During the summer, a lot of people post “book lists,” which I really enjoy. But I would love to see an “information list,” of all the different ways people like to get their information.
People often ask me “how do you stay current,” “what do you read?” and “how do you find time to read?” What if we could exchange information lists?
My secret is that I get my information from many sources and diverse channels, most of which I access simply by going through the course of my day. If information is power, the ability to gather information and share it must be my super power.
Super Power: Mega-reader
I read a number of magazines (both digital and old fashioned paper; I don’t discriminate). Below are some of my favorites:
Super Power: Listeningman
I listen to podcasts. In today’s fast-paced world we all find ourselves crunched for time. Have no fear, podcasts are here. Whether in the car, the airport, or waiting for a haircut, podcasts are such an easy way to stay informed. Here are some of my current favorites:
- How I Built This
- HBR Idea Cast
- MIT Sloan School of Management Podcast
- Malcolm Gladwell – Revisionist History
Super Power: Engage-a-Tron
Sometimes the best way to get information is the old fashioned way, even in the digital age. Talk to people. You learn a lot by asking questions and listening. Interesting people are all around you – don’t be afraid to engage them in conversations. In a given day you can gain such diverse perspective by engaging those you interact with, professionally and personally. For example:
- Ask baristas and Lyft drivers about their business and their day
- Ask your kids about what is cool (be prepared to hear “not you”)
- Ask your spouse about politics and current events (mine grew up in DC, so we can engage for hours around politics)
- Ask your clients and prospects about business, capital, risk and decision making
What’s your super power?
Now it’s your turn. What is your information super power?
Let’s engage each other and share at least one favorite go-to source of information you rely on to stay relevant.
I wish you and your families a safe and happy 4th of July. Beginning next week, Front and Centered will take a short hiatus while I am on a family vacation. I have no doubt this year’s Chiaradonna Family vacation will produce plenty of fodder for future posts. In the meantime, enjoy the holiday and we will be back on July 18th with a brand new post.