What Has Been Your Experience in Setting Goals? [Survey]

Almost 10,000 people have gone through my 5 Days to Your Best Year Ever course. While I am thrilled with the results, I am not content.

Setting and Achieving Goals Survey

My team and I have already begun work on the 2016 edition of the course. We have discovered some ground-breaking new research that will be a game-changer for most people—especially those who have struggled to achieve their most important goals.

However, I am now at the place where I need your input. Could you do me a quick favor and take this brief survey? It will take less than two minutes. However, it will help me better connect my research with your exact needs.

Please click here to participate. Thanks in advance for your help.

5 Ways Reading Makes You a Better Leader

The Science Behind Reading and Influence

Pollsters say reading is in decline. As an author and former publishing executive, the statistics make me wince. But I’m optimistic for another reason.

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Why? A readership crisis is really a leadership crisis. And for people who know how to respond, crisis is just another way of saying opportunity.

Don’t Hire People Unless the Batteries Are Included

5 Signs a Potential Employee Will Drain Your Team of Precious Energy, Creativity, and Joy

Some gadgets come with batteries and some don’t. If I told you it’s the same with people, what kind would you like to work with: those with or without batteries?

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I picked up this metaphor from a recent episode of Dan Sullivan’s 10XTalk Podcast. Dan said he basically divides everyone into one of two categories:

  1. Those that have their own energy source (those with batteries)
  2. Those that are dependent on others for their energy (those without batteries)

Some may not like it, but based on a few decades working in both entrepreneurial and corporate settings, I’d say the metaphor is spot-on.

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.

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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.