Posts Tagged ‘leadership effectiveness’

Make Stress Your Friend

March 26th, 2018 | Posted in Change, Fit Leader, Leadership Fitness, Stress, Stress Management, Vitality

Stress has become a buzzword, but most of us don’t really know what it is. According to my friend Dr. Heidi Hanna, the word itself can cause stress just because it’s difficult to define. We use it as a catchall for anything that feels off in our lives, and by dumping problems into a bucket […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Sit Down and Dream

November 20th, 2015 | Posted in Clarity, Fit Leader, Leadership Fitness, success

Take time to put a strategic growth plan for yourself in writing. Why fly blind and assume you know where you’re headed when you can know EXACTLY where you’re going? This week, sit down and dream. Get your growth plan in writing. Keep that paper or digital image in front of you. Review it every […]

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 […]

Put the Glass Down!

April 16th, 2015 | Posted in Fit Leader, Leadership Fitness, Vitality

A psychologist walked around a room while teaching stress management to an audience. As she raised a glass of water, everyone expected they’d be asked the “half empty or half full” question. Instead, with a smile on her face, she inquired: “How heavy is this glass of water?” Answers called out ranged from 8 oz. […]

U2 Can B an ACE

March 16th, 2015 | Posted in Fit Leader, Leadership Fitness, Vitality

During WW1, fighter pilots successfully downing 5 enemy planes were designated as ACEs. My challenge for you is considerably less dangerous. My A.C.E. formula for effective performance is: Alkalize Calendarize Exercise Consuming more alkaline-producing foods reduces the energy drain we experience when digesting the highly acidic diet most common in the western part of the […]

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 […]

My Favorite Reads in 2014

November 30th, 2014 | Posted in Fit Leader, Leadership Fitness, leadership training, Reading List

As a regular subscriber to The Fit Leader blog, you know that I am an avid reader, and often make references to books in my posts. As we near the end of 2014, I’m happy to share my favorite reads for the year. Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman Business Adventures by John Brooks […]