3 Reasons We Should Be Slow to Judge

Why Criticism Can Be More like Poison than Medicine

When I think of key leadership qualities, decisiveness is always high on the list. The ability to quickly size up a situation and act is essential.

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But sometimes we can be too fast. And that’s especially true when it comes to criticism.

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.

I am honored to be included in this list from Inc. magazine. There are a lot of other great podcasts listed here, too.

Appearance: Top 10 Podcasts for Entrepreneurs to Learn Personal Finance From
Outlet: Inc.
Format: Magazine

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.

Season 3, Episode 04: Don’t Quit Before the Whistle Blows [Podcast]

3 Truths to Remember When You’re Not Sure You Can Finish

Welcome to Season 3, Episode 4 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this fourth episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss why we should play full out, especially when we feel like giving up.

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Anyone can start something. But after we begin a new project, goal, or relationship, a million things come up and it’s easy to drop out. Here are three truths to keep in mind when you’re not sure you can finish.

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3 Reasons You Should Monetize Your Platform

Why Making Money is Good for You, Your Audience, and the World

Some people are uneasy or even defensive about making money—as if doing so is an imposition on others, or worse. Because of that many are hesitant to monetize their platforms.

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When I first started blogging, monetization didn’t even occur to me. But I had expenses that began growing as my reach expanded. I joined the Amazon affiliate program to offset my costs, and eventually started selling space for select advertisers.

I felt odd about it at first, like I was somehow taking advantage.