Category Archives: Productivity

Great Leader Chris Ruisi

Intending to be a Great Leader is nice, but…

Intentions are things you “plan” to do. From time-to-time each of us set intentions to do certain things or to accomplish specific goals. In many cases, your actions, if you take any at all, fall woefully short of your desired outcome.

Just intending on doing something very rarely gets it done. Some get so caught up in the intention that it distorts their reality to the point where they believe that they are taking action. Yet, all they are doing is talking about it and allowing the opportunity to slip away.

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Book Review: Leadership Lessons From Chris Ruisi, Author Of Step Up And Play Big

Rob Wright

By Rob Wright, Chief Editor, Life Science Leader

 

The following is an excerpt from a recent review of my book, “Step Up and Play Big – Unlock Your Potential to be Exceptional in 8 Simple Steps“, by Bob Wright, Chief Editor at Life Science Leader. His words are more than kind: they provide some additional insight into the message and teachings of my book. 

We’ve all probably encountered the frustrations related to flight delays and cancellations. I recently experienced the latter while on my way to the 35th Annual J. P. Morgan Healthcare Conference (commonly referred to as JPM) in San Francisco. Although, one positive did come out of my unplanned delay — it afforded me the opportunity to get through a leadership book I had been meaning to read, Step Up And Play Big by Chris Ruisi.

As I began my review I found myself highlighting concepts in the book, putting stars next to comments I found insightful, as well as bending over page corners I might want to revisit. In his book, Ruisi provides a quick common-sense approach to some best leadership practices. And while I’d encourage you to read the book, I’d like to share a few of his thoughts. Continue reading

Making Tough Decisions Chris Ruisi

Making Tough Decisions: 6 Proven Steps

To be successful, especially in a leadership role, there will be times when you will be faced with making tough or difficult decisions that will, in many instances, also be seen as unpopular.

Some often delay making tough critical decisions on a timely basis because they fear the outcome. So, to avoid this “perceived” result, we either make a series of small and less effective decisions or we take no action hoping the matter will take care of itself. When we do this we actually do more harm because we are prolonging a bad situation and, in many cases, making it worse. This approach can be a fatal error for a business leader in situations where success sometimes hangs in the balance based on their ability to make tough decisions using not-so-perfect information.

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Keep it Simple Chris Ruisi

For Starters, Keep it Simple

Nothing is ever really as hard as it first appears to be. Personally, I tend to over-simplify things. Sometimes I’m wrong and pay dearly for my miscalculation. Fortunately, more times than not, I’ve been right and have avoided a fair amount of frustration and wasted time.

The fact is, we sometimes tend to make things harder or more complicated than they need to be. Why? Because we do. We over-think the situation. We get emotional and even mad. We lose site of the root cause, the real facts and the best solution.

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Procrastination or Getting Things Done

We all make the choice to suffer from procrastination. Procrastination is born from one, or a combination of, the following:

  • Trying to be a perfectionist.
  • A lack of self-discipline.
  • The inability to fight off distractions.
  • A lack of specific goals and fear.

How many times do you start the day knowing what you want to do, but eventually come up with a reason why you just can’t get started and so you put it off? Whatever your reason might be, the fact is, you are procrastinating.

Left unchecked, procrastination can be a career and/or business killer. Here are 3 useful tips to help you overcome procrastination: Continue reading

Chris Ruisi Persistence

Persistence

One of the biggest challenges I see among the people I work with – and for that matter the many leaders and entrepreneurs I observe – is the lack of a key success skill: persistence.

Persistence requires that you forge ahead, work hard and not give up at the first, second or even third obstacle you encounter. You need to relax and accept the fact that no one gets it right the first time, or even the second or third time. It’s okay to make a mistake. In life, there are no mistakes, just lessons. Mistakes offer each of us meaningful opportunities to learn and perform better. Just don’t keep making the same mistakes over and over. If you are, then you’re just lazy.

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Chris Ruisi Learn Something Everyday

Learn Something Everyday

It’s been said that a day without learning is a day without living. When you stop learning, or close your mind to learning, you become stagnant and you die – first intellectually, then emotionally and then…well, you know. As Stephen Covey wrote in his “7 Habits…” series, work on always how to “sharpen the saw.” Legendary Coach John Wooden once said, “It’s what you learn after you think you know it all that counts.”

Always ask yourself, “What can I learn and do to improve or get better?”

Once you’ve learned something, practice it until you are good at it. I mean very good at it. Real success comes from those who practice. In life, there is no room for “winging it”. Coach Lou Carnesca of St. John’s University said it best: “Nothing takes place on the court that doesn’t first take place in practice.”

Let me share with you some of the things that I have learned over the years:

  1. You should not confuse your career with your life.
  2. A person who is nice to you, but rude to a waiter or a waitress, is not a nice person.
  3. Your friends love you anyway.
  4. Never be afraid to try something new. Remember that a lone amateur built the Ark. A large group of professionals built the Titanic.

So now that you’ve finished reading this, get moving and learn something today that will contribute to your success tomorrow!

Chris Ruisi Productivity

Here You Go Again!

It’s that time of year…again! We’re rapidly approaching the end of the year and you’re all starting to realize you still have a great deal of work to be done! But, let me ask you: Does all of it have to be done? You are right in the same place – again – that you promised yourself last year you would do everything to avoid.

Why are you here – again – because over the course of the year you lost your focus. Or, you never really had it. Consider these facts:

  • The biggest challenge we all have is that there’s never enough time in any given day to get everything done.
  • Staying focused on your priorities is one of the toughest challenges we all have. Yet we make it harder by not understanding what a real priority is.
  • Many of you think that making a list of “to do’s” (the longer the better) makes you effective planners. Again, another fallacy because you don’t question whether some of the things on your list should be there at all!

Here 5 simple steps you can take – starting today – to gain and stay focused on getting the “right” things done: Continue reading

Chris Ruisi Best Use of Your Time

What’s The Best Use of Your Time?

At the beginning of each week, sit down and review where you are as compared to the goals you need to achieve. Based on this review, determine what activities you need to initiate – these activities will determine where “you” will use your time. To the extent practical and possible, your activities (tasks or to do’s) should fall into one, several or all of the following four categories: Continue reading

Chris Ruisi Comfortable Inaction

It’s Déjà Vu All Over Again

Recently, I coached several folks through situations where they were comfortable or complacent with their current status quo and were “frozen” with respect to what to do to break out of what is often referred to as “comfortable inaction”.

Since comfortable inaction can be damaging to those who “choose” to practice it, I thought I would share what I previously wrote about the topic back in 2013. So as Yogi Berra so famously said, “It’s Déjà Vu all over again.” Continue reading