Weekly Pulse by William Meller | Week 23, 2023

The Weekly Pulse is my content curation and my highlights from readings, books, podcasts, insights, and everything I discovered during the week.
The Weekly Pulse is my content curation and my highlights from readings, books, podcasts, insights, and everything I discovered during the week.

So, let’s go with some discoveries from the week!

#1 – Ten Habits to Boost Your Happiness
#2 – Successfully Transitioning to New Leadership Roles
#3 – What Children Lose When Their Brains Develop Too Fast

Ten Habits to Boost Your Happiness

Source: Scott Young Blog
Author: Scott Young

Summary: Good habits can make you more effective. Great habits will make you happier. Scott recently has been trying to collect habits that make him appreciate life more. Finding the habits that make you more productive isn’t that hard, but placing the right rituals that impact your happiness is more difficult.

3 Highlights:

“… The overall story is about preparation the night before because of the expectation of morning immobility, then the release of power and the start of the day, then the fact that this goes on every morning…”

“… Cut out the noise for a period of time. This may seem contradictory to “filling your day with activity” but it’s not. The absence of activity usually results in noise: television, web surfing, and other distractions. Silence requires you will forgo the noise and simply think. Not easy to do in a busy world, but it can keep you sane…”

“… Cut out activities that aren’t valuable or entertaining, but don’t scrap every source of high entertainment. Separate the activities you really enjoy from those that are only mediocre. That way you can fully enjoy them without feeling guilty about an imposing to-do list…”

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Successfully Transitioning to New Leadership Roles

Source: McKinsey
Author: Scott Keller

Summary: Leadership transition is more common and important than ever. Every leadership transition creates uncertainty. Will the new leader uncover and seize opportunities and assemble the right team? Will the changes be sustainable? Will a worthy successor be developed? These questions boil down to one: Will the leader be successful?

3 Highlights:

“… Newly appointed leaders should take stock of their situation in five areas and then take action to deal with them. They should also clearly state not only what they will do but what they won’t, as well as forget the idea that they have only 100 days to make an impact…”

“…  As leaders take action, they should not only be clear about what will stop and start but also adopt a philosophy from the world of good housekeeping: one thing in, one thing out. When people propose new initiatives, leaders should ask what the company will stop doing to free up the time, money, resources, and focus needed to implement them well…”

“… A year into her role, not everything had gone according to plan: unforeseen economic changes dictated a strategic decision to focus more on the consumer business…”

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What Children Lose When Their Brains Develop Too Fast

Source: The Wall Street Journal
Author: Alison Gopnik

Summary: Adverse early experiences can make young minds inflexible, while a carefree childhood has clear cognitive benefits. Brains start out being more plastic, more open to experience, and better at learning. But how would witnessing a traumatic event when you’re 5 years old put you at risk for cancer when you’re 50? Just how do early experiences shape development?

3 Highlights:

“… Children with more adverse childhood experiences are more likely to suffer from anxiety, depression or addiction as adults, and they have a higher risk of cancer and heart disease…”

“… The brain gets thicker in infancy, for instance, and then thins out in adolescence…”

“… The most important part of caring for young children is in some ways the easiest. Loving your children and giving them space to learn and explore is more important than crafting a particular curriculum…”

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