The Inclusive View

October 19th, 2019 | Posted in Change, Fit Leader, Leadership Fitness, leadership training, relationships

Inclusivity is all about increasing our knowledge and awareness of differences, and our ability to interact with people that are not the same as us.   There are some differences we can easily see because they are visible, such as differences in race or age.  There are other differences that are not so visible, such […]

EQ vs. IQ

September 15th, 2019 | Posted in Effectiveness, Fit Leader, Leadership Fitness, leadership training, Reading List, success

Emotional Intelligence (emotional quotient or EQ)  refers to the ability to identify and manage one’s own emotions, as well as the emotions of others.  Many point to EQ as being more important that IQ as leaders rise within an organization and broaden their responsibility for larger teams. The term Emotional Intelligence was popularized in the […]

The Leader as Coach

August 17th, 2019 | Posted in Effectiveness, Fit Leader, Leadership Fitness, leadership training, success

The coaching mindset begins with viewing team members as being naturally creative, resourceful and whole, and not as broken or in need of fixing. Leaders that adopt a coaching mindset step away from needing to have all of the answers.  They start by asking questions, rather than giving solutions.  This means less talking and more […]

Building a Brand

March 6th, 2019 | Posted in Confidence, Fit Leader, Leadership Fitness

Brands are made, not born. A brand is also not a first impression; it is built over time. Leadership brands are built around what is real and authentic about the leaders they represent. In 1997, Fast Company magazine featured a cover story called “The Brand Called You”.  This story encouraged individual leaders to find a […]

Getting in the Mood

February 16th, 2019 | Posted in Effectiveness, Fit Leader, Innovation, Leadership Fitness

Creativity doesn’t happen in the five minutes between meetings or between reading our emails.  If we want to get in the right mood to be creative, we need to create a specific time and identify a specific place where we will focus only on being creative.  John Cleese, the famous British actor, of Monty Python […]

My Favorite Reads in 2018

December 20th, 2018 | Posted in Fit Leader, Leadership Fitness, Reading List

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 2018, I’m happy to share my favorite reads for the year. The Outward Mindset: Seeing Beyond Ourselves by The Arbinger Institute Mistakes Were Made […]

Mistakes Were Made (But Not By Me)

November 16th, 2018 | Posted in Fit Leader, Leadership Fitness, leadership training, personal accountability, Reading List

Perhaps you’ve heard of the confirmation bias. This is our tendency to look for only confirming evidence of what we already believe. The Lancet, a respected medical journal, reported in 1998 that a positive correlation had been found between autism and childhood vaccines. As a result, many parents stopped vaccinating their children, at great risk […]

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 […]

The Role of Humility

September 20th, 2018 | Posted in Uncategorized

At the core of Servant Leadership is the concept of humility.  While traditional Bosses view leadership as a means of getting people to do what they want, Servant Leaders see opportunities to serve others.  Developing their people, creating connections and getting out of the way are some of the approaches often pursued by Servant Leaders. […]

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 […]