All posts filed under: Leadership

I was in a funk and needed a reboot

Our daughter has not been sleeping well the last week, so neither have we!  Sleep is my ONE thing. If I get a good night sleep, I can conquer the mountain. After getting through the morning, getting some work done, and the family fed, I had 3 hours to myself as the girls were visiting friends. I knew 3 hours was a good amount of time to take on the tasks I had outlined…cleaning the closets, a couple blogs, and a workout. So what did I do?  I slowed down. I realized I had pushed right past my regular morning meditation with the hairiness in the morning, so I started there.  After the 20 min meditation, I used my “Calm” app and did an additional 20 min body scan to slow the breath down and gain some “creative intelligence.” I rose refreshed, recharged and with 100% more vigor to go after my tasks.  Even the inspiration to write this blog. 🙂 Sometimes we need to SLOW down to ACCELERATE forward. Colin

7 Ways to prepare for a tough conversation

Having tough conversations with a peer or employee are some of the tougher things we do.  Keeping each person in a positive space during the conversation is key. Empathy for the challenges being faced keeps us in the problem-solving part of the brain vs fight or flight.This is a great article a friend shared on how to prep for these types of conversations.   Here is number 1:   What is your purpose for having the conversation? What do you hope to accomplish? What would be an ideal outcome? Watch for hidden purposes. You may think you have honorable goals, like educating an employee or increasing connection with your teen, only to notice that your language is excessively critical or condescending. You think you want to support, but you end up punishing. Some purposes are more useful than others. Work on yourself so that you enter the conversation with a supportive purpose.   Read the rest of the article here. Colin

My Turning Point to High Performance

I didn’t realize that I had anymore to give until I was running on empty. Three-quarters of the way through a week-long 160 Mile/250 Km adventure race in Iceland, I was on my last leg. Literally. Battered by freezing winds and pouring rain, I was running a marathon a day over jagged volcanic rocks,  which caused me to develop a high ankle sprain. I was at the end of my rope. I had attempted two races previously, only finishing one. Somewhere deep within myself I knew I had the capacity to finish another one, but my foot (now swollen to twice its normal size) was telling me different. When I awoke for the final day facing 45 miles and 70km up ahead, I could barely put weight on my right foot. Unsure if I could run, my tent-mates and teammates Ash and Jesse encouraged me to get out there and just put one foot in front of the other for as long as possible: To get into the arena and do the best I could. …

Have you been locked in?

Have you been locked in? Unable to find your mojo? This is a story that will help you find your way back. As a young girl, Victoria Arlen truly had the world ahead of her. But at the age of 11, she began to suffer from an illness that baffled her doctors and kept Victoria locked in her own body. Listen to the 19 min podcast to hear behind the story or watch the 30 for 30 Short. Listen to 30for30+ “Locked In” from 30 For 30 Podcasts in Podcasts. Colin

Three Ways Focusing On Mindset Makes You Win

I remember the time specifically when I realized I could be better than I was.  It was grade 9 and I was running in the 800 M Track & Field City Semi-Finals.  I always competed but was never relevant in placing.   I for once took our coaches advice about visualizing the outcome and playing it in my mind the night before. It was on the 3rd turn with 200 M left that I felt I may have some gas left in the tank and could pass other runners.  Let me be clear, I was not up all night thinking about it.  It was 10 min.   Wouldn’t you know it, on race day at the 600 M mark, like a birdie sitting on my shoulder, I had a nudge to run as hard as possible to the finish. I remembered seeing the way to the finish.  The 800 M is often a big lumpy crowd of 10-15 runners.  I was in the last 3rd and I shot myself up into 4th place and passed a …

What you learn in death

As a Canadian, I grew up watching Liberals, Conservatives, and Democrats in our Political system.  Now that I am in the US, you can’t help to be glued to the current political landscape. What is telling is how great leadership crosses party, community and different phases of life.   There is a great opportunity to learn when icons pass and reflect for yourself how you would like to be remembered when you are gone.   Two Statements below from Barrack Obama and George W. Bush.   Obama:   “John McCain and I were members of different generations, came from completely different backgrounds, and competed at the highest level of politics,” Obama, 57, wrote. “But we shared, for all our differences, a fidelity to something higher — the ideals for which generations of Americans and immigrants alike have fought, marched, and sacrificed.   The statement continued: “We saw our political battles, even, as a privilege, something noble, an opportunity to serve as stewards of those high ideals at home, and to advance them around the world. …

Images are a powerful

Why People Think They Can’t Draw What I have learned over time is that if you put text on a screen or slide and then speak to people, they have a hard time retaining what you are saying. Think about it the next time it happens to you. It’s difficult to read and listen at the same time! A friend passed on a great video that shows you how to draw the basics of characters/cartoons on a whiteboard. Images are a powerful way to communicate your message. Have some fun learning to draw! Colin

How Bamboo Will Get You Through

Bend don’t break is a phrase you often here in times of challenge. Also called fortitude. Think about how bamboo bends in the wind and survives, while the huge, strong oak tree may break. Fortitude is the ability to endure life’s hardships and get back on your feet each time you are down.   We can’t always be strong. We want to show up and perform our best, we want to be fast, want to look good, yet in truth, we are not always capable of this.     What helps during uncertainty and disappointment is the virtue of fortitude, a sense of quiet strength and confidence, deep trust and faith and simple lasting willingness or stubbornness to endure.   Summary from “The Way of the Champion” by Jerry Lynch.   Colin  

How creating a board of advisors will make you better

In this great podcast on the learning leader show, the former President of Iams, a $1B organization talks about why as a corporate leader it was crucial to surround himself with a board of directors who could compliment his strengths. Even more important is his recommendation to have your own personal board of directors.   As I grew in my profession I learned to surround myself with a smart group of people who could help me fill in my gaps.  I started with a business coach, added a personal trainer, took on an athletic therapist, nutritionist and asked the CEO of one of my customers if I could grab coffee with him once a quarter.   I have a monthly meeting with some ex Salesforce leaders and find different ways to stay connected to people who compliment me.   Highly recommend this great podcast. http://learningleader.com/claymathile/   Colin  

Why it’s important to apply new filters

I was listening to a story of how Coca-Cola at the height of their soft drink market domination had 45 percent market share. They were trying to figure out how to grow. A new leader came in with beginners eyes and uncovered they only had 1 percent of the liquids market! Water, juice, etc. They pivoted their strategy to refocus on the larger market opportunity and we now consume many liquids and brands owned by Coca-Cola. Apply beginners eyes this week. Colin