The 20-50-30 Rule

June 20, 2019 | Comments Off on The 20-50-30 Rule
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When you are introducing change to your organization, keep the “20-50-30” rule in mind.  You can expect that roughly 20 percent of your people will generally resist any new idea or approach. If you’re like countless other leaders, you probably spend way too much of your precious time trying to convince this group to get…

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Don’t Become the Bottleneck

May 18, 2019 | Comments Off on Don’t Become the Bottleneck
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When you take on additional responsibilities, you may also take on a new team. Because you are unfamiliar with the skills your new employees have to offer, you may be tempted to take the “easy” way out and do everything yourself. If you choose this path, you will underutilize the talents of your team and…

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Being in the Now

April 16, 2019 | Comments Off on Being in the Now
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Are you mindful? Mindfulness means you’re focused fully on what you are doing in the *present* moment. Since mindfulness is centered on the present, it means letting go of emotions related to the past and the future. It’s about being in the now. Over the next few days, be aware of your mindfulness. If you’re…

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Getting in the Mood

March 6, 2019 | Comments Off on Getting in the Mood
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Creativity doesn’t happen in the five minutes between meetings or between reading our emails.  If we want to get in the right mood to be creative, we need to create a specific time and identify a specific place where we will focus only on being creative.  John Cleese, the famous British actor, of Monty Python…

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Building a Brand

February 15, 2019 | Comments Off on Building a Brand
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Brands are made, not born. A brand is also not a first impression; it is built over time. Leadership brands are built around what is real and authentic about the leaders they represent. In 1997, Fast Company magazine featured a cover story called “The Brand Called You”.  This story encouraged individual leaders to find a…

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Unconscious Competence

January 7, 2019 | Comments Off on Unconscious Competence
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When developing new habits, it is helpful to understand the four distinct phases of the learning process.  Most of us, at any given time, can be said to be “unconsciously incompetent” about a number of skills.  These are skills we are not even aware we are performing in a suboptimal way.  Hence, this is a…

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My Favorite Reads in 2018

December 20, 2018 | Comments Off on My Favorite Reads in 2018
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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 2018, I’m happy to share my favorite reads for the year. The Outward Mindset: Seeing Beyond Ourselves by The Arbinger Institute Mistakes Were Made…

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Mistakes Were Made (But Not By Me)

November 16, 2018 | Comments Off on Mistakes Were Made (But Not By Me)
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Perhaps you’ve heard of the confirmation bias. This is our tendency to look for only confirming evidence of what we already believe. The Lancet, a respected medical journal, reported in 1998 that a positive correlation had been found between autism and childhood vaccines. As a result, many parents stopped vaccinating their children, at great risk…

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The Outward Mindset

October 20, 2018 | Comments Off on The Outward Mindset
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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…

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Motivational Theories Revisited

September 7, 2018 | Comments Off on Motivational Theories Revisited
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In the mid-1950s, psychologist Abraham Maslow published his famous Hierarchy of Needs.  This pyramid comprised five levels, with Physiological Needs at the base and Self-Actualization at the top of his model.  According to Maslow, all five of these levels were capable of motivating people, in the order he laid them out in his hierarchy.  Maslow…

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