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  • Writer's pictureLars Christensen

Leaders Read#37



"As long as people continue to believe that reality is hurting them, they will remain victims. If you can learn to separate suffering from reality, you can ease your own pain in readiness."


👋 Hello everyone,


Here are a couple of posts you might have missed:


 

📚 Book Summary:

This week's book is "No Ego" by Cy Wakeman.


Cy Wakeman advocates for a realistic, grounded approach to leadership, which may come across as a little intense if you are a new manager. Regardless, this book serves as a reminder that a manager's role is not about ensuring perfect conditions, but rather about helping employees navigate and embrace the reality of their workplace.


One of my favorite takeaways from the book:

"For most people, ego is like a two-year-old who clings to a toy. Because toddler's brains are not fully developed, trying to get something away from two-year-olds is like trying to talk ego out of it's story."


✅ Actionable advice:

It can be challenging to deal with others, as well as our own ego. When things get a little too easy, or we get lucky—our ego boosts our stories in our heads.

Also, from the book: the ego resists the things it knows will kill it. Things like:

  • Mental flexibility

  • Self-reflection

  • Taking full accountability

  • Forgiveness

  • Letting go

  • Moving on


 

🧠 5 things I'm thinking about (May 31, 2024)


1.Hiring Manager Best Practices

2.Starting this quarter's IDP with the team

3.CS Expansion Contest Review

4.Using AI for improving my reports

5.Language translation


Reading "Essentialism" by Greg McKeown.


 

Have a great week!

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