You owe it to your leaders to hold them accountable

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Make your leadership about the substance not the steam
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A culture of "Too Long; Didn't Read" -- or its shorthand of TL;DR -- may be a way to reclaim our time, but author Seth Godin argues "it defends us from change and from lived experience" because it takes us out of a habit of deep exploration of topics or activities. Pressure on leaders to turn out work is like a boiling pot, Godin writes, and while we may produce a lot of steam from it, there's not much lasting satisfaction for the creator or long-term positive impact on society.
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Put it into practice: The obsession with producing a lot of steam instead of substance is what Ted Gioia calls "The Dopamine Culture," where we get a quick hit of satisfaction but miss out on more substantive experiences that can improve ourselves and society. "The creators and consumers that have the guts to ignore the steam still have a chance to make an impact," Godin notes.
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Instead of putting them on a pedestal, leaders need team members who will hold them accountable by presenting their ideas, bringing up problems along with possible solutions and supporting the final decision, even if they disagree, writes John Baldoni. Good leaders, Baldoni notes, "welcome open dialogue as a means of finding the essence of an issue but also as a means of testing assumptions."
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Put it into practice: As a leader, you want to be open to others and seek their advice, which makes your team feel like you value them, Baldoni writes. "Failure to find that value walls the leader off not just from critics but from the contributions of others."
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Seth Godin's piece today about the trend of producing a lot of steam but little substance in our lives and our leadership resonated with me. I used to be able to spend an entire weekend reading a book, being engrossed in a hobby, or even dedicating long periods to writing. These days, my attention is getting shorter and shorter. 

The chart from Ted Gioia on "The Dopamine Culture" that Godin presents is eye-opening and explains why we shy away from in-depth involvement in much of anything today, including learning how to play a sport, read a newspaper or send a handwritten note to someone. Those things take time and effort. Sending a short text, gambling on a sport or following a clickbait link gives us a quick hit of satisfaction.

By chasing quick dopamine hits, we're depriving ourselves of the joy of learning something deep and meaningful. As an example, I play guitar, and I have developed a habit of watching guitar lessons on YouTube ... without a guitar in my hands. I watch as someone else does what I want to learn how to do, but if I'm not playing along, what am I learning? The other day, I sat with a guitar as the video played, and while it wasn't easy, I learned some new skills. It took longer for the dopamine to hit, but I had a more profound experience that took more effort to accomplish.

Try it out for yourself. If you find yourself following a clickbait link, pick up a book you've been neglecting. If you want to communicate with someone, write out a note and send it to them. If you watch a sport, find a local league and get out there yourself and do it.

As Godin says, "a thirsty person can't subsist on steam."

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