Archive for the ‘Vitality’ Category

Thirty Thousand Days

May 30th, 2014 | Posted in Fit Leader, Leadership Fitness, Vitality

If we’re lucky, they say we have about 30,000 days to live out our lives. And, the clock keeps ticking for all of us. The choices we make each and every day point us to a life defined by what we value. Arianna Huffington, the cofounder and editor of the Huffington Post Media Group, shares […]

The Lost Art of Idleness

April 22nd, 2014 | Posted in Fit Leader, Leadership Fitness, Reading List, Vitality

Rainer Maria Rilke, the Bohemian-Austrian poet and novelist, once wondered whether “those days when we are forced to remain idle are not precisely the days spent in the most profound activity”. Rilke believed it was important to be idle “with confidence, with devotion, possibly even with joy”. Idleness, though, seems to be a lost art. […]

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 […]

The Antidote for Exhaustion

January 14th, 2014 | Posted in Fit Leader, Leadership Fitness, Vitality

It’s a new year and many of us are returning to our work after some well-deserved time off. While the topic of exhaustion may seem out of place in early January, you may want to think again. On a recent Sunday morning hike, I was reminded of something that the Benedictine monk David Steindl-Rast once […]

Reactionary Workflow

June 15th, 2013 | Posted in Effectiveness, Fit Leader, Leadership Fitness, Vitality

How are you managing your day-to-day routines to avoid reactionary workflow? Instead of being proactive, and spending our time on what matters most, it is all too easy to become increasingly reactive by paying more attention to the latest text or tweet that comes our way. While serving others is an important part of most […]

Younger Next Year

June 25th, 2012 | Posted in Leadership Fitness, Vitality

What if we could compress, or delay, our morbidity (serious diseases and illnesses) until the very end of our lives, and remain active and healthy well into our eighties with little or no restrictions? In Younger Next Year by Chris Crowley and Dr. Henry Lodge, the authors argue that, “biologically, there is no such thing as retirement, or […]

Peak Performance and the Ultradian Rhythm

May 26th, 2012 | Posted in Effectiveness, Leadership Fitness, Vitality

Most of us are familiar with Circadian Rhythms, which our bodies track on a 24-hour cycle as we oscillate between wakefulness and sleep. Many of us though are unaware of our Ultradian Rhythms, which are natural body cycles occuring at intervals of less than 24 hours. We experience an Ultradian Rhythm every 90 to 120 […]

How Much Vitamin F Are You Getting?

March 14th, 2012 | Posted in Leadership Fitness, Vitality

Every day, I receive many requests to forward on emails of various types. While not accustomed to doing so on a regular basis, I thought you would benefit from this particular “forward” I received from a friend of mine just the other day. I hope you enjoy it! Why do we have a variety of […]

The Fragility of Attention

January 24th, 2012 | Posted in Clarity, Leadership Fitness, Vitality

Our attention is a fragile resource. When we spread it too thinly, we can easily be distracted by myriad other stimuli. Not surprisingly, the result of working on too many things at once is that most of them suffer in some way. Most of us rely on directed attention when focusing on our work, or […]

Conquering Job Stress

March 7th, 2011 | Posted in Vitality

Early in my career, I began to notice a trend: As I signed up for more and more responsibilities, I experienced increasing amounts of stress. I started to worry about whether I would be able to deliver on all of my promises as I watched my list of commitments grow taller and taller.Because I was […]