Brain Food For Leaders


Brain food for leaders

Nowadays, we’re bombarded with content. Many of us mindlessly snack on all kinds of junk content, supposedly curated for us by the likes of Apple News, Business Insider, Twitter and Medium. But just as junk food is packed with calories but has few nutritional benefits, junk content may look interesting but doesn’t have the substance to help us think well. It’s a waste of our precious time.

As a leader, you can’t afford to do so because thinking well is a critical skill for any leader. So take control of your brain food diet. Be discerning about what content you spend your precious time on.

To help you get started, we’ve shared below a quick roundup of some of our favorite newsletters that challenge us to reflect and think well (or better) on all kinds of aspects of life and leadership.
Each is great “brain food” for any leader who wants to step up their game in 2022.

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A weekly LinkedIn newsletter that focuses on teaching people how to think, not what to think. Written by Rachel Botsman, a Fellow at the University of Oxford Said Business School.

One of my favorite installments: Rethinking Attention
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The Imperfectionist

This is a twice a month thought-provoking newsletter by Oliver Burkeman. He is a journalist and writer who, until 2020, wrote a popular weekly column on psychology in The Guardian, This Column Will Change Your Life. He is also the author of several books, including The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking, and most recently Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals.

One of my favorite installments: There’s no such thing as a fresh start
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Sunday Brain Food

Every Sunday, the team at Farnam Street sends out a newsletter with actionable ideas and insights from some of the world’s intellectual giants from across all fields and industries. (PS. I also regularly listen to episodes of their podcast “The Knowledge Project”)

One of my favorite installments: The High Price of Mistrust
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Daily Stoic

This daily newsletter contains short meditations on life and leadership written by Ryan Holiday, a former director of marketing for American Apparel and the author of such books as The Obstacle Is The Way and Ego Is The Enemy. His daily meditations never fail to make me stop and reflect on how I show up as a leader and how I live my life. This is the newsletter I never leave unopened and which I most frequently forward to others.

One of my favorite installments: The Best Don’t Care About Winning
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Upward Conversations

Lastly, I would be remiss if I did not also mention “Upward Conversations”, our own bi-weekly newsletter, which features the latest in-depth articles from the Upwardley team on how to create better leaders as well as a digest of relevant content from other top industry sources.

One of my favorite installments: Intentional leadership: What it is and how to help leaders to develop it
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