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This Is Your Life with Michael Hyatt is a weekly podcast dedicated to intentional leadership. The goal is to help you live with more passion, work with greater focus, and lead with extraordinary influence.

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#042: The Fine Art of Delegation [Podcast]

39:47 | Feb 20th, 2013

In this episode, I talk about the fine art of delegation. I also share the five levels of delegation. If you want to succeed as a leader, it is imperative that you learn to delegate and delegate well. My first year as marketing director,

Lead to Win Podcast, Episode 1

49:15 | Oct 24th, 2017

When a high-performer encounters a startling career setback—perhaps getting fired or passed up for a promotion—the culprit is easy to predict. Nine times out of ten, it stems from a lack of self-awareness. Understanding your shortcomings is a prerequ...Show More

The Brand New Podcast is Coming!

04:19 | Oct 1st, 2017

Short-term wins are easy. Sustained achievement is another story. In this brand new podcast—Lead to Win—we help you discover how current research combines with timeless wisdom for lasting success. From personal productivity to personal development, s...Show More

Special Edition: The Real Reason You’re Afraid to Set Goals for 2017 [Podcast]

34:34 | Dec 12th, 2016

Welcome to this special edition of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this episode, Megan Hyatt Miller (my oldest daughter and Chief Operating Officer of Michael Hyatt & Company) and I discuss the real reason you're afraid to set goals in 2017.

Special Edition: The Top 10 Mistakes Derailing Your Goals [Podcast]

32:30 | Dec 5th, 2016

Welcome to this special edition of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this episode, Megan Hyatt Miller (my oldest daughter and Chief Operating Officer of Michael Hyatt & Company) and I discuss the top 10 mistakes that are derailing your goals.

Special Edition: The One Essential Quality For Reaching Your Goals [Podcast]

34:34 | Nov 28th, 2016

Welcome to this special edition of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this episode, Megan Hyatt Miller (my oldest daughter and Chief Operating Officer of Michael Hyatt & Company) and I discuss the one quality you absolutely must have in order to reach...Show More

Encore Episode: Why Accountability Is Vital for Leaders [Podcast]

0:00 | Oct 24th, 2016

In this episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss the topic of accountability in leadership. Most leaders avoid it. Real leaders embrace it. The reason is that taking responsibility for your attitudes, actions,

Encore Episode: The 3 Forces That Shape Character [Podcast]

0:00 | Oct 17th, 2016

In this episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss the importance of character and the forces that shape it. Charisma may be useful in attracting a following, but it is largely useless when it comes to achieving a long-term,

Encore Episode: What if the Barriers Were Only in Your Head? [Podcast]

0:00 | Oct 10th, 2016

In this episode, Stu McLaren (who filled in for my regular cohost Michele Cushatt) and I discussed how to defeat the beliefs that are holding you back. Most of the things that hold us back are not external. They’re inside our heads and hearts,

Encore Episode: How to Safeguard Your Most Important Asset [Podcast]

32:51 | Oct 3rd, 2016

In this episode, Stu McLaren (who filled in for my regular cohost Michele Cushatt) and I discussed the most important asset for leaders and how to safeguard it. It affects our perspective and purpose. It impacts how we interact with our teams,

What to Do with Difficult Clients [Podcast S08E13]

29:48 | Sep 26th, 2016

Welcome to Season 8, Episode 13 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss what to do with difficult clients. If you’ve ever been in a service-oriented business, you have likely dealt with the “high-maintenanc...Show More

Do You Really Want Work-Life Balance? [Podcast S08E12]

35:46 | Sep 12th, 2016

Welcome to Season 8, Episode 12 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss the surprising alternative to achieving work-life balance. There are more demands on our time and attention than ever before.

How to Quickly Create Killer Blog Posts [Podcast S08E11]

40:42 | Sep 5th, 2016

Welcome to Season 8, Episode 11 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss 7 steps you can take to quickly create killer blog posts. Those of us who invest our time in crafting original blog content want to ma...Show More

8 Secrets to Escape the Overwhelm [Podcast S08E10]

31:08 | Aug 29th, 2016

Welcome to Season 8, Episode 10 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss how to reclaim your sanity when you're overwhelmed. We all get overcommitted from time to time. It happens.

Happy People Are More Magnetic [Podcast S08E09]

35:52 | Aug 22nd, 2016

Welcome to Season 8, Episode 9 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss how to become a happy, magnetic person. I want to be a happy person that other people want to be around.

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

43:00 | Aug 15th, 2016

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,

Encore Episode: Getting the Most Out of Evernote [Podcast]

0:00 | Aug 8th, 2016

In this episode, Stu McLaren (who filled in for my regular cohost Michele Cushatt) and I discuss how to get the most out of Evernote. Evernote is a cloud-based, information organization app. But you probably knew that, right?

Do You Want to Wow Your Customers? [Podcast S08E07]

32:56 | Aug 1st, 2016

Welcome to Season 8, Episode 7 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss how to wow your customers. Today’s marketplace is more noisy and competitive than it’s ever been.

So You’re Crazy-Busy [Podcast S08E06]

36:32 | Jul 25th, 2016

Welcome to Season 8, Episode 6 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss how to reclaim much-needed free time when you feel like you have none. In his excellent book on margin, Richard Swenson, M.D.

How to Conquer Your Email Inbox [Podcast S08E05]

28:38 | Jul 18th, 2016

Welcome to Season 8, Episode 5 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss a proven process for conquering your email inbox. Every day we’re bombarded with emails from friends, family, co-workers, employers,

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

29:14 | Jul 11th, 2016

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,

How to Vacation Like a Pro [Podcast S08E03]

34:37 | Jun 27th, 2016

Welcome to Season 8, Episode 3 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss some of our best tips on getting the most out of your time away. Taking a break and recharging is vital for your individual and family ...Show More

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

36:59 | Jun 20th, 2016

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 ...Show More

The Mindset That Will Limit Your Future [Podcast S08E01]

36:57 | Jun 13th, 2016

Welcome to Season 8, Episode 1 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss one of the most limiting mindsets and what you can do to fix it if you have it. When it comes to outlook on relationships, business,

Encore Episode: Setting Up Camp in the Discomfort Zone [Podcast]

0:00 | Jun 6th, 2016

In this episode, Stu McLaren (who filled in for my regular cohost Michele Cushatt) and I discuss the importance of setting up camp in the discomfort zone. If you’re an entrepreneur or leader of any kind you’re going to face discomfort and difficul...Show More

Encore Episode: How to Lead Transformational Conversations [Podcast]

0:00 | May 30th, 2016

In this episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss how you can best leverage everyday conversations to make a difference in your relationships. A new model of leadership has emerged over the last several years that is more about dialogue than the trad...Show More

Encore Episode: The One Way to Guarantee You Won’t Succeed [Podcast]

0:00 | May 23rd, 2016

In this episode, Stu McLaren (who filled in for my regular cohost Michele Cushatt) and I discuss the one way to guarantee you won’t succeed. Persistence is critical to success. But sometimes when things get tough we really want to bail, don’t we?

Encore Episode: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less [Podcast]

0:00 | May 16th, 2016

In this twelfth episode from Season 3 of the This Is Your Life podcast, Michele Cushatt and I interview Greg McKeown, best-selling author of Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less. We live in a culture that drives us to do, produce,

10 Reasons Every Leader Needs a Blog [Podcast S07E13]

38:52 | May 9th, 2016

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. If you're a leader and you don’t have a blog,

My Advice to New Bloggers [Podcast S07E12]

40:55 | May 2nd, 2016

Welcome to Season 7, Episode 12 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss 8 steps to success for new bloggers. Some people have suggested that blogging is dead. I couldn't disagree more.

5 Ways to Build Trust with Your Tribe [Podcast S07E11]

35:21 | Apr 25th, 2016

Welcome to Season 7, Episode 11 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss the importance of building trust with those you serve. You have to get people to buy into you before they buy into your message.

How To Frustrate Those You Lead [Podcast S07E10]

51:09 | Apr 18th, 2016

Welcome to Season 7, Episode 10 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss some of the most annoying mistakes made by leaders today. If I asked you to think of someone who does a poor job as a leader,

My Top 10 Productivity Hacks [Podcast S07E09]

45:23 | Apr 11th, 2016

Welcome to Season 7, Episode 9 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss my top 10 productivity hacks. Many people feel overwhelmed because they can’t get everything done. But you can get better at productivi...Show More

Leadership at the Symphony [Podcast S07E08]

36:12 | Apr 4th, 2016

Welcome to Season 7, Episode 8 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss some of the lessons I learned from a conductor on a recent trip to the Nashville Symphony.

6 Strategies to Become a Better Conversationalist [Podcast S07E07]

46:47 | Mar 28th, 2016

Welcome to Season 7, Episode 7 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss our best tips for becoming a more engaging conversationalist. Like riding a bike or driving a car,

Achieve More By Sleeping More [Podcast S07E06]

36:30 | Mar 21st, 2016

Welcome to Season 7, Episode 6 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss eight tips for reclaiming the rest that we so desperately need. We sometimes allow ourselves to get derailed by what we assume is disco...Show More

Advice to New CEOs [Podcast S07E05]

42:58 | Mar 14th, 2016

Welcome to Season 7, Episode 5 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss my best tips for current or aspiring CEOs. Being the leader of your own company can look easier on the outside than it actually is when...Show More

5 Strategies for Building New Habits [Podcast S07E04]

37:12 | Mar 7th, 2016

Welcome to Season 7, Episode 4 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss strategies for building new habits. Good habits usually lead to good outcomes, and bad habits lead to bad ones. We know this.

Why You Need a Life Plan Now [Podcast S07E03]

45:56 | Feb 29th, 2016

Welcome to Season 7, Episode 3 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this episode, Michele Cushatt talks with my friend Daniel Harkavy and me about our brand new book, Living Forward: A Proven Plan to Stop Drifting and Get the Life You Want.

How to Discern Your Calling [Podcast S07E02]

35:55 | Feb 22nd, 2016

Welcome to Season 7, Episode 2 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss how to find your calling in life. Life is full of ups and downs—that’s especially true for business. So what keeps you steady in the st...Show More

How Vision Affects Productivity [Podcast S07E01]

0:00 | Feb 15th, 2016

Welcome to Season 7, Episode 1 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss the dynamic relationship between vision and productivity. We all want to be more productive, right? But for what purpose?

How To Win With Your First Book [Podcast S06E13]

31:06 | Feb 1st, 2016

Welcome to Season 6, Episode 13 of the This Is Your Life podcast. If you’re an aspiring author, you’re going to love this episode. Why? Michele Cushatt and I discuss how to win with your first book. Whether you’re an entrepreneur, counselor, pasto...Show More

Blow Up Your Blog! [Podcast S06E12]

29:08 | Jan 25th, 2016

Welcome to Season 6, Episode 12 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss how to blow up your blog traffic. We blog because we have something to share, right? A message, a story,

How to Lead Your Leader [Podcast S06E11]

30:54 | Jan 18th, 2016

Welcome to Season 6, Episode 11 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss how to lead your leader. In business we usually think coaching goes top-down, boss to employees.

How to Delegate Without a Staff [Podcast S06E10]

33:18 | Jan 11th, 2016

Welcome to Season 6, Episode 10 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss how to delegate without a staff. If you’re like a lot of listeners, you work too many hours and need to find some margin in life.

How to Become a Morning Person [Podcast S06E09]

30:08 | Jan 4th, 2016

Welcome to Season 6, Episode 9 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss how to become a morning person. Maybe you’ve seen the statistics. Morning people do better in life than late risers.

How to Boost Your Energy [Podcast S06E08]

0:00 | Dec 28th, 2015

Welcome to Season 6, Episode 8 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss how to boost your energy. Life is demanding, right? We could all use more energy. Today we’re unpacking ten practical ways you can engi...Show More

How to Become a Big Thinker [Podcast S06E07]

31:16 | Dec 21st, 2015

Welcome to Season 6, Episode 7 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss how to become a big thinker. We’ve all been given unique, amazing gifts. But it’s easy to diminish them.

How to Finally Achieve Your Dream [Podcast S06E06]

34:04 | Dec 14th, 2015

Welcome to Season 6, Episode 6 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss how to finally achieve your dream. Most of us have some kind of dream we’re aspiring to, but those things don’t just happen.

Want More Twitter Followers? [Podcast S06E05]

34:38 | Dec 7th, 2015

Welcome to Season 6, Episode 5 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss how to expand your reach on Twitter. Twitter has been one of the most important tools for building my platform. It drives traffic,

How to Say No Without Feeling Guilty [Podcast S06E04]

39:41 | Nov 30th, 2015

Welcome to Season 6, Episode # of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss how to say no without feeling guilty. If you’re a recovering people pleaser like me, you don’t want to miss this episode. In fact,

Change Your Story, Change Your Life [Podcast S06E03]

29:25 | Nov 23rd, 2015

Welcome to Season 6, Episode 3 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss how we can take control of our lives by taking contour of our stories. The stories we tell ourselves about what has happened to us shap...Show More

Your Guide to Greatness [Podcast S06E02]

36:07 | Nov 16th, 2015

Welcome to Season 6, Episode 2 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this episode, Michele Cushatt and I talk with Lewis Howes about living our dreams and leaving a legacy. What is greatness? Lewis Howes defines it in his new book,

The Transformative Power of Suffering [Podcast S06E01]

42:45 | Nov 9th, 2015

Welcome to Season 6, Episode 1 of the This Is Your Life podcast. My regular cohost, Michele Cushatt, is back after a harrowing battle with cancer. And in this first episode of the new season, we’re discussing the transformative power of suffering.

Trash Your To-Do List [Podcast S05E13]

37:24 | Nov 2nd, 2015

Welcome to Season 5, Episode 13 of the This Is Your Life podcast. Stu McLaren is filling in for my regular cohost Michele Cushatt, who—get this—will be back with us next week. But we have a great show for you right now. In this episode,

4 Easy Steps to Affair-Proof Your Marriage [Podcast S05E12]

29:40 | Oct 26th, 2015

Welcome to Season 5, Episode 12 of the This Is Your Life podcast. Stu McLaren is filling in for my regular cohost Michele Cushatt. In this episode, we discuss proven strategies to protect your marriage. Today’s world is full of crumbling marriages...Show More

The Treasure in the Trials [Podcast S05E11]

31:44 | Oct 21st, 2015

Welcome to Season 5, Episode 11 of the This Is Your Life podcast. Stu McLaren is filling in for my regular cohost Michele Cushatt. In this episode, we discuss how to discover the treasures in the trials we all experience.

How to Safeguard Your Most Important Asset [Podcast S05E10]

32:51 | Oct 14th, 2015

Welcome to Season 5, Episode 10 of the This Is Your Life podcast. Stu McLaren is filling in for my regular cohost Michele Cushatt. In this episode, we discuss the most important asset for leaders and how to safeguard it.

Banish the Guilt About Making Money [Podcast S05E09]

32:34 | Oct 7th, 2015

Welcome to Season 5, Episode 9 of the This Is Your Life podcast. Stu McLaren is filling in for my regular cohost Michele Cushatt. In this episode, we discuss why making money is a good thing. Everybody needs money to live,

Why It’s Time for You to Stop Trying [Podcast S05E08]

33:15 | Sep 30th, 2015

Welcome to Season 5, Episode 8 of the This Is Your Life podcast. Stu McLaren is filling in for my regular cohost Michele Cushatt. In this episode, we discuss how to get past trying and finally start achieving. Sometimes our language, indecision,

The Easy Way to Avoid a Hiring Fail [Podcast S05E07]

38:43 | Sep 23rd, 2015

Welcome to Season 5, Episode 7 of the This Is Your Life podcast. Stu McLaren is filling in for my regular cohost Michele Cushatt. In this episode, we discuss how one simple principle can save you from a hiring fail.

The Danger in Dirty Words [Podcast S05E06]

25:01 | Sep 16th, 2015

Welcome to Season 5, Episode 6 of the This Is Your Life podcast. Stu McLaren is filling in for my regular cohost Michele Cushatt. In this episode, we discuss how foul language could be fouling up your business. We’ve all heard business leaders,

How to Finally Achieve Work-Life Balance [Podcast S05E05]

34:01 | Sep 9th, 2015

Welcome to Season 5, Episode 5 of the This Is Your Life podcast. Stu McLaren is filling in for my regular cohost Michele Cushatt. In this episode, we discuss how to finally achieve work-life balance. Work-life balance is something we all struggle ...Show More

Permission to Turn the Page [Podcast S05E04]

31:00 | Sep 2nd, 2015

Welcome to Season 5, Episode 4 of the This Is Your Life podcast. Stu McLaren is filling in for my regular cohost Michele Cushatt. In this episode, we discuss five reasons reading will make you an awesome leader.

How to Wreck Your Future [Podcast S05E03]

32:16 | Aug 26th, 2015

Welcome to Season 5, Episode 3 of the This Is Your Life podcast. Stu McLaren is filling in for my regular cohost Michele Cushatt. In this episode, we discuss the hidden dangers of pessimism. If you’re looking to wreck your future,

Nature’s Calling [Podcast S05E02]

25:12 | Aug 19th, 2015

Welcome to Season 5, Episode 2 of the This Is Your Life podcast. Stu McLaren is filling in for my regular cohost Michele Cushatt. In this episode, we discuss the benefits of experiencing the great outdoors.

Escape the Overwhelm [Podcast S05E01]

32:45 | Aug 12th, 2015

We’re back! Welcome to Season 5, Episode 1 of the This Is Your Life podcast. Stu McLaren is filling in for my regular cohost Michele Cushatt. In this first episode of our new season, we discuss what to do when you feel overwhelmed.

How Can I Wow My Clients And Set Boundaries? [Podcast S04E13]

0:00 | Jul 29th, 2015

Welcome to Season 4, Episode 13 of the This Is Your Life podcast. Stu McLaren is filling in for my regular cohost Michele Cushatt. In this episode, we answer your questions about boundaries, bad bosses, and what’s essential in business and life.

What if the Barriers Were Only in Your Head? [Podcast S04E12]

0:00 | Jul 22nd, 2015

Welcome to Season 4, Episode 12 of the This Is Your Life podcast. Stu McLaren is filling in for my regular cohost Michele Cushatt. In this episode, we discuss how to defeat the beliefs that are holding you back.

Escape Perfectionism Once and for All [Podcast S04E11]

0:00 | Jul 15th, 2015

Welcome to Season 4, Episode 11 of the This Is Your Life podcast. Stu McLaren is filling in for my regular cohost Michele Cushatt. In this episode, we discuss how to escape perfectionism once and for all.

The Hidden Dangers of Sitting [Podcast S04E10]

0:00 | Jul 8th, 2015

Welcome to Season 4, Episode 10 of the This Is Your Life podcast. Stu McLaren is filling in for my regular cohost Michele Cushatt. In this episode, we discuss the hidden dangers of sitting. Modern Americans are the most sedentary people in the wor...Show More

Don’t Bite That Apple [Podcast S04E09]

0:00 | Jul 1st, 2015

Welcome to Season 4, Episode 9 of the This Is Your Life podcast. Stu McLaren is filling in for my regular cohost Michele Cushatt. In this episode, we discuss four temptations every leader faces. Power amplifies who you are—the good, the bad,

Goal Setting for Beginners [Podcast S04E08]

0:00 | Jun 24th, 2015

Welcome to Season 4, Episode 8 of the This Is Your Life podcast. Stu McLaren is filling in for my regular cohost Michele Cushatt. In this episode, we discuss how to start setting goals that actually work. When I speak,

How to Achieve More by Sleeping More [Podcast S04E07]

0:00 | Jun 17th, 2015

Welcome to Season 4, Episode 7 of the This Is Your Life podcast. Stu McLaren is filling in for my regular cohost Michele Cushatt. In this episode, we discuss how to achieve more by sleeping more. Our society places a high value on achievement and ...Show More

Watch Your Mouth [Podcast S04E06]

0:00 | Jun 10th, 2015

Welcome to Season 4, Episode 6 of the This Is Your Life podcast. Stu McLaren is filling in for my regular cohost Michele Cushatt. In this episode, we discuss the vital importance of the words we use. What if it turned out most of our burdens were ...Show More

Getting the Most Out of Evernote [Podcast S04E05]

0:00 | Jun 3rd, 2015

Welcome to Season 4, Episode 5 of the This Is Your Life podcast. Stu McLaren is filling in for my regular cohost Michele Cushatt. In this episode, we discuss how to get the most out of Evernote. Evernote is a cloud-based, information organization ...Show More

The Secret Power of Smiling [Podcast S04E04]

0:00 | May 27th, 2015

Welcome to Season 4, Episode 4 of the This Is Your Life podcast. Stu McLaren is filling in for my regular cohost Michele Cushatt. In this episode, we discuss the secret power of smiling. When I was CEO of Thomas Nelson,

Why Learning to Lead Means Learning to Follow [Podcast S04E03]

0:00 | May 20th, 2015

Welcome to Season 4, Episode 3 of the This Is Your Life podcast. Stu McLaren is filling in for my regular cohost Michele Cushatt. In this episode, we discuss why learning to lead means learning to follow. If you want to be an effective leader,

Setting Up Camp in the Discomfort Zone [Podcast S04E02]

0:00 | May 13th, 2015

Welcome to Season 4, Episode 2 of the This Is Your Life podcast. Stu McLaren is filling in for my regular cohost Michele Cushatt. In this episode, we discuss the importance of setting up camp in the discomfort zone.

The One Way to Guarantee You Won’t Succeed [Podcast S04E01]

0:00 | May 6th, 2015

We’re back! Welcome to Season 4, Episode 1 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this first episode of our brand new season, Stu McLaren (who’s filling in for my regular cohost Michele Cushatt) and I discuss the one way to guarantee you won’t succeed.

Why Is Retirement a Terrible Idea? [Podcast S03E13]

0:00 | Apr 8th, 2015

Welcome to Season 3, Episode 13 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this final episode of the season, Michele Cushatt and I discuss why retirement is a terrible idea and answer eight questions from you, the listener.

The Disciplined Pursuit of Less [Podcast S03E12]

0:00 | Apr 1st, 2015

Welcome to Season 3, Episode 12 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this twelfth episode, Michele Cushatt and I interview Greg McKeown, best-selling author of Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less. We live in a culture that drives us to d...Show More

How to Lead Transformational Conversations [Podcast S03E11]

0:00 | Mar 25th, 2015

Welcome to Season 3, Episode 11 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this eleventh episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss how you can lead transformational conversations. A new model of leadership has emerged over the last several years that is mo...Show More

The Real Difference Between the Wise and the Foolish [Podcast S03E10]

0:00 | Mar 18th, 2015

Welcome to Season 3, Episode 10 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this tenth episode, Michele Cushatt and I talk about how to handle criticism with grace. Criticism is inevitable, and it stings. But only the foolish sting back. The wise pause,

Making Peace with an Unexpected Life [Podcast S03E09]

0:00 | Mar 11th, 2015

Welcome to Season 3, Episode 9 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this ninth episode, I turn the tables a bit and interview Michele Cushatt about her new book, Undone: A Story of Making Peace with an Unexpected Life. As I said in my review Monda...Show More

How to Write a Blog Post in 70 Minutes or Less [Podcast S03E08]

0:00 | Mar 4th, 2015

Welcome to Season 3, Episode 8 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this eighth episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss how to stay consistent with your blogging in just 70 minutes. One of the most important aspects of building your platform is con...Show More

How to Build Your Platform in 30 Minutes a Day [Podcast S03E07]

0:00 | Feb 25th, 2015

Welcome to Season 3, Episode 7 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this seventh episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss five proven platform-building actions you can do in just thirty minutes a day. Building a platform can feel daunting.

How to Become Your Spouse’s Best Friend [Podcast S03E06]

0:00 | Feb 18th, 2015

Welcome to Season 3, Episode 6 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this sixth episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss what every leader needs to know about their relationships. People need close interpersonal relationships to thrive. And for leade...Show More

The Top-10 Characteristics of Lousy Leaders [Podcast S03E05]

0:00 | Feb 11th, 2015

Welcome to Season 3, Episode 5 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this fifth episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss the top-10 characteristics of lousy leaders. Follow the major news stories on crises in business, politics, diplomacy, whatever,

Don’t Quit Before the Whistle Blows [Podcast S03E04]

0:00 | Feb 4th, 2015

Welcome to Season 3, Episode 4 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this fourth episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss why we should play full out, especially when we feel like giving up. Anyone can start something. But after we begin a new projec...Show More

The Right Way to Fire the Wrong Person [Podcast S03E03]

0:00 | Jan 28th, 2015

Welcome to Season 3, Episode 3 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this third episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss the best way to handle the firing and layoff process. Letting someone go from your organization is hard. In fact, it should be.

The Right Way to Hire the Right People [Podcast S03E02]

0:00 | Jan 21st, 2015

Welcome to Season 3, Episode 2 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this second episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss a proven six-point hiring process to ensure you find the right fit for your team. We all want our businesses to succeed,

How You Can Better Control Your Time [Podcast S03E01]

31:24 | Jan 14th, 2015

Welcome to Season 3, Episode 1 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this first episode of the season Michele Cushatt and I discuss how to make sure the urgent doesn’t crowd out the important. The truth is that when it comes to how you spend your t...Show More

How Do You Decide What Content to Give Away for Free (and 12 Other Listener Questions) [Podcast S02E13]

0:00 | Dec 31st, 2014

Welcome to Season 2, Episode 13 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this thirteenth and final episode of the season, Michele Cushatt and I take questions from my listeners. I get questions daily from my listeners and readers. Unfortunately,

My Craziest, Most Memorable Christmas Stories [Podcast S02E12]

0:00 | Dec 24th, 2014

Welcome to Season 2, Episode 12 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this twelfth episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss some of my crazy Christmas memories. I can’t believe she got me to share some of these!

The 5 Biggest Hiring Mistakes Leaders Make [Podcast S02E11]

0:00 | Dec 17th, 2014

Welcome to Season 2, Episode 11 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this eleventh episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss the five most common mistakes leaders make in hiring people. Nothing can accelerate the growth of your business faster than h...Show More

10 Biggest Mistakes People Make in Setting Goals (and How to Fix Them) [Podcast S02E10]

0:00 | Dec 10th, 2014

Welcome to Season 2, Episode 10 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this tenth episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss the ten most common mistakes when it comes to goal-setting. It’s that time of year when people begin planning for next year.

The 3 Forces That Shape Character [Podcast S02E09]

0:00 | Dec 3rd, 2014

Welcome to Season 2, Episode 9 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this ninth episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss the importance of character and the forces that shape it. Charisma may be useful in attracting a following,

How Book Publishing Has Changed and What it Means for You [Podcast S02E07]

0:00 | Nov 26th, 2014

Welcome to Season 2, Episode 7 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this seventh episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss the changing world of book publishing. If you are an author—or an aspiring author—this episode is for you.

What to Do When You Are Forced to Wait [Podcast S02E06]

0:00 | Nov 19th, 2014

Welcome to Season 2, Episode 6 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this sixth episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss the difficulty of waiting. I am good at a few things, but waiting is not one of them.

How to Confront Someone Who Offends You (Or Others) Without Ruining Your Relationship [Podcast S02E05]

0:00 | Nov 12th, 2014

Welcome to Season 2, Episode 5 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this fifth episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss how to confront someone who has offended you or others without jeopardizing your relationship with them. Confrontation is hard.

My Top Ten Favorite Books of All Time [Podcast S02E04]

0:00 | Nov 5th, 2014

Welcome to Season 2, Episode 4 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this second episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss my top ten favorite books of all time. John Maxwell says that readers are leaders and leaders are readers. I believe that is tru...Show More

Grow Your Social Media Following with These 10 Different Kinds of Posts [Podcast S02E03]

0:00 | Oct 29th, 2014

Welcome to Season 2, Episode 3 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this second episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss ten different kinds of social media posts you can use to keep your followers engaged and attract new ones.

Why Accountability Is Vital for Leaders Who Want to Make a Big Difference [Podcast S02E02]

0:00 | Oct 22nd, 2014

Welcome to Season 2, Episode 2 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this second episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss the topic of accountability in leadership. Most leaders avoid it. Real leaders embrace it.

What If You Could Take a One-Month Sabbatical? [Podcast S02E01]

32:26 | Oct 15th, 2014

Welcome to Season 2, Episode 1 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this first episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss my recent sabbatical. We explore how you can plan to take your own sabbatical—even if it seems impossible right now.

Episode 13: How Do I Transition Out of My Corporate Job to Work for Myself? (and Other Listener Questions) [Podcast]

0:00 | Oct 8th, 2014

Welcome to the all-new This Is Your Life podcast. In this thirteenth and final episode of the season, Michele Cushatt, my co-host, and I answer listener questions. I get questions daily from my listeners and readers. Unfortunately,

Episode 12: Are You a Leader? 12 Ways to Know for Sure [Podcast]

31:30 | Oct 1st, 2014

Welcome to the new season of This Is Your Life. In this twelfth episode, Michele Cushatt, my co-host, and I talk about how to know if you are a leader—or not. You’ve heard it before: everyone is a leader.

Episode 11: The 5 Elements of a Powerful, Personal Brand [Podcast]

0:00 | Sep 24th, 2014

Welcome to the new season of This Is Your Life. In this eleventh episode, Michele Cushatt, my co-host, and I talk about the five elements that must be present in your brand for it to be truly powerful. For more than a year now, Megan Miller,

Episode 10: How to Lead from the Heart—4 Practices [Podcast]

34:25 | Sep 10th, 2014

Welcome to the new season of This Is Your Life. In this tenth episode, Michele Cushatt, my co-host, and I talk about the importance of the leader’s heart. This topic is rarely discussed in a business context,

Episode 9: Slay Your Dragons Before Breakfast So They Don’t Eat Your Lunch [Podcast]

0:00 | Sep 3rd, 2014

Welcome to the new season of This Is Your Life. In this ninth episode, Michele Cushatt, my co-host, and I talk about how to attack your most important priorities first, at the beginning of the day. I’m a morning person.

Episode 8: Twenty Questions to Ask Other Leaders [Podcast]

0:00 | Aug 27th, 2014

Welcome to the new season of This Is Your Life. In this eighth episode, Michele Cushatt, my co-host, and I talk about a set of questions I use whenever I meet with leaders. To grow as a leader, you need to be mentored, either formally or informall...Show More

Episode 7: Why Doing Less Is the Best Way to Do More [Podcast]

32:25 | Aug 20th, 2014

Welcome to the new season of This Is Your Life. In this seventh episode, Michele Cushatt, my co-host, and I talk about Greg McKeown’s most recent book, Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less. Like cleaning out a cluttered closet,

Episode 6: The Top 10 Mistakes Bloggers Make [Podcast]

0:00 | Aug 13th, 2014

Welcome to the new season of This Is Your Life. In this sixth episode, Michele Cushatt, my co-host, and I talk about the most common mistakes bloggers make. I have learned the hard way, making each of these mistakes myself.

Episode 5: How to Create Team Alignment That Drives Results [Podcast]

0:00 | Aug 6th, 2014

Welcome to the new season of This Is Your Life. In this fifth episode, Michele Cushatt, my co-host, and I talk about how to create the kind of alignment in your team that drives results. Unity means different things to different people.

Episode 4: Seven Strategies for Building Your Email List [Podcast]

0:00 | Jul 30th, 2014

Welcome to the new season of This Is Your Life. In this fourth episode, Michele Cushatt, my co-host, and I talk about why you need to focus on building an email list and provide seven strategies for doing so.

Episode 3: Three Questions Every Leader Must Answer to Avoid the Drift [Podcast]

0:00 | Jul 23rd, 2014

Welcome to the new season of This Is Your Life. In this third episode, Michele Cushatt, my co-host, and I talk about the power of ‟The Drift” and how leaders can avoid it. Most of my readers and podcast listeners are doing what they are doing beca...Show More

Episode 2: The 6 Rules for More Effective Slide Presentations [Podcast]

0:00 | Jul 16th, 2014

Welcome to the new season of This Is Your Life. In this second episode, Michele Cushatt, my co-host, and I talk about how to make your slide presentations more effective. As leaders, communication is essential to success. In this episode,

Episode 1: The 5 Benefits of Collaboration [Podcast]

0:00 | Jul 9th, 2014

Welcome to the new season of This Is Your Life. In this first episode, Michele Cushatt, my new co-host, and I talk about why I decided to change my podcast so dramatically and what you can learn about leadership from our experience.

#100: The Next 100 Episodes and How I Plan to Change Things Up [Podcast]

31:51 | Jun 25th, 2014

Today marks a major milestone: 100 podcast episodes. I admit that, when I started this podcast back in February 2012, I never thought I would get here. So far, it's been really successful (5.5 million downloads,

#099: Are You Investing Your Best Resources in the Wrong People? [Podcast]

26:49 | Jun 18th, 2014

As a leader, are you investing your best resources in the wrong people? It is easy to see other people making this mistake. It is more difficult to catch yourself doing it. I’ve been guilty plenty of times.

#098: How to Regain Interior Margin Through the Practice of Stillness [Podcast]

27:12 | Jun 11th, 2014

We live in a crazy noisy world. It’s like there’s a war on stillness. You can’t go anywhere without being subjected to an unrelenting stream of voices, music, sounds, and noise. This is an assault on our soul. It robs us of our energy and our focu...Show More

#097: How to Do More of What You Love (And Less of What You Don’t) [Podcast]

27:40 | Jun 4th, 2014

Recently, I recorded two podcasts on the subject of delegation. The first dealt with the principles of delegation (Episode 42). The second suggested how you might delegate even if you don’t have a staff (Episode 43).

#096: What Leaders Need Even More Than the Right Answers [Podcast]

30:57 | May 28th, 2014

When I started out in my career, the key to success was having the right answers. Those who advanced in their careers the quickest were seemingly the ones who had the most answers. While this is definitely important in some situations—especially w...Show More

#095: How to Make $150,000 This Year from Your Platform [Podcast]

47:20 | May 21st, 2014

In this episode I share a recent interview I did for Platform University with Dan Miller on the topic of monetizing your platform. Unlike so many others, Dan shows you exactly how to do it. If you don’t know Dan Miller,

#094: 15 Amazing Lessons I Learned from Bad Bosses [Podcast]

35:34 | May 16th, 2014

I have had over twenty bosses in my career. One was great, most were average, and more than a few were downright terrible. Surprisingly, I learned the most from the bad ones. The problem is that the bad bosses make you so miserable,

#093: 10 Reasons Every Leader Needs a Blog [Podcast]

43:57 | May 7th, 2014

Recently, while speaking on the topic of “Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World,” I said, “If you don’t have a website, you don’t exist.” But if you are a leader, I feel even more strongly. If you don’t have a blog—or if you do,

#092: The Single Biggest Reason Leaders Struggle with Delegation [Podcast]

22:04 | Apr 30th, 2014

Most leaders I know struggle with delegation. They know they should do it, but they just have trouble handing off their work. Why is that? If you ask them, it’s usually some variation of this: I don’t delegate because it takes longer to delegate ...Show More

#091: If You Want to be Successful, Stop Being So Accessible [Podcast]

26:29 | Apr 23rd, 2014

Are you fielding more requests for your time than you have hours in the day? If so, you’re not alone. The more successful you become as a leader, the more other people will demand of your time. And that’s where the trouble begins.

#090: How to Discern Your Calling [Podcast]

29:26 | Apr 16th, 2014

What keeps you going when the going gets tough ... when you want to quit and walk off the field? I recently had an experience that made me dig deep and reconnect with my calling. I share it in this episode. But I’m not alone.

#089: 4 Difficult Sentences for Leaders (And Why You Must Get Good at Saying Them) [Podcast]

37:08 | Mar 26th, 2014

Many words in the English language are difficult. In fact, there’s even a Dictionary of Difficult Words, but none are more difficult than the ones in the four sentences I share in this episode. If you are going to lead well,

#088: What CEOs and Other Leaders Must Do to Create a Values-Driven Organization [Podcast]

38:28 | Mar 19th, 2014

My first big corporate job came with lots of perks. But after just a few weeks, I noticed some disturbing behavior among my peers and the company’s leadership. I eventually came to the conclusion that my values just didn’t sync with the company’s.

#087: How to Monetize Your Platform [Podcast]

32:57 | Mar 12th, 2014

When I started building my platform, it never occurred to me to make money from it. When someone suggested I start accepting advertising, I resisted because I thought (erroneously) it would compromise my integrity.

#086: What to Do When You Feel Overwhelmed [Podcast]

31:11 | Mar 5th, 2014

Today, I was thinking back to perhaps the busiest time in my career: the first few months right after I left Thomas Nelson, almost three years ago. At that time, I was spending all day, every day buried in administrative detail—responding to emails,

#085: What to Do If You Work for a Bad Boss [Podcast]

29:00 | Feb 26th, 2014

If it hasn’t happened to you already, it will soon. Eventually you are going to work for someone who is immoral, incompetent, or just mean—maybe all three! The good news is that you often learn more from a bad boss than a good one.

#084: Why Effective Leaders Cannot Afford to Be Easily Offended [Podcast]

41:20 | Feb 19th, 2014

As a leader, you are going to draw fire. People will criticize you. Some will second-guess your decisions. Others will impute motives that aren’t there. A few will falsely accuse you. If you are going to be effective as a leader,

#083: 5 Strategies for Becoming a Better Conversationalist [Podcast]

31:03 | Feb 5th, 2014

Great conversations are a balance of give and take like a ping pong match. You wait for the ball to come over the net, then you hit it back to the person on the other side. Then you do it all over again—and on it goes.

#082: How to Keep Your Team Aligned During Times of Intense Change [Podcast]

40:01 | Jan 29th, 2014

The key to keeping your team aligned in the midst of change or chaos is communication. Unfortunately, most leaders are not intentional about this. They either don’t communicate or don’t have a plan for rolling their message out.

#081: How to Create More Margin in Your Crazy-Busy Life [Podcast]

41:11 | Jan 22nd, 2014

I have just gone through an incredibly busy time in my life and business. Last year was extraordinary, but it was also exhausting. Last weekend, I found myself feeling overwhelmed and discouraged. - I knew it was time to stop the merry-go-round,

#080: 5 Reasons to Speak Well of Your Spouse in Public [Podcast]

32:29 | Jan 15th, 2014

As a leader, the health of your marriage directly affects the impact of your leadership. I have witnessed this time after time. Being effective at work or in ministry begins by being effective at home. -

#079: 5 Ways to Build Rapport and Trust with Your Audience [Podcast]

28:03 | Jan 8th, 2014

The ability to build rapport and trust is a critical success skill in leadership. This is obvious if you are an author or speaker, but it is necessary even if you aren’t. - If you are going to be successful in influencing others—even if it’s just ...

#078: Replay of Live Q&A Call About Goal-Setting [Podcast]

1:02:49 | Jan 1st, 2014

Well, it’s that time of year again. Last year is officially over. The new year has just begun. The future is pregnant with possibility! - As you may know, a few weeks ago, I launched a new course called, “5 Days to Your Best Year Ever.

#077: How to Find a Mentor to Take You Further, Faster [Podcast]

30:23 | Dec 18th, 2013

Recently, I recorded a podcast interview with Alex Barker at the Leadership Dojo. He asked me, “So how do young leaders find mentors?” It’s a question I get at least once a week. - To be brutally honest,

#076: An Interview with Gary Vaynerchuk [Podcast]

34:42 | Dec 11th, 2013

This is something I have never done on my podcast—an interview. However, this opportunity was too good to pass up. - Recently, I had the chance to sit down with Gary Vaynerchuk, author of the new bestseller, Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook. -

#075: My Top 10 Productivity Hacks [Podcast]

40:42 | Dec 4th, 2013

I am often asked in interviews, “How do you get so much done?” Even one of my daughters asked me this the other day. - I love the topic of productivity. I collect productivity hacks like some people collect stamps.

#074: How to Frustrate Those You Lead (Are You Making These 13 Mistakes?) [Podcast]

34:29 | Nov 27th, 2013

Education comes in surprising ways. Sometimes, we think we could learn best if we had a better boss. But sometimes we learn the most from the bad ones. - The great thing about these bosses is that they taught me what not to do,

#073: Advice to New CEOs (or Those Who Want to Be) [Podcast]

42:28 | Nov 20th, 2013

It’s hard to believe, but it’s been more than two years since I left Thomas Nelson Publishers. After fifteen years at the company and six years as the CEO, I stepped down to pursue my life-long dream of being a writer, speaker, and entrepreneur. -

#072: 5 Strategies for Building New Habits [Podcast]

39:56 | Nov 13th, 2013

Good habits lead to good outcomes. Bad habits lead to bad ones. But if it’s his simple, why is it so hard to change? - Maybe it’s time to step back and deconstruct the whole process. In this episode I confess to a bad habit and what I learned in t...

#071: Help! I Married An Entrepreneur, Part 3 [Podcast]

46:00 | Nov 6th, 2013

My wife, Gail, often travels with me when I speak at various events. Inevitably, she is asked, “How do you live with a entrepreneur?” - In fact, two literary agents have encouraged her to write a book on this topic.

#070: Help! I Married An Entrepreneur, Part 2 [Podcast]

49:51 | Oct 30th, 2013

My wife, Gail, often travels with me when I speak at various events. Inevitably, she is asked, “How do you live with a entrepreneur?” - In fact, two literary agents have encouraged her to write a book on this topic.

#069: Help! I Married An Entrepreneur, Part 1 [Podcast]

38:32 | Oct 23rd, 2013

My wife, Gail, often travels with me when I speak at various events. Inevitably, she is asked, “How do you live with a entrepreneur?” - In fact, two literary agents have encouraged her to write a book on this topic.

#068: Sleep and Your Productivity [Podcast]

34:07 | Oct 16th, 2013

Recently, after what should have been a relaxing staycation with my wife, I confessed to her that I was feeling discouraged. We talked through a few possibilities without success, but then she asked me, “Are you discouraged or just tired?” -

#067: How to Have Better Dinner Conversations [Podcast]

36:15 | Oct 9th, 2013

A few weeks ago, my wife Gail and I were invited out for an impromptu dinner and movie with friends. Our schedules are often so tight that when we get a chance to do something like this we jump at it. We weren’t disappointed. -

#066: The Difference Between the Wise and the Foolish (and Why It Matters to You) [Podcast]

35:40 | Oct 2nd, 2013

I recently had a call from a business acquaintance who wanted to discuss a problem he was facing at work. I asked several questions, but it quickly became obvious that he didn’t really want to solve the problem. My friend had a quiver full of ...Show More

#065: Why You—Yes, YOU!—Should Consider Writing a Book [Podcast]

25:30 | Sep 4th, 2013

Admit it, you've thought about writing a book. According to a recent reader survey, 61.5% of my blog readers have thought about writing a book. Is it time for you to stop thinking and start doing? - Being a published author has done more for my ca...

#064: Two Kinds of Thinkers: Which One Are You? [Podcast]

32:53 | Aug 28th, 2013

Over the years, I have noticed that there are two kinds of thinking: Abundance Thinking and Scarcity Thinking. One leads to success, joy and fulfillment, while the other leads to failure, fear and discontent. -

#063: Watch Your Mouth: How Our Words Impact Others [Podcast]

26:02 | Aug 21st, 2013

Whether we realize it or not, our words carry enormous weight. In fact, you and I probably don’t have any tool more powerful—for good and for bad—than our words. - A verse in the Bible that says, - Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth,

#062: Dealing with High Maintenance Clients [Podcast]

28:46 | Aug 14th, 2013

If you have ever been in a service-oriented business, you have, I am sure, dealt with the “high maintenance client.” This is someone who not only has unreasonable expectations of you, but, very often, they are not happy with the work you do no matter...Show More

#061: How To Coach Your Boss [Podcast]

24:09 | Aug 7th, 2013

There seems to be no end to the wealth of material written on coaching employees. However, very little has been written on the subject of coaching your boss. - While many employees probably dream of this,

Encore Episode: A Peek Inside My Toolbox [Podcast]

57:53 | Jul 31st, 2013

I am on sabbatical for the next few weeks. While I am gone, I am running a series of “Encore Episodes.” These are my most popular podcasts ever, as measured by number of downloads. Enjoy! In this episode, I give you a peek inside my toolbox.

Encore Episode: Change Your Story, Change Your Life [Podcast]

26:32 | Jul 24th, 2013

I am on sabbatical for the next few weeks. While I am gone, I am running a series of “Encore Episodes.” These are my most popular podcasts ever, as measured by number of downloads. Enjoy! Inside your head and mine, there is a narrator.

Encore Episode: The 7 Benefits of Keeping a Journal [Podcast]

42:29 | Jul 17th, 2013

I am on sabbatical for the next few weeks. While I am gone, I am running a series of “Encore Episodes.” These are my most popular podcasts ever, as measured by number of downloads. Enjoy! In this episode, I talk about the benefits of keeping a journa...Show More

Encore Episode: How to Overcome the Resistance [Podcast]

39:40 | Jul 10th, 2013

I am on sabbatical for the next few weeks. While I am gone, I am running a series of “Encore Episodes.” These are my most popular podcasts ever, as measured by number of downloads. Enjoy! Steven Pressfield coined this phrase to describe that invisibl...Show More

Encore Episode: How to Develop More Discipline [Podcast]

41:06 | Jul 3rd, 2013

I am on sabbatical for the next few weeks. While I am gone, I am running a series of “Encore Episodes.” These are my most popular podcasts ever, as measured by number of downloads. Enjoy! - The topic of discipline is always relevant,

#060: How Do Busy Leaders Find Time for Social Media [Podcast]

35:22 | Jun 26th, 2013

I speak a lot on the topic of platform-building. Inevitably, during the Q&A time following my speech, I get asked, “How can I find time for social media? I am so busy now. I can’t imagine adding one more thing.” - I understand this feeling. However,

#059: What I Learned About Leadership from a Fight with My Wife [Podcast]

28:30 | Jun 19th, 2013

My wife, Gail, and I have been married for thirty-five years. She is my lover, my best friend, and my coach. But a few months ago we had a doozy of a fight. - As I was reflecting on that experience, I thought to myself,

#058: How to Create More Mental Focus [Podcast]

27:12 | Jun 12th, 2013

Though we live in a very exciting time in history, it is filled with distractions. Regardless, you and I still have to get real work done. That requires focus. - But what if mental focus is not something you either have or don’t have?

#057: Why You Must Confront Seemingly Indispensable but Disrespectful Team Members [Podcast]

26:41 | Jun 5th, 2013

As a leader, what do you do when you have an employee or a colleague who disrespects you in front of your team? What do you do when this employee is a top performer and one of your supervisor’s favorites? Confronting these people is never easy.

#056: Who Are Your Trusted Advisors? [Podcast]

31:14 | May 29th, 2013

We all want to be successful. But when it comes to success, your advisors can make you or break you. - As a leader, one of the most important steps you must take is assembling an informal team of trusted advisors.

#055: How to Read a Non-Fiction Book [Podcast]

37:50 | May 22nd, 2013

It’s been said “leaders read and readers lead.” If that’s true, then reading is one of the most important things you can do to grow your leadership. But how do you get better at it and retain more of what you read? - Recently, my wife, Gail,

#054: So You’re Overcommitted. Now What? [Podcast]

32:16 | May 15th, 2013

You swore you would never do it again. But you did it anyway. You said yes to far too many things. Now you find yourself overcommitted. What do you do now? We’ve all been there. You may be there now. In this episode we’ll look at some strategies f...Show More

#053: How to Become a Morning Person [Podcast]

36:11 | May 8th, 2013

Recently, I did a podcast about how to be more productive by re-engineering your morning ritual. The response was astounding. But many asked, “What if I’m just not a morning person?” - Well, you can be. It may not be easy,

#052: The Power in Choosing Your Response [Podcast]

26:22 | May 1st, 2013

When bad things happen, it’s natural to ask questions like, "Why did this happen to me?" or "What did I do to deserve this?" The problem with these questions is that they are unproductive and disempowering. -

#051: How to Build (or Rebuild) Trust [Podcast]

37:02 | Apr 24th, 2013

Trust is so crucial in every relationship and every situation. If you don’t have it, it make it very difficult to move things forward. If you’ve lost it, things can go south very fast. - Trust is not something you can take for granted.

#050: 8 Leadership Lessons from a Symphony Conductor [Podcast]

37:25 | Apr 17th, 2013

Not long ago, I sat in Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center watching Hugh Wolff, a world renowned conductor, lead the Nashville Symphony in a performance of Rachmaninoff's Symphonic Dances, Op. 45. It was fascinating! -

#049: The 3 Components of Job Satisfaction [Podcast]

41:26 | Apr 10th, 2013

You and I spend more time at work than any other single activity. Yet, I meet so many people who are unhappy in their job. - If we are going to experience true job satisfaction, we need to understand the components that make it possible.

#048: The 5 Characteristics of Weak Leaders [Podcast]

41:11 | Apr 3rd, 2013

I have worked for more weak leaders than strong. I’ll bet you may have, too. However, I believe you can learn just as much from a weak leader—maybe more. - I was reminded of this again when I read Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin.

#047: The Lost Art of Note-Taking [Podcast]

43:21 | Mar 27th, 2013

I don’t recall anyone ever teaching me how to take notes. I didn’t learn it in school—not even college. Nor did I learn it on the job. It was something I had to pick up on my own. - Maybe this is why so few people bother to take notes during meeti...

#046: How To Get More Twitter Followers–Legitimately [Podcast]

39:43 | Mar 20th, 2013

I joined Twitter on April 6, 2008 at the urging of my friend, Randy. I quickly came to discover that Twitter is one of the most powerful communication tools ever invented. - But the power of Twitter is greatly impacted by the extent of your reach,

#045: A Peek Inside My Toolbox [Podcast]

59:15 | Mar 13th, 2013

In this episode, I give all of you a peek inside my toolbox. These are "tools" that I use virtually every day in my professional and personal life. - I am often asked about my tools. I hope that this episode gives you some insights and ideas about...

#044: How to Overcome the Resistance [Podcast]

40:13 | Mar 6th, 2013

In this episode, I talk about how to overcome the Resistance. Steven Pressfield coined this phrase to describe that invisible, destructive force that opposes you any time you try to start a new project or make an improvement in any area of your life....Show More

#043: How to Delegate Even If You Don’t Have a Staff [Podcast]

46:24 | Feb 27th, 2013

Delegation truly is a fine art and a necessary skill. In this episode, I talk about how you can delegate even if you don't have a staff. Whenever I write or speak on the topic of delegation, I always get a question from someone who says,

#041: 7 Actions to Take Before You Quit Your Job [Podcast]

30:38 | Feb 13th, 2013

You know it will eventually happen. You’ll quit your job to take another one. Maybe you’re in the midst of this right now—or considering it. Regardless, in this episode I discuss how to finish well and setup yourself up for success. -

#040: Get Out of That Funk [Podcast]

33:02 | Feb 6th, 2013

In this episode, I talk about how to get out of that funk. I discuss the winter blues, also known as “Seasonal Affective Disorder” or SAD, and how to keep your energy up regardless of the time of year. Many people get depressed during this time of...Show More

#039: The 7 Benefits of Keeping a Journal [Podcast]

44:05 | Jan 30th, 2013

In this episode, I talk about the benefits of keeping a journal. I also share my own practice and offer a few tips. Whether you have never journaled, need a little motivation to keep going, or are just curious about what others do,

#038: Change Your Story, Change Your Life [Podcast]

26:50 | Jan 23rd, 2013

Inside your head and mine, there is a narrator. He or she is constantly telling us stories. These stories shape how we perceive reality. - In fact, if we don’t intervene, these stories can shape our destiny for the worse. Or,

#037: 8 Leadership Lessons from Martin Luther King, Jr. [Podcast]

40:42 | Jan 16th, 2013

On the third Monday of each January in the U.S., we celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. As you know, he was the chief spokesman for nonviolent activism in the civil rights movement of the 1960s. - Dr.

#036: How to Develop More Discipline [Podcast]

41:24 | Jan 9th, 2013

Discipline is a particularly relevant topic this time of year, since most of us are struggling to maintain our New Year’s resolutions. In this podcast, I share five specific steps to developing more of it. - If you’re like me,

#035: The Importance of the Leader’s Heart [Podcast]

34:03 | Dec 5th, 2012

We live in a very externally-focused culture. However, there is an internal issue which is largely ignored: the condition of your heart. Photo courtesy of ©iStockphoto.com/Johan63 The corporate world is increasingly aware of the fact that you can...

#034: Make Your E-mail Messages More Effective and Professional [Podcast]

33:09 | Nov 28th, 2012

In this episode, I’ll be talking about e-mail, particularly e-mail etiquette. If you’re at all like me, most of your communication—most of your work!—involves composing and reading e-mail. - Photo courtesy of ©iStockphoto.com/frender} - And,

#033: My Answers to Listener Questions [Podcast]

44:15 | Nov 21st, 2012

I get lots of voice mail questions every week. Many of them don’t neatly fit into a single topic, so I thought I’d deal with them in this episode. I have grouped them around my standard categories: platform, personal development, publishing,

#032: How to Create a Life Plan [Podcast]

37:40 | Nov 14th, 2012

As you may know, I wrote an e-book called, Creating Your Personal Life Plan. It has been downloaded more than 170,000 times. In this episode, I share what a life plan is, why you need one, and how to begin creating one.

#031: My Advice to Beginning Bloggers [Podcast]

36:26 | Nov 7th, 2012

As a result of my book, Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World, and my speaking, I get a lot of e-mail about blogging. People want to know what I advise about getting started. In this episode of the podcast, I answer this question. -

#030: 9 Rules for Leading More Productive Meetings [Podcast]

0:00 | Oct 31st, 2012

I have attended hundreds of meetings—maybe a few thousand—and led a few hundred, too. Often, meetings seem like a waste of time. - Photo courtesy of ©iStockphoto.com/francisblack - There have been some notable exceptions,

#029: 7 Rules for More Effective Slide Presentations [Podcast]

0:00 | Oct 24th, 2012

Whether you are a professional speaker or someone who only makes the occasional presentation, you could be more effective with better slides. In this podcast, I share my seven rules for better presentations. - Photo courtesy of ©iStockphoto.com/Arand

#028: Become More Productive by Reengineering Your Morning Ritual [Podcast]

39:46 | Oct 10th, 2012

In this episode of my podcast, I explore how you can reengineer your morning ritual to become more productive and set yourself up for success.

#027: How to Say No Without Feeling Guilty [Podcast]

35:55 | Oct 3rd, 2012

If you’re like me, you have a tough time saying, “No.” As a recovering people-pleaser, I want to be helpful to people. I just hate disappointing them. Photo courtesy of ©iStockphoto.com/mattjeacock In this episode,

#026: How to Lead in Turbulent Times [Podcast]

41:10 | Sep 26th, 2012

It’s no secret that the last four or five years have been challenging from an economic, technological, and global perspective. In this episode, I discuss five actions leaders must take in order to lead well in turbulent times. -

#025: 4 Commitments for Building a Successful, Long-Term Marriage [Podcast]

41:03 | Sep 6th, 2012

In this episode, I discuss what you can do to build a successful, long-term marriage. I’ve been married for thirty-four years, and this is something I care about deeply. - Photo courtesy of ©iStockphoto.com/kupicoo - This last week,

#024: How to Become a Happy Person Others Want to Be Around [Podcast]

27:56 | Aug 30th, 2012

In this episode, I discuss the seven steps necessary to becoming the kind of happy person others want to be around. This is a topic that has intrigued me for a long time. I’ve noticed that there are at least two kinds of people: those who are positiv...Show More

#023: Operating in Your Strengths Zone [Podcast]

34:24 | Aug 22nd, 2012

In this episode, I discuss discovering and using your strengths, based on the StrengthsFinder assessment developed by the Gallup organization. I first took this test back in 2003. It was a major turning point in my leadership philosophy. -

#022: My Best Advice for First-Time Authors, Part 2 [Podcast]

41:07 | Aug 15th, 2012

In this episode, I continue with my best advice for first-time authors, which I began last week. Even if you’ve never thought about writing a book or don’t think you could, this episode is for you. - Let me provide a quick review of the last episo...

#021: My Best Advice for First-Time Authors, Part 1 [Podcast]

39:13 | Aug 8th, 2012

In this episode, I share my best advice for first-time authors. Even if you’ve never thought about writing a book or don’t think you could, this episode is for you. - There are at least four reasons why you should consider writing a book:

#020: 3 Strategies for Taking Your Life to the Next Level [Podcast]

27:52 | Aug 1st, 2012

In this episode, I talk about what it takes to get to the next level in any area of your live—health, marriage, or career. Based on my own experience, I share the single most important thing you can do to make your dreams become reality. -

#019: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains (And What We Can Do About It) [Podcast]

34:57 | Jul 25th, 2012

In this episode, I talk about what the Internet is doing to our brains. I summarize and then respond to an article in the July 2012 issue of Newsweek called “Tweets, Texts, E-mail and Posts: Is the Onslaught Making Us Crazy?” -

#018: 7 Steps to Getting the Most from Your Vacation [Podcast]

36:16 | Jun 27th, 2012

In this episode, I talk about some nut-and-bolt strategies for getting the most from your vacation. Gail and I are about to take our annual summer sabbatical, so vacations are very much on our mind. - Surprisingly, some people never take vacations.

#017: 7 Keys to Writing a Killer Blog Post [Podcast]

44:29 | Jun 20th, 2012

In this episode, I talk about how to write killer blog posts. I define what constitutes a killer blog post and then share seven keys for writing one. - In Episode 13, I shared how my blog traffic has grown from a few hundred unique visitors a mont...

#016: The How of Wow [Podcast]

38:32 | Jun 13th, 2012

In this episode, I talk about “The How of Wow.“ If you are going to be successful in getting the attention of the market, you will need to start with something remarkable. In this episode, I define wow and how you can create it by answering five ques...Show More

#015: How Leaders Can Create Alignment [Podcast]

30:11 | Jun 6th, 2012

In this podcast episode, I talk about how leaders can create alignment in teams. This is a crucial leadership skill. Without it, your organization cannot achieve its full potential. - It doesn’t matter if the context of your leadership is your fam...

#014: Building Your Platform, Part 2 [Podcast]

35:23 | May 30th, 2012

In this podcast episode, I continue discussing my new book, Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World (Nashville: Thomas Nelson). - Last week was the official launch week. Things could not have gone better. Click to Listen Episode Outline

#013: Building Your Platform, Part 1 [Podcast]

0:00 | May 23rd, 2012

In this podcast episode, I talk about my brand new book, Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World (Nashville: Thomas Nelson). - Yesterday was the official publication date. I am celebrating this entire week with a special,

#012: The 5 Marks of Authentic Leadership [Podcast]

0:00 | May 16th, 2012

In this podcast episode, I talk the essence of authentic leadership. What is it? Is it simply influence or is it something more. - I have always been fascinated by this topic. Perhaps because I enjoy creating models that try to explain something p...

#011: The Secret Power of Naps [Podcast]

28:30 | May 9th, 2012

In this podcast episode, I talk about—of all things—naps! Yes, that’s right. I explain why you should consider them as part of your journey to greater productivity. - When I blogged about this topic recently, I got 1,780 comments on my blog, 1,

#010: How to Shave 10 Hours Off Your Work Week [Podcast]

0:00 | May 2nd, 2012

In this podcast episode, I talk practical ways to restore margin in your life and, specifically, how to shave ten hours off your work week. This is something I am personally having to re-apply to my own life.

#009: Is Work-Life Balance Really Possible? [Podcast]

38:28 | Apr 25th, 2012

In this podcast episode, I talk about work-life balance and whether or not it is really possible. In fact, I question the balance metaphor itself and pose an alternative that better describes what our focus should be. -

#008: How to Benefit from Setbacks and Failures [Podcast]

35:48:00 | Apr 18th, 2012

In this podcast episode, I talk about what I have learned from the failures I have experienced—and I’ve had some doozies. I share the details of a business failure in the early 1990s, an IRS audit that turned into a nightmare in the early 2000s,

#007: The Importance of Asking the Right Question [Podcast]

28:28 | Apr 11th, 2012

Last week was a really difficult for me personally. First, I encountered enormous obstacles in trying to record six video sessions for a new product. We experienced technical problems, construction noise, and a loud thunderstorm.

#006: The Power of Incremental Change [Podcast]

31:01 | Apr 4th, 2012

Last summer, Gail and I visited the Royal Gorge near Cañon City, Colorado. It is only a few hundred feet wide at the top but more than 1,250 feet deep in places. This ten-mile long canyon was cut into solid granite over approximately three million ye...Show More

#005: How to Take Control of Your E-mail Inbox [Podcast]

30:00 | Mar 27th, 2012

Do you feel overwhelmed by the volume of e-mail you are getting? In this podcast, I share four behaviors that will transform your experience.

#004: Seven Steps to Thinking Bigger [Podcast]

21:43 | Mar 20th, 2012

In this podcast episode I talk about thinking bigger. I have been fascinated by what differentiates successful people from unsuccessful ones. It’s not about experience. It’s not about education. It’s not even about talent. It is about how they think.

#003: The Relationship Between Vision and Productivity [Podcast]

26:07 | Feb 28th, 2012

In this podcast episode I talk about the relationship between vision and productivity. I share the story of becoming a divisional leader at Thomas Nelson. Better productivity would not have improved our operating results. We needed a better vision.

#002: 10 Practical Ways to Boost Your Energy Level [Podcast]

32:34 | Feb 21st, 2012

In this second episode of my podcast, I share the strategies you can use to ramp up your energy level.

#001: 10 Ways to Generate More Blog Traffic [Podcast]

35:44 | Feb 14th, 2012

In this first episode of my new podcast, I share the strategies I used last year to double my blog traffic.