Lead to Win

By Michael Hyatt

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Short-term wins are easy. Sustained achievement is another story. On Lead to Win join New York Times bestselling author Michael Hyatt and discover how current research combines with timeless wisdom for lasting success. From personal productivity to personal development, self-leadership to team leadership, and intentionality to influence, get the insights and tools you need to win at work and succeed at life.

Episode Date
#121: What Does This Moment Require of Me as a Leader?
24:50

Every so often, a moment presents itself that demands something out of the ordinary from us as leaders. These singular moments define much more than our businesses or organizations. They define us as leaders, and they define our future. 

In light of the tragic race-events that are taking place now in our country, we believe this to be one of those pivotal moments. 

On this podcast, we suspend our usual format to open a discussion about race and what this moment demands of our leadership.

Honestly, we have far more questions than answers. We come to the table as learners, and we invite you to join us.

Jun 03, 2020
BONUS: Communication Breakdown Q&A
19:07

Today's episode is from a Facebook Live that Michael and Megan did on the topic of communication breakdowns. They took questions from viewers and we've collected some of the best questions and answers so that you can gain important insight into how to manage your own communication breakdowns. Enjoy!

Discover how to end workplace confusion and achieve better results with your communication with Michael's new book, No-Fail Communication. Learn more at leadto.win/communication.

May 28, 2020
#120: How to Get Out of Email Jail
29:11

As a leader, you pride yourself on being proactive and in control. But one area feels like a perpetual Dumpster fire—email! It’s all communications, really. Slack messages, texts, voicemail, it’s a constant burn. When will it end?

It’ll end when you stop reacting to messages and start taking control of your inbox. You need a personal communication strategy, and we’ll show you how to make one. 

Follow these simple steps, and you’ll go from inbox overwhelm to inbox zero every single day. You’ll stop being the bottleneck on communications, and you’ll gain a ton of mental bandwidth to spend on your high-leverage tasks. 

In this episode you’ll discover—

  • Why you shouldn’t just react to all of the messages that come your way—and what to do instead.
  • Questions to ask yourself to determine who should have direct access to you and who should not.
  • Tips on how to automate requests and remain thoughtful and kind.
  • The immense value of asynchronous communication—and how you can do it well.
  • Advice on setting clear expectations with your team on when and how people should reach out to you.

This episode of Lead to Win is brought to you by Michael Hyatt's new book, No-Fail Communication. Discover how to end workplace confusion and achieve better results with your communication. Learn more at leadto.win/communication.

May 26, 2020
#119: 3 Communication Fails You Need to Avoid
34:01

You’ve got a big vision for your business and you’re building a team to get you there. But where two or three people are gathered, there’s bound to be some misunderstanding. No matter how hard you work at it, you wind up having to repeat yourself. That costs time and wastes momentum. Why does communication have to be so hard?

Actually, it doesn’t. Nearly every communication breakdown can be traced back to one of three problems.  Avoid them, and your team will get the message the first time, every time. And you’ll gain even greater clarity about what you want for your business. 

 

In this episode you’ll discover—

  • The Clarity Grid—and how you can use it to assess and revive your communication.
  • Some of the most frequent meeting mishaps and their implications on team morale.
  • A clear path to the most important component of a healthy culture.
  • What you must do if you want predictable results.
  • How to avoid pitfalls related to communication shortcuts.
  • Why the “curse of knowledge” is so damaging.
  • How to save yourself (and your team) from embarrassing situations.

This episode of Lead to Win is brought to you by Michael Hyatt's new book, No-Fail Communication. Discover how to end workplace confusion and achieve better results with yoru communication. Learn more at leadto.win/communication.

May 19, 2020
BONUS: How to Teach Your Kids Goal-Setting & Productivity Skills
22:28

Work from home? No problem! As a high achiever, you’ll thrive in any environment. But for those who happen to be parents, there’s another layer. Now you’re not just managing your productivity. You’re managing your kids’ education and activities at the same time. Talk about a productivity challenge!

Here’s help. The Full Focus Kids and Full Focus Students will bring the same structure and focus to your children’s days as the Full Focus Planner does to yours. Plus, they’ll learn the primary skill they need to succeed in the knowledge economy: focus. 

Get Full Focus Kids and Full Focus Students for your family, and you’ll gain back hours of your time and put your kids on the pathway to lifelong achievement! 

For more information and to reserve your copies, visit www.fullfocusplanner.com/preorder.

May 14, 2020
#118: How to Communicate Sensitive Information
32:05

As a leader, you’re committed to transparency in running your business. But that’s not as easy as it sounds. What about introducing a major change or initiative? Or announcing a layoff? How to manage the flow of sensitive information without causing confusion or mistrust.

No worries. We’ve spent the last 40 years perfecting the art of communicating important information. In this episode,  we’ll give you four steps that will take all the stress out of making major announcements within your company.  

With this simple process, you can communicate the most sensitive or impactful information with perfect confidence that you’re communicating the right information to the right people at the right time. 

In this episode, you’ll discover—

  • How to avoid negative surprises that damage trust and confidence.
  • Practical tips on how to implement Cascading Communication in your organization.
  • Questions to ask yourself when you’re deciding what to say and when to say it.
  • The importance of putting yourself in your team’s shoes and viewing your communication from their perspective.
  • How to avoid mixed messages and ensure you are delivering information with clarity.
  • One mistake that will sabotage your attempts, no matter how much you prepare—and how to avoid it.
  • The most important element for getting your messaging right.

This episode of Lead to Win is brought to you by Michael Hyatt's new video series, Clear Communication Tips, to help you end communication breakdowns in the workplace. You can learn more at www.leadto.win/tips

May 12, 2020
#117: How Successful Leaders Overcome Resistance
25:33

You’re well on the way to achieving your vision, but something unexpected happens. Maybe a cost overrun or a production delay. Vendors are confused. Customers aren’t happy. Employees start  complaining as the problems pile up. 

Is it a sign that your vision is simply out of reach? 

Now way! We’ve been in the game long enough to know that resistance to your vision—both internal and external—is perfectly normal. It means you’re on the right track. We’ve identified the three essential tools you need to overcome resistance to your vision. 

Put them to work, and you’ll go from tired and discouraged to energized and focused. Problems won’t magically disappear, but you’ll find the courage and energy to blow past them. Your vision will move closer by leaps and bounds. 

In this episode, you’ll discover—

  • The importance of balancing your team’s needs for certainty and variety.
  • One secret weapon for communicating change.
  • How to help people see themselves in the vision of the team as a whole.
  • Practical tips for maintaining trust with your employees while announcing changes.
  • The value of candor and inclusion during transitions.
  • When to bring other minds into the vision process to maximize value and avoid drama. 
  • What to do with the feedback you receive from your team.

This episode of Lead to Win is brought to you by Michael Hyatt's new online course for navigating crisis as a leader, Leading Through Crisis. Learn more at leadto.win/crisis.

May 05, 2020
#116: How a Business Coach Can Help You Now
24:41

The global pandemic has upended a lot of business plans. You’ve probably thought about getting some coaching to lead more effectively, but is it the right time to make that decision? Frankly, it doesn’t seem right that you can’t get help in dealing with the crisis—because of the crisis! 

Let’s check that limiting belief. Based on successfully leading a large business through the Great Recession, we know that during a crisis is exactly the time you need coaching most. In this episode, we’ll show you why not is the very best time for you to enter a coaching relationship. 

When you do, you’ll recognize it’s the best decision you could’ve made. You’ll get your business out of neutral and start building for the future. 

This episode of Lead to Win is brought to you by BusinessAccelerator, Michael Hyatt's program for business owners and executives who want to navigate the complexities of growth and leadership with next-level coaching. You can learn more at www.businessaccelerator.com/ltw

Apr 28, 2020
#115: 4 Essential Documents for Leading Your Business
34:29

As a leader, you know vision is important. But what on earth is it? There are many conflicting voices on the subject. It’s enough to make you forget the whole thing and just focus on operations. Why is this so hard? 

We’ve been refining these concepts for decades. And we’ve distilled them into four distinct documents that form the foundation for any successful business. 

Forget what you’ve heard before. Adopt this simple system, and you’ll escape the fog of vague ideas and definitions. You’ll gain instant clarity on the kind of company you want to be, and how to make it happen.

In this episode, you’ll discover—

  • Strategies for translating your directional ideas into clear documentation.
  • The differences between vision scripts, mission statements, and other similar documents.
  • How to identify where you’re going as a business, and how you’re going to get there.
  • Tips on articulating your organization’s “why.”
  • Ideas for dialing in exactly who you are serving.
  • How to identify your boundaries so you know how to play the game well.
  • Suggestions for how to learn from the past and use that knowledge to build a better future.

This episode of Lead to Win is brought to you the Wall-Street Journal best-seller, The Vision Driven Leader by Michael Hyatt. Get your copy online today, and claim your free bonuses today at www.visiondrivenleader.com

Apr 21, 2020
BONUS: How One Business Owner is Successfully Using Vision Today
19:50

As a leader, you’re eager to develop a vision for your business. You’ve got a copy of The Vision-Driven Leader, and you’re ready to dig in. But how do you put this all together? Is it difficult to create a Vision Script? What can you expect by way of results?

We’ve got answers! We’re joined in this episode by one of our coaching clients who has already created a Vision Script and put it to work in his business. Listen now to get insider tips on the process, and a first look at the results you can expect. 

When we’re finished, you’ll have the confidence you need to write your own Vision Script! 

In this episode, you’ll discover—

  • The motivation you need to finally create your own vision script.
  • Real-life examples of a business leader’s journey through the process.
  • Tips on how to get started and what resources to tap into so you don’t have to start from scratch.
  • How to translate visionary ideas from your head into a clear, tangible document.
  • Questions you can ask to prime the pump and get the ideas flowing through your pen.
  • Ideas for how to roll out your vision and sell it to your team.
  • How to find the clarity you need to continue growing and scale your business.

This episode of Lead to Win is brought to you by Michael Hyatt's new book, The Vision Driven Leader. Order your copy for free bonuses today at www.visiondrivenleader.com

Apr 16, 2020
#114: How to Make Your Vision a Reality
29:40

As a leader, you have a clear vision for the future. But the busyness of life always pulls your attention back to business as usual. You make occasional bursts of effort toward the vision, but there’s no real progress. It’s frustrating to watch your dream for the future collecting cobwebs. 

Here’s what we’ve learned after more than 40 years in leadership: Vision doesn’t force its way into your business. You have to make room for it. And you can do that by linking your vision to daily actions through strategy. 

We’ll show you a chain of execution that will anchor everything you do each day to your greater vision. Try this, and you’ll finally get past that stuck feeling and watch your vision take shape before your eyes. 

In this episode, you’ll discover—

  • Practical steps for linking vision to execution.
  • How to tell the difference between vision and strategy.
  • The missing ingredient for attaining your desired future.
  • The value of creating a Vision Script.
  • Questions to ask yourself about the coming year to make progress on your goals.
  • Tips for laying out both short-term and longer-term goals that are in alignment with your vision.
  • How to develop a reliable cadence of execution so the higher level plans don’t get lost.
  • The psychological benefits of isolating your top 3 objectives each week.

This episode of Lead to Win is brought to you by Michael Hyatt's new book, The Vision Driven Leader. Order your copy for free bonuses today at www.leadto.win/vision.

Apr 14, 2020
#113: 7 Must-Have Tools for Remote Work
31:40

You want to stay productive while working at home, but it’s not easy! There are challenges in team communication, collaboration, conferencing, and document sharing. And? You’ve got to set up an entirely new workspace. It’s challenging. And, especially at first, exhausting. 

We’ve got help. Based on nearly a decade of working remotely and leading remote teams, we’ve got the tools you need to stay productive. With these recommendations, you can stop fumbling around for solutions and get your team back to work right now. 

In this episode, you’ll discover—

  • How to simplify team communication and avoid lost conversations
  • The difference between synchronous and asynchronous tools
  • What you can do to automate tasks and processes and save time
  • Tips on maximizing your video conferencing experience with your team and clients
  • Simple solutions for sharing and collaborating on documents and files
  • Suggestions for staying focused when your kids (or other people) are making noise

This episode of Lead to Win is brought to you by Michael Hyatt's new book, The Vision Driven Leader. Order your copy for free bonuses today at www.visiondrivenleader.com.

Apr 07, 2020
BONUS: How to Be Resilient in Tough Times
35:08

As a leader, you are your company’s single greatest asset. While you’re guarding your health against the coronavirus, you must also deal with the stress and responsibility of running a business. It’s tough! This crisis threatens the mental and emotional resiliency of you and your team. 

Given the stress we’re under, how is it even possible to keep your emotional balance?

It is, and we’ve got expert advice to help you do just that. On this episode, we’re joined by Amy Alexander, LMFT, executive director of The Refuge Center for Counseling. She shares five self-care tips to help you and your team cope with the stress and emotion of this crisis. 

 

In this episode you’ll discover—

  • The variables that can affect how you respond to the current crisis—and what to do about it
  • What happens when you slip outside of your “window of tolerance”
  • Practical tips for calming anxiety and recalibrating
  • One of the worst things you can be doing as a leader in troubled times
  • Strategies for how we can care for ourselves throughout the ups and downs
  • Recommendations for guarding your inputs and identifying which are fountains vs. drains
  • How you can restore a sense of agency and overcome feelings of helplessness
  • The importance of ordering our interior lives when exterior structure disappears
  • Ideas for both introverts and extroverts on updating your routines

This episode of Lead to Win is brought to you by Michael Hyatt’s new book, The Vision Driven Leader. Order your copy for free bonuses today at leadto.win/vision.

Apr 02, 2020
#112: Why Vision Matters in Crisis
33:37

As a leader, you’ve thought a lot about where to take your business in the next year. But major disruptions—like the coronavirus crisis—can upend your vision. It’s a disorienting time, and it’s tempting to just hunker down and try to survive. Is it even possible to have a vision for the future right now? 

Yes, it is. We’ve weathered crises before, including the Great Recession. Based on our experience in leading a large company through tough times, we believe your vision matters now more than ever. In this episode, we’ll tell you why. And we’ll offer a practical method for clarifying your vision, even in times of uncertainty. 

In this episode, you’ll discover—

 

  • Why vision is needed more than ever during these troublesome times
  • What you can’t afford to do when you experience fear as a leader
  • Tips on getting into the right headspace for visioneering
  • Questions you can ask yourself about what you want life on the other side of the crisis to look like
  • Suggestions on how you can care for your team and show them you value them for the long haul
  • What competitive rowing can teach you about leadership
  • A sneak peek into Michael’s new book, The Vision Driven Leader 
  • How to get your team pointed in the same direction and accelerate progress

This episode of Lead to Win is brought to you by Michael Hyatt's new book, The Vision Driven Leader, releasing everywhere on March 31. Preorder your copy for over $600 in free bonuses at www.visiondrivenleader.com

Mar 31, 2020
BONUS: Why You Should Still Be Charging for Your Products
26:57

You’ve probably noticed the trend in the last week of businesses offering products or services for free to help out during the COVID-19 crisis. I applaud the impulse, but there’s a fatal flaw in the logic—the economy depends on people creating value and other people recognizing that value and willingly paying for it. 

Now is the time to pivot, innovate, and leverage every ounce of your creativity to survive and thrive as a company. That’s good for your business, your customers, your employees, your community, and the economy at large.

Today, we’re going to give you three solid reasons why you need to be charging for your products and services, especially now. 

In this episode, you’ll discover—

  • The positives and negatives of giving away your products for free during times of crisis
  • How you can help alleviate the negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the economy
  • Examples of times when generosity got in the way of transformation
  • What giving things away won’t do for you
  • How to provide lasting hope, recovery, and opportunity by pivoting and providing value for your customers
Mar 26, 2020
#111: How to Balance Remote Work and Family Life
43:49

The opportunity to work from home sounds great! But the reality of being forced to make that shift on short notice can be stressful. Add to that the school closings, work-from-home spouses, and the general uncertainty of the times. It’s nerve wracking! You may be wondering how to keep your sanity, let alone keep your focus. 

We’ve got help. Our company started as an all-remote team. And before the COVID-19 crisis, we still operated on a hybrid model, with all employees working from home part of the time.

We’ve got a quick set of clear, simple actions you can take to keep your focus at work and your family intact. 

In this episode, you’ll discover—

  • Tips from members of the Michael Hyatt and Company team on their experience with working remotely
  • Suggestions for adjusting your rituals to accommodate alternate schedules
  • The importance of continued connection with friends and loved ones
  • How to intentionally create structure for you and your family
  • The importance of finding a quiet space to focus on your work
  • How to signal to your family that you are in “do not disturb” mode
  • Ideas for how to switch from home mode to work mode and back
  • Why your rituals are even more important during crazy times—even if they look a bit different
  • The role that grace plays in your work/family balance

 

Mar 24, 2020
BONUS: 3 Actions to Lead Through Today’s Crisis
40:08

The COVID-19 crisis has created a lot of uncertainty for business leaders. Nearly every business has been affected, some drastically. Many are dealing with a drop-off in sales, learning to manage remote teams, and tremendous instability. It’s frightening, exhausting, and really shakes your confidence. 

Here’s help. Having led businesses through crises before, including the Great Recession, we’ve learned what it takes to navigate tough times. We’ll share three basic actions that boost your confidence to face the current reality and find new opportunities for your business. You’ll be transported from fear and reactivity to become balanced, confident, and optimistic, yes, even now! 

In this episode you will—

  • Discover the three aspects of crisis that you must recognize. 
  • See why self-awareness and self-care are so vital during this time. 
  • Learn why thoroughly assessing the threat leads to confidence in dealing with it. 
  • Gain tips for mitigating threats to your business. 
  • Identify opportunities you may not have seen if not for this upheaval.
  • Get a simple, three-step system for enrolling your entire team in your action plan.
Mar 19, 2020
#110: 3 Ways to Inspire Your Team
24:39

As a leader, you have a vision for the future. It’s clear. It’s practical. And you know it will make a huge impact. There’s just one problem: nobody’s buying it. When you communicate your vision, all you get are shrugs and blank stares. How frustrating! 

Based on our decades of experience and that of thousands of our coaching clients, we’ve learned exactly how to get people excited about your vision. You must make it inspiring. And we can show you how. 

Weave these four motivational keys into your vision statement, and it will be more than just clear or practical. It will motivate your team to jump on board and generate instant momentum toward your future. 

In this episode you will discover—

  • The driving force behind nearly every aspect of building a successful organization.
  • How to ask the right questions so you can create the impact you desire.
  • The value of considering what “isn’t” and knowing what to do with that realization.
  • Why exponential change is better than incremental change.
  • The one thing you need to set the stage for creating great new products.
  • What you can expect with business-as-usual thinking—and how to avoid it.
  • How to tell when you’ve crossed the line from risky to delusional.
Mar 17, 2020
#109: 3 Challenges in Managing Change
32:39
Mar 10, 2020
#108: 4 Ways to Make Reading Fun Again
33:07

As a leader, you know you should be developing a consistent reading habit, but you struggle to prioritize reading. Here’s the good news—the problem isn’t what you’re reading, it’s how and why you’re reading.

In today’s episode, Michael and Megan identify four purposes for reading. If you adopt them, you’ll fall in love with reading again. You’ll be swimming in new ideas and feel on top of your game. 

In this episode, you’ll discover:

 

  • Why comprehension and retention are not the most important goals when reading
  • How many books Michael, Megan, & Larry read each year (you might be surprised!)
  • Suggestions for capturing ideas when you’re listening to audiobooks
  • The impact of reading on your social life and relationships
  • Why you need to read books that you may not necessarily agree with
  • Pros and cons of physical, ebook, and audio formats
  • One thing leaders absolutely must have (that reading provides)

For full show notes, visit www.leadto.win

This episode of Lead to Win is brought to you by the Vision Grader, a free assessment to assess the quality of your vision. Learn more at leadto.win/grader.

Mar 03, 2020
#107: How to Overcome Your Fear of Public Speaking
36:03

In this episode, we’re going to talk about something that’s very important for leadership—public speaking. Many leaders—probably most—are terrified of doing it. Unfortunately, as a leader, you really can’t avoid it. 

 

You are expected to speak at team meetings, presentations, even outside events, but most people feel really inadequate and underprepared.  We’re going to solve that for you with three actions you can take to finally conquer your fear of public speaking. In fact, this may grow to become something you actually enjoy. 

In this episode you’ll discover—

  • The one shift that radically changed Michael’s approach to public speaking.
  • Practical steps for rewriting your mental scripts.
  • How to use music as a psychological trigger to prepare yourself for speaking.
  • Suggestions for finding the support you need to succeed in this area.
  • The role anxiety plays in our performance, and how to manage it.

This episode of Lead to Win is brought to you by Michael Hyatt's business-growth webinar, How to Scale Your Business Revenue While Working Less. Find out more at leadto.win/webinar.

Feb 25, 2020
#106: Michael and Megan Answer Your Questions
27:17

Leaders are expected to have the answers. But sometimes they need to get insight from other leaders to stay on top of their game. In this episode, we reached out to our Instagram audience for their most pressing questions for Michael and Megan. They bring practical solutions to the problems many leaders face, based on more than 30 years of business experience.

In this episode you’ll discover—

  • The one significant change Michael and Megan would make in their work life if they could go back and do it over again.
  • Suggestions for finding a job at a place like Michael Hyatt and Company.
  • How to stand out in the workplace and rise in your organization.
  • Tips for adjusting your morning and evening rituals when you’re traveling or on an alternate schedule.
  • Whether or not you should ask your employer for a different position that you are more passionate about.
  • How to determine if you should fire a toxic client.
  • Advice on giving difficult feedback and maintaining mutual respect.

Have We Seen You on Instagram?

If not, we’d love to. That’s our current favorite social channel and the source of this episode's questions. We both love to interact with listeners there. Follow us @michaelhyatt and @meganhyattmiller. You’ll get a peek behind the scenes as we record the podcast, launch new products, and even share some family fun. This is your very best way to keep in touch, and we’d love to see you there! 

 

This episode of Focus on This is brought to you by by the newly-designed Full Focus Notebooks, to help you capture genius whenever it strikes.Learn more at leadto.win/notebook.

Feb 18, 2020
#105: How to Defuse Conflict Before It Begins
40:11

We don’t know anybody who loves interpersonal conflict. It’s uncomfortable, and it brings up a ton of negative emotions. Most of us try to avoid conflict whenever possible. Even as a leader, you may wonder, “Do I really have to have this hard conversation?”

Here’s some good news. Conflict can actually be an opportunity for growth, not just a problem to solve. That happens when you learn how to engage with others—not just attack or defend. Based on a lifetime of dealing with difficult situations, we’ve identified five steps to help you face up to conflict. 

Try this! You’ll instantly untangle that knot in your stomach and see how a hard conversation can become a win for you and for others. Best of all, you’ll have another solid tool in your leadership toolbox. 

In this episode you will—

  • Learn what it means to “hold space” for others, a key listening skill. 
  • Gain practical tips for having difficult conversations. 
  • Identify the one reaction that will both disarm conflict and redeem your relationship with the other person. 
  • Understand when it’s best to speak and when to listen. 
  • Gain the confidence to lead through initiating tough conversations. 

Once you’ve listened to this episode, here’s your next step. Think about the last time someone came to you with a complaint or problem about your leadership. Identify the ways you might have responded better using these five steps. You’ll grow as a leader!

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Do you know someone who could benefit from this topic? We’ll bet you do. Everybody hates conflict! Drop a link to this episode in your favorite social media channel, and tag your peeps. They’ll thank you for it! Include the hashtag #leadtowin.

Resources from This Episode

This episode of Lead to Win is brought to you by The Focused Leader 1-Day Intensive to focus your achievement with clear goals and smarter productivity. Find out more at leadto.win/focusedleader.

Feb 11, 2020
#104: 4 Steps to Generate Clear Vision
29:26

As a leader, you know you need a vision for your business. And you want to generate that vision so you can communicate it to your team. There’s just one problem. You don’t know how!

Is vision some mystical thing that comes down from the mountain? Do you need to get away to the desert? It’s confusing! You might even conclude that you just don’t get the “vision thing.”

Good news: we’ve been leading with vision for decades, and we have totally demystified the subject of generating your vision for the future. We’ll outline that process in four steps that you can begin taking today. 

When you do, you’ll realize that you do have a vision. And you can articulate it for yourself and your team. You’ll gain instant confidence in your ability to lead. And you’ll be well on  your way to creating the roadmap to your future. 

This episode of Lead to Win is brought to you by The Focused Leader 1-Day Intensive to focus your achievement with clear goals and smarter productivity. Find out more at leadto.win/focusedleader.

In this episode you will—

  • Understand the difference between mission and vision. 
  • Identify the biggest roadblock leaders face when generating vision.
  • Realize the high cost of aiming too low. 
  • Get a simple hack to help you see what the future could be.
  • See why a slogan is not the same as a vision. 
  • Find out how to make your vision compelling to others. 
  • Learn the best way to refine and improve your vision.
  • Gain the confidence to define the future you want to create!

After you’ve listened to this episode, here’s your next step. Download our free resource 3 Strategic Pitfalls to Avoid in 2020, and use it to begin formulating your vision for the next three to five years. Your future starts now!

Have We Seen You on Instagram?

If not, we’d love to. That’s our current favorite social channel. And we both love to interact with listeners there. Follow us @michaelhyatt and @meganhyattmiller. You’ll get a peek behind the scenes as we record the podcast, launch new products, and even share some family fun. This is your very best way to keep in touch, and we’d love to see you there! 

Resources from This Episode

Feb 04, 2020
#103: 4 Strategic Benefits of Having a Vision
33:08

As a leader, you know you’re responsible for the vision of your company. And you have one—sort of. It exists in the back of your head, but it’s really hard to get it down on paper. There never seems to be enough time to do it. And, when it comes right down to it, you’re not all that sure why it matters. 

It’s hard enough to keep your business going from day to day. Who has time for navel gazing? 

If there’s one thing we’ve learned with over 50 years of combined business experience, it’s that vision matters! Rather than thinking of it as another task on your list. Start to see vision as a tool for creating the future you desire. 

In this episode, we’ll show you four ways that having a clear vision gives you a strategic advantage over your competition. When we’re done, you’ll know exactly how important this process is, and you’ll be dying to turn off the podcast and start writing a vision script of your own! 

Here’s what you’ll get from this episode—

  • Get a simple, practical definition of vision. 
  • Find out why vision is a low priority for many leaders, and why that’s dangerous.
  • Learn the best way to keep your business proactive (not reactive). 
  • Discover the biggest single pitfall of lacking vision. 
  • See how a clear vision makes it easier to make big decisions. 
  • Get tips on improving your execution by connecting it to vision. 
  • Understand why team members won’t (and can’t) follow a leader who lacks vision. 
  • Get clear on the best way to keep yourself (and your team) focused when things get tough.
  • Learn the very best way to make your vision real for your team.
  • Get fired up about articulating your own vision for the future!

After you’ve listened to this episode, here’s your next step. Download our free resource 3 Strategic Pitfalls to Avoid in 2020, and use it to begin formulating your vision for the next three to five years. 

Jan 28, 2020
#102: 102 – How to Solve Your Turnover Problem
29:21

To lead a growing business, you need a strong team. But finding and keeping talent is a challenge. Sometimes it seems that good people leave faster than you can hire them. You’ve added all the perks you can think of, but nothing will stop the revolving door. 

Why does staffing have to be so hard? 

Our decades of experience have taught us that staffing, like everything else in business, boils down to one thing: vision.  You need to stop looking at the secondary causes of turnover, and address the underlying problem. Either you don’t have a vision, or your team does not understand it. 

Don’t worry, we’ve identified three clear steps to getting your team rallied around your vision. Take these actions, and you’ll see turnover decrease and engagement skyrocket. You feel new energy in your business. And you find good people begging to join your team. 

In this episode, you will— 

  • Learn the real root cause of turnover. 
  • Find out why this problem is particularly acute for managing millennials. 
  • Identify the three steps you can take to improve retention. 
  • Discover the difference between a vision statement and a vision script. 
  • See the four key aspects of your company that you must clarify for your team. 
  • Understand why the stakes are so high for employee retention. 
  • Gain valuable tips for connecting team members to your vision for the company. 

After you’ve listened to this episode, here’s your next step. Ask three of your team members this simple question: “What is the vision of our company?” Their answer will tell you exactly where to begin in solving your turnover problem. You can do this! 

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If you haven’t shared this podcast with a friend or coworker, would you do that right now? You are our very best source for discovering new listeners! Drop a link to this episode into a text message or your favorite social channel. Your friends will thank you. Don’t forget the hashtag #leadtowin. 

And if you haven’t had a chance to review the podcast yet, we’d love to hear your thoughts. You can do that on iTunes or wherever you listen to podcasts. We’re eager to hear from you guys, and we do read every single review! 

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Jan 21, 2020
#101: 3 Essentials for Executive Moms
37:52

As a leader, you thrive on the challenges of running your business. But if you also happen to be a wife and a mom, you feel pulled in another direction. It seems that whenever you’re at work, you’re thinking at home. And when you’re home, you don’t feel fully present either. You may wonder why you can’t seem to get it together, like so many “Super Moms.”

Here’s the truth: Super Mom is a fictional creature. Every successful leader who is also a mom must navigate the challenges of this unique role. And you can! 

We’ll show you how to quit trying to “do it all” and get clarity on the things that really matter to you. When you do, the weight of those unrealistic expectations will fall away. You’ll find be super-focused when at work, and fully present at home. 

Here’s a preview of this episode. 

  • Why this topic is valuable for men too, also for women who are not moms. 
  • Why being a professional mom is different from being a professional dad. 
  • The most dangerous myth that working moms struggle with. 
  • The forces that shape our expectations for ourselves as women.
  • Why you have to get clear and specific about what a “win” looks like at home.
  • The key question that will lead you to freedom as a working parent. 
  • Why success may look different in your family than in another’s. 
  • The killer emotion that derails many working moms. 
  • A simple exercise that helps you stop pumping the ambition brake. 
  • The single best way to navigate this issue with your spouse. 
  • What is “co-parenting” and how is it different from many think? 
  • Questions spouses can use to help set family priorities. 
  • Why balance matters more than fairness in managing your home. 
  • One set of preconceived notions you should set aside when negotiating agreements with your spouse. 
  • Why self-care is vital—but elusive—for working moms. 
  • Tips for designing your own self-care regimen. 
  • The one gift you must give yourself as a professional mom. 

After  you listen to this episode, try this. Ask yourself the question, “What do I want most in my home and family life?” If you are married, include your spouse in that discussion. It’s your first step in shedding unrealistic expectations and creating a “win” at life. 

Thanks for the Love!

Thank you to “Scoop Miser” who left these comments about the podcast on iTunes. “I can’t recommend this podcast enough. Informative, insightful, entertaining and applicable to anyone looking to improve in all facets of life. I look forward to the new episode like a kid on Christmas Eve waiting for Santa. Thanks, Larry, Megan, and Michael.” 

You’re welcome, Scoop. And thanks for the good words, and thanks to all of you who have left a rating or review of the podcast. That helps so much to get the word out.

If you haven’t done so, you can rate the program right now. If you’re not sure how to do that, check out this simple tutorial. We would love to hear your thoughts. 

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Jan 14, 2020
A 2020 Special Announcement
18:22

As a high achiever, you’re highly focused on goal setting. The Full Focus™ system is the ideal tool to help you accomplish big goals.  

Today, we’re proud to offer you the next-level support and and advice you need to get the most from your Full Focus Planner.

Compass is a membership site designed exclusively for Full Focus Planner users to help them make daily, weekly, and monthly progress on their goals all year long.

To activate your membership, visit https://compass.fullfocusplanner.com/join/.

Inside this episode, we’ll tell you about—

  • Live Weekly Preview Session, so you can add the power of accountability to get your Weekly Preview done every week.

  • Live Monthly Masterclass Sessions where you can learn new skills and get your questions answered from Full Focus Coaches. 

  • Live Quarterly Preview Party, which is a live-stream event where our coaches guide you through the Quarterly Preview with expert tips and giveaways

  • Online Portal to Log, Track, and Share Goals—so you’ll never lose visibility on your goals again.

  • Success Community where you can engage with other users and spur each other on to achieve, supported by our Full Focus Team. 

  • Plus, additional exclusive events and resources for Compass members only.

Once you’ve listened to this episode, here’s your next step. Head over to Compass and activate your membership. You’ll join hundreds of other high achievers in making 2020 the year you accomplish your biggest goals.  

Jan 09, 2020
#100: What’s Missing from Your Goal Achievement Toolbox?
28:46

High achievers thrive on goal setting. So you probably get revved up at the start of a new year or quarter. But the busyness of daily life can drain that enthusiasm quickly. You’re using all the tools you have to keep yourself focused and motivated. But sometimes, it just doesn’t seem to be enough. What’s the secret to staying focused and motivated all year long? 

Your problem isn’t a lack of discipline. It may simply be a lack of community. Community support is the secret weapon of the highest achievers. By sharing your goals with others, you gain a support community, affirmation, and valuable insights. 

There’s no need to struggle alone! In this episode, we’ll show you the amazing value of having a community of like-minded goal setters around you. Try this, and you’ll wind up achieving more goals than ever before. 

Here’s a peek of this episode. 

  • Why you need support more than you need accountability. 
  • How we discovered the value of being in a support community.
  • Why accountability often backfires.
  • The difference between internal and external motivation. 
  • How group support keeps you motivated when goal achievement is difficult. 
  • How negative input inhibits your achievement, and how to counteract it. 
  • Why pursuing an achievement with others makes you better. 
  • Why you need a place to celebrate your wins. 
  • Why it is essential to have a sense of progress toward your biggest goals. 
  • How giving affirmation to others benefits your momentum. 
  • How we leverage the power of affirmation to build momentum in our company. 
  • The easiest way to get advice on pursuing a tough goal. 
  • The antidote to getting stuck on a meaningful goal. 
  • The one thing you should never do in offering feedback on goal progress. 

If you’re serious about getting into a goal support community, check out Compass: Your Full Focus Guide. It’s like an insurance plan for your goals! 

Connect with Us on Instagram

We’d love to see you on Instagram. Both of us post stories nearly every day, and we love to read your comments! It’s also a great place to keep up on new products, our latest thinking on goal achievement, and even personal updates. Check us out @michaelhyatt and @meganhyattmiller

And please share this episode in your Instagram feed (or other favorite channel). Help your friends discover this podcast so they can benefit too! Use the hashtag #leadtowin. 

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Jan 07, 2020
#051: How to Fix New Year’s Resolutions (Encore)
31:02

All of us, especially leaders, want to make positive change in our lives. But we’ve tried and failed many times. Today, we’ll show you why New Year’s resolutions are a flawed system, and how to set achievable personal goals instead. You can avoid that sick feeling every January, and create a new habit or achievement that will change your life for good.

For more, visit leadto.win.

Dec 31, 2019
#098: How to Do One-on-One Meetings
37:32

Leaders are often great solo achievers. But to be a truly great leader, you need to lead a great team. We’ve noticed that some leaders give too little attention to team members. Others smother them with communication and requests for updates. It’s challenging to find the right level of interaction to keep a team on track. 

Based on decades of team leadership, we’ve developed a communication rhythm that guarantees your team members are well motivated, well-resourced, and highly productive. 

Using this structure for personal contact, you’ll move from responding to problems to resourcing your team for success. And your own band width will increase as your team becomes more engaged and independent than ever before. 

Here’s what’s ahead in this episode. 

  • Two extremes leaders may default to when leading teams. 
  • The consequence of either micromanaging or abdicating leadership. 
  • Why leading teams is such a challenge for many leaders. 
  • The most common mistakes in conducting one-on-one meetings.
  • How often and how long to meet with your direct reports.  
  • Four questions you should ask your direct reports each week. 
  • How to gauge your team members’ margin and capacity. 
  • Pitfalls you need to avoid when conducting one-on-one meetings.
  • How we learned (the hard way!) not to cancel team meetings.
  • How to guide your team to solving their own problems. 
  • Why you need an agenda for one-on-ones, and what happens when you go off script. 
  • What makes a quarterly one-on-one different from a weekly meeting. 
  • Why direct reports need to prepare for quarterly one-on-ones, and how to do that.
  • Five questions to ask during a quarterly one-on-one. 
  • The question guaranteed to provoke self-assessment in your team members. 
  • A simple question that will uncover blind spots in your leadership. 
  • How to respond when a team member shares something critical with you. 

Now that you’ve got a good rhythm for meeting with your team members, here’s your next step. Determine the one-on-one rhythm that works for you, and schedule it with your team members. Remember, what gets calendared gets done!

Who Needs This?

Do you know someone who could benefit from this episode? Why not help them out with a link. Text this episode to a leader who could use help in structuring one-on-ones. Or better yet, drop it into your favorite social channel with the hashtag #leadtowin. 

We count on you to spread the word about the podcast, so thanks for helping us get it in front of other leaders. 

And if you’re not already following us on Instagram, click on these links to get connected. We love reading your comments about the podcast! That’s @michaelhyatt and @meganhyattmiller on Instagram. 

Resources from This Episode

  • “25 Things You Can Delegate to an Assistant,” free download from BELAY. Text “LEADTOWIN” (all one word) to 31996.
Dec 24, 2019
#097: How to Have Two Successful Careers in One Happy Home
37:07

As a leader, you’re probably used to being in charge. So when two executives occupy the same household, it can lead to tension. Spouses don’t take delegation well, especially when they’re also leaders! Miscommunication and unmet expectations quickly turn to resentment. Why does it feel like home is often the most stressful place to be? 

It doesn’t have to be that way. You can have the Double Win™, which is to win at work and succeed at life. And that certainly includes your home life. 

As successful executives who happen to be married to one another, we’ve learned the lessons that come from negotiating busy schedules, parenting responsibilities, and domestic roles. We’ll show you how to solve the puzzle of the multi-career household by cooperating on four key actions.

Here’s a peek inside this episode. 

  • Solid reasons why both partners should contribute to household chores.
  • The key conflict that helped us realize the need for greater collaboration at home.
  • Why the management of household tasks must be made clear and explicit.
  • Why men can sometimes be unaware of the conflict over home responsibilities. 
  • What happens when you avoid discussing household management.
  • How the division of household chores is like a “couples contract.” 
  • How the virtue of generosity helps develop equality in a relationship. 
  • Tips for starting a conversation that might be contentious. 
  • The key difference between fairness and equity, and how that can help solve household conflicts.
  • How understanding each other’s strengths and weaknesses helps you create a great partnership.
  • How to shape your household responsibilities around your life season.
  • A simple trick for giving yourself the freedom to re-shape your domestic responsibilities.
  • Why getting home management right is so critical to your life. 
  • The secret hack that highly successful two-career couples are using. 
  • Why you should outsource functions around the house as you do at work. 

Once you’ve listened to this episode, here’s your next step. Schedule a time to sit down with your partner and do a household audit. List the things you are both currently doing to manage your home, and compare notes. Start the conversation!

Have You Reviewed the Podcast Yet?

Shout out this week goes to Clint Sanders, who left this 5-start review on iTunes. He said simply, “I can’t get enough of the leadership lessons from this podcast.” Thanks, Clint. We’re glad to hear it. 

And we’d love to hear from you too. If you haven’t reviewed Lead to Win, why not do that now. It just takes a minute, and it helps so much to keep the program visible for other leaders. Not sure how to leave a review? Check here

Resources from This Episode

  • “25 Things You Can Delegate to an Assistant,” free download from BELAY. Text “LEADTOWIN” (all one word) to 31996.

 

 

Dec 17, 2019
BONUS EPISODE: Top Tips for Leveraging an Executive Assistant
28:57

So you think you think you might need an executive assistant, but you’re not sure where to start? Here’s help! 

Suzie Barbour, our executive director of operations, and Tricia Sciortino, CEO of BELAY, team up to answer your questions about how to get this done. 

Fun fact, both Suzie and Tricia were virtual assistants for Michael Hyatt! 

  • When is the right time to hire?
  • How do I find a reliable assistant? 
  • What competencies should I look for?
  • What character traits should my assistant have? 
  • Could a virtual assistant work for me? 
  • How do I get started working with an assistant? 

We’ll answer all these questions and more, plus our Top 10 list of tips for working with an executive assistant. 

  1. Get an executive assistant!
  2. Over-communicate.
  3. Empower your executive assistant with information from the very start.
  4. Set clear expectations and goals.
  5. Be highly responsive.
  6. Fill the gap with trust
  7. Listen when your executive assistant challenges you.
  8. Get to know your executive assistant.
  9. Show appreciation. 
  10. Give ownership. 

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Dec 12, 2019
#096: How to Get the Most from Coaching
30:30

You know a good coach can help you grow your business. But it’s not as easy as paying the fee. Not all programs deliver what they promise. Maybe you’ve already come away from a coaching experience feeling it was a waste of time.

How can you be sure this will work?


Based on years of both coaching and being coached, we know that what you get from the experience is largely up to you. It’s possible to gain great value from any coaching relationship by making three basic commitments about how you engage the process. 

Do this, and you’ll find coaching truly transformative. You’ll grow, your business will grow, and you’ll look back on this as one of the best decisions you ever made.  

 

Here’s what’s coming up inside this episode.

  • What coaching looks like when it’s done right. 
  • What a coach can—and can’t—do to keep you accountable. 
  • The person who is most responsible for the success of coaching.
  • Why being “hungry” is a prerequisite for a positive coaching experience. 
  • What a coach can do to help you have a breakthrough. 
  • Sure signs that you won’t benefit from coaching. 
  • What it looks like when a leader is taking coaching seriously. 
  • How to prepare for coaching before you arrive.
  • The one thing necessary to learn from coaching. 
  • What it means to play “full out.” 
  • Two attitudes that help you benefit from coaching. 
  • How comparing yourself to others kills the value of coaching. 
  • What it means to “suspend disbelief” how that fuels growth. 
  • Behaviors that set you up for success in a coaching experience. 
  • The one behavior most critical to learning at a coaching intensive. 
  • The most obvious mark of a good leader—and a good learner. 
  • The final step to squeezing value from a coaching intensive. 
  • A simple formula to decide how long it will take to execute on your learning. 
  • How to guarantee you have the time to apply what you’ve learned. 
  • How to ensure that your learning and enthusiasm doesn’t overwhelm your team. 
  • How to frame new learning in a way that will align your team. 

After you hear this episode, you’ll probably be eager to get some coaching for yourself. The easiest way to gauge your need for coaching is to take the free Business Health Assessment. It will evaluate your business based on 7 key metrics. You’ll get a personalized score on strengths and weaknesses. And that will give you instant clarity on where your business needs to grow. 

 

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If you’re benefiting from this podcast, share it on social media! Drop a link into your favorite channel with the hashtag #leadtowin. 

And if you’re not already following us on Instagram, don’t miss the opportunity. We both post frequently, and we do read all your comments. It’s a great way to keep up on what’s happening in our lives. And you’ll get the inside track on new products and special offers. Follow @michaelhyatt and @meganhyattmiller

 

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Dec 10, 2019
#095: 3 Questions to Ask When Choosing a Business Coach
32:20

You’re a high achiever, and you want it to stay that way. That means you need some coaching. But these days, it seems like everybody with a laptop and a website is a business coach. How do you know if you’ll be getting solid advice?

Based on over a decade of experience with business coaches, we’ve developed a successful coaching framework that’s producing real-world results for our clients—both at work and in life. We’ll give you three key questions that will instantly evaluate any prospective business coach. 

Answer three questions, and you’ll gain instant clarity on your decision. You’ll be free from the worry that you’re taking the wrong advice. And you’ll start seeing fresh results in your business and your personal life.

Here’s a sneak peek inside this episode—

  • Why you need to choose carefully when selecting a business coach.
  • The dirty little secret of the business coaching industry. 
  • Why business coaching is now a “wild west” environment. 
  • Our worst experience with a business coach. 
  • The first thing you need to look for in a business coach. 
  • The difference between a great talent and a great coach. 
  • Questions you can ask to uncover a coach’s experience level. 
  • Does it matter if the coach has experience in your particular industry?
  • How to tell if a coach is taking their own advice.
  • Why it’s vital to see that your coach’s strategies have been used in other businesses. 
  • The best question to ask a coach about their methods and outcomes.
  • How to know for sure that a coach can help you. 
  • Tips for finding out how effective a coach really is.
  • The difference between the two major coaching formats. 
  • Why you should absolutely start with a group coaching format.
  • How group coaching builds your skill set faster than one-on-one coaching.
  • The hidden benefit of participating in a coaching group. 
  • Why coaching groups are often better at accountability than a one-on-one coach.
  • The final question to ask a prospective coach.

Now that you’ve got some perspective on how to evaluate a prospective business coach, here’s your next step. Take the free Business Health Assessment. It will evaluate your business based on 7 key metrics. You’ll get a personalized score on strengths and weaknesses. And that will give you instant clarity on where your business needs to grow. 

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Dec 03, 2019
#094: Why You Need a Business Coach
30:29

You’ve worked hard and achieved a lot. But success brings a new problem: What to do next. That brings a whole new pressure from your team, your customers, and yourself. You may feel like you’ve used all your best ideas. From here on out, you’re faking it. That can be super stressful. 

But there is a way to keep the momentum going. We’ve learned the simple secret to keeping yourself one step ahead of the growth curve—and the competition. You need a coach! And we’ll show you why. 

Make this investment in yourself, and you’ll be energized, in the know, and more successful than ever been before. You can finally break out of the imposter syndrome and feel focused, relaxed, and in control of your business again. 

Here’s a preview of this episode. 

  • When we decided it was imperative to have a coach for ourselves.
  • The main thing a coach can help you do.
  • How a coach gives you an edge against the competition. 
  • How a coach keeps you from getting in your own way. [6:01]
  • How the image of coaching has changed from “remedial” to “performance enhancing.” [6:55]
  • Signs that you might need a coach to get to the next level. 
  • One fallacy that keeps leaders from seeking outside help or advice. 
  • What a coach can show you that they don’t teach in business school.
  • How a coach’s “outside” point of view helps you process failure. 
  • Why your own team can’t help you in ways a coach can.
  • How to “outsource” your mistakes using a coach.
  • Why it’s valuable to have a coach with experience outside your industry. 
  • Two things you need to grow your business that a coach provides. 
  • How coaching provides breakthrough moments in your thinking. 
  • Why a coaching session is better than personal “thinking time.” 
  • The essential presupposition that makes a coach incredibly helpful. 
  • Key questions a coach will force you to think about. 
  • How having a coach will help you build a stronger team. 
  • Why you should block time after coaching sessions for further thought. 
  • The very best reason why you should hire a coach. 

Once you’ve listened to the episode, take the free Business Health Assessment. It’ll evaluate your business based on seven metrics. You’ll receive a personalized score on your strengths and weaknesses, and gain real clarity on where a coach can help you most. Try it!

 

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Nov 26, 2019
#093: 3 Reasons You Can’t Stop Working
29:32

Good leaders can handle a lot of responsibility. In fact, they thrive on it. But that can lead to the most under-diagnosed condition in our culture: workaholism. Often, this goes undetected until it results in a personal or relational crisis.

 

We don’t believe you should have to sacrifice your personal life to succeed at work. We’ve identified the three reasons you’re probably working too much, and the three simple steps that will fix the problem. 

 

Try it! You’ll go from working away your family time to having a full, balanced life. You really can win at work and succeed at life. 

 

This episode of Focus on This is brought to you by Michael Hyatt & Company's new book, Your World-Class Assistant. Find out more at focusonthispodcast.com/assistant.

 

Here’s a preview of this episode:

 

  • We share our own history of working way too much. 
  • The fallacy that keeps us stuck in the habit of overworking. 
  • Why it’s often psychologically easier to overwork than to spend time at home. 
  • Why boundary setting is critical to escaping the trap of workaholism. 
  • Three simple boundaries that will keep in perspective. 
  • The reason you may be sabotaging your own attempts to set boundaries on work. 
  • How “secondary gain” may be driving your work habits. 
  • How hard boundaries make you more productive. 
  • Why you must determine where you add the most value to your business in order to get your work under control. 
  • Why it’s critical to prune your calendar, and a simple guideline for doing it. 
  • The single biggest threat to your success after a promotion. 
  • Why play is vital for productivity and well-being. 
  • How mastering your calendar helps you cultivate personal interests. 
  • Why having a hobby boosts your creativity and productivity at work. 
  • The false idea that may be keeping your from developing your interests. 
  • How trying new things in your personal life makes you innovative at work.  

 

After you’ve listened to the episode, try this simple next step. Set one hard boundary on your work time. That could be leaving the office at 5:00 p.m., refusing to check email at home, or not working on Saturdays. Just pick one. We think it’ll give you enough clarity (and relief) that you’ll never go back to 60-plus hours again. 

 

Better than Starbucks?

 

Here’s a big thank-you to iTunes user “brh1965,” who left us this review: “I love the encouraging, not guilt-ridden, challenges!” And to René Nelson who writes, “When I need a mental break or a power shot, I skip Starbucks and listen to Lead to Win instead. Super helpful. Thank you!”

Thanks to you both. We appreciate the feedback. And we’d love to hear from you too. Good, bad, or indifferent, tell us what you think of the show by leaving an iTunes review. We really do read them! 

Nov 19, 2019
#092: How to Stay Mentally Fit
28:48

Leaders love to see progress. But growth brings a whole new set of problems. You may find yourself stuck in reaction mode, feeling more like a fireman than a leader. Dealing with problems all day can drain your mental energy. After awhile, you may have no bandwidth left for vision and strategy. 

 

After more than 40 years in business, we’ve learned how to lead a fast-growing business and maintain time for critical thinking. We call it staying mentally FFIT. 

 

With this simple system, you’ll have greater mental clarity than ever before. You will stay out of reaction mode and keep your focus on innovation. Rather than feeling exhausted when you think about work, you’ll be energized by new possibilities. Try it, and get back in front of the change curve again!  

 

Here’s a preview of this episode. 

 

  • Why you must have a regular practice of intentional thought. 
  • Why scheduled “think time” doesn’t always work. 
  • Why your business demands a shift from doing to thinking. 
  • One solid way to bake think time into your life. 
  • How thought time gives your business an edge. 
  • The kinds of questions you should be asking of yourself and business. 
  • Why you need to be uninterrupted during your focused thought time. 
  • Can focused thought be done with others, or only alone? 
  • How outside input fuels your thought life. 
  • The value of physical activity in activating your thought life. 
  • Why serendipitous breakthroughs are not enough to fuel your business. 
  • The simple practice that will help you think more intentionally. 
  • Practical advice for people who have trouble writing down their thoughts. 
  • The difference between reflective thinking and reactive thinking. 
  • How the Hustle Fallacy inhibits your ability to think critically. 
  • What critical thinking is and why it matters in your business. 
  • The cause-and-effect chain from a leader’s thoughts to business results. 
  • How asking different questions can transform your business results. 

Once you’ve listened to this episode, here’s your next step. Ask yourself this simple question: What is my biggest obstacle to frequent, focused, intentional thinking, and what can I do about it? 

 

You’ll be well on your way to solving that—and many other—problems. 

 

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Nov 12, 2019
#091: How to Create More Margin in Your Personal Life
40:50

Every leader needs a full and balanced life to be fully effective. But when you leave work, it can feel like you’re going to your second job—home. Managing a household and family take tons of time and energy. It’s exhausting, and it leaves you with no gas in the tank for family or personal interests. 

 

We’ve found a solution. Be applying the same goal achievement techniques to your home that you use at work, you really can free yourself to focus on the things that matter most in your personal and family life. 

 

When you do, you’ll escape that feeling of overwhelm that strikes every time you think about home. And you’ll free up tons of time for rest, relationships, and rejuvenation. We’ll show you how, inside this episode. 

 

Here’s a preview— 

  • Why you absolutely need to eliminate, automate, and delegate at home, just like at work. 
  • How to get out of “reaction mode” in managing your home. 
  • Why not every household task should be done by you
  • What matters most to us in home life. 
  • How the Desire Zone™ applies to your household responsibilities. 
  • Where to start in targeting items for elimination or delegation at home. 
  • Examples of household tasks that can be eliminated. 
  • How to automate housework without hiring staff. 
  • Why it’s worth the time to set up automation of food prep and other tasks. 
  • Michael’s latest favorite tool for home automation. 
  • How automated purchasing can save you a ton of time. 
  • How to determine whether it’s worth it for you to hire housekeepers or landscapers. 
  • How a babysitter can do double duty to help with automation. 
  • A next-level strategy for home management. 
  • How investing in home delegation has improved our family life and business success. 

 

Ready to make this system work for you? Here’s your next step. Choose just one task connected with your home to eliminate, automate, or delegate. Try it as an experiment. We think you’ll be so happy with your ability to refocus on what matters that you’ll never go back. 

 

Your Friends Need This!

 

This episode is too valuable to keep to yourself. Drop a link in your favorite social channel and tag all your friends. Lots of overwhelmed moms and dads will thank you! Don’t forget the hashtag #leadtowin. 

 

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Nov 05, 2019
#090: Productivity by Enneagram Type (Part 2)
38:48

Michael continues his conversation with Ian Cron, author of The Road Back to You and an expert on the Enneagram. Ian shares valuable insights on the essential characteristics of each type. He also shares how they influence productivity both positively and negatively.

Best of all, we’ll hear important tips for maximizing productivity by majoring on the strengths of your type and minimizing the weaknesses. 

When we’re done, you’ll have a basic idea of how to improve your productivity based on your unique personality! 

(Make sure to listen to Part 1 if you haven't heard it!) 

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This episode is so valuable you won’t want to keep it to yourself! We’re certain your friends will love learning more about their personalities and how they affect productivity. Please drop a link to this episode in your favorite social channel and tag the universe! Remember the hashtag #leadtowin.

 

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Oct 29, 2019
#089: Productivity by Enneagram Type (Part 1)
43:04

Leaders all want to achieve. But sometimes it feels like you’re your own worst enemy. Either you’re too perfectionistic, or too much of a people pleaser, or so much of a conflict avoider that you have trouble getting things done. It’s frustrating and discouraging to fall into the same old traps over and over. 

 

There’s a better way. We’ve got expert advice on a proven, helpful system for understanding your unique stressors and motivations, and those of the people around you. When you understand yourself, you’ll finally start working with yourself instead of against yourself. You’ll escape that nagging regret of falling prey to your own foibles, and your productivity will skyrocket.

In this double episode (listen to Part 2 here) we’re joined by Ian Morgan Cron, author of The Road Back to You and an expert on the Enneagram. Ian shares valuable insights on the essential characteristics of each type. He also shares how they influence productivity both positively and negatively.

Best of all, we’ll hear important tips for maximizing productivity by majoring on the strengths of your type and minimizing the weaknesses. 

 

When we’re done, you’ll have a basic idea of how to improve your productivity based on your unique personality! 

 

Share with a Friend

 

This episode is so valuable you won’t want to keep it to yourself! We’re certain your friends will love learning more about their personalities and how they affect productivity. Please drop a link to this episode in your favorite social channel and tag the universe! Remember the hashtag #leadtowin.

 

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Oct 22, 2019
#088: How to Delegate for Perfect Results Every Time
29:25

To scale yourself, you need to delegate your work to others. But delegating tasks isn’t as easy as it sounds. No matter how hard you try, the results often don’t meet your expectation. It’s frustrating, and it feels like a waste of time. 

Good news: Delegation is a skill, and you can learn to do it well. Having risen through the ranks in a number of businesses, we’ve learned the secret to delegating like a pro. By communicating four key pieces of information, you’ll get a stellar result every time. You’ll avoid having to re-do tasks. And you’ll gain tons of time to spend on your high-leverage projects. 

Are you ready to delegate like a pro? Grab a copy of our 5 Levels of Delegation Cheat Sheet and you’ll have all the information you need, right at your fingertips. You can do this!

 

Be the Friend You’d Like to Have

 

We’re betting you have a friend or two who could really benefit from all this great advice on delegation. Drop a link to this episode in your favorite social channel and tag your delegation-challenged friends. I guarantee they’ll thank you for it. Don’t forget the hashtag #leadtowin. 

 

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Oct 15, 2019
#087: How to Hire a World-Class Assistant
32:16

“Sure, I’d love to have an executive assistant. But I can’t afford one!” You’ve probably said that before. Or maybe you don’t know where to find one. Or you’ve had a bad experience with an assistant and are reluctant to try again. In the meantime, you’re stuck in multitask-mode, essentially doing the job of two people.

There’s got to be an easier way to find and hire an executive assistant, doesn’t there?

 

Yes, there is! We’ve got some simple steps for hiring and onboarding the world-class helper you need. Our own HR manager, Daneille Rogers, joins us on the podcast to empower you to make the most important hire of your career. When we’re through you’ll have the confidence to take your first step toward ending the overwhelm and getting the help you need. 

 

Here’s a preview of this episode:

 

  • Why you’re not done with a hire when you sign the contract. 
  • Three strategy choices to make before you hire.
  • Pros and cons of hiring a full-time employee.
  • Why a contract assistant often makes the most sense. 
  • When a remote assistant may serve you best.
  • Why you should hire no one before creating a job description. 
  • Must-have elements in a great job description.
  • How a Careers page on your site works like a screening tool when hiring.
  • Why attitude trumps skill in hiring.
  • The very best (and easiest) way to search for candidates. 
  • How to motivate your team to search for your new assistant. 
  • Six ways to find candidates that you may not have tried before.
  • Two reasons you might consider using a corporate recruiter. 
  • A simple tip for getting interviewees to be totally candid about their history. 
  • The very first step in onboarding an executive assistant. 
  • TTTT things you must communicate at the outset of your EA relationship.
  • Why you must over-communicate with your EA during the first 90 days. 
  • Elements of a good communication rhythm with your EA. 

 

Are you tired of the overwhelm? The help you need could be here soon. Don’t overthink this! You know you need the help. Take the next right step and begin drafting your EA’s job description. That will give you the momentum you need to make this vital hire. 

 

Resources from This Episode

 

Oct 08, 2019
#086: How to Leverage a World-Class Assistant
36:14

Every leader needs an assistant to manage low-leverage tasks so they can focus on driving results. A world-class assistant can easily remove 15 or 20 hours’ work from your plate. But it’s not always as easy as it sounds. Many executives aren’t used to the daily rhythm of working with a right-hand person. Others have tried hiring an EA before and had bad experiences. 

 

You may wonder if really need an assistant—or feel unsure about how to leverage one fully. 

 

Here’s help! If you’re dithering about hiring an EA—or if you have an assistant but don’t feel like you’re getting full value—this episode is for you.

My ace executive assistant, Jim Kelly, joins the podcast to talk about how he takes a ton of work off my plate so I can concentrate on growing my business. Honestly, I don’t know how I ever did this without him. 

By the time we’re through, you’ll be dying to get the help you know you need. And? You’ll have the confidence to begin delegating effectively, right from the start. 

Here’s what’s inside this episode—

 

  • The real job of a rockstar EA.
  • The foundational communication rhythms that make a strong partnership.
  • The automation tool that can help you leverage asynchronous communication with an EA.
  • Simple hacks for using your EA to tame your inboxes.
  • Should your EA respond to messages in your name, or their own?
  • Automated tools to help your EA communicate for you. 
  • What is “calendar proofing” and why your EA should be doing it for you. 
  • How to know when you should make a template for a given task.
  • Should your EA answer your phone? 
  • How to use two phone numbers with Google Voice to reduce your phone time.
  • What personal data you can share with your EA, what what you shouldn’t.
  • The common-sense limits for which “personal” tasks an EA can legitimately handle for an executive.
  • Some personal assistance tasks that an EA can accomplish on your behalf.

If you think you might need an executive assistant, you probably needed on six months ago. It’s time to stop thinking about the cost of having an EA and start thinking about the cost of not having one. Do the math, and you’ll be amazed at how much money you’re wasting on low-leverage tasks!

After listening to this episode, you’ll be more than ready to pull the trigger on the most important hire you’ll ever make. And you’ll have the confidence to do it!

 

Are You the Only One?

 

I’m guessing you’re not the only one who has been unsure about how to work with an EA. If any of your friends are managers, executives, or entrepreneurs, you probably know quite a few people who need this content!

Do them a favor and share this episode in your favorite social channel. Be sure to tag your most-overwhelmed friends. (Trust me, they’ll thank you for it!) And remember the hashtag #leadtowin. 

 

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Oct 01, 2019
#085: Michael Answers Your Questions
29:19

Leaders are problem solvers, and that means coming up with the right answers. The problem is that you may have no one to go to with our own inquiries. It’s tough to be the one everybody’s looking to for solutions when you’ve got more questions than answers! 

The longer we’re in leadership, the more we’re convinced that asking the right questions is far more important than always having an answer in your hip pocket. 

That’s why we take time out once in awhile to let you ask the questions that are on your mind. That’s what this episode is about. Think of it as a whiteboard session. We’ll tackle some of your most persistent questions and offer the benefit of our experience. 

Here’s what’s inside this episode:

  • Andy Comer asks how to create meaningful relationship goals in the SMARTER™  format.
  • Jordan Brittley wants to know how to keep track of revenue goals—without becoming a slave to them.
  • Sprout Marketing asks how to maintain a personal connection with employees as your business scales.
  • Tom Tonkin poses a question about the definition of leadership.
  • Katie Eckleman wants to know how to share her ideas about goal setting with upper management.
  • Heather Button asks what to do when another department in the company isn’t leading effectively. 
  • Chad Ingels wants to know what are the first things to delegate as you scale up from a one-person organization.
  • Kim Metzler asks for the best systems and hacks for someone who struggles with organization.
  • Belinda wants to know when to “let go” of a project.
  • Dee asks about how to land a job.
  • Greg Brown has a question about how to balance your focus between the things you can control versus the things you can’t.
  • Kevin Gomez wonders what to do when you personal growth plan causes you to outgrow your leaders.

 

 

With questions on leadership, productivity, goal setting, and personal growth, we know there’ll be some positive takeaways for you in this episode. After listening, here’s your next step: choose one practical action you can take today to begin making a positive change in your business or personal life. Remember, big changes always begin with one small step in the right direction. 

So What’s Your Question? 

All of the questions on today’s episode came in through our personal Instagram accounts. We love hearing from people on social media! If we’re not connected, you can fix that right now at @michaelhyatt and @meganhyattmiller.

We’d love to hear your questions too. We’ll answer more listener questions in a future episode. 

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Sep 24, 2019
#084: Feeling Overwhelmed? Here's Your Action Plan
30:53

Leaders thrive on getting things done. The problem is that there’s more to be done than any one person can accomplish. That can leave you feeling overwhelmed, even paralyzed. Ever found yourself procrastinating because you couldn’t decide what to do next? 

There’s a better way. 

We’ve got a simple plan for any time you feel overwhelmed at work. These four action steps will help you regain your margin and be more productive than ever. 

If you find yourself feeling dread rather than excitement when you think about work, it’s time for a change. Try it and see!

This episode of Lead to Win is brought to you by the new Classic, Executive, and Bold Full Focus Planners. Find out more at leadto.win/planner.

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Here’s what we talk about inside this episode—   

  • What’s really making you feel overwhelmed.
  • The real secret to ending overwhelm.
  • How to regain a sense of control in your life. 
  • A simple technique for culling your to-do list. 
  • How your favorite productivity tool might be contributing to your overwhelm. 
  • How to recognize your productivity sinkholes.
  • How the doom loop of dread, procrastination, and overwhelm contributes to your problem. 
  • How an associate or mentor can help you identify the key tasks that drive your overwhelm. 
  • Why not delegating costs you both time and money. 
  • How your need for control is driving your crazy! 
  • The emotional flip-flop that occurs when you learn how to delegate. 
  • Entry-level ways to begin delegating, even if you don’t have an assistant.
  • Why it is vital that you calendar your work, not just your appointments. 
  • Why you need to add personal tasks and projects into your daily planning. 

Once you’ve listened to this episode, here’s your next step. Do a “brain dump” and put all your tasks, projects, appointments, and commitments on the table. That will give you the objectivity you need to evaluate where you are and make decisions about your highest leverage tasks. You’ll start feeling better immediately!

Who Do You Know Who Needs This?

If you’re feeling overwhelmed, you’re certainly not alone. Chances are good that you have a friend or coworker who could benefit from this episode. Why not share it? Drop a link to this episode into your favorite social channel, and take three or four people you know. Let’s help everybody regain their balance! Use the hashtag #leadtowin. 

Sep 17, 2019
#083: Next-Level Strategies for Weekly Planning
27:35

Leaders like to plan their work and work their plan. The problem is that real-life gets in the way. Interruptions, distractions, and unforeseen problems can make a trainwreck of your week even before it leaves the station. By Friday, you can feel exhausted, overwhelmed, and wonder, “What did I really accomplish?” There’s got to be a better way to plan your week.  

Well, there is! And we can teach it to you. We’ve seen our share of Monday to Friday chaos, and we’ve developed a simple system that lets you take control of your week and ensure that you stay focused. 

Try these next-level strategies, and you’ll finally escape the sickening feeling of never getting anything done. You’re going to start loving Mondays again!

Don’t miss out on the free download that goes along with this episode, the Perfect Progress Checklist. It’s a simple tool to tuck inside your Full Focus Planner to kick your weekly planning into high gear. Get yours now. 

Your Friends Need This

We’ll bet you have at least one friend who really needs these tips on weekly planning. Why not help them out by texting a link to this episode right now? 

You can also share it on your favorite social media platform. Just click one of the links in the sidebar and use the hashtag #leadtowin. 

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Sep 11, 2019
Surprise! A New Podcast!
02:40

We're happy to announce our new Michael Hyatt & Co. podcast: Focus on This! It's the most productive podcast on the internet. 

If you want to achieve your big goals and return toyour most important priorities, focus is the key. Building off of the successful framework of the Full Focus Planner, hosts Courtney Baker and Blake Stratton will providepractical solutions to guide you back to focus.

Subscribe now and listen to two brand new episodes of Focus on This.

Apple Podcasts: https://focusonthispodcast.com/subscribe-apple

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Also, don't worry! A brand new episode of Lead to Win will be available tomorrow (9/9).

Sep 10, 2019
BONUS EPISODE: Start Using Your New Planner Now!
14:24

As a high-performing leader, we know you love using productivity products like the Full Focus Planner. But any new system can seem overwhelming at first. Honestly, our planner can seem that way at first. With so many features built in, it’s hard to know where to start. You may wonder if you’re actually getting the full value from this amazing product. 

Not to worry. We’ll give you the inside track on setting up your new planner so you can start using it right away. Here’s the main thing: don’t try to use every feature at once. You don’t have to master the entire Full Focus™ system to get a huge productivity boost from the planner. 

Follow the nine simple steps in this episode, and you’ll be more productive starting today. It’s really that easy to use. 

Once you’ve listened to this episode, go ahead and implement step one immediately. Take the other nine steps at your own pace. You’ll be amazed at the results. 

Also, if you want to introduce the planner to friends or team members, this episode is the perfect introduction. Why not text them the link right now? 

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Sep 05, 2019
#082: Tired of Making No Progress on Goals? Try This!
37:12

Leaders are driven to achieve. The problem is that our intense drive can backfire. We sometimes set unrealistic goals or timetables, which are impossible to meet. Not that we don’t kill ourselves trying! 

When that happens, it’s easy to feel exhausted and discouraged. Why everybody else seem to make rapid progress? Is there a way to get unstuck? 

There is, and it’s simpler than you might think. Our decades of business experience have taught us this simple principle for making steady progress: Consistency beats intensity, nearly every time. Rather than a big breakthrough, maybe all you need is a simple plan that will bring consistent results. 

When you begin to think this way, you’ll see dramatic changes in your life and business. You’ll finally escape that feeling that you’re “getting nowhere.” And you’ll begin to see steady, consistent, gains in your business and personal life. 

Your Next Step

Once you’ve heard this episode, here’s your next step. Download the free Perfect Progress Checklist. Identify one daily action that will drive progress on a goal. Begin using the checklist and start making progress now!  won’t believe how effective this is. 

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Have a friend who needs this content? Share the love by dropping this episode into your favorite social feed, along with the hashtag #leadtowin. And don’t forget to tag your friend! They’ll be glad you did. 

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Sep 03, 2019
#081: The Upside of an Experimental Mindset
26:16

Leaders create change. The problem is that not everybody wants change. You’ve probably faced the frustration of having your team be less than enthusiastic about a new initiative. That’s when you hear all the familiar lines: “We tried that before.” “It’ll cost too much.” “Why do we need this, anyway?”

It’s exhausting. But there is hope! Here’s an easy way to get people onboard with a new initiative. It’s so simple, you’ll wonder you you haven’t thought of it before now.

Here it is: When introducing any change, from procedures or policies up to and including new product releases, ask people to think of it as an experiment.

Hold on! We know that sounds either simplistic or downright dangerous, but there’s a real logic behind it. And? It really works. We’ve used it dozens of times, both when we find ourselves procrastinating on personal change, and even when we launched one of our most successful products.

Try this yourself, and you’ll instantly overcome resistance and gain buy-in for your change initiatives. You’ll finally escape the purgatory of endless discussion about a new idea and quickly move to action.

This episode of Lead to Win is brought to you by The LeaderScore Assessment, a simple tool to evaluate the health of your leadership. Find out more at leadto.win/leaderscore.

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If this episode strikes home with you,  why not text the link to a friend? Failure is a universal experience, and someone you know could probably benefit from this content. 

While you’re at it, we’d love to hear from you too. Would you leave a review on iTunes? Good, bad, or indifferent. We’d love to hear what you think. We read all of your comments, and they really do help us make the show better! Thanks so much. 

 

Aug 27, 2019
#080: How to Fail Better
25:57

Leaders are achievers. But nobody bats 1.000. We all experience failure eventually. That can be discouraging—even humiliating! That’s why most of us react in one of two ways. Either we globalize our failure by thinking we won’t ever succeed. Or we sweep the loss away quickly and forget it. 

But what if there was a better way to fail? 

Failure doesn’t have to be fatal, and it should never be ignored. We know because we’ve been there! 

Your failures can make you a better leader if you take the time to examine them non-defensively, learn some lessons, and then move on with confidence. Based on years of business experience, including our share of ups and downs, we’ve identified six specific actions you can take to get every bit of value you can from an experience—even failure. 

Here’s a preview of this episode:

  • The most recent failure we experienced, and what we learned from it.
  • The obvious—and difficult—first step in learning from failure. 
  • How ignoring your own failure undermines your confidence.  
  • How avoiding full responsibility for your failure compounds the effect. 
  • The most empowering action you can take after a failure. 
  • Healthy ways to mourn a failure.
  • The downside of “staying strong” all the time. 
  • Six questions that help you learn from failure.
  • The “KISS” method for processing an experience (it’s not what you think). 
  • The most important trait you need in order to avoid repeating a failure.
  • The surprising and beneficial result of taking time to process failure.
  • That day Michael literally got back up on the horse!
  • How to keep failure from making your fearful in the future. 
  • The reason you can actually be grateful for a failure.

Now that you know how to profit from failure, try this: apply these six steps to your most recent experience of failure. We’re betting that’ll help you avoid being stuck in the past, and gain the wisdom you need to achieve even greater things in the future. Give it a try!

 

TEXT A FRIEND

If this episode strikes home with you,  why not text the link to a friend? Failure is a universal experience, and someone you know could probably benefit from this content. 

While you’re at it, we’d love to hear from you too. Would you leave a review on iTunes? Good, bad, or indifferent. We’d love to hear what you think. We read all of your comments, and they really do help us make the show better! Thanks so much. 

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Aug 20, 2019
#079: 3 Habits of Wise Leaders
29:19

Good leaders want to do the right thing. But sometimes we can be our own worst enemy. Have you ever made a really dumb choice that cost you a relationship or an opportunity? 

It’s so discouraging to realize you’ve made an avoidable mistake. It can even make you question your decision making ability. 

But you can recover. 

When we see people who seem to always make the best decision, it’s tempting to believe that they’re just smarter than we are, or maybe have a unique gift. Not true! Nobody is born wise. 

The good news is that wisdom is a trait you can acquire. 

Over a lifetime of practice (and the mistakes to go with it) we’ve distilled our learning into 3 habits that wise leaders consistently practice. 

Put these habits to work for you, and you’ll begin to see a huge difference. You’ll avoid the regret and disappointment that come with repeated failure. Your decision making will improve, you’ll make better choices, and you’ll become the respected leader you aspire to be. 

 

Once you’ve listened to this episode, ask yourself this key question: “In what area of my leadership am I most reluctant to receive honest feedback from others, especially those closest to me?” 

 

Your answer will indicate the primary place to apply what you’ve learned here. When you do, you’ll be well on your way to wisdom. 

 

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And remember to follow us on Instagram: @michaelhyatt and @meghmiller. You’ll get the benefit of our latest ideas and advance notice of new products. It’s also a great place to engage. Yes, we do read your comments and frequently respond! 

 

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Aug 13, 2019
#078: 5 Steps to Avoid Investing in the Wrong People
26:54

What do you do when you have a customer you just can’t seem to satisfy? Or a team member who seems resistant to coaching? What about someone in a personal relationship who seems to suck the life out of you? 

Sometimes it seems like you’re investing all your energy in the wrong people. What can you do about it? 

Good leaders develop people. The problem is that not all employees or customers are created equal. Some can fail to develop despite hours of time and energy. It’s maddening to pour your resources into a person who provides no return on the investment. 

But there’s a better way. 

We’ve identified five steps to ensure that you’re not wasting resources on the wrong people. We can help you multiply your effectiveness by identifying and investing in the people who really want to grow and improve.  

Finally, you can escape from life-draining clients, customers, and relationships and discover the freedom to work with people who energize you. 

Does it sound callous to talk about ending unproductive relationships? It’s not, and we prove it inside this episode. Let us help you get your energy back so you can spend it where it really counts!

This episode of Lead to Win is brought to you by The LeaderScore Assessment, a simple tool to evaluate the health of your leadership. Find out more at leadto.win/leaderscore.

 

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Aug 06, 2019
#033: 4 Rituals That Make You Super Productive (Encore)
31:49

We all want to be more productive. But you know how it goes—a little late getting started, a quick task you just remembered, and then it’s non-stop interruptions all day long. Where does the day go? 

Trust us when we say we’ve been there. But we finally learned a simple hack to start the day right and maintain focus all day long. 

The secret is a set of four daily rituals—or routines—that get your started right every morning and, every evening, set you up for success the next day. 

Don’t panic! When we say “rituals” we’re really talking about daily routines. You could also call them “stacked habits.” It’s a way of batching all the pesky (and some really important) things that could become disruptions as the day moves along. 

Put these rituals to work for you, and you’ll break free from that feeling of being always a little behind. You’ll replace that with a feeling of calm and control because you know you’re fully prepared for each day.

Inside this episode

  • What a “ritual” is (and isn’t).
  • Scientific reasons why habits work for you.
  • A simple formula for starting a new habit.
  • Three benefits of installing daily rituals.
  • The 9 elements of Michael’s morning ritual.
  • How Megan adapted her morning ritual to having young children. 
  • Megan’s current morning ritual 
  • They key question that makes for a great ritual.
  • Why it’s vital to estimate the time needed for each ritual. 
  • How a startup ritual declutters your day.
  • Elements of a solid startup routine.
  • The very best way to avoid bringing work home each day. 
  • A simple hack to protect the time for your morning and evening routines. 
  • The best way to ensure that you leave the office on time. 
  • How timing evening routine on time sets you up for success the next day.
  • How to get started with creating your daily rituals.

Resources from this episode

Jul 30, 2019
#054: The 3x3 Goal Achievement Strategy (Encore)
27:00

As a leader, you probably have a huge goal in mind. It’s the heartbeat of your ambition, the reason you get out of bed in the morning. Chances are good that you’ve thought about it long and hard, and you may even have a timetable and specific objectives for reaching it. 

The problem is that distractions, interruptions, and “business as usual” cause us to loose sight of our goals. Before long, another month, another quarter, maybe even another year has gone by with no progress. It’s disheartening. We know. We’ve been there. 

But there’s hope!

Over the years, we’ve developed a killer strategy to ensure you keep making progress on your goals. And it works! In this episode, we’ll give you the simple system we call the 3x3 Goal Achievement Strategy.

If you’re tired of watching your biggest goals slip through your fingers while you’re busy putting out brush fires, this episode is for you! Here’s the system that will give you laser focus on the things that matter most every day.

Here’s what’s coming inside the episode:

  • True-life story of what happens when you have goals but don’t implement them.
  • What makes goal achievement so much harder than goal setting.
  • The right number of goals to set annually—and quarterly.
  • How limiting your focus multiplies your achievement.
  • How we select our own Big 3 Goals for each quarter.
  • The difference between a goal and a project.
  • How to translate quarterly goals in to weekly achievements.
  • How to use the Eisenhower Matrix to pare down your to-do list.
  • Why looking back periodically can help you make progress in the future.
  • A simple hack to make time for imporant-but-not-urgent items.
  • The secret reward you get for focusing on only three daily tasks.
  • How your choice of daily actions drives progress on your annual.
  • Examples of our daily to-do list.
  • The difference between a task and a project (and why it matters).
  • The well-known business principle that supports choosing just three daily actions.
  • How to harness the power of alignment for goal achievement.
  • Why we make no distinction between personal and professional goals and tasks.
  • Two different strategies for selecting daily tasks on weekends.

Once you’ve heard this episode, don’t be intimidated by the process of narrowing your focus. Just try it! If this strategy doesn’t work for you, that’s totally fine. But we think it’ll be a game changer. You’ll start seeing daily progress on your most important goals. 

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Jul 23, 2019
#058: The Power of Personality (Encore)
34:19

Leaders must motivate people. The problem is that everybody’s different, so what inspires one team member may demotivate another. It can be confusing to lead a diverse team. 

But personality is not an unsolvable puzzle. And we’ve got three powerful tools to help you put it all together. 

We’ve identified three personality assessments that give you a clear understanding of how your team members think, feel, and work. Use these in your business, and you’ll never wonder how to motivate your team again. You’ll gain an engaged, focused workforce that will bring their best energy to work.

 

Here’s a peek this episode:

  • We reveal our own journey with using personality assessments.
  • Why we use personality assessments in our business. 
  • Why it’s more productive to focus on strengths than weaknesses. 
  • How it affects a team member to be free to focus on strengths.
  • We reveal our top five strengths. 
  • How knowing a teammate’s strengths helps your working relationship. 
  • A clear, concise description of the Enneagram.
  • How knowing your direct report’s profile helps you be a better leader.
  • The best metaphor for leading a diverse team to produce results.
  • Author Ian Cron weighs in on the mistakes leaders can make with personality assessments.
  • Why we don’t use the Enneagram in our hiring process. 
  • Amy Bruske of Kolbe Corp. answers the question “Why do smart people often have trouble getting things done?”
  • A quick description of the four modes of the Kolbe A Index, which measures how we initiate work.
  • How knowing a person’s workstyle helps them excel.
  • How the Kolbe A Index helps you determine whether a person will succeed in the role you’re hiring. 
  • What happens when a person is not “hardwired” for the role they’re in.

Now that you have a handle on these personality instruments, here’s what we hope you’ll do. Pick one of these and take it yourself. After you become familiar with it, you’ll be able to determine when and how to roll it out to your team. 

You’re going to love this discovery process!

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Jul 16, 2019
#014: 4 Steps to Communicating Vision (Encore)
33:05

Every leader is motivated by a compelling vision for the future. There’s something you want to achieve. You know where you’re headed. The problem is that it’s hard to keep that vision real for your team. They’re busy and easily distracted. Before long, another quarter has slipped by and you haven’t made real progress on the big outcome you’re after. How discouraging! 

But there’s hope! We’ve got a compelling formula for communicating your vision to every single member of your team. 

Based on decades of corporate experience, we’ve distilled vision casting into a series of four steps. Follow them, and you’ll see your team transformed. They’ll go from being mired in the busy work of Monday to Friday and become motivated partners in helping make your vision a reality. This really works!

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Jul 09, 2019
#027: Self-Care As a Leadership Discipline (Encore)
42:52

Do you ever have enough hours in the day to do all you need to do? If we’re honest, most of us would say no. Work, family, friends, rest, exercise, reading, relationships—something’s got to give. For most of us, that something is self-care.   

The result? We give more and more to work and others, and less and less to ourselves. It’s a recipe for burnout. 

But you deserve more than life on a treadmill. And there’s no need for you to throttle back your dreams. You can have the double win: win at work and succeed at life! 

In this episode, you’ll hear the three key benefits of prioritizing self-care. And? We’ll give you tips for how to do that.

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Jul 02, 2019
#077: 5 Steps for Healthy Confrontation
33:45

Here’s the situation: one of your most lucrative clients has admitted to unethical behavior and is entirely unwilling to change. Do you keep the account and tie your name to their misdealings? Or do you terminate the relationship and lose over a million dollars in sunk cost?

What about this: your top salesman is accused of inappropriate behavior toward team members of the opposite sex. You believe the complaints, but the top-performer denies them. Do you fire the salesman and lose your “rainmaker”? Or do you tolerate the behavior regardless of the effect on morale?

In this episode, we’ll give you five steps for dealing with a high-performing but bad-behaving employee.

Those weren’t just case studies. They were real workplace dilemmas we’ve faced. You may have a tough personnel decision sitting on your desk right now. That produces a lot of stress and anxiety. You may feel like you’re forced to choose between your integrity and the future of your business.

But you don’t have to. We believe you can run a highly successful business and sleep well at night. And we’ll give you the insight and confidence you need to confront bad behavior in the workplace, even when it’s costly or inconvenient.

Following the steps we’ll give you today, you’ll keep both your financial performance and your integrity intact. You’ll gain the respect of your top performers and your entire team.

Here’s a Look Inside Today’s Show

  • Michael shares his worst experience dealing with a bad-behaving top-performer. (sexual harassment)
  • Learn the real driver of performance. (Hint: it’s not superstar employees.) (culture)
  • The one thing that provides the clarity you need to confront poor behavior. (culture)
  • Megan shares an experience of confronting lack of integrity in the workplace.
  • Michael shares a time when he “bet his job” on confronting a high performer. (michael firing publishing client)
  • What to do when your boss doesn’t support you in confronting aberrant behavior (Megan)
  • Tips for conducting a workplace confrontation (step 4)
  • What to do when the behavior is bad—but doesn’t warrant termination. (
  • What behaviors you can coach which you can’t (character vs. performance. Megan)
  • The often-overlooked last step in terminating an employee (tell team)

Is there a confrontation looming in your business? Be thoughtful, be wise, and be confident. You can handle this!

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Jun 25, 2019
#076: 3 Questions Every Leader Must Answer to Avoid the Drift
31:09

Has this ever happened to you? You get in the car and pull out of the driveway, just like you do every day. Then it dawns on you: “This is Saturday!” You’re halfway to the office when you realize you were headed to the store.

Oops. It’s easy to drift along in the wrong direction. That happens in life. And it happens in business.

That phenomenon is called the drift. Just like the current in a river, life has unseen forces that pull you along in a given direction. Lifestage, busyness, culture, obligations —all of that forms a draft that pulls you forward, whether you realize it or not. If you’re not careful, you can wake up to find that your business and personal life have drifted to a destination you never intended.

We’ll show you how to avoid that by living your life with intention.

We share three simple, powerful questions that will help you avoid the drift and navigate against the subtle forces of busyness and distraction. You can live your life on purpose if you pause long enough to answer these three profound questions.

We are super excited about this episode! Why? Because we know how much these concepts have improved our lives. Here’s what we hope you’ll do after listening. Schedule some time on your calendar right now, and commit to using that time to reflect on the three questions we’ve shared with you. You’ll be amazed at the clarity you gain, and the determination to stay on course toward your biggest goals.

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Thanks great to hear, Mike. Thanks for sharing.

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Jun 18, 2019
#075: How to Delegate Even If You Don’t Have a Team
32:11

Feeling overwhelmed? Wow, do we know what that’s like! When you’re caught in that whirlwind of tasks, it feels like you’re downrange at Top Golf! You’re pelted with a new to-do item every few seconds.

It’s even worse when you don’t have a staff. With no one to delegate to, you just fall further and further behind.

But there’s another way!

Though we have a good-sized staff now, it wasn’t always that way. We know what it’s like to work alone or with limited help. And we can tell you that it is possible to delegate even if you don’t have a staff!

The first thing you have to do is change your mindset. Once you begin to see the possibilities, you’ll find nearly endless opportunities to offload work. Believe it or not, even as a line-level staffer or solopreneur, you have options!

Here’s a Peek Inside the Episode

  • How to overcome the hurdle of “I need to do it myself.”
  • How the Eisenhower Matrix can triage your to-do list.
  • Solid definitions of “fake work” and “downhill work.”
  • How to use AI to delegate routine tasks to your computer.
  • How custom signatures can save you a ton of time on responding to email.
  • Tips on negotiating out of previous commitments.
  • How to get “volunteer” help from coworkers.
  • Solid solutions for on-demand hiring.
  • How to get your boss to say yes to more resources.
  • Three easy steps to say no gracefully.
  • Tips for saying no to your boss on new projects.

Once you’ve listened to the episode, here’s what we hope you’ll do. Just try it. Pick one of these ideas and put it to work in your business. We think you’ll be blown away by the results!

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Jun 11, 2019
#074: Have the Right Meetings
31:01

Ugh, another meeting! Do you know the feeling? We sure do. We’ve sat through our share of bad meetings. But would you believe we actually love meetings now?

It’s true. We got so sick of lousy meetings that we decided to do something about it.

When we founded this company, we determined that meetings were going to be something more than a necessary evil. We wanted to make meetings productive and engaging, like they were meant to be.

So we created a meeting rhythm and cadence that ensures we have just the right number of meetings, that they all have a clear purpose, and that they don’t get bogged down or pulled off track.

And it works! Our meetings are enjoyable because we all know why we’re there, that the outcome is important, and it’ll be worth our time. We love meetings—and you can too!

In this episode, we show you how to structure your meetings for maximum engagement and results. We’ve also got two free tools that will make it much easier to structure your meetings. (See the links below.)

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Here’s a Peek Inside This Episode

  • Learn what we consider the worst of all possible meetings. [2:22]
  • How to structure one-on-one’s with your direct reports. [3:58]
  • Why it’s not okay to cancel one-on-one meeting. [5:36]
  • How to structure a one-on-one so it doesn’t ramble. [6:40]
  • How to get direct reports to provide information you need in advance of meeting. [7:32]
  • Why it’s important to ask for the “bottom line” up front in a meeting briefing [10:00]
  • How to structure workgroup meetings and why they are essential. [11:51]
  • Examples of workgroup meetings we hold at Michael Hyatt & Co. [12:50]
  • Who drives agenda for workgroup meetings, and what’s the guiding principle? [15:28]
  • The biggest mistakes you can make in a work group meeting. [16:45]
  • Learn the 3 reasons to have all-hands meetings [19:36]
  • See why all-team meetings are vital for maintaining engagement. [18:39]
  • The kinds of training Michael Hyatt & Co. offers to team members. [19:35]
  • How quarterly meetings drive goal achievement. [20:43]
  • Which company meetings should include spouses, and why. [23:07]
  • How to structure annual celebrations for celebration and morale building. [23:50]
  • Why we particularly loves the annual team gathering. [24:41]
  • Best practices for all-team meetings. [26:32]

We hope this episode will be a game-changer for the meeting culture of your company. We’re totally serious. Make the changes we suggest here, and you’ll start to look forward to meetings because they produce the outcomes that drive your business forward.

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Jun 04, 2019
#073: How to Create a Company People Are Begging to Join
34:02

To build a winning company, you need a winning team. A-players can skyrocket your success, and nothing will tank momentum faster than adding a B- or C-level player to the mix.

We all seem to know that at some level. But when it’s time to hire, we always seem to be in a hurry. We feel some unstated urgency to keep the seats filled and the machine running. That almost always leads to a bad hire, as we’ve learned the hard way!

But there is a way to make recruiting easier, and we’ll tell you about it on today’s episode.

We really like this episode because it’s a chance to showcase some of the initiatives we’ve created around recruiting and retention. More than that, it’s a subject we’re really passionate about. We love our team, and we believe they are the secret to our success.

After listening to this episode, we hope you’ll agree that your people truly are your number-one asset. And? You’ll have the insight you need to begin gathering a top team of your own.

Here’s a peek inside the episode—

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If you’re ready to get off the turnover treadmill and start attracting and keeping high performers, this episode is for you. After you’ve listened, please leave us a review on iTunes. We’d love to hear what you think!

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May 28, 2019
#072 – Don’t Love Your Job? You Have 3 Options
32:15

Has this ever happened to you? You land what you think will be your dream job. But after a few months, you realize . . . you really don’t like it.

Aargh! That’s happened to us, more than once. Sometimes the job wasn’t what you thought. Sometimes the role changes as the company grows (or downsizes). And sometimes you just realize you’re in the wrong career.

Either way, it kind of makes you feel stuck. It’s demotivating to wake up every day and realize the job you have is not the one you want.

But there’s hope! Together, we’ve held dozens of jobs in the business world. We know better than anyone that it’s easy to wind up in a role that just doesn’t fit. Over the years, we’ve reshaped our responsibilities, switched jobs, and even changed careers. It can be done!

You don’t have to feel stuck in a job, or even a career, that no longer fits your passion and proficiency. In this episode, we’ll give you three possible actions you can take. One of them is sure to lead to a role that fits you.

We’re also joined by Ken Coleman, host of The Ken Coleman Show and author of The Proximity Principle: The Proven Strategy That Will Lead To The Career You Love. If you think your best option is simply to find a new career, you won’t want to miss his advice.

A job is like a pair of running shoes. With the right fit, you can go a lot faster and feel a lot better. Today, we’re going to help you get the right fit.

Don’t spend another year lamenting the fact that you’ve wound up in the wrong spot. Today is the day you can begin to make a change!

This episode of Lead to Win is brought to you by The Focused Leader Masterclass, an online course to help focus your leadership and deliver greater results. Find out more at leadto.win/masterclass.

Time Stamps:

  • Big Announcement about Megan’s family! [0:28]
  • Michael talks about making the decision to re-career after his role changed dramatically. [2:50]
  • Learn why it’s not a good idea to “just quit” a job you don’t love. [4:20; 27:54]
  • Find out how the Freedom Compass™ can help reshape your current role. [5:55]
  • Get tips on how to learn and grow in a job that’s limiting you. [8:10]
  • See how to approach your boss when you want to eliminate, automate, or delegate parts of your current role. [9:03]
  • Understand how to leverage your current experience, even if feel “too old” or “too young” for the job you want. [10:27]
  • Learn why it’s critical to separate your role from your identity. [13:00]
  • See the critical signs that you are in the wrong job. [18:23]
  • Learn to overcome the fear of re-careering or making a major change. [19:37]
  • Find out how to leverage the power of relationships when your résumé doesn’t match the job you want. [23:30]
  • See how the right attitude always leads to opportunity. [27:30]

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May 21, 2019
#071: Have a Bad Boss? Do This.
34:47

Have you ever worked for a really bad boss? The kind that kind that makes you want to tear your hear out, or quit, or maybe both? Nearly everybody has at some point, including us! In fact, we’ve got a few of our best bad boss stories to share today—plus some from our listeners.

So what do you do when your boss is really insufferable?

In our experience a bad boss can do incredible damage to morale, productivity, and even the emotional health of the team. The good news is that there are ways to do more than just cope with the situation. We’ve got tips to share that can help you thrive even in a less-than-ideal work team environment.

Oh, and if you are a boss, as many of our listeners are, there’s something here for you too. You can use these insights to reverse-engineer your leadership and be sure you’re not exhibiting any “bad boss” behaviors.

This episode of Lead to Win is brought to you by The LeaderScore Assessment, a simple tool to evaluate the health of your leadership. Find out more at leadto.win/leaderscore.

Here’s a peek inside the show—

  • We each share our worst boss experiences, including one that led me (Megan) to quit after two weeks and another brought me (Michael) to offer up a resignation.
  • Using bad boss stories from several listeners, we’ll share tips and insights for dealing with the Undercommuncator, Mr. Fudge-the-Numbers, Ms. Insecure, and other types of bad bosses.
  • We’ll define the difference between a boss who lacks skill or awareness and one who is unethical or immoral—with tips for how to respond to each.
  • You’ll learn specifically how the Enneagarm and other personality assessments can benefit anyone in leadership—including you, if you’re a boss.
  • We’ll give you some insight on when and how to confront a boss, depending on the severity of the situation.
  • We’ll also define some parameters for when to confront a bad boss and when to report his or her behavior straight to human resources.
  • We’ll show you which circumstances may call for your resignation on ethical grounds—and which don’t.
  • You’ll get a handle on when it’s best to support your boss in public as you confront in private—and when to escalate the situation.
  • Best of all, we’ll show you the one way you can profit from any boss experience, no matter how bad it may be.

We really think this episode is going to be a game changer for frustrated employees. And for some leaders who may lack self-awareness. Whichever role you’re in, team member or leader, these insights will make your work environment less stressful and more productive.

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May 14, 2019
How to Beat Interruptions and Distractions: A Free Audio Chapter from Free to Focus
26:07

What’s your biggest roadblock to productivity? Many people would say, “Interruptions and distractions! I can’t get anything done because I keep getting interrupted!”

If that’s you, we’re going to solve that problem for you right now.

First, a little celebration. We are so excited that Free to Focus made 4 major, national best-seller lists! That includes number one spots at the Wall Street Journal business list and the Amazon.com list for personal time management. We’re so excited!

To celebrate, we’re releasing a second free audio chapter in this bonus episode of Lead to Win. (The first chapter is here.)

Today’s episode is “Activate: Beat Interruptions and Distractions.” And we promise it’ll help you slam the door on time stealers like email, social media, drop-in visitors, electronic notifications, and more.

Put the techniques we reveal here into practice, and you’ll be amazed at how your productivity skyrockets!

Here’s a peek at what’s inside the episode—

  • Learn how to limit instant communications so you can respond on your schedule.
  • Get tips for taking control of your inbox—so others cannot use it to delegate to you.
  • Understand the concept of “downhill work” and stop using it to avoid complex tasks.
  • See the true cost of task switching on your productivity, and find out how to focus longer on a single task.
  • Learn the science behind how certain types of music can boost your concentration.
  • Gain tactics for using technology to fight technological interruptions.
  • Use Implementation Intentions to pre-program responses to interruptions, so you never get pulled off track.

We’ve coached thousands of people on the techniques we’re giving you in this episode. And we know how powerful they are in beating distractions and boosting your focus.

So here’s our challenge for you. Listen to the episode, and pick one or two of these techniques to implement today. You’ll be more productive than you ever thought possible!

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May 09, 2019
#070: 7 Steps to Thinking Big
37:28

Do you have a really big dream or far-out goal that you’ve never told anybody about? We’ll bet you do because we’ve had them too. What’s sad is that most of those dreams  get buried under a huge mound of fear and insecurity.

It doesn’t have to be that way!

We’ve felt that same fear of acting on our deepest desires. And we’ve learned from experience that when you do take the risk of sharing your dream, people usually tell you “get real” or “be practical.” It’s discouraging. After a while, it’s just easier to play it safe.

Here’s the thing: nothing good in our lives has come from thinking small. All the breakthroughs—every single one—have come as a result of dreaming big and nurturing those dreams to reality.

Thinking big is a skill, just like anything else. You can train yourself to it, and we’ll show you how. I (Megan) had to learn that lesson to overcome my lifelong fear of public speaking. To do that, I had to envision a bigger future for myself. In this episode, I share that journey and how it transformed my life and leadership.

We’re excited about this message because we know it will be a turning point for a lot of people, maybe you.

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Here’s the insight you get in this episode—

  • Learn why the biggest change you need is in your mindset, not your behavior.
  • Identify the primary emotion that keeps us from dreaming big.
  • Recognize the predictable process that causes you to give up on big ideas.
  • Find out why writing down your dreams nearly guarantees they’ll be realized.
  • Understand the difference between a dream and a goal, and why both matter.
  • Discover the most vulnerable stage in thinking big, and learn how to ensure your dream doesn’t die here.
  • Hear the magic question that moves you from dreaming to doing.
  • See why most big dreams are not achieved. (Hint: It’s not lack of ability.)

Seriously, this is one of the most exciting episodes we’ve produced. We hope it’ll inspire you to dig deep, think back, and recover the big ambition you’ve been too afraid to voice. We know you can do it!

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May 07, 2019
#069: How to Simplify Systems for Business Growth
31:23

Do you know why Steve Jobs insisted that the original iPhone have only one button? Because nothing succeeds like simplicity. Take out your iPhone, if you have one, and compare it to a Comcast remote. See the difference? Sleek simplicity versus mind-boggling complexity.

We all know that simplicity increases speed and fuels business growth. But we seem to be stuck with clunky, cumbersome business systems. And they multiply like rabbits! Hiring, project approval, communication tools, and even expense reporting can be numbingly complex and tedious.

We feel that too, which is why we recently simplified one of the main aspects of our business, our software solutions. We now use a combination of only four products to run our business: G-suite, Slack, Spark, and Asana. Are they the best tools out there? We don’t know, but they’re the simplest ones that meet our needs. We’re collaborating faster and better than ever before. And our team loves it. Simplicity always wins.

In this episode, we show you how to simplify your business systems. Not just tech, but everything you do.

Our chief content officer, Joel Miller, joins us to explain why complexity is such a huge problem for many businesses, and how you can eradicate it with four deliberate actions.

Here’s an overview of this episode—

  • Joel explains why complexity multiply so quickly in a business.
  • We talk about the subtle clues that complex systems, not true business needs, are creating the need for more staff.
  • We offer tips to help you recognize complexity creep.
  • Michael opens up about the a-ha moment when he realized the need to simplify our product line.
  • We give real-world advice for eradicating complex systems from your business.

One more thing. After you listen to this episode, don’t be afraid to take the plunge and start eliminating tools, processes, or even products that are slowing you down. Sometimes it’s hard to let go, but you will never regret making your business simpler and more responsive. You can do this!

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Apr 30, 2019
#068: Hire This Role Immediately!
36:02

If you could make a single hire that would revolutionize your productivity, would you do it? Of course we all would say yes. But we’ve found that most leaders procrastinate when it comes to hiring an executive assistant.

That’s right, an EA is the most important hire you’ll ever make. Having a good assistant makes you incredibly productive by taking on your low-leverage tasks and helping you channel your time and energy where you can be most effective. That creates an instant boost in productivity!

But lots of us put off hiring an EA out of fear. We’re afraid we can’t afford it, or we’ll lose control of important tasks, or there won’t be enough for them to do.

We’re here to tell you that simply isn’t true! In fact, we’re so convinced that hiring an EA will skyrocket your productivity that we’re devoting the entire episode to showing you how and why to do it.  

Plus? We have a visit from Jim Kelly and Jamie Hess, our executive assistants, who give a behind-the-scenes look at what it’s like to work with us.

Here’s happening in this episode—

  • We give you our top three reasons why you should hire an EA right now. We promise, you won’t regret it.
  • We each reveal the top tasks we depend on our assistants to accomplish—because we’re really not good at them!
  • You’ll discover the ways having an EA boosts margin and improves family time.
  • Jim and Jamie will tell you the number one task you need to hand off (and probably don’t know it).
  • We outline the first steps to hiring an EA, which are much easier than you’d think.

Resources Mentioned in This Episode

Michael’s New Book Is Red Hot!

We just learned that Free to Focus: A Total Productivity System to Achieve More by Doing Less his spiked to #2 on the USA Today best-sellers list for business books. Claim your copy today at freetofocusbook.com.

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Apr 23, 2019
#067: Destroy Distractions with These 9 Focus-Boosting Strategies
31:00

As business owners, we’ve learned that we can’t do our best work sandwiched between meetings and phone calls. We need focused time for strategizing, writing, and working out difficult problems. You probably do too.

But how many times do you get distracted in a typical day? Ten? Fifty? A hundred? Research indicates that the average worker is distracted once every three minutes. We’re swimming upstream against a flood of emails, notifications, texts, and drop-in visitors. You just can’t be productive in that environment.

The good news is that regaining your focus is easier than you think. Just a few simple practices can slam the door on distractions and interruptions and give you the focused time you need for high-leverage work. I’m talking about things you can start doing right now, today.

Here’s happening in this episode—

  • You’ll get practical tips for getting in the “alone zone” so you’re not interrupted.
  • You’ll learn about “meeting free Thursdays” and how that’s boosted our business.
  • You’ll learn how to fight fire with fire, using technology to block distractions.
  • You’ll learn what types of food are scientifically proven to increase mental acuity.
  • You’ll see the connection between listening to music and problem solving, backed by solid research.
  • You’ll hear the best method for ensuring that you take frequent breaks to keep your mind fresh.
  • You’ll learn how the one tool you use every single day can become your firewall against unwanted meetings and visitors.

Plus, our producers surprised us a pop quiz about our own favorite productivity hacks. It was a ton of fun!

After you listen, we hope you’ll choose at least one or two of these simple hacks and start using them today. You’ll be amazed at how it will boost your productivity.

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Apr 16, 2019
#066: A (Virtual) Book Launch Party for Free to Focus
26:22

We are so excited to announce the release of my (Michael’s) latest book, Free to Focus: A Total PRoductivity System to Achieve More by Doing Less! In fact, we’re having a party!

You can read the first chapter of Free to Focus here.

Here’s what’s happening inside the episode—

  • We outline the 3-part system of productivity: Stop, Cut, Act.
  • We tell what makes this system different from the many other task- and time-management approaches.
  • You’ll hear from actual users of the Free to Focus method, who talk about the transformation it made in their lives and businesses.
  • We show you the surprising power of getting more done by focusing on just three tasks per day.
  • You’ll hear how to claim up to $798-worth of free bonuses by ordering the book this week.
  • We announce the winners of our free giveaway of all Michael’s books from among  those who shared this podcast on social media last week.

Resources Mentioned in This Episode

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Apr 09, 2019
Bonus Episode: Free Chapter from Free to Focus
20:55

We're so excited that Michael's new book is coming out on Tuesday! It's called Free To Focus: A Total Productivity System to Achieve More by Doing Less and today you're getting to listen to the first chapter here on this bonus episode of Lead to Win.

Also, as a special extra bonus for our listeners, we’re giving away five bundles of Michael's best-selling books, Your Best Year Ever,  Living Forward, Platform, No Fail Meetings, and Free to Focus. For your chance to win, share this podcast episode on social media with the hashtag #FREETOFOCUSBOOK. We’ll announce our five winners on the podcast on April 9th. So tune in next week to see if you’re one of our five winners.

This episode is brought to you by the new book Free to Focus. To pre-order and receive $498 dollars in free bonus content, visit www.freetofocusbook.com.

 

Apr 04, 2019
#065: 3 Actions to Beat Your Biggest Distractions
30:41

What’s your biggest distraction? Be honest! For us, there’s no question about it—our biggest distraction is ourselves. Too often, we find ourselves responding to text messages or jumping from low-priority task to another instead of tackling more demanding work.

Well today, we’re going to show you how to beat distractions and make yourself more productive than ever!

Research shows that the typical worker is interrupted about every three minutes! Worse, we often distract ourselves by checking social media or surfing the web. All those “little” breaks undermine your productivity. Today, we’ll tell you how to—

  • Silence the noise (literally) that interrupts your focus.
  • Gently but firmly discourage drop-in visitors from breaking your concentration.
  • Use technology to fight technology, which so often interrupts your work.
  • Increase your frustration tolerance so resist the temptation to bail on a task.
  • Heighten your focus with music scientifically proven to help you concentrate.
  • Use social cues to signal your unavailability for a “quick question.”
  • Wean yourself off of dopamine, brain chemical that produces a momentary high when checking messages.

This episode is sponsored by my (Michael’s) new book, Free to Focus: A Total Productivity System to Achieve More by Doing Less. This proven system has helped thousands of people end the overwhelm and regain their margin at work and at home. You can pre-order the book now and claim a ton of exclusive bonuses. The bonuses are for a limited time, so order now.

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Apr 02, 2019
#064: How Healthy Is Your Business?
31:04

What’s the true state of your business? We’re convinced most leaders don’t have a good grasp on that question. But you can!

In this episode, we conduct a live coaching call with Andy Bond, a business owner from Chattanooga, Tenn. Andy recently took our Business Health Assessment, and we walked through his results and gave some pointers on Vision, Focus, Team, and Self-Leadership.

This was a blast! We had a great conversation and dug into some of the key areas where nearly every business needs to grow.

By the way, you can take the Business Health Assessment for yourself right now. It’s free and only takes a few minutes. We guarantee you’ll gain greater clarity on the state of your business.

In this episode, we offered some practical next steps in these areas:

  • How to align your business with your vision for your personal and family life.
  • How to align your team around your vision for the company.
  • How to regain focus after a busy season in your business.
  • Why it’s vital to prune your business, even when it’s growing.
  • How to attract and keep A-level players.
  • How to scale your own effectiveness.
  • How to delegate effectively.

Andy reported that he gained a lot of clarity from this call, and we know you will too.

This episode is sponsored by my (Michael’s) new book, Free to Focus: A Total Productivity System to Achieve More by Doing Less. This proven system has helped thousands of people end the overwhelm and regain their margin at work and at home. You can pre-order the book now and claim a ton of exclusive bonuses. The bonuses are for a limited time, so order now.

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Mar 26, 2019
#063: Answers to 10 Questions You’ve Been Dying to Ask Us
28:05

What’s the best way to recover from a whirlwind of a day? How do you get the leaders you manage to take more responsibility? What’s the right number of goals to set in one year? Michael and Megan answer these and more questions from our listeners.  

You will:

  • Learn how to set expectations for your team members.
  • Understand why setting too few goals is as bad as having too many.
  • Get helpful tips for keeping work discussions from invading family time.
  • Find out how to gain joy in a position that doesn’t totally suit you.
  • See how the Full Focus Planner compares to the Getting Things Done methodology.

Make sure to visit http://leadto.win for complete show notes.

Mar 19, 2019
#062: My Must-Have Apps for Productivity in 2019
32:50

Leaders have to be super productive. The problem is that the digital environment is filled with distractions, interruptions, and repetitive tasks. It can be frustrating to  get the simplest tasks done. It doesn’t have to be that way!


In this episode, Michael Hyatt rates and reviews his top 10 tech tools to increase productivity. Install these tools, and you’ll finally escape the distractions and interruptions that hamper your productivity. You’ll gain mastery and focus will help you get more of the right things done.

Pre-order Michael's new book, Free to Focus, at www.freetofocus.com.

For complete show notes, visit http://leadto.win.

Mar 12, 2019
#061: The Year of Facing Fear
33:18

What would be possible if you were able to conquer your fear? Megan Hyatt Miller gives five simple actions that will help you conquer the fear that holds you back and tackle your most most audacious goals this year.

This episode is brought to you by www.focusedleader.com.

For complete show notes, visit http://leadto.win.

Mar 05, 2019
#060: Need Help? Here’s How to Ask for It
28:18

Leaders never have all the help they need. But most of us have an aversion to asking for it. It invasive an awkward to ask for a favor. But it doesn’t have to!  We’ve got 5 simple tips that will enable you to get more help—for free. Use them in your business, and you’ll never feel awkward about asking for extra effort again. You’ll gain the help you need to achieve your company’s goals, and you’ll create a happier workforce in the process.

This episode is brought to you by www.focusedleader.com.

For complete show notes, visit http://leadto.win.

 

Feb 26, 2019
#059: The Right Way to Fire the Wrong Employee
35:52

Healthy terminations make for a healthy company. Leaders inevitably must fire people occasionally. The problem is that most of us hate conflict and shy away from confrontational situations. That makes terminations incredibly stressful. But it doesn’t have to be. We’ve identified three simple guidelines that will help you turn a termination into a win for your company—and even for the person you fire. Use these in your business, and you’ll never shy away from managing performance again. You’ll gain the confidence you need to prune your workforce so it achieve at an even higher level.

This episode is brought to you by LeaderBooks.

For complete show notes, visit http://leadto.win.

Feb 19, 2019
#058: The Power of Personality
34:06

Leaders must motivate people. The problem is that everybody’s different, so what inspires one team member may demotivate another. It can be confusing to lead a diverse team. But personality is not an unsolvable puzzle. We’ve identified three personality assessments that will give you a clear understanding of how your team members think, feel, and work. Use these in your business, and you’ll never wonder how to motivate your team again. You’ll gain an engaged, focused workforce that will bring their best energy to work.

This episode is brought to you by LeaderBooks.

For complete show notes, visit http://leadto.win.

 

Feb 12, 2019
#057: 4 Questions That Will Transform Your Leadership
32:04

Leaders want to provide the answers that drive results. And in the information age, easy answers are everywhere. That’s why leaders must get better at asking powerful questions. In this episode, we reveal how to drive results with four surprisingly simple questions that have the power to transform your leadership and your business.

For more about this episode, a complete transcript of the show, plus other helpful links, make sure to visit http://leadto.win.

 

Feb 05, 2019
#056: Why Every Leader Needs Friends
37:24

As leaders, we all want to be competent and successful. The problem is that our quest for success can be demanding. It can feel lonely at the top. But as a leader, you can’t afford  to be isolated. You deserve a rich, full life—including a social life. Every leader can thrive by cultivating friendships, protecting time for friendship, and enjoying leisure time together. In this episode, we’ll show you how.

For more, visit leadto.win.

 

Jan 29, 2019
#013: 5 Leadership Lessons from Martin Luther King, Jr. (Encore)
34:18

Dr. King’s efforts initiated changes that would transform American society. That’s why the nation celebrates Martin Luther King Day on the third Monday of every January. It’s a chance to reflect on what he meant for the nation—and what made his leadership so successful. In this episode, we’re going to explore the leadership legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

For more information, visit leadto.win.

Jan 22, 2019
#055: Ask Us Anything: Michael and Megan Answer Your Questions
27:34

Leaders make decisions, but clarity can be hard to come by. In this episode, listeners fire their most pressing questions at Michael and Megan. They bring practical solutions to the problems many leaders face, based on more than 30 years of business experience.

You will:

  • Learn how to push back on coworker demands.
  • Understand the three most important tools for bouncing back from a setback.
  • Find out how to influence workplace culture—even when your boss is not onboard.
  • Gain the confidence to surrender control of tasks to an administrative assistant.
  • Get practical advice for balancing business demands with a growing family.
  • Learn how to lead a meeting with people who don’t want to be there.
Jan 15, 2019
#054: The 3x3 Goal Achievement Strategy
26:14

Leaders dream big. But too often, our greatest goals get lost in the whirlwind of daily tasks and interruptions. Today, we’ll give you three simple practices that will ensure your goals stay on track all year long. You’ll avoid the pain of seeing your biggest goals slip through your fingers - and you’ll feel satisfaction at seeing steady progress until they're finally achieved.

For complete notes and related articles, visit leadto.win.

Jan 08, 2019
#053: New Year, New You
38:43

High achievers love the start of the new year and the prospect of new goals. The problem is that fresh enthusiasm can evaporate with the holiday cheer. Diving back into the whirlwind can be stressful and frustrating. We don’t think your goal achievement should fluctuate with the seasons. In this episode, we reveal a simple five-step plan that will launch you into the new year with focus and energy. Listen to this podcast, and you’ll avoid the January goal slump, and make 2019 your best year ever!

Jan 01, 2019
#010: Generosity Pays (Replay)
35:03

The holiday season has often been associated with giving. But generosity isn’t a one-and-done kind of thing. It’s best to think of generosity as a habit or a lifestyle. Researchers have discovered a paradox—those who give receive back in turn. In this episode, we find out how a generous lifestyle can affect your happiness, bodily health, purpose in living, avoidance of depression, and interest in personal growth.

For more information, visit leadto.win.

Dec 25, 2018
#052: The 4 Horsemen of Goal Failure
33:46

We all miss big goals occasionally. When that happens, it can be lonely and embarrassing. It’s tempting to simply forget about the failure and move on. When that happens, we miss a key learning opportunity. In order to achieve in the future, we must become excellent students of our own failure. Michael and Megan reveal the four most common reasons for goal failure, and how to fix them.

For more, visit leadto.win.

 

Dec 18, 2018
#051: How to Fix New Year’s Resolutions
31:11

All of us, especially leaders, want to make positive change in our lives. But we’ve tried and failed many times. Today, we’ll show you why New Year’s resolutions are a flawed system, and how to set achievable personal goals instead. You can avoid that sick feeling every January, and create a new habit or achievement that will change your life for good.

For more, visit leadto.win.

 

Dec 11, 2018
#050: Do You Have an Upper Limit Problem?
29:17

Leaders have big goals, but most of us have at least one limiting belief that keeps us from achieving them. Based on years of coaching leaders, we’ve identified the three most common limiting beliefs. You might just see yourself in one of them. 

For more, make sure to visit www.leadto.win.

 

Dec 04, 2018
#049: How to Have a Civil Conversation on a Tough Subject
36:27

Learn four secrets to help you engage in the lost art of civil discourse.

For complete show notes, visit leadto.win.

 

Nov 27, 2018
#048: The Gratitude Advantage
47:37

It’s easy to assume that the benefits of gratitude are primarily external. But the latest research reveals that thankfulness offers major payoffs on our side of the equation, too. Discover the advantages of gratitude—and specific practices to harness them—in this week’s episode.

For more, https://michaelhyatt.com/podcast-gratitude-advantage/.

 

Nov 20, 2018
#047: How to Deliver on Deadline
30:47

Learn a foolproof strategy for meeting deadlines so you can deliver your best results on time, every time.

For more, visit leadto.win.

Nov 13, 2018
#046: How to Create New Products
32:55

Learn five simple steps that will ensure your new product will succeed in the marketplace.

For more, visit leadto.win.

 

Nov 06, 2018
#045: How to Help Your Team Find Their Why
29:19

Michael and Megan reveal four secrets for creating a high-purpose, high-energy team by connecting people to the thing they want most: a sense of purpose.

For more information, visit leadto.win.

Oct 30, 2018
#044: Just Say No to Goal Shaming
30:58

Michael and Megan help you silence your inner critic once and for all so you can bust through your upper limit and finally accomplish the big achievement you've been dreaming of.

For more information, visit leadto.win.

Oct 23, 2018
#043: The Fastest Way to Accelerate Business Growth
39:07

Michael and Megan unveil the free Business Health Assessment online tool and offer practical tips for business growth through a live coaching call with a business owner.

For more information, visit leadto.win.

Oct 16, 2018
#042: The Ultimate Collaborative Workplace
33:39

Michael and Megan give a guided tour of the collaborative workspace at Michael Hyatt & Co. to show how your office design can enhance team focus, collaboration, and productivity.

For more information, visit leadto.win.

Oct 09, 2018
#041: How to Dial Down Workplace Drama
35:27

Tired of dealing with office drama? In this episode, Michael and Megan show you how to boost productivity by heading off the drama in your company before it starts.

For more information, visit leadto.win.

Oct 02, 2018
BONUS EPISODE: Megabatching [with Amy Porterfield]
33:51

Online marketing guru Amy Porterfield shares how “megabatching” transformed her business. in this bonus episode, captured live at the Achieve Conference, you’ll discover how to multiply your productivity by re-imagining the shape of your day and week.

For more information, visit leadto.win.

Presented by Free to Focus.

Sep 27, 2018
#040: How to Conquer a Chaotic Calendar
44:06

As a top executive and mother of four, Meg has mastered the art of taming a chaotic calendar. In this episode, captured live at the Achieve Conference, she shares three steps for protecting your highest priorities. When we’re done, you’ll have the complete confidence to manage your most important priorities and become fully present wherever you are.

For more information, visit leadto.win.

Presented by Free to Focus.

Sep 25, 2018
#039: The Very Best Way to Motivate Your Team
30:24

In this episode, Michael and Megan arm you with practical tips for lighting a fire under the most lethargic teams. You'll learn what works (and what doesn't) in motivating your team to achieve.

For more information, visit leadto.win.

Presented by LeaderBox.

Sep 18, 2018
#038: How to Make High-Leverage Decisions
22:33

If you're a leader, chances are good you're making too many decisions. In this episode, Michael and Megan show you how to make faster, better decisions—by making fewer of them.

For more information, visit leadto.win.

Presented by LeaderBox.

Sep 11, 2018
#037: How to Think Straight
22:26

In this episode Michael and Megan expose the three critical errors leaders must avoid in order to make high-leverage choices with confidence.

For more information, visit leadto.win.

Presented by LeaderBox.

Sep 04, 2018
BONUS EPISODE: Achieve Conference Preview
15:55

Michael and Megan give a behind-the-scenes look at the latest live event focused solely on productivity.

Learn more at achieveconference.com.

Aug 30, 2018
#036: How Hobbies Make You a Better Leader
34:37

In this episode, Michael & Megan put the fun back unto leadership! Learn why every leader should practice a hobby, sport, or creative pursuit at least once a week.

For more information, visit leadto.win.

Presented by LeaderBox.

Aug 28, 2018
#035: Fake Work and How to Avoid It
28:33

Find out how much non-productive "fake work" is costing your business—and 3 surefire steps to eliminate it!

For more information, visit leadto.win.

Presented by LeaderBox.

Aug 21, 2018
BONUS EPISODE: Sabbatical Reflections
33:25

In this BONUS EPISODE, Michael & Megan share highlights from their sabbatical experience and reveal secrets for making the most of your time away.

Presented by LeaderBox.

Aug 16, 2018
#034: Engineering Success
32:36

Learn the secret to getting exactly the result you're looking for in any business process.

For more information, visit leadto.win.

Presented by LeaderBox.

Aug 14, 2018
#033: 4 Rituals That Make You Super Productive
32:16

Michael and Megan show you exactly how to overcome unseen obstacles to productivity so you'll be less stressed, more focused, end each day with a feeling of accomplishment.

For more information, visit leadto.win.

Presented by LeaderBox.

Aug 07, 2018
Encore Episode: How to Achieve Big Goals with Your Spouse
42:27

While Michael and Megan are on a July sabbatical, we've hand-picked a few of the most popular episodes of the podcast for you to enjoy. 

When we pair historical examples with the findings of social science, it’s clear a good marriage is an optimal environment for personal achievement. In this episode, we’re going to explore how couples can work together to achieve their most important goals.

For more information, visit leadto.win.

Presented by LeaderBox.

Jul 31, 2018
Encore Episode: The High Cost of Overwork
39:17

While Michael and Megan are on a July sabbatical, we've hand-picked a few of the most popular episodes of the podcast for you to enjoy. 

Most people try to get more done by working more hours. Despite working longer days, we get less done. As our level of investment rises, productivity plummets. Until finally, we experience burnout. In this episode, we’re going to talk about productivity, and we’ll expose the fallacy that you can accomplish more by simply working harder. I’ll show you exactly what this approach is costing you and what to do about it.

For more information, visit leadto.win.

Presented by LeaderBox.

Jul 24, 2018
Encore Episode: The Fine Art of Celebration
38:48

While Michael and Megan are on a July sabbatical, we've hand-picked a few of the most popular episodes of the podcast for you to enjoy. 

Celebration may cost a bit of time and money, but it is well worth it. If you invest the effort in celebrating with your team, that effort will be more than repaid in improved morale and increased productivity. In this episode, we’re going to explore the who, what, when, where, why, and how of celebrating—especially with your team.

For more information, visit leadto.win.

Presented by LeaderBox.

Jul 17, 2018
Encore Episode: The Ultimate Calendar Management Solution
47:12

While Michael and Megan are on a July sabbatical, we've hand-picked a few of the most popular episodes of the podcast for you to enjoy. 

Every leader manages a whirlwind of commitments, appointments, and deadlines. Sometimes it seems as if we’re one step behind. In this encore episode, we’ll show you the three basic tools that will enable you to manage your day. Plus, give practical tips on coordinating your calendar with an executive assistant.

For more information, visit leadto.win.

Presented by LeaderBox.

Jul 10, 2018
Encore Episode: 4 Steps to Communicating Vision
35:05

While Michael and Megan are on a July sabbatical, we've hand-picked a few of the most popular episodes of the podcast for you to enjoy. 

There’s just no substitute for vision. When we have a compelling, unifying view of the future—and we’re able to communicate that view—it can motivate people to accomplish astonishing things. And those who lack vision, well, they’re just “unready” for the challenge of leadership. In this encore episode, we explore the importance of vision to energize and motivate our teams.

For more information, visit leadto.win.

Presented by LeaderBox.

Jul 03, 2018
BONUSODE: Travel Tips from Michael Hyatt's Executive Assistant
20:12

In this BONUS EPISODE, Larry Wilson talks with Michael Hyatt's Executive Assistant, Jim Kelly, about all the ninja tricks and travel apps he uses to plan Michael's travel masterfully.

You can check out the links to items mentioned in this BONUSODE on the show notes for Episode 32: Taking the Stress Out of Business Travel

Presented by LeaderBox.

Jun 28, 2018
#032: Taking the Stress Out of Business Travel
44:19

Weary of being a Road Warrior? Michael and Megan share inside tips and tricks for taking the stress out of business travel. Learn how to arrive refreshed, relaxed, and ready to get down to business.

For more information, visit leadto.win.

Presented by LeaderBox.

Jun 26, 2018
#031: Why Every Leader Needs a Sabbatical
29:02

Michael and Megan tackle the three biggest objections to taking extended time away from work. You'll get the practical guidance and encouragement you need to take a break and recharge.

For more information, visit leadto.win.

Presented by LeaderBox.

Jun 19, 2018
#030: 3 Questions All Great Leaders Ask
28:28

Why is curiosity an essential skill for leaders? Michael and Megan take a deep dive on the value of asking questions, including the three most important questions every leader must ask.

For more information, visit leadto.win.

Presented by LeaderBox.

Jun 12, 2018
#029: Anatomy of a Great Decision
26:11

Can you trust your gut? Michael and Megan identify three critical factors for making great decisions.

For more information, visit leadto.win.

Presented by LeaderBox.

Jun 05, 2018
#028: The Power of Your Words to Shape Outcomes
28:32

Most leaders are unaware of the power of their own words. In this episode, Michael and Megan reveal how the words you speak actually reprogram your own thinking. You'll learn how to shape your success by taking control of your thought life.

For more information, visit leadto.win.

Presented by LeaderBox.

May 29, 2018
#027: Self-Care As a Leadership Discipline
43:07

Michael explodes the "Hustle Fallacy" in this high-energy presentation delivered at LeaderCast 2018. Discover the three amazing ways that slowing down helps you get more done.

For more information, visit leadto.win.

Presented by LeaderBox.

May 22, 2018
#026: How to Keep Meetings from Ruining Your Productivity
31:21

Michael and Megan discuss everybody's least favorite business activity—meetings. Find out why Michael now loves meetings, and the three secret hacks that will transform your meetings from mind-numbingly boring to highly productive.

For more information, visit leadto.win.

Presented by LeaderBox.

May 15, 2018
#025: How to Lead High Achievers
31:30

Michael and Megan reveal the secret to keeping top performers engaged and focused. Learn how to manage the tensions that keep your top talent operating at full capacity.

For more information, visit leadto.win.

Presented by LeaderBox.

May 08, 2018
#024: Elements of a Great Team Culture
36:42

Does your leadership style smother your team, or set them free? In this episode, Michael and Megan show how some leaders unwittingly allow a toxic culture to derail their team's success—and what to do about it.

For more information, visit leadto.win.

Presented by LeaderBox.

May 01, 2018
#023: The Ultimate Calendar Management Solution
46:30

Michael and Megan reveal the three secrets to flawless calendar management. Learn how to avoid getting caught in the whirlwind of deadlines and appointments and have time for your most important priorities.

For more information, visit leadto.win.

Presented by LeaderBox.

Apr 24, 2018
#022: Beginners Guide to Journaling [Updated]
34:24

Most leaders lack self-awareness, which has been called the “meta skill of the twenty-first century.” In this episode, Michael and Megan equip you to practice the most effective means of self-reflection in less than 20 minutes a day.

For more information, visit leadto.win.

Presented by LeaderBox.

Apr 17, 2018
#021: The Most Overlooked Productivity Solution
33:52

Michael and Megan discuss the productivity solution that everyone knows about but few people use effectively. You'll learn that this tried-and-true technology can help you avoid over-priced solutions that don’t work and regain your focus on your most important goals. You’ll also hear from David Sax, author of The Revenge of Analog on why older technologies are making a comeback in the digital age.

For more information, visit leadto.win.

Presented by LeaderBox.

Apr 10, 2018
#020: Leadership and the Law of Replication
31:56

Michael and Megan discuss the one leadership principle they probably didn't teach you in business school. You'll learn the practical ways a leader's behavior is copied—and amplified—throughout an organization, and gain insights you can use right now to establish a winning culture. You'll also hear from Christian Miller, author of The Character Gap, on exactly how good character profoundly affects personal happiness and success.

For more information, visit leadto.win.

Presented by LeaderBox.

Apr 03, 2018
#019: The Character Advantage
28:55

All leaders want to be successful, but sometimes we face situations that pit our desire for results against our values. In this episode, we’ll help you recognize that temptation and equip you to do the right thing when it’s costly. By doing so, you’ll avoid doing damage to your organization and your reputation—and you’ll build a lasting legacy of success.

For more information, visit leadto.win.

Presented by LeaderBox.

Mar 27, 2018
#018: Productivity Investments that Pay for Themselves
37:47

Most of us try to increase productivity by doing more things faster. As a result, we wind up overloaded and exhausted. Like a hamster on a wheel, we’re playing a game we can’t possibly win. In this episode, we talk about the value of investing in your own margin. I’ll show you how to accomplish more by doing less. As a result, you’ll finally have time for the most important things in your life.

For more information, visit leadto.win.

Presented by LeaderBox.

Mar 20, 2018
#017: The Time-Energy Paradox
36:57

Most leaders consider time their most important resource. As a result, they completely ignore the true source of their productivity—their energy! In this episode we discover the Time-Energy Paradox: Time is fixed, but energy flexes. Unless you learn to manage energy, you will unknowingly undercut your productivity. I’ll show you how to match peak energy to your most important work so that you can be more productive than ever before.

For more information, visit leadto.win.

Presented by LeaderBox.

Mar 13, 2018
#016: The High Cost of Overwork
38:57

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Presented by LeaderBox.

Mar 06, 2018
Hiatus Update
01:08

We've been on hiatus for the month of February. Here's what you can expect beginning next week. For more information, visit leadto.win.

Presented by LeaderBox.

Feb 28, 2018
#015: The Fine Art of Celebration
38:28

Celebration may cost a bit of time and money, but it is well worth it. If you invest the effort in celebrating with your team, that effort will be more than repaid in improved morale and increased productivity. In this episode, we’re going to explore the who, what, when, where, why, and how of celebrating—especially with your team.

For more information, visit leadto.win.

Presented by LeaderBox.

Jan 30, 2018
#014: 4 Steps to Communicating Vision
34:46

There’s just no substitute for vision. When we have a compelling, unifying view of the future, and when we’re able to communicate, it can motivate people to accomplish astonishing things. And those who lack vision, well, they’re just “unready” for the challenge of leadership. In this episode, we explore the importance of vision to energize and motivate our teams.

For more information, visit leadto.win.

Presented by LeaderBox.

Jan 23, 2018
#013: 5 Leadership Lessons from Martin Luther King, Jr.
35:34

Dr. King’s efforts initiated changes that would transform American society. That’s why the nation celebrates Martin Luther King Day on the third Monday of every January. It’s a chance to reflect on what he meant for the nation—and what made his leadership so successful. In this episode, we’re going to explore the leadership legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

For more information, visit leadto.win.

Presented by LeaderBox.

Jan 16, 2018
#012: How to Achieve Big Goals with Your Spouse
42:07

When we pair historical examples with the findings of social science, it’s clear a good marriage is an optimal environment for personal achievement. In this episode, we’re going to explore how couples can work together to achieve their most important goals.

For more information, visit leadto.win.

Presented by LeaderBox

Jan 09, 2018
#011: 5 Reasons Resolutions Fail (Why They Don't Work and What You Should Do Instead)
36:04

Millions of Americans admit to making New Year’s resolutions. Most of us can stick it out a few weeks, but fewer than half are still going after six months. Less than 10 percent are ultimately successful. In this episode, we’re going to explore five reasons resolutions commonly fail—and what you can do to finally gain ground in the upcoming year.

For more information, visit leadto.win.

Presented by LeaderBox

Jan 02, 2018
Bonus Episode: The One Tool You Need to Achieve Your Goals in 2018
05:22

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Dec 29, 2017
Bonus Episode: How to Plan Success in 2018
05:54

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Dec 28, 2017
#010: Generosity Pays
36:48

For more information, visit leadto.win.

Presented by LeaderBox.

The holiday season has often been associated with giving. But generosity isn’t a one-and-done kind of thing. It’s best to think of generosity as a habit or a lifestyle. Researchers have discovered a paradox—those who give receive back in turn. In this episode, we find out how a generous lifestyle can affect your happiness, bodily health, purpose in living, avoidance of depression, and interest in personal growth.

Dec 19, 2017
#009: 3 Emotions That Keep You Stuck (And How to Overcome Them)
42:09

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Presented by LeaderBox.

We all like feeling happy and settled. But those pleasant feelings can plateau your growth. Big goals are bound to stir up less pleasant emotions. Namely, fear, doubt, and uncertainty. In this episode, you’ll learn to see those feelings as the welcome committee to your best performance—and pick up some valuable tips to beat them.

Dec 12, 2017
#008: You Can Design Your Year
48:14

For more information, visit leadto.win.

Presented by LeaderBox.

Dec 05, 2017
#007: The Surprising New Science of Achievement
38:08

Goal pursuit has a familiar rhythm. It normally begins with great momentum then grinds to a halt due to unforeseen obstacles. If you’ve ever found yourself frustrated with a stalled goal, the latest achievement research provides the insight you need to break through. Join us to discover four counter-intuitive tactics to drive you forward.

For more information, visit leadto.win.

Presented by LeaderBox.

Nov 28, 2017
#006: The Gratitude Advantage
49:41

It’s easy to assume that the benefits of gratitude are primarily external. But the latest research reveals that thankfulness offers major payoffs on our side of the equation, too. Discover the advantages of gratitude—and specific practices to harness them—in this week’s episode.

For more information, visit leadto.win.

Presented by LeaderBox.

Nov 21, 2017
#005: Anatomy of a Tough Talk
41:58

Our success as leaders often comes down to one thing. Not our planning. Not the market. But, instead, the conversations we lead. When stakes are high (and emotions even higher) you need a solid game-plan. In this episode, we break down a three-phase strategy for winning with your next crucial conversation.

For more information, visit leadto.win.

Presented by LeaderBox.

Nov 14, 2017
#004: How to Beat the Burnout Culture
49:17

In today’s job world, burnout is a constant threat. Email and smartphones keep us constantly connected. Worse still, we lionize leaders who never rest. Famous CEOs tout 80-hour workweeks and we wear busyness like a badge of honor. Join us to discover the causes of our overwork obsession—and its cure.

For more information, visit leadto.win.

Presented by LeaderBox.

Nov 07, 2017
#003: Better Things Come to Those Who Wait
45:18

We live in an instant culture. But if we limit ourselves to fast and easy, we miss out on any wins that require patience or persistence. Honestly, most big wins fall into that second category. In this episode, we’ll share three practices to extend your frustration tolerance and boost your stamina for long-term success.

For more information, visit leadto.win.

Presented by LeaderBox.

Oct 31, 2017
#002: How to Avoid Career Stagnation
30:03

Effective leadership involves a commitment to personal development. Unless you continue to grow alongside your business, it will eventually outstrip you. Or worse, stagnate behind you. If you want to avoid that, join us now to explore the three behaviors of high-growth leaders.

Plus: We hear from Ray Edwards on the top five benefits of including reading in your personal development plan.

For more information, visit leadto.win.

Presented by LeaderBox.

Oct 24, 2017
#001: 4 Practices to Become a Self-Aware Leader
47:47

What trumps education, skills, charisma, and even talent? The surprising answer: self-awareness. A study from Cornell found self-awareness to be the “strongest predictor of overall success” among top leaders. Discover why it’s so important—and how to cultivate it for yourself.

For more information, visit leadto.win.

Presented by LeaderBox.

 

Oct 17, 2017
#000: LEAD TO WIN Teaser (New episodes start 10/17)
04:13

Short-term wins are easy. Sustained achievement is another story. On Lead to Win join New York Times bestselling author Michael Hyatt and discover how current research combines with timeless wisdom for lasting success. From personal productivity to personal development, self-leadership to team leadership, and intentionality to influence, get the insights and tools you need to win at work and succeed at life.

Subscribe now to get new episodes starting on 10/17.

www.leadto.win

 

Oct 10, 2017