#059: What I Learned About Leadership from a Fight with My Wife [Podcast]

My wife, Gail, and I have been married for thirty-five years. She is my lover, my best friend, and my coach. But a few months ago we had a doozy of a fight.

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As I was reflecting on that experience, I thought to myself, How can we avoid slipping into this same conflict in the future?

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#057: Why You Must Confront Seemingly Indispensable but Disrespectful Team Members [Podcast]

As a leader, what do you do when you have an employee or a colleague who disrespects you in front of your team? What do you do when this employee is a top performer and one of your supervisor’s favorites?

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Confronting these people is never easy. However, it is essential if you are going to create a healthy organizational culture that drives the results you want.

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#054: So You’re Overcommitted. Now What? [Podcast]

You swore you would never do it again. But you did it anyway. You said yes to far too many things. Now you find yourself overcommitted. What do you do now?

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We’ve all been there. You may be there now. In this episode we’ll look at some strategies for dealing with this common problem.

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My Takeaways from the 2013 Chick-fil-A Leadercast

Last Friday, I had the privilege of hosting the Chick-fil-a Leadercast in Atlanta, Georgia. Approximately five thousand people attended the live event and another 115,000 people watched via satellite in 750 locations around the world.

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My primary job at the conference was to listen to the speakers and summarize two or three takeaways from each for the audience. It was challenging but exhilarating.

#051: How to Build (or Rebuild) Trust [Podcast]

Trust is so crucial in every relationship and every situation. If you don’t have it, it make it very difficult to move things forward. If you’ve lost it, things can go south very fast.

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Trust is not something you can take for granted. It takes months—sometimes years—to build. Unfortunately, you can lose it overnight.

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The Secret to Becoming Awesome

Nobody wants to lead an average life—at least nobody I talk to. But it's easy to do. We get lulled into a coma of ease and familiarity. Then we medicate our boredom and futility with entertainment. Before we know it, half our life is spent and we've done practically nothing important.

Jon Acuff's new book, Start, is the perfect alarm to wake us up and help us pursue a truly meaningful calling. The subtitle says it all: Punch Fear in the Face, Escape Average, and Do Work that Matters.

#050: 8 Leadership Lessons from a Symphony Conductor [Podcast]

Not long ago, I sat in Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center watching Hugh Wolff, a world renowned conductor, lead the Nashville Symphony in a performance of Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances, Op. 45. It was fascinating!

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Toward the end of the evening, it occurred to me that conducting an orchestra and leading a team have much in common. In fact, this analogy has become so powerful to me that I can hardly talk about leadership without referring to this example.

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Are You a Catalytic Leader?

I’ve known Brad Lomenick for over a decade and have participated in his Catalyst leadership events for almost as long. Helping leaders grow is their stated desire, and it’s one that I fully support. Our growth as leaders is central to our success. It’s also increasingly urgent.

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The tools of influence are more accessible today that ever before. When barriers come down, participation goes up. That means a growing number of people are flooding into leadership roles, many of them unprepared.

The Easy Way to Become a More Memorable, High-Impact Public Speaker

This is a repost of an article I wrote about attending my first SCORRE Conference almost three years ago. Honestly, no conference before or since has had such a dramatic impact on me professionally. I use what I learned every single day. At the end of this post, I will tell you how to get a $200 discount to our next conference on May 6–9. But you must act quickly. We have less than 20 tickets left.

I spent the summer before my sophomore year in college as a summer missionary in Galveston, Texas. Each week my team visited a different church in the area and led vacation Bible school. It was fun, rewarding work.

In addition, I was assigned to a local church where I lived with the pastor, his wife, and their two children. They were both in their fifties and made me feel right at home.

#048: The 5 Characteristics of Weak Leaders [Podcast]

I have worked for more weak leaders than strong. I’ll bet you may have, too. However, I believe you can learn just as much from a weak leader—maybe more.

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I was reminded of this again when I read Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin. It is a page-turning account of Abraham Lincoln’s presidency and his political genius.

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