Encore Episode: How to Lead Transformational Conversations [Podcast]

10 Practical Strategies for Greater Influence

In this episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss how you can best leverage everyday conversations to make a difference in your relationships. A new model of leadership has emerged over the last several years that is more about dialogue than the traditional model. But it’s not always intuitive and it takes some practice. Here are […]

Encore Episode: The One Way to Guarantee You Won’t Succeed [Podcast]

6 Tricks for Training Yourself to Persist When You Want to Quit

In this episode, Stu McLaren (who filled in for my regular cohost Michele Cushatt) and I discuss the one way to guarantee you won’t succeed. Persistence is critical to success. But sometimes when things get tough we really want to bail, don’t we? The good news is that we can get through those moments and […]

Encore Episode: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less [Podcast]

An Interview with Greg McKeown, Author of ‘Essentialism’

In this twelfth episode from Season 3 of the This Is Your Life podcast, Michele Cushatt and I interview Greg McKeown, best-selling author of Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less. We live in a culture that drives us to do, produce, and consume more—constantly. As a result, our schedules are packed, while our lives seem […]

10 Reasons Every Leader Needs a Blog [Podcast S07E13]

(And How to Get Started)

Welcome to Season 7, Episode 13 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss why we think blogging is an absolute must for leaders today. If you’re a leader and you don’t have a blog, then you are missing out on one of the greatest leadership tools ever invented. […]

My Advice to New Bloggers [Podcast S07E12]

8 Steps to Success

Welcome to Season 7, Episode 12 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss 8 steps to success for new bloggers. Some people have suggested that blogging is dead. I couldn’t disagree more. After 12 years of blogging, I still think it’s the single best way to get the […]

5 Ways to Build Trust with Your Tribe [Podcast S07E11]

How to Quickly Gain Rapport

Welcome to Season 7, Episode 11 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss the importance of building trust with those you serve. You have to get people to buy into you before they buy into your message. They want to know that you’re honest and you deserve to […]

How To Frustrate Those You Lead [Podcast S07E10]

13 Mistakes Every Leader Should Avoid

Welcome to Season 7, Episode 10 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss some of the most annoying mistakes made by leaders today. If I asked you to think of someone who does a poor job as a leader, most of you could come up with somebody fairly […]

My Top 10 Productivity Hacks [Podcast S07E09]

How to Supercharge Your Day

Welcome to Season 7, Episode 9 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss my top 10 productivity hacks. Many people feel overwhelmed because they can’t get everything done. But you can get better at productivity. It’s like a muscle. The more you work on it, the more productive […]

Leadership at the Symphony [Podcast S07E08]

8 Lessons from a Conductor

Welcome to Season 7, Episode 8 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss some of the lessons I learned from a conductor on a recent trip to the Nashville Symphony. Gail and I were amazed at the beauty and skill demonstrated by the musicians. But what really stood […]

6 Strategies to Become a Better Conversationalist [Podcast S07E07]

(And Why It Matters)

Welcome to Season 7, Episode 7 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss our best tips for becoming a more engaging conversationalist. Like riding a bike or driving a car, conversation is a skill that requires practice to improve. Today we’re going to give you some of our most […]

Achieve More By Sleeping More [Podcast S07E06]

8 Tips to Reclaim the Rest You Need

Welcome to Season 7, Episode 6 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss eight tips for reclaiming the rest that we so desperately need. We sometimes allow ourselves to get derailed by what we assume is discouragement but is actually just a lack of sleep. When we’re tired, we don’t have […]

Advice to New CEOs [Podcast S07E05]

(Or Those Who Want to Be)

Welcome to Season 7, Episode 5 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss my best tips for current or aspiring CEOs. Being the leader of your own company can look easier on the outside than it actually is when you’re the CEO. It requires more insight and effort than most […]