How Much Business Is Your Profanity Costing You?

3 Reasons to Cut the Cussing

I follow a lot of speakers, bloggers, and podcasters who swear on stage, on screen, and at the microphone. I’m no fan of profanity, but I’ll wade through it if there’s a payoff.

Ralpie Gets His Mouth Washed Out with Soap

I’ve made huge gains in my personal and professional life from people who could make sailors blush. But here’s the thing: I don’t always feel comfortable directing my audience to do the same. It’s just not worth offending them.

Season 3, Episode 11: How to Lead Transformational Conversations [Podcast]

10 Practical Strategies for Greater Influence

Welcome to Season 3, Episode 11 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this eleventh episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss how you can lead transformational conversations.

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A new model of leadership has emerged over the last several years that is more about dialogue than the traditional model. But it’s not always intuitive and it takes some practice. Here are ten practical strategies you can use to gain greater influence.

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The Fastest Way to Get Clarity about Your Future

5 Simple Steps to Get Straight and Get Moving

Have you had this experience? You’re traveling in a new city, using your GPS to find your destination. But the route doesn’t seem to match reality. Suddenly, you’re in a strange place with cars buzzing by and no clarity about where to turn next.

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How do you get where you want to go? Maybe you’re unsure about your plan, you’re not sure what to do, and it looks like your competition is flying by, leaving you in the dust.

The American Management Association (AMA) just released its list of the top 30 leaders who most influenced business in 2014. I am honored to be included on the list.

Date: February 20, 2015
Appearance: The 30 Most Influential Leaders in Business
Outlet: American Management Association
Format: Magazine

3 Reasons We Should Be Slow to Judge

Why Criticism Can Be More like Poison than Medicine

When I think of key leadership qualities, decisiveness is always high on the list. The ability to quickly size up a situation and act is essential.

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But sometimes we can be too fast. And that’s especially true when it comes to criticism.

3 Ways You’re Giving up Power with Your Words

How the Way You Speak Can Sabotage Your Success

Our words can be powerful tools to accomplish our goals. But sometimes the things we say can sabotage our success.

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I have led, counseled, and mentored people for decades now. One thing I’ve noticed time and again is how much power our words possess.

Whether we’re speaking, blogging, selling, or debating, we rely on our words to pave the way to success. But they can also block our path if we’re not careful.

Please Take My 2015 Reader Survey

Help Me Create Content That Serves Your Needs

I want to ensure my platform does the best possible job of answering your needs and interests. And that means I need to know more about you. To do that, I’ve created my 2015 Reader Survey.

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Would you please take a few minutes to fill out the survey? By doing so, you will ultimately be helping yourself. Why? Because you will be helping me create content even more interesting and relevant to you.

The Surprising Success We Find in Failure

How Pivoting Can Snatch a Big Win from Near Defeat

This is a guest post by Jeff Goins, an award-winning blogger, entrepreneur, and author. His latest book, The Art of Work, is about finding your calling. And for a limited time, you can get a copy of it practically for free here.

We often look at successful people, hearing their stories of failure, and think they succeeded in spite of the fact that they failed. But that’s not true.

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Successful people and organizations don’t succeed despite failure. They succeed because of it.

Season 3, Episode 03: The Right Way to Fire the Wrong Person [Podcast]

6 Steps for Resolving Poor Hiring Decisions

Welcome to Season 3, Episode 3 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this third episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss the best way to handle the firing and layoff process.

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Letting someone go from your organization is hard. In fact, it should be. But sometimes it’s necessary, and it’s there a simple, six-step process for creating the best possible outcome.

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Season 3, Episode 02: The Right Way to Hire the Right People [Podcast]

6 Guidelines for Developing a Solid Hiring Process

Welcome to Season 3, Episode 2 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this second episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss a proven six-point hiring process to ensure you find the right fit for your team.

Season 3, Episode 02: The Right Way to Hire the Right People [Podcast]

We all want our businesses to succeed, and most of us know we can improve our odds by recruiting high-quality employees. Unfortunately, it’s easy to make costly hiring mistakes. I’ve sure done it. But I’ve also used what I learned the hard way to develop a system to hire the very best.

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How MLK Made a Better World in Just 10 Years

Why Extraordinary Success Depends on What You Believe

When Martin Luther King Jr. accepted the ministerial call from Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama, he was just twenty-five years old.

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That was 1954. What King accomplished over the next decade would radically reshape American society and provide an example and inspiration for us today. So what was his secret?