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The Weakest Link

October 5th, 2016 | Posted in Effectiveness, Fit Leader, Leadership Fitness, success

Let’s start with a POP QUIZ: What’s 2,446,708 X 11,567 X 6.72 X 0? Pretty simple, huh? I bet you even came up with the correct answer without using a calculator. How about another mental challenge? This one comes from one of my favorite blogs (Farnam Street): Suppose you were trying to become the best […]

Growth Traps

August 11th, 2016 | Posted in Change, Fit Leader, Leadership Fitness, Reading List

What is your desire to grow? For many, growth comes in spurts. We advance for a while and then plateau. Or, we get comfortable with where we are and determine that the benefit of continued growth is not worth the effort. In other words, getting what we want can actually stunt our growth. By providing […]

Character and Competence

July 15th, 2016 | Posted in Fit Leader, Leadership Fitness, leadership training, Reading List, success

When asked what they admire most in a leader, 87% point to character while only 13% point to competence. Most of us follow leaders based on who the leader is, and not as much for what they do. If a leader is arrogant and doesn’t listen to input, she can make poor decisions by dismissing […]

Keys to Mastery

May 19th, 2016 | Posted in Confidence, Effectiveness, Fit Leader, Leadership Fitness, Reading List

I just finished reading Mastery by Robert Greene. In this post, I share some of the main highlights of this elegant guide to achieving mastery in life. Pick a Lane To become masterful in life, we must discover our Life’s Task. “Picking a lane” ensures we stay focused on where we can make our greatest […]

Potential-Based Leadership

April 25th, 2016 | Posted in Change, Fit Leader, Leadership Fitness

When it comes to leading, there are four basic approaches available to leaders. The path of least resistance is to simply choose another leader we are willing to follow. In this case, we decide to get behind someone else and support that person’s leadership. A second approach is to choose to lead ourselves. In this […]

Be Curious First

March 12th, 2016 | Posted in Fit Leader, Leadership Fitness, success

When you are curious in one-on-one conversations and meetings, it naturally invites others to willingly share their ideas and keep their contributions at a high level. Ask yourself these questions: – How do I demonstrate my genuine curiosity and interest in others’ thoughts and ideas? – What is my public response when members of my […]

Selling Your Ideas

February 16th, 2016 | Posted in Confidence, Fit Leader, Leadership Fitness, success

Want to sell your idea? Here are 5 tips. 1. Do your homework. This is how you create a case that’s credible. 2. Invest time in connecting your ideas and recommendations to your organization’s existing strategy and priorities. 3. Try to anticipate questions and prepare appropriate responses in advance. 4. Do research so you can […]

Take That Break

January 14th, 2016 | Posted in Effectiveness, Fit Leader, Leadership Fitness, Vitality

Ultradian rhythms are natural body cycles occurring at intervals of less than 24 hours. We experience one every 90 to 120 minutes. Think about the last time you were working hard, feeling energized and productive, and then after 1.5 to 2 hours, you started to tire a bit and lose your focus. What did you […]

My Favorite Reads in 2015

December 18th, 2015 | Posted in Fit Leader, Leadership Fitness, 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 2015, I’m happy to share my favorite reads for the year. Meaningful: The Story of Ideas that Fly by Bernadette Jiwa Our Iceberg […]

Sit Down and Dream

November 20th, 2015 | Posted in Clarity, Fit Leader, Leadership Fitness, success

Take time to put a strategic growth plan for yourself in writing. Why fly blind and assume you know where you’re headed when you can know EXACTLY where you’re going? This week, sit down and dream. Get your growth plan in writing. Keep that paper or digital image in front of you. Review it every […]