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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.
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You try to get the best out of your players, but sometimes it’s hard to tell if they’re on the same team. Morale is low. Team members seem gossipy and disengaged. Nobody’s willing to collaborate. Why is it so hard to get people to work together? In our experience, a teamwork problem is nearly always a cultural problem. Based on our success in creating one of Inc. magazine’s 2020 Best Places to Work, with 96.88 percent of the team being “fully engaged,” we’ve got a solution for you. You can create a world-class culture by taking three actions. Try this, and you’ll no longer have to push your team to get moving. In fact, you’ll be hustling to keep up with their runaway productivity. Teamwork makes the dream work, and we’ll show you how.  In this episode, you’ll discover— What to ask yourself to find out what’s really important to you and your organization. How to embrace who you are, not who you think you should be. Tips for assessing and maximizing your unique approach to initiating work. One major mistake that leaders make with their teams. Practical suggestions for helping your team work together with respect and appreciation. This episode of Lead to Win is brought to you by our new Full Focus Kids and Full Focus Students planners. Learn how you can equip your kids for a successful future at
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.    SHARE THE LOVE If Lead to Win is making a difference in your life, share the good news! The simplest way to do that is to click one of the social media buttons in the sidebar. Tag three people you want to encourage, and share the love.  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!  Resources from This Episode “The Primary Difference Between the Wise and the Foolish” by Michael Hyatt  Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win by Jocko Willink  and Leif Babin 
We know you love Lead to Win. We also know that life is busy, and you don’t always have time to listen to your favorite podcast. Wouldn’t it be great if there were a highlights reel so you could catch up on the big insights from this season?  We’ve gathered some of the top takeaways from our most popular episodes of the last few months. Catch up on these actionable insights and practical tips so you don’t miss a single insight. You’ll get the practical help you need to get motivated and generate momentum on your most important goals.  Show Links (in order): #117: How Successful Leaders Overcome Resistance  #116: How a Business Coach Can Help You Now #110: Why You Aren't Growing Fast Enough #106: Michael and Megan Answer Your Questions #97: How to Have Two Successful Careers in One Happy Home #105: How to Defuse Conflict Before It Begins #113: 7 Must-Have Tools for Remote Work  
As a high achiever, you have the ability to laser focus and put out huge productivity. But it can seem like your life has no boundaries. Good habits slip away and unproductive ones take their place.  It’s time to ditch that feeling that you’re always a step behind. In this episode, Courtney and Blake show you two simple hacks that will get your personal habits under control and set you up for a win every single day. In this episode, you’ll discover— How to structure the beginning and end of your day so you consistently accomplish your daily targets. The relationship between our feelings and rituals—and what we can do about it. Two questions to ask yourself if your rituals aren’t currently working for you. Practical steps to avoid getting sucked into your phone or Netflix. How to identify the activities that will leave you rested and rejuvenated. This episode of Lead to Win is brought to you by Michael Hyatt's book, No-Fail Communication. Discover how to end workplace confusion and achieve better results with your communication. Learn more at
You’ve been biding your time until things get back to normal. But this year has brought us one crisis after another, and there seems to be no end in sight. It’s frustrating—and a little scary—to lead your business into an uncertain future. It doesn’t need to be. We’ve seen major cultural shifts before, and we’ve learned this immutable rule: Life is a river, so you must keep moving forward.  We’ll share the three questions every leader must answer to create a “new normal” that’s better than before.  Do this, and you’ll gain instant clarity and calm, plus a vision for a future that’s even more productive and profitable than the past.  In this episode, you’ll discover— What we have to embrace if we are going to lead in the future. How to decide which of your crisis-time changes should remain and which should go. The value of lessons learned when pushed to the edges. Practical tips for deciding whether you should travel or meet virtually. A powerful exercise that can revolutionize your approach to moving into the future.
When you’re leading through a crisis, it can feel like you’re making it up as you go along. You’re reacting to a new set of circumstances almost every day, and you never have all the facts. Are people following you? Are they doubting your authority? It’s unnerving. Based on leading through crises large and small, we’ve learned one valuable lesson: Your primary leadership capital is not your authority, it’s you. When people trust you, they will follow you. And we can show you the five assets you need to develop in order to build that trust.  When you do, you’ll go from questioning yourself to moving confidently. Your team will follow because they trust you, not because they have to. And you’ll wind up with a more agile, highly motivated workforce.  In this episode, you’ll discover— How to develop empathy if it’s not in your wheelhouse. Practical tips for learning and growing in your appreciation for your teammates’s experiences. Why candor is important (and necessary) in your approach to communication. Times when being overly-optimistic can actually hurt you—and what to do instead. What you must do for your team when changes have to be made. The one thing you must have if you expect your team to continue following you through crisis.
As a leader, you’re used to being on top of your game. But this crisis has been more draining than any of us expected. As the weeks become months, you become more and more exhausted. Is this thing ever going to end?  Here’s what we know: you can develop resiliency as a leader regardless of what’s happening in the world. In this episode, we’ll teach you the three primary traits that will boost your “immunity” to stress and help you bounce back from periods of intense turmoil.  Develop them and you’ll begin to feel better almost immediately. You’ll finally shake that feeling of fatigue and foreboding and gain new energy to face the future. You really can do this!  In this episode, you’ll discover— Advice for how to bounce back when times of crisis gets you down. That some challenges are too big to power through—and what to do instead. One key to resilience that you can’t afford to be without. How limiting beliefs hold you back—and how to reshape those stories. Practical steps to maintain a healthy body and mind so you’re ready for a challenge. The importance of cataloging your achievements to build confidence. Tips for remaining flexible if you tend to become rigid in conflict. This episode of Lead to Win is brought to you by Michael Hyatt's Full Focus Planner, a physical planner to help you plan your year, organize your days, and achieve your goals. Learn more at
You’re an experienced leader, but the current crisis has left us all a bit shaken. Some industries that seemed unassailable just weeks ago are gasping for air. What just happened? And what if it happens again? The best way to prepare for the future is to learn the lessons of the past, and that’s exactly what we’ve been doing. We’ve learned valuable lessons from the early stages of the pandemic and economic crisis. In this episode, we’ll share them with you.  Work them into your business, and you’ll gain the confidence to proactively prepare the future. You’ll gain relief and confidence about whatever’s coming next. And you may find yourself able to seize opportunities when the next crisis hits.  In this episode you’ll discover— The importance of completing After Action Reviews after projects, campaigns, and seasons to ensure you learn from your experience. How to be better prepared for the next crisis by learning what you can for this one. The most critical element your business needs to be prepared for troubled times. Questions to ask yourself to enable you to pivot and retool for new opportunities. How much of a cash reserve you should shoot for to ensure a more comfortable transition in turbulent times. Why leaders tend to under communicate—and what you should do instead. What your employees are looking for from you when they’re nervous and uncertain. This episode of Lead to Win is brought to you by Michael Hyatt's book, No-Fail Communication. Discover how to end workplace confusion and achieve better results with your communication. Learn more at  
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.
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
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
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
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
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 
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
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 
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 
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 
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
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
Comments (12)

Robyn Rodman

Not my favorite episode. I felt they had great points but didn't represent the reasons why it might be a great choice to give free products or services well. This made it feel like an overreaction to some people who are on the other extreme. Not everyone should give things away, surely. But blanket saying you shouldn't is just throwing the baby out with the bath water in my opinion.

Apr 7th

Wendy Bau Rolls

Fabulous episodes (Parts 1&2), thank you. I find the Enneagram incredibly useful in all areas of my life. However, I'm curious to know why Suzanne Stabile wasn't credited anywhere in the conversation or the show notes as co-author of The Road Back To You?

Jan 28th

Kikisabrina5 j

which number can match 8 with the same energy?

Dec 19th
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Fabio Ruiz

Gracias, saludos desde México

Nov 2nd

Becky Bryant


Sep 26th

Niki Torres

loved this episode. going to restart my journalling.

Dec 18th

Niki Torres

Love the big picture thinking about morning routine and prioritising sleep vs waking up early to workout. I do also think and feel having enough sleep is so much better and have shortened my workouts to get those extra winks.

Nov 16th

Daniel Adeboye

Would be trying this... Thanks!

May 12th

Paul O'Brien

Five levels of delegation

Apr 14th

Miew Yeng Chan

Thank you for the podcast. I can learn and relearn every time I tune into this podcast. Wishing you great success in your work and business so more people can benefit from it.

Feb 17th

Pavlina Atanasova

I really like this podcast. The hosts interaction is great and the way they talk is relatable and fun. I've listened to other podcasts and some hosts are very salesy and difficult to relate to. Keep up the good work.

Jan 11th
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