Leadership on Point

No Man Is An Island

September 20, 2011 Anne Etra - Guest Author

The ten-year anniversary of 9/11 has come and gone.

We watched the ceremonies, listened to tearful remembrances from loved ones, considered the fearless, fallen heroes who died trying to help their fellow humans.  We were outraged all over again by the pure hatred of those who carried out this heinous, cowardly act.

Hopefully, we also felt our hearts.

Sadness and anger are exhausting, and they sometimes bring us to a place of quietude, of reflection and stillness.  To achieve a counterpoint to the madness we go within, examining ourselves, our family friends and colleagues, and our place in the sun.

In business – as in other areas of our existence – it’s all about relationships.

Human interactions count – whether dealing with clients, co-workers, staff, suppliers, your audience, or the guy on the corner where you buy your daily coffee.   We rarely act completely alone, and are all in some way intertwined as the world turns.  To achieve our objectives to get through the day or to meet this month’s profit projections we depend on each other.  Yes, at times we must be tough, but a little gentleness and understanding go a long way.

And that includes being gentle with yourself.

In the spirit of cooperation, and operating on the theory that every act of generosity puts a powerful plus against the war on terror,

I offer this free download of 50 Fitness Food and Relaxation Tips

These small gems you can do in the morning, at work, while you eat, food-shop and relax at home will help strengthen your body, sharpen your mind, and calm you down.  This in turn allows you to feel better, and generate the positive energy to successfully play your role in the rich and beautiful interconnected world we live in.

Share them with a friend.

 

 

Written by Anne Etra, President of ETRAwords.com, fitness professional and consultant.  She can be reached at anne@etrawords.com.

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Are You A Fitness Inspiration, Or Just The Boss?

June 27, 2011 Anne Etra - Guest Author

Fitness and Leadership

There’s a guy at the club where I play tennis who’s a bit of a lunatic on the court.  His footwork is nimble, his hitting aggressive and he runs around fiercely, raising his voice and spewing the occasional expletive.

What I admire about him is his attitude to fitness.

As President and CEO of a successful architectural materials firm in New York City, he’s got the pressure of running a competitive, high-end business.   He takes his fitness seriously, rising most weekdays at 5:30am to get in an hour of exercise that includes strength training and cardiovascular work.  His philosophy is that this keeps his body lean and strong, his brain sharp and his movement agile and energetic, which in turn makes him fitter to lead.  He also considers these sessions ‘stress-relievers’ as they provide an hour of uninterrupted quiet before the madness of the day begins.

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