Can You Stand the Heat?

Last September, I read an article in Sports Illustrated that I really enjoyed.  The article featured Erik Spoelstra, head coach of the Miami Heat.  It was titled, Heat and Light by Lee Jenkins.  Like the Heat or not, there were many leadership lessons embedded in the article.

Define your DNA

Spoelstra authored and implements The Heat Code, a guidebook containing the foundational theories and quotations that define the Heat’s mission and identity.  On page one, he proclaims

When You Get a Gift You Didn’t Expect

Merry Christmas!

Christmas is a special time of year... 

Run Fast, Jump High!

I just got in to the office after jumping on my rebounder for 45 minutes.  In addition to jumping, I regularly work out on an elliptical machine, swim and jog. I strive to a exercise a minimum of one hour a day six days a week.  In addition, I consume mostly fish, vegetables and fruits (desserts, French fries and potato chips mess up my plan).  Every day, I take handfuls of vitamins and health supplements.  

Why such an obsession with health?

Pivot Points of My Life

At this stage of my life and career, I’m entering a convergence phase in which Information and experiences merge into wisdom. Life’s many lessons begin to reveal clear patterns of success. It’s an exciting and fulfilling chapter of my life.

What I’ve Learned About Leadership from Swimming

For decades now, swimming has been my exercise of choice. In many ways, swimming serves as a metaphor for leadership and life.

Swimming requires discipline. It forces me to get off the couch and head to the pool or drive to the beach. Sometimes, it involves immersing oneself into icy cold water or fighting strong ocean currents. Leadership involves the same. Doing what needs to be done, even if you really don’t want to and working through adversity.

Why New Year’s Resolutions Don’t Work

Happy New Year!

I enjoy the last week of the year.  It’s a time for reflection of the year just completed and an opportunity to set goals for the year ahead, affectionately known as “New Year’s Resolutions.”

But did you know that according to an article in Forbes magazine last year, only 8% of Americans will achieve their goals!?  The 92% failure rate is largely attributed to goals that are too complicated, lofty or simply unattainable due to lack of rescources.

Facing Fear

October brings one thing to mind...Halloween. That one day of the year where it’s perfectly normal for both the young and the “not so young” to don fake blood, frankenstein scars and vampire fangs and hit the latest block party or go door to door yelling “trick or treat!” It’s a day that encourages us to walk around like the living dead, tell harrowing ghost stories or pay $20 to get the bejeezus scared out of us at neighborhood haunted houses.  

Where Does Knowledge Come From?

 “Knowledge comes from the outside.  A system cannot improve itself.” 

 - Dr. W. Edwards Deming

Parlez-Vous Anglais?

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” - St. Augustine