I get tremendous value and enjoyment from reading and listening to inspirational books. I glean insights and ideas from each author and develop new skills to be a better speaker, management consultant, and trainer. Fun fact: Reading is also a great way for us to reduce stress!
Do you have a growth mindset or a fixed mindset? Are you geared towards learning, discovering, self-betterment, and continuously improving your craft? Or, do you strive to maintain the appearance of being highly skilled and focus on avoiding failure at all costs?
Are you taking care of your body? After winning his 5th Super Bowl, a reporter asked Tom Brady if he was now ready to wrap up his career at the ripe age of 39. Brady responded that he doesn’t feel 39; in fact, he feels better at 39 than he did at 25 when his body ached regularly. The … Continued
Do you have a positive journaling habit? A key habit that can help us sustain high productivity is a short, daily journal based upon the tenets of high-performance and positive psychology.
Do you set clear boundaries of deliverables for team members at the outset of a project? I call this practice ‘setting the box of action’. Define the box, clarify uncertainties, and then let your team members get to work. As long as the box is large, with plenty of room for flexibility, creativity and ownership … Continued
How do you deal with criticism? When criticised, do you take offence? Ignore? Defend? Where most of us dread or avoid criticism, a better option is to choose to welcome it. View it constructively, as if someone is offering you a gift – a gift that you can choose to accept or decline. Think of … Continued
You can’t control everything that enters your mind, but you can control your reaction. The other day I was walking in the rainy Pacific Northwest.
Effective communication is a key skill for successful leadership. I have put together 5 habits that you can implement right away to improve communication with your team.
When debriefing post success or failure, are you separating your feelings from facts? One of the biggest mistakes we can make while reflecting upon past events is to justify our feelings with emotional reasoning. Just because you feel something, does not make it true. Or, just because something is true, doesn’t mean that your feelings … Continued
I met with Jacinthe Dupuis from Air Canada’s enRoute Magazine just before heading to Brazil to join the CBC’s Olympic coverage team for the 2016 Rio Olympics. She asked me some great questions about my travel routines, reproduced below.