Fun Friday Links: Quitting Email, Acting Like a Leader, and Steve Jobs’ Innovation Secrets

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Arwen Heredia

May 2, 2014

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What I Learned After Quitting Email For A Week

If the idea of disconnecting yourself from the constant, ever-refreshing flow of email makes you panicky, it might be time to actually cut the proverbial cord. At least, that’s what Charlie Warzal — and frankly, plenty of modern social psychologists — think should happen. From Buzzfeed:

“It’s 2014, and the most fundamental digital experience in our lives is hopelessly broken and out of sync with the way we live. At a moment when the most influential companies and brightest minds of our time are obsessed with altering the course of human history by increasing life expectancy and constructing civilizations on other planets, the single most elemental unit of written communication in our lives remains essentially unchanged since its widespread adoption two decades ago. The problem with email has gotten so bad that the conventional wisdom suggests it’s largely beyond saving.”

Source: Buzzfeed.

If You Want To Be A Leader, Start Acting Like One

“You can’t be a leader if you don’t have followers.” An old mantra, perhaps, but nonetheless a very true one — and, a bit of wisdom that many aspiring leaders seem to forget. You don’t become a leader and then suddenly gain a following; nor does having a particular job title automatically make you a leader. And that’s the point that Josh Linkner is deftly driving home in this piece from Forbes:

“Leadership isn’t about your title, nor is it about bossing others around. Being a strong leader means thinking about the teams’ needs before your own, helping other people to grow and maximize their own full potential, and sharing credit when it’s due (and shouldering blame as needed, too). Why do you need to wait to get a promotion to start doing any of this? You don’t – that’s the good news, so start today. The more qualities of a leader that you begin to exhibit, the more obvious a choice you’ll be for the actual promotion down the road. By positioning yourself as someone who’s ready to take on more (after having proven yourself over a longer period of time), you’ll be hard to ignore. Plus, over time, you’ll have benefited your overall team with your efforts – this makes it a personal and collective win.”

Source: Forbes.

The 7 Innovation Secrets of Steve Jobs

It’s only natural to want to understand the inner workings of a mind like that of Steve Jobs’ — the man literally changed the world, and in many more ways than one. He was a pioneer, an inspiration, and if we’re being honest, the driving force behind why most of today’s generations are going to end up with some new-fangled form of texting-induced arthritis. But whatever your opinion of modern technology, there’s no question that Mr. Jobs was the kind of innovator that comes along very rarely; so, stealing his innovation secrets is probably a pretty smart move. From Forbes:

“As The New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman once wrote, “The day of average is over. Average only guarantees below average results.” Steve Jobs never thought average thoughts, even as he and partner Steve Wozniak were fiddling with electronics in the spare bedroom left vacant when Steve Jobs’ sister moved out of her room. It was only after the two visionaries outgrew the bedroom that they moved to the kitchen, and eventually the more spacious garage.

The seven principles that Jobs used to achieve his breakthrough success are available to any business leader in any field who hopes to create radical transformation.

Source: Forbes.