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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 […]

The Antidote for Exhaustion

January 14th, 2014 | Posted in Fit Leader, Leadership Fitness, Vitality

It’s a new year and many of us are returning to our work after some well-deserved time off. While the topic of exhaustion may seem out of place in early January, you may want to think again. On a recent Sunday morning hike, I was reminded of something that the Benedictine monk David Steindl-Rast once […]

My 20 Top Reads in 2013

December 31st, 2013 | 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 2013, I’m happy to share my top 20 reads for the year. Contagious: Why Things Catch On by Jonah Berger Everything Counts: 52 […]

Who We Are Makes a Difference

December 9th, 2013 | Posted in Change, Clarity, Confidence, Effectiveness, Fit Leader, Leadership Fitness

The world has lost a great leader. With the passing of Nelson Mandela, we are reminded of the incredible sacrifices often required of true leadership. I remember first learning of Nelson Mandela when I was in college. At the time, Mandela was imprisoned at Robben Island, then South Africa’s Alcatraz. Never giving up, and dedicating […]

Creativity + Innovation

November 26th, 2013 | Posted in Clarity, Effectiveness, Fit Leader, Leadership Fitness

When I train leaders on how to increase the creative potential of their teams, we often get into a discussion around the differences between creativity and innovation. To some, the lines between being creative and being innovative are very blurred and these two processes are viewed as essentially the same. To others, there are real, […]

The Advantages of Disadvantages (and the Disadvantages of Advantages)

October 28th, 2013 | Posted in Clarity, Effectiveness, Fit Leader, Leadership Fitness, Reading List

This past weekend I dove into Malcolm Gladwell’s newest book David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits and The Art of Battling Giants. Gladwell, a writer for the New Yorker magazine and author of Outliers and Blink, tells story after story recounting the advantages of disadvantages (and the disadvantages of advantages). Starting with what really happened between […]

11 Simple Rules

September 15th, 2013 | Posted in Effectiveness, Fit Leader, Leadership Fitness, relationships

These 11 simple rules, first presented by Dave Packard at Hewlett-Packard’s second annual management conference in 1958 are timeless. 1. Think first of the other fellow. This is THE foundation — the first requisite — for getting along with others. Gaining this, the rest will be “a breeze.” 2. Build up the other person’s sense […]