Father’s Day – Podcast: S01E010

In today’s podcast, I talk about 2 men who stepped up and assumed a leadership role in my life after my father left me and my mom at a young age. I am forever grateful for the role these 2 men played in my life and what they taught me about faith, integrity, responsibility, commitment, sports, leadership, and making the most of the moments in my life!

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The Voice of Effective Leaders – Podcast: S01E009

Leadership is important in sports, business, and life, and the best leaders know how to find their leadership voice in order to communicate well with the people they lead and influence. In today’s podcast, I explore 5 techniques that can help you communicate and connect authentically with your team. I also offer 6 questions that every great leader should ask.

Episode Outline:

5 Effective Leadership Communication Techniques:

  1. Seek First To Understand, Then Be Understood© (The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen Covey)
  2. Communicate the Right Ratio of Positive to Constructive Feedback
  3. Communicate Feedback in Terms of the Other Person’s “Potential To Be”
  4. Be Vulnerable and Open
  5. Encourage Others and Connect to Core Values

6 Questions Every Great Leader Should Ask:

  1. How are you doing?
  2. What are you most proud of over the last few months?
  3. What opportunities have you leveraged?
  4. What successes have you had?
  5. What challenges, if any, do you have in front of you?
  6. How can I help?

 

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Preserve Your Marriage – Podcast: S01E008

In this week’s podcast, I share a message that I originally delivered at West University Baptist Church about the importance of preserving your marriage. The principles and verses shared in this message are essential for preserving the precious relationship of marriage. You will hear how we often keep score instead of unconditionally loving our spouse and showing mutual respect to each other.

Episode Outline

To preserve means “to keep alive or in existence, to maintain, and to keep safe from harm or injury.” Marriage is one of the most sacred covenants you can make; yet, we often don’t invest in properly nurturing this precious relationship. Over time, two people who vowed to become one can grow apart and wonder what happened. Specific concepts in this week’s podcast:

  • The importance of preserving
  • Our calling to complement, supplement, and complete the other person
  • How keeping score of all the wrongs the other person has done clouds the lens we view them through
  •  “Conflict often results from differences and pride.  Differences can create conflict, and pride keeps us from resolving it.”
  • Why we need to release and surrender unmet expectations

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My Interview With Jon Duplantier – Podcast: S01E004

In this podcast, I interview Jon Duplantier, the 3rd round pick of the Arizona Diamondbacks and former starting pitcher for Rice University. I have known Jon for a long time and have had the opportunity to invest in his life through our student athlete leadership program at Rice University. Jon is currently assigned to the Arizona Diamondbacks Class A Kane County Cougars as a starting pitcher. He is having an awesome start to his professional baseball career including 28 strikeouts and no earned runs.

Episode Outline:

Jon is a true leader on and off the field and is a true example of how dreams become a reality through hard work, discipline, and persevering through setbacks and challenges. Specifically, Jon shares some great insight on the following:

  • How playing multiple sports helped him advance his baseball career
  • Advice for parents in coaching and encouraging their kids as they play sports
  • His definition of leadership and how leaders build trust with others
  • The impact of mentors in his life
  • Advice for athletes who want to play in high school and college
  • How he persevered though a significant challenge in college and what he learned from the experience about having the right perspective

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Embracing Your Role As A Leader – Podcast: S01E003

In this podcast, I share 5 ways that transformational leaders embrace their role as a leader to make an authentic and positive impact within their sphere of influence.

These principles and techniques can be applied in any area of life including sports, business, and life. Whatever roles you play in life, you are a leader, because you have influence. Every day, you have a choice to make a positive impact on the world around you.

Episode Outline:

How do transformational leaders embrace their role as leader:

  1. Lead The Way
  2. Inspire a Shared Vision
  3. Create Positive Change
  4. Activate The Performance Of Others
  5. Be Resilient

Employe engagement is essential to making a difference and leading people effectively, and it is important to understand that up to 70% of the people you lead and influence may be either not engaged or actively disengaged according to Gallup Research.

Leading the way is all about making the right choices and decisions in our lives and ensuring that our actions and words are in sync.

Inspiring a shared vision involves connecting with the people you lead and influence in order to communicate a vision that is shared and also heard, received, understood, and incorporated into their lives and everyday tasks.

Creating positive change involves:

  • Challenging the process
  • Asking the right questions
  • Conquering limiting beliefs
  • Being a part of the solution vs. part of the problem

Activating the performance of others involves effectively delegating to others and creating operating principles for effective teamwork.

Being resilient involves possibility thinking when setbacks and challenges occur.

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How To Make An Impact – Podcast: S01E002

In this podcast, I explain 7 essential things that you need to do to make a positive impact, lead well, and make your life count for what matters most:

Episode Outline:

Have you ever thought about the impact you are making? Do you ever wonder about the following questions:

  • Am I making an impact?
  • Does my life count, and does it count for what matters most?
  • What is my calling, what am I being called to do, and who am I becoming in the process?
  • Who am I?
  • Does my life matter?

This week’s show will focus on helping you through this process. This week’s theme is “Impact,” and the following crossword puzzle serves as a great definition for the word Impact:

I

Must

Personally

A

C

T

In order to act and to truly make an impact – a positive impact – you must map out a course of action in the right direction. To be a leader who others want to follow, you must lead yourself well.

But how do you know which direction to go? How do you know the paths that will lead to fulfillment, contentment, true joy, and a life that is invested in the right people and things?

For me, it comes down to 7 essential things:

  1. Mission
  2. Vision
  3. Values
  4. Roles
  5. Goals
  6. Action Plan
  7. Accountability

Mission – Just like a great business or organization has a corporate mission statement, you need to develop a personal mission statement that communicates your calling and why you believe you were created by God. This process engages your heart and head and enables you to commit to say this is what my life is about, and I am going to go all in to make sure my time, talent, and treasure is devoted to this mission and calling.

Vision – Once you articulate your mission, it is important to visualize what this looks like in practice. Clear vision creates focused commitment.

Values – Develop a set of 5-7 core values that you want your life to represent, and create a list of leadership behaviors that further explain what these core values look like in practice.

Roles – Identify and prioritize the roles you play in life, which allows you to engage in and embrace the platforms you have been given.

Goals – Clearly defined roles often lead to very specific goals. The most successful people that I know and work with create compelling goals and then direct their focus on a daily and weekly basis to make them a reality. Also, remember to develop both achievement goals and process goals.

Action Plan – Goals take flight when you develop an action plan to achieve them. The point is that you want to break down the goal you want to accomplish into manageable steps. Goals don’t just happen by writing them down and hoping they happen. It takes a plan with action steps focused in the right direction.

Accountability – To achieve anything meaningful in life, you must have accountability first to yourself and then to others. Self accountability involves tracking your progress and being authentic and real with yourself about how you are doing including what you are doing well and where you may need to redirect more energy, effort, and focus. Make sure that you also involve key stakeholders in your life to help encourage, challenge, and hold you accountable to the goals you have committed to.

This is true not only in achieving your goals but also in becoming the person you were meant to be. To have true impact, you must personally act. Creating your personal mission statement, clarifying your vision, developing your core values, identifying your roles, crafting your goals, creating an action plan, and building in accountability from yourself and others will enable you to make the most of your moments in life and lead you to a fulfilling life not just a full life of repetitive tasks and meaningless minutes.

 

 

My Interview with Ernie Johnson – Podcast: S01E001

Welcome to Season 1, Episode 1 of the Monday Morning Moments Podcast! I had the incredible opportunity to interview Ernie Johnson, 3-time Emmy award-winning host of Inside The NBA on TNT, for my book Moments: Making Your Life Count For What Matters Most.

Since Ernie has just written a book entitled Unscripted: The Unpredictable Moments That Make Life Extraordinary, I thought it would be great to kick off the first episode of my brand new podcast with this interview with Ernie from a few years ago.

In my conversation with Ernie, we discussed the moment he discovered he had cancer, the faith that sustained him through that moment, and how he strives to live his life with excellence every day, trusting God in the process.

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Intro Episode: Welcome to Monday Morning Moments

Welcome to Monday Morning Moments, my new podcast dedicated to helping you make the most of the moments in your life. The goal is to help you lead a life full of purpose and passion and serve as a catalyst to help you make your life count for what matters most.

Based on my book Moments: Making Your Life Count For What Matters Most and my experience in working with elite athletes, entrepreneurs, and business leaders, I will share stories and teach principles that can help you maximize your potential and achieve your goals. As a complement to my blog, this podcast will focus on how to develop as a leader and create breakthrough moments in sports, business, and life. Specifically, I plan to focus on the following topics:

  • Leadership
  • Peak Performance
  • Teamwork
  • Productivity
  • Goal Achievement
  • Breakthrough Moments

This will be a weekly podcast, and I plan to post new episodes each Monday as a catalyst to help you fully embrace the opportunities of a new week. You will be able to listen to them here on my blog, as well as review the “show notes.”

I also encourage you to subscribe via iTunes to make it easier to catch every episode. There are also several apps that make it more effective to download and manage podcasts on your iPhone including Downcast, which I highly recommend for managing and listening to your podcasts.

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