Unresponsive people drive me crazy. I hate sending an email to someone and then waiting days to hear anything back. (Admittedly, I have sometimes been guilty of this myself.) This is particularly maddening when you don’t hear anything at all.
Recently I was interviewing candidates to be my virtual assistant. One of the questions I asked was this: “Do you consider yourself a responsive person?” For me, this is a must-have attribute. Naturally, everyone says, “yes.” However, you can tell a lot by how they answer the question.
The good people at TwelveSouth sent me a case similar to this for my MacBook Air. It is incredible. When I am out and about with it, this always turns people’s heads.
Now they have come out with this tasty case for the iPhone. Currently, I don’t use any case at all. However, I this is making me think twice. I love the contrast between the new world of Apple technology and the old world of book publishing. I know, big surprise.
Several weeks ago, I had the privilege of hosting the Chick-fil-A Leadercast Backstage program. I interviewed several notable authors as they came off the stage, including Seth Godin, Sir Ken Robinson, Dan Cathy, Suzy Welch, Frans Johansson, and John Maxwell. I am continuing to share these on a weekly basis.
In this interview, I talk to John Maxwell, New York Times bestselling author and uber-popular leadership speaker. I first met John in 1998, when I came to Thomas Nelson as the Senior Vice President of Marketing for the Nelson Books division. John’s breakout book, The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, was one of my first projects. He has since become a good friend and mentor.
Steve Jobs is one of the best presenters on the planet. I read Carmine Gallo’s book, The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs. I highly recommend it. Now you can also take a look at his slides on the same topic. Warning: Profanity on slides 47 and 50.
But last week, I was feeling overwhelmed. It seemed that I was spending all day, every day mired in administrative detail—responding to emails, making travel plans, and filling out expense reports. Ugh.
In this short video clip, Bill Hybels challenges leaders to read leadership books and to spend time with other leaders. Certainly in my experience, both are key to growing your leadership. What are you reading? Who are you meeting with? Maybe we should set some goals in these two areas this next month.
We all know the physical benefits to running. I won’t waste your time by repeating them here. However, people who don’t run, often miss the non-physical benefits. To me, these are even more valuable than the physical ones.