Archive for the ‘Effectiveness’ 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Link Between Attention and Excellence

February 24th, 2014 | Posted in Clarity, Effectiveness, Fit Leader, Leadership Fitness, Reading List

As I think about what makes a leader excellent, one of the more important factors has to be the ability to focus attention on the right things at the right time. Getting in the way for many leaders is the dramatic rise in distractions, as emerging technologies tether us to our devices and continuously interrupt […]

The Magic of Mornings

January 27th, 2014 | Posted in Effectiveness, Fit Leader, Leadership Fitness, success, Vitality

What do you do before breakfast each morning? In What The Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast, Laura Vanderkam found that the most successful people have already “scored daily victories that are advancing them toward the lives they want before the rest of the world is even waking up”. Most of us know that if […]

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 […]

Creativity + Innovation

November 26th, 2013 | Posted in Clarity, Effectiveness, Fit Leader, Leadership Fitness

When I train leaders on how to increase the creative potential of their teams, we often get into a discussion around the differences between creativity and innovation. To some, the lines between being creative and being innovative are very blurred and these two processes are viewed as essentially the same. To others, there are real, […]

The Advantages of Disadvantages (and the Disadvantages of Advantages)

October 28th, 2013 | Posted in Clarity, Effectiveness, Fit Leader, Leadership Fitness, Reading List

This past weekend I dove into Malcolm Gladwell’s newest book David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits and The Art of Battling Giants. Gladwell, a writer for the New Yorker magazine and author of Outliers and Blink, tells story after story recounting the advantages of disadvantages (and the disadvantages of advantages). Starting with what really happened between […]

11 Simple Rules

September 15th, 2013 | Posted in Effectiveness, Fit Leader, Leadership Fitness, relationships

These 11 simple rules, first presented by Dave Packard at Hewlett-Packard’s second annual management conference in 1958 are timeless. 1. Think first of the other fellow. This is THE foundation — the first requisite — for getting along with others. Gaining this, the rest will be “a breeze.” 2. Build up the other person’s sense […]