All posts filed under: Health & Wellness

Three reasons why you are failing as a leader

1. You are insincere 2. You are not reliable 3. You are not competent This is the trifecta of building trust with people you manage, serve or partner with. If anyone one of the three is deficient you will have a communication breakdown. You can be a brilliant and competent leader and push your team hard, walk the talk and get the job done – and yet if you are insincere it’s like having an oil leak in your car. You can be sincere, treat your people well, know your role and coach well and yet not match what you preach in action and not do what you say you will do…and your team is like a semi-trailer truck with a flat tire and your trailer is swinging wildly on the road. You can be kind, fun, caring, follow up tightly on team requests and administratively do what is required as a manager. If you can’t model the way in the role for your people before you ask them to do it and sweat the …

How strong are your weak ties

I recall a mentor of mine 10 years ago telling me about this new online tool called linked in. “He said this will help you build your network. Look through your inbox and outbox every weekend and meaningfully and personally connect with people you want to help and get to know better.” As David Burkus and Ryan Hawk talk about in this great podcast, spending a couple years building the foundation of your network long term will accelerate your ability to connect and leverage. If you do the work now and consistently, people down the road will come to you. Hear about how dormant ties, weak ties and creating clusters will supercharge building what you are passionate about. Colin

You are the pilot of your own life

“Your time is limited so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.” – Steve jobs I like to sleep! I am about to get a lot less of it with baby (insert name) Nanka joining the world on or before June 8th! We could not be more excited. The average person lives 78 years! We spend 28.3 years sleeping!! That could mean over half of my life is behind me, however, I plan to live to 100! I have been waking up earlier, every year I am alive. I have too much to get done! In my role of enabling the success of other people, I constantly hear: I don’t have enough time I am overloaded I am sooooo busy I feel like I am always climbing I have lost balance in my life I have said all those things myself! I highly recommend this video by former Monk Jay Shetty as he beautifully outlines the value of time. Time is more valuable than money. Chart your own course today. Colin

One thing I learned walking through Antarctica

Sometimes it can take awhile for appreciation deep down to set in. In November 2016 four weeks before a trip of the lifetime sailing 1,000 miles from the southern tip of Argentina to Antarctica for an adventure race I sprained my ankle.    Story here What I may not have appreciated at the time is how much I filled up the resiliency bucket.    The most I could manage was running a total of 20 minutes prior to leaving to run 200KM + in deep snow and ice.    I did, however, do some of the best rehab of my life in the 10 days after the injury. I also controlled what I could control and was laser-focused on staying in shape and pushing mentally through barriers every minute of every day.    I don’t know if it’s fully sunk in 18 months later what that Antarctica trip will mean to me 20 years from now.    What I learned walking through Antarctica is that life is a gift. I appreciated every sunrise, and sunset every glimmer of …

What Personal Trainers Can Teach You About Sales

A great article from Salesforce Vice President Frank Perkins in our San Francisco office. “I have three kids — all boys. About five years ago I decided to place physical fitness at the top of my priority list. I want to do everything I could with my boys for as long as I could. As a dad, it seemed like one of the smartest things I could do. Flying back from one of my East Coast sales calls, I read in a fitness magazine about “one of the top personal trainers in the country,” Billy Polson. He owned his own fitness performance facility in San Francisco called DIAKADI (which I later learned stands for “Do It All and Kick Ass Doin’ It”). I called him when I landed:   ‘Billy, I don’t need motivation, I just want to outsource the whole planning part. There’s so much conflicting info out there. I will tell you what I want: strength, flexibility, the deepest of sleep, and a program that’s doable given the other demands on my time. Then I’ll just do whatever …

Being outside can improve memory, fight depression, and lower blood pressure

I was in the office all day and I needed some fresh air. Even to get out for 10 min of fresh air in between calls was vital. It reminded me of a business inside article about the 12 science-backed reasons to spend more time outdoors. “Spending time outside will improve your physical and mental health. Spending time in forests, hiking in mountains, and just being outside can lead to significant health benefits. Studies have shown that walking in the woods can improve blood pressure, boost mental health, and decrease cancer risk. So go spend some time “forest-bathing” to improve your health. Many people spend workdays indoors under fluorescent lights and in front of computers, then return home to bask in the glow of television…” Read the full story Colin

Are you still climbing?

We often don’t take a breathe and pause to see how far we have come before we continue to press forward. How about now? Like actually right now as you are reading this. Whether it’s 2, 5, 10 years or more since you’ve been climbing, what are two big milestones you can look back and be grateful you were able to achieve? Think about the difficulty it took, the anxiety, the growth. Take a big breath in, a big breath out and appreciate gratitude for the journey. Colin

Change Provides Trade-Offs

My trainer started at a new gym this week. I liked the routine I was in where he was. I would typically take an uber to the gym early in the morning and then either run home to get ready for the day or go straight to work.   I got used to the routine based on the logistics. How to get there and home, the best route to take based on the amount I had and the best juice shop nearby!   It was a comfort level.   With the change in locations, the logistics have changed, and so has the comfort level.  The unknown.   What did I find this morning?   It’s farther from home, but closer to the office I have to plan more in advance but the walk to the office is refreshing The juice shop on the way is better! There are always trade-offs! It’s how you look at them.   What changes are coming your way?   What are the trade-offs you will need to think through?   …

This exercise will make you 50% stronger

At the gym with my trainer this morning we talked about metrics to track as I look to improve my 50K run performance in May. We were doing squats and one-legged lunge with weights. Where I am strong versus my competitors in races is on the flats. I have good history and volume from 30 years of track and field. Where I am weak is up AND downhill. People blow by me often at 2:1 speed. I’ve been getting better, it used to be 3:1. If it’s taking me 50 percent power to get up and downhill with every step, what would happen if we increased my power base so it was only 25 percent effort? Over thousands of steps?  A LOT! I should be able to squat my current body weight and I can’t. When I can we will have moved from 50 percent to 25 percent. It’s a hard metric and a fact. In the next two months, my goal is to move towards that metric (measuring progress every week). I will also have …

This one measurement will make you skinnier 

I was talking to a good friend a month ago and he told me his number one goal was health this year.  He’s been a wildly successful executive for many years. Career and wealth creation had been tops of his list for many years and he can’t recall the last time health cracked the top three. “I’ve got to that place where my family is comfortable and I’m comfortable and it’s time!” he said. Little did he know a week later one of his family members had a real health scare that reinforced this as his crystal clear number one goal. What’s one tactical thing that has been helping him? Weighing himself every day. Why?   What gets measured gets done.   It gives you an accountability point every day when you start to veer off track from a big week of customer dinners, lots of unhealthy snacks or just or losing sight of the goal.  It’s not to be micro on what you consume every single meal, it’s a trend line of where the waistline …