www.adssafaris.com/cli/series/ I could barely get passed all of the advertisement before getting to the author's point :. It's a language, and like all languages, takes time to become a PRO at. Personally, I think Codeacademy is fantastic for getting your feet wet in programming. You have to curb your enthusiasm and set realistic expectations. So easy to make negative comments; this guy doesn't come up with a solution.
He is everything that's wrong with the programming community. The idea of CodeCademy isn't to make you a master programmer - it's to teach you a little about the basics of programming, and get you used to the idea of syntax etc. It's a springboard. The first step. At least there's someone trying to make programming accessible. You can learn how to code by working on a project full time from scratch, but don't expect to be a coding master overnight, it will take years to become an experienced programmer that knows the proper techniques and design principals to write professional code.
That said, for experienced programmers, like me or you, Codeacademy is a great way to learn the ins and outs of a new language. I love the bite size exercises on the website because I have mild ADHD and a short attention span when it comes to learning, this approach works perfectly for me. I completed both the Java and jQuery courses on Codecademy about a year ago and I completely forgot all about those languages months ago. I am also learning from code cadmey. In my view codecademy is good for basics, then you can go forward experimenting with yourself to improve or visit coursera for gaining mastery over it.
But seriously that point of "blink and you'll miss it", is really true. So if you learning from codecademy always try to make notes or just scribble it in your way so you can revisit the the content you learned. To me it's good if you have previous knowledge of programming. Then it is very easy to learn the syntax of a new language with Codeacademy. Otherwise you will miss some important steps that are not code related. So indeed try free courses, the approach books or project based courses on Coursera or Udacity. I think codacademy good for CS student who had learn programming mindset in the classs.
I'm in the beginning and have gotten up to the arrays and for loops. After learning about them there was an exercise about trying to search your name the number of times it shows up in a string and the exercise was bouncing around different things not explained in the for loop lesson. The way they were trying to explain it was very confusing for me to follow and I ended up really not learning what I just learned that well. I'd say if you've just want to familiarize yourself with coding for the first time use the site, if you're using it to become a full-blown developer then you really ought to be doing research then using a site that breaks half the time when you backspace trying to fix your code.
That's just my two cents worth of the site. Is this article was written about Codecademy only or also Codecademy Pro. As far as I know - Codecademy in a Pro option has "problem-solving section" that is teaching programmer mindset - but maybe I'm wrong - I'm hesitating wheter to go for pro option or start by the way some other course like Coursera or Udacity? This article was written in Please bear in mind that the course setup has changed since then, including the addition of the Pro learning line and the Ready version, according to my research.
Most of these comments are for the Free version of CodeAcademy I think. I am just now learning about CodeAcademy but I am looking forward to taking the Ready learning line. I think, for me, it is just what I am needing. I have a CS degree but haven't been programming for over 10 years and need access to a learning format for the current languages. I agree that the Python course is heavy with syntax. But what frustrated me more was a section on Boolean logic where you simply copied crazy code with 5 expressions in them. The kind that no one can make sense of.
Doesn't contribute to programming skills at all. Maybe fun if you do Boolean logic for a living.? I use code academy currently because it is a free resource and had been recommended to me by several people. I thought I was weird for taking notes but the article made me feel clever for doing it! I keep half my screen on google docs and the other on code academy and I just take down information like crazy. I don't get to dedicate time everyday difficult job situation so I also like to take time and read through my notes so I don't forget concepts. I mostly use it to learn the basic concepts because I am planning on starting a bootcamp and I want to get a head start on learning the concepts before I get there.
I do agree that it doesn't really give you any application or help you with the mindset. I do the same thing, taking notes on one half of the screen using Evernote. I found that Codecademy cleared up some of the programming principles that I failed at understanding at teamtreehouse. It's much easier to take notes when you can see words on the screen, rather than presented in a video format, in my opinion.
And it provides useful code to copy and paste into notes for reference later. I understood object oriented code immediately at Codecademy, but this was difficult to learn in video format elsewhere. I have my notes to rely on forever. Codecademy follows a logical flow of giving new info, and it gets right to the point. It's been very helpful after floundering on video-based instruction courses. It's also much faster to get through the material. So I recommend using a free trial somewhere like Lynda to get one's feet wet with their teaching styles, then go to codecademy to get through the syntax quickly, then back to traditional computer books, Lynda.
I have yet to try codecademy's pro version, but very tempted because it offers projects with ability to ask for help, which the other sites fail miserably. No peers answered most of my questions on teamtreehouse, so I moved to lynda. Of course I need to go to developer resources to learn more, but I don't need to return to lynda. Now I'm in python and it's the same - take careful notes and accept that you'll be seeking more detail using developer websites and books, when you're ready.
It's just such a horrible PITA. It will at times just not work. And as a 'free' user I don't get any support. Definitely it doesn't teach the mindset or the thought process, and definitely regurgitating syntax is not REALLY what programmers need to do. Especially in an environment where you use a number of different languages, some of them extremely infrequently, and in multiple different versions some of them very old.
In situations like that it's an incredible waste of time to try to keep track yourself, of all the different flavors you're dealing with. Especially when you have a programming environment that does that for you. As someone whose programming chops have fallen into disrepair, i'm finding it invaluable for getting the juices flowing again.
I'm in front of my computer, coding at 2am. I'm inspired again. That, for free, is worth a lot. But I think that's all it's meant to be - not the penultimate coding sensei, but a solid foundation of fundamentals to get you rolling. Get you inspired. Then, you take it from there Good for those who already have a knowledge of programming and want to relearn it years later. I know this because it worked for me. But then I trialled it in the classroom year olds with Python. Terrible idea. Turned them off programming altogether. Made no sense and they commented the exact same complaints.
It's not always the case where one website will work for all users. Do and apply where you feel comfortable. I am revisiting learning to become a software developer I did a little prior in Michael H Ruby tutorial. I am using code academy with the understanding that it is a sampler so I can get an introduction two different languages and how they relate to each other in a basic level. Reviews like yours are the reason why I believe I have the correct mindset for learning with codecademy. I think of it now as a match to the fuse of a firework. I've found learning to code really hard.
I started by enrolling on MOOCS courses, and then getting a bit of a way through them, and getting completely lost, and giving up. However, I did get through a whole Processing course, and got some pretty pictures, but I've completely forgotten everything now. This time I've managed to get carry on without giving up, and have got through the barrier. But the way to get through the barrier is hard to explain. It's really hard to make the leap from learning the syntax basics of a language to doing anything with it, but, especially for a beginner, without that basic syntax you aren't going to ever do anything.
I enrolled in Code Academy, and so far it's been part revision, and part learning stuff I missed on all my other courses. I just think it's good to have lots of different sources, because they all explain stuff from different perspectives, and sometimes I find a particular perspective is really useful, and other times not so much. There's nowhere to learn everything, so it's just pushing forward, and Code Academy is a useful tool, but not a complete one.
But for beginners reading this, keep on trying, every time I failed, and gave up, I was surprised when I started again, how much I did learn, when I seemed to be learning nothing. Also it's nice getting badges, everyone needs a badge. I just completed the JS intro course on CodeAcademy. That being said, however, it was a great way for me to shake the rust off and get myself feeling ready for a more intensive course. I think the service is a great introduction for people in that respect but should only be looked at as that - a bare bones introduction.
Great informative post. I just started Codecademy. I know nothing about coding, so this kind of very simple, very basic, very gradual walkthrough is heaven for learning the basics. I have no doubt it's just the first step of many before I'm out in the world writing real code for businesses. But I have no need or want for more complexity this early.
Like martial arts, the first part of your training tends to be useless, but you're worse off in the long run if you don't build on a foundation of solid fundamentals. My thoughts exactly. I just signed up to Codeacademy to get the basics since I've never done coding before. It will be a good way for me to know if this is right for me. We all learn in different ways and have to start somewhere. I figure this same concept will work for me to learn coding. We shall see. Code Academy is a great website to get started with some languages syntax when you are learning about programming, the people that use it to learn something else than that are totally losing their time.
Do you honestly think amazon is paying him to sell 11 dollar sets of flash cards? And in order to do that he wrote a extended look at Code Academy which has nothing to do with flash cards at all? Sponsored articles exist in the world and you should be wary of them. But critical thinking is needed to identify them. You are not using any in this situation. Someone is not familiar with being an Amazon "Associate" it appears. Google it, it's pretty eye opening. I totally agree with your views Its fun and its free.
After it you can understand better other peoples codes and can write basic coding. No it won't make you an expert programmer but there isn't any single tool out there that will make you. I cancelled my subscription because I am also interested in Python, but their Python classes don't come highly recommended. Codeacademy is not at all an independent source of education in programming.
It will only cram syntax into your head. Personally, I find it best to use a combination of books and youtube videos to learn a language, and then use Codecademy to consolidate your syntax when you feel like you forget them. I recommend thenewboston for any language. It may be outdated now, I'm not very sure, but there is most likely a plethora of resources on youtube. Also, make use of Project Euler to keep testing your abilities. So maybe i am right and maybe i am wrong but i sure want to learn this language so can CodeCode ninja help me in this. I went through the Ruby course at Codecademy and I thought it was pretty good.
I think the author's criticisms are valid. My main criticism is that it isn't hard enough. Too much is simply spoon-fed. I didn't have any problems with print or puts, so I'm not sure what is up there. Sometimes I think it can be a bit specific about what they want. I remember trying to do things differently or "better" and Codecademy not being able to parse that.
If this whole coding world seems scary to you, starting with the cake one that is, as you admit, addictive is a surefire way to get someone started. I honestly think the real matter here is this. If you really want to learn how to code you will learn no matter the cause. You will become a Coder in whichever way you started but it all comes down to self determination and dedication.
No one is born a fighter but through vigorous training and having a strong-willed mindset and dedication became a fighter. Same thing with coding, through vigorous learning, frustrations, downfalls, confusions, at the point of calling it quits but instead hold on and don't. Those that persevere no matter cause are the ones that truly learn a Craft. One of my favorite quotes of the many Marcus Aurelius said and I quote "Do not imagine that, if something is hard for you to achieve, it is therefore impossible for any man: but rather consider anything that is humanly possible and appropriate to lie within your own reach too.
All are good valid points, but you have to take it as it is. No, it should not be by any means the be all, end all, resource for a person seriously considering a career as a developer. But - who's to say it's not a convenient free supplement? At least you are learning the syntax. It's perhaps more beneficial to people who already have a good foundation in a programming language and understand coding on a fundamental level. I tried Codeacademy Pro and got a refund 5 days later. The comparison made with Duolingo was an excellent one because I effectively learned Spanish and German grammar so well that I was ready to find a tutor and continue my learning.
Today, I speak Spanish decently but unfortunately, no Germans to take my money. I read another article published in about this and Codeacademy still suffers from the exact same problems. Hard to believe that they still exist. This leads me to believe that it's designed for people who are familiar with at least one programming language.
No matter what I do, I am forced to look at the forums after looking at the problem and not understanding the error. Hints should be given in different levels and most of the time, they are useless. So when I look at the forum, I don't learn anything and become dependent on the forums in perpetuity. Why has no one followed the example of Duolingo of constantly revising what you learn? It's by far the best learning experience I have ever had. It's free. So there's nothing wrong with something free unless it's teaching wrong things.
I learnt from codecademy and then I did code wars which really taught me how to code. I think it's good if it gets people into coding. I think people keep who people down who want to get into code. This one guy on Facebook berated a girl for attebding a coding workshop saying 'youre think you'll be the next Zuckerberg with this? I learnt coding just cos there was a big craze over it and now I actually use it in my job. People like that guy is what made me give up coding for a while. Now I strongly dislike anyone who tries put off newbies or are pessimistic about people learning to code.
I believe this is quite true, but I can't seem to find a way to learn coding myself. I've tried with YouTube videos but most of them just tell you to copy stuff off your screen and they don't really teach you how to think for yourself as a programmer. Provides a great intro to data types, sequential operation, conditionals, for loops, and data structures that balances accessibility and rigour. I like how the instructor focuses on walking students through the code line by line, in order to understand what a given program is actually doing.
Even now, when I approach a new codebase esp. Even though I was usually able to complete the exercises without referring to the "worked exercises" videos, it was still invaluable to watch someone experienced ie. If you take the course, review the course textbook a free download , watch the videos carefully take notes, try to quiz yourself, go through the examples in the videos and try to get the code to run , do all the exercises the course duplicates some of the textbook exercises, but the book has more - do those, too.
Make flash cards of the textbook glossary if you feel you need the extra reinforcement through try to restate the definitions in your own words. If you do all of the above, you'll have a solid foundation for future study. I currently work in the field, and I credit this course and a mentorship program for aspiring devs for helping me develop the skills and confidence to move in this direction. This article was an eye opener for me. Thanks for that. Can you give a good hint on some easy reading, based on your point about how to mindset the mind in programming? If related especially to python it would be great, but JS also works.
Hey, just a small correction, Knuth has been working on The Art of Computer Programming since some time in the early 's year dependent on when you start counting. So closer to five decades than two! Lots of truth here. I like the idea of Codecademy and the personalized help, but it's not rigorous enough. I practice martial arts! Codecademy was like that for me. First I had to see everything, then I took it apart, and studied each piece.
Codecademy for me, was a good teaching tool to start me off, then to get deeper I had to do my own study or practice or research or whatever it is people do to get better at anything they do. Discipline is important and commitment, but none of that matters if there isn't a passion. I did the same with martial arts. Codecademy gave me a great start and I'm thankful. I wanted to learn some words maybe even a sentence. That is what I wanted from codecademy. The sticky side of things I can learn on the way, but it was the start that I needed.
Codecademy was easy enough to get the information flowing, but once you're full, you need to take the time to digest. I have no idea how to implement the things ive just learned nor do i really remember the things i learned due to the fact it races through every assignment. That was a solid course and i could implement the knowledge in webdesigning.
I then went from code academy to another online tutorial that re enforced what I learned and gave me a different view of the woods. I expected to do tutorials from different companies just to gain the scope of coding. None of the methods standing alone would have brought me where I am. What was the tutorial site you used???
Im taking some basic Intro to Programming courses this semester and will use Codeacademy in the summer to get some coding basics. Would be great to have a more robust learning plan. You can use udacity's cs intro to computer science. Its by far the best course I have seen which introduce basics of CS and programming in python.
I have been learning Python on codeacademy and my friend who also codes gave me a book he read on python, and that book helped me times more than codeacademy has. Absolutely amazing book. I've read through the online version, on the authors site. Probably the most thorough tutorial on py when it comes to real world application I've seen yet. Codecademy is awesome. It would be much better if they allow us to do some of its projects in normal version not pro.
Know what you mean. I pointed out a glaring flaw in their HTML lesson that would just confuse students. And guess what? No reply. Even though they ask you to submit errors or problems. Wonder what they do with all that money from subscriptions? It's not going into customer service.
Can I ask what the glaring flaw is? I just started out coding, and chose the codecademy and their 14 day money back guarantee pro model. It's a site about programming, built by the same and still, errors everywhere. I agree with the author though, this entire time I've been thinking, how does this teach mind set, where is the real world practice, why aren't they reinforcing writing "clean" code?? How am I supposed to learn if I get something wrong, and all they do is put a big red X up and say move along.
What people recommend for learning how to program online? I am learning too, just started about a month ago. It was driving me bonkers! I am also checking out freecodecamp. I am benefitting from the combination of these two, and code camp does have a chat room and local gatherings in some places so you can actually talk to people. So, I hope it works out! I use code academy mainly to brush up on my coding skills on different languages that they offer Code Academy is perfect for me NOT for a beginner.
I think Code Academy is good when you need to learn syntax, I agree when you say programming is more than learn syntax, but if you program, syntax es perfect. For me is Ok. Codecademy is perfect for someone who has absolutely no coding experience at all. It goes over the very basics of learning programming languages. It should only be used as a starting point. Then the learner should move on to more advanced topics. I do agree that it doesn't teach you how to think like a programmer but after taking the course, it will be easier to understand reading a much detailed book on it.
I'm with you on part of the hand holding. But I really enjoy having someone help me out of the stupidest mistakes I make as a newbie on codecademy. If time is money - and i'd spend min trying to figure out what dumb ass mistake I made every time I made one. I would have spent days trying to figure out things that instead I spent minutes on. Take good notes, start looking at documentation, and if you hit a wall or spend more than 10 min on it- just ask someone who knows whats up! As I get better, I see less and less need for the help.
My programmer friends making 80kk a year don't want to walk through all the bs for me every day. I ask 5 questions a day and am happy paying pennies for it. Code academy is a starting point, period. Learn your trade and progress from there. Blah blah blah. Sit down open you laptop 2. Subscribe to a channel or site there is millions out there and free too 3. Code code code!!!! John from simple programmer must be sick to death of calling out the same questions from constant procrastinators asking what should i do? Whats the best programming language to start with? How can i concentrate and learn to code?
As an engineer, I have already learned some coding. So I feel like the problems of mindset and developing problem solving are not as critical. So I have confidence that if I had a goal, I could probably do it. Whether logic based, math based, or a combo of the two, I could apply myself and make the code.
I think every engineer could find great value in this site. Seth, if you don't mind me asking, what kind of engineering did you study? I'm in 11th grade, and I'm trying to decide what to major in. My mind is on engineering, and I've read that electrical engineering includes coding which is something that I'm very interested in , but I'm still not sure about what to do.
Your feedback is appreciated! Hey Nasser! I am a graduate student in Chemical Engineering. You certainly can make great use of coding in electrical and computer engineering. This is where coding leads to for the most part. If that is what you are really interested in, go for it. On that front, you will be looking at coding control systems and solving the issues of modern computing. Modern computing issues include creating better algorithms such that computations take less time.
However, if you are interested in doing something different with coding, chemical and mechanical can lead to some unique problems. As a graduate student in chemical engineering, I code numerical methods to solve heat and mass transfer problems, thermodynamic models, fluid dynamic systems, etc. If you have any other questions let me know!
This was a nice article. By describing what codecademy doesn't teach you, at the same time you expose the abilities of a good software developer. However i would like to point out at least from my perspective a couple of concepts that would help us understand a bit better the overall scene. First of all, codecademy teaches you how to code, it doesn't teach you how to develop software, which are 2 separate things. Coding is about the writing activity, about explicitly telling the computer what to do, and i don't think it matters if it has the correct style, if the code it's readable, or even if the solution written is the best.
Developing software is an umbrella term that covers many activities, being coding, one of them. I believe that the points on this article what codecademy lacks describes a classic software development scenario, and all the good practices the author describes are related to that, in part. Codecademy offers a great way to introduce anybody the software developing scene, by providing tools that are easy to grasp in order to explain abstract concepts. In conclusion, i don't think codecademy lacks on these points because it's out of their scope.
I wholly agree with your comment. Books delving into software development best practices are rarely targeted at a specific language or if that is the case, only towards the advanced levels which is not the level Codeacademy is pretending to take the student to. So what do you suggest is a good website to learn coding and programming. UC offers broad applications for all departments within an enterprise, eliminating silos. Everyone—business travelers, field reps, virtual teams, those beyond company boundaries—can benefit from the anywhere-anytime-anyone mobility of UC. The scalability of UC also supports company and customer growth.
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Watch for how well sensitive data in shared files, chats and recordings is secured across different access levels. Test user support. Call, email or instant-message tech support or customer care. Are your issues actually resolved? Plus, you can ask more questions about navigating the features to meet your needs. You risk not only wasted resources but also the effectiveness of company collaboration, now a business-critical activity.
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Participants have a variety of ways they can join an audio conference, including traditional dial-in, through mobile apps or through VoIP connections on a desktop or laptop. Audio quality is a critical component to the day-to-day enterprise. However, oftentimes businesses put their audio solution on the backburner because of the complexity of other communication and collaboration software.
Audio conferencing has grown increasingly more complex, and there are several key things to consider when choosing a solution:. And when you do, bad business etiquette can cost not only you but also your entire team in terms of productivity at work. Here are five ways your bad business etiquette cripples productivity and holds you back from being a MVP at work:. Multitasking hurts your work performance.
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Much like holograms, they could also bring meetings to out-of-office workers for instance, remote workers could augment colleagues into their own home office. Learn all about the collaborative advantage of iMeet today. For corporate communicators and marketers alike, online events such as webinars and webcasts are some of the best tools for spreading your corporate message, generating leads and engaging with both internal associates and external customers and prospects.
Your event and the content that comes out of it is rife for opportunity to generate social buzz, increased site traffic and more—if you plan accordingly. The weeks leading up to your event are a perfect opportunity to seed interest, through social media or content channels, and to build up anticipation and awareness. For internal online events , send out company-wide emails announcing the event, its purpose and all of its connection information.
All of these tactics help ensure high attendance. For external events, create blogs leading up to the event, both to help fill out your editorial calendar and to generate interest. On social media, start using your hashtag in the days and weeks before your event, not just during the event itself, to fill out the hashtag feed and to help spread the word. Again, the goal is to maximize attendance and visibility of your event. Once your event is completed, you can continue to leverage the content that came out of it, either as on-demand training and review for your internal associates, or as additional blog and social media content.
For internal online events, save the event recording and upload it to your corporate intranet or send it out in a company-wide email.
This turns your one-time event into a piece of content that can live on for as long as it remains relevant. The moral of the story? Your online event is much more than the minutes it takes to conduct it. If you truly want to maximize your web event ROI, squeeze as much content out of your event as you can! Looking for help conducting your next web event?
Why do I do what I do? And most importantly, what am I grateful for? Then drill down into specific areas of your life: Do I make time to study and grow spiritually? What habits are draining my time and attention? What activities replenish me? Am I taking time to relax and grow in other areas of interest? Am I sleep deprived? Am I eating healthy and avoiding processed foods? What do I need to change in my diet in ? Am I exercising regularly? Am I drinking enough water? Is my morning and evening routine setting me up for my best day? Am I living within my means? How much do I want to make in ?
What do I have to do to reach that amount? What weaknesses do I need to minimize? Am I where I would like to be in my work or career? How can I increase the value I bring to work? What relationships are building me up? Are any relationships taking me off-track? Who do I take for granted? Do I support those around me? Do I support and encourage others? Do I focus on building others up? Do I make time for others? Where do I need to grow? What strengths do I need to improve on?
What do I need to learn? What books do I need to read? What seminars do I need to attend? What can I learn from the mistakes I made in ? The key to moving forward is the first step. Every destination needs to be broken down into incremental markers or indicators on the way to the destination.
What is the first thing you need to do to get you moving in the right direction? As you begin, focus on the actions required and not the end result. A small step is easier than a leap. Once the first step is made, it is easier to continue down the right path to your desired destination. Leading Matters: John L. Hennessy on the Leadership Journey A. Didn't See It Coming T. Asking for help makes most of us uncomfortable and we often go to great lengths to avoid doing it.
We fear rejection. We fear that people we think less of us. But the truth is we need the help and support of others to succeed. To be sure, leadership is fundamentally about asking people for help. Making matters worse, our intuitions about what should make others more likely to help are often dead wrong; our fumbling, apologetic ways of asking for assistance generally make people feel far less likely to want to help. We hate imposing on people and then inadvertently, we make them feel imposed upon. But for some reason we forget that when it is our turn to ask for help. Research shows that people actually like us more when they have been able to help us.
It makes them feel good too—unless they feel compelled to help. So what are the subtle cues that motivate people to work for us? Instead try these three ways of asking others for help: In-Group Reinforcement Those members of our group are the most likely to help us. The Positive Identity Reinforcement Most people like to think of themselves as helpful because it is part of what it means to be a good person. We reinforce that with gratitude and appealing to the things that matter to them. They need not bother. If we feel we are not making an impact, we are likely to lose motivation.
People need to clearly understand the impact of their helping. Research shows that when people are unable to get any kind of feedback about how well they are doing on a task, they quickly become disengaged from it. And be sure to follow-up. Let them know how things turned out. It is practical advice for anyone asking for help in a way that will leave both parties feeling good about the relationship. Beyond the Drama Triangle Y. The GuruBook J. There's a Password for Every Door H. Unconditional Gratitude W. What Are Good People? Shake it Off I. The Mood Elevator W.
Stretch: Unlock the Power of Less I. Ego Free Leadership E. Conflict without Casualties C. Are You Living an Adult Story? Nothing facilitates community, collaboration, and innovation like humility. Humility is inclusive. It is inclusive of others ideas, others needs, others strengths, other contributions, and the realities that exist outside of our own head. A humble leader asks more questions and is open to more answers thus deepening the pool of resources they have to draw upon.
But it requires a strength of character. Humble leaders are strong enough to admit their mistakes and learn from them. Humble leaders are strong enough to celebrate their achievements of others. Humble leaders are strong enough to surround themselves with talented people without feeling threatened or diminished. Additionally, Humble people treat others as equals.
Humble people are better team players.
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Humble people are willing to set aside their egos. Humility is the antidote to insecurity that often plagues us. A lack of humility actually drives insecurity. Humility makes your strengths productive and multiplies the strengths of others. Humility acknowledges a world beyond our own thinking and minimizes our own limitations. A good leader knows this and acts accordingly to produce the best results. Do you have the strength to be humble? But how do we get outside our comfort zone? We avoid it altogether.
Or we only do it half-heartedly. All of these things sabotage our efforts. And the stories he includes from managers, executives, priests, baristas, stay-at-home-moms, singers, actors and performers, are helpful and relatable. And although these people are very different, there is a common theme. Customization—Designing a Personalized Baby-Step Plan This is the ability to tweak or adjust in often very slight ways how you perform a task to make it feel more comfortable and natural.
When facing difficult situations we often feel powerless, but we can alter situations to play to our strengths. For example, we can change the words we use or the topics we talk about, change our body language, or change the timing or location. Clarity—Getting Some Perspective on Your Fears Clarity is the ability to develop an even-handed, reasonable perspective on the challenges you face. It may not really be as far outside of our comfort zones as we imagine.
Here are Five Comfort Zone Myths to consider: Myth 1: All it takes to step outside your comfort zone is taking a leap. Reality: Nearly everyone struggles with situations outside their comfort zones. Myth 5: With enough inspiration, anyone can stretch outside their comfort zone. Reality: Anyone can do it, but it takes more than inspiration; it takes effort, persistence, strategy, and a keen understanding of the challenges. As a result, so many aspects of our societies, workplaces, and geopolitics are being reshaped and need to be remained.
And he was better for it. You need a plan to succeed. You have to know more, you have to update what you know more often, and you have to do more creative things with it. Self-motivation is now so much more important. The more technological we get, the more we need people who have a much broader framework.
Quoting Dov Seidman: Technology creates possibilities for new behaviors and experiences and connection, but it takes human beings to make the behaviors principled, the experiences meaningful and the connections deeper and rooted in shared values and aspirations. Mastering Civility Civility costs nothing, and buys everything.
Life is not scripted but we live it as though it were. In doing so, we create boxes that we operate within without ever really seeing the possibilities. And the problem is we think that is reality. We are sabotaging ourselves. We act more like Coleridge and less like Keats.
In I Am Keats , Asacker develops a metaphor for two worldviews as expressed through the poetry of two 19th century poets: Coleridge and Keats. Keats was passionate. He was moved by his senses and imagination. Capable of being in uncertainties, mysteries and doubts, he was uninhibited, open, and without judgment. Coleridge wants to predict an unknowable future. He is logic, order, control and progress. Coleridge wants you to live a productive and mistake-free life.
We never see the possibilities. Knowing is safe. And then, heaven forbid, we may have to change. Your old eyes adjust to a new world, and you become more creative and discerning. It is a philosophy says Asacker. Heart, then head. More at: IAmKeats. Surveys show that while some 40 percent of us make them, only 8 percent of us keep them. We may feel exhilarated when we set a big goal, but that soon gives way to anxiety. There is a way to set goals and achieve them.
He did it by getting his pitchers to scale back their goals from lofty to bite-sized, from outcome to process. Instead, Rick refocused his pitchers on short-term, bite-sized process goals. He has to concentrate on hitting that glove. Hitting the glove on a high percentage of pitches is also the most probable path to achieving larger, outcome-oriented individual and team goals. How It Translates We can all learn to refocus on hitting that glove. Whatever numbers they produced last year, they no longer matter.
Time to prove yourself all over again. Many sales organizations try to motivate their sales forces with talk of raising the bar and hitting even bigger numbers. But that lofty-goal approach can trigger fear and worry instead. Just like pitchers, salespeople know there are parts of the sales game beyond our control. By focusing on having daily, high-quality interactions with customers, I would make great progress toward putting a dent in my quota. Thinking about how many high-quality interactions I should have each day, I set the initial target at two.
Before you laugh and ask what I was going to do after lunch, consider the math. Two high-quality interactions per day are 10 per week, and 40 per month. As soon as I started focusing on my new simple, short-term, bite-sized process goal — two high-quality interactions with customers each day — I began thinking about my day differently. I began prioritizing those two high-quality interactions with customers above everything else.
I wasted less time. Focusing on that one small change brought about big results. Gratitude encourages, clarifies, motivates, includes, and unifies. But gratitude is good for you too. Gratitude puts you in the right mindset to lead. Gratitude and humility are interconnected. They reinforce each other. We alone are not responsible for who we are and what we do and that is the essence of leadership. We are never truly self-sufficient. In a practical way, gratitude provides guardrails in our life.
Gratitude helps us to protect from ourselves. It is amazing how much gratitude plays into avoiding poor behavior and wrong thinking.
Gratitude sets a boundary on our thoughts by making us mindful of others. It helps us to avoid going where we should not go because we are more self-aware. Gratitude requires that we slow down and reflect. Gratitude is the basis of emotional intelligence. It puts other people first. It says you know and you care. While empathy has been found to be essential to leadership, empathy is not empathy if it is silent. It must be expressed.
Gratefulness helps to curb unproductive emotions such as frustration, resentment, and revenge. Studies have shown that it is an antidote to depression. It has the power to heal and move us forward. It improves relationships and is a remedy to envy and greed. Instead of trying to strive with others we are thankful for what they do. Grateful people find more meaning in life and feel more connected to others.
In these changing and uncertain times, gratitude is a leaders ally.
Life is a continuum. Gratitude allows a leader to appreciate where they are and the resources they have at their disposal to face what life throws at them. A habit of gratitude gives us perspective.
More than a behavior it must come from the heart. It must be the mindset we lead from, manage from, and make decisions from. Gratefulness is grounded in reality because ultimately we must realize that everything good in our life is a gift. Leadership begins and ends with gratefulness. The ability to produce at an elite level , in terms of both quality and speed.
To produce tangible results that people value. Cal Newport bases his book Deep Work on the Deep Work Hypothesis : The ability to perform deep work is becoming increasingly rare at exactly the same time it is becoming increasingly valuable in our economy. As a consequence, the few who cultivate this skill, and then make it the core of their working life, will thrive. Learning is an act of deep work.
An act of intense focus. We are what we focus on and that is increasingly, the superficial. Shallow work adds to our sense of meaninglessness. There is the Monastic approach that eliminates or radically minimizes shallow obligations. The Bimodal approach that suggests binging on deep work for various lengths of time.
The Rhythmic approach makes deep work a habit by scheduling a regular chain of deep work in your day. The last approach and the one Newport prefers, is called the Journalistic approach. Using this approach you fit deep work wherever you can into your schedule. This last approach however, requires a great deal of willpower and practice. The Rhythmic approach may work best to get you started. Take Breaks from Focus Make deep work a priority by taking breaks from focus, not from distraction. Be Intentional with Your Time Have a plan for your day.
If you start your day with blocks of deep work scheduled in, you stand a much better chance of actually getting some deep work done. A deep life is a good life. But a growing feeling of disappointment overwhelmed him. Rush from one meeting to the next, have too many emails to answer on any given day. There are moments when it seems all we do is fly by the seat of our pants.
Yes, every aspect of our work rhythms conspires to throw us off-center! Staying grounded feels like the impossible dream. I used to train actors.
Actors study the art of being in the optimal state of mind. Well, you are the actor in your own life, and your life will unfold with more grace the moment you master some of the same skills. We tend to call them anchoring techniques. Here are a few of my favorites. Beware — what works well for one person will not work as well for another. Self-Talk: Affirmations have become the stuff of satire. Too bad. To the cynic, an affirmation may seem too good to be true. Truth is, when you find an affirmation that works for you, the result DOES feel too good to be true!
When I feel tired and showing up tired is not an option : I am a vibrant vehicle of light and love. The three keywords — vibrant, light, love — are high energy words for me. They resonate deeply. It shifts my energy, every time. I repeat it to myself, quietly, for about 30 seconds. Combined with a few deep breaths, it activates the cellular energy within me and around me that I am seeking to access. Do not use MY affirmation. Find the words that affirm YOUR highest good within you.
Repeat them quietly. Instantly anchored! Sensory Reprogramming: Mental worry tends to get us unhinged, and classic anchoring techniques shift us away from the mind, back into our optimal states of being. Visualize the sensory details of this place. Calm will return quickly. An anchoring technique, applied with quiet commitment, invokes a powerful inner shift within 30 seconds.
Make them a daily habit. And reap your anchoring rewards. Our environment triggers behaviors or responses in us. When to Cooperate and When to Compete. What Are Your Hidden Strengths? Your strengths will get you in the door, but to make progress you are going to have to become more of who you are and draw on your hidden strengths. Hidden strengths are not weaknesses. They are capacities you have that have yet to be recognized, developed and utilized. They become your Learned Strengths. Your strengths and weaknesses need to be managed. Strengths need to be managed so that they are not overused or overbearing.
Often they can be delegated. But the area between the two—your hidden strengths—not only provide a deep pool of strengths to draw on but they will help you to smooth out your rough edges and bring into balance your natural strengths. Is it Time to Disrupt You? Disruption can be a powerful and positive force. If we are to work with and take advantage of the disruptions in the world around us, we must be willing to disrupt ourselves.
Return on Character We live in an age where wisdom is only wisdom if it is supported by numbers. There are two obvious problems with this. First, we miss a lot because we are looking for immediate return. And so it puts our focus on the wrong things. And secondly, as a result, we tend to assign value to things in terms of numbers. It is assumed that if it gives us the best numbers, it must be the best choice or behavior. Nevertheless, it is satisfying when the numbers do add up.
The 5 Choices to Extraordinary Productivity The 5 Choices is a nuts and bolts solution to greater productivity. To improve the situation we have five choices to make in three areas : Decision Management, Attention Management, and Energy Management. This is really the foundational choice to make. Too often we get caught up in Quadrant 4 spending time or too much time on the trivial things that contribute nothing to our life.
Q1: The Quadrant of Necessity. Q3: The Quadrant of Distraction. They are confusing motion with progress, action with accomplishment. These are activities that are neither urgent nor important. When we get burned out we often go here for escape. If we stay too long, we can experience depression and even despair. These are that activities that will make a real difference in terms of accomplishment and results like proactive work, achieving high-impact goals, creative thinking, planning, prevention, relationship building, learning, and renewal.
But you have to make a conscious choice to operate in this quadrant. Identify your roles. Organize accordingly. The five energy drivers are adequate movement, proper diet, sleep, relaxation, and positive social connections. Your brain is your number-one asset in a knowledge-work world. Fuel it properly. Are You Uncomfortable? The Ten Golden Rules of Leadership. Do You Have Moxie? They are tough on the outside but soft on the inside. When knocked down they know how to get back up and they can bring others with them because they are likeable. They have a passion for what they do and have a need to make a positive difference in the lives of others.
They have ambition and want others to share in it. They know how to pick themselves up after a fall. Street Smarts. They know how the world works and what makes people tick. Baldoni breaks moxie down into five characteristics that you can practice and develop to be a leader that demonstrates moxie. Each characteristic is brought to life through the examples of leaders who have demonstrated it in their own life and leadership. The first is Mindfulness. Second is Opportunity. She is motivated by a desire to make a positive difference. Third is X-Factor. She has the persevering spirit that radiates resolve.
Leaders with the X-Factor are humble, and their humility attracts others to them. These can all be examined and improved. In addition, look for opportunities to improve through more training and consider taking on responsibilities that stretch you. Fourth is Innovation. Sometimes you need to take risks.
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That means thinking differently, doing differently, and rewarding others who do the same. They are tuned to the future. That gives rise to innovation. They are focused on making a positive difference in their teams and in their organizations. Preparing and developing yourself now sets you up to make better decisions when you do get knocked down. Moxie is full of great stories and examples making it immediately relatable and practical. It is structured so that you can thoughtfully and tactically look at each of these areas to see where you can better prepare yourself.
Baldoni also provides an appendix that works as a handbook to guide you in this. Questions, examples, additional thoughts and action steps help you access where you are at and what you might need to do next. Moxie is not just about your work life, it also impacts every other aspect of your life and positively influences the lives of those you touch.
Leadership Impact: Where it Comes From Why do some leaders make an impact, while others flounder after initial success? How to Find Leadership Blindspots. The 12 Rules of Respect. How to Discover Your What. What Keeps Leaders Up at Night? Balance: The Business—Life Connection. Self-leadership is fundamental to good leadership, but it is not the end-game. Self-awareness for self-awareness sake has a limited value.
Through introspection and reflection we can get to know a great deal about ourselves—as far as we know. The problem is that we don't know what we don't know. Only when we are able to test our assumptions about ourselves, can we know if we are getting it right. It is when we see ourselves in relation to others and in relation to a higher purpose that we really begin to clarify and many times even identify our core values, beliefs and intentions.
We can all know who we think we are, but it isn't until we get out and interact with others that we can begin to see where we are right and where we have been fooling ourselves. Who we are takes on meaning when it is in the context of our relationship with others. Superman's stance on "truth, justice and the American Way" is pointless if he remains isolated in his Fortress of Solitude. His values only have meaning in relationship to other people.
All the self-knowledge in the world counts for very little if it is not put to work in the service of others. Self-awareness that points to your unique contribution in the world is leadership. Who you are is leveraged when it is placed in the service of other people. Surely we must lead with integrity—in a manner consistent with who we are.
However, the only way to know if we are really doing that is by looking at how we impact the lives of others—how our leadership is experienced by others. Self-awareness provides the opportunity for us to close the gap between who we think we are or want to be and who we actually are at a particular point in time. But that can only be achieved with feedback of some kind. It's a book about trust in leadership and the trust that is generated by knowing who you are and leading as that person. At thirty-five, I was already an executive vice president with Turner Broadcasting, overseeing two divisions and reporting directly to the second most senior executive who soon would be named the company's CEO.
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