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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 […]

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 […]

Managing Up With Courage

July 17th, 2014 | Posted in Confidence, Effectiveness, Fit Leader, Leadership Fitness, relationships, success

Of all the feedback conversations leaders tell me they want to have in the workplace, those directed above their own immediate level in the organization remain the most challenging. While picking our battles carefully, and recognizing that some issues are just not worth going to bat for, the fear of retaliation, or “getting on the […]

On Being Divergent

April 7th, 2014 | Posted in Clarity, Confidence, Fit Leader, Leadership Fitness, leadership training, Reading List, relationships

Last week I read Divergent, the debut novel of American novelist Veronica Roth. The book is a dystopian novel set in the so-called Divergent Universe. The novel explores the main character’s emotional struggles as she defines her identity within a society that defines its citizens by their social and personality-related affiliation with five different factions. […]

The Irresistible Smile

February 15th, 2014 | Posted in Fit Leader, Leadership Fitness, relationships, success

When I walk down the street or a long corridor in a public building, I still am surprised sometimes when others start smiling at me. For just a moment, I find myself wondering what’s causing the friendly look on the face of these strangers. Then I remember that dating back to when I was just […]

11 Simple Rules

September 15th, 2013 | Posted in Effectiveness, Fit Leader, Leadership Fitness, relationships

These 11 simple rules, first presented by Dave Packard at Hewlett-Packard’s second annual management conference in 1958 are timeless. 1. Think first of the other fellow. This is THE foundation — the first requisite — for getting along with others. Gaining this, the rest will be “a breeze.” 2. Build up the other person’s sense […]

Great Conversations, Anyone?

August 3rd, 2013 | Posted in Clarity, Fit Leader, Leadership Fitness, relationships, success

When was the last time you had a really great conversation? If you spent much of your time talking about yourself, odds are the conversation could have gone better. According to Jean de La Bruyere, a great conversation focuses much more on bringing out the cleverness of others than in showing a great deal of […]

What You See is What You Get

January 12th, 2013 | Posted in Clarity, Effectiveness, Leadership Fitness, leadership training, relationships, success

Transparent leaders build credibility, resulting in greater collaboration across all levels of the organization. This “what you see is what you get” approach to leadership often leads to more efficient decision-making by increasing the trust that develops between leaders and their teams. Many organizations pay lip service to transparency while, at the same time, refusing […]