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Two Are Gathered Leadership Podcast
40 minutes | a day ago
TAG 125 - The Impact Of Just Showing Up
Leaders and entrepreneurs are among the busiest, most stressed out and exhausted people there are. So should we excuse you when you decide not to show up to an event you were expected to attend? Not if we're going to hold you up to the highest standards of excellence! The impact of "just showing up" cannot be overvalued when it comes to being successful. Even during those times when it's the last thing you feel like doing. Join Michael and Jim in their 125th episode of the Two Are Gathered Leadership podcast. Here, they share how a poem inscribed on the Statue of Liberty encourages leaders to "just show up" through all great challenges.
40 minutes | 15 days ago
TAG 124 - Jumping Into The Deep End Of The Pool
Entrepreneurs often start off their journeys with unrealistic expectations. They want to leave their job, launch a new business and start their new life...without any risk of failure. Many new business owners are oftentimes hoping for the impossible. They want to be able to jump into the pool, without getting wet. Yet, instead of making a splash, many of them quickly discover they aren't any good at swimming. There is good news, however. You can jump into the deep end of the pool, and still find the waters warm and inviting. Join Michael and Jim as they explain how.
40 minutes | a month ago
TAG 123 - Should We Fake It Until We Make It?
Many leaders and business owners as they are getting started...or even midway through their company's development...experience what's known as Imposter Syndrome. Even the most seasoned entrepreneurs will admit they still suffer from bouts of Imposter Syndrome where they feel completely over their heads, underqualified and totally overwhelmed. What are you supposed to do when you encounter this common affliction of entrepreneurs? Many will say, "Fake it until you make it." What do Michael and Jim say about this? Well...quite a bit in this fascinating exploration of the cure for Impostor Syndrome.
44 minutes | a month ago
TAG 122 - Its All About Relationships
If your business is struggling...99% of the time it will come down to this...you've got a people problem. DISCONNECTED. OUT OF TOUCH. You started a business to fill your needs...rather than the needs of the people you're supposed to be serving. Relationships are the single most important aspect of launching, growing and sustaining a business. Don't believe this? Then you really need to listen to this episode. Join Michael and Jim for this extensive exploration of the role relationships play in business success.
42 minutes | 2 months ago
TAG 121 - Plausible Denialability
Plausible denialability? What's that? Well...it's a who new entrepreneurial term created and explained here in the Two Are Gathered Leadership Podcast. What does it mean? First...to be a successful entrepreneur you need to be able to function while often firmly being in a state of "denial". Because, there are too many times when things seem impossible, and you're the only one to carry the vision forward. Yet, there also needs to be a level of "plausibility" to these dreams, or you'll take it all over the cliff. Join Michael and Jim in this fascinating journey through the concept of "Plausible Denialability".
39 minutes | 2 months ago
TAG 120 - Dealing With Frustration
The experience of being an entrepreneur who created something out of nothing and then ultimately climbed the highest mountain of their dreams...it's such a great feeling. But...it's also...SO FRUSTRATING. And, having to manage all of this frustration? It just makes you all the more frustrated. It's just something they don't teach you in business school. It's even left out of the fine print of those franchise agreements. Owning a business is so frustrating! But, here's the good news. This frustration can be converted into a true, competitive advantage. Join Michael and Jim as they share the secret to dealing with frustration as a leader.
43 minutes | 2 months ago
TAG 119 - Perfect Timing In Leadership
Whether you're a jazz musician, a ballet dancer or even a comedian...you've got to have to perfect timing. The same is true with leadership. The most skilled leaders have perfect timing. This is not a topic you hear discussed in too many business circles, but it may be one of the most important leadership skills to master. Everyday...without fail, you should be asking, "Is this the right time to have THAT discussion with my employee?" or "Is this the right moment to ask for the order?" or "Is this the right time to change our strategy?" Getting those answers correct on a daily basis will often make the difference between leadership success...or failure. Join Michael and Jim in this perfectly timed discussion for your organization.
42 minutes | 3 months ago
TAG 118 - Telling The Truth
Most leaders lie on occasion. Some tell little lies. Some tell medium lies. And, then there are those who frequently tell Big Whoppers. Those are usually who you would refer to as failing leaders...maybe even former leaders...because in leadership, your lying always catches up with you. For some, there is a belief you should have lying as one of your advanced leadership skill sets. Let’s call it Strategic Deception. However; there is a vastly superior skill in the leadership toolkit. It's the one that will guide you to telling the truth...every time. Join Michael and Jim as they share some important truth...with love.
43 minutes | 3 months ago
TAG 117 - Beating The Clock
There is one principle in business that always rings true...and it rings like a gong. That is, you're always going to have competition. And, in business there is a competitor we all share in common...and it's a fierce opponent. In just about all cases it's our most challenging foe. It never sleeps, it's unrelenting, it's unforgiving. It's time. Time is our greatest opponent. As a leader, you either beat the clock or the clock will beat you. Join Michael and Jim as they share keen insights into winning the war against time.
42 minutes | 3 months ago
TAG 116 - The Attitude Of Leadership Gratitude
One of the most important traits required to being a successful and transformational leader is often the least discussed. And, that's having an attitude of gratitude. In exploring the key characteristics of a skilled leader, there are many strengths that come easily to mind...ones like vision, fortitude, perseverance and communication. Yet, employee survey after employee survey affirm that having a culture of gratitude is what is most important to our teams. Join Michael and Jim in this deep and fascinating discussion of the critical skills and mindset involved in being a grateful leader.
42 minutes | 4 months ago
TAG 115 - Entrepreneurial Detoxing
Everybody knew being an entrepreneur wasn't going to be easy...but who knew it would be this tough? Just when you think you're out of the stressful elements of your operation...they pull you back in again! Yet, we're doing this crazy business owning thing because somewhere deep down...really deep down on some days...we love what we do. Why is it that we can so enjoy chasing the dream...but this pursuit can also create such high levels of stress that it's literally unhealthy? Join Michael and Jim for answers as well as a most enjoyable entrepreneurial spa treatment in this episode.
42 minutes | 4 months ago
TAG 114 - Earning The Trust Of Your People
Here is the truth when it comes to being an entrepreneur or an organizational founder. Capital matters. But there is something that matters even more. Yes...if you've got the money to invest in your dreams...you'll have a shorter path and easier ride to where you're heading. But, there is something that your money can't buy you as a leader. And, that's the trust of your people. In fact, no matter how well funded you are...you won't be able to function as a leader in your business if you aren't a person of trust. Yet, many leaders go about earning the trust of their people in all the wrong ways. Join Michael and Jim as they dispel the myths and reveal the true magic behind earning leadership trust.
51 minutes | 5 months ago
TAG 113 - Finding Freedom As An Entrepreneur
Most entrepreneurs are NOT free. Many of them have constructed an elaborate prison of their own making. Sadly, in many cases, this prison of their business is not only for them, but for their family as well. You can see this written on the faces of so many entrepreneurs. The lines in their faces...the concerns in their eyes....the fidgeting of their hands. And, even some of those you would consider among the most successful business people...they've never really tasted freedom as an entrepreneur. This is because many leaders are able to design a successful business plan, but they leave out the most important ingredient: Their freedom. Join Michael and Jim for their most freeing episode to date.
41 minutes | 5 months ago
TAG 112 - The Power Of Belief
As business owners, entrepreneurs, inventors and wild-eyed dreamers...we are part of the creative energy of change. Hopefully, this is positive change...sometimes incremental and occasionally revolutionary. But throughout it all, for us to have leadership success...at the fundamental level...we must be BELIEF PEDDLERS. If you don't believe in anything...ain't nobody following you. It's really the only reason why leadership is worth all of the trouble in the end. You have something you believe in and you want to share it with the world. Belief is a leadership strategy. One that needs to be understood and used with precision. Join Michael and Jim as they explore the power of belief.
47 minutes | 5 months ago
TAG 111 - Painfully And Powerfully Self-Aware
As leaders, it's important we spend a lot of time in front of the mirror. Not to improve our good looks, but rather to make us stronger leaders. It's about being self-aware. Sadly...there are too few leaders who are self-aware of who they are in their roles and how they are perceived by those who follow them. Many are literally drowning in pools of self-delusion, and the worst part is they have no idea they are even wet. The hidden truth about being self-aware, and humble in your approach of understanding yourself, is there is great power in this knowledge that awaits you as a leader. Join Michael and Jim in this highly humorous, painful and transformative episode.
45 minutes | 6 months ago
TAG 110 - The Managed Reactions Of A Skilled Leader
As leaders...we are not in control. It's sad. It can be difficult to deal with this truth. But...as leaders we are not in control. This is one of the areas where leaders fall prey to delusion more than just about anything else. We want to be in control. We want absolute control...because we're control freaks. But, we're not in control. And this creates great frustration and disappointment. We can influence the circumstances around us. We can plan well, to minimize disruption. We can train expertly to lower risks. We can have a vision that is far reaching. But, we are not ultimately in control of our circumstances. However, what we are in control of is how we react to these circumstances. That's all in our power. Join Michael and Jim as they detail out the critically important managed reactions of a skilled leader.
42 minutes | 6 months ago
TAG 109 - Working With Difficult People
In the pursuit of a grand vision, a noble dream, leaders will always have to face obstacles along the trail to success. Perhaps none greater is having to work with difficult people. You can't be a leader if you're alone on an island. To get where you need to go, you're going to have work with other people. This means you're going to be dealing with teams, with partners, with business associates, with superiors, with employees, with vendors and with clients. One thing is absolutely for certain...these people are not ALL going to be easy to work with. Join Michael and Jim as they reveal strategies for working with difficult people.
45 minutes | 6 months ago
TAG 108 - The Precision Filters Of Leadership Success
Leaders are wild horses by nature. We want to roam the open ranges. Any talk about rules or exercising restraint are conversations we don't really enjoy having. But, we're going to have that important conversation today anyway. In photography, you use polarizing filters to cut down the glare. Much in the same way, professional leaders must also master the process of using filters. It's because not everyone around us has the same level of passion and vision. Not everyone around us has as much at stake. So, without our leadership filters, we can come in too hot, be misunderstood and cause irreversible damage. Join Michael and Jim as they share a unique and powerful take on this critical leadership skill.
47 minutes | 7 months ago
TAG 107 - My Boss Is A Jerk
My boss is a jerk. These are words that most of us have uttered at least a few times throughout our lifetime. Maybe not out loud. Perhaps just whispered under our breath. And, possibly for the most retrained and upright among us, we've never audibly said those words...but certainly they floated around in our mind. The problem now is, as leaders, that we're the boss...which would make us the jerk. Yet, are we really a jerk? Or are we being falsely accused as we simply do our job as a strong leader? Join Michael and Jim as they explore this topic in great detail, sharing insights that might drastically change the way you act and are perceived as a leader.
38 minutes | 7 months ago
TAG 106 - Somebody Has To Be The Adult
Somebody has to be the adult around here. So why does it always have to be you? Because you're the leader. It's true. As a leader, you don't get to jump in the puddles, fling yourself off of the swing set and make stuff out of Playdoh like your employees get to do. You have to be serious. You have to be the responsible one. You have to always pick up the tab. It can be a great burden. Yet, it can also be a true blessing. Join Michael and Jim in this fun episode that highlights the frustrations and joys of being a leader.
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