Weekly Pulse by William Meller | Week 45, 2021

Weekly Pulse by William Meller | Week 45, 2021
Weekly Pulse is a content curation and highlights from readings, books, videos, podcasts, insights, ramblings and other interesting things I discovered and digested during the last week.

So, let's go with some discoveries from last week!

#1 - Simon Sinek: do you love your wife?
#2 - Digital transformation is about talent, not technology
#3 - Digital transformation is not about technology
#4 - Do workplace hierarchies still matter?
#5 - The boss factor
#6 - How to work on your goals when you don’t have time
#7 - How to make remote brainstorming work?

Simon Sinek: Do You Love Your Wife?

Source: Fearless Soul
Author: Simon Sinek
Year: 2018

- Do you love your wife?
- Yes.
- Prove it.

"...like, what’s the metric? Give me the number that helps me know, right? Because when you met her, you didn’t love her. Now you love her, right? Tell me the day that love happened. It’s an impossible question, but it’s not that it doesn’t exist, it’s that it’s much easier to prove over time. Right?

If you believe there’s something there, you commit yourself to an act of service. It’s not about the events, it’s not about intensity, it’s about consistency. Right? You go to the dentist twice a year, your teeth will fall out. You have to brush your teeth every day for two minutes.

She didn’t fall in love with you because you remembered her birthday, and bought her flowers on Valentine’s Day. She fell in love with you because when you woke up in the morning, you said “Good morning” to her before you checked your phone. She fell in love with you because when you went to the fridge to get yourself a drink, you got her one without even asking. She fell in love with you because when you had an amazing day at work, and she came home, and she had a terrible day at work, you didn’t say “Yeah, yeah, yeah, but let me tell you about my day.” You sat and listened to her awful day, and you didn’t say a thing about your amazing day.

This is why she fell in love with you.

It is hard to stand up to an external constituency who is pushing you to do something for their short-term gain, to do the right thing for your people. It is hard. It is thankless. It is lonely. Sometimes you get fired. Sometimes you get in trouble. Sometimes you’ll lose your job, and the next guy will get all the credit. It’s all true.

But when you act with courage, that, in turn, will inspire those in your organization to also act with courage. In other words, it’s still an external thing. That’s what inspiration is, right? I’m inspired to follow your example.

But, those relationships, that we foster over the course of a lifetime, will not only make us into the leaders we need to be and hope we can be, but they’ll often save your life. They’ll save you from depression, they’ll save you from giving up, they’ll save you from any matter of, you know … negative feelings about your own capabilities, your own future. When someone just says “I love you.”

The one thing I am comfortable saying that all effective leaders must have is courage. Because it is hard. It is hard to stand up against outside pressure. And the courage to do the right thing in the face of overwhelming pressure, only the best leaders have that courage. Only the best leaders..."

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Digital Transformation Is About Talent, Not Technology

Source: Harvard Business Review
Author: Becky Frankiewicz and Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic
Year: 2020

Summary: Contrary to popular belief, digital transformation is less about technology and more about people. The most brilliant innovation is irrelevant if we are not skilled enough to use it. The main implication is that when leaders think about investing in technology, they should first think about investing in the people. 

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Digital Transformation Is Not About Technology

Source: Harvard Business Review
Author: Behnam Tabrizi, Ed Lam, Kirk Girard, and Vernon Irvin
Year: 2019

Summary: Companies are pouring millions into “digital transformation” initiatives — but a high percentage of those fail to pay off. That’s because companies put the cart before the horse, focusing on a specific technology rather than doing the hard work of fitting the change into the overall business strategy first.

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Do Workplace Hierarchies Still Matter?

Source: Stanford Business Research
Author: Eilene Zimmerman and Jeffrey Pfeffer
Year: 2014

Summary: Jeffrey Pfeffer, a professor of organizational behavior, says office power dynamics are part of our DNA. Why do traditional power structures have such staying power? The fact is that even companies started by millennials ultimately wind up with the same organizational structure around leadership and power.

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The Boss Factor

Source: McKinsey
Author: Tera Allas and Bill Schaninger
Year: 2020

Summary: Businesses looking to make an external social contribution should, paradoxically, look inside, improving workers’ job satisfaction could be the single most important thing they do. Think about what makes you feel safe, or in a place of psychological safety, so you feel able to take those steps.

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How to Work on Your Goals When You Don’t Have Time

Source: Scott Young blog
Author: Scott Young
Year: 2019

Summary: One of the biggest problems you face is being too busy to make progress on all the things you’d like to. In this lesson, Scott Young want to convince us to rethink how we approach our goals to get more done with less guilt and stress. The more successful you get in life, and thus the more responsibilities you take on, the easier it is to allow your actions and intentions to drift apart.

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How to Make Remote Brainstorming Work?

Source: William Meller - New article

Summary: Organizing a brainstorming session doesn’t have to be a complete disconcerting event in your agenda during remote work. Many of us are no longer working together in the same rooms, but we still require generating ideas collaboratively. I invite you to read the article published here this week!

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