How to Become the Most Valuable Player on Your Team

All the major sports leagues celebrate their best players. But what if there were a Most Valuable Player award for your team? Would you take home the prize?

How to Become the Most Valuable Player on Your Team

When I was CEO of Thomas Nelson we established different awards for individuals, service groups, and profit centers. The winners received public recognition, banners, trophies, and prizes.

I loved giving these awards. Without the contributions of these valuable team members, our company would have made measurably less progress in achieving our mission. Instead, we achieved more as a directly result of their efforts.

The Hidden Blessings in a Slow Start

When we set goals, there’s nothing more frustrating than getting a slow start. We can see the target, we know where we want to go, but we can’t seem to get traction.

The Hidden Blessings in a Slow Start

That’s how I felt with our recent fall enrollment campaign for Platform University. We actually beat our goal in the end, but as I wrote earlier this week, it didn’t start that way. Based on the early results, we were going to miss big.

My team turned up the heat immediately. There wasn’t a single big breakthrough. We fought for every gain. But the gains came, and they were snowballing by the end. By the close of the campaign, it was our biggest launch to date.

Episode 13: How Do I Transition Out of My Corporate Job to Work for Myself? (and Other Listener Questions) [Podcast]

Welcome to the all-new This Is Your Life podcast. In this thirteenth and final episode of the season, Michele Cushatt, my co-host, and I answer listener questions.

Season Finale - Questions and Answers

I get questions daily from my listeners and readers. Unfortunately, I don’t have the time to answer them all. So Michele and I decided we would collect them, pick the most common ones, and then devote the thirteenth episode of each season to answering them.

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The Most Important Question a Leader Can Ask

This is a guest post by my friend, John C. Maxwell. He is a New York Times bestselling author, and his newest, Good Leaders Ask Great Questions, releases today. I enthusiastically recommend it.

Michael and I have been friends for well over a decade. When we met, he was already a good leader. But over the years I’ve watched him grow and become an even better one.

The Most Important Question a Leader Can Ask

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And one of the things I love about Michael is that whatever he’s learning, he’s continually passing along to you.

If you’re like most of Michael’s readers, you want to become a better leader. You want to grow. You want to be more productive. You want to develop your platform. In short, you want to increase your influence. But I have a question for you. Why?

How to Reframe Your Fear and Let It Work for You

Do you ever get uneasy—or even afraid—when you’re close to achieving something big in your life? I do. In our recent relaunch of Platform University, for instance, we started with fewer responses than I anticipated.

How to Reframe Fear and Let It Work for You

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I began estimating the results for the entire campaign based on those early results and didn’t like where things were going. I started messaging members of the team, asking questions, reworking our strategy, and adjusting our tactics. Almost immediately, the results began to improve.

Later that same morning, my daughter and Dean of Platform University, Megan, said something that made me laugh.

7 Sure-Fire Ways to Reduce Stress and Restore Your Sanity

The Wall Street Journal recently ran a story on the trend in slow reading. The idea is that intentional time in a book can improve our minds and reduce our stress.

My Top 7 Stress Reducers

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If you’re a book person like me, this is no surprise. It doesn’t matter if it’s paper or digital, just taking thirty minutes out of a busy day brings me a sense of calm. A good book gives me a moment to myself in a world of racing and rushing and lets me collect my thoughts—or even escape them for a while.

We all have favorite things we do to deal with the stress in our lives. These are things that take our minds off our difficulties, help us reframe them, or reenergize us to face them. Here are my top-seven stress reducers.

Episode 12: Are You a Leader? 12 Ways to Know for Sure [Podcast]

Welcome to the new season of This Is Your Life. In this twelfth episode, Michele Cushatt, my co-host, and I talk about how to know if you are a leader—or not.

You’ve heard it before: everyone is a leader. If you have influence—and you do—you are a leader. But, honestly, it takes a little more than that to claim the mantle of leadership.

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The 8 Key Elements of a Successful Product Launch

We open registration for Platform University twice a year. We just completed the relaunch for the fall, and it went extremely well—in fact, we beat our goal. But not every launch works, and sometimes we’re left wondering, “Why did my product bomb?”

The 8 Key Elements of a Successful Product Launch

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A friend recently asked for my input on why her product launch failed. She was using a sophisticated and proven launch method, one I’ve used myself, but she didn’t get a single order for her course.

Most of us in business have been there at one time or another. As just one of many examples, I tried to launch a book about protecting personal privacy one month before 9/11. Guess what no one cared about after 9/11? The result was that book sold less than 10 percent what my prior book had done. So how can we increase our chances of launch success?

What Moses Teaches Us about Leadership Transition

This is a guest post from Rabbi Evan Moffic, spiritual leader of Congregation Solel in suburban Chicago. He blogs at Rabbi.me and Huffington Post. Author of Wisdom for People of All Faiths, his next book, What Every Christian Needs to Know About Passover, is available February 2015 from Abingdon Press.

I was lucky. When I became the rabbi of my congregation, I followed a revered leader who had served the congregation for 25 years. He welcomed me graciously and lovingly, making it clear to the congregation that I was now the senior rabbi.

What Moses Teaches Us about Leadership Transition

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Many colleagues have not been as lucky. Leadership succession is delicate and complex. It evokes deep emotions and fears. It raises questions of legacy, mortality, and self-worth.

The Bible provides a rich source of guidance in addressing succession. The paradigmatic example in the Old Testament is the transition from Moses to Joshua.

Everybody Wants It, but Nobody Seems to Get Any

I know what you’re thinking, but I’m talking about margin—breathing room, think time, downtime, those moments we all desperately need really stay effective and enjoy the things that matter most.

Everybody Wants It, but Nobody Seems to Get Any

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But the truth is we seem to be getting less and less of it. Not only are prices racing while wages slow, but we’re working more hours, too.

Episode 11: The 5 Elements of a Powerful, Personal Brand [Podcast]

Welcome to the new season of This Is Your Life. In this eleventh episode, Michele Cushatt, my co-host, and I talk about the five elements that must be present in your brand for it to be truly powerful.

For more than a year now, Megan Miller, the dean of Platform University and I record something we call our “Member Makeover.” Once a month, people from our community volunteer to have us review their online platforms and their brands. We select one member and then do a screencast with our recommendations for how they can improve.

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