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  • Leading Thoughts for June 13, 2024
    by Michael McKinney on June 13, 2024 at 6:20 pm

    IDEAS shared have the power to expand perspectives, change thinking, and move lives. Here are two ideas for the curious mind to engage with: I. Dean Williams on real leadership: “In exercising real leadership, one must be open to new ideas and novel information. One must be willing to test deeply held assumptions and question prevailing truths. Too often managers in organizations write off people they dislike and refuse to entertain ideas that don’t agree with their particular paradigm or sense of the way things should be.” Source: Real Leadership: Helping People and Organizations Face Their Toughest Challenges II. Kim Scott explaining why leaders are the exception to the “criticize in public” rule of thumb: “When you encourage people to criticize you publicly, you get the chance to show your team that you really, genuinely want the criticism. You also set an ideal for the team as a whole: everyone should embrace criticism that helps us do our jobs better. The bigger the team, the more leverage you get out of reacting well to criticism in public. “Too many managers fear that public challenge will undermine their authority. It’s natural to want to repress dissent, but a good reaction to public criticism can be the very thing that establishes your credibility as a strong leader, and will help you build a culture of guidance.” Source: Radical Candor: Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity * * * Look for these ideas every Thursday on the Leading Blog. Find…

  • Why You Need the Venture Mindset
    by Michael McKinney on June 11, 2024 at 1:53 am

    WITH uncertainty as a given, we need to approach what we do with a different mindset. Innovation is key to sustainability. The Venture Mindset offers a way to rethink your decision-making process. Ilya Strebulaev conducted the largest survey of VC investors, held hundreds of interviews, and collected what became the largest database of unicorns and unicorns-to-be and their founders. This search revealed many practices of VCs. Together with a venture builder Alex Dang they translated these learnings into practical lessons for traditional organizations and present them in The Venture Mindset. So, what is the Venture Mindset? The Venture Mindset is a new mental model where failure is a must, due diligence is put on its head, dissent is encouraged, ideas are rejected in their myriads in search of a single winner, plugs are pulled, and time horizons are extended. Here are the nine key aspects of the Venture Mindset, the most important guiding principles: Home Runs Matter, Strikeouts Don’t VCs worry more about errors of omission than they do about errors of commission. Most organizations get that turned around. The concern is not the chance of failure but the risk of missing out on the possible success. “The goal is not to win each time. The goal is not to miss the opportunity to win big at least once.” That means that you have to experiment and be comfortable with accepting failure. Every decision made will not be a win. To win in the end, “you need to be…

  • Leading Thoughts for June 6, 2024
    by Michael McKinney on June 6, 2024 at 5:31 pm

    IDEAS shared have the power to expand perspectives, change thinking, and move lives. Here are two ideas for the curious mind to engage with: I. Garret Kramer on insight versus willpower: “Insight is infinitely more powerful than willpower. Actually, insight, or having a new idea and/or a change of heart, erases the need for strength or force of will of any kind.” Source: Stillpower: Excellence with Ease in Sports and Life II. Bob Seelert on asking what’s right: “When people come into an underperforming company, they often start by asking themselves, “What’s wrong?” This is the opposite of what they should do. In my experience, the best starting point is to ask, “What’s right?” Most enterprises that prosper do so for good reasons, and these reasons form the foundation from which you can and must build a successful company. Taking the best of the past, and linking it to the present and desired future is the most dynamic way to build a business.” Source: Start with the Answer: And Other Wisdom for Aspiring Leaders * * * Look for these ideas every Thursday on the Leading Blog. Find more ideas on the LeadingThoughts index. * * * Like us on Instagram and Facebook for additional leadership and personal development ideas.  …

  • First Look: Leadership Books for June 2024
    by Michael McKinney on June 1, 2024 at 4:15 pm

    HERE’S A LOOK at some of the best leadership books to be released in June 2024 curated just for you. Be sure to check out the other great titles being offered this month. On the Edge: How Successful Gamblers Think and What It Tells Us About Navigating Risk by Nate Silver In the bestselling The Signal and the Noise, Nate Silver showed how forecasting would define the age of Big Data. Now, in this timely and riveting new book, Silver investigates “the River,” the community of like-minded people whose mastery of risk allows them to shape—and dominate—so much of modern life. These professional risk-takers—poker players and hedge fund managers, crypto true believers and blue-chip art collectors—can teach us much about navigating the uncertainty of the twenty-first century. Good Judgment: Making Better Business Decisions with the Science of Human Personality by Richard Davis In Good Judgment, Dr. Davis explains what the science of personality is and how it works, and how all of us can use it to improve our working relationships, careers, and lives. Whether you’re a novice manager looking to hire your first assistant, a board member in need of the ideal CEO, an angel investor trying to choose between two different startups, or a new parent selecting a pediatrician, understanding the science of personality and how to utilize it is the key to exercising good judgment—at work and in life. Beyond the Sea: Leading with Love from the Nuclear Navy to the White House and Healthcare by…

  • LeadershipNow 140: May 2024 Compilation
    by Michael McKinney on May 31, 2024 at 4:31 pm

    Here is a selection of Posts from May 2024 that you will want to check out: Our Big Goals Create Impact and Offer Priceless Journeys by @artpetty Cultivate Coachability with these 5 Mindsets by @Julie_WG Practical Ways Leaders Can Improve Engagement and Well-being by @LaRaeQuy When The Good Leaders Are Gone via @LeadershipMain Remember there is a leader on the other side 5 Ways to Sound Helpful Not Patronizing by @KateNasser Your Entire Life Will Change The Moment You… by @SahilBloom It all started with a simple journal prompt The Greatest Secret for Breakthrough Creativity by @PhilCooke Time to Make Your Summer Reading Plan for 2024 by @wallybock How To Have Hard Conversations and Not Let Your Emotions Take Over by @LaRaeQuy Influence: The ultimate business skill via @LBS How Writing Can Make You A Better Coach from @JohnBaldoni Three Reasons Leaders Mismanage Conflict Part 1 by @stopyourdrama Marlene Chism The Road To Writing a Book by @wallybock 4 Subtle Signs of Stress by @charlesstone As neuroscientists learn more about our brains, they’re discovering that stress can diminish brain functioning which in turn shows up in subtle ways in our bodies SIX at 6: Diverting a Meteor, One Caveat, The Last Place on Earth, Losing 140 Pounds, Career Trajectories, and Sailing To The Horizon by @bpoppenheimer How I Think About Debt by @morganhousel Only Count When It Starts Hurting from @AdmiredLeader May 10, 1940 | One Day, One Man by @jamesstrock The conclusive metric to evaluate leadership is: Would…

  • Leading Thoughts for May 30, 2024
    by Michael McKinney on May 30, 2024 at 4:07 pm

    IDEAS shared have the power to expand perspectives, change thinking, and move lives. Here are two ideas for the curious mind to engage with: I. Herman Cain on focus: “The essence of focus is sacrifice. Leaders who cannot bring themselves to give up the unnecessary stuff for the sake of the necessary do not possess the critical leadership characteristic of focus.” Source: CEO of Self: You’re in Charge II. Josh Axe on how to begin the hero’s journey: “When you accept responsibility for your circumstances and take radical action to change, you automatically step into the shoes of a hero. That is how you begin to write your best story possible.” Source: Think This, Not That: 12 Mindshifts to Breakthrough Limiting Beliefs and Become Who You Were Born to Be * * * Look for these ideas every Thursday on the Leading Blog. Find more ideas on the LeadingThoughts index. * * * Like us on Instagram and Facebook for additional leadership and personal development ideas.  …

  • Leading Thoughts for May 23, 2024
    by Michael McKinney on May 23, 2024 at 9:34 pm

    IDEAS shared have the power to expand perspectives, change thinking, and move lives. Here are two ideas for the curious mind to engage with: I. Judge Charles W. McCoy on keeping an open mind: “The human mind contains a door, one that either opens to new ideas or closes them out. The door swings on hinges like any other, opening as it searches for understanding and closing as it makes. Judgments. Herein lies a crucial truth. Sharp thinkers do not take open minds for granted. They concentrate on keeping their minds open long enough to gather all the relevant information needed for making sound judgments. Mediocre thinking begins judging at the outset, and often confuses preconceptions with real understanding. As the old saying goes, “Some people never learn anything because they understand everything too soon. “The mind’s door, even those of the greatest thinkers, can open and close seemingly on its own without the slightest conscious nudge. Sharp thinking thus requires intentional effort at keeping the door open, especially in trying circumstances where tough problems arise.” Source: Why Didn’t I Think of That? Think the Unthinkable and Achieve Creative Greatness II. James Autry and Peter Roy on integrity: “The choices that will create the most frustration and anxiety, as well as the greatest challenge to your ability to maintain an ethical balance, will be about relationships, not about money. Once you recognize that your integrity is on the line every day, then your work life takes on a different…

  • Creating a Supportive Environment for Organizational Change
    by Michael McKinney on May 21, 2024 at 4:09 am

    TODAY, change management is an integral part of organizational strategy. Yet, change in any form or context tends to challenge our sense of stability and security. Whenever new concepts, methods, or ways of thinking are introduced, they are bound to come up against resistance. Apprehension about the future impedes progress and undermines well-conceived change efforts. What’s more, in any change initiative, making assumptions regarding people’s perspectives toward a given change can undermine its success. Picture a runner at the start line of the Boston Marathon. While this runner is prepared to sprint when the starting gun fires, those further back are unaware that the race has begun and, given their position in the pack, will start out at barely a jog. In change management, assuming everyone is prepared at the same time to move at the same pace can result in miscommunication, resistance, and disengagement. When all team members that the change impacts haven’t been adequately informed or involved in the process, it leads to disparities in understanding and engagement. Effective leadership during times of change involves recognizing and managing one’s own reactions while also understanding and empathizing with the responses of others. It requires that leaders acknowledge employees’ struggles, facilitate open communication, and offer support. Conversely, turning a blind eye to these issues only erodes trust and morale. Successful leaders recognize their role in setting the tone, establishing the vision, and providing direction and support to their teams through a change initiative. They understand that their actions and…

  • The Negativity Fast or How to Clear Your Plate of Negative Thinking
    by Michael McKinney on May 17, 2024 at 3:17 pm

    WE are inclined to place a lot of weight on negative thoughts—far more than our positive thoughts. Our brains are wired for it. It’s called the negativity bias. And today it seems like we are thinking more negative thoughts than positive ones. And it’s not just us. Everyone seems more negative than they used to be, if not downright cranky. It becomes a vicious circle. We infect them with negativity, and they infect us too. How do we turn this around? Life is too short to spend most of our time immersed in negativity. Former negativity addict Anthony Iannarino wrote The Negativity Fast to help us implement a practical strategy to be more positive more of the time—to help us let things go. Iannarino covers ten behaviors that impact our relationship with negativity, like negative self-talk, complaining, empathy, gratitude, social media, and the way we frame what happens to us. To be sure, not all negativity is bad. We often have good reason to be negative. It is an appropriate response. But when we remain in a negative state of mind, we’re in trouble. Sometimes, we “talk” ourselves into a negative emotional state. We catastrophize events and situations. We assume the worst because we’re afraid things aren’t going to meet our expectations. Speaking of expectations, we often assume the worst of other people’s motives. You see, sometimes we’re negative precisely because we lie (even just to ourselves) about other people. We insist that they’re intentionally creating problems for us,…

  • Leading Thoughts for May 16, 2024
    by Michael McKinney on May 16, 2024 at 1:47 pm

    IDEAS shared have the power to expand perspectives, change thinking, and move lives. Here are two ideas for the curious mind to engage with: I. Nido Qubein on becoming a transformational leader: “People value authenticity ahead of charisma. Charisma gets you in the door, but it takes substance to deliver results. We all must remember it’s not about us. It’s about everyone around us. They are our team; you are their coach. You have to listen to what they say and engage your mind to absorb and understand their concerns. We need to listen twice as much as we talk, and others will hear twice as much of what we say. By listening, you will gain information and knowledge. Write it down to remember it. Then, execute. The end result? Wisdom begins to blossom.” Source: Extraordinary Transformation: An Entrepreneurial Blueprint for Leaders Who Seek Transformational Growth in Any Organization Proven Lessons on How a … and Inspired the Next Generation of Leaders II. Julia DiGangi on being right: “What’s the fastest way to end a tug-of-war? Drop the rope. Maybe you’re starting to protest, “But why do I have to drop the rope? Why can’t they drop the rope?” Dropping the rope may seem like dropping out of the fight. Giving up. Losing. It’s not, though. Whoever voluntarily drops the rope is the leader. To understand why, zoom out and look at tugs-of-war in the context of the leadership you want to create. Your role as a leader is…

  • 4 Rules to Unlocking the Secret Language of Connection
    by Michael McKinney on May 13, 2024 at 8:09 pm

    THE GOAL of any communication is to connect. Some people are supercommunicators. That is, as they talk, they align with the person they are speaking with, constantly adjusting how they communicated in order to match their companions. In Supercommunicators, Charles Duhigg explores how we communicate and connect. He explains why our communication sometimes goes awry and what we can do to make it better. “Anyone can become a supercommunicator—and, in fact, many of us already are, if we learn to unlock our instincts.” To begin, we need to understand that many discussions are actually three different conversations, and if we want to connect, we need to be “engaged in the same kind of conversation, at the same time” as the person we are communicating with. There are practical, decision-making conversations that focus on What’s This Really About? There are emotional conversations, which ask How Do We Feel? And there are social conversations that explore Who Are We? We are often moving in and out of all conversations as a dialogue unfolds. However, if we aren’t having the same kind of conversation as our partners, at the same moment, we’re unlikely to connect with each other. With that in mind, we can see that the most meaningful conversations should be characterized as learning conversations. We want to learn how others see the world and help them to understand how we see the world too. Learning conversations are based on the following four rules: Rule One: Pay Attention to What Kind…

  • Leading Thoughts for May 9, 2024
    by Michael McKinney on May 9, 2024 at 8:47 pm

    IDEAS shared have the power to expand perspectives, change thinking, and move lives. Here are two ideas for the curious mind to engage with: I. Lee Bolman and Terrence Deal on organizational politics: “Leaders need friends and allies to get things done. To sew up support, they need to build coalitions. Rationalists and romantics sometimes react with horror to this scenario. Why should you have to play political games to get something accepted if it’s the right thing to do? One of the classics of French drama, Molière’s The Misanthrope, tells the story of a protagonist whose rigid rejection of all things political is destructive for him and everyone involved. The point that Molière made four centuries ago still holds: it is hard to dislike politics without also disliking people. Like it or not, political dynamics are inevitable under three conditions most managers face every day: ambiguity, diversity, and scarcity.” Source: How Great Leaders Think: The Art of Reframing II. Biologist John Medina on sleep: “Sleep loss means mind loss. Sleep loss cripples thinking in just about every way you can measure thinking. Sleep loss hurts attention, executive function, immediate memory, working memory, mood, quantitative skills, logical reasoning ability, and general math knowledge. Eventually, sleep loss affects manual dexterity, including fine motor control and even gross motor movements, such as the ability to walk on a treadmill.” Source: Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School * * * Look for these ideas every…

  • Deploying AI Requires Understanding What’s Both Possible and Practical
    by Michael McKinney on May 6, 2024 at 6:03 pm

    THE vast majority of today’s business leaders are either embarking on AI deployment to improve their operations or are considering it. Some 83 percent of organizations worldwide claim AI is a top priority for their business. The expansive growth of AI isn’t just a trend but a fundamental shift to the business ecosystem. The simple truth is if you don’t update your business processes to reap the rewards of growth, quality, or both that AI brings, your competitor will. It’s only a matter of time. Although most C-suite executives, mid-level managers, and data practitioners aren’t AI experts — no one is at this pace of change — they shouldn’t implement AI for the sake of implementing AI. Deploying AI requires a clear understanding of what’s both possible and practical. The business case for AI is that it can help you accelerate, facilitate, and amplify workloads and processes with better consistency and quality. Consider these findings: AI has proven to improve the productivity of 61 percent of employees. For example, agents who use AI can handle nearly 14 percent more customer inquiries per hour. Some 54 percent of organizations say AI has been cost-effective for their business operations. Netflix, for example, claims to have saved more than $1 billion annually using machine learning. Organizations can do more with less. They are now working smarter, not harder. Just as email transformed communication and iPhones and apps created widespread connectivity, AI is reshaping everything from healthcare to education to manufacturing to travel….

  • Leadership Vulnerability: A Personal Journey Through the Eye of the Storm
    by Michael McKinney on May 3, 2024 at 2:22 pm

    IN THE HIGH-STAKES world of leadership, where every decision can be scrutinized and every failure magnified, the concept of vulnerability often takes on a negative connotation, especially among men, who are taught to equate emotional openness with weakness. Yet, if we delve deeper into the annals of history and the realms of effective leadership, a different narrative emerges—one where vulnerability is not a liability but a profound source of strength. My own confrontation with vulnerability’s raw power came unexpectedly during a pivotal moment in my career. Tasked with addressing the top 400 leaders of Raytheon Corporation, a defense juggernaut, my inner turmoil was at its peak. The recent passing of my father had left me emotionally bereft, a state further intensified by the daunting prospect of following luminaries such as General Stanley McChrystal and Jon Meacham. Standing before these distinguished leaders, my vulnerability was not just a shadow—it was my companion. As I shared my insights, weaving through personal anecdotes of loss and resilience, the connection forged with the audience was palpable. Ultimately, the overwhelming reception to my address was a testament to the power of vulnerability in forging genuine human connections. Harnessing Vulnerability: A Guide for Leaders In the realm of leadership, where the pressure to perform and appear unflappable is relentless, allowing oneself to be vulnerable is an act of bravery. It breaks down barriers, fosters genuine connections, and cultivates an environment where innovation and loyalty can flourish. For emerging leaders aiming to chart a successful course,…

  • Leading Thoughts for May 2, 2024
    by Michael McKinney on May 2, 2024 at 6:35 pm

    IDEAS shared have the power to expand perspectives, change thinking, and move lives. Here are two ideas for the curious mind to engage with: I. Robert Cooper on preparing for the unexpected: “We don’t always handle difficult situations as well as we could. Consider that the most exceptional people in many fields—athletes, teachers, and artists, for example—spend more time rehearsing than they do performing, whereas for most people, it’s just the opposite: almost no time practicing and most of their time performing. In the rush to achieve objectives, there is little attention to actually learning, in advance, better ways to live and lead. It takes serious rehearsal to build new skills, especially when the task involves overturning deeply ingrained brain patterns and habits. Mentally rehearsing a new way that you might behave in the face of adversity activates the prefrontal cortex, and your imagined activities begin firing neurons and wiring them into brain patterns that can be activated whenever they’re needed. Without attentive rehearsal, your brain will not mobilize in advance, and despite your best intentions, you will act out old, counterproductive routines instead—or new, counterproductive ones, fired not by calm effectiveness but by frustration, anger, and other emotions that can distract you from giving best. When you prepare the prefrontal cortex to activate ahead of time, you will be better at calmly, effectively performing the right action.” Source: Get Out of Your Own Way: The 5 Keys to Surpassing Everyone’s Expectations II. Morgan McCall, Jr. on leadership development:…

  • The Pruning Principle
    by Nick Jaworski on October 17, 2022 at 7:00 am

    Botanists will tell you to have a vision for how you want a plant to look before you start pruning it. The same is true for your life and your business. Whether you’re talking about programs, processes, personal commitments, or even people – over time, they all tend to accumulate. You simply end up with more of everything. However, overgrowth impedes your ability to scale yourself and your business. In order to grow, you’re going to have to prune. Continue reading The Pruning Principle at Full Focus.

  • 6 Essential Ingredients for Effective Strategic Planning
    by Nick Jaworski on September 20, 2022 at 7:00 am

    It’s that time of year again. The weather is changing, leaves are falling off the trees, and your favorite leadership podcast is talking about Strategic Planning again. If there’s one thing that humans do well, it’s imagining the future. (We can do it badly, too, of course.) But the important thing is that we can create better outcomes for ourselves and our businesses when we do it intentionally. That’s where Strategic Planning comes in. Continue reading 6 Essential Ingredients for Effective Strategic Planning at Full Focus.

  • How to Avoid Quiet Quitting in Your Business
    by Michael and Megan on September 13, 2022 at 7:00 am

    “Quiet quitting” seems to be the hot topic of conversation in business and leadership circles right now. But what exactly is “quiet quitting”? How can you figure out if your employees are doing it? And, perhaps most importantly, how can you create an organizational culture where your team members will feel empowered in their job?   Continue reading How to Avoid Quiet Quitting in Your Business at Full Focus.

  • 5 Mistakes Business Owners Make When Hiring an Assistant
    by Michael Hyatt on September 6, 2022 at 7:00 am

    You spend your days managing details, scheduling meetings, and replying to emails — by the time you start on the “real work,” the workday is half over. This ends up cutting into your personal life as you try to make up for lost time. It all leads to you feeling more tired, more stressed, and less productive at work and at home. If you heed our advice, you can minimize this pain. The advice is simple: hire an executive assistant! Continue reading 5 Mistakes Business Owners Make When Hiring an Assistant at Full Focus.

  • 4 Ingredients for a Thriving Company Culture
    by Michael and Megan on August 30, 2022 at 7:00 am

    Last week we talked about the importance of a thriving company culture. Hopefully, Michael and Megan made the case that a company culture is both important and the responsibility of the leader. We’re going to continue that conversation by talking about how businesses can actually cultivate a thriving company culture – no matter where they’re starting from.   Continue reading 4 Ingredients for a Thriving Company Culture at Full Focus.

  • Why a Thriving Culture Is Essential
    by Michael Hyatt on August 23, 2022 at 7:00 am

    Anywhere you find a group of people, you’ll find a culture. That’s true for families, churches, cities, neighborhoods, and anything else you can think of that includes more than one person. This idea is especially true for businesses. Leaders need to have a vision for how they want their culture to look and feel. If they don’t, they could find themselves surrounded by a toxic culture that not only hurts business but makes everyone miserable. Continue reading Why a Thriving Culture Is Essential at Full Focus.

  • How to Maximize the Market Value of Your Business in 8 Steps
    by Michael and Megan on August 16, 2022 at 7:00 am

    Your business is probably the largest single asset in your portfolio. You’ve invested time and money, and, one day, you may want to see a healthy return on those investments. If you want to maximize the value of your business, then you should start making plans today. Continue reading How to Maximize the Market Value of Your Business in 8 Steps at Full Focus.

  • What Makes Good Coaching Great
    by Michael Hyatt on August 9, 2022 at 7:00 am

    There is no denying that you will get further, faster with a good coach. But what about a great coach? How much further could you get with amazing coaching? Today’s episode tackles that question by talking with LeeAnn Moody, Director of Performance Coaching for Full Focus. LeeAnn and Michael break down the four characteristics of great coaching and help you identify what you might need to be successful for your organization. Continue reading What Makes Good Coaching Great at Full Focus.

  • What Elon Musk Gets Wrong About Remote Work
    by Michael and Megan on August 2, 2022 at 7:00 am

    During the height of the pandemic, everyone was forced to go remote. But, now that offices have opened back up, leaders and staff are confronted with some challenging questions around a seemingly basic concept: Where should work happen? Continue reading What Elon Musk Gets Wrong About Remote Work at Full Focus.

  • The 10/80/10 Principle: Grow Your Business with 20% of the Work
    by Michael and Megan on July 26, 2022 at 7:00 am

    What if you could grow your business and only do about 20% of the work you’re currently doing? If that were true, you would do almost anything to find out how to do it, right? Continue reading The 10/80/10 Principle: Grow Your Business with 20% of the Work at Full Focus.

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