#093: 10 Reasons Every Leader Needs a Blog [Podcast]

Recently, while speaking on the topic of “Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World,” I said, “If you don’t have a website, you don’t exist.” But if you are a leader, I feel even more strongly.

Dandelion as a Metaphor for Influence

If you don’t have a blog—or if you do, but you aren’t blogging on a consistent basis—then you are missing out on one of the greatest leadership tools ever invented.

Click to Listen

Play

#092: The Single Biggest Reason Leaders Struggle with Delegation [Podcast]

Most leaders I know struggle with delegation. They know they should do it, but they just have trouble handing off their work. Why is that?

shutterstock_189078455

If you ask them, it’s usually some variation of this:

I don’t delegate because it takes longer to delegate the task than just do it myself.

Sound familiar?

The truth is, delegation always takes longer—the first couple of times you hand off a task. But it will save you hours, days, and weeks if you hand it off the right way. This requires creating a clearly documented, optimized workflow, and then training someone how to use it.

Click to Listen

Play

#091: If You Want to be Successful, Stop Being So Accessible [Podcast]

Are you fielding more requests for your time than you have hours in the day? If so, you’re not alone. The more successful you become as a leader, the more other people will demand of your time. And that’s where the trouble begins.

shutterstock_96088493

If you are going to maintain margin for your most important priorities, you have to make some tough decisions about your accessibility. The more successful you are, the less accessible you must become. I wish it were different, but this is just one of the harsh realities of leadership.

Click to Listen

Play

#090: How to Discern Your Calling [Podcast]

What keeps you going when the going gets tough … when you want to quit and walk off the field? I recently had an experience that made me dig deep and reconnect with my calling. I share it in this episode.

Discern Your Calling

But I’m not alone. Tough times are inevitable for each of us. If you aren’t clear about your calling, you will cave in and quit. This is why it is so important to understand what it is.

Click to Listen

Play

#089: 4 Difficult Sentences for Leaders (And Why You Must Get Good at Saying Them) [Podcast]

Many words in the English language are difficult. In fact, there’s even a Dictionary of Difficult Words, but none are more difficult than the ones in the four sentences I share in this episode.

Apologize in the Dictionary

If you are going to lead well, you have to get proficient in the use of these sentences. And, I’ll tell you a little secret: most leaders aren’t good at these, and it’s costing them—big time!

Click to Listen

Play

#088: What CEOs and Other Leaders Must Do to Create a Values-Driven Organization [Podcast]

My first big corporate job came with lots of perks. But after just a few weeks, I noticed some disturbing behavior among my peers and the company’s leadership.

Core Values Are the Foundation of Every Great Organization

Core Values Are the Foundation of Every Great Organization

I eventually came to the conclusion that my values just didn’t sync with the company’s. We were on a collision course. I knew I had to find a company that shared my values—or start one.

Building a values-based organization is critical if you want to create a culture that achieves lasting impact. But values have to be more than platitudes. You have to translate them into behaviors. And to do that, you have to drive them deep into the organization.

Click to Listen

Play

#087: How to Monetize Your Platform [Podcast]

When I started building my platform, it never occurred to me to make money from it. When someone suggested I start accepting advertising, I resisted because I thought (erroneously) it would compromise my integrity.

shutterstock_164636990

image courtesy of shutterstock.com/koya979

Then I realized that all professional creatives charge for their work. In fact, this is what separates the professionals from the amateurs.

Click to Listen

Play

#086: What to Do When You Feel Overwhelmed [Podcast]

Today, I was thinking back to perhaps the busiest time in my career: the first few months right after I left Thomas Nelson, almost three years ago. At that time, I was spending all day, every day buried in administrative detail—responding to emails, making travel plans, and filling out expense reports.

shutterstock_126729563

image courtesy of shutterstock.com/Andrey_Kuzmin

Finally, I decided I had had enough. Something had to give. I needed to take a different approach if I was going to get my head above water.

Click to Listen

Play

#085: What to Do If You Work for a Bad Boss [Podcast]

If it hasn’t happened to you already, it will soon. Eventually you are going to work for someone who is immoral, incompetent, or just mean—maybe all three!

by ArtFamily

image courtesy of shutterstock.com/ArtFamily

The good news is that you often learn more from a bad boss than a good one. But only if you are open and teachable.

Click to Listen

Play

#084: Why Effective Leaders Cannot Afford to Be Easily Offended [Podcast]

As a leader, you are going to draw fire. People will criticize you. Some will second-guess your decisions. Others will impute motives that aren’t there. A few will falsely accuse you.

Man Taking the Bait

If you are going to be effective as a leader, you can’t afford to be easily offended. Don’t take the bait! Nothing will derail you faster and consume your energy—energy you could be using to do what matters most.

Click to Listen

Play

#083: 5 Strategies for Becoming a Better Conversationalist [Podcast]

Great conversations are a balance of give and take like a ping pong match. You wait for the ball to come over the net, then you hit it back to the person on the other side. Then you do it all over again—and on it goes.

shutterstock_158522153A

This is an essential leadership skill and one that can be learned with a little practice.

Click to Listen

Play