In 2014 at the Berlin Marathon Dennis Kimetto set the world record of 2:02:57, averaging 4:42 per mile for 26.2 miles. For years, within running circles, the idea of breaking a 2-hour marathon seemed nearly impossible. Last year, though, Nike completed a multi-year project where it attempted to break that 2-hour barrier. It chose a … Continue reading Marathons, Mindsets & World Records
Analysis Paralysis A couple weeks ago I met with a coaching client who wants to change her life. She had a general idea of what she wanted--a more rewarding career in the medical field (nurse, pharmacy, etc.)--but struggled to move forward toward that goal. Analysis paralysis had set in. She didn't know what her first … Continue reading Just Start!
We communicate all day, every day. Communication is likely THE essential skill of humankind. Understanding In order to communicate fully, the words spoken must align with the non-verbal cues we are using. We've all had conversations where we this alignment didn't exist and you likely left confused, not knowing with certainty the outcome. Alan Greenspan, an … Continue reading Leadership Essentials: Communication
Adam Grant is the author of Originals and Give and Take and co-author with Sheryl Sandberg (COO of Facebook) of Option B. He is a Wharton Business School management and psychology professor. He has focused his work on generosity and helping, job design and meaningful work, leadership and culture, originality and non-conformity, work motivation and … Continue reading Give and Take
Desperation I was 16. I was failing in front of what seemed to me (at least at the time) a large congregation at church. I was given the responsibility, along with another young man, Jeremiah (also 16 or 17), to perform an ordinance. All I essentially had to do was recite a few lines perfectly. … Continue reading Silent Leadership
Why do you do what you do? Can you explain to your family, friend, colleagues what drives you? When I first watched Simon Sinek's TED talk, How Great Leaders Inspire Action it resonated with me and I've watched it many times since. If you are able to accurately articulate your Why then you will find that others … Continue reading Why?
The Event I remember the day vividly. Lisa and I were meeting for a one-on-one. She was my manager's manager and every couple of months I had the opportunity to sit down with her and talk. We both sat at a table in a larger-than-needed, stereotypically drab conference room. As was typical for Lisa, the … Continue reading Leadership Essentials: Caring
I set a goal to read 13 books this year. I decided I’d start small and Whitney Johnson’s Disrupt Yourself seemed to fit the bill. I figured I’d be able to easily read it in 3–4 weeks and apply some of the ideas the author presents. I picked it up January 1 and had no idea how much … Continue reading Personal Disruption
Several years ago I learned a great lesson on accountability from a manager. I made a small mistake that had a MASSIVE impact. And, my massive, I mean that every account, hundreds of thousands of accounts, in the organization was affected to some degree. As soon as I realized the error I reported it to … Continue reading Leadership Essentials: Accountability
One of my favorite TED talks is by Drew Dudley. In a short six minutes, Drew helps us see that leadership is something you do. It isn't a title or the corner office, leadership is in the actions you take and the impact you have. After all, leaders create more leaders, not followers. https://www.ted.com/talks/drew_dudley_everyday_leadership Have … Continue reading Everyday Leadership