Do you remember your 5th grade teachers?
Would you say that any of your 5th grade teachers made a lifelong impression on your life?
Lydia Dolch, a teacher and consultant in Ithaca NY joined me to discuss a #FutureLeaders session we conducted with her 5th grade class earlier this year. It's never too early to start the intentional journey of leadership development and working with Lydia and her class was a great example of this fact.
During the session, we provided the students a shared vocabulary and tools that helped them understand how positive leadership can enable them to lead through many of the challenges they are already facing at school, in the playground, and at home.
As Lydia explained during the show, activities like the medicine wheel and the exploding seltzer bottle, helped the students learn leadership principles like conflict management, courage and forgiveness as they explored how to interact with others who see the world from a different perspective and have different strengths.
On The Fitness Minute I focused on how we need to take a page from sports coaching and apply it to teachers coaching students on leadership development. We have all kinds of bullying issues in our schools and our workplace. Research report after research report shows that bullying is a growing epidemic with horrible consequences around the world.
Well, guess what folks? We need leadership development to address these difficult issues!
Without positive leadership, aggression and conflict will attract our younger set and start the process of developing the bad habits that plague the workplace today!
We can start the process of leadership coaching IN the classroom. All this takes is an intentional approach and tools that teachers can use to teach leadership as part of their curriculum!
Just like we coach our kids on the court, track or wrestling mat, we need to coach them on how to lead positive change and avoid the inferior behaviors that come so easily with aggression and unmanaged conflict.
Like I say in many of my shows, easy to say, and very hard to do.
During the session with Lydia's class, as we focused on differentiating abrasive behavior from bullying behavior, Lydia explained the difference with a wonderful SANDPAPER analogy.
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This week's show is all about how parents can lead by setting the example and modeling the way.
Fitness expert and professional figure competitor Shannon Petralito, joined us to explore how leading by example and modeling the way for our children can help us instill upon them the values of accountability and self-respect.
Shannon’s inspirational story is a perfect example of how we can show our children that they can be passionate in life, have a vision and go for their dreams!
There is a leadership crisis at the workplace. Our current organizational structures are not working.
If 80% of organizations disappeared, nobody would miss them!
This weeks show is all about how being accountable to ourselves, having self-respect and trusting ourselves, can motivate us in life AND propel us to lead past the leadership crisis at work.
And we connect all this to fitness with our guest, author and leadership expert, Rob Peters.
Rob and I are going to explore the connection between how "falling asleep" through our careers may be connected to our inability to stay active and and accountable to ourselves in our fitness and at home.
On the Fitness Minute, we focus on the concept of pre-commitments and how research indicates that our will power dwindles as the day goes on. During the interview, Rob explains how pre-commitments can help us with our diets AND the quality of our leadership.
Check out the interview below!
During the show, Kat and I shared the perspective that maybe working out is not just for ourselves.
As I talk to incredible leaders like Kat, Rita Catolino, and Tosca Reno, it is becoming obvious that our work in the gym can be a powerful catalyst for us to help others and inspire them to lead positive change.
Whether we help them with their workouts, their diets, or finding the confidence to pursue their dreams, by being accountable to our goals and dreams, we can become the inspirations others need to pursue their own goals in life!
As you will hear in the show, it all starts with the reflection we see in the mirror everyday.
This led me to share the example of an inspirational young man by the name of Shayne Miller, whom I had to honor of helping along his journey at the gym and in life.
During this week's The Fitness Minute, I shared a model called SMART Goals.
SMART is an acronym we commonly use in professional settings to help us set goals that can be measured and ensure that we know what success is before we start any significant effort.
Just like SMART goals can help us define and measure success at work, they can also help us define success at the gym.
Hope you enjoy the show and that it helps you find the inspiration to continue pursuing your fitness goals, not just for yourself, but for what you can do to help and inspire others.
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After losing a son, a spouse and a successful business, most people would give up on life, but not Tosca Reno. Today’s show is all about using fitness and leadership to build our sense of self and overcome the most difficult challenges that life throws our way.
Nutritional expert, motivational speaker and entrepreneur, Tosca Reno joins us to share her incredible story of resilience and leadership through some of the most difficult challenges anyone can ever experience.
Also this week, I share a 4 step process anyone can take to use failure as a way to succeed, in this week's The Fitness Minute.
As you have heard many times, in order to succeed, we have to be willing to fail. The concept of “Failing Forward” is a popular topic in leadership circles and this is one of the biggest similarities that I have found in leadership and fitness, because at the gym, failure is intentional! And today I want to share a 4 step process that anyone can use to use failure as a way to succeed, in life and at the gym!
During an interview with clinical psychologist Guy Winch, we discussed a 4 step process for using failure intentionally as a way to succeed. As we spoke, I realized that this is the process I go through at the gym every week.
You see, when we work out, the goal is to bring the muscle to failure. The end of the set should be when your muscles literary fail and you can’t lift anymore.
In the gym, it is all about recovering and repeating. This is also true in life!
“Have you ever looked fear in the face and said, I just don’t care?”
Join us today to learn about Tosca's moving story and how she uses fitness and many leadership attributes to pursue her vision through failure and adversity that would make most of us quit on our dreams.
As you will find, Tosca is a true example of a Resilient Leader! She follows her vision with a drive and determination that inspires us.
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Today’s show is all about using fitness to build confidence and overcoming our fears to create the leader we want to be.
Rita Catolino, fitness expert, motivational speaker and entrepreneur, shares her inspirational story of transformation by using fitness to develop confidence, overcome her fears and become the leader she is today!
We also cover the concept of looking fear in the face and telling it, I DONT CARE! Check out this week's The Fitness Minute, connecting the dots of fitness and leadership in 60 seconds. More or less... 8-)
Self-reflection can be painful, but, as they say, NO PAIN, NO GAIN!!!
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This week show's is all about developing the kind of healthy organization that is ready to support the bullied, the bully and the bystander.
Leadership expert David Hain joined me to explore the topic of the bullying trap so many organizations fall into. David recently joined an organization in the UK called Bullies Out and we discussed the how healthy organizations can provide support for the bullied, the bully and the bystander.
This week I also share 3 Steps anyone can take to address bullying at the gym on The Fitness Minute, connecting the dots of leadership and fitness in 60 seconds, more or less... 8-)
This is my first #HealthyLeadership show and I want to start it by focusing on a topic that can truly enhance our ability our ability to lead at work, home or at the gym.
Join us to explore the two biggest lessons about strengths and this week's Fitness Minute on the three steps outlined below!