Leadership Cross-Training

Posted by Andrew Netschay, in Conditioning, Leadership, Aug 15, 2012

Working on my golf swing has taught me how to punch harder. It wasn’t supposed to work that way. Ironic, as I’ve been training in the martial arts for 28 years I expected the benefits would flow the other way. When I first picked up a set of golf clubs friends assured me I’d have no problem mastering the golf swing given my years of exploiting my hip rotation to generate power in my kicks and punches. Unfortunately it didn’t turn out that way. I’ve struggled for years to post a score under 100 and have only done so a few times in the recent past.

I’ve caught the golf bug this summer and am determined to make significant improvements. I’ve been working on my swing and noticed both the speed and the timing of my hip rotation is off.  As a result of focusing on my hip rotation, my boxing workouts have benefited. I was amazed (and encouraged) to generate significantly more power and snap in my punches; I felt like I was 21 again! This gift was derived from looking outside of the martial arts ‘box’.

How often do you look outside your team, company or industry for ideas or inspiration? Relentless focus to move your company forward is of course a required attribute of a successful leader but fixating on solving recurring problems with old habituated thinking will certainly not bring you new results. You may recall a famous mathematician’s immortal definition of insanity….

You are probably working on your golf game this summer as well. Have you ever noticed that when you fully rotate your hips (i.e. commit) during your golf swing, your tee shots actually land a lot further on the fairway? Can you can recall successfully completing a critical project without fully committing to it? Didn’t think so.

There are valuable business lessons and gifts waiting to be claimed outside the office. It’s up to you to step outside the daily grind and find them. Yes, this is your excuse to hit the golf course instead of the boardroom. Enjoy your summer of cross-training!

Q2 – Are We There Yet?

Posted by Andrew Netschay, in Conditioning, Leadership, Apr 06, 2012

The second quarter is underway. Take a look at those goals you set back in December/January. How are you doing? Are you on track? You probably have an accurate view of your financial goals as they are easy to quantify.

What about that new venture/project you planned to launch this year? Has it launched or are you still ‘planning’ the project? What’s keeping it from taking off?

Fear. Doubt. You.

I’m writing this post for myself just as much as I’m writing it for for you. I’m guilty of shooting for perfection and thereby indefinitely delaying ‘Go Live’

Review your goals, adjust your course and hit those targets for Q2. We’ll check back in again in June and review all those goals you achieved.

2012 – The Year of Consistency

Posted by Andrew Netschay, in Blog, Conditioning, Leadership, Dec 30, 2011

Overnight successes don’t occur in business or in the gym.

You don’t become heavyweight champion of the world in a week. The championship bout is won in the gym during the many years of training, conditioning and preparation that preceded the main event.

Successful CEO’s don’t earn their compensation packages in one quarter. Their tenure is secured by consistently delivering results across quarters and multiple consecutive year-ends.

Will 2012 be the year you achieve all your goals? Or, will you be settling for mediocre results by year-end?

Flash forward to December 31, 2012 – what goals do you want to have accomplished by then?

Will you have spent more time with your family or less?

What will be your financial position?

Will you be complaining about your stock portfolio or will you have taken the necessary actions on a monthly or even weekly basis to ensure you’ve managed your resources and asset allocation appropriately?

What must you do to achieve these financial goals? Change financial advisors or start managing you investments personally?

Will you have finally reached a body composition of 10% body fat (or 6 to 8% for the high achievers reading this )

8% body fat won’t be (safely) achieved by downing diuretics in December. A nutrition and conditioning program designed with specific daily meal plans and workouts will get you there in six months if you commit to it.

If you want to pay off your mortgage in 10 years it won’t happen by simply adding the goal to your list on December 31st. It will however become a reality if you double and triple your mortgage payments starting this week.

Will your department achieve or even surpass the customer satisfaction metrics your customers demand?

Will your company meet the revenue and profit goals for the year?

These goals won’t be achieved in the last month or even last quarter of 2012.

However the actions you take on January 2nd, 3rd, 4th and so on will make them a reality on December 31st 2012.

The actions you take on a daily, weekly and monthly basis will ensure your success this year.

In parallel, the activities you decide to stop or do less of will support the achievement of your goals as well.

I recommend you spend less time writing down your goals for next year, and focus on consistent execution starting NOW!


Are You Fit to Lead?

Posted by Andrew Netschay, in Blog, Conditioning, Oct 12, 2011

Like many successful leaders you regularly work 60-plus hour weeks. You rarely afford yourself the luxury of playing 18 holes of golf as that would kill most of a day. Your commitment to your company is beyond reproach and your shareholders are you number one priority. Your long days at the office consist of meetings, negotiations and the innumerable decisions that impact shareholder earnings, employees’ futures and the company’s quarter-end.

This approach has worked for years, you’ve risen through the company ranks and your track record of successful projects speaks for itself but are you fit to lead for the next 5, 10 or 15 years? What are you doing to ensure you will have the strength and endurance to execute at the same or even a higher level of performance?

The long days at the office take their toll and you no doubt have already suffered from decision fatigue (check out the New York Times article on decision fatigue at: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/21/magazine/do-you-suffer-from-decision-fatigue.html?_r=1&pagewanted=all) as the quality of your decisions declines over the course of each day. Do you have the endurance to weather the storm of extended negotiations when your company is ready to acquire a competitor? If you’re not balancing your hours at the office with time in the gym you are on a collision course with burnout – both mental and physical.
I’m not recommending you lace up the gloves and step into the ring tomorrow to become a better leader although I know that experience would provide you a with new perspective on negotiation tactics and micro-second decision making 🙂 but I do insist you rank your physical fitness as a top 5 priority and commit to a conditioning program immediately. It’s time to develop daily rituals for Leadership Fitness.
The benefits will quickly outweigh the minimal financial investment as your physical conditioning will provide you with the stamina to outlast your competition and take your ‘game’ to a whole new level. As stated before, my training background is in the martial arts as the mental focus and discipline required to face an opponent in the ring or octagon is priceless in the boardroom. The training has served me well but you can derive similar benefits from resistance training (weights, kettle bells), yoga or running. Select an activity that you enjoy as it will become a daily ritual you’ll want to look forward to.
If you’ve already made a commitment to your Leadership fitness, please add your comments and feedback to this post. If you’re about to start, please check in and let us know how your training has benefited your success in the boardroom.