Dial Back the Crazy by Spring Cleaning Your Calendar

4 Steps to Reclaim Your Schedule Today

It’s that time of year, right? Spring cleaning. It’s an annual tradition that goes back forever. And most of us get a piece of the action. Seven in ten Americans participate every year.

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I’ve seen dozens of spring cleaning checklists, tips, and shortcuts. But there’s one thing most of these lists miss, and it’s usually far messier than any other area of our lives: our schedules.

The Big 5 Financial Reports Every Leader Needs

All You Need to See Through the Fog and Reach Your Destination

As leaders, we’re often forced to pilot despite low visibility. But when it comes to finances, nothing is more dangerous than flying blind.

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I can’t tell you how many accountants and bookkeepers I’ve interviewed who thought quarterly statements were enough to run a business. That’s nuts!

Some of us know this from experience, but if leaders don’t have current and correct information on revenue and expense targets, performance, and cash flows, it won’t be long before they crash and burn.

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Extreme Ownership (New York: St. Martin's Press, 2015)

Extreme Ownership, written by two Navy Seals and Seal Trainers, is both compelling and practical. Each chapter begins with a combat example, taken from the authors own experience in Iraq. The authors distill the leadership principle they learned and then apply it to business. They then share how their business clients implemented in this in a civilian context. This is must reading for any leader who wants to create greater accountability in his or her team and drive greater results.

One Major Missing Ingredient in Leadership Today

Perry Noble’s New Book Can Change the Way We Lead for Good

Books sometime come at a pitch-perfect moment. I think that’s true for Perry Noble’s newest, The Most Excellent Way to Lead: Discover the Heart of Great Leadership.

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Whether we’re talking about business or politics, we’re surrounded by terrible examples of leadership right now. The Most Excellent Way to Lead introduces us to a whole new paradigm for evaluating leadership.

Noble says it comes down to love.

3 Ways Disrespect Poisons the Presidential Race

We Deserve Better from Our Potential Leaders

If there’s one thing that stands out in the ongoing presidential election, it’s the sheer nastiness. As a leader, I wouldn’t hire any of the present candidates for my business. I wouldn’t want to work for any of them either.

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My rejection comes down to one of the flashing neon features of this election: disrespect.

How to Develop Confidence as a Leader

3 Truths You Can Use to Kick Fear to the Curb

As people, we sometimes find ourselves in situations that leave us feeling uncomfortable and uneasy. As leaders, that’s pretty much a constant.

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You know what I’m talking about. It could be something positive—maybe speaking to a large crowd, launching a new product, or re-upping an important client.

Alternatively, it could be something negative—a confrontational meeting, a disappointing phone call, or an ambush by hostile board members.

3 Questions That Will Change Your Life [Free Webinar]

How to Stop Drifting and Unlock the Life of Your Dreams

Life can be crazy complicated. With all the distractions and variables, we need a way to focus on what truly matters. This Thursday I’m hosting a free new webinar that will show you how. And get this: It’s as simple as answering three questions.

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When we’re unaware, overwhelmed, and distracted, we tend to drift through life in reaction mode. Some of us fight against the drift and become driven. But here’s what we miss: Drifting and being driven are two sides of the same coin.

My free, new webinar, 3 Questions That Will Change Your Life, presents a powerful and proven alternative that will help you proactively design the life of your dreams.

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Navigating Life in a Sea of Uncertainty

How to Steer with Confidence Through the Chaos

The current presidential election has put millions of Americans in a panic. I get it. No matter who you’re voting for, there’s a lot of troubling news.

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And that’s just the election. Throw economic and international instability into the mix, and sometimes it can feel like we’re being swept along in a powerful current, headed to a destination we aren’t sure we want to go to.

4 Reasons Your Leadership Suffers When You Cheat Sleep

Here’s What Your Late Nights are Really Costing You

If you’re an entrepreneur, corporate boss, or ministry leader, chances are good you’re not getting enough sleep. In fact, I’d bet money on it.

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The national average is short of seven hours a night. And that number, already below the recommended eight, is probably overstated. Why do I think that?

What You Can’t Afford to Miss When You Make a New Hire

3 Criteria to Ensure You Get the Best Fit for Your Team

It’s popular to say the customer is always right. It’s also not true. Whether you run a business, nonprofit, or ministry, your team comes first.

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Get the right team, and you’re off to the races. Hire the wrong team, and you’ll likely move slowly—maybe even backwards.

So what’s the trick for getting the best people in place?

Why Speaking Well of Your Spouse Is So Important

5 Reasons You Should Get in the Affirmation Business Today

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

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Early in our marriage, Gail and I attended a church led by a dynamic, thirty-something pastor. He was an extraordinary communicator. He was a wise and empathetic counselor. As a result, the church grew rapidly.