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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.

Encore Episode: The Power of Personality

Leaders must motivate people. The problem is that everybody’s different, so what inspires one team member may demotivate another. It …

The 5 Marks of Authentic Leadership

Leadership is more than influence. It certainly includes influence, but it is more. I believe it includes at least five characteristics. I call these the five marks of authentic leadership.

Encore Episode: 4 Steps to Communicating Vision

Every leader is motivated by a compelling vision for the future. There’s something you want to achieve. You know where …

20 Questions to Ask Other Leaders

As a leader, how do you become a better leader? If you’re like me, you probably read a lot of books, listen to podcasts, and attend a few conferences. But one of the best ways to grow is to ask other leaders questions.

Encore Episode: Self-Care As a Leadership Discipline

Do you ever have enough hours in the day to do all you need to do? If we’re honest, most …

The Upside of an Experimental Mindset

I first heard about Slack, a new software app for internal communication, in early 2014. At the time, our team …

5 Steps for Healthy Confrontation

One of your most lucrative clients has admitted to unethical behavior and is entirely unwilling to change. Do you keep …

3 Questions Every Leader Must Answer to Avoid the Drift

Has this ever happened to you? You get in the car and pull out of the driveway, just like you …

How to Delegate Even If You Don’t Have a Team

Feeling overwhelmed? Wow, do we know what that’s like! When you’re caught in that whirlwind of tasks, it feels like …

Have the Right Meetings

Ugh, another meeting! Do you know the feeling? We sure do. We’ve sat through our share of bad meetings. But …