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It’s 2016! That means you’ve probably created some goals for the new year already or you’re in the process. But hang on.
People have been making New Year’s resolutions since the time of the ancient Babylonians. I doubt they were much better at it than we are.
Why? Simple. Most of us make the same goal-setting mistakes year after year. I want to turn that around for you in 2016.
We all dream of great things for our lives, don’t we? A fulfilling marriage, happy kids, a meaningful and profitable career. We all know people who have achieved those things, so we know it’s possible.
And the truth is most of us have already experienced more success than we realize. But wherever we are, most of us know that we haven’t reached our full potential either. Maybe we’re stuck or just don’t know the best way forward.
What if I told you the first step toward reaching that potential was as simple as answering just three questions?
Last week I took my entire team on a Caribbean cruise to mark a major accomplishment. Celebrating success is something I really believe in.
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.
I’m always surprised by what I learn at the movies. I go to be entertained. But many times I walk out of the theater with insights I can put to work in my life.
Over the weekend Gail and I saw the new Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway comedy, The Intern. It was great.
Welcome to Season 5, Episode 10 of the This Is Your Life podcast. Stu McLaren is filling in for my regular cohost Michele Cushatt. In this episode, we discuss the most important asset for leaders and how to safeguard it.
It affects our perspective and purpose. It impacts how we interact with our teams, potential clients, and customers. What is this critical leadership asset? It’s our heart. Today I’m sharing four disciplines to keep it in shape.
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We’ve all felt it. Right before you try a new idea for the first time, there’s always that moment of panic. Is this really going to work? Is it too late to back out?
I say “panic,” but let’s call it what it is: self-doubt. Deep down, whenever you put yourself out there, you secretly wonder … do I have what it takes?
During his recent trip to America, Pope Francis addressed the U.S. Congress and the United Nations. And the truth is leaders of all kinds have a lot to learn from him.
Francis is enormously popular. But whatever we personally think about this particular pope—pro or con—or the Catholic Church, it doesn’t change the fact that he has been a standout leader worth studying.
What makes his leadership style so effective? Based on what I’ve seen and heard, I’d say it comes down to three primary elements.
This is a Periscope replay of the #VirtualMentor. In this scope, we discussed my blog post, “One Key Ingredient in a Team Worth Working For.”
If you are interested, I broadcast daily on Periscope, Monday through Friday at 12:30 p.m. CDT. If I published a new blog post or podcast, we discuss that. If not, we talk about whatever I am thinking about. And I always take some off-topic questions.
You’ll need to download the free Periscope app if you want to watch live. You can get the iPhone and Android versions here.
We all have unique insights and solutions to offer. But how can we have the influence and impact we desire?
It seems like there are a million obstacles to overcome, right? Everything from technical and tactical knowhow to inner fears and doubts.
We know we could improve the world with our message, but how do we get it out? It can feel like a tough and daunting climb. I know exactly how you feel because I’ve scaled that hill as well.
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.
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.