The Power of the Minimum Effective Dose

It’s easy for me to overdo things. I know, shocker. What can I say? I like getting things done. But the problem is that when I overdo, I underperform.

The Power of the Minimum Effective Dose

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For people driven to achieve, it’s a common trap. Even if we pare things down to the essentials, we can plow so deep into those that we’re just wasting our efforts—even while we think we’re making headway.

Instead of being satisfied with an effective level of engagement, we go over the top. It might be exciting at first, but it’s not sustainable and will actually set us back.

Episode 5: How to Create Team Alignment That Drives Results [Podcast]

Welcome to the new season of This Is Your Life. In this fifth episode, Michele Cushatt, my co-host, and I talk about how to create the kind of alignment in your team that drives results.

Unity means different things to different people. There are really three different levels of unity: acceptance, agreement, and alignment. These are distinct and different.

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How to Unplug While You Are on Vacation

For the last few years I’ve taken a short sabbatical each summer. I’m looking to rest and focus on intense relational time with Gail. The challenge is unplugging from the Matrix.

How to Unplug While You Are on Vacation

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Anyone who’s attempted it can relate to the difficulty. I’m at the computer or on another device a large portion of the day, every day. I’m reading, interacting on social media, dealing with email, building my business. Plugging in is second nature. Unplugging is hard.

Don’t Build Your Social Media House on a Rented Lot

Twitter just announced a surge of new users and engagement. That could be good news if you’ve got something to say or sell, but there’s a major risk to consider.

Don't Build Your Social Media House on a Rented Lot

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Before the news, users and commentators alike were worried about a drop in user engagement. I think that’s still a valid concern, and it points to a larger issue.

Episode 4: Seven Strategies for Building Your Email List [Podcast]

Welcome to the new season of This Is Your Life. In this fourth episode, Michele Cushatt, my co-host, and I talk about why you need to focus on building an email list and provide seven strategies for doing so.

I wish I had paid more attention to building an email list when I started blogging. Nothing is more important as a platform-builder. More than any other single factor, it determines whether or not you can successfully monetize your blog.

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What the Success of Bibliotheca Tells Us About the Future of Publishing

I’m not sure if you noticed, but something amazing just happened in the world of publishing. And I think it’s a sign we all could benefit from noticing.

The Success of Bibliotheca and the Future of Publishing

When book designer Adam Lewis Greene decided to create a better Bible, he didn’t do it the way most publishers do. He didn’t commission a new translation. He didn’t cram a new volume with more maps, study tools, sidebars, footnotes, or anything like it.

The Paradigm Shift That Helped Me Defeat Perfectionism Once and for All

There’s nothing more useless than unfinished projects. But it’s easy to watch them stack up, isn’t it? So what can we do to wrap them up and ship them out?

Break out of the Prison of Pefectionism

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I’ve been thinking a lot about unfinished projects since watching this video by my friend, Jeff Walker. Don Miller has also talked recently about completing things. It’s tougher than it looks, right?

I can tell you where my difficulty comes from.

Episode 3: Three Questions Every Leader Must Answer to Avoid the Drift [Podcast]

Welcome to the new season of This Is Your Life. In this third episode, Michele Cushatt, my co-host, and I talk about the power of ‟The Drift” and how leaders can avoid it.

Most of my readers and podcast listeners are doing what they are doing because they want to have an impact on the world around them. But often times, they they wakeup to discover that they are far from where they intended to be.

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How to Make a Big Change Without Blowing Up Your Business

Whenever an organization rolls out a major change, clarity and alignment are essential. Without those two things all the best intentions amount to little more than heartburn and headaches.

How to Make a Big Change Without Blowing Up Your Business

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As a leader responsible for a large company, I have experienced the difficulty of getting clarity and creating alignment with my team. In one instance, we shuttered more than a dozen division of our publishing operation and restructured the entire business.

But I’ve also found myself on the other side of things—outside of the leadership seat and in the role of observer. Only in this case people were making decisions about my brand!

Perceived Scarcity in a World of Outrageous Abundance

When we see what others have, is our basic reaction to notice what we’re missing or express gratitude for what we have?

Perceived Scarcity in a World of Outrageous Abundance

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I’ve thought a lot about about this question over the years but came back to it recently when I found myself feeling a little jealous over all the vacation posts popping up on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

At some point the serene beaches, beautiful lakes, and mountaintop views started getting to me. I felt like I was missing out. Maybe you’ve felt this way too.

Episode 2: The 6 Rules for More Effective Slide Presentations [Podcast]

Welcome to the new season of This Is Your Life. In this second episode, Michele Cushatt, my co-host, and I talk about how to make your slide presentations more effective.

As leaders, communication is essential to success. In this episode, Michele and I discuss how to use slides to enhance your presentations and make a greater impact on your audience.

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