I have been using a virtual executive assistant now for over a year. It’s one of the best business decisions I have ever made. Tricia, my assistant, has enabled me to focus on what I do best and less of what I either don’t do well or don’t enjoy.
As a virtual executive assistant, she is really no different than what I was accustomed to in the real world. She can do anything that doesn’t require her physical presence (like running errands or bringing me coffee).
About five years into my career, I found myself working for a micromanager. He drove me crazy. He wanted to know everything I did and when I did it.
He required me to furnish daily status reports. I had to document every call, every conversation, and every action I took on every project. It was oppressive.
Have you ever wondered what it would take to get noticed by the “big boss?” To get promoted? To get a raise? What do I need to consistently do to achieve professional advancement?
We often overanalyze and forget to stick to fundamental principles that have worked for years. Let’s keep the answer easy and simple by concentrating on “The Three C’s of Professional Growth: Competency, Commitment, and Courtesy.”
If you have read my blog for more than a few months, you know I love the Catalyst Conferences. I have spoken at the last nine in a row. I’ll be speaking again at the Atlanta conference, which will be held on October 3–5, 2012.
The Atlanta conference is Catalyst’s biggest one. More than 13,000 next generation leaders will attend. It always sells out. (If you have ever been, you know why.) If you haven’t registered, you can do so between now and Friday, August 23rd and get 28% off the regular ticket price. This makes the ticket price less than the Early Bird or even the Super Early Bird pricing. (I’ll tell you how at the end of this post.)
Several years ago, I was having a really rough day at the office. It seemed everything that could go wrong was going wrong—at the worst possible time.
One of my biggest authors was threatening to leave. I had a major position I couldn’t seem to fill, despite numerous interviews. And, several of our customers were upset over what I had thought was a minor policy change.
What does leadership have to do with playing a game? If your leadership style still reflects the industrial revolution, perhaps very little.
Fifty years ago, leadership was often about command and control. Business leaders were like generals, directing their troops into battle. “Don’t ask why, just follow orders—or we’ll replace you with someone who will!” Loyalty, respect, and fear created compliance.
Dave Ramsey and I have been personal friends for more than fifteen years. I was his publisher at Thomas Nelson for almost a decade. I love his message and the impact it has had on my family and millions of people around the world.
I was especially excited when Dave invited me to speak at his upcoming EntreLeadership Master Series in Orlando on October 14–20, 2012. This is something I have wanted to attend since participating in his one-day EntreLeadership event in Houston a few years ago.
We are a culture that is accustomed to thinking in terms of two options:
- Republicans versus Democrats
- Cowboys versus Indians
- Mac versus PC.
- Yin versus Yang.
- Yankees versus Red Sox.
When we view a problem, or the solution to a problem, we typically divide it into two different categories.
It is easy to see other people making this mistake. It is more difficult to catch yourself doing it. I’ve been guilty plenty of times.
For example, a few years ago, while I was still CEO of Thomas Nelson, I met with an important author. In the course of the meeting, I learned he was unhappy with the cover design we had done for his previous book.
Earlier this year, Gail and I attended Tony Robbins’ Life & Wealth Mastery event in Fiji. On the very first morning, with less than an hour of instruction, we were asked to climb a thirty-foot pole and then stand on top of it.
This was no surprise, of course. I had known for several months this was going to happen. But it was still frightening to consider.
Pioneering is hard. It is especially hard for those around them. It is even hard for the pioneers themselves.
Through God’s strength, I’ve pioneered a lot of things in my life. I parented my kids in an entirely different way than I was raised (and am still plowing that ground). I broke up the fallow ground of publishing, starting from nothing. And my family and I planted a church in one of the most unchurched places on the planet: France. So I get pioneering.