Why More Time Is Not the Answer to Your Productivity Problems

My Free New Ebook Will Show You How to Create More Margin for What Matters Most

We all start out the week with 168 hours, but it never feels like enough, does it? Work, family, exercise, projects, hobbies, meetings, dates, time off—how can we possibly fit it all in?

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According to Gallup, half of us say we don’t have enough time. But what if that’s the wrong way to look at it?

Season 3, Episode 7: How to Build Your Platform in 30 Minutes a Day [Podcast]

Get Noticed without Being Overwhelmed

Welcome to Season 3, Episode 7 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this seventh episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss five proven platform-building actions you can do in just thirty minutes a day.

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Building a platform can feel daunting. There are so many different tactics, tricks, and tools it can seem like too much to manage. But it doesn’t have to be overwhelming. These five simple actions will get big results with a small time commitment.

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Welcome to My Newly Redesigned Blog

The 7 Steps I Took to Reimagine My Brand

I thrive on the creative energy of change. It’s what drives my interest in entrepreneurialism and technology. It’s also what’s behind this new design of my blog.

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The old design was dated—“long in the tooth,” as they used to say. Beyond that, my brand has grown beyond leadership, and I wanted a design that served readers by better representing me and what I do.

If your branding doesn’t represent you, you’re not serving yourself or your audience.

Season 3, Episode 6: How to Become Your Spouse’s Best Friend [Podcast]

Why Every Leader Should Make This a Top Priority

Welcome to Season 3, Episode 6 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this sixth episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss what every leader needs to know about their relationships.

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People need close interpersonal relationships to thrive. And for leaders, there is more at stake than you might think.

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Why It Takes True Fans to Get the Results You Want

The Key to Success Is Better Relationships, not Bigger Lists

In our direct-access economy, there are few assets more valuable than a good email list. But what qualifies a list as good?

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The first answer is usually size. We base our value judgment on how many people are on the list. It’s the same for social media metrics. The more the merrier.

But not so fast. Reach is not the same as influence.

3 Ways You’re Giving up Power with Your Words

How the Way You Speak Can Sabotage Your Success

Our words can be powerful tools to accomplish our goals. But sometimes the things we say can sabotage our success.

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I have led, counseled, and mentored people for decades now. One thing I’ve noticed time and again is how much power our words possess.

Whether we’re speaking, blogging, selling, or debating, we rely on our words to pave the way to success. But they can also block our path if we’re not careful.

Season 3, Episode 5: The Top-10 Characteristics of Lousy Leaders [Podcast]

We Most Often Learn the Most from Those Who Lead the Worst

Welcome to Season 3, Episode 5 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this fifth episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss the top-10 characteristics of lousy leaders.

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Follow the major news stories on crises in business, politics, diplomacy, whatever, and it’s impossible to miss that most are crises of leadership. Unsurprisingly, we see the same failures and mistakes over and over. Here are the ten I most often notice.

What I Learned from Donald Miller about Being Brave

3 Powerful Truths from His New Book ‘Scary Close’

Donald Miller’s newest book, Scary Close: Dropping the Act and Finding True Intimacy, is out and off to a great start. I can see why. It’s his best book so far.

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I’ve known Don for over a decade. He was one of our bestselling authors at Thomas Nelson, during the time I was publisher, president, and later CEO. But more than an author, over time he also became a friend—and a teacher.

Don told us about his relationship with God in Blue Like Jazz, which went on to become a huge success. Now, Don tells us about his relationship with relationships. And I hope it becomes a huge success too.

Please Take My 2015 Reader Survey

Help Me Create Content That Serves Your Needs

I want to ensure my platform does the best possible job of answering your needs and interests. And that means I need to know more about you. To do that, I’ve created my 2015 Reader Survey.

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Would you please take a few minutes to fill out the survey? By doing so, you will ultimately be helping yourself. Why? Because you will be helping me create content even more interesting and relevant to you.