Archive for the ‘Effectiveness’ Category

Building Better Leaders

July 14th, 2017 | Posted in Effectiveness, Fit Leader, Leadership Fitness, leadership training

In a recent New York Times article, Laszlo Bock, former senior vice president of people operations at Google, reveals what some might refer to as surprising. After synthesizing 10,000 data points including performance reviews done on managers, employee engagement surveys and even nomination forms for top-manager awards, the Google analysts found that technical expertise paled […]

Effort Counts Twice

May 8th, 2017 | Posted in Effectiveness, Fit Leader, initiative, Leadership Fitness, leadership training, Reading List, success

When it comes to predicting who will succeed in life and business, we often are “distracted by talent”. We tend to place way too much faith in SAT scores, GPAs and other measures of aptitude, even when these standard metrics have been shown to fail as guarantors of achievement. Whether it’s who will survive Beast […]

It’s Just Like Riding a Bicycle

January 10th, 2017 | Posted in Effectiveness, Fit Leader, Leadership Fitness

You probably remember learning to ride your first bicycle when you were just a little kid. There were undoubtedly some fearful moments, and even some minor crashes, as you worked to balance yourself on two wheels. Before long, you mastered the art of bicycling and you never had to look back again. The adults around […]

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, […]

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 […]