The Learning Leader Show With Ryan Hawk
Episode #304: Laura Gassner Otting – How To Carve Your Own Path
Full show notes can be found at www.LearningLeader.com
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“It starts young. We have a world where we are given an identity. We need to think, ‘is that really what I want?”
- Sustaining excellence:
- Live on the edge of your incompetence — “The more you talk, the less you listen.” Need to be asking questions and listening.
- Tenacity, grit
- Put yourself in uncomfortable situations
- Be in a position to learn something new from your failures… “That is delightful.”
- “Looking into someone and seeing their greatness.”
- Running coach — “Calm, confident, reflect back to the dream Compete.
- Issues with execution… Why? “We get stuck chasing someone else’s dream.”
- How do we know? “It starts young. We have a world where we are given an identity. We need to think, ‘is that really what I want?”
- The four parts of consonace:
- Calling — It’s bigger than you
- Connection – The work actually matters
- Contribution – It contributes to the life you actually want
- Control – How much do I have?
- “My mother told me I needed to be a lawyer.” — “I wanted to run for office.”
- How did Laura end up in the Clinton Whitehouse?
- “I learned how to show up for others… And be dedicated to excellence”
- “I was a great leader, but a terrible manager.” You need to be self-aware
- Advice to new managers:
- “People want feedback. Ask them if that project reflected their understanding of the assignment or their ability?”
- Laura’s TEDx Talk:
- Stop asking, ‘how can I help?’
- Think, ‘what needs to happen?’
- Her fight with Ann Coulter
- Must be willing to change your mind as a leader — “Our stories are our connections.”
- Becoming an athlete — Laura ran the first mile of her life nine years ago. Now, she’s a competitive rower. And she ran in the Boston marathon.
- Confidence is built through doing. Continue to push the boundaries of our own competence.
- Tel Aviv:
- Don’t get in the comparison trap with other people’s highlight reels on social media
- Advice she received that’s been helpful — “You’re just not that important”
- Study — Team of Rivals — About Lincoln
- Use the “Get To Know You Document“
- Why joining The Learning Leader Circle is a good idea