Posts Tagged 'thought leader'

Why You’re A Fraud, And How To Stop It

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You’re a fraud. That’s the bad news.

You’re not very good at your job. Sure, you’ve been lucky so far. You’ve gotten away with it. You’ve managed to fool everyone around you.

But sooner or later they’re going to find out. You know this, right? The charade can’t last forever.

Sooner or later, they’re going to figure out that you’re a fraud.

That’s the bad news.

The good news is that, in all likelihood, none of this is true.

Welcome to Imposter ...

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How To Make People Hate You

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This morning I flew from Seattle to Chicago for a speaking engagement. During the course of that trip, these three things happened:

  1. The 40-ish-year-old gentleman sitting behind me on the plane, while seemingly perfectly healthy in all other respects, was apparently unable to get into or out of his seat without the semi-violent assistance of the back of my seat.
  2. The woman immediately in front of me on the down escalator, upon stepping off said escalator, just stood there lost in thought—unaware, ...
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How To Move From Pathetic Pretender To Powerful Producer

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Producing great results consistently is hard. Producing great results consistently—and under pressure—is harder. It takes a great deal of confidence to pull it off successfully.

But confidence, it turns out, is only half of the equation.

In a previous article, I talked about the importance of confidence when producing under pressure. And it’s true. Confidence is a vital attribute when you’re leading a team (even if that team has only one member—you) through a high-pressure situation.

Confidence, however, is no guarantee of ...

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The One Word That Will Eliminate Your Pressure

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I used to work 100 hour weeks.

I still do, on rare occasions. But back when I was first producing my weekly comedy TV show Almost Live!, they were routine.

And most of those 100 hours, especially the final 24, were in panic mode. I spent much of those 24 hours trying to hide the panic from my staff.

So why was I in such a panic? Because the pressure was overwhelming, and I didn’t know how to handle it.

Each week, we had ...

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Stop Choking Under Pressure with this Simple Technique

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Do you regularly find yourself in high-pressure situations? If you’re a leader (or a lion tamer), the answer is probably yes. And if that’s true, then it’s also true that you’re expected to produce under these high-pressure situations, right? In fact, that expectation to produce only adds to the pressure!

And that actually increases the chance that you’ll choke.

So how do you do it? How do you keep from choking in the big moments—the ones that really count?

Simple: use a pre-show ...

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How Your Birthday Can Make You A More Successful Leader

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There are few things more challenging to a leader than having to lead your team through a major change. You hear all the usual whining from your team:

  • “But we like it the way it is!”
  • “It’s too hard! It’s weird and uncomfortable and messy!”
  • “We don’t know what it’s going to be like on the other side!”

Honestly, they sometimes sound like babies, don’t they?

Fine then. Let’s talk about babies. Specifically, let’s talk about birth.

[You: “This is getting weird.” Me: “Stop ...

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The Myth of Producing Better Under Pressure

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They are the heroes, the icons, the legends. They are the leaders in sports, science, and business who “rise to the occasion.” The ones who “do their best work under pressure.” People write books and make movies about these singular luminaries.

The only problem is that it’s not true.

Despite what we’d like to believe (because it makes for a great story), people do not “rise to the occasion.” “Rising to the occasion” implies that some people do their best work under ...

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The Most Important Thing To Focus On For Team Success

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How do you measure success? Money? Fame? Applause?

As a leader, how do your team members measure success?

It’s a deceptively difficult question, but one that’s critical to keeping your team productive, loyal, and engaged.

The question is deceptively difficult because it seems there would be as many answers as there are people on your team, or in your organization, or even in the world. Surely every person has his or her own criteria for success, right?

Wrong.

It turns out that there ...

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How To Overcome The 5 Pressures Of Leadership

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Leadership is not for wimps.

Wimps don’t like pressure, and leadership is all about pressure. When I was leading my TV team to over 100 Emmy Awards and 10 straight years of #1 ratings, there wasn’t a single week where I didn’t feel pressure—sometimes extreme pressure!

It’s probably the same for you too, isn’t it?

Now, your specific pressures may not be the same as ...

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The Most Important Thing To Do When You Are Leading Under Pressure

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What do you do when your plans are falling apart, the clock is ticking, and everyone is looking at you for decisions, answers, and leadership?

Have you been there?

That was my world, every week, for fifteen years. For fifteen years, I was the Executive Producer of a hit comedy TV show in Seattle, Washington. Think Saturday Night Live, but on a local level. Granted, the stakes weren’t as high as if I’d been, for example, a military general or a heart ...

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