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.

Vocabulary Cleansing – Volume 1

Posted by Andrew Netschay, in Leadership, Psychology, Jan 06, 2012

Are the words you speak and even more importantly, the words that permeate your thoughts sabotaging your success? Are you aware of your habits that are based on your limiting (not limited) vocabulary?  The following is a list of words I believe have become obstacles to achievement. I recommend they be removed from your vocabulary immediately.

Fair – how is what’s fair accurately defined? Clinging to some definition of ‘fair’ will only serve as a boat anchor to any form of business or personal growth. Cut the chain and let this one go.

Deserve – another beaut. So many people are consumed with ‘getting what they deserve.’ This is a subjective perspective which seldom has any resemblance with reality. Replace with one of the following:

  1. Earn
  2. Achieve
  3. Work

Entitled – we are living in the ‘Age of Entitlement’ (separate blog post is coming for this one.) With most of the millennial generation’s attitudes and perceptions influenced by shows like ‘American Idol’ many believe they are automatically entitled to a six figure salary, a German sports car and a mansion with an ocean view. Unless your source of income is an eight figure trust fund, drop this one now. The current economy doesn’t reward a sense of entitlement and the afflicted are learning some hard lessons.

Want – unless you’re five years old and telling Santa what you want for Christmas, no one cares to hear it. What you want is irrelevant to any reality based conversation. Again, replace ‘want’ with one of the following:

  1. Complete
  2. Deliver
  3. Acquire
  4. Succeed

Complain – falls in the same category as ‘want’. No one cares to hear your complaints and if you do find someone to patiently listen, you’ve just wasted time in two people’s lives. Complaining is borne from a victim’s mind set which is categorized by reactive thought patterns. Stop reacting to life and replace with one of the following:

  1. Act
  2. State
  3. Declare
  4. Execute

Reasons and/or excuses – the current economy does not provide you with the time to deliver a litany of reasons and/or excuses for your failure(s). Granted, we don’t always succeed but dwelling on excuses will not take you forward it will chain you to the failures that are now in the past. You will lose your audience at because, as in: “we missed the last quarter’s targets because Sally’s team didn’t…” Ultimately, these terms must be replaced with:

  1. Results
  2. Plans
  3. Contingencies

Blame – employing this tactic will place you on the fast track to the door. Combine it with reasons or excuses and you’ll have a lot of spare time on your hands thinking about who to blame for your decimated bank account and vanishing employment opportunities.


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!