On my morning jogs, I’ve been listening to Michael Hyatt’s new book Platform (unabridged audio edition). In spite of being a tremendous resource, I find myself getting overwhelmed, sometimes even irritated.
The problem with Michael’s book is that it contains too much information. For instance, the book doesn’t just teach the benefits of Twitter, it tells you how to set up an account, and even what size your personal photograph should be.
It’s no secret that the last four or five years have been challenging from an economic, technological, and global perspective. In this episode, I discuss five actions leaders must take in order to lead well in turbulent times.
When I speak publicly on this topic, I call this presentation, “Shift: Leading in Turbulent Times.” I use the word “shift” for two reasons:
- The world seems to be shifting under our feet.
- We must also shift if we are going to lead well.
Click to Listen
Podcast: Subscribe in iTunes | Play in new window
“How To Be Predictably Persuasive”
by Ray Edwards
Sorry, listening to the podcast on this website requires Flash support in your browser. You can try playing the MP3 file directly by clicking here.
Have you ever thought about writing a book? If you are like 61.5 percent of my readers, you probably have. But even if you haven’t, I urge you to consider it.
Being a published author has done more for my career—and my income—than I could have ever imagined. It has opened doors of opportunity I couldn’t have dreamed were possible. And, it can happen for you, too.
Here are five good reasons why you should consider writing a book:
We live in turbulent times. If you and I are to overcome the obstacles in our way, we’re going to need a strong mind.
No matter the circumstances around us, we will need to rely upon the mental toughness we normally look for in our heroes, not in ourselves.
I am excited about being a presenter at the very prestigious Merrimack College & The Eagle-Tribune Speaker Series. This speaker series has notable speakers like John C. Maxwell and Sir Ken Robinson speaking in the past.
When I was in the publishing business, the sales staff often wanted to correlate a book’s length with its value. They believed that books with more pages should be priced higher. Books with fewer pages should be priced lower.
Photo courtesy of ©iStockphoto.com/bitterfly
But is this true?
In 2003, I was named President of Thomas Nelson. It was an extremely busy time. I made some major changes to my executive team and had two vacant positions. As a result, I essentially had three jobs.
Photo courtesy of ©iStockphoto.com/kaisersosa67
One morning on my way to work, I grabbed my computer case in my right hand, a fresh cup of coffee in my left, and headed downstairs to the garage to leave to work.
This is one of the most revolutionary health books I have read in some time. The author’s basic premise is that wheat and wheat products are responsible for many of the health maladies that plague modern Americans, including obesity, diabetes, arthritis, dementia, and more.
When I first heard about the book, I dismissed it because I have always been taught that wheat, especially in its whole-grain form, is healthy for you. He presents a compelling case that the wheat we eat today bears little resemblance to the wheat of one hundred years ago. It has been so genetically-modified and hybridized that our bodies can’t process it. The result is chronic inflammation, leading to everything from poor health to a general lack of energy.
The book is pretty technical. The author is a medical doctor, and he is determined to prove his case with hard data and lots of science. Fortunately, he weaves in lots of case studies about his patients and how a gluten-free diet transformed their health.
As a test, Gail and I, along with a couple of our daughters with Crohn’s disease, decided to give the diet a whirl. We’ve been on it now for two weeks. I can honestly say that I have never felt more alert and energetic. One of my daughters has already lost ten pounds.
It’s football season! From high school to college to the NFL, men are on the gridiron seeking to win and ultimately become champions. They’re digging, clawing, and giving it all they’ve got to come out on top.
Photo courtesy of ©iStockphoto.com/kupicoo
It should be no different with fatherhood. We need men out there who are in the game—the most important game of their life—working hard and striving toward the goal to be the best they can be, to be All Pro Dads.