Archive for the ‘Reading List’ Category

Mistakes Were Made (But Not By Me)

December 14th, 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 […]

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, […]

“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 […]

Play Your Way to Innovation

August 31st, 2017 | Posted in Change, Fit Leader, initiative, Innovation, Leadership Fitness, Reading List

Innovation is serious business, and yet sometimes we are just too serious about innovation. Throughout history, we can see that play actually has served as a reliable gateway to innovation. In Wonderland: How Play Made the Modern World, Steven Johnson illustrates how playfulness has fueled a remarkable amount of innovation and new discovery. Consider Charles Babbage, […]

Effort Counts Twice

May 8th, 2017 | Posted in Effectiveness, Fit Leader, initiative, Leadership Fitness, leadership training, Reading List, success

When it comes to predicting who will succeed in life and business, we often are “distracted by talent”. We tend to place way too much faith in SAT scores, GPAs and other measures of aptitude, even when these standard metrics have been shown to fail as guarantors of achievement. Whether it’s who will survive Beast […]

Mother Nature’s Killer Apps

March 13th, 2017 | Posted in Change, Fit Leader, Leadership Fitness, Reading List

During the past couple of weeks, I found myself, for a second time, working my way through Thomas L. Friedman’s Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist’s Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations. Friedman, also author of The World is Flat, uses his latest book to analyze the dizzying pace of change and […]

You, Dissatisfied

February 6th, 2017 | Posted in Fit Leader, Leadership Fitness, Reading List

How do you respond when you’re dissatisfied? Organizations today increasingly sponsor annual surveys to measure the level of employee engagement and satisfaction/dissatisfaction to better understand opportunities for improving culture and communication. Back in 1970, Albert Hirschman wrote a book called Exit, Voice and Loyalty: Responses to Decline in Firms, Organizations and States. Many employee engagement […]