Archive for the ‘Confidence’ Category

Getting to Unconscious Competence

April 25th, 2012 | Posted in Confidence, Effectiveness, Leadership Fitness

The path to new knowledge and changed behavior often is fraught with false steps and the experience of taking “two steps forward, one step back”. In fact, it is quite rare for new learning to take hold immediately, given the comfort we attach to the way we do things today. In our Fit Leader’s Program […]

Learning From Failure

February 27th, 2012 | Posted in Confidence, Leadership Fitness

According to legend, it took Thomas Edison 1,000 tries to invent the light bulb. In other words, he failed a whopping 999 times before he reached success. (Not surprising, considering that he was working on his invention in the dark!) Soon after Edison revealed his earth-shattering invention, a French reporter asked, “Mr. Edison, how did […]

The New Science of Motivation

February 22nd, 2012 | Posted in Confidence, Effectiveness, Leadership Fitness

As leaders, we often struggle to retain our best people. Naturally, many of us turn to money to convince valuable employees to stay with our organizations. We think that as long as we pay our people well, they will be immune to the head hunter calling and enticing them to consider other opportunities. However, fit […]

Choose Optimism

January 12th, 2012 | Posted in Confidence, Leadership Fitness

Fit leaders are optimistic and always try to see the glass as half-full. When a leader chooses optimism, he or she also chooses vitality and success. Martin E.P. Seligman, a former President of the American Psychological Association and a pioneer in the field of positive psychology, has been studying optimists and pessimists for 25 years. […]

Jump and the Net Will Appear

October 7th, 2011 | Posted in Confidence

Even when leaders become clear about where they want to take their teams, self-doubt can stop them dead in their tracks. All leaders are subject to resisters and critics, both external and internal. But with a little bit of practice, you can learn to overcome these negative voices. In Jump and the Net Will Appear […]

DO Nothing, SAY Nothing, BE Nothing

August 29th, 2011 | Posted in Confidence

Having great aim is important; so is knowing when to pull the trigger.  Sometimes, while we are considering when to begin, it becomes too late or the window of opportunity passes. Leaders are known by the actions they take.  They don’t wait for permission.  They passionately pursue bold new ideas.  Think Steve Jobs. Taking initiative […]

Please and Thank You

August 22nd, 2011 | Posted in Confidence

Most of us were taught when we were children that it was polite, and often to our benefit, to say please and thank you when interacting with others.  Why is it so many of us find it hard to apply this knowledge in the workplace? It can’t be that it’s too hard or that it takes […]

Door #1, Door #2 or Door #3?

August 17th, 2011 | Posted in Confidence

There are times when we find ourselves in the midst of an encounter with someone where we are suddenly surprised at the overreaction or defensiveness of the person we are speaking with.  Often, we have no idea where this other person’s emotions are coming from. During these moments, we often have three choices.  I will call them Door […]

What’s Holding You Back?

September 22nd, 2010 | Posted in Confidence

On September 21, we launched the 9th cohort of our Institute for Leadership Fitness with 15 new executives.  In this first of four quarterly workshops, we introduce a tool called The Confidence Net.  Every leader is encouraged to create their own ”confidence net” to mitigate the effect, and lower the volume, of their ”inner voices” or self-doubts.  After presenting the […]

Leaders and Legitimacy

September 22nd, 2010 | Posted in Confidence

As I continue to work with leaders in our Institute for Leadership Fitness, I am reminded of the importance of the leader as servant.  I’ve known of Robert Greenleaf’s seminal work on the subject of servant leadership for more than a decade, and often found myself advocating for a workplace where employees sought fulfillment in their work, and […]