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Michael and Megan Respond to Listener Questions

Leaders make decisions, but clarity can be hard to come by. In this episode, listeners fire their most pressing questions at Michael and Megan. They bring practical solutions to the problems many leaders face, based on more than 30 years of business experience.

The 3×3 Goal Achievement Strategy

How to Triple the Likelihood of Achieving Your Most Important Goals

Leaders dream big. But too often, our greatest goals get lost in the whirlwind of daily tasks and interruptions. Today, we’ll give you three simple practices that will ensure your goals stay on track all year long. You’ll avoid the pain of seeing your biggest goals slip through your fingers. And you’ll feel satisfaction at […]

New Year, New You

How to Conduct an Annual Preview

High achievers love the start of the new year and the prospect of new goals. The problem is that fresh enthusiasm can evaporate with the holiday cheer. Diving back into the whirlwind can be stressful and frustrating. We don’t think your goal achievement should fluctuate with the seasons. In this episode, we reveal a simple […]

When It’s Not a Wonderful Life

The Perfect Time to Get Some Perspective

I love watching the movie where a guy named George finds himself stuck in a crummy little town working in a shabby little office. Everyone else has moved away to bigger and better things. His hardscrabble life and years of sacrifice and responsibility chip away at his dreams of seeing the world. Suddenly, a financial […]

How to Beat the Holiday Blues

What to Focus on Amidst All the Distractions

Nat King Cole. Pinatas. Swedish meatballs. Ravioli. Gingerbread houses. These are things that come to mind when I recall my childhood Christmases. One might even say that these are a few of my favorites things, in the words of the old song from “The Sound of Music” that became an unlikely Christmas classic in its […]

Generosity Pays

We all know intuitively that generosity is right. But it turns out that generosity also provides some very tangible rewards for the giver. In this episode of the Lead to Win podcast, we uncover three benefits of generosity that span all of your most important relationships both at work and at home.

How 4 Leaders Keep Their Eyes on the Prize

Keeping Goals Visible Is a Constant Struggle

Goal visibility is one of the key but often overlooked components of goal achievement. So as 2018 draws to a close, I asked four business leaders how they keep their goals in front of them once they’ve been set. They all had different ways of doing it, yet they all make the effort. Maybe one […]

The Four Horsemen of Goal Failure

Conquer These Invaders and Finally Reach Your Goals

We all miss big goals occasionally. When that happens, it can be lonely and embarrassing. It’s tempting to simply forget about the failure and move on. When that happens, we miss a key learning opportunity. In order to achieve in the future, we must become excellent students of our own failure. Michael and Megan reveal […]

The Science of Tackling Large Projects

Get Your Brain Addicted to Achievement

My sister is obsessed with games. Video games, board games, role-playing games – she loves them all. She will readily admit that the pure glee she derives from unlocking achievements fuels this obsession. She isn’t alone. Quests result in gold, each round of Tetris earns additional points, and grown adults spend more time searching neighbor’s […]

How to Handle Own Goals

You Are Not Your Mistakes

Steve Smith is a Scotland-born, Canada-raised hockey defenseman whose NHL career spanned 15 seasons. He is less well known for winning three Stanley Cup championships than for a single mistake. In 1986, while a rookie skating for the 2-time defending Stanley Cup champion Edmonton Oilers, Smith took the puck behind his own net and looked […]

You Say You Want a Resolution

The Science of New Beginnings

For all of the champagne, new diets, and gym memberships folks are about to experience, only about eight percent of resolution-takers succeed in attaining their goals. What goes wrong? Any number of answers might hold a kernel of truth, but I’d offer the following: New Year’s Day is not a real new beginning. Much as […]

How to Fix New Year’s Resolutions

A Tool Kit for Goal Achievement

All of us, especially leaders, want to make positive change in our lives. But we’ve tried and failed many times. We’ll show you why New Year’s resolutions are a flawed system, and how to set achievable personal goals instead. You can avoid that sick feeling every January, and create a new habit or achievement that […]