The Single Greatest Key to Beating Stress

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Is life, your job, or your career stressing you out? If you’re trying to accomplish anything with your life, and you were honest, I’ll bet you’d admit to being stressed out at least some of the time. In fact, you may be stressed out pretty much ALL the time. So if stress is a bigger and bigger part of your life, then here’s one important thing you need to learn:

Your Ability To Influence Depends On Your Personal Style

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The truth is, change happens because of influence.  My wife Kathleen and I created The Influence Lab because if we’re going to change the culture, we need to influence it in a positive way. That’s why I was intrigued when I discovered that in 2009 and 2010, Discovery Learning, Inc. and Innovative Pathways conducted research to identify and measure styles of influencers. They created five categories. See which one is your style:

Why You Probably Can’t Change Your Boss

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Have you ever worked for an organization you knew had a bad leader, but you thought you could change him or her? I’ve talked to countless frustrated employees who have attempted just that, and I can tell you, it doesn’t work. By the time a pastor, CEO, or other leader reaches that place in his or her career, they’ve been at it a long time and developed a routine. So for anyone to think they can turn on a dime is

Are You a Victim of Today’s Culture of Haste?

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One of the great frustrations in organizations are leaders who’s enthusiasm to make a project happen overrides their patience. Great things take time, and it doesn’t help to push your team to the point of damaging the outcome.  In government, this administration has trouble with haste. Remember Nancy Pelosi who lectured Congress to pass Obamacare, and THEN we’ll see what’s in the bill.  Then,

My Surprising Suggestion for Starting The Week

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I’m sure you’re facing a long to-do list right now, and this week there are probably many things to be done in your life and the life of your organization. But today, I’m recommending something a bit different – do nothing. That’s right. No work, no action, no check offs. Well, in a way at least. By doing “nothing” here’s what I mean:

It’s February: Need Some Help With Your New Year’s Resolutions?

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The statistics are in on how well we keep New Year’s Resolutions and it doesn’t look good. Forbes Magazine reports that while 40% of us make New Year’s resolutions, just 8% actually follow through on those goals. We rarely get to February before we’re reminded that every year we make new year’s resolutions, and every year we fail. We just can’t seem to

Give Your Decisions a Good Jolt!

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Recently, I’ve run into a number of companies, nonprofits, and churches who’s leaders have real trouble making good decisions (some have trouble making decisions at all).  Good decisions matter, and here’s a few of the keys to making the kind of decisions that will take your career to the next level:

5 Reasons People Love the Chains That Hold Them Back

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Leaders: I’ll bet you have someone in mind right now: If he would JUST change his working habits, he could double his productivity. If she would JUST make better decisions, her life would change. If he would value his team more, they would help him break company records. If she would take the time learn the new software, her life would be so much easier. The list goes on and on, and I see it on a regular basis. So the question becomes, Why? Why are they

Television May Be Killing You

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I talk a lot about adapting to change on this blog, but one of the most significant changes that have happened over the last 40 years is the number of hours we spend in front of a TV set or computer.  The sedentary aspect of all that sitting has a real impact on our health. Different studies abound, but a recent Nielson report indicates the average TV is on for 8 hours and 18 minutes a day. In his book “Manage Your Day to Day,” productivity expert Scott Belsky writes that

Stop Defending What Was, and Start Discovering What’s Next

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I was speaking at the Christian Media Australia Conference recently and met Mark Scott, Managing Director of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. During our chat he mentioned one of his greatest challenges leading the largest broadcasting corporation in Australia was getting people to stop defending what was, and to start discovering what’s next. That’s a brilliant insight. In a business where change is coming so fast, people need to position themselves for