When I get sick of the top hits on repeat on every station on my morning commute, I normally switch on a podcast. Design Matters is usually my first go-to for some inspiration for my work day ahead. Do you ever listen to it? If not, you should! Debbie Millman’s voice is beautiful. I could listen to it all day. The latest podcast was an interview with Simon Sinek, author of Start With Why .. Before listening to this, I had no idea who he was, but I tell you, I’ve never been more inspired to be a leader and to put my d*mn phone down. He talks about how managing people is different from leading people. That you should treat your employees more like children .. You wouldn’t fire your child. You’d encourage them and mentor them, and support them along the way. He also spoke of the “D” generation or the depression generation, those who get so lost in the unreality that is Facebook and Instagram that it makes them depressed, always comparing. Isn’t it the truth? And the idea of social media now crossing the line into addiction and the rush of dopamine that accompanies “likes”, comments, etc. that feed the addiction. There is so much more to the podcast, he talks about his new book and finding your why, you just have to listen to it! And he also encourages you to put your phone down when at the table with friends. To truly give someone your utmost attention.
So, one day last month, when I had some time set aside with my friend Kristin, I put that one tip to use. We chatted all night, uninterrupted by phones and TV. We did brunch the next morning and just kept talking. It was so wonderful to talk about everything under the sun. I didn’t even bring my phone to the table. No need. I wanted to give my friend my full attention. Now, I just need to remember to do this when I get home!