Work Smarter Summit: Ideas & Lessons

In this post, I'd like to recapitulate the ideas and techniques from the Work Smarter Summit [Day 1 & Day2] that really resonated with me. The six day event was vastly beneficial with its array of thought leaders sharing their advice and expertise. While concluded now, the Summit can still be accessed via a paid subscription or through their upcoming Mastermind Class. Details here.

Listed below are the helpful hacks and techniques that I picked up:

1. Readers are Leaders: Jeff Brown

In this episode, the one line that I loved was : Readers are Leaders. As a bookworm, the catchphrase really captivated me. I found the idea of 'Looking Ahead' and 'Looking Back' sheets very useful for giving direction to one's career and life. 'Day Chunks' is also  practical concept that clubs priorities (becoming an expert, attaining targets, etc.) with constraints (meetings, travel, family functions, etc.)- and certainly one that I will try to emulate.

2. How to Lead Better Through Practice: Joshua Spodek

I loved this episode because of the numerous ideas covered. Hands down, this was my favorite interview amongst all and really the Hook that kept me glued to the rest of the Summit. From the inner monologue exercise to the 'Script' to have deeper and better conversations with people; the entire video was full of great tips and strategies. The examples were excellent too, considering that topics like Jujitsu, running, learning a musical instrument and so on were skillfully woven into the exchange. It effectively reinforced the point that 'Leaders work with emotions to motivate people'. So, one has to necessarily understand what drives others and build trust and relationships to achieve success.

3. How to Have It All, By Redefining all - Carrie Wilkerson

Another fascinating episode, especially due to the multitude of tactics shared. The solution that we have to define what 'all' encompasses to truly 'have it all' was sagacious. Also, the strategy of having a 'work week' as opposed to a day was mind-blowing for me. I really want to follow that and am working on identifying my own 'ebbs and flows' to put it in place. The line 'Short term Sacrifices for Long Term Gains' is not novel, but it was galvanizing. [Personally,a big shout-out for coining 'momflict'. Such a simple sounding term, but nothing simple at all about it!]

4. Future of Working - Mitch Joel

This was another good discourse which gave me the terms of 'presentist' and 'power of tribalism'. I found the message of 'putting in time' very inspiring.

5. How to Work Smarter as a Rookie - Liz Wiseman

Another excellent dignitary who conveyed pragmatic suggestions was Liz Wiseman. One detail that I was fascinated was the idea of "Learner's Advantage" . She explained that in the learning phase, we accomplish more work, ask better questions, seek greater number of experts. This in turn means, that our best and most satisfying work occurs when we are at the bottom of the rung, and just starting out. I was also swept away by the notion of "Use Native Genius to say Naive Yes".  She states that by accepting tasks and projects that we are not experienced in but that utilizes our inherent talents; we can learn as we go by calling on our existing strengths. This helps to stay in the midst of critical actions and continuously increase our value. She also expanded on the importance of having heterogenous teams as regards experience and skills was marvelous.Her mantra of 'Research, Write, Teach, Repeat' was stirring.

6. Form Productive Habits, especially Leadership: Michael Stanier

Stainer's definition of coaching was novel and profound: "Coaching is not the profession; it is a way of being with each other". His advice for leading is one that can be applied to networking and building relationships too- 'Stay Curious; ask open-ended questions for rarely are first responses complete'. 

7. How to Think & Act Like  A Leader: Herminia Ibarra

"Being tactical about relationships" is guidance that is unusual but effective. And that is one of the first pearls of wisdom that Herminia Ibarra mentioned in her video. To view networking as bonding and to analyze the gap between current and future network was eye-opening. She also discussed at length how men and women have a different sort of network- multiplex for men and bifurcated for women. Hers was an insightful and deep talk with many pointers on how to reflect leadership in our network and relationships.

I found the entire symposium very enlightening and actionable. Did you watch the Summit? If yes, share your favorite parts in the comments below.


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