How to Leverage the L.E.A.P. Principle for Big Results

4 Simple Steps to Beat the Law of Diminishing Intent

The turn of the year is always a good time to evaluate what’s working in our lives, what’s not, and make any changes that will start us down a better path.

As we pause and reflect on where we’ve been and where we want to go, we normally have a sense of what to do. But that sense comes with a risk.

Even if it only represents an inkling of clarity about what to do, it’s imperative that you act immediately. If you don’t, you can fall prey to the Law of Diminishing Intent.

The Fine Line Between Working Hard and Letting Go

Plus the Simple Heuristic I Use to Know When to Press in and When to Back Off

Some of my favorite memories of growing up are building model airplanes with my dad. I remember him showing me how to assemble, sand, and paint them. I think back on how proud I always was when we finished a project together.

On one occasion, I remember struggling to get two parts to fit together. I tried several different angles. Nothing seemed to work. I grew increasingly frustrated.

Calmly, my dad said, “Son, don’t force it.” I stopped what I was doing, looked up at him, and instantly knew he was right.

My Top-10 Blog Posts and Podcast Episodes from 2016

Your Favorite Topics All in One Place

Like most of you, I take time at the end of every year to review and take stock of the last twelve months—and that includes the stats on my blog and podcast.

Every now and then people ask me about my motivation for what I do. The short answer is that I love to help people create transformation in their lives. That’s what I mean when I say I help people win at work and succeed at life.

It’s only one measurement, but traffic is a good indicator of how well I’m succeeding in my goal. Here are my top-10 blog post and top-10 podcast episodes from 2016, along with my takeaways on what’s working and why.

The Best Business Books I Read in 2016

5 Titles that Triggered Massive Transformation for Me and My Team

I’ve worked in and around publishing my entire professional life, and I’ve written several books of my own. I believe in the power of books to help people improve and grow. Read the right books, and you can trigger massive transformation in your life.

More than any other business books I read this year, five titles especially challenged me, stretched my thinking, and helped me to grow personally and professionally. Each one also benefited my team in different ways. I bet they can do the same for you.

3 Non-Physical Benefits to Running

How to Stay Motivated and Reach Your Fitness Goals in the New Year

We all know the physical benefits to running. I won’t waste your time by repeating them here. However, people who don’t run often miss the non-physical benefits. To me, these are even more valuable than the physical ones.

If your goals for the new year include losing weight or improving your health, you might be thinking about running as an option. But let’s be honest. It can get pretty cold out there right now.

5 Research-Backed Benefits of Making Generosity a Habit

What Giving as a Lifestyle Can Do for Your Health, Happiness, More

We’ve all heard it’s more blessed to give than to receive. Probably like you, I take that on faith. But it’s fun to see how research agrees that special benefits come from giving, not just receiving.

Giving has been an important part of Christmas ever since the Three Wise Men presented their gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. But sometimes it seems like receiving is the main point of the holiday, doesn’t it?

I get it. I like receiving gifts as much as the next person. But if you want to give yourself a real gift, try generosity toward others.

4 Innovation Lessons from the Crazy Success of Instagram

What Leaders Can Learn from One of the Fastest Growing Apps in History

I’m already seeing a lot of Christmas images on Instagram, and I expect to see a flood in the next few days. The company just announced it surpassed 600 million users.

Instagram launched in 2010. I joined a year later, but I only became a heavy user a couple of years ago. The company’s growth curve is phenomenal.

6 Powerful Apps for Managing Social Media with a Team

Equip Your Team to Increase Your Impact and Simplify Your Life

Social media remains one of the most efficient ways for leaders to get heard and make a difference. What’s not efficient for most is the management of their social media presence.

Many leaders try overcoming this problem by bringing outside resources to bear. They might involve existing teammates, hire new employees, or contract with someone like a virtual assistant. But adding people doesn’t always mean subtracting inefficiency. Unless they’re properly equipped, additional people might just gunk up the works.

A major part of the equation is deploying the right tools. These are six of the best apps my team and I use to grow my online following, increase follower engagement, and simplify my life.