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Managing Up With Courage

July 17th, 2014 | Posted in Confidence, Effectiveness, Fit Leader, Leadership Fitness, relationships, success

Of all the feedback conversations leaders tell me they want to have in the workplace, those directed above their own immediate level in the organization remain the most challenging. While picking our battles carefully, and recognizing that some issues are just not worth going to bat for, the fear of retaliation, or “getting on the […]

The Evolutionary Coach

June 30th, 2014 | Posted in Change, Fit Leader, Leadership Fitness, success

A recent search for books related to coaching and mentoring generated a list of over 6,000 titles, including a book called Coaching & Mentoring for Dummies. Not surprisingly, as organizations around the world seek enhanced performance from their leaders, having a professional coach is viewed as a sign of commitment to the successful development of […]

Thirty Thousand Days

May 30th, 2014 | Posted in Fit Leader, Leadership Fitness, Vitality

If we’re lucky, they say we have about 30,000 days to live out our lives. And, the clock keeps ticking for all of us. The choices we make each and every day point us to a life defined by what we value. Arianna Huffington, the cofounder and editor of the Huffington Post Media Group, shares […]

The Right Question

May 17th, 2014 | Posted in Clarity, Fit Leader, Leadership Fitness

Many of you know I believe one of the most important qualities of a Fit Leader is an ability to ask The Right Question. It’s easy to ask the wrong question, a question that limits discovery and does little to advance our understanding of the issues at hand. I recently came across two great questions […]

The Lost Art of Idleness

April 22nd, 2014 | Posted in Fit Leader, Leadership Fitness, Reading List, Vitality

Rainer Maria Rilke, the Bohemian-Austrian poet and novelist, once wondered whether “those days when we are forced to remain idle are not precisely the days spent in the most profound activity”. Rilke believed it was important to be idle “with confidence, with devotion, possibly even with joy”. Idleness, though, seems to be a lost art. […]

On Being Divergent

April 7th, 2014 | Posted in Clarity, Confidence, Fit Leader, Leadership Fitness, leadership training, Reading List, relationships

Last week I read Divergent, the debut novel of American novelist Veronica Roth. The book is a dystopian novel set in the so-called Divergent Universe. The novel explores the main character’s emotional struggles as she defines her identity within a society that defines its citizens by their social and personality-related affiliation with five different factions. […]

Be Brief, Be Bright, Be Gone

March 19th, 2014 | Posted in Clarity, Confidence, Effectiveness, Fit Leader

How long does it take for you to convey the essence of your messages to others, at work or at home? Do you or someone you know struggle with brevity? Using more time than we need when communicating our thoughts and ideas often results from one or more of the following factors: We just love […]

The Link Between Attention and Excellence

February 24th, 2014 | Posted in Clarity, Effectiveness, Fit Leader, Leadership Fitness, Reading List

As I think about what makes a leader excellent, one of the more important factors has to be the ability to focus attention on the right things at the right time. Getting in the way for many leaders is the dramatic rise in distractions, as emerging technologies tether us to our devices and continuously interrupt […]

The Irresistible Smile

February 15th, 2014 | Posted in Fit Leader, Leadership Fitness, relationships, success

When I walk down the street or a long corridor in a public building, I still am surprised sometimes when others start smiling at me. For just a moment, I find myself wondering what’s causing the friendly look on the face of these strangers. Then I remember that dating back to when I was just […]

The Magic of Mornings

January 27th, 2014 | Posted in Effectiveness, Fit Leader, Leadership Fitness, success, Vitality

What do you do before breakfast each morning? In What The Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast, Laura Vanderkam found that the most successful people have already “scored daily victories that are advancing them toward the lives they want before the rest of the world is even waking up”. Most of us know that if […]