Mindset, EQ, and extraordinary leadership [Venture Kindling]

This Venture Kindling post feature short bits of information I’ve tripped across or developed that can help you light a fire or revive a fire for your venture.

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Kindling from the web:

Mindset misconceptions. The Doctor of Mindset is in and she’s clearing up some misconceptions about the concept. Dr. Carol Dweck, highly popular authority on mindset (read my review of her book) discusses in Harvard Business Review What Having a “Growth Mindset” Actually Means. Whew. I think we got it right in our podcast on the topic.

EQ Top 10. Think you’ve got good emotional intelligence. Take a gander at this checklist of the 10 Qualities of People with High Emotional Intelligence. Number 4 is a doozy. And if you want some tips on how to grow your EQ, listen to our two-part series about EQ.

How to be an extraordinary leader.  HBR writer Nancy Adler asks Want to Be an Outstanding Leader? Keep a JournalResearch has long held that extraordinary leaders take time to reflect. Having journaled every day now for 3 years, I’ve found it be the most effective tool for reflection, especially when done longhand, with pen and paper. You know, the old-fashioned way.

Latest personal kindling:

Disrupt Yourself. It may sound painful, but you’ll be glad you did it. Read my review of Whitney Johnson’s latest book.

Wounded inspiration.  In what is a delicate—and often suppressed—topic, my podcasting buddy Armin Assadi and I talk about how to transform a deep wound into a gift the world needs.


“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.'”

— Mary Anne Radmacher


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