Which of These 5 Platform-Building Stages Are You In Now?

If there is one frustration that I hear more than any other from people working on their platform, it’s that they’re not going far enough fast enough. They get stuck on being stuck and discouraged whenever someone goes flying by.

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My grandson, Jonah, age three

If you’re one of these people, you’re in luck. My grandson Jonah has the answer.

He’s only three years old but zooms past older kids at the park on his little two-wheeler. Unlike a lot of those older kids, he doesn’t have training wheels on his bike. They’re astonished when he zips by, peddling like he’s going to win the Tour de France.

#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.

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How I Increased My Income by 250% While Spending More Time with Family and Friends

When I left the corporate suite at Thomas Nelson I planned to write and speak full time. And that’s exactly what I did at first. One year in fact I gave over 40 keynotes. It felt great! It also felt totally, utterly, completely exhausting.

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Six Reasons to Stay Home More—My Wife, Gail, and Five Daughters

I had come to the realization that, even as an executive in a major corporation, ultimately all of us are freelancers. Some just have more customers than others. And the more customers you have the better chance you have at thriving in uncertain times.

5 Reasons You’re Not Getting Traction with Your Platform

Whenever I talk with bloggers, podcasters, and other online platform builders, they express a common frustration: they are not seeing their audience grow. They seem to be stuck at their current level.

Can’t Get Any Traction

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For example, one of the most popular features at Platform University is our “Member Makeover.” This is where my daughter Megan and I review one of our member’s platforms, including their website(s) and social media channels.

Seven Principles for Setting Goals that Work

Matt Perman is the former director of strategy at Desiring God and is now an author, consultant, and speaker on productivity and leadership from a faith-based perspective. He is the author of the recently released What’s Best Next: How the Gospel Transforms the Way You Get Things Done. He blogs What’s Best Next and you can also follow him on Twitter.

Executives who do not ask themselves, ‘What can I contribute?’ are not only likely to be aiming too low, they are likely to aim at the wrong things.

— Peter Drucker

How do you make change happen? More than that, how do you make the right change happen? When there is a gap between what is and what you want to be, how do you cross that gap?

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This is where we enter the realm of goals.

#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.

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

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Change Your Life with These Two Words

Mary DeMuth is the author of sixteen books, including her latest Not Marked: Finding Hope and Healing after Sexual Abuse. She’s spoken around the nation and the world about how we can discover and live an uncaged, freedom-infused life. She lives in Texas with her family. Check out her website and follow her on Twitter.

My word for 2014 is focus. I chose to focus on only three tasks in 2014—releasing a sexual abuse recovery book, beginning the Uncaged Podcast (still in the works), and ramping up my speaking.

Focus on the Positive

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Even with focus, I’ve run into a wall—and it looks oddly like myself. In the midst of launching a highly vulnerable book, I’ve invited the naysayers, and they’ve robbed me of productivity and joy.

#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.

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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.

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3 Forces That Shape Character

Charisma may be useful in attracting a following, but it is largely useless when it comes to achieving a long-term, positive impact on the people and organizations we lead. For this, we need character. Effective leadership is an inside-out job.

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In helping people build their platforms, I often meet individuals whose public image is better developed than their personal character. They are one person on stage and another when the spotlight is off. It is this fundamental lack of integrity that undermines their effectiveness and, left unchecked, can destroy their legacy.

Why I Ditched My MacBook Air

I have had a love affair with the MacBook Air since I bought my first one in December 2010. I have loved the elegant design and super-thin profile. I upgraded three times in the last four years. It has been the best computer I have ever owned. Until now …

MacBook Pro with Retina Display

Right before Christmas I happened to be in the Apple Store and had a chance to play with the new 13″ MacBook Pro. I had actually switched from the MacBook Pro originally, so I couldn’t imagine going back. The Air was just so much thinner. But the new MacBook Pros are entirely different machines. Wow.