Are You a Catalytic Leader?

I’ve known Brad Lomenick for over a decade and have participated in his Catalyst leadership events for almost as long. Helping leaders grow is their stated desire, and it’s one that I fully support. Our growth as leaders is central to our success. It’s also increasingly urgent.

The Catalyst Leader by Brad Lomenick

The tools of influence are more accessible today that ever before. When barriers come down, participation goes up. That means a growing number of people are flooding into leadership roles, many of them unprepared.

The Easy Way to Become a More Memorable, High-Impact Public Speaker

This is a repost of an article I wrote about attending my first SCORRE Conference almost three years ago. Honestly, no conference before or since has had such a dramatic impact on me professionally. I use what I learned every single day. At the end of this post, I will tell you how to get a $200 discount to our next conference on May 6–9. But you must act quickly. We have less than 20 tickets left.

I spent the summer before my sophomore year in college as a summer missionary in Galveston, Texas. Each week my team visited a different church in the area and led vacation Bible school. It was fun, rewarding work.

In addition, I was assigned to a local church where I lived with the pastor, his wife, and their two children. They were both in their fifties and made me feel right at home.

#048: The 5 Characteristics of Weak Leaders [Podcast]

I have worked for more weak leaders than strong. I’ll bet you may have, too. However, I believe you can learn just as much from a weak leader—maybe more.

Lincoln and McClellan at Antietam

I was reminded of this again when I read Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin. It is a page-turning account of Abraham Lincoln’s presidency and his political genius.

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Join Me at the Chick-fil-A Leadercast 2013

I attend more leadership conferences than anyone I know, especially now that I am speaking professionally. It is simply amazing how many events leaders have to choose from today.

But the Chick-fil-A Leadercast is still my top pick. Perhaps this is because I have hosted the Leadercast Backstage program where I have had the privilege of interviewing all the speakers on video. As a group, they are second to none.

A 4-Step Process for Making Better Decisions

Human beings are notoriously bad at making decisions. We seem to struggle with this in both our personal and professional lives.

Decisive by Chip Heath and Dan Heath

For example:

  • Forty-one percent of first marriages end in divorce.
  • Forty-four percent of lawyers would not recommend a career in law to young people.
  • Eighty-three percent of corporate mergers and acquisitions fail to create any value for shareholders.

A Tale of Two Coaches: What Kind Are You?

There’s more to coaching than sharing your expertise. The way you communicate that expertise is as important as the knowledge itself.

How Your Leadership Is Impacted by the Way You Coach

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Years ago I went golfing with my friend and colleague, Dr. Victor Oliver. I had played quite a bit as a teenager, but had set aside my clubs when I became an adult. At the age of forty-three I decided to take it up again.

#046: How To Get More Twitter Followers–Legitimately [Podcast]

I joined Twitter on April 6, 2008 at the urging of my friend, Randy. I quickly came to discover that Twitter is one of the most powerful communication tools ever invented.

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But the power of Twitter is greatly impacted by the extent of your reach, and that means the number of followers you have. In this episode, I talk about how to get more followers–without gaming the system.

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Ideas on How to Deliver Extraordinary Results

Nine years ago, Mark Sanborn published Fred, a book about a postman and the extraordinary service he provided. The book was wildly successful, landing on all the bestseller lists and inspiring millions around the world, including companies, schools, and entire cities.

Fred 2.0 by Mark Sanborn

Now Mark has published an all-new book on the same topic. It is called Fred 2.0. New Ideas on How to Keep Delivering Extraordinary Results. I had the opportunity to read the pre-publication edition and endorse it. I wanted to share my thoughts about the book with you.

How to Do More of What You Love and Less of What You Don’t

Do you have a long-term delegation strategy? This is the secret to moving more into “the zone” and getting out of those activities you don’t enjoy or don’t do well.

How to Do More of What You Love and Less of What You Don’t

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Recently, I recorded two podcasts on the subject of delegation. The first dealt with the principles of delegation. The second suggested how you might delegate even if you don’t have a staff.

#044: How to Overcome the Resistance [Podcast]

In this episode, I talk about how to overcome the Resistance. Steven Pressfield coined this phrase to describe that invisible, destructive force that opposes you any time you try to start a new project or make an improvement in any area of your life.

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I spoke on this topic at the recent Platform Conference, and the response was tremendous. So I wanted to share some practical counter-measures for dealing with the Resistance in your own life and work.

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