#023: Operating in Your Strengths Zone [Podcast]

In this episode, I discuss discovering and using your strengths, based on the StrengthsFinder assessment developed by the Gallup organization. I first took this test back in 2003. It was a major turning point in my leadership philosophy.

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One of the most important questions you can ever ask yourself is this: “What are my strengths?” Knowing the answer is the key to job satisfaction and effectiveness.

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Register Now for Catalyst Atlanta and Save 28%

If you have read my blog for more than a few months, you know I love the Catalyst Conferences. I have spoken at the last nine in a row. I’ll be speaking again at the Atlanta conference, which will be held on October 3–5, 2012.

The Atlanta conference is Catalyst’s biggest one. More than 13,000 next generation leaders will attend. It always sells out. (If you have ever been, you know why.) If you haven’t registered, you can do so between now and Friday, August 23rd and get 28% off the regular ticket price. This makes the ticket price less than the Early Bird or even the Super Early Bird pricing. (I’ll tell you how at the end of this post.)

Why You Should Welcome Problems

Several years ago, I was having a really rough day at the office. It seemed everything that could go wrong was going wrong—at the worst possible time.

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One of my biggest authors was threatening to leave. I had a major position I couldn’t seem to fill, despite numerous interviews. And, several of our customers were upset over what I had thought was a minor policy change.

How Leaders Are Using Games to Drive Behavioral Change

This is a guest post by Travis Dommert. He is president of irunūrun, the greatness app. By combining social elements and gamification features, irunūrun helps people achieve their potential in work and life through focus, consistency, and accountability. Travis also writes on the irunūrun blog.

What does leadership have to do with playing a game? If your leadership style still reflects the industrial revolution, perhaps very little.

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Fifty years ago, leadership was often about command and control. Business leaders were like generals, directing their troops into battle. “Don’t ask why, just follow orders—or we’ll replace you with someone who will!” Loyalty, respect, and fear created compliance.

Take Your Business to the Next Level with Dave Ramsey

Dave Ramsey and I have been personal friends for more than fifteen years. I was his publisher at Thomas Nelson for almost a decade. I love his message and the impact it has had on my family and millions of people around the world.

I was especially excited when Dave invited me to speak at his upcoming EntreLeadership Master Series in Orlando on October 14–20, 2012. This is something I have wanted to attend since participating in his one-day EntreLeadership event in Houston a few years ago.

#022: My Best Advice for First-Time Authors, Part 2 [Podcast]

In this episode, I continue with my best advice for first-time authors, which I began last week. Even if you’ve never thought about writing a book or don’t think you could, this episode is for you.

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Let me provide a quick review of the last episode to give you some context if you are just tuning in. There are at least four reasons why you should consider writing a book:

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Why I Will Be Posting Less

You have to remain flexible with social media. What works six months ago, may not work today. What works today, may not work six months from now. I believe this principle even applies to blogging frequency.

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In my book, Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World, I said “there is a direct correlation between frequency and traffic” (see p. 99). I then suggest that the more you post, the greater your traffic.

7 Steps to Finding a Better, Third Option

This is a guest post by Jeremy Statton. He is an orthopedic surgeon and a writer. You can download a free copy of his eBook Grace Is. Connect with him on Twitter or his blog, Living Better Stories.

We are a culture that is accustomed to thinking in terms of two options:

  • Republicans versus Democrats
  • Cowboys versus Indians
  • Mac versus PC.
  • Yin versus Yang.
  • Yankees versus Red Sox.

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When we view a problem, or the solution to a problem, we typically divide it into two different categories.

Are You Investing Your Best Resources in the Wrong People?

It is easy to see other people making this mistake. It is more difficult to catch yourself doing it. I’ve been guilty plenty of times.

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For example, a few years ago, while I was still CEO of Thomas Nelson, I met with an important author. In the course of the meeting, I learned he was unhappy with the cover design we had done for his previous book.

#021: My Best Advice for First-Time Authors, Part 1 [Podcast]

In this episode, I share my best advice for first-time authors. Even if you’ve never thought about writing a book or don’t think you could, this episode is for you.

This Is Your Life Podcast, Episode 21

There are at least four reasons why you should consider writing a book:

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