Are You Falling for One of the Top 13 Productivity Myths?

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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.

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How Elite Entrepreneurs and Executives Stay Focused and Productive

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I was stunned when I saw the statistic. According to a LinkedIn survey, only 11 percent of professionals actually complete their daily to-do lists. Why so few?

“Survey respondents pointed to unplanned tasks (such as unscheduled phone calls, emails and meetings) as the primary cause for not completing all items on their to-do lists,” the organization said. In other words, interruptions are the primary culprit.

When I surveyed my own audience about productivity, they said the same thing. Constant interruptions and distractions are the No. 1 obstacle we face in staying productive and accomplishing our most important projects.

Looking for ways to be more productive at work? Register for my free, new, three-part teaching series, Your Total Productivity Makeover: Insider Secrets Elite Executives Use to Achieve More by Doing Less. If you’re a professional looking to be more effective on the job and at home, this is for you.

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How to Reach the Next Level of Team Performance

3 Personality Tests We Use to Boost Our Collaboration

I’m an assessment geek. I’m always looking to improve my own performance as well as my team’s. And I find measurement essential for upping our game.

I first started using personality tests over a decade ago when I became the publisher of Nelson Books. It was a way for me to peek under the hood and see what I could do to drive my performance to the next level.

Pretty quickly I also realized personality assessments gave me a great way to intelligently build my team.

How to Lead in the Face of Criticism [Podcast S08E08]

(And Why Being Offended Is a Choice)

Welcome to Season 8, Episode 8 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss how to lead in the face of criticism.

Criticism is inevitable, especially as your success and business grow. In today’s episode, we give you four foundational truths to remember so you can remain grounded and refuse to take offense.

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One Trap Leaders Can Avoid if They Choose

3 Practices for Staying Fully Engaged in the Present

If you’re a successful leader, you have high standards. That’s part of what makes you successful. You constantly strive to improve, to achieve.

You’re future oriented—most leaders I know are. You’re always working toward something better than you see right now. And that’s important, but there is also a dark side to this orientation: perfectionism.

If you’re not careful, part of what makes you great can also drive you crazy. I know because I’m describing myself.

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?

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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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