All posts filed under: Motivation

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. …

Five things I’ve learned in my first 10 weeks as a parent

Patience  Newborns have their own schedule and often don’t align with yours. We need to be flexible and patient. Partnership Defining roles on what each of you do is key. We are still working on it and have developed some sense of division of tasks.  Joy There is nothing that brings more joy than the smile of your child and watching them sleep. I’ve given up a number of things to spend more time doing both.  Perspective  When you get to wake up with your child and put them to sleep every night the challenges of the day seem lighter.  Legacy I find myself thinking longer term, building the foundation for Tess’s life. 10-year goals help bring perspective to priorities today.  I’ll share more lessons as they come, I know we have a lot to learn! Colin

Is your smallest gear spinning?

I was listening to a great Gary V podcast with the former CEO of Home Depot Frank Blake last week and they discussed among many items including where leaders make mistakes in communication.  As Frank says “Your Job is to make sure the smallest gear is moving and the one that is closest to the customer.”   In many organizations that is your sales team and customer service organization.     Think about the gears on a large clock tower and how they spin, the biggest moves slow and as they get smaller, they spin faster.    If any gear is not catching (the messaging) of the one above, they are out of sync and the customer suffers.    Summarizing “many CEOs put out too many ideas and have not confirmed the field gets it before they move to the next.”   This applies to peer and business partner relationship as well.    If your gear is spinning but smaller not catching, then you are failing.    On Youtube On Soundcloud   Confirm you are in sync …

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

8 Leadership Hats That Will Make You Better

We don’t just wake up one day and become a great leader.  It takes hard work, courage, testing, failing and looking at your self in the mirror constantly.   Like your favorite yoga pose, we all lean to leading from our favorite position or strength and often fail to work on a difficult pose. Knowing the pose or position you lead from is half the battle.   Which leadership pose are you spending too much time in?  Not enough?   Coaching Coaching is one of the primary roles. Leaders when coaching are asking good questions. Being curious. Helping people think for themselves.   Mentoring  You have skill or knowledge you want your people to have. “I did this before, here is how it worked for me.” Giving away something you have.   Facilitating  You are managing an agenda, outcome, meeting or conversation. It’s not teaching and you don’t have to be a teacher in this role. You hold the agenda for the session.  Role modeling  You are leading from the front. You ride shotgun and show them how, …