All posts filed under: Leadership

He Was Out Of Sync

He saved his energy and it cost him. For those tennis fans out there, another thought from the US Open last weekend.   Juan Martin Del Potro – Argentina   His biggest achievement has been winning the 2009 US Open, defeating Rafael Nadal in the semifinal and 5-time defending champion Roger Federer in the final. He was the first to defeat both Federer and Nadal during the same major and was the only man outside the Big Four to win a major between the 2005 French Open and the 2013 US Open, a span of 35 tournaments. He is also the second Argentine and the fifth-youngest man to win the US Open in the Open Era.   That was 8 years ago, when he was new on the scene and played with no fear and uninjured. He played full out and road the momentum.   In the semi-final last weekend he had the chance to do it again vs. Rafael Nadal. This time Nadal (one of the greatest of all time) came prepared and played all out. He leveraged everything he learned in his past 15 major championship wins …

What do you focus on when suffering the most?

98 Percent of the way through a workout, exhausted, my trainers guidance came in.  “Head up, lock in the core and focus on a point straight ahead of me.” What you do in practice comes out when you compete. It was only 5 min of my training session but I know from experience I will leverage it come race day. How can you apply 5 minutes of dedicated focus when exhausted in your work week? Colin

Interest vs. Commitment

A great article outlining how you move from fuzzy aspirations to goal and habit.     I recently heard this said as “interest vs. commitment.”     Think about acquiring customers. You do it one at a time and reap the profit and stack them slowly over time. Its uncommon to garner them all at once.     Look ahead 12 months at the goal, way up and to the right on that graph. Work your way back month by month, until you get to the first four weeks of month one, and then to the first week. Break it down day by day.     Then put the long term plan away to review monthly…and simply have the courage to take the first step.     Success starts with making a choice.     Have a great weekend!     Colin

3 Reasons Why Multi-Tasking is Dead

  Time management is the biggest struggle I constantly hear across any professional, young or mature that I talk to.   Have you ever noticed when you are deep in thought making great progress on a project and someone comes over to ask you a question and snaps you out of the flow zone, how hard it is to get back refocused?   There is a cost for task switching.   It takes up to 15 minutes to fully refocus your brain from one task to another. World Class performers in any discipline say a minimum of 90 minutes (up to 3 hours) is what you need into truly dig into any task at a professional level. You can only truly focus on three big tasks per day and make any meaningful progress.  Accept it and work with it!   Think back, when was the last time you were truly engaged in something where you made meaningful progress?  How long were focused on it?   You might say “but I have 10-15 things I need to get …

4 Ways to Develop Authentic Leadership

Authentic Leadership starts in your own back yard. It starts before you start managing people. I was having a conversation with another leader last week and we were discussing authentic leadership in the workplace. It’s easy to say, you need to be an authentic leader but no one really teaches you how. Here are four pathways to developing your authentic leadership. 1. Know your own strengths Many people don’t know what their own strengths are. They don’t have the awareness of why they have been successful to date or not…even before they start leading people. In sales rep survey’s I have conducted over the years, “my manager doesn’t help coach my strengths and weaknesses” was a constant area of feedback. It’s hard to coach others if you don’t know your own. Strength finder test is a good one to steer building awareness. Find the link here in addition to other tips on How Leaders should spend their first 30 days. 2. People don’t know what their “term”s are. What are non negotiable’s that you will not …

If I die tomorrow

I listened to a great Podcast with Oprah and the Author of the Alchemist Paulo Coelho on a run home from work today.  Some people mentioned this is one of their favorite books of all time! Right after the story of Nike – Shoe Dog….it’s queued up next. I’m excited!   What I liked about the podcast?   His life story and view of the world.   “If I die tomorrow.   I spent more than half my life with the women I love.  How many people can say that? I did everything I wanted to do in life.  I have no regrets. I fought for my dream. I did not take no for an answer.   If I die tomorrow, it’s ok.”   Sounds like a life well lived.   What have you not had the courage to take the first step towards?   Now is the time.   Colin

Consistent and Calm

Some of the best advice I have received in my career was to be patient and calm and weather the storm. It can be applied to your week, day and even an hour. I went out for an hour+ run in the heat. It was 90 F and pretty humid here in NYC on Saturday. I like to feel like I am making progress and often run hard in shorter runs of 30-40 min and sometimes up to an hour. I’m just starting to get my mileage back up. As I was getting ready for my run, I started thinking about the goal for it. Sometimes I don’t! What would success look like today? My goal was to be consistent. No need to push hard. I was building volume. It was hot. When hot, it’s easy to get anxious. Just like a race. I visualized myself in the hot Atacama desert in Chile. Practicing deep breaths and keeping calm. In past races I have gone out hard to early from excitement and burned out the …