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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One Major Missing Ingredient in Leadership Today

Perry Noble’s New Book Can Change the Way We Lead for Good

Books sometime come at a pitch-perfect moment. I think that’s true for Perry Noble’s newest, The Most Excellent Way to Lead: Discover the Heart of Great Leadership.

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Whether we’re talking about business or politics, we’re surrounded by terrible examples of leadership right now. The Most Excellent Way to Lead introduces us to a whole new paradigm for evaluating leadership.

Noble says it comes down to love.

One Person No Leader Can Afford to Exclude

3 Reasons to Include The Spouses of Our Team Members

Last week I took my entire team on a Caribbean cruise to mark a major accomplishment. Celebrating success is something I really believe in.

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Michael Hyatt & Company Team – 2015 Cruise. Photo courtesy of Chris Niemeyer

Family is also something I really believe in—and that’s why we included not only our employees and key contractors, but also their spouses on the trip.

That meant accommodating more than thirty people, but I wouldn’t have missed the chance. It was the perfect opportunity to strengthen the team and recognize the people that make it all possible.

3 Powerful Habits Every Leader Needs to Excel

Plus 17 More That Will Give You a Significant Edge

When you think about leadership, what’s one word that matters more than almost any others? In his new book, H3 Leadership: Be Humble, Stay Hungry, Always Hustle, Brad Lomenick says “habit” is the key.

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More than 40 percent of the things we do throughout the day aren’t the result of decisions, he says. They’re habits. “When you rise in the morning, nearly half of your day will be determined by the pattern you’ve either intentionally created or passively allowed.”

That’s critically important for leaders. Why? “The path to being a better leader is paved with the asphalt of the habits we develop,” Brad explains. And as the longtime president of Catalyst, he can validate the observation. I’ve certainly seen that in my own life and leadership.

Season 5, Episode 4: Permission to Turn the Page [Podcast]

5 Reasons Reading Will Make You an Awesome Leader

Welcome to Season 5, Episode 4 of the This Is Your Life podcast. Stu McLaren is filling in for my regular cohost Michele Cushatt. In this episode, we discuss five reasons reading will make you an awesome leader.

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I’m convinced that the reason I ascended the corporate ranks, became a CEO, and ended up writing about leadership is because I’m a reader. Here’s why it made the difference for me and how it can make the difference for you.

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Season 4, Episode 9: Don’t Bite That Apple [Podcast]

4 Temptations Every Leader Faces

Welcome to Season 4, Episode 9 of the This Is Your Life podcast. Stu McLaren is filling in for my regular cohost Michele Cushatt. In this episode, we discuss four temptations every leader faces.

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Power amplifies who you are—the good, the bad, and the ugly. That means leaders have to be on their guard about certain temptations. I don’t know a single leader who has not dealt with at least one of these four.

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No, You Don’t Need to be Great at Everything—and Why You Shouldn’t Even Try

One Belief Holding You Back in Business and Life

If you’re an entrepreneur at heart like me, it’s tempting to wear every hat in the business. This is especially true if you’re cursed with being halfway good at all those jobs.

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That’s not a compliment, by the way. I should emphasize the word cursed. Think of it this way: Would you intentionally hire someone who was halfway good at their job? Of course not. You want people who are fully competent.

And yet it can be hard to let go of those hats, right? But here’s the reality. If you want to wear all the hats, you’ll have to pull out more than a rabbit to be successful.

Season 4, Episode 4: The Secret Power of Smiling [Podcast]

5 Reasons it Matters—for You and for Others

Welcome to Season 4, Episode 4 of the This Is Your Life podcast. Stu McLaren is filling in for my regular cohost Michele Cushatt. In this episode, we discuss the secret power of smiling.

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When I was CEO of Thomas Nelson, a consultant called me out for how little I smiled. I didn’t know I was scowling, but I was setting the wrong mood for my team. After that I not only learned to smile, I learned five reasons it matters—for you and others.

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Season 4, Episode 3: Why Learning to Lead Means Learning to Follow [Podcast]

5 Characteristics All Great Followers Have in Common

Welcome to Season 4, Episode 3 of the This Is Your Life podcast. Stu McLaren is filling in for my regular cohost Michele Cushatt. In this episode, we discuss why learning to lead means learning to follow.

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If you want to be an effective leader, it’s critical that you first learn to be an effective follower. It sounds counterintuitive, but without the character and skill formation that comes from learning to follow, you’re almost guaranteed to be a poor leader.

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5 Ways Reading Makes You a Better Leader

The Science Behind Reading and Influence

Pollsters say reading is in decline. As an author and former publishing executive, the statistics make me wince. But I’m optimistic for another reason.

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Why? A readership crisis is really a leadership crisis. And for people who know how to respond, crisis is just another way of saying opportunity.

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.