Day 243 – Bend…

In today’s BBTL book entry, Chet writes about mindset and the need, in some instances, to “bend” one’s fixed mindset toward a growth mindset. This is my last day as lead blogger.  And while Chet’s advice to each of us was, “Don’t write ahead,”  (he thought it best that we read the book entry that day and write about what grabs us in the … Continue reading Day 243 – Bend…

Day 242 – Surgeons capable of sermons…

In today’s BBTL book entry, Chet writes about surgeons, preachers and leaders.  As he puts it, “surgeons are cool, preachers are caring.”  Surgeons are “strategically competent,”  while preachers are “empathetically connected.”  Leaders, he writes, must be both. As I sat reading Chet’s words this morning, my mind went swiftly on one person – Larry Allen. Those of you who had the privilege of knowing Larry … Continue reading Day 242 – Surgeons capable of sermons…

Day 241 – Facts…

In today’s BBTL book entry, Chet writes about feelings vs. facts – more specifically, the downside of getting caught up in our negative feelings and losing sight of the facts.  When this happens, we tend to catastrophize a situation, judging things to be far worse than they really are.  But our judgements are not always justified. As the late … Continue reading Day 241 – Facts…

Day 240 – Durp was not dying…

My task this month has been to read and reflect on each day’s entry in Chet’s book, Becoming Built to Lead, then share my take on the topic, my interpretation, my “and.”   Today I’m going a different route.  I’m going to share today’s BBTL book entry verbatim.  It may seem like I’m taking the easy way out.  I … Continue reading Day 240 – Durp was not dying…

Day 239 – Fatigue…

In today’s BBTL book entry, Chet writes about fatigue and its true cause.   As it turns out, the 100-year-old science behind muscle fatigue doesn’t necessarily tell the whole story.  "Oxygen debt” is a major contributor when we “hit the wall” in times of heavy exertion and fatigue is no doubt physical. But there's a good argument to be made … Continue reading Day 239 – Fatigue…

Day 238 – People don’t forget…

In today’s BBTL book entry, Chet opens with a quote by Maya Angelou.   “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Chet goes on to write, “Your words matter, leader.  The way you choose them matters more.  The emotion, tone, and body language leave … Continue reading Day 238 – People don’t forget…

Day 237 – Root or rot…

In today’s BBTL book entry, Chet writes about conflict and the need for individuals, teams and leaders to “root it out,” if they are truly committed to building team chemistry.  Too many of us are settling for false harmony, because getting to the root of the problem is just too damn hard.  We choose to ignore the problem, avoid the conversation … Continue reading Day 237 – Root or rot…

Days 235 & 236 – Disasters… & Leading through disasters…

No, the dog didn’t eat my homework.  I chose to combine yesterday’s and today’s blog, as they go hand-in-hand. In the past two BBTL book entries, Chet writes about the 3D reality of our brain’s reaction to disaster – Denial, Deliberate & Decide – AND of thesecret to beating the brain’s hardwiring. When disaster strikes, we humans typically spend too … Continue reading Days 235 & 236 – Disasters… & Leading through disasters…