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.
Along with more than 70 million of my fellow Americans, I watched the presidential debate Monday night. It’s hard to expect more from the context, but it was very negative.
It’s one of the reasons I almost never watch television news. You can make a good argument for viewing the debates. This is a historic election, and voters should stay informed. But in general watching TV news is a terrible way to do so.
If you’ve ever been in a service-oriented business, you have likely dealt with the “high-maintenance client.” This is the person who has unreasonable expectations and is often demanding, unrelenting, and never satisfied regardless of how hard you work to meet their expectations. In today’s podcast, I give you practical advice on how to handle these situations.
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Charisma may be useful in attracting a following, but it is largely useless when it comes to achieving a long-term, positive impact on the people and organizations we lead. For this, we need character.
In helping people build their platforms, I frequently meet people whose public image is better developed than their personal character. They are one person on stage and another when the spotlight is off.
It is this fundamental lack of integrity that undermines their effectiveness and, left unchecked, can destroy their legacy.
We all have things we do really well. In our businesses, these are usually the tasks that drive revenue. But if you’re like most entrepreneurs and executives, you probably only spend 20 percent of your time on these tasks.
The rest goes to solving other people’s problems, wading through oceans of email, attending inefficient meetings, putting out countless fires, and addressing draining operational issues. Been there, done that.
There are a hundred different ways to approach our work, but some are less effective than others. Given the number of productivity myths out there, it’s easy to think we’re being productive when we’re really not.
These productivity myths can actually waste our time and prevent us from focusing on high-leverage projects that drive revenue and results.
I’ve been a serious student of productivity for a couple decades now. As the primary income earner in a family of seven, I had to be.
When I first started in business, I lived in a constant state of feeling overwhelmed. Work took my best, and I struggled to find time for my family and my health.
I excelled at the office, but my pace was unsustainable. I was going to burn myself out or burn my family up—probably both. I had to find a better way.
If your success and productivity aren’t opening the door to more time spent with the people you love, you’re doing it wrong. Here’s a short video about what family means to me. Find out more here.
As far as I’m concerned, this is great news. When I talk with entrepreneurs, executives, and other leaders, I regularly hear they’re working fifty, sixty, even seventy hours a week. This level of overwork imposes huge costs on personal productivity, health, and more.