7 Reasons You Should Never Do Another Conference Call Again

If you paid me a dollar for every minute I’ve spent on a conference call in my life, I probably would never have to work again. But I like working—and that’s exactly why I don’t like conference calls.

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I know there are forms of business communication less efficient that conference calls, but I’m having trouble thinking of them right now. People drop in and out, talk over each other, lose track of who’s saying what—and the more voices on the line, the more confusing it all becomes.

Do two or three of these back to back, and it’s enough to make you doubt the future of the species. Thankfully, I’ve got the solution—at least for me and my team. But I bet it’ll work for you too.

5 Characteristics of People Who Get What They Really Want

Most people I know have several significant dreams and aspirations. But some make much more progress than others. Why?

5 Characteristics of People Who Get What They Really Want

When I was the CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishers, I used to oversee the monthly business review. It was a time for our divisional leaders to report on their performance against monthly, quarterly, and yearly financial goals.

There were always some who beat their plan, and others who let the plan beat them. I paid special attention to the different approaches these leaders took.

I am looking forward to doing a goal-setting webinar with my friend Jon Lee Dumas. It is open to the public.

Date: December 17, 2014
Time: 03:00-04:30 pm CST
Event: Goal-Setting Webinar with Jon Lee Dumas
Topic: Get What You Want This Year: 5 Secrets for Finally Accomplishing Your Biggest Goals
Sponsor: John Lee Dumas
Public: Private
Registration: Click here to register.

I am looking forward to doing a goal-setting webinar with my friend Jonathan Milligan. It is open to the public.

Date: December 10, 2014
Time: 03:00-04:30 pm CST
Event: Goal-Setting Webinar with Jonathan Milligan
Topic: Get What You Want This Year: 5 Secrets for Finally Accomplishing Your Biggest Goals
Sponsor: Jonathan Milligan
Public: Public
Registration: Click here to register.

I am looking forward to doing a goal-setting webinar with my friend Dan Miller. It is open to the public.

Date: December 10, 2014
Time: 10:00-11:30 am CST
Event: Goal-Setting Webinar with Dan Miller
Topic: Get What You Want This Year: 5 Secrets for Finally Accomplishing Your Biggest Goals
Sponsor: Dan Miller
Public: Public
Registration: Click here to register.

I am looking forward to doing a goal-setting webinar with my friend Jon Acuff. It is open to the public.

Date: December 9, 2014
Time: 01:00-02:30 am CST
Event: Goal-Setting Webinar with Jon Acuff
Topic: Get What You Want This Year: 5 Secrets for Finally Accomplishing Your Biggest Goals
Sponsor: Jon Acuff
Public: Public
Registration: Click here to register.

What the Science of Goal Setting Tells Us about Accomplishing More of What Matters Most

I’m a big advocate of goal setting because I’ve personally benefited from it. But I’m also amazed how much the science of goal setting explains my personal experience.

What the Science of Goal Setting Tells Us about Accomplishing More of What Matters Most

Whether working as an independent entrepreneur or a corporate executive, I’ve seen personal and organizational goal setting reap big rewards—and the research shows why.

Season 2, Episode 09: The 3 Forces That Shape Character [Podcast]

Welcome to Season 2, Episode 9 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this ninth episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss the importance of character and the forces that shape it.

3 Forces That Shape Character

Charisma may be useful in attracting a following, but it is largely useless when it comes to achieving a long-term, positive impact on the people and organizations we lead. For this, we need character. Effective leadership is an inside-out job.

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Will You Reach Your Goals in 2015? My New Free Video Series Shows You How

We are all made to accomplish certain things unique to us. Our dreams and ambitions tell us all the time what those things are, but sometimes we tune them out, right?

Will You Reach Your Goals in 2015? My New Free Video Series Shows You How

Maybe other voices—all the pressing, demanding, urgent things in our lives—take precedence. Maybe we’re afraid about what our dream might cost us. Or maybe we feel like our ambitions have led us astray in the past.

Those last two were big for me.

One Sure-Fire Trick for Overcoming the Winter Blues

Every year we hear news about people who suffer from holiday or seasonal blues. More than just hearing about them, a large number actually experience them. I certainly have.

One Sure-Fire Trick for Overcoming the Winter Blues

For some, it’s about relational rifts and resentments. For others, including me, it’s about diminishing daylight and getting less exercise—at least that has been the case for me in the past. Since discovering this about myself, I’ve been intentional about addressing it.

But there’s another factor we could be missing.