Archive for the ‘Clarity’ Category

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 […]

“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 […]

Putting a Saddle on a Duck

October 25th, 2017 | Posted in Clarity, Effectiveness, Fit Leader, Leadership Fitness

In our interactions with others, it is all too common to get frustrated with what people aren’t. Rather than celebrating and leveraging the strengths of those we work with, we can easily end up communicating an expectation that everyone must be good at everything. Have you ever tried putting a saddle on a duck? How […]

The 7 Fires of the Day

June 5th, 2017 | Posted in Clarity, Confidence, Fit Leader, Leadership Fitness, success

How many of us spend too much time, day in and day out, attending to the “7 fires of the day”? Many of my clients bemoan the fact that the big projects never seem to get the attention they require for meaningful accomplishment. Other newsletters and time-management gurus offer tons of advice, including: Don’t start […]

Simple Habits for Complex Times

November 29th, 2016 | Posted in Change, Clarity, Fit Leader, Leadership Fitness, Reading List

In today’s VUCA world (volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous), predicting the future can be difficult, if not impossible. Despite this complexity, many leaders prefer staying in familiar territory, assuming they already know what will work best. In fact, many of us choose the path that is most comfortable or confirming. Rather than bringing genuine curiosity […]

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, […]

Sit Down and Dream

November 20th, 2015 | Posted in Clarity, Fit Leader, Leadership Fitness, success

Take time to put a strategic growth plan for yourself in writing. Why fly blind and assume you know where you’re headed when you can know EXACTLY where you’re going? This week, sit down and dream. Get your growth plan in writing. Keep that paper or digital image in front of you. Review it every […]

Values Drive Results

October 15th, 2015 | Posted in Clarity, Fit Leader, Leadership Fitness

Values are the lifeblood of any organization. Richard Barrett, founder of Barrett Values Centre and internationally known leadership consultant, has shown that when organizations unite around a *shared* set of values, the following results can be expected: – They become more flexible. – They become less hierarchical and less bureaucratic. – Organizational performance is significantly […]

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 […]

A Millimeter of Progress in a Million Directions

January 26th, 2015 | Posted in Clarity, Effectiveness, Fit Leader, Leadership Fitness, Reading List, success

Are you stretched too thin? Are you majoring in minor activities; busy but not productive; or always in motion and never getting anywhere? Many of us are making a millimeter of progress in a million directions. Lin Yutang, the Chinese writer and inventor, and the author of The Importance of Living, used to say, “the […]