Archive for the ‘Confidence’ Category

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 […]

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 […]

Selling Your Ideas

February 16th, 2016 | Posted in Confidence, Fit Leader, Leadership Fitness, success

Want to sell your idea? Here are 5 tips. 1. Do your homework. This is how you create a case that’s credible. 2. Invest time in connecting your ideas and recommendations to your organization’s existing strategy and priorities. 3. Try to anticipate questions and prepare appropriate responses in advance. 4. Do research so you can […]

Your Ideas Matter

September 16th, 2015 | Posted in Confidence, Fit Leader, Leadership Fitness

In many organizations, the best ideas are never advanced. Otherwise smart and seasoned, many leaders choose not to speak up. Powerful forces, working overtime in the space between our ears, conspire to paralyze us at the point of action. These saboteurs would have us believe that we are not good enough. These saboteurs would have […]

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 […]

Intelligent Disobedience

July 20th, 2015 | Posted in Confidence, Fit Leader, Leadership Fitness, personal accountability, Reading List

As a lifelong student of the art of leadership, I learned early that there is a delicate bond between leaders and their followers. For starters, there is the study of obedience by Stanley Milgram. In this classical experiment, subjects continued to administer what they thought were electric shocks to individuals on the other side of […]

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 […]

Vulnerability and Confidence

February 15th, 2015 | Posted in Confidence, Fit Leader, Leadership Fitness

Vulnerability and confidence, you say? Aren’t these mutually exclusive? While, on the surface, we might think we need to take on a shield of invulnerability to muster the confidence necessary to accomplish greatness… I encourage you to think again. Patrick Lencioni, in The Five Temptations of a CEO, taught us many years ago that one […]

Breaking News Alert

October 31st, 2014 | Posted in Confidence, Fit Leader, Leadership Fitness, Vitality

OK, how many of you are tired of the constant breaking news alerts on whatever cable or network news channels you tune into? I have recently decided to stop watching and listening to those TV and radio news channels that parlay a continuous parade of breaking news. It might be different if the news actually […]