The Outward Mindset

October 20th, 2018 | Posted in Effectiveness, Fit Leader, Leadership Fitness, leadership training, Reading List, relationships

Imagine a SWAT team busting into a home to arrest two drug dealers. The home is filled with mothers and their infant children. While the arrests are being made, the babies are screaming, not sure what is going on all around them. In the kitchen, one of the SWAT officers is looking for baby formula […]

That’s Cute

August 24th, 2018 | Posted in Change, Effectiveness, Fit Leader, Innovation, Leadership Fitness, Reading List, relationships, success

Back in 1975, an engineer at Kodak invented the world’s first digital camera. When this engineer, Steve Sasson, went to his management to present his new idea, the response he received was “that’s cute”. While that response ultimately led to the demise of Kodak, we shouldn’t be surprised with the reaction by the company’s management […]

Now or Later

July 18th, 2018 | Posted in Change, Fit Leader, Leadership Fitness, Reading List

Most of us avoid wasting money. Fewer of us avoid wasting time. The Roman philosopher Seneca wisely taught that “life is long enough, and it has been given in sufficiently generous measure to allow the accomplishment of the very greatest things if the whole of it is well invested”. The life each of us receives […]

On the Shoulders of Giants

June 28th, 2018 | Posted in Fit Leader, Leadership Fitness, Reading List, success

There is a saying that our greatest achievements often are attained by standing on the shoulders of giants. It is often hard to know who deserves the credit when each of us is surrounded by ideas that have circulated for centuries. In How to Fly a Horse: The Secret History of Creation, Invention and Discovery, […]

Change and Innovation

May 15th, 2018 | Posted in Change, Fit Leader, Innovation, Leadership Fitness, success

I was recently interviewed for the 2018 Change and Innovation Online Summit! The Summit goes live on May 21. As a featured guest, I’m able to share FREE passes to the Summit. Check at the end of this article on how to acquire your pass. In my interview, I talk about some of the steps […]

Make Stress Your Friend

March 26th, 2018 | Posted in Change, Fit Leader, Leadership Fitness, Stress, Stress Management, Vitality

Stress has become a buzzword, but most of us don’t really know what it is. According to my friend Dr. Heidi Hanna, the word itself can cause stress just because it’s difficult to define. We use it as a catchall for anything that feels off in our lives, and by dumping problems into a bucket […]

Culture is an Outcome

February 9th, 2018 | Posted in Change, Clarity, Fit Leader, Leadership Fitness

Organizations confront opportunities to change on a regular basis. Whether it is an update to a long-held policy or procedure, an improvement in how leaders provide feedback to others or an increase on the part of managers to speak truth to power, one retort is heard more often than any other. This most common theme […]

The Fear of Missing Out

January 23rd, 2018 | Posted in Uncategorized

There is a term floating around these days called FOMO. FOMO is the Fear of Missing Out. It is a fear that persistently and perniciously interferes with our attempts to bring dedicated focus to our tasks and to our relationships. Think about the last time you checked your phone to see if you had any […]

My Favorite Reads in 2017

December 15th, 2017 | Posted in Uncategorized

As a regular subscriber to The Fit Leader blog, you know that I am an avid reader, and often make references to books in my posts. As we near the end of 2017, I’m happy to share my favorite reads for the year. American Icon by Bryce Hoffman Blue Ocean Shift: Beyond Competing by W. […]

“To Be” or Not “To Be”

November 9th, 2017 | Posted in Change, Clarity, Fit Leader, Leadership Fitness, leadership training, Reading List

Is it possible that the words we use prevent us from seeing the world and the people in it as they really are? Our words directly shape how we see the world and how we engage with others. Benjamin Lee Whorf, a linguist, suggests that “by altering our use of language, we also revise how […]