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 […]

But What Then?

July 29th, 2014 | Posted in Clarity, Fit Leader, Leadership Fitness, Vitality

I recently came across a parable (author unknown) that speaks powerfully to where and how we make meaning in our lives. As an advocate for managing our personal energy and vitality, at each stage of our lives, I found the tension revealed in the story below compelling and begging for resolution. As in most other […]

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. […]