#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.

Chris Crimmins, Shawn Lemon, and Michael Hyatt

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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#079: 5 Ways to Build Rapport and Trust with Your Audience [Podcast]

The ability to build rapport and trust is a critical success skill in leadership. This is obvious if you are an author or speaker, but it is necessary even if you aren’t.

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If you are going to be successful in influencing others—even if it’s just to buy your point of view—you must become proficient at building trust.

My friends at Rainey Media just finished my new speaking reel. I’m so pleased with how it turned out.

By the way, if you have thought about bringing me in to speak for your event, now is the time to do it. I have cut my available speaking dates in half this year. It is part of an intentional strategy to stay home and create more content. I only have five more events to book and then my schedule is full. I will not be accepting more invitations once that happens.

If you are interested in exploring this, check out my speaking page or contact Brian Scheer, who handles all my speaking requests.

See You Next Year!

I hope you are enjoying a little down time during the holidays. This is one of my favorite times of the year. I am spending time with my family and planning for 2014. I will return to my blog after the first of the year.

Join Me for a Free Goal-Setting Teleseminar

In case you registered for tonight’s teleseminar and didn’t receive your call instructions, you can find them here. I look forward to talking with you soon!

I’m hosting a free Live Q&A Call tomorrow, Monday, December 16th at 9:00 pm EST. We’ll be discussing “The Secrets to Creating Your Best Year Ever.” I want to help you make 2014 extraordinary!

Join Me for a Free Goal Setting Teleseminar

  • What questions do you have about setting goals?
  • How can I help you overcome the discouragement and distraction that may have kept you from achieving them?
  • How can we make 2014 your best year ever?

#074: How to Frustrate Those You Lead (Are You Making These 13 Mistakes?) [Podcast]

Education comes in surprising ways. Sometimes, we think we could learn best if we had a better boss. But sometimes we learn the most from the bad ones.

Frustrated Employee

The great thing about these bosses is that they taught me what not to do, which is just as important as what to do—it’s just more painful.

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What If You Work for a Bad Leader?

About once a week I get an email from someone who wants to know how to work for a bad leader. Maybe their boss is a jerk. Maybe he is just incompetent. Regardless, they are not quite sure how to lead well in this kind of situation.

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Photo courtesy of ©iStockphoto.com/francisblack

Though I eventually became a CEO, I spent most of my corporate years in middle management. I had my share of bad bosses. A few were very difficult. I imagined myself quitting or at least giving them a good tongue-lashing. Others were incompetent. I wanted to pull my hair out or rat them out to their boss.

#073: Advice to New CEOs (or Those Who Want to Be) [Podcast]

It’s hard to believe, but it’s been more than two years since I left Thomas Nelson Publishers. After fifteen years at the company and six years as the CEO, I stepped down to pursue my life-long dream of being a writer, speaker, and entrepreneur.

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Almost immediately, several of my readers asked, “Knowing what you know now, what advice would you give to a new CEO?”

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