7 Steps to Take Before You Quit Your Job

How to Pivot with Dignity and Respect

Face it. You will eventually quit your job. It may be this year. It may be next. It may be ten years from now. But it’s inevitable. It’s only a matter of time. The only real question is: How do you pivot (professionally) without burning your bridges?

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You may want to come back. I left one company, Thomas Nelson, and eventually returned and became the CEO. You never know. At the very least, you may need a reference.

Unfortunately, many people don’t always end their tenure at a company as well as they began. The key is to begin with the end in mind. As leaders, we should be intentional about everything we do—even quitting.

The 5 Marks of Authentic Leadership

Influence Matters, but It's Not the Whole Package

Countless people have written on what it means to be a leader. And almost everyone identifies influence as the primary characteristic.

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By definition, this means that leadership and position are two different things. Holding a title and a high rung on the company org chart doesn’t mean you’re a leader. Even people without these things can exert influence and thus leadership.

But leadership is more than influence.

How to Be a Storm-Proof Leader [Podcast S08E04]

5 Survival Secrets for Tough Times

Welcome to Season 8, Episode 4 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss how you can become a storm-proof leader.

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Change and conflict aren’t new. Tough times WILL come—it’s a guarantee. For that reason, you and I need to learn how we’re going to respond before the storm happens. In this episode, we give you 5 survival secrets for leading in turbulent times.

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How to Hire Team Members that Never Disappoint

3 Nonnegotiable Qualities the Best Team Members Share

This is a guest post by Megan Hyatt Miller. Megan is the Chief Operating Officer of Michael Hyatt & Company. She is also Michael’s oldest daughter. Megan, her husband Joel, and their four children make their home in Franklin, Tennessee.

As leaders, we spend an enormous amount of time, energy, and money trying to recruit top talent. I know I do. That’s why it’s critical that each hire is the right one. But what’s the secret to guarantee success?

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We’re in the midst of a season of intense hiring here at Michael Hyatt & Co. I always consider it a tremendous responsibility to add anyone to our team. The right hire can help us reach our goals. But the wrong hire can poison the team culture we’ve worked so hard to create.

Why Leaders Can’t Over-Communicate

5 Reasons to Speak Up and Speak Often

Leaders face a lot of problems, but poor communication is one they often create for themselves. In fact, nine in ten employees say it sabotages the success of executives, according to one study.

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The same study found the second biggest problem area for leaders was a lack of clear directions. I think this probably applies across the board—everything from mission and core values down to day-to-day operations.

I get it. Sometimes, as leaders, we think we’ve said what needs to be said. We’re actually worried about over-communicating. We don’t want to sound like a broken record.

If You Want to Be Successful, Be Less Accessible [Podcast S08E02]

(7 Simple Steps)

Welcome to Season 8, Episode 2 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss 7 simple steps to being more intentional about how you spend your time.

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If you are going to live according to a realistic schedule and maintain margin for your most important priorities, you must make some tough decisions about accessibility. The more successful we are, the less accessible we must become. Otherwise we’ll end up cheating those relationships and projects that matter most. In this podcast, we’ll help you avoid those mistakes.

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Why You Aren’t Dead Yet

Proof That Your Most Important Days Are Still Ahead

Several years ago, I had lunch with a friend I hadn’t seen in a long while. He had just turned eighty. His mind was as sharp as ever—witty, inquisitive, and focused. He was also a great listener. When he did speak, wisdom dripped from his lips.

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At a point of genuine humility but deep uncertainty he asked me, “Michael, do you think I have anything left to contribute? Are my best days over?” Tears welled up in his eyes.

3 Ways to Treat the Scourge of Cynicism

What to Do if Your Organization Is Infected with the Disease

I hate cynicism. It is like cancer to the human soul. It is especially deadly when it infects an organization.


A few years into my tenure as the CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishers, I thought we had pretty much eliminated it from our company. I was hoping the disease was in remission. But, one morning I discovered that it was still alive and well—at least in parts of the company. The worst part was that a few of our leaders were manifesting symptoms of the disease.

How to Sync up Your Team for Success

Do You Know the 3 Components for Effective Alignment?

Sometimes it’s easy to spot the difference between a weak leader and a strong one. Take alignment. While weak leaders blame their teams when they can’t get it, strong leaders know it’s their responsibility to create it.


Years ago, I was making a major presentation to a prospective client. My boss was there. So was my boss’s boss (aka “The Big Boss”).

Our goal was to sign the client and win his business. Everyone on our team was nervous, especially me—since I was the one making the pitch.

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.

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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. With a blog, you can literally influence hundreds and thousands of people at a time. Today, I’m going to give you my 10 reasons why every leader needs a blog and what you need to do to get started.

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7 Ways to Get Your Team to Take More Initiative

Try These Proven Methods to Spur Action and Get Results

Self-starters who take action and get things done are essential to any effective organization. But what are you supposed to do if your teammates don’t show initiative?

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I was recently talking with a friend. He was frustrated his employees didn’t take enough initiative. The lack was really affecting his business. The problem was he blamed them and acted like he was powerless—like he was the victim.

I didn’t believe that. And the more I thought about his situation, the more clear it became how to turn it around.