Change and Innovation

May 15, 2018 | Comments Off on Change and Innovation
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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…

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The Role of Humility

April 7, 2018 | Comments Off on The Role of Humility
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At the core of Servant Leadership is the concept of humility.  While traditional Bosses view leadership as a means of getting people to do what they want, Servant Leaders see opportunities to serve others.  Developing their people, creating connections and getting out of the way are some of the approaches often pursued by Servant Leaders.…

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Make Stress Your Friend

March 26, 2018 | Comments Off on Make Stress Your Friend
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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…

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Culture is an Outcome

February 9, 2018 | Comments Off on Culture is an Outcome
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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…

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The Fear of Missing Out

January 23, 2018 | Comments Off on The Fear of Missing Out
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There is a term floating around these days called FOMO. FOMO is the Fear of Missing Out. It is a fear that persistently and perniciously interferes with our attempts to bring dedicated focus to our tasks and to our relationships. Think about the last time you checked your phone to see if you had any…

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My Favorite Reads in 2017

December 15, 2017 | Comments Off on My Favorite Reads in 2017
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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 2017, I’m happy to share my favorite reads for the year. American Icon by Bryce Hoffman Blue Ocean Shift: Beyond Competing by W.…

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"To Be" or Not "To Be"

November 9, 2017 | Comments Off on "To Be" or Not "To Be"
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Is it possible that the words we use prevent us from seeing the world and the people in it as they really are? Our words directly shape how we see the world and how we engage with others. Benjamin Lee Whorf, a linguist, suggests that “by altering our use of language, we also revise how…

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Putting a Saddle on a Duck

October 25, 2017 | Comments Off on Putting a Saddle on a Duck
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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…

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Play Your Way to Innovation

August 31, 2017 | Comments Off on Play Your Way to Innovation
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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,…

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Building Better Leaders

July 14, 2017 | Comments Off on Building Better Leaders
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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…

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