Posts Tagged ‘fit leaders’

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 […]

Building Better Leaders

July 14th, 2017 | Posted in Effectiveness, Fit Leader, Leadership Fitness, leadership training

In a recent New York Times article, Laszlo Bock, former senior vice president of people operations at Google, reveals what some might refer to as surprising. After synthesizing 10,000 data points including performance reviews done on managers, employee engagement surveys and even nomination forms for top-manager awards, the Google analysts found that technical expertise paled […]

Growth Traps

August 11th, 2016 | Posted in Change, Fit Leader, Leadership Fitness, Reading List

What is your desire to grow? For many, growth comes in spurts. We advance for a while and then plateau. Or, we get comfortable with where we are and determine that the benefit of continued growth is not worth the effort. In other words, getting what we want can actually stunt our growth. By providing […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Nothing is Less Productive

December 31st, 2014 | Posted in Change, Clarity, Effectiveness, Leadership Fitness

As I prepare for a fresh year of success and impact, both personally and professionally, I am guided by the wisdom of others. I invite you to join me in implementing some of these pearls from the likes of Peter Drucker, Maya Angelou, Seth Godin, Fred Rogers and a couple of others. Peter Drucker: Nothing […]

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 […]

Getting Rid of Communication Static

September 19th, 2011 | Posted in Effectiveness

If you want to be a fit leader, it’s critical to clearly communicate your messages and ensure those messages are actually heard and understood by others. In my dealings with employees and colleagues over the years, I’ve discovered a number of strategies leaders can employ to remove ambiguity or “static” from their communications. After you […]

Please and Thank You

August 22nd, 2011 | Posted in Confidence

Most of us were taught when we were children that it was polite, and often to our benefit, to say please and thank you when interacting with others.  Why is it so many of us find it hard to apply this knowledge in the workplace? It can’t be that it’s too hard or that it takes […]