#074: How to Frustrate Those You Lead (Are You Making These 13 Mistakes?) [Podcast]

Education comes in surprising ways. Sometimes, we think we could learn best if we had a better boss. But sometimes we learn the most from the bad ones.

Frustrated Employee

The great thing about these bosses is that they taught me what not to do, which is just as important as what to do—it’s just more painful.

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Wanted: WordPress Setup Testimonies

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I am in the process of creating an audio ad for my free screencast, “Launch a Self-Hosted WordPress Blog in 20 Minutes or Less.” I plan to run this in my podcast and possibly some radio ads.

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I want to include some short audio testimonies from real users in the ad itself.

If you used my screencast to setup your own WordPress blog, I want to hear from you. This is a chance for you to promote your blog to my audience.

Get Published Black Friday Sale

Yes, I am planning a Black Friday sale for this coming weekend. It was such a hit last year, I am doing it again.

I will be offering a significant discount on my popular Get Published audio course beginning on Friday morning, November 29th.

I’ll provide the details then. Stay tuned!

What If You Work for a Bad Leader?

About once a week I get an email from someone who wants to know how to work for a bad leader. Maybe their boss is a jerk. Maybe he is just incompetent. Regardless, they are not quite sure how to lead well in this kind of situation.

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Though I eventually became a CEO, I spent most of my corporate years in middle management. I had my share of bad bosses. A few were very difficult. I imagined myself quitting or at least giving them a good tongue-lashing. Others were incompetent. I wanted to pull my hair out or rat them out to their boss.

#073: Advice to New CEOs (or Those Who Want to Be) [Podcast]

It’s hard to believe, but it’s been more than two years since I left Thomas Nelson Publishers. After fifteen years at the company and six years as the CEO, I stepped down to pursue my life-long dream of being a writer, speaker, and entrepreneur.

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Almost immediately, several of my readers asked, “Knowing what you know now, what advice would you give to a new CEO?”

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Everything takes more time than you thought, everything costs more money than you thought, and almost everything turns out not quite as cool as you expected.

Merlin Mann
Interview (The Great Discontent, October 18, 2013)

Why You Need an Elevator Pitch (and How to Create One)

Over the course of my career, I’ve listened to thousands of sales pitches. These have come from authors, speakers, vendors, employees, investors, and even politicians.

Some of these pitches were remarkable; most were not. Those making them squandered the opportunity to make the sale. What they needed was a carefully-crafted “elevator pitch.”

A Peek Inside Max Lucado’s Writing Process

Writing is lonely but fascinating work. That’s why I love talking to other writers, especially accomplished ones like my good friend, Max Lucado. I had the privilege of being his publisher for many years.

As you probably know, Max is the author of almost 100 books with more than 80 million copies in print. There are probably less than five authors in the world who are that prolific—or that successful. It’s mind-boggling.

A while back I had the opportunity to sit down with Max and talk about his writing process. In this five-minute interview, he shares: