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The Difference Between Trying and Doing

Trying and doing are two different things. Learning about this distinction is the key to success. Here's how you can do it for yourself.

How to Stay Mentally Fit

Leaders love to see progress. But growth brings a whole new set of problems. You may find yourself stuck in …

5 Steps to Developing More Discipline

Everyone knows you can’t succeed without discipline, yet few possess it. Here are 5 steps to developing more of it.

How to Create More Margin in Your Personal Life

Every leader needs a full and balanced life to be fully effective. But when you leave work, it can feel …

How Our Words Impact Others

Our words carry enormous weight. More than we sometimes think. They often impact people for decades, providing the courage to press on or the reason to give up.

Productivity by Enneagram Type (Part 2)

Leaders all want to achieve. But sometimes we can be our own worst enemy. Either we’re too perfectionistic, or too …

Seven Rules for More Effective Meetings

People get “trained” to come late because they know nothing significant will happen until well after the announced start time.... For example, “the purpose of our meeting is to report on the results of our latest market research and give you a chance to ask questions.” Or, “the purpose of our meeting is to evaluate prospective titles for Don Miller’s new book and determine which one we are going to recommend to the author.”

Productivity by Enneagram Type (Part 1)

Leaders all want to achieve. But sometimes we can be our own worst enemy. Either we’re too perfectionistic, or too …

7 Steps to Take Before You Quit Your Job

Face it. You will eventually quit your job. It may be this year. It may be next. It may be ten years from now. But it’s inevitable. It’s only a matter of time. The only real question is how to do it in a way that doesn’t burn your bridges.

How to Delegate for Perfect Results Every Time

To scale yourself, you need to delegate your work to others. But delegating tasks isn’t as easy as it sounds. …

What to Do When You Don’t Know What to Do

Whenever I feel overwhelmed or uncertain about the future, I follow the advice I was given by an older, wiser colleague. It is surprisingly simple but enormously effective.

How to Hire a World-Class Assistant

“Sure, I’d love to have an executive assistant. But I can’t afford one!” You’ve probably said that before. Or maybe …

How to Deliver Wow Experiences

A few years ago, Gail, my daughter Marissa, and I spent three weeks in Italy. It was our first visit. …

How to Leverage a World-Class Assistant

Every leader needs an assistant to manage low-leverage tasks so they can focus on driving results. A world-class assistant can …

3 Reasons You Can’t Stop Working

I was listening to one of my favorite podcasts when the host  confessed he hadn’t taken a vacation in over …

Michael Answers Your Questions

Leaders are problem solvers, and that means coming up with the right answers. The problem is that you may have …

3 Truths to Help You Age Well

Recently, I decided to grow a beard. I had one for a few weeks in my early 30s, but shaved …

Feeling Overwhelmed? Here’s Your Action Plan

Leaders thrive on getting things done. The problem is that there’s more to be done than any one person can …

The Simplest Way to Generate a Major Breakthrough

James Clear, author of Atomic Habits,  recently tweeted, “Most people need consistency more than they need intensity.” In my experience, …

Next-Level Strategies for Weekly Planning

Leaders like to plan their work and work their plan. The problem is that real-life gets in the way. Interruptions, …

How to Stay Mentally Fit

Last year, my business revenue grew 62 percent. That’s the good news. The bad news is that it presents a …

Bonus Episode: Start Using Your New Planner Now!

As a high-performing leader, we know you love using productivity products like the Full Focus Planner™. But any new system …

Tired of Making No Progress on Goals? Try This

Leaders are driven to achieve. The problem is that our intense drive can backfire. We sometimes set unrealistic goals or …

Want an Abundant Life? Change Your Thinking

Over the years, I have noticed that there are two kinds of thinking. One kind leads to success, joy, and fulfillment. The other leads to failure, fear, and discontent. Which type are you?

The Upside of an Experimental Mindset

Leaders create change. The problem is that not everybody wants change. You’ve probably faced the frustration of having your team be less …

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, …

How to Fail Better

Leaders are achievers. But nobody bats 1.000. We all experience failure eventually. That can be discouraging—even humiliating! That’s why most …

The Easier Way to Delegate for Perfect Results

She said, “no,” and then I shared them with her. [smartads] I have always taken these for granted, but realized this was a brand new thought for Gail. ... As a leader, whenever you delegate a task, you need to make it clear what level of authority you are conferring: Level 1: Do exactly what I have asked you to do.

3 Habits of Wise Leaders

Good leaders want to do the right thing. But sometimes we can be our own worst enemy. Have you ever …

5 Characteristics of Weak Leaders

General McClellan had significant character flaws that I believe serve as a warning signs to anyone in leadership. Ultimately, these cost him dearly: He lost Lincoln’s confidence, his job, and a run for the White House (against Lincoln). Worse, they prolonged the Civil War and cost the lives of tens of thousands of soldiers on both sides of the conflict.

5 Steps to Avoid Investing in the Wrong People

What do you do when you have a customer you just can’t seem to satisfy? Or a team member who …

4 Must-Have Traits in Every Person You Hire

What are the baseline qualities you look for in anyone you add to your team. I suggest that the ideal candidate has four.

Encore Episode: 4 Rituals That Make You Super Productive

We all want to be more productive. But you know how it goes—a little late getting started, a quick task …

How to Master the Essential Discipline of Stillness

Being still is tremendously difficult in our world. Noise crowds into every empty space, leaving us spiritually, mentally, and emotionally exhausted. Here’s how to reclaim some interior margin.

Encore Episode: The 3×3 Goal Achievement Strategy

As a leader, you probably have a huge goal in mind. It’s the heartbeat of your ambition, the reason you …

5 Reasons Why You Should Commit Your Goals to Writing

Writing your goals down is one of the most important actions you can take to obtain the life you want. Sadly, most people don’t do it. Here are five why reasons you should.