Archive for the ‘success’ Category

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 […]

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, […]

Change and Innovation

May 15th, 2018 | Posted in Change, Fit Leader, Innovation, Leadership Fitness, success

I was recently interviewed for the 2018 Change and Innovation Online Summit! The Summit goes live on May 21. As a featured guest, I’m able to share FREE passes to the Summit. Check at the end of this article on how to acquire your pass. In my interview, I talk about some of the steps […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Weakest Link

October 5th, 2016 | Posted in Effectiveness, Fit Leader, Leadership Fitness, success

Let’s start with a POP QUIZ: What’s 2,446,708 X 11,567 X 6.72 X 0? Pretty simple, huh? I bet you even came up with the correct answer without using a calculator. How about another mental challenge? This one comes from one of my favorite blogs (Farnam Street): Suppose you were trying to become the best […]

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, […]

Character and Competence

July 15th, 2016 | Posted in Fit Leader, Leadership Fitness, leadership training, Reading List, success

When asked what they admire most in a leader, 87% point to character while only 13% point to competence. Most of us follow leaders based on who the leader is, and not as much for what they do. If a leader is arrogant and doesn’t listen to input, she can make poor decisions by dismissing […]

Be Curious First

March 12th, 2016 | Posted in Fit Leader, Leadership Fitness, success

When you are curious in one-on-one conversations and meetings, it naturally invites others to willingly share their ideas and keep their contributions at a high level. Ask yourself these questions: – How do I demonstrate my genuine curiosity and interest in others’ thoughts and ideas? – What is my public response when members of my […]

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 […]