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The Big Leap (HarperCollins Publishing, 2009)

If there is only one book you read this year this book should be it.  It does not matter what your career is or what your life situation is everyone could learn from this book “The Big Leap” by Gay Hendricks.  I first learned about this book years ago at a Leadership Summit.  Recently I was listening to Cliff Ravenscraft’s Podcast.  He had just discovered and read this book.  The last few weeks this has been the key topic on his podcast.

Since then I have listened to this book again on Audible and read the book cover to cover in a matter of days.  Even taking extensive notes.  This book will give you the motivation and show you how to focus on your greatest strengths.

In this book you will learn about:

  • The Four Main Operating Zones and where you are operating now and how to optimize your work and life
    • Zone of Incompetence
    • Zone of Competence
    • Zone of Excellence
    • Zone of Genius
  • The Four Hidden Barriers that hold us back
    • Feeling Fundamentally Flawed
    • Disloyalty and Abandonment
    • Believing that a Bigger Success Brings a Bigger Burden
    • The Crime of Outshining

These titles might seem a little weird and maybe uninteresting.  I know that is the first impression I had when I flipped through the book.  It sat on my shelf a good 10 – 12 months until I finally picked it up and started reading it.  While their are some obvious observations anyone could learn a lot from this book.  Take notes and reviewing them.

Have you read this book?  What were your thoughts on it?

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Want To Become More Successful In Your Life And Business? Raising This Trait Will Help…

We don't always accomplish our goals but we always get our...

I have been studying goal setting and accomplishing more in your life and business for almost 30 years. I have seen people do and define goals many different ways. Some have worked and some have not. Some might say drive and determination contributes. Some might say that how you define a goal determines how successful you are. I still believe there is one more thing that out weighs all. I started studying Anthony Robbins tactics and principles when I was seventeen years old. I was a young entrepreneur and bodybuilder at that time. I took every opportunity to learn more in these areas of my life. I remember him saying one thing that stuck out more than others. One thing that when I started doing it I was unstoppable.

It is true there are ways that setting goals will help you be more successful in accomplishing them. One thing that stands out that when I have done it I have been success each time.

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Why Do So Many Leaders Lack This One Trait? and 5 Ways To Increase Yours.

And it is one of the most important leadership traits there are

I have worked for many great leaders in my career.  Some of them had this trait but most did not.  But they were still good leaders.  The ones that had it are the ones I am still close to today.  The ones that didn’t I don’t hear from.  Which is understandable.  If you wanted to take your leadership to a level that most never do you need to work on your benevolence.

Constantly work on your ability, your integrity, your benevolence and your impact to improve your leadership.

What is benevolence?

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The Ideal Team Player: How to Recognize and Cultivate The Three Essential Virtues (2016)

Have just finished reading this book.  It’s a quick read but full of useful practices and strategies for any team and leader.  Highly recommend this book as well as any of Patrick Lencioni’s books.  This one is by far one of my favorite books.  Be sure to check it out.  Let me know what you think too.

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Don’t let the word Impossible get you down or even used in your vocabulary.  After all the word itself spells I’m Possible.

Peter J Szpakowski

Try Doing This One Thing To Become More Productive Every Day

Morning's often set the tone for the day. What do we do wrong every day that starts us off on the wrong path?

Do your mornings start like mine? You get into the office, boot up the computer, get a cup of coffee and then the first thing you do is check your inbox.  Let the urgency begin!!! Immediately you get overwhelmed by all the messages. All the questions. All the needs. The need to put out all the fires. Many times somebodies urgent task for you is because they failed to plan.  So you start your day out on the wrong foot.

What if you ignored your email inbox for the first two hours of work? You would be able to:
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The 5 Key Strategies To Becoming A Better Listener

Listening is one of the greatest strategies to being a Great Leader

Have you ever had that boss or friend who you swear loves to talk. Talk about anything and everything.  And when you try to get a word in they jump right in with another story or something about them? In Steven Covey’s book “How To Win Friends and Influence People” one thing you can do to win friends and influence people is listen. Not just listen but listen with a clear mind.  Understand and remember what the person is talking about.

Be An Active Listener

To become that great leader. That Level 5 leader that John Maxwell talks about in his books. That leader that everyone looks up to and respects at work. You will need to become a great listener. Become the best listener you know. It’s not hard. I have been told that I am a leader who cares about my people. That understands my people. That takes an interest in my people. That wants to help my people. I have been told this by colleagues, management, and my team members. I attribute this to becoming a great listener. When you listen and understand people something triggers.   They can trust you more than most.

I have not always been a great listener… Just ask my mom. I had to learn to become a great listener. For me there are just 5 simple rules to becoming a great leader.

The 5 key strategies to becoming a better listener are:

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Constantly work on your ability, your integrity, your benevolence, and your impact to improve your leadership

Use your telescope to set your goals and then use your microscope to set the commitments to get that goal and the steps you are going to take to achieve success!