How Our Words Impact Others

Harnessing the Power of the Tongue

Our words carry enormous weight. More than we sometimes think. They often impact people for decades, providing the courage to press on or one more reason to give up.

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When I was fourteen, my family moved from Nebraska to Texas. It was the middle of my ninth-grade year. Junior high is always an awkward time, but the move during this critical year made it even more difficult.

The 5 Marks of Authentic Leadership

Influence Matters, but It's Not the Whole Package

Countless people have written on what it means to be a leader. And almost everyone identifies influence as the primary characteristic.

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By definition, this means that leadership and position are two different things. Holding a title and a high rung on the company org chart doesn’t mean you’re a leader. Even people without these things can exert influence and thus leadership.

But leadership is more than influence.

Season 8, Episode 5: How to Conquer Your Email Inbox [Podcast]

(In 4 Easy Steps)

Welcome to Season 8, Episode 5 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss a proven process for conquering your email inbox.

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Every day we’re bombarded with emails from friends, family, co-workers, employers, customers, companies, schools, potential clients, credit card companies, etc. It can be overwhelming and seemingly impossible to stay on top of. Email can either be a total nightmare or a indispensable productivity tool. In today’s episode, we give you the proper steps to take control of it.

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"If you really want to do something, you'll find a way. If you don't, you'll find an excuse." -Jim Rohn

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5 Steps to Developing More Discipline

How to Remove the Obstacles to Your Success

I have been thinking a lot about discipline lately. Everyone knows you can’t succeed without it, yet few people seem to possess it.

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“Can you make yourself do something you don’t want to do in order to get a result you really want?” That’s a question my friend Andy Andrews likes to ask. And if you can answer yes, then you are disciplined—at least in that area. But what’s the key?

8 Reasons You’re Exhausted, Overwhelmed, and Unproductive

A Simple Diagnostic Checklist to Get Back on Your Feet at Work

I don’t have to go to the doctor very often. But when I do go, I notice they follow the same routine. It only takes a few minutes, but they start by checking my weight, pulse, blood pressure, and other vitals.

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The idea is to get a quick read on my overall health. Getting a baseline enables the physician to know what’s going on and make helpful recommendations. The same basic routine can help with workplace stress and burnout.

Season 8, Episode 4: How to Be a Storm-Proof Leader [Podcast]

5 Survival Secrets for Tough Times

Welcome to Season 8, Episode 4 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss how you can become a storm-proof leader.

Episode 4

Change and conflict aren’t new. Tough times WILL come—it’s a guarantee. For that reason, you and I need to learn how we’re going to respond before the storm happens. In this episode, we give you 5 survival secrets for leading in turbulent times.

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"The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing." -Walt Disney

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What to Do When You Don’t Know What to Do

3 Steps to Follow When You're Tired of Feeling Uncertain

Early in my career, I was the marketing director for a book publishing company. Because of my workload and the ongoing pressure to produce results, I felt overwhelmed.

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I figured it was only a matter of time before my boss discovered that I was in over my head. This produced uncertainty. I was paralyzed and afraid to act.

Camels vs. Stallions

Knowing the Difference Can Eliminate the Friction on Your Team

Every team experiences friction. But there is one source of friction I’ve observed in almost every organization I’ve ever been involved with. It comes down to a simple distinction, and I bet you’ve noticed it too.

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Depending on what side of the distinction you come down on, it’s easy to get frustrated with people on the other. It’s easy to see them as an obstacle to your success. I know because I’ve done that myself.

What is it?

We’re taking a break from the podcast to celebrate July 4. We’ll be back on Wednesday & Friday with our regular blog posts, and next Monday the 11th with Season 8, Episode 4 of the podcast.

In the meantime, enjoy my favorite rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner by the Gaither Vocal Band.