Posts Tagged ‘Success’

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Play Your Way to Innovation

August 31st, 2017 | Posted in Change, Fit Leader, initiative, Innovation, Leadership Fitness, Reading List

Innovation is serious business, and yet sometimes we are just too serious about innovation. Throughout history, we can see that play actually has served as a reliable gateway to innovation. In Wonderland: How Play Made the Modern World, Steven Johnson illustrates how playfulness has fueled a remarkable amount of innovation and new discovery. Consider Charles Babbage, […]

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 […]

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 […]