Learn Something New…3X10

Learning something new isn’t just about concentration but is more about practice. Dr. Douglas Fields, a neurologist at NIH, reported that spaced learning which provided three learning opportunities with 10 minute intervals between each session created a much higher percentage of the learning having “stuck” in the individual learner’s mind and then being able to apply it rapidly and effectively. In practical terms  that translates to repeating a particular learning experience one time and then taking  a 1o minute break before doing it again. A bit of rinse and repeat and repeat. In our new book, Retooling Leadership Development, Mike Couch as I assert that learning new leadership skills must happen in the day to day world of the aspiring or established leader and Read More

Agility 2014

Last Friday I wrote in this blog how I thought Agility would be the 2014 word of the year. No more than two days later, I received my first, kind of, affirmation of my statement when the Sunday Times ran an article entited Management Be Nimble. In it, the authors cite Larry Page, co-founder of Google who talks about the need for his company to become more…you guessed it…agile. The authors cite several ways to create more nimbleness (agility) that then go on to foster innovation ( a great outcome for agility) State your mission and values clearly and make sure everyone knows. I recently did some consulting for a company that had developed a new set of core values Read More

Three Great Things

Several years ago Pittsburgh welcomed world leaders by hosting the G-20 Global Leader Conference.  I attended a “Welcoming Guests to Pittsburgh” meeting hosted by Bill Flanagan, Vice-President of the Allegheny Conference, a local economic development organization.  Bill was coaching groups of us just in case we ran into diplomats, news reporters, or even Barack Obama should he make a trip over to Pamela’s Restaurant for his favorite pancakes. Bill was describing how there were just three things we should tell folks about Pittsburgh—(1) how our history was rich with innovation and success, (2) how we’ve transformed our economic base from steel manufacturing to healthcare, education and energy and (3) how we are the world’s most livable city. While I loved Read More

The 2014 Word of the Year

Agility will be the 2014 Word of The Year. You’ll see it in how sportscasters describe Olympic athletes performing in Sochi next month. You’ll read about it in the Wall Street Journal when they describe how large companies are working to navigate the rapidly changing waters of the marketplace. And you’ll hear yourself telling your kids, family members and co-workers about why it is essential to be agile. Agility is important today because the world has become more ambiguous. We no longer can rely on anything being exactly like it was, even from yesterday. And with changes happening so quickly, expediency has become a hallmark of how companies are using agile processes. I also think agility is a critical component Read More

My 1% Learning

I had the opportunity for a small group meeting yesterday with Dan Pink, best selling author of the books, To Sell is Human, Drive, and Free Agent Nation at a Thought Leadership Conference sponsored by my mentor, Alan Weiss down at the Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach. Dan spent several a day with us and provided some amazing insights about how he develops his ideas for his books, his thoughts about the future of publishing and what he believes his readers want from his work; and none of that was the biggest take away for me during the day. Dan described himself as naturally curious and has a thirst for understanding cutting edge research from the lab and field. As Read More

A Better Way To Monitor Your Personal Energy

I’m getting ready to conduct a series of Resilience Advantage workshops for one of my clients that we’ll be conducting at several of their production plants across the country. As I’ve developed a part of the program around energy management (working title: Building Your Personal Energy Grid) I decided that I would buy myself a personal fitness monitor that I could test out prior to my workshops and then offer them to participants as a cool give away when I ask for “volunteers” I actually picked up 2 versions, the “Up” from Jambox and the “Fitbit” from Fitbit. The costs run around $125 each. While I’m testing out the Up, my wife Sheila is trying out the Fitbit The Up Read More

The Creative Juices

I’ve just returned from a weeklong workshop with about 25 of my closest friends. It seems that my wife and I often take our vacations as workshops and while we do get away to amazing international places such as Australia and Malawi, Africa along with visits to US hideaways at the ocean or Great Lakes. This year’s version took us up to wine country in Northern California to a beautiful retreat center overlooking rows upon rows of wine vineyards. Our focus however was on play and how to use play for spiritual, personal and professional development. Our leaders, Cynthia Winton-Henry and Phil Porter have been studying creativity for the past quarter century and have developed a system of play that Read More

The Factors That Contribute To Engagement

Richard explains the factors that contribute to engagement in the workplace.

The Resilience Advantage: Part 2 – How Smoking Saved A Life (A Body Wisdom Story)

Richard teaches that it is never too late to start making a big difference in your life.

Forget About Managing Stress – Try Being Resilient

Another thing to know about the resilience versus the management model as I said is about how you anticipate and prepare for stressful events even this issue of navigation where you find yourself in the heat of a battle. I want to talk about these three mechanisms a little bit more in preparation, hardiness, navigation, and this recovery and bounce back. So these are the three mechanisms and these three mechanisms are really important. The first story I want to share with you is an example of this. So I am going to tell you a little story about Arthur Ashe. Arthur Ashe was the first African-American tennis player to win single tournaments at Wimbelton, the US Open, and the Read More