What the Success of Slack Can Teach Us about Creating Winning Products

I love watching people succeed, especially if I can learn something I can apply in my own life and share with you. That’s why I’m excited about what I learned from watching Slack’s success this year.

What the Success of Slack Can Teach Us about Creating Winning Products

Slack is a communications tool that enables natural and effective team collaboration. The company, started by Stewart Butterfield, the cofounder of Flickr, has been making news since going public earlier this year and is already worth more than a billion dollars.

How Leaders Make It Right When They Blow It

If you’re in a position of leadership, chances are better than good you’re going to blow it with your people sooner or later. It’s like messing things up in your marriage. Don’t ask me how I know this, but it’s inevitable from time to time.

How Leaders Make It Right When They Blow It

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There are pluses and minuses to that comparison, but one benefit is that making things right with our spouses can teach us how to make things right with just about anyone.

How? I’m not a counselor, but after decades of professional and personal experience, I’ve found mending relationships involves the same basic five steps.

Season 2, Episode 05: How to Confront Someone Who Offends You (Or Others) Without Ruining Your Relationship [Podcast]

Welcome to Season 2, Episode 5 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this fifth episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss how to confront someone who has offended you or others without jeopardizing your relationship with them.

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Confrontation is hard. Unfortunately, most of us avoid it. As a result our relationships suffer—or never reach their full potential. But there is hope.

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3 Reasons You Shouldn’t Be Bashful About Selling Your Own Products

Many people who want to build an online business are reluctant to sell. They seem hesitant, almost apologetic, when it comes to promoting their own products. Why is that?

3 Reasons You Shouldn’t Be Bashful About Selling Your Own Products

I recently saw a Facebook promotion for a book that actually asked, “Anybody interested?” It’s almost like the author didn’t believe in his own message. Crazy as that might sound, it’s more common than you’d think.

3 Surprising Ways to Defuse Your Stress Bomb

If there is one thing that defines our work experience today, it’s stress. It can be exhausting or exciting—often both. But if we’re not proactive, it can really ding our health.

3 Surprising Ways to Defuse Your Stress Bomb

For several years I mentored a small group of young professionals. We met once a month and discussed our jobs, families, and personal lives. One recurring topic of conversation was stress.

There were guys at the top of their career and others struggling through rough times. But regardless of their circumstances, they all confessed to feeling under heavy pressure a lot of the time.

An Invitation to Join My Exclusive, Guided Mastermind Group

William Shakespeare is one of the greatest literary figures of all time. But he didn’t start out that way. He spent his early days in the theater learning from more experienced writers and actors. The truth is, whatever we’re doing, we all need feedback, advice, and mentoring.

An Invitation to Join My Exclusive, Guided Mastermind Group

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Almost every day someone asks to “pick my brain.” There are a lot of ways to do that already, including my podcasts, books, and online courses—not to mention the blog you’re reading right now. But I’ve been thinking for a long time about how to take it to the next level.

Season 2, Episode 02: Why Accountability Is Vital for Leaders Who Want to Make a Big Difference [Podcast]

Welcome to Season 2, Episode 2 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this second episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss the topic of accountability in leadership. Most leaders avoid it. Real leaders embrace it.

Why Accountability Is Vital for Leaders Who Want to Make a Big Difference

The reason is that taking responsibility for your attitudes, actions, and overall results is tremendously liberating. Attempting to avoid accountability—playing the victim—keeps you stuck.

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How to Become the Most Valuable Player on Your Team

All the major sports leagues celebrate their best players. But what if there were a Most Valuable Player award for your team? Would you take home the prize?

How to Become the Most Valuable Player on Your Team

When I was CEO of Thomas Nelson we established different awards for individuals, service groups, and profit centers. The winners received public recognition, banners, trophies, and prizes.

I loved giving these awards. Without the contributions of these valuable team members, our company would have made measurably less progress in achieving our mission. Instead, we achieved more as a directly result of their efforts.

The Hidden Blessings in a Slow Start

When we set goals, there’s nothing more frustrating than getting a slow start. We can see the target, we know where we want to go, but we can’t seem to get traction.

The Hidden Blessings in a Slow Start

That’s how I felt with our recent fall enrollment campaign for Platform University. We actually beat our goal in the end, but as I wrote earlier this week, it didn’t start that way. Based on the early results, we were going to miss big.

My team turned up the heat immediately. There wasn’t a single big breakthrough. We fought for every gain. But the gains came, and they were snowballing by the end. By the close of the campaign, it was our biggest launch to date.

The Most Important Question a Leader Can Ask

This is a guest post by my friend, John C. Maxwell. He is a New York Times bestselling author, and his newest, Good Leaders Ask Great Questions, releases today. I enthusiastically recommend it.

Michael and I have been friends for well over a decade. When we met, he was already a good leader. But over the years I’ve watched him grow and become an even better one.

The Most Important Question a Leader Can Ask

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And one of the things I love about Michael is that whatever he’s learning, he’s continually passing along to you.

If you’re like most of Michael’s readers, you want to become a better leader. You want to grow. You want to be more productive. You want to develop your platform. In short, you want to increase your influence. But I have a question for you. Why?

Episode 12: Are You a Leader? 12 Ways to Know for Sure [Podcast]

Welcome to the new season of This Is Your Life. In this twelfth episode, Michele Cushatt, my co-host, and I talk about how to know if you are a leader—or not.

You’ve heard it before: everyone is a leader. If you have influence—and you do—you are a leader. But, honestly, it takes a little more than that to claim the mantle of leadership.

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