A great post on sexual harassment, and how we all have a responsibility to fight against it.
A short, great little article on important conversations any leader should be having regularly.
Right. So I’m just going to put this out here right off: if I have to listen to yet another stumbling, rambling, mispronounced, mumbled, dry, and generally boring as hell briefing from one of my peers, I’m going to find a way to beat someone over the head with their own PowerPoint slides. Seriously, we’ve […]
I’ve been listening to this album while working far away from home. Apollo Brown and the artists he features are incredibly talented and creative. Fantastic beats, slick lyrics and surprising twists in the flow of the album. Give it a listen.
Found from a ‘similar to…’ tab on Spotify when I was listening to Noah Gundersen. I’ve just discovered this guy’s music and I’m really enjoying it. Beautiful lyrics and sparse, tense guitar notes. This track takes me back to summers as a kid, the smell of newly cut grass and walking around an airfield I used to live by. There’s a version he recorded with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra which is just incredible — look it up!
Remaining self-aware while presenting is the real key here — you want to use your paralinguistics consciously to enhance what you’re saying rather than leave them on ‘automatic’. Use your hands, move around the space you’re presenting if you feel like it — while you’re presenting, you own the space, so make it work for you.
For some time, I have been collecting links and resources to help me improve my leadership, management and various other skills. I think I now have enough that it might help other people if I centralised the links and shared them with others.
I will use this post as my ‘hub’ and periodically update it with new resources as I find them. Note that many of these resources cover far more than the heading I have placed them under – it is well worth browsing around all of them in detail.
I find it useful to take notes in a ‘best book’ where I can centralise what I’ve learned, particularly as a reference for leadership and management advice.
If you have any questions or suggestions for additions, please let me know!
The Military Leader – Great articles and blog posts aimed at an officer/SNCO audience, but full of useful lessons for any leader.
EntreLeadership – Good articles and a great podcast on leadership.
ChangingMinds – Incredible website which holds a mine of information on psychology, social interaction and many other subjects.
SimplyPsychology – Great for building the basic psychological knowledge essential for understanding how people think and interact.
List of Cognitive Biases – Never believe your brain; question everything you think and make sure you’re not committing these!
MindTools – Deep website with a huge amount of free content on all aspects of management and leadership. A great starting point.
BusinessBalls – Wide range of business and management related advice.
Harvard Business Review – Various articles focused on business.
Inc. – Website of Inc. Magazine. All sorts of useful and thought provoking articles.
SixMinutes – Very good blog on public speaking and presentational skills.
Speaking.io – Useful, frank and surprisingly deep site with interesting design.
Toastmasters – International public speaking organisation. Clubs around the world and a number of good basic tips on their website.
Self Discipline/Motivation/Habit Building
James Clear – Excellent website with information on forming positive habits, achieving your goals and developing self discipline.
Michael Hyatt – Fantastic website with a very good podcast; covers business matters as well as personal development. Host is an ordained priest but episodes are generally focused on matters other than religion.
Art of Manliness – Don’t be fooled by the title – it’s superficially aimed at men but in the most positive way possible: it promotes ‘manly’ values such as discipline, courage and strength which are useful to anyone. The podcasts are particularly good.
The Regimental Rogue – Amusing but educational site containing numerous historical documents and plenty of food for thought.
ARRSE E-Nirex – Useful documents for exercise and junior officer tasks.
Maneuver Self Study Programme – Web content, books, articles, doctrine, films, lectures, and practical application exercises to help educate leaders about the nature and character of war.
Reed – Comprehensive website for advice on CV creation and job hunting.
Huffington Post – Articles on careers and finding jobs.
The Economist – Well respected weekly paper discussing political and economic issues. Many free articles.
TweetDeck – Set up custom twitter searches and display them in columns. Incredibly useful for getting up-to-the-second information on anything being covered in social media.
Institute for the Study of War – Free, extremely detailed information and assessment on key conflict zones. Excellent weekly email.
Lawfare – Excellent and incisive analysis of international affairs. Great (free) email subscription service.
Foreign Policy in Focus – Another brilliant organisation covering foreign affairs.
TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) – Fantastic and inspiring video lectures, performances and ideas from people around the world.
Khan Academy – Free online courses in many subjects.
DuoLinguo – A free and highly effective way to learn a new language. Available as a mobile device app.
ThoughtCatalog – Despite some clickbait titles, often contains excellent and inspiring articles and creative writing.