A Renewed Commitment to Read Deeply
Social media is aging. Some might say even decaying. There is so many platforms, so much content, and so little time. And so much noise. Who has time to read deeply?
Just recently, I renewed my commitment to reading books. I realized that with all my social media scanning, I have stopped reading longer forms of content. I can waste hours scrolling (trolling) social media. Often I’m doing so for work, but it’s not deep. The ideas are not profound. So much of the content is what others “feel” about an idea. And not about the idea itself.
Too often, what I’m reading is way too tactical and timely … rather than strategic and timeless.
Read Deeply – the Good Stuff
Last fall, I saw a post on Linkedin that had hundreds of comments.
Someone had posted a picture of a wolf pack in a snowstorm. The short narrative accompanying the post told the canard about how wolves protect the weakest member of the pack:
A wolf pack: the first 3 are the old or sick, they give pace to the entire pack. If it was the other way around, they would be left behind losing contact with the pack. In case of ambush, they would sacrificed…. The pack moves according to the elders pace and help each other, watch each other.
The original person who posted the photo applied how wolves care for their own to leadership in a business. Not only is the science specious, but the implication for leadership (“This is what corporate leaders should be like…”) is laughable.
So, many of the comments to the post debunked the wolf anecdote, yet folks (this was on Linkedin!) kept posting how wonderful it was that the wolves acted so humanly and what a wonderful example it was for leaders.
Should leaders act humanly? Of course. Do we need an urban (or wolf) legend to tell us how to be good leadership?
That, too often, is what I find myself reading on social media.
With the dizzying amount of content and platforms, it’s more important than ever for executives to discipline what they consume. We must find space to read deeply in our area of expertise.