#091: If You Want to be Successful, Stop Being So Accessible [Podcast]

Are you fielding more requests for your time than you have hours in the day? If so, you’re not alone. The more successful you become as a leader, the more other people will demand of your time. And that’s where the trouble begins.

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If you are going to maintain margin for your most important priorities, you have to make some tough decisions about your accessibility. The more successful you are, the less accessible you must become. I wish it were different, but this is just one of the harsh realities of leadership.

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#082: How to Keep Your Team Aligned During Times of Intense Change [Podcast]

The key to keeping your team aligned in the midst of change or chaos is communication. Unfortunately, most leaders are not intentional about this. They either don’t communicate or don’t have a plan for rolling their message out. The result is that people are left to create their own narrative about what is happening.

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If you are going to be an effective leader, you must be deliberate in keeping your team informed. If you don’t, you will create a tremendous amount of “sideways energy” as people speculate and come to the wrong conclusion.

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#077: How to Find a Mentor to Take You Further, Faster [Podcast]

Recently, I recorded a podcast interview with Alex Barker at the Leadership Dojo. He asked me, “So how do young leaders find mentors?” It’s a question I get at least once a week.

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To be brutally honest, your chances of finding a mentor are slim and none. The problem is your definition of mentorship. It’s too narrow.

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#074: How to Frustrate Those You Lead (Are You Making These 13 Mistakes?) [Podcast]

Education comes in surprising ways. Sometimes, we think we could learn best if we had a better boss. But sometimes we learn the most from the bad ones.

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The great thing about these bosses is that they taught me what not to do, which is just as important as what to do—it’s just more painful.

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#073: Advice to New CEOs (or Those Who Want to Be) [Podcast]

It’s hard to believe, but it’s been more than two years since I left Thomas Nelson Publishers. After fifteen years at the company and six years as the CEO, I stepped down to pursue my life-long dream of being a writer, speaker, and entrepreneur.

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Almost immediately, several of my readers asked, “Knowing what you know now, what advice would you give to a new CEO?”

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#066: The Difference Between the Wise and the Foolish (and Why It Matters to You) [Podcast]

I recently had a call from a business acquaintance who wanted to discuss a problem he was facing at work. I asked several questions, but it quickly became obvious that he didn’t really want to solve the problem. He had a quiver full of excuses as to why things couldn’t change.

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It became apparent I was dealing with a classic “fool.” I know that sounds harsh, but it is what it is. I knew immediately that talking about it any more was a waste of time. I had to change strategies.

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#061: How To Coach Your Boss [Podcast]

There seems to be no end to the wealth of material written on coaching employees. However, very little has been written on the subject of coaching your boss.

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While many employees probably dream of this, precious few act on it for fear of being fired. But what if you there was a way to approach this without jeopardizing your job?

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10 Software Tools for Collaborating with Virtual Assistants

Currently, about fourteen people work with me in some capacity or another. Interestingly, none of them are employees. All of them are virtual assistants.

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Only a few of them live in my community. Most of them live hundreds of miles away. But that doesn’t keep us from working together effectively. Thanks to some really cool software, we are able to communicate and stay totally in sync.

#060: How Do Busy Leaders Find Time for Social Media [Podcast]

I speak a lot on the topic of platform-building. Inevitably, during the Q&A time following my speech, I get asked, “How can I find time for social media? I am so busy now. I can’t imagine adding one more thing.”

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I understand this feeling. However, if you want to leverage your leadership and increase your impact, you must make time for social media.

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#059: What I Learned About Leadership from a Fight with My Wife [Podcast]

My wife, Gail, and I have been married for thirty-five years. She is my lover, my best friend, and my coach. But a few months ago we had a doozy of a fight.

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As I was reflecting on that experience, I thought to myself, How can we avoid slipping into this same conflict in the future?

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#057: Why You Must Confront Seemingly Indispensable but Disrespectful Team Members [Podcast]

As a leader, what do you do when you have an employee or a colleague who disrespects you in front of your team? What do you do when this employee is a top performer and one of your supervisor’s favorites?

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Confronting these people is never easy. However, it is essential if you are going to create a healthy organizational culture that drives the results you want.

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