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Sticky Attention

May 18th, 2015 | Posted in Clarity, Confidence, Effectiveness, Fit Leader, Leadership Fitness, Reading List, Vitality

Our attention, it turns out, is quite fragile. We start by focusing on one topic and, before you know it, our thoughts drift elsewhere. Frequently, this shift in attention results in moving us away from the present moment to some thought or event that has already occurred in the past, or to some event that […]

Put the Glass Down!

April 16th, 2015 | Posted in Fit Leader, Leadership Fitness, Vitality

A psychologist walked around a room while teaching stress management to an audience. As she raised a glass of water, everyone expected they’d be asked the “half empty or half full” question. Instead, with a smile on her face, she inquired: “How heavy is this glass of water?” Answers called out ranged from 8 oz. […]

U2 Can B an ACE

March 16th, 2015 | Posted in Fit Leader, Leadership Fitness, Vitality

During WW1, fighter pilots successfully downing 5 enemy planes were designated as ACEs. My challenge for you is considerably less dangerous. My A.C.E. formula for effective performance is: Alkalize Calendarize Exercise Consuming more alkaline-producing foods reduces the energy drain we experience when digesting the highly acidic diet most common in the western part of the […]

Vulnerability and Confidence

February 15th, 2015 | Posted in Confidence, Fit Leader, Leadership Fitness

Vulnerability and confidence, you say? Aren’t these mutually exclusive? While, on the surface, we might think we need to take on a shield of invulnerability to muster the confidence necessary to accomplish greatness… I encourage you to think again. Patrick Lencioni, in The Five Temptations of a CEO, taught us many years ago that one […]

A Millimeter of Progress in a Million Directions

January 26th, 2015 | Posted in Clarity, Effectiveness, Fit Leader, Leadership Fitness, Reading List, success

Are you stretched too thin? Are you majoring in minor activities; busy but not productive; or always in motion and never getting anywhere? Many of us are making a millimeter of progress in a million directions. Lin Yutang, the Chinese writer and inventor, and the author of The Importance of Living, used to say, “the […]

Nothing is Less Productive

December 31st, 2014 | Posted in Change, Clarity, Effectiveness, Leadership Fitness

As I prepare for a fresh year of success and impact, both personally and professionally, I am guided by the wisdom of others. I invite you to join me in implementing some of these pearls from the likes of Peter Drucker, Maya Angelou, Seth Godin, Fred Rogers and a couple of others. Peter Drucker: Nothing […]

My Favorite Reads in 2014

November 30th, 2014 | Posted in Fit Leader, Leadership Fitness, leadership training, Reading List

As a regular subscriber to The Fit Leader blog, you know that I am an avid reader, and often make references to books in my posts. As we near the end of 2014, I’m happy to share my favorite reads for the year. Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman Business Adventures by John Brooks […]

Breaking News Alert

October 31st, 2014 | Posted in Confidence, Fit Leader, Leadership Fitness, Vitality

OK, how many of you are tired of the constant breaking news alerts on whatever cable or network news channels you tune into? I have recently decided to stop watching and listening to those TV and radio news channels that parlay a continuous parade of breaking news. It might be different if the news actually […]

Machiavelli Revisted

September 28th, 2014 | Posted in Confidence, Effectiveness, Fit Leader, Leadership Fitness

Niccolo Machiavelli, when asked 500 years ago whether it was better for a leader to be loved or feared, hedged a bit saying “one should wish to be both.” He then went on to say “because it is difficult to unite them in one person, it is much safer to be feared than loved.” If […]

Making Stone Soup

August 19th, 2014 | Posted in Clarity, Effectiveness, Fit Leader, Leadership Fitness, Reading List

In the 45 minutes I spent on the elliptical trainer this morning, I read Jeff DeGraff’s Making Stone Soup: How to Jumpstart Innovation Teams. The title of the book caught my attention right away, and I was happy to learn what the significance of stone soup was to the practice of innovation early in the […]