Nothing can accelerate the growth of your business faster than hiring the right person. Similarly, nothing can derail it faster than bringing in the wrong person. If you are going to succeed in business (or even in a non-profit organization), you must get really good at hiring great people.
One thing I’ve noticed about high achievers is that they all share a lot of commonalities. They all have habits that make them unique, but I find many similarities when it comes to the things that bring them success.
I recently asked almost thirty different high achievers to tell me what they do to set themselves up for success in the New Year. People like Tony Robbins, Dave Ramsey, Jeff Walker, John Maxwell, and Chris Brogan all let me peek into their year-end process.
If you paid me a dollar for every minute I’ve spent on a conference call in my life, I probably would never have to work again. But I like working—and that’s exactly why I don’t like conference calls.
I know there are forms of business communication less efficient that conference calls, but I’m having trouble thinking of them right now. People drop in and out, talk over each other, lose track of who’s saying what—and the more voices on the line, the more confusing it all becomes.
Do two or three of these back to back, and it’s enough to make you doubt the future of the species. Thankfully, I’ve got the solution—at least for me and my team. But I bet it’ll work for you too.
Every year we hear news about people who suffer from holiday or seasonal blues. More than just hearing about them, a large number actually experience them. I certainly have.
For some, it’s about relational rifts and resentments. For others, including me, it’s about diminishing daylight and getting less exercise—at least that has been the case for me in the past. Since discovering this about myself, I’ve been intentional about addressing it.
But there’s another factor we could be missing.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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?
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.
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.
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.
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 you want to accomplish in life, nothing will help you go further, faster than getting the right coaching in the context of motivated peers.
If you’re looking for something like this—something that can take you to the next level, I have good news.
I’m currently accepting applications for my Inner Circle™ guided mastermind. This is a place to learn directly from me as well as interact with people in your specific season of life.
Leading this group is my top priority. Why? Because I’m convinced nothing can more positively impact a person’s work and life than being guided by the right mentor, with the right plan, among the right peers.
Let me explain …
How I Broke Free
I didn’t have the benefit of any of these for most of my career. It didn’t seem to slow down my business success, but it sure affected the rest of my life.
I wasn’t just consumed with my work—my work consumed me.
For all my accomplishments, I was convinced it would all vanish if I didn’t stay two steps ahead. So I left the house early, left the office late, worked after dinner, and worked even more every weekend.
My wife Gail was essentially a single mom. My five daughters suffered from my frequent absence and constant distraction. My workaholism took a toll on everyone, including me.
Family time, free time, sleep—I cut every corner I could to keep up the pace. But it finally became too much. My kids started rebelling about the same time my body did. My cardiologist told me I was in real trouble if I didn’t change my lifestyle.
And I did.
If you’re like me, you can probably guess I did it just as intensely as I did everything else. I hired an executive coach, a therapist, a fitness trainer, and a financial advisor. It might have been overkill, but I started seeing immediate progress.
Not only did I improve my health and restore my family life, I also made huge strides professionally. As it turned out, I didn’t have to surrender my career ambitions. I just had to use a different strategy for achieving them.
I certainly haven’t arrived, but I’m not trapped by my own accomplishments any longer either.
How You Can Break Free, Too
I’ve seen others make even more dramatic turnarounds than my own. The truth is, we can all win at work and succeed at life—without compromising our families, our health, or our personal pursuits.
To do it we need three things: a guide, a plan, and a peer group. When I finally locked these components into place for my own life, everything began to shift.
That’s what I want you to experience and why I believe that my Inner Circle™ group is so important.
But here’s a warning up front: It’s not for everyone.
The group is intense and limited. I dedicate a lot of my time and energy to it, and I have to focus where I believe I can help members the most.
Let’s drill down on those three components:
- The guide. Most masterminds are peer-led. This one is different. I personally lead this group, along with my assistant guides, Megan Miller and Stu McLaren.
Sometimes you need someone who has “been there, done that,” someone who has graduated from the school of hard knocks, so you don’t have to pay the tuition of learning the hard way. I’ve paid those dues.
As the guide, I share insights from decades of experience as an entrepreneur and corporate executive, including CEO of a $250 million company and now CEO of a high-growth, multi-million dollar startup.
I inspire, instruct, and challenge mastermind members individually and collectively.
The plan. While business is a big part of our focus, I intentionally take the scope of the group beyond business. We discuss work and your personal life at every session.
After all, they’re connected—winning at work doesn’t mean much if you fail at life. And winning at life can help you win at work.
To maximize our interaction, I host four in-person meetings for the group in Nashville:
- January 26-27, 2016
- April 5-6, 2016
- July 12-13, 2016
- November 2016 (we don’t have the exact dates locked down yet)
I also lead a two-hour video conference call each month. Members have access to a private Google Group and direct email access to me.
The peer group. This is huge. The group is a hand-picked “band of brothers”—just twelve married men in their thirties or early forties. I also impose an income threshold with the intent to find members of similar professional accomplishment.
When I launched this group last year, I got a few complaints because it was a mens-only group. I am sure I won’t satisfy the critics, but let me briefly explain my rationale.
I want participants to be free to discuss their deepest, most intimate struggles. In my experience leading similar groups, that just doesn’t happen in a mixed group.
You don’t have to agree, but for what I am trying to accomplish, this is the right decision. And, just so you know, we are considering a women’s group for next year.
To make sure the group has the best possibly chemistry, I require an application, personal screening by my team, and a personal interview via Skype. You can check to see if you qualify by clicking through to the application here.
Note: this is a paid mastermind. It’s not cheap.
The cost is $30,000 per year. If you pay the full amount upfront, you can deduct $5,000, making the total cost $25,000. If you prefer, you can pay a $5,000 deposit and then pay ten monthly payments of $2,500.
I know from experience you will learn business strategies that will generate eight-to-ten times your investment in profit.
You will also gain invaluable life strategies that insure you experience optimal health, increased intellectual and emotional capabilities. a healthy, satisfying marriage, and overall balance to achieve what matters most.
You should also know that I donate 100 percent of the profit from this group (everything beyond the operating expenses) to a charitable cause that means the world to me: World Teacher Aid. This year we will use the proceeds from Inner Circle™ to build a school in rural Kenya. (My friend Jeff Walker did this last year. His video is what convinced me to do the same.)
What Could a Group Like This Make Possible?
What could be possible for you if you had access to a group of professionals who are serious about growth like you, who share the same values, who have similar but different experiences, and who want to succeed professionally as well as personally?
I am confident you will discover:
- greater physical and mental energy and creativity
- clarity about professional and personal priorities
- new and proven income-generating strategies
- networking opportunities with highly-qualified entrepreneurs and business leaders
- opportunities to develop your leadership strengths and improve your weaknesses
- insights and tools for greater productivity
All of the above will give you what you need to develop a sharper edge in shaping a successful business and a successful life.
Your Next Step
If you agree, the next step for you is to fill out the application. It will take about thirty minutes. There are four pages, and you need to complete all four to be considered.
The official application deadline is December 1st for the 2016 program. But it could end much earlier. Here’s why.
Seven of our nine charter members from last year have renewed their commitment for the 2016 program. That means I only have five slots available (as I am writing this).
My team will be reviewing applications as they come in. If your application is chosen, we will let you know about proceeding to the next step.
Once the five new members are chosen and have accepted, the window closes. So the earlier you apply the better shot you have of joining the group.
One thing I know for sure: If you are serious about achieving your biggest professional goals, building a family that brings joy and fulfillment, getting in the best shape of your life, and finding your place in a larger story, then Inner Circle™ is for you.
Question: What could be possible for you with the right guide, the right plan, and the right peer group? You can leave a comment by clicking here.
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.
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.