Summary of “How to Reach the Next Stage of Your Personal Evolution”

In each succeeding scene in the play of your life, you will act in different roles, have different supporting cast members, and take on new challenges.
Going from one scene to the next is a transition, involving loss and newness.
It’s painful realizing that various characters from previous scenes don’t make sense in the next scene, yet still you awkwardly try to fit them in.
Although you may have been timid and quiet in the previous scenes, your new situation may require you to lead and speak boldly.
In each scene, you will feel like a childAt each new stage in your journey, you will feel like a child.
What characters make sense in this next scene? What habits and behaviors? What role must I play?
I’ve talked to close friends who were influential and essential in the previous scene of my life, and told them of the new journey I’m on.
The writing and consulting work I’m doing attracts the people into my life that need to be here for this scene, so that we can help each other get to our next scenes.
Each scene should be a progression from the lastEach succeeding scene will look and feel different from the last.
Regardless of how the changes externally look in each new scene, internally you should be becoming better and more matured.

The orginal article.

Summary of “What to Do When You Inherit a Team That Isn’t Working Hard Enough”

Most new managers quickly see things they’d like to change.
New leaders are advised to take some time to listen and appreciate what is, rather than make their own mark at the risk of appearing self-centered or authoritarian.
There’s a difference between addressing bad behavior and changing bad norms.
The second is about resetting the norms of an entire group.
The big problem with bad norms is you don’t know how high and wide the acceptance runs.
Avoid the risk of making it about your moral superiority by acknowledging your own vulnerability to negative norms.
If you’re not willing to apply a bit of heat, you’ll sow confusion about your new stated norm.
You need to communicate not only your desire for new behavior but also your expectation that others will join you in encouraging the agreed-upon values.
Change occurs at the speed with which peers begin to nudge peers about the new standard.
By following these steps, you’ll find a clear path to raise the bar without alienating your new team.

The orginal article.