All posts tagged: leadership

Personal Trainer, with his back facing the camera, looking at a gym

Personal training… Lessons for managers

I have been working out with a personal trainer for almost ten years. When I worked in the United States, I first came across the phenomenon and, as my prior US adventure had me gain 10kg, I was determined to prevent that from happening, so I got some help… Nowadays, my weekly personal training session is one thing I cannot live without. Not just for my shape and overall condition, it is also a great way to get your mind of things, release stress, anger (lóóóve boxing), and to be honest, my poor trainers were often half shrink as well. Thanks guys, for sticking with me 😉 Today I was training with my current Italian trainer, who worked me very hard, and said, “Yes I know, I’m a son of a b*tch, sorry” . I responded: ” Well, I need you to be. So no apologies.” He told me about this client of his, whos former trainer was really nice. He drank coffee with him, asked him about his wellbeing, explained everything twice, didn’t give …


Book review: No excuses!

Yes, I am a sucker for books about success and willpower. This is one is exactly about that. No excuses! Brian Tracy helps you building successful habits, by becoming self-disciplined. The book starts with saying that self-discipline, is thé one thing that can change your life. It is written for people who are ‘hungry’ for more, do more, have more. Well, I can certainly relate to that. The book says that, in order to achieve that, you must become a different person. Interesting… There are over a thousand things that can make you more successful, but without self-discipline (“the ability to do what you should do, when you should do it, whether you feel like it or not”) they won’t work. Eliminating enemies to success So, to become self-disciplined, you need to eliminate your two worst enemies: “Path of Least Resistance” (taking short cuts) and “The Expediency factor” (thinking short term). You must be able to deny yourself the distractions, and live for the delayed gratification, instead of the instant, because short term gain can …