Podcasts and Articles

LA 077: Selah!

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Every day you are busy.

Emails fill your inbox, some of them might even matter. Your todo list gets ticked off... or not. You attend meetings, deal with clients, chat with the boss, communicate with colleagues, deal with crises, handle problems, worry about tomorrow, think about yesterday, fret over a sick child ... and the list goes on.

If you are disciplined, you get to the gym or exercise at least 3 times a week and keep a wary eye on your diet, and make sure that you get enough...

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How to Raise your Level of Influence

“Leadership is influence”

according to John C. Maxwell (Maxwell, 2010), and you can raise your level of influence with others.

The Five Levels of Influence

The higher your level of influence with someone, the easier it is to lead them.

The 5 Levels express a way to understand and organise your leadership growth.

Each of the levels build on the previous one and you can only progress to the next level once you have mastered the previous level. As you go higher it is easier to lead...

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LA 076: Are Your Succeeding or Merely Surviving?

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When you ask someone what they want from life, most people will tell you that they want to be happy.

Push a little bit more and they will tell you they want to do something useful or meaningful, make a difference, leave a legacy, or fulfil a calling.

We call that succeeding.

That is, the activities we undertake every day provide us with personal happiness or satisfaction and have long term benefits for yourself and/or other people.

Some people are happy because they do something...

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LA 076: Where Is That Buck When you Need One? How to be an Accountable and Good Leader

President Harry S. Truman had a famous sign on his desk that read: "The Buck Stops Here." A clear indicator that he accepted accountability for all the decisions of his administration. There are leaders like Truman in politics and organisations today, though not many.

Accountable Leadership Onesize (1).jpgAccountability starts with honesty. Being able to set aside personal pride and admit your own mistakes and being honest first with yourself, and then to all of those you serve as a leader.

It shows that you can be trusted as a...

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LA 075: Why Joy @ Work Matters

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Imagine that someone created a red pill that adds years to your life; it reduces the risk of having a heart attack or stroke; cuts your risk of Alzheimer's disease by more than fifty percent; helps you relax during the day and sleep better at night; it doubles your chances of staying drug and alcohol free after treatment; activates your natural killer cells; diminishes your inflammatory cells; increase your good cholesterol (HDL); and it repairs your DNA.

What if this imaginary red...

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LA 074: How to Thrive When the Robots Rise

Rise of the robtos central1.pngThere's a lot of excitement about artificial intelligence (AI) and the potential for robots to autonomously make decisions about what gets done, how it gets done, and who does it.

As the technology fast approaches the dreams of science fiction, many professionals, blue and white colour workers are beginning to fear a future where their own jobs are no more.

Will you be one who is replaced, or will you be one of those who thrives?

The new Luddism

In a fit of rage against the machines, Ned Ludd...

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What Do You Do when You Can't Find the Time or Motivation to Grow and Develop?

One of the biggest issues I hear from programme participants is that they are simply too busy to take time out of their schedule to develop themselves.

They get frustrated because they want to get better at some aspect of their leadership capabilities, or their management skills so that they can SAVE the time they currently don't have because they don't have enough time to get better and practice.

Their daily work lives are filled with meetings, travel, rushing from one meeting no another,...

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LA 073: How to Waste Your Time Writing a Career Plan (And What You Should Do Instead)

"Where do you see yourself in five years time?" This insidious little question invites the interviewee to begin a little game that finishes as a belief built on sand. You guess what your prospective employer wants to hear, and then you give it to them.

It's almost as bad as your Aunt's favourite: "What do you want to be when you grow up?" The myriad branching possibilities when you are 12 or 13 years old seem to lead in opposite directions, and all equally tempting.

By the time you hit the...

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La 040: Five Ways to Let Your Courage Set You Free

Courage

Courage is the root of all freedom.

It takes courage to dream big dreams… no matter your past, circumstances, or what others tell you. It takes courage to go after what matters. And when the going gets tough and obstacles crop up (as they always will), it takes courage to press on.Any time you go after what you really want, your doubts and fears will surface. That’s just part of the experience. You must ignore the voices that say “turn back” or “give up now” or “this is too hard.”

It is...

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How to find your talent, practice it and achieve greatness

How to find your talentIt was 4.30 on a cold and wet morning and I was choking on the stench of thick layers of years old grease behind the deep fat fryer and I was ecstatically happy as I scrubbed and cleaned the once white tiles back to their original gleaming brightness.

It was my first day on my first proper job and I would soon be delegating this filthy work to some other poor sap who similarly wanted to become a chef de cuisine. In the meantime, my job was to scrub, peel, haul, carry, chop, clear and clean it...

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