Everything’s gunning for our attention all the time. At works, meetings, projects, coworkers, IMs, Emails, Deadlines. Just outside of work, it’s friends, family, bills, things to do around the house, chances to go out, brunches, meetups, conferences, concerts, invitations for coffee. And that device we carry all the time.. Emails. Phone calls. Text. Facebook. IG. Twitter. LinkedIn, games, app notifications.
Our attention is not ours. We have to wrestle it back from everything and choose where to give it. We have to be proactive, to be able to work on what we enjoy, to take time for ourselves, to not feel like we’re on a treadmill.
Today, to discuss this and much more, I'm sitting with Austin's Mayor Steve Adler and asking questions I have:
What does your morning routine look like? You know, the important stuff that happens before you reach the office.
As mayor, there's no way to be fully prepared for every issue that pops up screaming for attention. How does he quickly get up to speed on critical and urgent issues in order to make effective decisions.
When you have such a public image and are looked up to as a leader, who do you reach out to when you're having your hardest moments? What's the most unconventional place you receive advice and grow as a person and leader? (Vi)
What are your metrics of success? What’s the thought process look like of setting those metrics?
What are your core values?
How do you walk into a room that you know may not like you because of your political beliefs and manage to get your point across to a potentially hostile audience?