All posts filed under: Leadership

Are you communicating ahead?

Coming off a company QBR (Quarterly business review) this week, three key learning themes came out.   Growth mindset Are you open to new ideas and new ways of doing things? In these covid times, we need to be willing to throw things out that no longer work and find new ways that do   Beginner’s mind Blank slate thinking. New problems require new solutions and as Brene Brown reminded me in a podcast recently, spend 55 minutes of the hour getting clear on the problem and spend 5 minutes on the solution   Alignment When you work for or with a matrixed organization, alignment is key. Over Communicating never hurts, and making sure your audience understands your intention by hearing back in their words Meeting people who are key stakeholders to executing on your project on a regular basis in the spirit of partnership   To Defeating information overload and landing your message.   Colin

You’re Not Listening

I was listening to a great podcast this week from Preet Bharara where he interviewed Chief CNN Correspondent Clarissa Ward. They discussed what makes a good journalist, a good lawyer, and a good parent. Clarissa Ward has been embedded in a lot of war zones.  “We do a lot of talking in our society. We don’t do enough listening, and the one piece of advice that I would want to give to my young boys she said, is to do more listening than talking.”  Preet said the same thing. “If you want to be a good lawyer,  be a good talker. If you want to be a great lawyer. Be a good listener.”  I think we can all take that piece of advice in whatever profession we reside. The more we can pause the more we can stay curious, the more we can listen to another person’s point of view. Defeating Average. Colin

The best way to stay in shape is to not get out of shape

“The best way to stay in shape is to not get out of shape.” – Kelvin Beachum, Offensive Tackle, Arizona Cardinals I had the good fortune of being on a customer panel with Kelvin last year and we caught up recently. Training camp in the NFL starts shortly and he focuses on staying in shape all year long. When he spoke I recall him sharing a few things related to health, nutrition, and mindset. This is a summary in my words. Health I stay in shape all year long. To compete at the NFL level it’s what I have to do. I have dinner with the family and then we start to wind down around 830pm. Sleep is critical for my success. More energy = More Success Nutrition I pretty much eat the same type of meals every day based on my nutritionist. It takes the thinking out of it and it’s easy to stick to. Consistency + less decisions = Prioritizing what’s important Mindset  I get up at 430am every morning and well ahead …

People miss being with one another

Who is the person you will visit when you can travel? “People miss being with each other” Delta CEO Ed Bastian shared on the Masters of Scale podcast recently. I think his sentiment in this podcast balances well, connection, and living values as leaders and in family. I have flown Delta in the past and they have made big improvements under his leadership. They are leading by their values in the way they approach the market and feedback from their customers. Questions pondered in this episode: Can your business sustain if you put finances before making the right choices for your customers during a pandemic? Can you afford not to make the right choice for your customer and survive? Defeating Average. Colin

Choking off success

Are you choking off your success? I was listening to a great podcast this week on Finding Mastery.  Michael Gervais was interviewing Tony Blauer a self-defense legend and expert. They talked about choking in the moment. “When you choke you are choking off access to your skillset. You don’t lose your skills. You just can’t access them.” Interesting listen if you are looking to work through the distress of defeat. Recommend the podcast if you are looking to perform in the arena at the right moment. Colin

If you are not breathing, you are not living :)

Breathe deep and stretch. You need to breathe in deeply to enjoy a deep breath out. I have been stiff lately. Being cooped up in a small apartment will do that to you. I did a great workout session Friday morning with my trainer. All stretching. As he said “active stretching isn’t just lying around. You need to focus on the breathing while you stretch, inhale deeply push into the stretch while you breathe out.” We improved my hanging hamstring stretch by 3 inches! This is the time for me in spring renewal to lean into stretching as we get ready to re-enter more normal times. What can you focus on daily, breathe into and release out from? Breath is the key. Colin

Focus on thy self

Self Regulation and Self Awareness, are all the rage. I was talking to my meditation instructor this past week. We were talking about the future of work and what managers need and what workers expect from their leaders. We were breaking down what resilience meant in this environment.  Endurance + bouncing back. Endurance requires self-regulation of energy and emotion. Bouncing back requires self-awareness. This requires daily focus. One of the examples that I have used is tracking obstacles you may experience daily. I update my list every weekend. I read them every morning. Building awareness of challenges you may encounter allows you to regulate and prepare energy to overcome. What are your obstacles for the week ahead? Defeating Average. Colin

I yelled at Tess and it didn’t feel good

I yelled at my almost-three-year-old last week. I felt terrible. True she has her moments and can be super whiny and annoying but I didn’t have the patience I normally do. The underlying anxiety from the pandemic, state of political angst (insert…whatever aggravates you daily) and much less patience turns into yelling at my daughter. We are all taking on a lot right now! Note for myself and anyone it helps. 1. Pause and breathe for one minute 2. Acknowledge how you feel, build the awareness 3. Choose your path forward with poise Defeating Average. Colin

I would like to be more accountable by 30%

Pre pandemic I would meet with my trainer or hit a spin class and push hard. In 2020, just bringing stability and moving the body was the goal. We are all seeing a light at the end of this covid tunnel and I need more exercise accountability. I was on a peloton ride last week from my condo, with two friends. You couldn’t have said that 18 months ago. We were riding the same class, comparing our stats and pushing each other harder than we would have alone. We start the ride with a quick conference call, “hit start” and close the ride with a quick call to rib each other. I have stats on Peloton and on my Whoop wearable and am finding when I ride with two friends I was increasing output by 30 percent.  Reminder, when you are ready, peer with friends, push one another and hold each other accountable to a higher standard. Defeating Average. Colin