#084: Why Effective Leaders Cannot Afford to Be Easily Offended [Podcast]

As a leader, you are going to draw fire. People will criticize you. Some will second-guess your decisions. Others will impute motives that aren’t there. A few will falsely accuse you.

Man Taking the Bait

If you are going to be effective as a leader, you can’t afford to be easily offended. Don’t take the bait! Nothing will derail you faster and consume your energy—energy you could be using to do what matters most.

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The 5 Biggest Hiring Mistakes Leaders Make

Over the last few months, I have had three young leaders come to me for advice on hiring and firing. In each case, they had made a big mistake in recruiting the wrong person. They were trying to remedy the situation and avoid it happening again.

Frustrated Young Leader

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I have made my share of hiring mistakes, too. I know how painful they can be. They were always very expensive and emotionally draining. Instead of focusing on the work at hand, they distracted me and kept my business from moving forward.

#083: 5 Strategies for Becoming a Better Conversationalist [Podcast]

Great conversations are a balance of give and take like a ping pong match. You wait for the ball to come over the net, then you hit it back to the person on the other side. Then you do it all over again—and on it goes.

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This is an essential leadership skill and one that can be learned with a little practice.

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5 Reasons You Should Smile More as a Leader

Several years ago, when I was the CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishers, I was presiding over our monthly business review meeting. One by one, each of our divisional managers would appear before the executive team and review their operating results for the previous month.

Smiling Leader

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At the first break, one of my business consultants who was attending pulled me aside.

“Are you angry at someone?”

“No,” I said, somewhat surprised.

#082: How to Keep Your Team Aligned During Times of Intense Change [Podcast]

The key to keeping your team aligned in the midst of change or chaos is communication. Unfortunately, most leaders are not intentional about this. They either don’t communicate or don’t have a plan for rolling their message out. The result is that people are left to create their own narrative about what is happening.

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If you are going to be an effective leader, you must be deliberate in keeping your team informed. If you don’t, you will create a tremendous amount of “sideways energy” as people speculate and come to the wrong conclusion.

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#081: How to Create More Margin in Your Crazy-Busy Life [Podcast]

I have just gone through an incredibly busy time in my life and business. Last year was extraordinary, but it was also exhausting. Last weekend, I found myself feeling overwhelmed and discouraged.

My Ideal Week

I knew it was time to stop the merry-go-round, take a deep breath, and recalibrate. That’s what I did on Monday. I knew if I didn’t, I would soon end up burned out—or worse. Are you feeling the same way?

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What I Learned at Tony Robbins’ Business Mastery Event

I just returned yesterday from Tony Robbins’ Business Mastery event in West Palm Beach, Florida. This conference was one of the top three I have ever attended. It was also the most intense—twelve to fifteen hours a day for five days straight with only one break per day.

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My two sons-in-law, Chris Crimmins and Shawn Lemon

The reason for this is that Tony believes in immersive training. At the beginning of the conference, he explained why. “How many of you took two or more years of a foreign language in high school or college?” Nearly every hand in the audience went up.

#080: 5 Reasons to Speak Well of Your Spouse in Public [Podcast]

As a leader, the health of your marriage directly affects the impact of your leadership. I have witnessed this time after time. Being effective at work or in ministry begins by being effective at home.

5 Reasons to Speak Well of Your Spouse in Public

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Praising your spouse in public is one of the most important investments you can make—in your family and in your leadership. In this episode, I share five reasons why it positively impacts your effectiveness.

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