Jumping right into it this week. We’ve got four stories to help you as you lead your business forward and our Do Good Spotlight is on Meals on Wheels.

  • Are you having a hard time reading as many books as you want to? Do you wish there was a way to get summaries of the trending books and big ideas everyone seems to be talking about? I felt this way and at the very end of last year I signed up for Blinkist. This service summarizes a wide variety of books in text and audio form. I’m enjoying it. Most recently I listened to a summary of Yuval Noah Harari’s 21 Lessons for the 21st Mind blowing. Here’s a link that Blinkist says will get you 7 extra “free trial” days if you want to try it out. Let me know what you think if you do try it.
  • How is your organization handling the potential offensive comments and behaviors in the workplace? This Harvard Business Review article attracted—and held—my attention because it gave examples on how to coach your employees to respond to something that offends them and alerts you, as the business leader, to help coach your team through challenging situations.

 

Do Good Spotlight: Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels operates in virtually every community in America through its network of more than 5,000 independently-run local programs. While the diversity of each program’s services and operations may vary based on the needs and resources of their communities, they are all committed to supporting their senior neighbors to live healthier and more nourished lives in their own homes. The statistics for how isolation and loneliness are affecting our older Americans are staggering. Please take the time to learn more about the growing issue of hungry older people and consider donating like we did.

 

  • Did you make New Year’s resolutions this year? Sometime between Christmas and New Year’s Day I review the year that’s passing and set goals for the year ahead. I take it seriously, writing everything down and taking real “quiet time” to reflect and think ahead. This year I tried something different. Rather than setting “goals” I set “intentions.” And then I used a new app I discovered called Life Wheel to organize my intentions and categorize them into the areas of my life that I want to focus on improving. It’s a pretty cool and flexible tool. I like how it helps me hold myself accountable, creates check ins, concentrate on various activities, and check off successes as I achieve them. Here’s a link to Life Wheel where you can learn more and download it on your Apple devices (sorry Android users, I don’t think it’s on your platform yet).

That’s it for this week. Enjoy the rest of it!