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Leadership is about motivation, perseverance, adrenaline, rising above the challenge, reaching a higher level…boldly going where no one has gone before…and then…there are those days…

…when you just don’t feel like doing anything.

Some of the things that need doing, aren’t all that fun to get done. And, your head might be in the gray clouds, in a depressed mindset where nothing is enjoyable to do.

But, you still need to get things done. Your team is counting on you.

And, being able to be productive even when you just don’t feel like it, is a skill leaders need in order to succeed.

Join Michael and Jim as they share how to get the most sunshine out of those cloudy days.

Leadership is about motivation, perseverance, adrenaline, rising above the challenge, reaching a higher level…boldly going where no one has gone before…and then…there are those days…

…when you just don’t feel like doing anything.

Some of the things that need doing, aren’t all that fun to get done. And, your head might be in the gray clouds, in a depressed mindset where nothing is enjoyable to do.

But, you still need to get things done. Your team is counting on you.

And, being able to be productive even when you just don’t feel like it, is a skill leaders need in order to succeed.

Join Michael and Jim as they share how to get the most sunshine out of those cloudy days.

As a leader…all of the world is a stage. You’re the lead player, and more than anyone in your organization, you are in the spotlight…for better and for worse.

Unfortunately, for many of us, the worst parts of our personalities can draw the most attention, and often do.  

We’re having to make difficult decisions under constant pressure, and because of this we can crack, and in the process really embarrass ourselves in front of our team.

If this occurs frequently and we don’t handle our mistakes properly, our company culture can devolve rapidly and will become dysfunctional. 

Join Michael and Jim as they reveal their struggles in this area, and provide key insights into overcoming this common leadership issue. 

There are those times on the high wire when it comes to being a leader, when it feels like you’re walking between skyscrapers, and your knees are feeling shaky, and the winds are howling around you.

Then, glancing far, far below, you see a crowd…and you can see it in their eyes…they are thinking: “That guy’s going to fall!”

It’s actually a state of mind, a visceral, psychological event that leaders and entrepreneurs go through, and there is a highly technical term for it…it’s called, starting a business.

Or…launching a new product line, overcoming a crisis, saving the organization…the list goes on and on.

Join Michael and Jim as they share how to work through those times when it seems as if no one believes in you, including yourself. 

Business leaders are often faced with a challenging decision when it comes to the crossroads of uncertainty: should I hit the brakes, or should I accelerate?

We’ve all been in that situation on the road. We’re driving along at a nice, even pace. In the distance, everything is clear, and there is a green light on the traffic signal.

Yet, suddenly, the light turns yellow, and we’re faced with a decision. So too, is the case when it comes to your business.

Is the wise choice to hit the brakes and to slow everything down? Or will it be better to step on the accelerator and ride through it with momentum?

Join Michael and Jim as they explore this important topic in detail.

Leaders, have you ever felt this way: Your mind is spinning, your blood pressure is rising, the problems are many, and the solutions are few?

The walls are closing in all around you and the heat is clearly on. So what do you need to do?

You need to take a break.

It may seem completely counter-intuitive and some would say impossible during times like these…but taking a mental break…even when there is madness all around you…is not optional…it’s essential. 

But, how do you do it without falling further and hopelessly behind?

Join Michael and Jim as they share leadership strategies for taking a break. 

There are many different ways of deconstructing the elements of success in business.

Yet perhaps, if you were to best break it down, you could say that success comes from a series of many, many right decisions.

So if we believe the premise, that success in being entrepreneur comes from making more significant right decisions, than wrong ones, then the pathway to victory now becomes a discipline of learning how to make right decisions.

But, can you actually learn how to make the right decisions?

Absolutely, and join Michael and Jim in this episode to learn how.

 

There will come these times in the leadership journey when you and your organization hit a briar patch, a thorny place where the tires get stuck in the mud and the battery is not starting.

It’s not what you planned…it’s not what you hoped for…but it’s dark outside, it’s starting to rain…and your team is looking at you for the solution.

What is clear is a response is needed. In this moment, you may not have a clue what to do. But, that doesn’t change the fact that everyone is counting on you and expecting some magic.

Which means, it’s time for you to pull some rabbits out of your leadership hat.

Join Michael and Jim as they shed light on one of the least talked about, but perhaps most important leadership skill.

It’s difficult to find a leadership book in any bookstore, business library or executive bookshelf on the planet, that doesn’t talk about the importance of focus.

As a leader, we know all about the necessity for focus. We believe that we need to be focused and most of the time we do a pretty good job at focusing…until…

Until…those times…when we really need to focus! Like when chaos is all around us.

And…then all of the sudden, what was easy, what was maybe even second nature for us becomes almost impossible to do.

Join Michael and Jim as they reveal the steps in keeping your focus during chaotic times. 

There comes a time in the life of any leader of significance where they will face the toughest of decisions in the most challenging situation.

During these times, there is rarely the perfect answer…the most clear choice…but action is required, a decision needs to be made…and everyone is looking at you.

Because you…are the leader.

In these moments of tremendous stress, and the highest level of danger for you and your organization, you must have the ability to muster the courage to take action.

Join Michael and Jim for this critical discussion regarding one of the most important capabilities in leadership.

There comes a time in the life of any leader of significance where they will face the toughest of decisions in the most challenging situation.

During these times, there is rarely the perfect answer…the most clear choice…but action is required, a decision needs to be made…and everyone is looking at you.

Because you…are the leader.

In these moments of tremendous stress, and the highest level of danger for you and your organization, you must have the ability to muster the courage to take action.

Join Michael and Jim for this critical discussion regarding one of the most important capabilities in leadership.

As an entrepreneur, as a leader, loving what you do provides a central core of energy, a shield against all difficulties, and the motivation to take you up the highest mountains.

It’s what gets you springing out bed on a Monday morning…it’s what takes you through the roughest rivers…with a laugh and a shout of victory when you make it through a Category 5 rapid.

When your work is a joy…it’s a joy to work.

So…what do you if your current work situation doesn’t provide you with the love you feel you deserve?

Join Michael and Jim as they explore this important topic and provide strategies for loving what you do.

There comes a time in the journey of every leader when all they have built, all they have hoped for seems to shatter into so many pieces on the ground.

Things will break. Experiences will disappoint. The insurmountable odds against you…will sometimes prevail. It’s just the way it is.

It’s the life of an entrepreneur. It’s written in every leadership resume.

But, there is light in the distance. And as a leader, the place you’re going is always better than the place you’ve come from, because you’re so much stronger and wiser now. 

Join Michael and Jim as they share how to bring new life to your ideas and how to rebuild your shattered dream.

Life is an adventure. Being a leader is an adventure. Sometimes it’s an enjoyable Sunday drive…and at other times it’s a wild safari.

When things do get a bit crazy…and especially when everything seems to go flat out nuts…the people around you are going to getting worried, nervous…and they might even panic.

During these moments when the foreboding clouds are approaching and that twister appears in the blackened sky…you…as the leader, must still lead with a steady hand.

Join Michael and Jim as they explain how leaders can and must always be the calm in the midst of the storm. 

There is no more significant need of great leaders in the world, than when there is a crisis.

When everything around you has shifted, when all of the rules have suddenly changed, when the right decisions, the right actions are needed…and needed quickly…excellence in leadership is required.

And when it comes to your business…that leader is you.

Join Michael and Jim as they share the wisdom earned through hard lessons in order to help you maximize your leadership skills during a crisis.

“Do I have what it takes to start a business?”

Let’s be honest. If you’re working for someone else…and you’re a leader, someone who enjoys designing a vision, building a team, and pursuing a goal, then you’ve already asked yourself this question.

You’ve wondered, “Why am I grinding away so hard at building something for someone else? For making someone else more wealthy?”

Yes…friends, at some point in your life…you’ve probably asked yourself…”Do I have what it takes to start a business?”

Join Michael and Jim as they help you answer that critical question…before you take the leap.

Today’s markets are so competitive, that for you to succeed in business, you can’t swim in the waters of mediocrity. You’ve got to be exceptional.

And even being exceptional will only get you so far. It will help you launch a company, and to have a good run at selling products or services.

But, if you want to build something to last, something with long-term impact, it needs to rise to an even higher level.

Join Michael and Jim as they provide key insights into getting your customers to love you.

Being an entrepreneur is a wonderfully wild journey…full of winding roads, deep shadowy valleys and glorious peaks.

It really is a Dickensian novel…in that it’s “the best of times…and it’s the worst of times.”

When it comes to worst of times..pretty high on that list are those moments when you have to share some bad news.

Yet, doing it correctly, can make all of the difference in your role as a leader.

Join Michael and Jim as they discuss the art and heart of breaking bad news.

Successful leaders need to be effective communicators. This requires specific skill at using the language of leadership.

Not all entrepreneurs launch their businesses with sharp communication skills. In fact, few ever do.

The good news is the ability to communicate with power and precision is an acquired skill set. It can be learned. It can be developed day by day if you make it a priority, as you should. 

Join Michael and Jim as they explore important facets of the language of leadership.

Every leader knows the role of perseverance in running a business. They understand the importance of overcoming obstacles on the pathway to success.

Yet, few leaders every really consider what they’ll do when success finally arrives.

Surprisingly, this is one of the greatest causes of depression for entrepreneurs and goal setters. They finally reach their destination and they are overcome with one single, overwhelming sentiment:

“Is this it?”

Join Michael and Jim as they discuss a topic few others ever have, preparing you for when you reach the top of your mountain.

Sometimes an entrepreneur can experience seasons of defeat. These are moments when you’re too deep in the valleys to even catch a glimpse of the peaks.

Depression runs rampant among business owners and much of it is caused by the fatigue of stress and disappointment.

It’s understandable in these times to find yourself in a place where your emotional embers are down to a dull glow. 

But, don’t despair! Oftentimes, it just takes some fresh winds to get the fires raging again.

Join Michael and Jim as they share best practices for rekindling your leadership fire.

Getting overwhelmed. Getting over our heads. This is a very common issue with entrepreneurs and one that needs to be avoided.

It’s one thing to be swimming in deep waters. It’s another thing to be drowning.

Fortunately, in business, when you’re in those deep waters, there are different types of lifesavers and life rafts that can assist you when you’re too short on time and too long on responsibilities.

And, one of the most powerful flotation devices is something called outsourcing. Yet, if you don’t get outsourcing right, you’ll create more problems than solutions. 

Join Michael and Jim as they offer insights into the Do’s and Don’ts of outsourcing. 

The heartbreak. The seemingly insurmountable challenges. Even failure. These are all part of the entrepreneurial journey.

Yet, there are those times. Those sweet, sweet moments when a plan comes together. When your team beats all odds.

You overcome. And, above the clouds, with an unbelievable view below of all you’ve accomplished, it is all suddenly and powerfully worth the struggle.

Join Michael and Jim in this special 75th episode of the Two Are Gathered Leadership podcast where encouragement for leaders abounds.

Most entrepreneurs struggle from the “Lone Ranger Syndrome” in that they try to carry all of their company’s challenges on their own shoulders.

Yet, it doesn’t take too long for most business owners to realize this is a recipe for burnout and poor leadership performance. 

Still, you can get yourself in big trouble if you share your troubles with the wrong people. So what do you do?

Well…you listen to Michael and Jim in this important episode detailing key strategies around lifting your leadership burden by trusting your problems on the shoulders of others. 

One of the most important leadership capabilities an entrepreneur can have is knowing the right times to make changes in their organizations.

Too often, we act too quickly or too slowly.

Skilled, experienced leaders are instinctively strong when it comes knowing exactly when to pull the trigger on decisions large and small. 

Join Michael and Jim as they share insights into developing this critical skillset for the benefit of your organization.

There is so much that can go wrong in owning a business, and too often it all goes wrong at the same time. Sometimes, all you can do is laugh.

And, this is not a bad thing. That is, if you are using the strategic leadership skill of having a sense of humor.

So often, the entrepreneurial stress can get overwhelming and if you don’t face your challenges with some humility and levity, then they will consume you.

Join Michael and Jim as they share the infrequently discussed, yet highly important, leadership survival skill of sense of humor.

One of the single most important traits of a successful entrepreneur is perseverance. You can’t reach the prize, if you’re too quick to quit when times get tough.

But, actually the pathway to success is much more complicated than just having perseverance. You need to know how to use it properly.

This is because there is a thin line between perseverance and delusion. 

Get this wrong, and you’re going to end up leaving a path of destruction.

Join Michael and Jim as they discuss the finer, and highly important, points of perseverance. 

All leaders make mistakes. And, because we are so stubborn and persistent, oftentimes these mistakes turn into huge messes.

Just like mistakes, messes can turn into learning opportunities with the chance to ultimately move our organizations forward in a multitude of positive ways. 

Yet, there is still the initial the problem of cleaning up these messes. And, it’s easily one of the least enjoyable and most costly exercises an entrepreneur has to face.

Join Michael and Jim as they pass out the shovels, as well as hand out valuable best practices for cleaning up after yourself. 

To most normal human beings, taking vacations is pure pleasure. Not so for us entrepreneurs.

It can be expensive in terms of lost productivity, missed opportunities and a slowdown of our business momentum.

And, that’s all before we pay for the airline tickets.

Still, vacations are important for spending time with family, clearing our heads and being refreshed for the next stage of the journey.

Join Michael and Jim as they share ideas for accomplishing the impossible leadership task of taking vacations.

If you’ve been a leader for any length of time, then one thing is for certain: you’ve had to deal with your fair share of bad news.

Bad news comes in many forms and from all directions as you’re responsible for people, money and performance. 

Obviously, it’s the goal of every entrepreneur to minimize the amount of bad news occurring in the business on a daily basis, but much of it is difficult to avoid.

Join Michael and Jim as they reveal valuable strategies in how good leaders can best handle bad news.

Confrontation is inevitable if you’re a leader. In fact, it’s an important part of your job description.

If there is a critical issue in your organization you can’t just ignore it and hope it will go away. You will be expected by your team and clients to take it on with skill and professionalism. 

Good leaders shouldn’t seek out confrontation, but they shouldn’t back down from it either.

Join Michael and Jim as they discuss the best ways to handle confrontation and how to use it to grow your people and organization.

Being a leader is a big deal. It comes with big responsibilities and big risks and rewards.

Yet, most experienced entrepreneurs and leaders will share with you that it’s the little things that make a big difference when it comes to success or failure.

This attention to detail is often what sets leaders apart.

Join Michael and Jim as they discuss the keys to winning big with the little things of business. 

Negotiation is one of the most significant skills required for successful leadership. 

If you’re an entrepreneur, your ability to negotiate with expertise and integrity will make or break your business. 

Many people mistakenly believe that negotiation skills are something you’re born with and you either “have it” or “you don’t”. 

The truth is, any leader can develop themselves into a fine negotiator with some strong foundations and practice.

Join Michael and Jim as they share the art of negotiation for leaders.

It’s always a challenge when you are the boss of yourself. Who is going to hold you accountable? Who is going to make sure you perform your duties with excellence?

So many entrepreneurs launch a business without really working this dilemma out properly. And, that can lead to disaster for the business.

Self-discipline is an extraordinarily important skill for entrepreneurs and one that needs to constantly be developed.

Join Michael and Jim as they discuss strategies for self-discipline and share something even more critical for leadership success.

It’s the biggest question an entrepreneur will face. Or at least it should be.

That is, “What is the appropriate level of risk for me and this organization?” 

This question should be wrestled with at every phase of the entrepreneurial journey starting with the launch and continuing through every subsequent business milestone.

Most business owners fail to realize just how complicated and layered the level of risk is in their enterprise.

Join Michael and Jim as they plunge to the depths of one of the most critical aspects of being a well-rounded, successful leader. 

Let’s face it. As leaders, we are among the world’s worst control freaks. 

Although we are blessed with the gift of leadership, it often comes attached to an unrelenting desire to have everything go exactly the way we want it go.

This leads to an unhealthy and unattainable goal of controlling everything around us, including our best people.

It’s proven to be the downfall of many great visions and many excellent organizations.

Join Michael and Jim as they share the secret to replacing the illusion of control with empowering leadership. 

Most leaders and entrepreneurs excel at being focused, clear visioned and persistent. 

Which is exactly why we often struggle the most when it comes to making a change. Change gets in the way of our momentum. 

Still, great leaders know that people, markets, and the world itself are in a constant state of change, and if we aren’t adapting, we’ll rapidly fall behind. 

The hardest things for a leader to change are those personality traits and character flaws that are holding us back. Yet, these changes are the most powerfully transforming for both ourselves and the organizations we lead. 

Join Michael and Jim as they provide insights into breaking free from toxic obstinacy, and explain how to reach your greater potential through change.

For entrepreneurs, there is joy in the pursuit of success.

Unfortunately, another common emotion experienced by business owners is the fear of failure. 

In small measures, it can provide a high level of focus and a healthy drive for achieving goals.

Yet, when it reaches toxic levels, this fear of failure can be crippling and cause profound stress and sleeplessness.

Join Michael and Jim as they discuss the fear of failure while offering powerful ways to overcome it.

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