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#047-A Key Ingredient to Leadership

I was listening to a podcast the other day and heard the phrase “Executive Presence”. For some reason, it peaked my curiosity so I looked it up. I’m glad I did. In this episode I’ll share with you what Executive Presence is, and why I was so glad to come across this concept.

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#044-The “Burden” of Command

I often hear leaders and managers talk about “The Burden of Command.”

I’m not sure I know what that is. I’ve had more opportunities to be “in charge” (for lack of a better word) of things lately, and kept waiting for this “Burden” to arrive, but it hasn’t.

I’m not sure that there is any more a “Burden of Command” than there is a “Burden of the Commanded.”

I’m curious to hear from you about this.

#042- Are You Good?

You can be good, or you can get better. But you can’t do both at the same time.

We all have a choice to make. Are we going to be satisfied with our current capabilities, and do everything in our power to make sure nothing changes? Or are we going to expose ourselves to the risks involved in getting better?

Many times we say we want to get better, but the truth is we are perfectly satisfied with the way things are. In this show, we are going to talk about some of the signs that indicate you would rather be good than get better

#041-How to Handle Critics

The world is full of critics.

And if you are doing something important, rest assured that they will find you.

How should critics be handled? Should we completely disregard them. Should we bow to them and correct our course when we encounter them?

I don’t believe critics should get any of your energy unless they’ve earned it. I also don’t believe that critics should be disregarded. I just think they need to be screened.

In today’s episode I’m going to give you a screening tool that you can use to decide if a critic is worth paying attention to.

 

#040-10 Ways to get more experience in a shorter amount of time

Your time on the job does not entitle you to anything. Your time on the job is worthless. What really matters is the amount of experience you gain in the time you have.

Many times people feel entitled to certain positions, opportunities, or advantages because they’ve been around for a long time. The opportunities, the positions, the advantages go to those with the most relevant experiences, not those with the most time on the job.

Do you really have ten years of experience or do you just have one year’s worth of experience ten times?

Seniority is not the same as experience. Today I’ll talk about ways you can get more experience in a shorter amount of time.

#038- You Don’t Need Followers to be a Leader

There was one thing holding me back from being the leader I wanted to be. I have a feeling this same thing is holding others back from being the leader they want to be.

I didn’t want to start leading until I knew there were people who wanted to follow me.

I realized that leaders almost always start with no followers, and if you don’t have any followers, that is not the obstacle to leadership, its the opportunity.