Sunday, February 9, 2014

CRUSH IT Workouts- Leadership In Action!!!

"Leaders are responsible for the genuine level of excitement in their organizations."
From the book- The Leadership Challenge




In the Army, Leaders are expected to be a major source of energy. They are expected to fuel the fire that inspires others to take action. At Team RWB-West Point, the fire is burning HOT during the twice-weekly CRUSH IT functional fitness workouts. During the sessions,  a HIGH level of energy is on display as active duty faculty, family members, Veterans, and cadets push both themselves and each other. Physical fitness is an essential part of leader development at West Point (There are countless studies confirming the benefits of exercise on the brain, both in cognitive function and mood). Through physical fitness, individuals learn how to push themselves and overcome challenges. They learn the motivation to finish comes from within, and Army leaders know it is internal motivation that will give them the fire to accomplish challenging missions in complex, dynamic, and dangerous environments.

At the workouts you never know who will show up. The cadets benefit from the interactions with staff and faculty by seeing positive role models out there CRUSHING IT with them. Some of the participants are wounded warriors or are dealing with other physical challenges and set a positive example for others by demonstrating personal courage every time they step out for a workout. The cadets see values they are supposed to live by put into context. Those values become more than something written on a card or a wall, they come alive.

Recently, Brigadier General Trainor, The Dean of Academics here at West Point, showed up to one of the workouts and was out CRUSHING IT with the cadets and other participants. His presence was an inspiration and demonstrated to the cadets what a priority physical fitness is. Leadership In Action!!!

So GET UP in the morning and get active. You never know the people you will meet or stories you will hear from the person on your left and right CRUSHING IT with you.

Leadership Counts!!!

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Jonathan is an experienced leader and coach with a proven record of leading and developing others to perform at higher levels and improve their overall effectiveness. He has a passion for learning and developing others to improve as leaders. Jonathan brings lessons from over 25 years of experience leading in U.S. Army Infantry, Cavalry, and Armor units in a wide range of assignments, to include leading soldiers in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Korea. He is a decorated veteran and a recipient of the General Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award. Jonathan served as a faculty member at the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY before transitioning from the Army in 2015. He is a certified Executive Coach and operates his own leadership coaching business:http://www.quicksmartsleadership.com 

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Physical Fitness is "Hard Work Work"



Staying physically fit can be hard work., especially in the winter. I know I need a little extra motivation to get out in the cold and CRUSH IT in the snow.

It helps to be part of a workout group, a team that holds me both accountable and motivates me to push myself. I am a Wounded Warrior and not very fast anymore. But it is not about speed, it is about showing up and giving 100%. I do that everyday, and am surrounded by people that do the same.




Physical fitness should be fun and it is important that people do physical activities they enjoy. If running isn’t enjoyable then maybe rowing, cycling, crossfit, or cycling is.  The key is to find an enjoyable activity, and join a group that does it on a regular basis. Team Red, White, and Blue offers a variety of workout options to its members, from cycling to trail running. The great thing about Team RWB is that members always do these activities as a group, enjoying the hard work together. 



One of my favorite Army cadences is “Hard Work”.  I put together a short video that plays to the cadence. 


Stay STRONG in 2014!!