#094: 15 Amazing Lessons I Learned from Bad Bosses [Podcast]

I have had over twenty bosses in my career. One was great, most were average, and more than a few were downright terrible. Surprisingly, I learned the most from the bad ones.

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The problem is that the bad bosses make you so miserable, sometimes you fail to appreciate how much you are learning. While I wouldn’t want to work for those bosses again, I wouldn’t trade what they taught me—even if it was unintentional.

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Have You Fallen Out of Love With Blogging?

Remember when you used to actually enjoy blogging, back before it became something you dreaded? Back then, sharing your message was all that mattered, and you couldn’t wait to get the word out, hoping to impact others with your story. But then something got in the way.

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How I felt as a blogger before using the Get Noticed! Theme™ for WordPress.

I know the drill. Here’s how it happened to me.

What My Dog Trainer Reminded Me About Leadership

Recently, my wife bought me a Labradoodle puppy. I had wanted one ever since my daughter got hers. My grandson named him “Charlie Brown,” since his fur was a beautiful chocolate brown color.

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Sitting on the Front Porch with My New Labradoodle, Charlie

Though he was born in January, we didn’t get to meet Charlie until last week. He spent the first eleven weeks at the breeder with his mother and siblings. Then he went straight to a trainer for “Companion Training.” (Yes, we believe in outsourcing!)

#093: 10 Reasons Every Leader Needs a Blog [Podcast]

Recently, while speaking on the topic of “Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World,” I said, “If you don’t have a website, you don’t exist.” But if you are a leader, I feel even more strongly.

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If you don’t have a blog—or if you do, but you aren’t blogging on a consistent basis—then you are missing out on one of the greatest leadership tools ever invented.

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The Get Noticed! Theme for WordPress Is Just About to Launch

I’ve had thousands of people ask me what theme I use here on my blog. If you were one of them, I have great news.

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I’m about to make the WordPress theme I use here at MichaelHyatt.com available to everyone. It’s called the Get Noticed! Theme. It’s been a long time coming, but it has been worth the wait.

#092: The Single Biggest Reason Leaders Struggle with Delegation [Podcast]

Most leaders I know struggle with delegation. They know they should do it, but they just have trouble handing off their work. Why is that?

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If you ask them, it’s usually some variation of this:

I don’t delegate because it takes longer to delegate the task than just do it myself.

Sound familiar?

The truth is, delegation always takes longer—the first couple of times you hand off a task. But it will save you hours, days, and weeks if you hand it off the right way. This requires creating a clearly documented, optimized workflow, and then training someone how to use it.

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3 Truths About Business Ups and Downs

When I was growing up, ABC’s Wide World of Sports had as its tagline, “The thrill of victory, and the agony of defeat.” That pretty much describes my life as a blogger and entrepreneur.

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By that, I don’t mean that I experienced defeat in the distant past, but now my life is filled with one victory after another. Hardly. Often, I experience both of these in a single week.

#091: If You Want to be Successful, Stop Being So Accessible [Podcast]

Are you fielding more requests for your time than you have hours in the day? If so, you’re not alone. The more successful you become as a leader, the more other people will demand of your time. And that’s where the trouble begins.

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If you are going to maintain margin for your most important priorities, you have to make some tough decisions about your accessibility. The more successful you are, the less accessible you must become. I wish it were different, but this is just one of the harsh realities of leadership.

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What Are Your Options When You Are About to Miss a Big Goal?

We’re about 50 percent short of our goal, Dad.” My oldest daughter, Megan, had just called to brief me on our recent new membership campaign for Platform University. It was day four of an eight-day promotion. My heart sank.

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I don’t like missing goals. Our campaign target was to add one thousand new members to the site. Based on previous experience, we should have added five hundred members by the end of the fourth day. We were at 256.

Stop Trying to Be a Superhero and Find Virtual Freedom (in 3 Steps)

This is a guest post by Chris Ducker, who is a serial entrepreneur, speaker, blogger, and podcaster. I also highly recommend you pick up a copy of his new book, Virtual Freedom: How to Work with Virtual Staff to Buy More Time, Become More Productive, and Build Your Dream Business. You can follow him on Twitter.

In late 2009 I hit burnout. I’d been working sixteen-hour days, six days a week. I was spending hardly anytime with my beautiful wife, or our three children, whom I love more than anything in the world.

I was desperately unfit, unhappy, and becoming unappreciative of the success I had amassed thus far. I realized there and then something had to change.