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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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The holidays are supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year—but inevitably, the season feels chaotic. It seems impossible to really be present when so much is happening. And being spread thin can undermine your productivity during the most important quarter of the year. It doesn’t have to feel like the next few weeks are happening to you. We’ve identified four steps to help you thrive this holiday season. When you follow them, you’ll stop being swept away and start being present for what matters most. In this episode, you’ll discover— How to set and communicate realistic expectations Why you may need to adapt your habits Tips for making sure your most important priorities happen The advantage of resisting FOMO and exercising your “No” muscle A special segment with a guest caller that will leave you looking forward to your quarterly preview This episode of Lead to Win is brought to you by Michael Hyatt & Company's Black Friday and Cyber Monday sale. Visit michaelhyatt.com/blackfriday to get up to 50% off select products today.
Your habits exist to work for you. But sometimes, it doesn’t seem that way. Changes in your family or job can make once-helpful habits impossible. You don’t have time for them, but you feel like you should. If habits are supposed to help you, why do you feel so frustrated? Change is inevitable. And good habits are still possible. You can recalibrate your habits to fit where you are now. As Megan and Michael discuss how they’ve adapted their habits over time, you’ll learn how to take stock of your life, notice what’s working and what isn’t, and create realistic habits that leave you feeling encouraged, not defeated. You can leverage the power of habits—no matter your stage of life. In this episode, you’ll discover— Signs it might be time to downsize your habits How often you need to reconsider the habits you’ve created Why small habits aren’t incompatible with big goals Proof that no habit is sacred, not even date night Permission to stick with what works and drop the rest
The ability to establish habits is a powerful skill—but too many people give up only a few weeks in. It’s bound to happen when you fail to harness one of your most important assets in habit creation: your why. Staying connected with the reason you started can be the difference between giving up and pressing on. In this episode, Megan and Michael discuss the practices that keep your why top-of-mind. When you master these practices, you’ll move from dropping out of the race to finishing with flying colors.  End the habit frustration and start experiencing the impact of incremental change. In this episode, you’ll discover— Why forgetting your why undermines your success Stories of how habit motivations change over time Permission to stop striving for habit perfection Why celebration is vital for progress How to leverage tools in the Full Focus Planner to create habits that last This episode of Lead to Win is brought to you by our new Full Focus Journal and Black Executive Pocket planner. Get them today at leadto.win/journal.
Whether you notice them or not, you have habits. Some—like sleeping through your alarm or cutting it close on your deadlines—undermine your success. Others chart a path towards achieving your goals. In this episode, Megan and Larry delve into the power of habits. They explore how habits simplify your life by leveraging the power of automation. They identify how habits can help or hinder your most important work. And, they explore why it’s true that what you do shapes who you are. When you leverage the power of habits, you’ll stop wasting energy on repetitive decisions, gain momentum around achieving your goals, and take actionable steps toward becoming the leader you want to be. In this episode, you’ll discover— Examples of simple habits you can automate How creating habits helps save you time and energy Why habits might be the key to meeting your achievement goal What makes creating chains of habits so effective How creating habits helps lead to personal transformation This episode of Lead to Win is brought to you by Michael Hyatt's Countdown to 2021. Join this exclusive newsletter and free community of like-minded achievers who are committed to turning 2020's disappointments into 2021's greatest successes. Learn more at leadto.win/countdown.
Have you ever wondered why some kinds of work excite you, while others drive you crazy? Why the magic always happens when you get one specific group of people together? Or why there's a gap on the team you can't quite place? You need to learn about Working Genius.   In this episode, Michael is joined by Patrick Lencioni to unpack his newest tool, "The 6 Types of Working Genius." This framework helps you identify what kinds of work you should be doing to align to your strengths. By aligning your workdays, teams, and company with the working genius of your people, you maximize contributions and minimize frustration.   The result? Higher job satisfaction, better collaboration, and increased productivity. This tool is already revolutionizing teams around the world — is yours next?   In this episode you'll discover— The 6 types of working genius Why awareness of working genius creates communication How to appreciate the contributions other geniuses make The danger of teams with homogenous types Why this tool is only $25—and how you can get it half price! To take the assessment, visit www.workinggenius.com and make sure to use the promo code "WIN" for 50% off!
You love your work. But when you concentrate your attention and energy solely in your work, you actually undermine your success. You narrow your perspective. You become more prone to burnout. And, you stunt your learning. The solution? Find a hobby.  In this episode, Michael and Megan discuss what makes hobbies so important. They explore how hobbies improve your problem-solving, ignite your creativity, promote continuous growth, and reduce your stress. By adopting a hobby, you’ll stop getting caught one-track thinking and become a more versatile leader. In this episode, you’ll discover— How to adapt your expectations for hobbies to your life stage Why lateral thinking makes you a better problem solver What makes play so powerful Why being a beginner makes you a better leader How decreasing your stress improves your performance This episode of Lead to Win is brought to you by Michael Hyatt's Countdown to 2021. Join this exclusive newsletter and free community of like-minded achievers who are committed to turning 2020's dissapointments into 2021's greatest successes. Learn more at leadto.win/countdown.
The ability to navigate the business world with nimbleness and grit can be the difference between devastating loss and wild success. Entrepreneurs have cracked the code on how to adapt and persevere. Their success is rooted in their thinking—and mindsets are skills you can develop. That’s why in this episode, Michael and Megan unpack four of the eight essential mindsets of entrepreneurs: ownership, resourcefulness, risk tolerance, and resilience. They address what these mindsets look like, why they matter, and how you can cultivate them in your life and on your team. By upgrading your thinking, you’ll move from being stuck in ruts you don’t even see to crafting solutions that make a difference for your business and customers. In this episode, you’ll discover— What makes the shift from “It’s not my job” to “How can I fix it?” so powerful How to better leverage your resources with one simple question Why playing it safe is riskier than taking the risk How to create an environment in which it’s safe to fail Why 2020 might just be the best thing that’s happened to your capacity for resilience This episode of Lead to Win is brought to you by Michael Hyatt's new book, Entrepreneurs Will Save the World. Discover how anyone can build the resilient mindset of a entrepreneur. Learn more at leadto.win/entrepreneurs.
In this bonus episode, Michael talks with Amy Porterfield about the advantages of having an entrepreneurial mindset. This conversation is just one of a series of conversations that Michael had with successful business leaders as he seeks to understand what makes a winning mindset. To hear the whole series, you can opt into the Countdown to 2021 community at michaelhyatt.com/countdown.  Also, remember to check out Michael's new book, Entrepreneurs Will Save the World. Discover how anyone can build the resilient mindset of an entrepreneur. Learn more at leadto.win/entrepreneurs.
The initial shock has faded and the dust has begun to settle. As you look at your business and the economy, you find yourself wondering how to move forward. How can we rebuild? And what’s your part to play? The answer might surprise you. We need more entrepreneurs. In this episode, Megan and Michael talk about the importance and lessons of entrepreneurs. They unpack three reasons entrepreneurs really will save the world, and how you can alter your thinking to follow their lead. You’ll move from feeling discouraged and disoriented to excited about emerging possibilities. You’ll start noticing problems that need solving and believing that the best is yet to come. In this episode, you’ll discover— What makes someone an entrepreneur How entrepreneurs contribute to the public good Why the solution to big problems isn’t more resources How to start becoming more entrepreneurial Why we can be hopeful about the “new normal” we’re headed toward For more, visit leadto.win/entrepreneurs.
You’re not satisfied with the results you’re seeing. You’ve tried fine-tuning strategies and revisiting your decisions. You know you’re not just a victim of your circumstances. But what are you supposed to do now? You don’t just need to alter your actions. You need to rewire your thinking. In this episode, Megan and Michael discuss how to move toward a more empowering, engaged way of interacting with the world. It all starts with how you think. They’ll synthesize the work by development leaders such as Brooke Castillo and Dan Sullivan, challenging you to take a closer look at the recipe that has led to your results. By training yourself to think differently, you’ll finally stop feeling exasperated and start experiencing breakthroughs. In this episode, you’ll discover— Why you shouldn’t believe everything you think How to start noticing your thoughts What questions to start asking to train your brain to think differently Why your thoughts become self-fulfilling prophecies How to adopt a more empowered way of relating to the world This episode of Lead to Win is brought to you by Michael Hyatt's Countdown to 2021. Join this exclusive newsletter and free community of like-minded achievers who are committed to turning 2020's disappointments into 2021's greatest successes. Learn more at leadto.win/countdown.
You never could have expected it. The diagnosis, the accident, the pandemic, the family crisis, the job loss. You knew where you wanted to go and how to get there. Then the rules changed. Now, you’re chafing under the new restrictions and longing to return to what used to be normal. But what if constraints are exactly where new possibilities lie? In this episode, Micheel and Megan model embracing restraints. They reveal how boundaries create freedom and new rules drive innovation. Their stories of breakthrough will challenge you to move from “If only…” to “What does this make possible?” This shift won’t just empower you to adapt. It will unlock new possibilities you never could have anticipated. In this episode, you’ll discover— Questions you can ask to identify new opportunities True stories of profitable changes that resulted from new constraints How to pivot from from fighting constraints to finding new ways forward Why a shorter workday might be the key to enhancing your productivity Insight into creating a culture that embraces constraints This episode of Lead to Win is brought to you by Michael Hyatt's Countdown to 2021. Join this exclusive newsletter and free community of like-minded achievers who are committed to turning 2020's dissapointments into 2021's greatest successes. Learn more at leadto.win/countdown.
You want the freedom to move on from the position you hold at your company right now. But you’d be leaving a big gap that needs to be filled sooner than later. You know someone could thrive in your position and should be equipped to take your place, but preparing for succession feels like a monumental task, emotionally and practically. Today, Michael and Megan tackle succession—why leaders struggle with it, pitfalls to avoid, and how to craft a bigger vision for the future. They’ll show you how to design a path forward that helps your company thrive and empowers you to let go and move forward. Along the way, they’ll let you in on some big news of their own. In this episode, you’ll discover— Why every leader should be thinking about succession. Examples of situations when transition plans did not go well. Why it's so hard for people to discuss this topic—and how you can overcome it. How decoupling the leader from the brand can help the company succeed. Behind the scenes details about our succession plan at Michael Hyatt and Company.
We all want to build a strong culture in our organizations, but leaders often exclude themselves from the expectations they set for others. By mastering the Law of Replication, you’ll avoid creating chaos in your organization and create a strong, healthy team culture based on your core values. In this episode, you will: Discover how a leader’s character shapes culture Identify the most common mistake leaders make in replicating themselves Hear from Christian Miller, author of The Character Gap, on the surprising benefits of good character Gain practical tips on shaping culture when you’re new to an organization
All leaders want to be successful, but sometimes we face situations that pit our desire for results against our values. In this episode, we’ll help you recognize that temptation and equip you to do the right thing when it’s costly. By doing so, you’ll avoid doing damage to your organization and your reputation—and you’ll build a lasting legacy of success. In this episode, you’ll discover: What it means to have good character Why most of us aren’t as good as we think we are How societal shifts have influenced our opinion of virtue The key character tests that all leaders face Three essential assets for staying true to your highest values
As a leader, your words matter and you want to make them count. But speaking in public is a challenge. Even an informal presentation to the team can make you a little nervy. Speaking before the board or a group of investors is worse. What do you say? And how do you say it? This may be the most challenging thing leaders have to do.  It doesn’t have to be. Today we’re joined by master communicator and speaking coach Pat Quinn. Pat’s got a system for creating and delivering your signature talk that has produced results for business leaders, Olympic athletes, and New York Times best-selling authors. His system can work for you. In this episode, you’ll discover— Strategies for overcoming your fear of public speaking. That you don’t have to be the smartest person in the room—and why. The importance of having both solid content and intentional delivery. Why being too polished can work against you. Tips for cracking the code on creating a great talk. How to banish uncertainty and begin influencing others through your words. This episode of Lead to Win is brought to you by our Full Focus Planner Labor Day sale. For a limited time, you can get $5 off select planners at fullfocusplanner.com. Claim yours today.
Many leaders are running on fumes right now. We’ve been dealing with the pandemic for months. For many businesses, the climate is still uncertain. Time off seems impossible, and a lot of leaders feel exhausted and frustrated. This is a recipe for burnout. Today we are going to dispel the myth that you can’t afford to take time off during the pandemic. We’re going to show you how to have your most rejuvenating vacation ever. Yes, even during COVID.  It’s necessary to provide good self-care, especially now. And today we’ve got four steps to the best staycation ever.  In this episode, you’ll discover— Tips for making sure your team is systematically rejuvenated and ready to do their best work. How to avoid getting sucked into daily housework when you’re on a staycation. The importance of staying connected to your motivations when approaching time off. Questions to ask yourself when preparing for your vacation. The consequences of burnout—and how to avoid them. Why thinking about life domains (as opposed to dream destinations) makes a difference.
As a business leader, you want to create a strong team that is highly engaged and functions well. Yet in our increasingly diverse society, that’s not always easy to do. Recent events have revealed once again the difference of opportunity and tensions that exist between races. And those problems exist in the workplace too. Many of us are realizing just how much we don’t know about creating a just and equitable workplace for our employees.  In this episode, we continue our conversation with Anthony Hendricks, an educator, nonprofit leader, and proponent of unity in antiracist action, and Danielle Rogers, director of human resources at Michael Hyatt & Company. Today we move to practical solutions you can apply in your business right now to begin creating a more just and equitable workplace.  In this episode, you’ll discover— How to integrate anti-racist practices in your hiring process. Strategies for expanding your relationships beyond racial lines. One must-have ingredient to move your organization toward greater diversity. The importance of learning the felt needs of your employees—and what to do with that information. Tips for having healthy conversations about race in the workplace. This episode of Lead to Win is brought to you by Michael Hyatt's new business-growth training, 5 Keys to Building a Business that Lasts in Any Economy. You can sign up today at leadto.win/webinar.
As a business leader, you want to create a strong team that is highly engaged and functions well. Yet in our increasingly diverse society, that’s not always easy to do. Recent events have revealed once again the difference of opportunity and tensions that exist between races. And those problems exist in the workplace too. Many of us are realizing just how much we don’t know about creating a just and equitable workplace for our employees.  Here’s help. We’re talking today with Anthony Hendricks, an educator, nonprofit leader, and proponent of unity in antiracist action, and Danielle Rodgers, director of human resources at Michael Hyatt & Company. In this two-part conversation, we’ll reveal the problems with inequality that many employers are unaware of, and give practical solutions creating a more just and equitable workplace.  In this episode, you’ll discover— Statistics on the current state of diversity in the workplace. How fear drives discrimination among candidates and social groups. Examples of how organizations can expand and improve the talent pool for future hires. Reasons why you, as a business leader, should care about and prioritize diversity. How diversity boosts both morale and profitability in your business. Practical tips on things leaders can actually do to move the ball forward and promote continued progress. 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 fullfocusplanner.com.
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 fullfocusplanner.com.
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 
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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
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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
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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
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Becky Bryant

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Sep 26th
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Niki Torres

loved this episode. going to restart my journalling.

Dec 18th
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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
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Daniel Adeboye

Would be trying this... Thanks!

May 12th
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Paul O'Brien

Five levels of delegation

Apr 14th
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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
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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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