let me ask you this: Do you want […]
October 6, 2015

AGL 007: Overcoming Fear, Anxiety, and the Impostor Syndrome

  We all are afraid of something.   Being a leader demands bravery. In this episode I talk about getting over FEAR (False Evidence Appearing Real). I list and explain these 4 steps for dealing with fear: Play it out. What’s the worse that can happen? What’s the likelihood of that thing happening? How can you reduce the likelihood of that happening? If the worse happens, how can you recover? We need to understand that everyone deals with fear.  The most successful people just “do it anyway.” Getting over the imposter Syndrome.  Check out this article from StartupBros on getting […]
October 4, 2015

AGL 006: Likability, Soft Skills and why likability is so important for career advancement

In this episode I talk about likability.  Being liked at work is actually pretty important.  A lot of people believe that being good at their job, or having some special skill will help them get ahead.  But the truth is that likability plays a huge role in where you end up. People want to hire people they like and promote people they like.  Don’t you want to work with people you like too?  Yes, its important to have skill, but talent will only take you so far.  To advance your career even farther, you mush be liked.  Take a listen […]
September 30, 2015

AGL 005: Book Review: Simon Sinek – Leaders Eat Last

I listen to a lot of audiobooks.  About a year ago, I listened to Simon Sinek’s Leaders Eat Last audiobook.  I loved this book.  In my opinion its better than his first best seller, Start With Why. In this book, Simon Sinek tells the story of Johnny Bravo, a military pilot and how he risked his life to defend ground troops in battle. He uses this story to illustrate the idea of the “Circle of Safety.” Circle of Safety Simon tells us that we should focus on helping those around us and under us instead of one-upping them. He uses […]
September 29, 2015

AGL 004: Having the Difficult Conversation

Having Difficult conversations is really important.  I don’t think anyone would argue that. Many times we feel awkward and don’t want to have the conversation and things go from bad to worse… or they just never get resolved.  This podcast is to give you 3 tips on having difficult conversations that I got from Ash Beckham’s Ted Talk from a few years ago. I hope you guys like this one and get something from it.  Please leave me a note in the comments below and better yet, subscribe and review the podcast in iTunes. http://traffic.libsyn.com/johnrouda/AGL_004__Having_the_Difficult_Conversation.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | […]