Category Archives: Self-Growth

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

Mental Toughness Chris Ruisi

Resolutions Are Useless – Build Mental Toughness First

Some view resolutions as statements of intention. However, to be meaningful, resolutions require action.

Success in business (or for that matter anything else) requires action in the form of hard, focused, disciplined and committed work. There are no shortcuts to success.

We can all agree that to be successful requires the proper use of certain knowledge and skills. However, without the proper mental foundation there is no way you can use that knowledge and skill effectively. I refer to this foundation as your “mental toughness”. Developing this mental toughness is a choice. Here are 3 key steps that will get you going in the right direction: Continue reading

Chris Ruisi Blank Canvas

It’s Never Too Late

At one minute past midnight on January 1st, we all had the same opportunity presented to us. We all were given a clean blank canvas to use to draw our future success. So with the New Year now 9 days old, let me ask: What did you draw?

  • Did it show more of the same or a bold picture of what you are truly capable of achieving?
  • Did you draw a future that is below your capabilities or one that will offer you growth and success?
  • Did your picture show your knowledge and skills getting stale or did you draw what it looks like when you truly invest in yourself and your future?
  • Did your picture show you being victimized by distractions or circumstance, or did it depict you as a master of your circumstances?
  • Did your picture show how you will be different in 2017 or did it show you “stuck in the mud” and re-living all of what you wish you had changed last year?

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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 Grateful Live Life

Enjoy Life and Be Grateful

Well, we just completed what I hope was a restful Thanksgiving weekend. I hope that you let the spirit and intent of the holiday guide you in all that you did. If so, great! If not, you don’t have to wait until next year to take the time to reflect on all of the good things and people in your life.

The fact is we only get one life (and I know we are dead for a long time), so why not get the most out of it? Make it a point to have fun. Taking life too seriously will kill you. You work hard so there should be no guilt associated with the pursuit of happiness and the enjoyment of your life. Look, there is some degree of suffering in each of our lives. Many of us choose – that’s right choose – to suffer longer than we have to or need to. Don’t be a victim of self-induced suffering brought on by all that surrounds us.

If fun doesn’t happen spontaneously, then plan it and make time for it. Just have fun!

Make time every day, to be grateful for all that you have; maybe the first thing in the morning or the last thing every evening. Many of us spend far too much time obsessing either over what others have or what is missing in our lives. If you want more, then pursue it. Look in the mirror daily—you are your own solution to the challenges you face every day. Continue reading

Never Bleed in the Water When the Sharks are Around

Finding yourself in a tough situation often comes with the territory when you are in a leadership position. I describe these situations as being comparable to swimming with a bunch of hungry sharks. I learned through my experiences that the one thing you never do is bleed when the sharks are in the water with you.

In these tough situations, leaders sometimes get bruised and battered and they bleed. Once the sharks sense that there is blood in the water, the intensity of the crisis accelerates and the urge to start a feeding frenzy increases. A feeding frenzy in business terms is when there is a complete lack of discipline, which results in a loss of focus. Fear of the unknown becomes the dominating emotion.

It’s these moments of crisis that become a defining moment in your professional career. You can’t waste any time treading water and “hoping” that the sharks will get bored and leave. You have to act with purpose while in the midst of the situation. You can’t call a “time-out” or” a “do-over”. You’re in a “real-time” situation that requires real-time deliberate and committed action.

So, what are you to do? First and foremost, when you find yourself among the sharks – a crisis – a bold plan is needed to help you navigate your way to safety. Let’s talk about some of the components of this plan. Continue reading