Season 7, Episode 8: Leadership at the Symphony [Podcast]

8 Lessons from a Conductor

Welcome to Season 7, Episode 8 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss some of the lessons I learned from a conductor on a recent trip to the Nashville Symphony.

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Gail and I were amazed at the beauty and skill demonstrated by the musicians. But what really stood out was the conductor. It didn’t take long for me to begin seeing some clear parallels between conducting an orchestra and other leadership opportunities.

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"Success is not final. Failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts." -Winston Churchill

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The Real Reason Your Message Isn’t Getting the Traction it Deserves

Top Influencers Share How to Stand Out and Be Heard

One of the things I love about what I do is having the opportunity to learn and then share what I’ve learned with you. I recently spoke with twenty hugely successful entrepreneurs and influencers about how they cut through the noise and get heard.

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I’ve distilled what I learned down to eleven strategies, and I’m making them available here in a free new ebook called Maximize Your Message: How the Top Influencers in the World Get Heard and Make a Difference. If you’ve got something to say or sell, you’re going to love this.

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The Fastest, Cheapest Way to Learn Evernote

Fresh Edition of ‘Evernote Essentials’ Offers More Value than Ever Before

I am an Evernote junkie. I use it everyday. It is a major part of my workflow. In fact, I have written dozens of posts about it.

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But often people are overwhelmed by it. They aren’t quite sure where to begin. I always recommend they get a copy of Brett Kelly’s amazing ebook, Evernote Essentials.

Why Going Outdoors Makes You Smarter, Stronger, and More Spiritual

3 Life-Changing Benefits of Nature You Can’t Afford to Miss

Whether we’re in our homes, in our cars, or in our offices, we spend most of our days removed from nature—and it’s not good for us.

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I just returned from a week in the hills and woods of East Tennessee. One of my favorite moments was fly fishing Hesse Creek. It’s world famous for trout, and I had seven on my line and landed two of the most beautiful rainbows ever. It was simultaneously restful and exhilarating.

We all know about the environmental benefits trees and other plants provide. But how often do we take advantage of the mental, physical, and spiritual benefits available from nature?

Season 7, Episode 7: 6 Strategies to Become a Better Conversationalist [Podcast]

(And Why It Matters)

Welcome to Season 7, Episode 7 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss our best tips for becoming a more engaging conversationalist.

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Like riding a bike or driving a car, conversation is a skill that requires practice to improve. Today we’re going to give you some of our most impactful strategies.

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"The greatest danger for most of us is not that we aim too high and we miss it, but we aim too low and reach it." -Michelangelo

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The Big 5 Financial Reports Every Leader Needs

All You Need to See Through the Fog and Reach Your Destination

As leaders, we’re often forced to pilot despite low visibility. But when it comes to finances, nothing is more dangerous than flying blind.

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I can’t tell you how many accountants and bookkeepers I’ve interviewed who thought quarterly statements were enough to run a business. That’s nuts!

Some of us know this from experience, but if leaders don’t have current and correct information on revenue and expense targets, performance, and cash flows, it won’t be long before they crash and burn.

12 Proven Productivity Hacks to Help You Win Every Day

Set Yourself up to Perform at Your Peak

Tell me you’ve had this experience: You start out with the best of intentions. Today is the day you’re going to slay your to-do list and bring home a major win. But…

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Life happens. And it doesn’t just happen—it happens like a tornado. Suddenly you’re behind, and it feels like there’s no hope of catching up.

But what if you could stay ahead of the storm? I want to share twelve proven productivity hacks that will empower you to get a jump on the day and perform at your peak.

Season 7, Episode 6: Achieve More By Sleeping More [Podcast]

8 Tips to Reclaim the Rest You Need

Welcome to Season 7, Episode 6 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss eight tips for reclaiming the rest that we so desperately need.

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We sometimes allow ourselves to get derailed by what we assume is discouragement but is actually just a lack of sleep. When we’re tired, we don’t have access to the same kinds of emotional and intellectual resources as we do when we’re well rested. In this episode, we discuss how you can actually achieve more by sleeping more.

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Extreme Ownership (New York: St. Martin's Press, 2015)

Extreme Ownership, written by two Navy Seals and Seal Trainers, is both compelling and practical. Each chapter begins with a combat example, taken from the authors own experience in Iraq. The authors distill the leadership principle they learned and then apply it to business. They then share how their business clients implemented in this in a civilian context. This is must reading for any leader who wants to create greater accountability in his or her team and drive greater results.