One Small Go/No-Go Call for a Hike; One Giant Theme for Wise Leadership

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One day last week I sat with friends in the Sierra foothills, discussing whether to proceed with our planned hike up Half Dome in Yosemite. Smoke from the wildfire that’s big news this week had already made the air quality index “unhealthy” on the eve of our hike.

This was a personal development and leadership gut check in another form. That’s why I’m writing this to spur your thoughts on the underlying dynamics of this situation – intellectual and emotional.


Workshops Aren’t Enough — We Need to Help People Make Sustainable Change

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I’ve recently made that case that: (1) As a leader you face a growing human-effectiveness challenge for yourself and your teams. (2) You should thus “double down” to help people strengthen their foundational effectiveness.

Do you feel ahead of the curve here? You might think, “Yeah. That’s why we already invest in many learning and development programs.” But to unlock the greatest impact, especially for vital “soft” skills that underlie most success, you need an approach that’s built with true sustainable change in mind.

Let’s take a closer look at this need for supporting lasting change, and what you can do about it.


Hey Boss, You Should Know This About Your People (and Yourself)

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Most of us don’t think much about what, at deep levels, makes people effective. We can probably name our company’s key marketing metrics, data center performance capacities or financial chart-of-account categories more readily than we can describe what makes humans effective.

We can name symptoms of effectiveness (good communications skills, strong problem-solving, consistent effort, etc.). But rarely root-cause enablers. No finger-pointing here – this describes me for much of my career as a consultant and operating leader.

But these foundations are vital to everything else we can achieve. They’re like an athlete’s underlying strength, speed, flexibility, balance, vision and love-of-the-game. And like these, effectiveness foundations can be strengthened with training.


The Challenge to Human Effectiveness — How Will You Respond?

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As leaders, we need more from our teams – and ourselves – than ever before. But at the same time, our world makes it increasingly hard for people to “show up” at work in their best and most-powerful way.

That’s why a growing “Human Effectiveness Challenge” demands our attention and innovation. Let’s look at the roots of this challenge and some ways we can wisely respond.


Personal “Systems Thinking” — How Cognitive & Emotional Effectiveness Interacts with Physical Wellness

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You may recognize “systems thinking” as a business and engineering buzz phrase. But it also applies to ourselves as people.

Definition: Systems Thinking uses habits, tools and concepts to better understand the linkages and interactions among components of a complex system. This helps identify leverage points to achieve desired outcomes.

Thinking of ourselves as a system, there are clear “linkages and interactions” among mind (intellectual functions), heart (emotions) and body. With the goal of “achieving desired outcomes”—in this case, how about greater effectiveness and ease in both work and personal-life roles?—let’s take a look at two types of linkages and interactions here.

1. How investments of time and energy in fitness/nutrition improve our our intellectual effectiveness and our sense of emotional well-being (the two of which are, in turn, mutually reinforcing by the way).

2. How persistent inability to find time, motivation or discipline for our physical health is often a symptom of emotional or intellectual blockages we should work through.


Self-Care for 40+ People — It’s About Meaning, Not “Just” Physical Wellness

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As we get older, we all have concerns about staying physically vital. About not looking “old.” About warding off maladies that lurk in the shadows. Among all concerns, perhaps the biggest is the most subconscious and hardest to recognize: At or beyond life’s halfway marker, we’re uncertain what our life ultimately will have meant. I know this “Meaning of Life” …