I’m excited to speak at the USAA Executive Leadership Conference this fall.

Date: October 10, 2014
Time: 6:00pm
Event: USAA Executive Leadership Conference
Topic: Authentic Leadership
Venue: Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort
Location: 9800 Hyatt Resort Drive
San Antonio, Texas 78251
Public: Private

Episode 8: Twenty Questions to Ask Other Leaders [Podcast]

Welcome to the new season of This Is Your Life. In this eighth episode, Michele Cushatt, my co-host, and I talk about a set of questions I use whenever I meet with leaders.

To grow as a leader, you need to be mentored, either formally or informally. One of the best ways to take advantage of the opportunities you get to meet with other leaders is to come prepared with a set of questions.

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Four Emotions Derailing Your Goals

Emotions are powerful, especially if we let them work in our lives without paying full attention. They can derail our goals if we let them.

Four Emotions Derailing Your Goals

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In my experience there are four emotions that usually come mixed in a powerful cocktail, sure to undermine our goals: fear, uncertainty, doubt, and shame. Most of us succumb to these from one time to another. I certainly do.

Don’t Quit Before the Whistle Blows

What do you do when you find yourself down on the track while the race goes on without you? We all trip and fall. The question is what comes next?

Heather Dorniden, now Kampf, is a highly decorated runner with an impressive string of accomplishments. But what’s most impressive was the time she won first place in the 600 meter dash—after falling flat on her face.

Early Bird Special on SCORRE Conference Ends Soon

We’re only two months away from the SCORRE Conference in Vail, Colorado, but you can still register today and save $200. But first…

Have you dreamed of being a speaker, writer, or powerful communicator? Do you have a message with the potential to change lives? Are you passionate about speaking in a way that inspires people to action?

If you answered Yes to any of these questions, the SCORRE Conference is for you.

Episode 7: Why Doing Less Is the Best Way to Do More [Podcast]

Welcome to the new season of This Is Your Life. In this seventh episode, Michele Cushatt, my co-host, and I talk about Greg McKeown’s most recent book, Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less.

Like cleaning out a cluttered closet, McKeown recommends that we intentionally declutter our lives from the well-intended commitments and activities we’ve accumulated.

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Why Retirement Is a Dirty Word

When I left Thomas Nelson a few years back, it seemed like every other person I met asked if I was retiring. I bristled every time I heard the question.

Why Retirement is a Dirty Word

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In fact, the more I think about the purpose and meaning of work, the more I’m convinced that nothing destroys our sense of purpose and health more than the modern notion of retirement. It’s detrimental to us individually and collectively.

The truth is I’m more creative and engaged now than I’ve ever been. I’m not slowing down any time soon.

Why Wait for Permission? Just Go!

Are you waiting for someone to give you permission to lead, grow, or move in your organization? What if you already have all the permission you need?

Why Wait for Permission? Just Go!

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I was recently invited to sit on a board and observed something there I’ve seen countless times in other settings. Some people around the table had no trouble making themselves heard, while others seemed hesitant, withdrawn, even sheepish.

It was as if the quiet people were waiting for someone to give them permission to speak. But the truth is that their presence on the board was all the permission they needed.

Episode 6: The Top 10 Mistakes Bloggers Make [Podcast]

Welcome to the new season of This Is Your Life. In this sixth episode, Michele Cushatt, my co-host, and I talk about the most common mistakes bloggers make.

I have learned the hard way, making each of these mistakes myself. I didn’t know it at the time, but these mistakes were holding me back and kept my blog from reaching its potential.

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Do You Dread Saying Yes But Feel Powerless Saying No?

The two most powerful words in the English language are yes and no. Unfortunately, they’re also the hardest to master.

Do You Dread Saying Yes But Feel Powerless Saying No?

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Like you, I have more opportunities and requests than time and energy. I’m better than ever at discerning the good from the bad, but I still sometimes agree to a project or meeting, instantly realize the mistake, and wish I had a rewind button for my life.

Lysa TerKeurst wrestles with the same thing, and I’m excited to say she’s now written a book on making wise decisions in our crazy world of endless demands.

How to Break Free from Your Day Job and Live Your Passion

This is a guest post from Kary Oberbrunner, author of Day Job to Dream Job. He left his day job to help individuals and organizations discover and live their passion. You can follow him on Twitter.

You might be familiar with The Shawshank Redemption. Remember the storyline? Andy Dufresne, innocent of any crime, is saddled with a life sentence in Shawshank Prison. The experience nearly kills him and his hope for freedom.

How to Break Free from Your Day Job and Live Your Passion

I filtered the movie through my own experience. Stuck in my day job, I felt imprisoned from my potential. Although I loved the people I served and worked with, I felt captive from my creativity. Slowly over the years, I accepted my own life sentence. I thought it was easier to let my dreams die than to keep hoping for freedom.

But that’s not what Andy did. He escaped. And eventually I did, too.