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Whether you’re a jazz musician, a ballet dancer or even a comedian…you’ve got to have to perfect timing.
The same is true with leadership. The most skilled leaders have perfect timing.
This is not a topic you hear discussed in too many business circles, but it may be one of the most important leadership skills to master.
Everyday…without fail, you should be asking, “Is this the right time to have THAT discussion with my employee?” or “Is this the right moment to ask for the order?” or “Is this the right time to change our strategy?”
Getting those answers correct on a daily basis will often make the difference between leadership success…or failure.
Join Michael and Jim in this perfectly timed discussion for your organization.
Most leaders lie on occasion. Some tell little lies. Some tell medium lies. And, then there are those who frequently tell Big Whoppers.
Those are usually who you would refer to as failing leaders…maybe even former leaders…because in leadership, your lying always catches up with you.
For some, there is a belief you should have lying as one of your advanced leadership skill sets. Let’s call it Strategic Deception.
However; there is a vastly superior skill in the leadership toolkit. It’s the one that will guide you to telling the truth…every time.
Join Michael and Jim as they share some important truth…with love.
There is one principle in business that always rings true…and it rings like a gong. That is, you’re always going to have competition.
And, in business there is a competitor we all share in common…and it’s a fierce opponent. In just about all cases it’s our most challenging foe.
It never sleeps, it’s unrelenting, it’s unforgiving.
It’s time. Time is our greatest opponent. As a leader, you either beat the clock or the clock will beat you.
Join Michael and Jim as they share keen insights into winning the war against time.
One of the most important traits required to being a successful and transformational leader is often the least discussed. And, that’s having an attitude of gratitude.
In exploring the key characteristics of a skilled leader, there are many strengths that come easily to mind…ones like vision, fortitude, perseverance and communication.
Yet, employee survey after employee survey affirm that having a culture of gratitude is what is most important to our teams.
Join Michael and Jim in this deep and fascinating discussion of the critical skills and mindset involved in being a grateful leader.
Everybody knew being an entrepreneur wasn’t going to be easy…but who knew it would be this tough?
Just when you think you’re out of the stressful elements of your operation…they pull you back in again!
Yet, we’re doing this crazy business owning thing because somewhere deep down…really deep down on some days…we love what we do.
Why is it that we can so enjoy chasing the dream…but this pursuit can also create such high levels of stress that it’s literally unhealthy?
Join Michael and Jim for answers as well as a most enjoyable entrepreneurial spa treatment in this episode.
Here is the truth when it comes to being an entrepreneur or an organizational founder. Capital matters. But there is something that matters even more.
Yes…if you’ve got the money to invest in your dreams…you’ll have a shorter path and easier ride to where you’re heading.
But, there is something that your money can’t buy you as a leader.
And, that’s the trust of your people.
In fact, no matter how well funded you are…you won’t be able to function as a leader in your business if you aren’t a person of trust.
Yet, many leaders go about earning the trust of their people in all the wrong ways.
Join Michael and Jim as they dispel the myths and reveal the true magic behind earning leadership trust.
Most entrepreneurs are NOT free. Many of them have constructed an elaborate prison of their own making.
Sadly, in many cases, this prison of their business is not only for them, but for their family as well.
You can see this written on the faces of so many entrepreneurs. The lines in their faces…the concerns in their eyes….the fidgeting of their hands.
And, even some of those you would consider among the most successful business people…they’ve never really tasted freedom as an entrepreneur.
This is because many leaders are able to design a successful business plan, but they leave out the most important ingredient: Their freedom.
Join Michael and Jim for their most freeing episode to date.
As business owners, entrepreneurs, inventors and wild-eyed dreamers…we are part of the creative energy of change.
Hopefully, this is positive change…sometimes incremental and occasionally revolutionary.
But throughout it all, for us to have leadership success…at the fundamental level…we must be BELIEF PEDDLERS.
If you don’t believe in anything…ain’t nobody following you.
It’s really the only reason why leadership is worth all of the trouble in the end. You have something you believe in and you want to share it with the world.
Belief is a leadership strategy. One that needs to be understood and used with precision.
Join Michael and Jim as they explore the power of belief.
As leaders, it’s important we spend a lot of time in front of the mirror. Not to improve our good looks, but rather to make us stronger leaders.
It’s about being self-aware.
Sadly…there are too few leaders who are self-aware of who they are in their roles and how they are perceived by those who follow them.
Many are literally drowning in pools of self-delusion, and the worst part is they have no idea they are even wet.
The hidden truth about being self-aware, and humble in your approach of understanding yourself, is there is great power in this knowledge that awaits you as a leader.
Join Michael and Jim in this highly humorous, painful and transformative episode.
As leaders…we are not in control. It’s sad. It can be difficult to deal with this truth. But…as leaders we are not in control.
This is one of the areas where leaders fall prey to delusion more than just about anything else. We want to be in control. We want absolute control…because we’re control freaks.
But, we’re not in control. And this creates great frustration and disappointment.
We can influence the circumstances around us. We can plan well, to minimize disruption. We can train expertly to lower risks. We can have a vision that is far reaching.
But, we are not ultimately in control of our circumstances.
However, what we are in control of is how we react to these circumstances. That’s all in our power.
Join Michael and Jim as they detail out the critically important managed reactions of a skilled leader.