The Big Leap Book Cover

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?

Click the link above in the title to get your copy today.

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

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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Do This Exercise to Build Your Strength Profile for a SWOT Analysis

A SWOT Analysis is an Excellent Tool To Grow as a Individual or a Business

Last week we reviewed what a SWOT Analysis is.  This week we start to build a SWOT Analysis for you or your business.  This is a very good exercise to perform 2 – 3 times a year and revisit the results each time.

Know your Strengths

Strengths are what drive us in hard times.  Strengths are what brings us joy in our hobbies, family, and business.  It’s important for us as individuals or businesses to understand our strengths.  These are traits that make us strong, smarter, and wiser in our life and in our businesses.

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When you plant a seed of assumption in the soil of ignorance you harvest a field of confusion.  Don’t make assumptions, use knowledge to make your decisions in order to be productive.

3 Reasons to Set Goals or New Years Resolutions in November

And a Free Goal Setting Download

It’s getting close to the new year.  You know what that means…  Time for new years resolutions?  We also know new years resolutions don’t work.  Often they are last minute thoughts.  Not something we put much thought or planning into. Or maybe we are just doing it because everyone else is doing it.  I have never been much for new years resolutions but I have set annual goals every year.  I have been setting goals for myself for over 30 years.  I have found the best time to plan for annual goals (January – December) is in November of each year.

Hello November surrounded by pumpkins

Each November I sit down and use a spreadsheet I have developed to plan out my annual goals. I am happy to say that I have been success most of the time at all these goals.

Setting Goals In November are 10 Times More Successful Than Those Set in January.

3 reasons I have found planning your next years goals in November are:

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When I help others improve and grow in their career and life I grow and improve my career and life.  When you serve others you grow as a leader and you  accomplish more through what you learn.

Peter Szpakowski

Here Is How You Can Gain More Friends And Build Better Relationships

So many people struggle to get more friends, to get more business relations.  If you want to get more friends and get more business relations the formula is easy.  Maybe you want to be better friends with the ones you already have.  Maybe you want to have better business relations with the ones you already have.

It's All About Relationships

The secret formula is this:

You will aquire more friends in 2 months being interested in them than you will aquire in two years wanting people to be interested in you.

How many times when people tell you about their weekend or a business deal you respond with relating it to something you did?  It might seem simple to do that because it’s natural.  We want to tell people about things that happen to us.  It’s not natural for as many to listen to people and respond with happiness for them or saying how great it is.  People are drawn to those that they feel want to hear about them.  Not to those that always have an opinion.

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What Type Of Person Are You When Nobody Is Looking? This Is The Way You Should Be…

We all have many aspects of our lives.  Family, Work, Church, our extra curricular activities, friends, and so many different other areas that give us the chance to be somebody different in every given situation.  I know people that are the cursing tyrant type of person at work and then come home and are a loving caring person with the family.  I know people that treat the people at work better then they treat their own family.  You have the person who is terrible at home, terrible at work, and then is a saint when attending church.

Why do people spend so much time living to please people in different ways?  This adds stress and inconsistency that the person even becomes confused who they are.  People can be different around certain people that even their own spouse or mother wouldn’t recognize them.  Why do you think the phrase “Do you kiss your momma with that mouth?” is so popular.  People will say things in one situation they would never say in another. They would say one thing to somebody they would never say to another. We won’t bring up email or text messages. That can bring on a different type of person all together.

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