10 Ideas to Inspire Your Next Blog Post

I believe every leader should have a platform. One of the best ways to build a compelling platform is blogging. I started my blogging five years ago and it has turned into a ministry to influence leaders. Blogging has became an integral part of living out my calling. I have now over 100,000+ visitors consistently reading my content on a monthly basis. This has created an incredible opportunity to not only serve but also coach others to build their platform. In Platform, Michael Hyatt offers ten idea starters for creating your next blog posts. If you're a a new time blogger ...

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How The World’s Top Relationship Builder Connects with People

Jeffrey Gitomer is a world-renowned connector. His book “Little Black Book of Connections” was a fun read. To see the full list of strategies for connecting, get a copy of his book here. It’ll be worth it! Gitomer breaks down simple strategies and steps on how to make connections in a better, more powerful way. The only thing is you have to implement them. 1. Be friendly first, and everything else falls into place. Friendly breeds likability and trust. People do business with people they like and people they trust. The twin of friendly is smiley. People who ...

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10 Guiding Principles for Inspiring a Culture of Appreciation

In “O Great One!,” David Novak, co-founder of YUM! Brands shares ten guiding principles for inspiring a culture of recognition. If you're a leader, you need remind yourself these principles every single day. His short read illustrates powerful ways every leader can harness the power of recognition. Recognition, or showing genuine gratitude, is the greatest form of encouragement and inspiration. Following these key principles will help you motivate the people around you, drive real results, and feed your soul and theirs. Principle #1: People won’t care about ...

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10 Ingenious Tricks for Appearing Smart in Meetings

Most people will dread the tyranny of meetings. It’s either painful, useless, or soul-crushing. But Sarah Cooper in her latest book “100 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings,” shares hilarious and creative techniques on how to appear intelligent in much, much less time. 1. Draw a Venn diagram. Getting up and drawing a Venn Diagram is a great way to appear smart. It doesn’t necessary matter if the Venn diagram is precise. Even before you’ve put that marker down, your colleagues will be fighting about what the labels should be and how big the circles should ...

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How to Get Free Books from Publishers [Includes a Simple Formula]

I'm an avid reader. I read about 60~70 books a year. Had I purchased every single book, it would cost me roughly around $1,300/ year. If I keep up with this pace for the next ten years, I'd spend a whopping $13,000. As a life-long learner, I find this investment thoroughly worthwhile. At the same time, I definitely don't mind reading books for free - especially if I'm directly or undirectly promoting the book. That just means, I can redirect that money on other self-development opportunities. Let me share with you a simple and proven template and formula I've used ...

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10 Myths of About Being A Visionary Leader

There's a lot of confusion around vision. Often mission is mistaken for vision. I could go on and spend the next hundred blog posts dismissing the myriad of myths that have emerged around this idea of vision. In "The Power of Vision," George Barna, highlights the ten most common myths and realities surrounding vision. Myth 1: Vision should be the result of a consensus among the organization's key leaders regarding future activity by the organization. Reality: Vision is not the result of consensus; it should be in consensus. Myth 2: Vision and mission are ...

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30 Surprising Life Lessons I Learned by Age 30

I never believed this day would come so fast. I turned 30 years old today. I can't help but ponder the significance of age 30. In the Bible, the number 30 can symbolize dedication to a particular task or calling. In Old Testament, priests were dedicated to serve at 30, in part because it was the age when a person reached both physical and mental maturity and could therefore handle major responsibilities. John the Baptist was age 30 when he came out from the wilderness to pave the way for the Messiah. Jesus officially began his public ministry at 30. So, here's my 30 ...

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What Google Learned From Its Pursuit to Build the Perfect Team

Google embarked on a study to identify the common denominators successful Google teams. After more than 200 interviews of 180+ active Google teams over the course of two years, the results defied their initial expectations. Originally, they thought a dream team would consist of one Rhodes Scholar, two extroverts, one engineer, and a PhD. Surprisingly, Google discovered that who is on a team matters less than how the team members interact, structure their work and view their contributions. Google learned that there are five key dynamics that set successful teams ...

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5 Things to Ask Before Getting a Masters, Doctorate or Ph.D

This is guest post by Daniel Im. Daniel serves as the Director of Church Multiplication for New Churches and LifeWay Christian Resources. He is a Teaching Pastor at The Fellowship, a multi-site church in Nashville. He's the co-author of Planting Missional Churches: Your Guide to Starting Churches that Multiply with Ed Stetzer. Daniel has a M.A. in Global Leadership and have served and pastored in church plants and multisite churches ranging from 100 people to 50,000 people in Vancouver, Ottawa, Montreal, Korea, Edmonton, and Nashville. You can connect with him at www.d...

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The Daily Questions Ritual that Helps You Become Better at Anything

Every morning, Marshall Goldsmith, the world’s number one executive coach, gets a call from the same women. She sits pretty quiet – she’s there to listen as Goldsmith reads off a list of 32 questions and she answers with either a yes or no or a number between 1 to 10. In the evening, Goldsmith pays an associate to call him and ask a series of questions that force him to recap whether he has been true to his behavioral goals through the day’s events. The beauty with this process is that it ensures accountability. Goldsmith says there’s one overarching ...

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