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Think, Feel and Act Like a Leader

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Think Like a Leader

Leaders need to think! A statement of the obvious perhaps, but it is also true that we can do a lot out of sheer habit and routine. But we can also fall into the trap of thinking too much – and we know that as over-thinking. We have all done it – sometimes for the most important decisions we need to make, but sometimes for relatively trivial decisions.

Feel Like a Leader

Strangely, overthinking may have its roots in our emotions. It may be generated by fear and anxiety or by a desperate desire not to be seen as being wrong. Our feelings are however what guide our intuition and help us peek into what is mixing away in the stew-pot that is our mind. So being able to recognise what are helpful feelings and what are not can also help us better manage our thinking.

Act Like a Leader

Overthinking can lead to indecisiveness – never a good leadership trait - although neither is impulsivity or recklessness!  Balance in thinking is what those around us will need and respect.
Ben Brearley is the host of ‘The Thoughtful Leader’ podcast, a series he started, believing ‘thoughtful leadership is good leadership’.  He also recognised the challenge and discipline required in carving out the time to be thoughtful. 

In this episode he begins from the understanding that many thoughtful leaders have a habit of overthinking things. Too much thinking can turn into a lack of action and you can also tie yourself in knots trying to come up with the perfect plan or strategy, when simply getting on with the task might be a better use of your time.

He looks at why you might be overthinking and puts some steps in place to try to reduce this behaviour so you can get on and start taking action!
Leaders Listen!
Scott Mautz is the author of ‘Find The Fire: Ignite Your Inspiration’ and ‘Make Work Exciting Again’. 

In this article he gives 11 mental tricks to help you stop overthinking.

Being a leader requires confidence, decisiveness, and quick thinking - none of which are served by overthinking every decision or scenario or worrying about every move you make.

There’s a time to think, a time to act, a time to reflect, and a time to move forward.

Overthinking causes us to spend too much time thinking, getting stuck in a loop of inaction, and turns positive reflection into debilitating worry. Not only does it not move us forward, it moves us backward and downward.

1. Reopen the door only when new information knocks.
2. Know that overthinking and problem solving aren't the same thing.
3. Remember the 90-10 rule.
4. Assume good intent.
5. Embrace informed ignorance.
6. Embrace uncertainty.
7. Replace “what if” with “we’ll see.”
8. Get outside and play.
9. Do the math.
10. Stop framing the unremarkable as catastrophic.
11. Evaluate the true impact of being wrong.

Read the full article at the link below
Leaders Read!
This is a Rafael Eliassen animated video. Eliassen describes himself as a motivational coach with a particular focus on self-improvement and entrepreneurship.  This clever and helpful piece is one of a series he offers.
Leaders Watch!

The Leader's View

Winter brings shorter days, but can offer different perspectives on places well known to us. Looking south down the Clyde to Cowal and Bute shows a tranquil setting, but for thousands of years human beings clustered in coastal villages to eke out a subsistence life – and travel over water was easier than over land. 

In 1870 the Viking fleet of around 200 ships sailed west here to lay siege to Dumbarton Rock. What would the coastal villagers have thought?

Longer Read

Winning the Brain Game Fixing the 7 Fatal Flaws of Thinking by Matthew E. May, published by McGraw-Hill, 2016. 

Matthew May describes the ‘fatal flaws of thinking’ and shows that overthinking is one of these. Calling on modern neuroscience and psychology to help explain the seven fatal flaws, May draws insights from some of the world’s most innovative thinkers. He then blends in a super-curated, field-tested set of “fixes” proven through hundreds of creative sessions to raise our thinking game to a more mindful level.

Regardless of playing field, mindful thinking is the new competitive advantage, and the seven fixes are ‘a magic set of tools’ for achieving it. May aims to give the reader better decision thinking abilities, and higher levels of creativity.

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...and finally

...without a little reflection, there is no Insight Added.
"The more you overthink, the less you will understand."
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