Archive for the ‘Effectiveness’ Category

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

A Millimeter of Progress in a Million Directions

January 26th, 2015 | Posted in Clarity, Effectiveness, Fit Leader, Leadership Fitness, Reading List, success

Are you stretched too thin? Are you majoring in minor activities; busy but not productive; or always in motion and never getting anywhere? Many of us are making a millimeter of progress in a million directions. Lin Yutang, the Chinese writer and inventor, and the author of The Importance of Living, used to say, “the […]

Nothing is Less Productive

December 31st, 2014 | Posted in Change, Clarity, Effectiveness, Leadership Fitness

As I prepare for a fresh year of success and impact, both personally and professionally, I am guided by the wisdom of others. I invite you to join me in implementing some of these pearls from the likes of Peter Drucker, Maya Angelou, Seth Godin, Fred Rogers and a couple of others. Peter Drucker: Nothing […]

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 […]

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 […]