What Peloton Can Teach Us About Leadership

I did it. It was 10 days into quarantine and the outside runs day after day were starting to wear on me. They weren’t just killer on my legs, but even more so on my head. I just couldn’t imagine weeks, which stretched into months, of hitting the sidewalks of my neighbor for mile after mile. I needed an alternative.  Which is where the Peloton came in. But let me start from the beginning.

I actually sat there staring at my laptop screen for quite awhile.  I had pulled up the Peloton website, selected the bike, added some accessories and even loaded it all into my shopping cart. Now I was on pause. It came with a pretty hefty price tag. And frankly I was curious whether a stationary bike would really be that appealing.

I got up. I went to the refrigerator. I chatted with my wife and then sat back down in front of my laptop. It was still there waiting for me in my “cart”.  All I had to do was click and I would instantly be the owner of a very expensive stationary bike. 

I took a deep breath. My wife yelled, “Click it already”.  I clicked it. 

Four weeks later a white delivery truck pulled up in front of our house. The glorious day had arrived. The techs assembled the bike, moved it into its predetermined location, gave me a few quick tips and then were gone. We were now in possession of a pretty impressive, state of the art exercise apparatus. 

But that’s where I got it wrong and where the leadership lessons began. 
Allow me to explain.

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Mourning Toward Momentum

I’ve seen the post with the pictures so many times. It’s the family or the teenager making a big move to somewhere new. The post often depicts some of their favorite things, moments, and people from where they are leaving. It’s usually accompanied by a heartfelt caption with tears and hugs. I sometimes find myself yelling (to no one in particular) … “If you are so sad, then why are you moving?”  The truth, however, is that sadness and grief always accompanies the move to something new.

It’s ok. It’s normal. It’s necessary.  

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