I am fresh off two weeks of vacation, and one of the major shifts that took place for me during this time was my mind got “unhooked” from social media.
Before this vacation, with the pandemic and the protests, I was noticing that my mind would anxiously drift toward wanting to “check and see what’s happening right now” in an effort to figure out what to do and how to lead. I was falling for a leadership fallacy I learned about from Edwin Friedman’s book A Failure of Nerve: believing that newer and better information would help me lead well in these times. (It doesn’t and won’t.)
Unhooking from the social media “drip” has been profoundly helpful for my ability to focus and actually ?lead? the people I’m responsible to lead. I’m also thankful that, even after being back to work for a week, my mind has been able to stay unhooked from the anxiety, even though I’ve been a bit more engaged in “what’s happening out there” via social media.
Social media’s tricky, eh? If you want to reflect a bit more on this, check out this podcast my friend Matt and I recorded about the complexities of navigating social media as a leader.