Posts Tagged ‘leadership’

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 […]

Culture is an Outcome

February 9th, 2018 | Posted in Change, Clarity, Fit Leader, Leadership Fitness

Organizations confront opportunities to change on a regular basis. Whether it is an update to a long-held policy or procedure, an improvement in how leaders provide feedback to others or an increase on the part of managers to speak truth to power, one retort is heard more often than any other. This most common theme […]

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 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 […]

My Favorite Reads in 2016

December 21st, 2016 | Posted in 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 2016, I’m happy to share my favorite reads for the year. Create a World That Works: Tools for Personal and Global Transformation by […]

Simple Habits for Complex Times

November 29th, 2016 | Posted in Change, Clarity, Fit Leader, Leadership Fitness, Reading List

In today’s VUCA world (volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous), predicting the future can be difficult, if not impossible. Despite this complexity, many leaders prefer staying in familiar territory, assuming they already know what will work best. In fact, many of us choose the path that is most comfortable or confirming. Rather than bringing genuine curiosity […]

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, […]

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 […]