This week, Tipping the Scales is taking a breather from its regularly scheduled programming – we have some big dates coming up in November at the BBA, and some equally big names will be lending their voices and advice to the blog. Besides – what with the weather changing and some long, chilly evenings ahead – we thought it was time for us to offer up some fireside material for your perusal. If you constantly strive to build on your leadership skills and expand your mind, or even if you just need a mid-afternoon break, Tipping the Scales has a couple of great options to help you while away a few minutes – and be productive as you do so.
What We’ve Been Watching:
- Constructive Conflict: Tipping the Scales has a well–documented appreciation for TED Talks, which provide a myriad of perspectives delivered by great thinkers from a wide array of fields; their lessons are often broadly relevant to many areas, including the legal community. This talk by Margaret Heffernan opens by recounting the work of Alice Stewart, a female doctor in the 1950s who discovered that X-rays performed in utero increased the rates of cancer mortality in children. In the wake of their publication, her critical findings were reinforced by a statistician who sought primarily to disagree with her, and because he could find no viable argument against her research, they were all but confirmed as fact. The more universal point lauds “thinking partners who aren’t echo chambers,” and Heffernan goes on to extol the merits of these critical relationships and how they can be fostered in a healthy way.
What We’ve Been Reading:
- Introversion Vs. Extroversion: A long-time topic of interest, the dialogue surrounding these two styles of recharging mental energy – which, as it happens, have nothing to do with how shy or outgoing a person is – came to the forefront recently around the Web. Fast Company, a magazine and online resource targeted toward innovative thought leaders, produced two articles on the subject that debunk a lot of common misconceptions and tie in the explanation with leadership expertly. The science behind it is fascinating!
Now we invite you to sound off. Have you read, watched, or otherwise found any really thought-provoking or unusual leadership pieces? Let us know in the comments.