Simple Habits for Complex Times

November 29th, 2016 | Posted in Change, Clarity, Fit Leader, Leadership Fitness, Reading List

In today’s VUCA world (volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous), predicting the future can be difficult, if not impossible. Despite this complexity, many leaders prefer staying in familiar territory, assuming they already know what will work best. In fact, many of us choose the path that is most comfortable or confirming. Rather than bringing genuine curiosity […]

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 […]

Optimizing Choice Architecture

September 14th, 2016 | Posted in Clarity, Effectiveness, Fit Leader, Leadership Fitness, Reading List, success

In life, there are often situations where we want to do the right thing, and yet our choices seem directed in a way that produces unintended outcomes. Walking through a cafeteria line, we have good intentions to select healthy and nutritious foods, and yet when the desserts are placed at the front of the line, […]

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 […]