Writing A Book Has Taught Me…

Writing a book is a lot harder than it seems. I know this because I’ve been writing and editing my new book, Reel Leadership, for the past couple of months. It has been toil, sweat, and tears going through the process. Today is the day I launch the pre-sale campaign on Indiegogo. For those reading this today, I ask you to help support the launch of this book by committing to buy a physical copy of Reel Leadership or one of the special perks (Click HERE to support the campaign) when the pre-launch goes lives at 5:00 PM EST tonight. If you’re a business owner and want multiple copies or to have me present, reach out to me via email (can be found on the Indiegogo campaign page) and we can make a special package just for you.

Reel Leadership book mockup cover

With all of that, I am still excited and proud of what writing a book has taught me.

The Power Of Regular One On One Meetings

I’ve shared how I think meetings need to die. Most meetings offer nothing to the attendees and very little to the one who called the meeting. It eats into valuable time.

There is a meeting that is very powerful. That meeting? The one-on-one meeting.

The Power Of Regular One On One Meetings

What is a one on one meeting?

A one-on-one meeting is a meeting between a leader, manager, or supervisor and someone they oversee. During the meeting, the duo discusses what has been accomplished, what needs to be accomplished, and how it can be accomplished. The leader also asks what they can do to help their team member, if there are any challenges, and what the leader can do to improve.

One-on-one meetings aren’t a one-way street. They should be a two-way line of communication.

Automating Leadership

I have absolutely fallen in love with a couple of new electronic gizmos in my home. These electronic gizmos have made life easier by automating much of what we would normally do.

We added Philips Hue lights to our living room. These light bulbs are controlled via an app on our phones. They’re also automated.

BB8 from Star Wars standing in front of a tall building

Photo by NeONBRAND on Unsplash

This means we can set a schedule to turn on our lights automatically. We don’t have to walk to a light switch as it gets dark. The lights just turn on. It’s like magic. Automation is awesome.

We also added a Klipsch Cinema 400 Sound Bar to our entertainment setup. While not completely automated, it makes turning on the TV and controlling the volume supersimple. I’d almost call it automation.

Then there’s the SocialBee SaaS that I’ve been using. Social Bee automates portions of social media to give you back your time. It’s a godsend. Once again, automation is awesome.

Integrity In The Workplace

I was recently called into the office of a coworker. He shut the door and said he needed to talk to me.

This concerned me. I began to wonder what was happening. Was he sick? Did he have a beef against me? What was going on?!?

My fears were alleviated when he began to share what was going on.

His cell phone was connected to the work network’s WiFi. He had been scrolling through his apps. He accidentally clicked on an app that he shouldn’t have during work hours.

He wanted to let me know what he did. He didn’t want to hide the misstep. He wanted to bring it to light.

Integrity In The Workplace

This is what integrity in the workplace looks like. It is making a mistake and owning up to it.

Understanding People

It is easy to bulldoze over people as we climb the ladder to the top of the organization. It’s all about us, right?

Wrong.

We cannot continue to climb the organizational charts without understanding people and caring for them. People are the life-blood of our organization.

Trying to understand people is hard, though. It’s a never-ending learning situation.

Think about your spouse. It seems like every other day they’re a different person. How are you to understand them?

You just do…

Understanding People

When you begin to understand your spouse, your relationship begins to blossom. You become in sync with them.

The same happens when you begin to understand the people you lead.