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The John Maxwell Leadership Podcast is a regular examination of what it means to be a transformational leader—someone who daily influences people to think, speak, and act to make a positive difference in their lives and in the lives of others. This podcast will teach you the principles, practices, and process of becoming a transformational leader because leadership isn’t an event—it’s an uphill journey. Every week we will offer a free tool to help you on this journey, so let leadership authority Dr. John C. Maxwell show you the way.
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In the final installment of “A Month of Melvin Maxwell,” John shares the remaining life and leadership lessons he learned from his father, Melvin. John tells us how his father was a shining example of a person who prioritized his life, always gave his best, and enthusiastically devoted himself to a life of growth and gratitude. For the application portion of the episode, Mark Cole and Jason Brooks discuss how to determine where to focus your energy, and Mark shares the key to maintaining his enthusiasm and passion, even when difficulties arise. Our BONUS resource for this series is the Month of Melvin Maxwell Worksheet, which includes fill-in-the-blank notes from John’s teaching. You can download the worksheet by visiting MaxwellPodcast.com/Melvin and clicking “Download the Bonus Resource.” References: Melvin Maxwell Memorial Service Full video of John’s lesson MaxwellFaith.com Today Matters by John C. Maxwell The Winning Attitude by John C. Maxwell Thinking for a Change by John C. Maxwell The Difference Maker by John C. Maxwell The Message: The Bible in Contemporary Language by Eugene Peterson Intentional Living by John C. Maxwell The John Maxwell Online Store
In part three of our series on the lessons John Maxwell learned from his father, Melvin, John shares the importance of giving God the credit, living a generous life, and being intentional every day. Mark Cole and Jason Brooks continue their discussion on what they’re learning from this series. They discuss why knowing and investing in the strengths of your team members matters and different ways that leaders can be generous aside from money alone. Our BONUS resource for this series is the Month of Melvin Maxwell Worksheet, which includes fill-in-the-blank notes from John’s teaching. You can download the worksheet by visiting MaxwellPodcast.com/Melvin and clicking “Download the Bonus Resource.” References: Melvin Maxwell Memorial Service Full video of John’s lesson MaxwellFaith.com Today Matters by John C. Maxwell The Winning Attitude by John C. Maxwell Thinking for a Change by John C. Maxwell The Difference Maker by John C. Maxwell The Message: The Bible in Contemporary Language by Eugene Peterson Intentional Living by John C. Maxwell The John Maxwell Online Store
In part two of our series on the lessons John Maxwell learned from his dad, Melvin, John talks about the importance of encouraging others, working hard, and maintaining a positive mindset. In the application portion of the episode, Mark Cole and Jason Brooks discuss the tension between human nature and leader nature, and the importance of authenticity in leadership. Our BONUS resource for this series is the Month of Melvin Maxwell Worksheet, which includes fill-in-the-blank notes from John’s teaching. You can download the worksheet by visiting MaxwellPodcast.com/Melvin and clicking “Download the Bonus Resource.” References: Melvin Maxwell Memorial Service Full video of John’s lesson MaxwellFaith.com Today Matters by John C. Maxwell The Winning Attitude by John C. Maxwell Thinking for a Change by John C. Maxwell The Difference Maker by John C. Maxwell The Message: The Bible in Contemporary Language by Eugene Peterson Intentional Living by John C. Maxwell The John Maxwell Online Store
Whenever John Maxwell is asked who his mentors are, his dad, Melvin is at the top of the list. Melvin’s leadership in John’s life set the example and helped shaped John into the man he is today. As some of you may know, Melvin Maxwell passed away on July 4th, 2020 at the age of ninety-eight. So, to honor Melvin, John Maxwell is sharing a 4-part series on the lessons that he learned from his dad throughout his life. Melvin’s legacy lives on through those he’s impacted both directly and indirectly. As a podcast listener, you certainly have been impacted by Melvin through John’s leadership. We hope you enjoy the series! Our BONUS resource for this series is the Month of Melvin Worksheet, which includes fill-in-the-blank notes from John’s teaching. You can download the worksheet by visiting MaxwellPodcast.com/Melvin and clicking “Download the Bonus Resource.” References: Melvin Maxwell Memorial Service Full video of John’s lesson MaxwellFaith.com Today Matters by John C. Maxwell The Winning Attitude by John C. Maxwell Thinking for a Change by John C. Maxwell The Difference Maker by John C. Maxwell The Message: The Bible in Contemporary Language by Eugene Peterson Intentional Living by John C. Maxwell The John Maxwell Online Store
Recently ESPN released a 10-part documentary on Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls entitled “The Last Dance.” John Maxwell watched this series and gleaned several important leadership lessons that he shares with you here on the podcast. Mark Cole and Chris Goede join in for the application portion of the episode to talk about championing the people around you to accomplish great things together. Chris Goede shares what he’s learned about leadership from his years of playing football in both the college and professional arenas.   Our BONUS resource for this episode is the Last Dance Worksheet, which includes fill-in-the-blank notes from John’s teaching. You can download the worksheet by visiting MaxwellPodcast.com/LastDance and clicking “Download the Bonus Resource.” References: Watch the full video of John’s lesson here Developing the Leader Within You 2.0 by John C. Maxwell Episode 1: Winning Is an Inside Job JohnMaxwellSpeaker.com The John Maxwell Online Store
In this episode, John Maxwell Zooms with Miles McPherson, pastor of the Rock Church in San Diego, California, and author of The Third Option: Hope for a Racially Divided Nation. They discuss the importance of celebrating what different races have in common, the often-overlooked paradox of being “colorblind” to race, and the value of confronting our own blind spots. Mark Cole is joined by Traci Morrow for the application portion of the episode to discuss John and Miles’s conversation. They each share how maintaining a learning posture has challenged and changed their own perspectives. Our BONUS resources for this episode are the Third Option Worksheet, which includes fill-in-the-blank notes from John’s teaching, and the live video of the entire discussion between John, Miles, and Mark. You can download the worksheet and find the video link by visiting MaxwellPodcast.com/ThirdOption. References: The Third Option by Miles McPherson MilesMcPherson.com Miles McPherson on Anderson Cooper 360° Leadershift by John C. Maxwell The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth by John C. Maxwell The John Maxwell Online Store
Casey Crawford is the co-founder and CEO of Movement Mortgage. When Movement Mortgage launched in the middle of the 2008 financial crisis in the U.S., their goal was to become a financial services company that people could trust. In this episode we share two key clips from a conversation between Casey, John Maxwell, and Mark Cole about what it means to be a values-based organization in the midst of crisis. Mark Cole and Jason Brooks offer their insights on these clips and share how adversity reveals more opportunities to serve others. Our BONUS resources for this episode are the Vision and Values Worksheet, which includes fill-in-the-blank notes from John’s teaching, and the live video of the entire discussion between John, Simon, and Mark. You can download the worksheet and find the video link by visiting MaxwellPodcast.com/Vision. References: The Infinite Game by Simon Sinek Ethics 101 by John C. Maxwell Movement Mortgage The John Maxwell Leadership Foundation The John Maxwell Online Store
This week on the podcast, we’re discussing two key clips from a recent conversation between John Maxwell, Simon Sinek, and Mark Cole. They discuss the importance of listening and empathy when it comes to leading and connecting with people––especially those unlike us. During the application portion of this episode, Mark Cole and Jason Brooks discuss what we can accomplish by listening to others and stepping out of our own perspective. During times of tension, we often avoid the most pertinent conversations because we find them uncomfortable. But this episode will encourage you to lean into the discomfort that growth requires of us. Our BONUS resources for this episode are the Leaders Listen Worksheet, which includes fill-in-the-blank notes from John’s teaching, and the live video of the entire discussion between John, Simon, and Mark. You can download the worksheet and find the video link by visiting MaxwellPodcast.com/LeadersListen. References: Watch the entire Facebook Live video here. How to Talk so Kids Will Listen and Listen so Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber & Elaine Mazlishprovide The Infinite Game by Simon Sinek Leadershift by John C. Maxwell The John Maxwell Online Store
Courage to Continue

Courage to Continue

2020-06-1049:083

The best leaders have the courage to change when it’s easier to remain comfortable. In this episode, John Maxwell shares an insightful lesson on courage and how to keep moving forward in the midst of fear and uncertainty. He reminds us that courage is a choice and requires us to act. Mark Cole and Chris Goede join the discussion and provide application to help us embrace John’s principles in our own leadership. Chris points out that this teaching is not just for the times we’re in now but for all leadership obstacles and opportunities. We hope you walk away from this episode empowered to lead because progress requires courageous leadership. Our BONUS resource for this episode is the Courage to Continue Worksheet, which includes fill-in-the-blank notes from John’s teaching. You can download the worksheet by visiting MaxwellPodcast.com/Continue and clicking “Download the Bonus Resource.” References: The Leader’s Greatest Return by John C. Maxwell Leadershift by John C. Maxwell Developing the Leader Within You 2.0 by John C. Maxwell The John Maxwell Online Store
Hi Podcast Family! Today we have a special message for you from John Maxwell. Last Monday, John shared a timely message about leadership in light of the civil unrest and racial injustice we’re seeing in America right now. We wanted to share this message as a reminder that what you focus on expands. With so much going on around us, figuring out where to focus can be hard. But John encourages us to focus on being a leader who adds value to others and who listens before you blame others. We believe you’ll be impacted by this message and we encourage you to use it to impact your community and your world. We hope you take this message to heart and do exactly what John encourages us to do in this lesson… reflect. As John said in a recent Candid Conversation, hope causes you to act, and action brings traction. In a world that seems to be standing still, we could use a little traction! So, we encourage you to reflect on the ways you can act and add value to those you lead. Together, let’s create a world where everyone is valued and treated as an equal. The time is now. So, let’s lead. For more episodes of The John Maxwell Leadership Podcast, visit MaxwellPodcast.com/episodes. Don’t forget to subscribe so that you can receive updates on new episodes and direct links to the free bonus resources we offer for every regularly scheduled episode. References: Leadership When It Matters Most Series on Facebook Live Today Matters by John C. Maxwell Leadershift by John C. Maxwell The John Maxwell Online Store
In this episode, John Maxwell teaches five ways that leaders need to stretch themselves in order to grow. He sets up this lesson by teaching the Law of the Rubber Band, which says, “Growth stops when you lose the tension between where you are and where you can be.” Mark Cole is joined by Traci Morrow for the application portion of the episode to discuss the areas of their lives they’ve had to take out of “automatic” and how their roles as leaders have required them to stretch their perspectives. Our BONUS resource for this episode is the Five Stretches to Help You Grow Worksheet, which includes fill-in-the-blank notes from John’s teaching. You can download the worksheet by visiting MaxwellPodcast.com/Stretch and clicking “Download the Bonus Resource.” References: Minute with Maxwell The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth by John C. Maxwell The Magic of Thinking Big by David Schwartz
After a two-month break from Candid Conversations due to the COVID-19 crisis, John Maxwell and Mark Cole meet up to discuss three themes during the crisis that John has observed in the great leaders he knows. They also talk about the role hope plays in crisis, the difference between hope and hype, and how to remain hopeful during a crisis without becoming irrelevant as a leader. For more episodes of The John Maxwell Leadership Podcast, visit MaxwellPodcast.com/episodes. Don’t forget to subscribe so that you can receive updates on new episodes and direct links to the free bonus resources we offer for every regularly scheduled episode. References: The Leader’s Greatest Return by John C. Maxwell Leadershift by John C. Maxwell Developing the Leader Within You 2.0 by John C. Maxwell The John Maxwell Online Store
Podcast family, this is our 100th episode! We’ve only made it this far because of you. So, for this special occasion, Mark Cole and John Maxwell meet up in Highlands, North Carolina, to reflect on the impact The John Maxwell Leadership Podcast has had around the world, what they’ve learned from being with you each week, and how they’ve grown through this journey. Since its launch in July of 2018, The John Maxwell Leadership Podcast has been downloaded 7.2 million times and has become one of the top leadership podcasts in the world. But John teaches that milestones are not markers to rest on––they are launching pads for more impact and more transformation. Even though there’s a lot to celebrate, we’re more excited about impacting even more leaders like you in the future and continuing to bring you more of John Maxwell’s timeless leadership lessons. For this special episode, instead of offering you a Bonus Resource like we usually do, Mark and John have a couple of special gifts for our podcast listeners that you won’t want to miss! Be sure to listen to this 100th episode and take advantage of these limited-time gifts! This episode is dedicated to our late friend, Richard Chancy, who was the steam that got this train going. Richard, we are all better because of you.
In part two of Maximizing the Moment, John shares the words to embrace if you want to prepare now for the future. He also shares the five phases of the “Success Cycle” and reminds us that failure is a part of success because it allows us to learn and improve. Mark Cole is joined by Jason Brooks for the discussion portion of the episode to talk about the benefits of uncertainty and why uncertain times are great to test and try new things. Our BONUS resource for this series is the Maximizing the Moment Worksheet, which includes fill-in-the-blank notes from John’s teaching. You can download the worksheet by visiting MaxwellPodcast.com/Moment and clicking “Download the Bonus Resource.” References: Thinking for a Change by John C. Maxwell Today Matters by John C. Maxwell How Successful People Think by John C. Maxwell Leadershift by John C. Maxwell The John Maxwell Online Store
In part one of this series on Maximizing the Moment, John teaches five words that every leader must embrace right now to set ourselves up for success in the future. He demonstrates how crises will take leaders on detours, and he encourages leaders to take advantage of their new route. During detours, leaders experience many new things for the first time, exposing new opportunities to learn and lead. During the discussion portion of this episode, Mark Cole is joined by Jason Brooks to discuss John’s points. They share the roles humility, adaptability, and generosity have played in their own lives and leadership. Our BONUS resource for this series is the Maximizing the Moment Worksheet, which includes fill-in-the-blank notes from John’s teaching. You can download the worksheet by visiting MaxwellPodcast.com/Moment and clicking “Download the Bonus Resource.” References: Thinking for a Change by John C. Maxwell Today Matters by John C. Maxwell How Successful People Think by John C. Maxwell Leadershift by John C. Maxwell The John Maxwell Online Store
What You Focus on Expands

What You Focus on Expands

2020-05-0601:18:50

In this episode of the John Maxwell Leadership Podcast, John Maxwell teaches what you should put before you and what you should put behind you during times of crisis. What you put before you is what you focus on, and what you focus on expands. Mark Cole is joined by Chris Goede for the discussion portion of this episode to talk about John’s lesson. They remind us the importance of values-based leadership when so much is uncertain and hard decisions need to be made. Mark points out that business always follows values, but values don’t always follow business, while Chris Goede distinguishes between values and beliefs and how changing beliefs is a sign of growth. Our BONUS resource for this episode is the What You Focus on Expands Worksheet, which includes fill-in-the-blank notes from John’s teaching. You can download the worksheet by visiting MaxwellPodcast.com/Expand and clicking “Download the Bonus Resource.” References: What You Focus on Expands Facebook Live Video Leadershift by John C. Maxwell Developing the Leader Within You by John C. Maxwell The John Maxwell Online Store
Maximize Your Mentoring

Maximize Your Mentoring

2020-04-2901:21:13

In this episode, Traci Morrow joins Mark Cole to discuss John’s lesson on Maximizing Your Mentoring. John shares four questions to ask yourself if you want to improve your relationship with your mentors or the people you mentor. Traci and Mark, who are both mentees of John Maxwell, share what they’ve gleaned from John’s method of mentoring, especially during difficult times. They discuss how staying true to your leadership values will help you lead through crisis and beyond it. Our BONUS resource for this episode is the Maximize Your Mentoring Worksheet, which includes fill-in-the-blank notes from John’s teaching. You can download the worksheet by visiting MaxwellPodcast.com/Mentor and clicking “Download the Bonus Resource.” References: Maximize Your Mentoring Facebook Live Video Leadershift by John C. Maxwell Developing the Leader Within You 2.0 by John C. Maxwell The John Maxwell Online Store
John Maxwell reminds us time and time again that within every challenge is an opportunity to learn, grow, and lead. The challenge of uncertainty is no different. Uncertainty causes us to think differently and creatively, and to stay focused on the present. It tests our character, our strengths, and our wisdom. In this episode, John teaches us to embrace these benefits of uncertainty, so we can lead when it matters most. In the discussion portion of the episode, Mark Cole and Jason Brooks discuss how to build and not get buried when uncertainty takes us out of “automatic.” Our BONUS resource for this episode is the Embracing the Benefits of Uncertainty Worksheet, which includes fill-in-the-blank notes from John’s teaching. You can download the worksheet by visiting MaxwellPodcast.com/Benefit and clicking “Download the Bonus Resource.” References: Intentional Living by John C. Maxwell The Leader’s Greatest Return by John C. Maxwell Leadershift by John C. Maxwell The John C. Maxwell Online Store
In this installment of Candid Conversations, we’re doing something both exciting and different. Mark and John are practicing social distancing and are unable to sit in a room together to record new Candid Conversations. However, this past week, they were both on a call with over 500 John Maxwell coaches and faculty where they discussed mentoring in times of crisis. Join them in this insightful discussion to learn the keys to mentoring others in both good and bad times. For more episodes of The John Maxwell Leadership Podcast, visit MaxwellPodcast.com/episodes. Don’t forget to subscribe so that you can receive updates on new episodes and direct links to the free bonus resources we offer for every regularly scheduled episode. References: Intentional Living by John C. Maxwell John Maxwell’s Facebook Live page The John Maxwell Online Store
In this week’s episode, John Maxwell completes his lesson on what great leaders do well in times of crisis. As many leaders are adapting and learning how to lead through the coronavirus pandemic, this timely message offers direction and clarity to navigate the obstacles that often arise during a crisis. Mark Cole and Jason Brooks host again via Zoom conference call as they practice social distancing and talk about how creative leaders believe there is always an answer to any problem. They also emphasize the importance of embracing technology in times of crisis. If you’d like to watch the original Facebook Live video from last week that this series comes from, click here. Our BONUS resource for this series is the Crisis Leaders Worksheet, which includes fill-in-the-blank notes from John’s teaching. You can download the worksheet by visiting MaxwellPodcast.com/CrisisLeader and clicking “Download the Bonus Resource.” References: Crisis Leaders: What They Do Well Facebook Live Video Leadershift by John C. Maxwell The John Maxwell Online Store
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Mehrad

🙏🏻👍

Jun 23rd
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Christian Valadez

4 points

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Paul Asamoah

good as well

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Paul Asamoah

great

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Sarabashiri

hey. is there anyway to get the text of episodes? i really need it.

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Albert Añasco

aside from books. This helps a lot.

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Denzel Musembwa

Awesome series👏 I recently asked my team to help me identify my blind spots, and I was blown away, to say the least. But now, I'm confident that what they shared will help me become a better leader💪

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Robert English

An amazing story. Worth listening to over and over again.

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Christopher Argote

great listen

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Brandy Dalton

super helpful and lots of insight!thanks so much!

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oleks galka

Your work on leadership has changed the way I lead my life and others. Adding value to others empowered others and myself. it an amazing journey to be on

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oleks galka

love the podcast learnt valuable lessons.

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Remington Clayton

good podcast

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Jermaine Isiah Connelly

such rich content!!

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Cortlin Rogers

great podcast

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Javan Vargas

good podcast

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Jaime Morales

Thank you for the great value. I appreciate this podcast for so many reasons.

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Chrisjonpane Lazaga

Thank you ❤️ God Bless!

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j alexander

This is probably the rawest I've heard of Dr. Maxwell. Awesome!

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Valerie Huffman Moring

This was great! We need this values/leadership curriculum in the US Public system that’s working in these other countries!!!

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