At this time last year, I was beyond frustrated at the state of affairs in the world as my son celebrated his seventh birthday in our driveway without any of his friends because of COVID lockdowns. I was furious. But what I did not like most of all was my response to the things that … Continue reading 365 Days @36.5 Degrees Saved My Life
Wait, what? How can you be humble and proclaim your greatness? Isn’t this a contradiction? No, it is not. Am I encouraging people to randomly and without solicitation proclaim their greatness to everyone in earshot? No, no one cares to hear that. But does humility really mean we cannot think we are the best at … Continue reading Be Humble, and Proclaim Your Greatness!
“The Leader 193 Process” begins with awareness around emotions and culture. As a leadership consultant I avoid platitudes and ensure I define and put into context the words I use that could otherwise constitute a platitude. “Culture” is one of those words. So, in the spirit of being clear and concise with language, in my … Continue reading Want To Be A Great Leader? Appropriate Culture
I will never forget it. Navy SEAL training circa 1993, aka BUD/S. For all the ways BUD/S trips up the SEAL candidates, it is actually pretty structured. We generally knew the schedule for the day and could prepare as appropriate, mentally, physically, and emotionally. Except that day! It was a standard two-mile ocean swim, which … Continue reading 365 Days @ 36.5 Degrees: “There’s just no time!”
Sometimes it is good to simply ponder a question and see where it leads you. Today is one of those days. I am a firm believer in process, hence my book and leadership curriculum “The Process, Art, and Science of Leadership”. I believe process gives a firm direction and allows for flexibility and conscious adjustments. … Continue reading Is Variety the Spice of Life…and Leadership?
In my recent 365 Days @36.5 Degrees blog, “Mistakes, Incremental Behavior Change, and Success”, I discussed how positive change (with the help of cold exposure!) comes incrementally. However, if you take the time occasionally to view your efforts from a 30,000 ft. view, your progress will look and feel greater because small daily improvements eventually … Continue reading 365 Days at 36.6 Degrees: Incremental Change in the Wrong Direction
The initial stages of my 365 days @ 36.5 degrees journey started just like everyone else who begins something with the goal of self-improvement. I was motivated and inspired and tackled the task with gusto. Then one day right before bed I realized I had forgotten to take an ice bath. So, I went down … Continue reading 365 Days @36.5 Degrees: Mistakes, Incremental Behavioral Change, and Success
“I just wanted to call to check in and say hello,” he said to me. “It’s great to hear from you. How have you been? Where have you been?” I asked because I cared and was truly curious. It had been years since I heard from him. “It’s time I’ve made amends. I’m calling to … Continue reading Self Improvement: Beware of the Lure of the Calendar Year
Happy New Year! If you are reading this post, then you care about leadership. If you care about leadership then you have set some semblance of goals or resolutions for 2021. I would like to offer some thoughts for you to consider focusing on strong behaviors instead of resolutions that will go a long way to … Continue reading It’s the New Year … Now What?
365 days at 36.5 degrees started April 23, 2020, and I have not missed a day of cold exposure to date. I started this venture because I wanted to track the positive effects of cold exposure I knew existed from my training as a Wim Hof Method instructor, but I wanted to do it with … Continue reading 365 Days at 36.5 Degrees: What Are You Using It For?