Archive for the ‘Confidence’ Category

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

I’m Pumped for 2013! Are You?

December 31st, 2012 | Posted in Clarity, Confidence, Leadership Fitness

With only one day left on the calendar this year, our attention naturally shifts to the year ahead. How will we make 2013 bigger, better, more profitable and more impactful? For some leaders, this may be about expanding existing product and service lines, while for others the focus may be on innovating and bringing fresh […]

Viva La Difference

August 27th, 2012 | Posted in Clarity, Confidence, Leadership Fitness

As a child growing up, I would often hear my father’s favorite saying: “Viva La Difference”. He always pointed to the advantages of having multiple ideas and perspectives available whenever solving a tough problem. A pilot with the Royal Canadian Air Force, my father flew around the world and so came to appreciate the many different cultures and customs that were different from his own. Today, as I coach and […]

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 […]