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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 […]

Values Drive Results

October 15th, 2015 | Posted in Clarity, Fit Leader, Leadership Fitness

Values are the lifeblood of any organization. Richard Barrett, founder of Barrett Values Centre and internationally known leadership consultant, has shown that when organizations unite around a *shared* set of values, the following results can be expected: – They become more flexible. – They become less hierarchical and less bureaucratic. – Organizational performance is significantly […]

Your Ideas Matter

September 16th, 2015 | Posted in Confidence, Fit Leader, Leadership Fitness

In many organizations, the best ideas are never advanced. Otherwise smart and seasoned, many leaders choose not to speak up. Powerful forces, working overtime in the space between our ears, conspire to paralyze us at the point of action. These saboteurs would have us believe that we are not good enough. These saboteurs would have […]

Ideas That Fly

August 16th, 2015 | Posted in Change, Confidence, Effectiveness, Fit Leader, Leadership Fitness, Reading List

Our deepest fear is that we will run out of places to hide — that one day there will be no boss who allows us to remain invisible and no political or economic circumstance that stops us from doing the most important work of our lives. We are the ultimate paradox. There are only two […]

Intelligent Disobedience

July 20th, 2015 | Posted in Confidence, Fit Leader, Leadership Fitness, personal accountability, Reading List

As a lifelong student of the art of leadership, I learned early that there is a delicate bond between leaders and their followers. For starters, there is the study of obedience by Stanley Milgram. In this classical experiment, subjects continued to administer what they thought were electric shocks to individuals on the other side of […]

Don’t Be a BOSS-STRICH

June 22nd, 2015 | Posted in Change, Confidence, Effectiveness, Fit Leader, Leadership Fitness, relationships, success

Bosses come and bosses go. Even when we’re a boss, we have our own boss or bosses we need to manage. One of the more difficult boss-related transitions for leaders is dealing with a new boss. Like most changes in our lives, getting a new boss can be disruptive. We are faced with stepping back […]

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 […]