Listen: What Leaders Can Learn From a Fountain Pen
"To the remarkable leadership podcast hi. I'm Kevin I can vary and I'm here to help you reach your potential as a leader and a human being welcome to remarkable TV today. We're talking about leadership and a Fountain Pen Yeah Fountain pen. Are you ready. Let's get started our series continues of people issuing me challenges to take items and connect them to leadership Russian create lessons and therefore videos of them and so today we have Amanda Bondi to thank for the challenge of Fountain Pen and for that we'll send her a journal so I went through a phase several years ago being all into writing with a fountain pen cool my pocket. I kind of liked writing with them and so I I went through face. I'm not really using them now. Factors Inc in this one at this moment but it does give me proof as a prop so let's talk about what we can learn from fountain pens as leaders okay and I have five lessons for you today. The first lesson is leaders need to right. Yes a fountain pen is for writing clearly and leaders need to right. We need to write as a way of communicating now. We might not use a fountain pen we may type or whatever but we need to communicate eight in written word more than ever as leaders and we also need to write to clarify our own thoughts because thoughts are fuzzy bring clarity and as we start to write things things down we clarify them for ourselves and for others leaders need to right second leaders need to slow down most leaders you slow down some need a little more sense of urgency but most leaders are probably running a little quicker than they need to sometimes and here's what I know about a fountain pen. You can't write as fast with this. As with most any other kind of writing instrument you have to slow down a little bit too in order to make the fountain pen right or for the ink to flow all those things get a slowdown fountain. Pen writing is slower than writing with any other instrument and as leaders sometimes as we need to slow down to number three leaders need to adjust not every situation is the same for us as we just need to do things a little different from one situation to the next and here's the thing we have to adjust the way we hold and the way we grip and the way we write with the fountain pen we need to do that to change our approach and to change how much pressure we use because that changes the result that we get see if we adjust our approach and perhaps in what's pressure we a US as leader it will change our results. Hopefully we use the right approach to get the best results number. Four leaders need to consider history now. I know this isn't about the pen exactly but I know that this is sort of a modern day fountain pen with the ink right inside here like like this empty like I said but you know in fountain pens historically were used and you dipped them in INC which we've made it even even slower but the other thing is if you really understand how fountain pens work and you begin to appreciate the history of the Fountain Pan. You have a new perspective on the tool and for us as leaders. We need to consider history whether that history is a couple of hundred years or a couple of weeks to think back on what we've learned from. What's happened so that we can use that for the next time? Leaders must consider history and lastly leaders need to try the new things now I when I got into my little fountain pen era my little phase somebody will go through a blue phase. I went through a fountain pen phase as I went through that phase. It was like a brand new to me. 'cause I'd never used a fountain pen and then I had to learn how to use it and I think the lesson for us as leaders is to remember that old old can be new again and so along with the considering history. If we're willing to try new things even sometimes things that people have tried before but we haven't tried we might learn something we might create something even knew and even better leaders need to try new things if you've never tried a fountain pen. I encourage you to do that"