{#SirenChat} April Topics

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#SirenChat is on for the month of April thanks to popular demand. And, the cold hard truth that I can’t seem to tear myself away from you guys. Our online community shines with knowledgeable folks ready and willing to share their insights, resources and humor. How can I put the kibosh on that? Can’t.

If you’re new to #SirenChat, you might be asking “What’s it all about?” This Twitter Chat is part book club, part coffee clutch, part clearinghouse and part improv show. Topics that fascinate me and thus tend to direct #SirenChat conversations include leadership, decision-making, project management, mindfulness tools and gut instinct. In March, we covered an array of these topics and we’ll continue to explore. I’m a fan of “found material” and just yesterday, came across this brills recap of an interview with Malcolm Gladwell (thank you Brain Pickings). Guess what April hashtag flowers will bring. Yep:

“That’s your responsibility as a person, as a human being — to constantly be updating your positions on as many things as possible. And if you don’t contradict yourself on a regular basis, then you’re not thinking.”

~ Malcolm Gladwell, via Brain Pickings

Before tuning in to the next #SirenChat on Wednesday, April 1 2015 12-1 pm EST, do yourself a solid and check out Brain Pickings‘ recap of Mr. Gladwell’s interview and bring your brain for a lively discussion. Bonus track (literally): three outstanding audios on aforementioned blog. #yum

“Sorry — you don’t get points for accepting someone who wants to be just like you. You get points for accepting someone who doesn’t want to be like you — that’s where the difficulty lies.”

~ Malcolm Gladwell, via Brain Pickings

“I feel I change my mind all the time. And I sort of feel that’s your responsibility as a person, as a human being — to constantly be updating your positions on as many things as possible. And if you don’t contradict yourself on a regular basis, then you’re not thinking.”

~ Malcolm Gladwell, via Brain Pickings


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Want to make sure you’re “in the know” of the #SirenChat community? Sign up on Twitter and become a member of my @urbansiren Twitter list #SirenChat. Not so sure what Twitter Lists are all about? Read this via Make Use Of.

Since building an interactive, friendly and inviting online community is what #SirenChat is all about, I’d love it if you’d share the below “tweetables” and help grow this party.

As always, thanks for being here. And if you’d like to put questions in the hopper for April’s #SirenChat, feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments section here, on Facebook, Instagram or Pinterest. Cheers!


“If you’re going to hold someone to what they believe, make sure you accurately represent what they believe.” ~ Malcolm Gladwell

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.@urbansiren is obsessed w/ #MalcolmGladwell + so am I. That’s why I’m at the next #SirenChat 4/1 12-1 pm  EST.

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I discovered an online Twitter community that loves discussing #leadership + #integrity. Join #SirenChat each Weds in April.

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Leadership comes in an array of shapes and sizes. There are blow-hard, self-proclaimed gurus, “diminishers” who throw out the baby with the bathwater, and those who balance wisdom, strength and compassion. Toward the third end, I’m not sure anything tops Pujan Roka‘s book “Bhagavad Gita on Effective Leadership: Timeless Wisdom for Leaders.” I purchased this book several years ago and it’s a staple in my library. The concept of “servant leadership” is an effective approach to leading with integrity. Dig videos? Watch it for more on the subject with Mr. Roka providing the presentation and slideshow.

“The greatest leader is the one whose existence is hardly known.” ~ Tao-te-Ching, 500 BC, from Mr. Roka’s presentation.
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“Selflessness is the greatest leadership quality.” ~ Bhagavad Gita, 3,000 BC, from Mr. Roka’s presentation.
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Do you envision yourself as a certain type of leader? Do you have a great leadership lesson to share? Add your voice to the comments section, or leave your mark on Facebook, TwitterInstagram or Pinterest.


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