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Today’s show was sparked by a headline. No, it wasn’t 57 things, but it was 25…or some weird number of things you should think about selling if you’re preparing to retire. I found the list a bit odd and decided to hash it out with you. No, you don’t have to be preparing to retire. Maybe you just want to shake things up, improve things, declutter or…
 
Compassion is the high point in our leadership recipe. Simply put, compassion is a focus on others. That’s congruent with our definition of leadership… A focus on others, influence and doing for others what they’re not able to do for themselves This podcast – every episode – is our endeavor to add to the … #2211 – Leadership Ingredient: Compassion …
 
I’ve got more episodes “in the can” than ever before. It’s unprecedented for me here at LTW. Today’s show was recorded in the wee hours of the morning. Today. So I decided to hit the publish button. It seemed fitting for a week before our nation celebrates independence and freedom – two things I’m thankful for. Thanks for clicking that play button.…
 
“I’m sick of following my dreams, man. I’m just going to ask where they’re going and hook up with ’em later.” —Mitch Hedberg Mitch was witty. “Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way when you criticize them, you are a mile away from them and you have their shoes.” —Jack Handey Jack Handey is a real person. A Te…
 
A lack of understanding is never an advantage. Now armed with facts, figures, and other forms of knowledge, leaders need to use that knowledge in making wise decisions. That’s impossible if we don’t understand. Understanding answers many questions, most importantly, “Why?” Today, Lisa and I talk about the power of understanding with stories from … …
 
An unplanned episode, but it’s how I roll. Well, it’s how I’m flowing these days. Speaking of flowing, let’s talk about cash-flowing life. No matter how old or young we are we can all benefit from a bit of sober thought about our lifestyle, our incomes, our investments, our expenses, and our financial welfare.…
 
The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it. – Henry David Thoreau How did you grow up viewing money? Making it and spending it? I suppose all of us have a relationship with money based largely on how we grew up. I don’t pretend to be a financial expert, but I do have a view – and a relationship with MONEY.…
 
The 3rd leadership ingredient is knowledge. Leaders today face unprecedented challenges with knowledge. We’re smothered with data, numbers, intel and other forms of “knowledge.” But we’re also challenged with reality and truth. Welcome to the world of deep fakes – some intentional and much of it likely unintentional. We see data and connect dots. ……
 
Steve Dye is the City Manager of Grand Prairie, Texas, the 15th most populated city in Texas. Today, he joins us to discuss his experiences, insights, and wisdom in city government leadership. We also talk about the power of putting up tables and chairs! Click the image below for a FREE downloadable PDF of … Leadership Insights: City Manager Steve …
 
What are you pursuing? What would you like to pursue, but maybe you’re afraid? Me? One item I’m pursuing is an upgrade for The Yellow Studio – the new Rode Rodecaster Pro II. Isn’t it gorgeous? 😀 Today’s show is about pursuing dreams, chasing ambitions, and achieving our ideal outcome. But it’s mostly about the role we play in serving others as the…
 
Curiosity may have killed the cat, but it built the extraordinary leader. The quality of our questions determines the quality of our leadership – and most other positive things, too! Curiosity may be the most fun and contagious ingredient of all. Asking questions and questioning answers is energizing. Exhilarating even! Avoid jumping into TELL … #2…
 
The headline was clearly meant to tempt me to click it. So I did. But I didn’t read it…until I hit the record button. 29 Careless Ways Retirees Waste Money Let’s see how well this list was curated. I also give a shout-out to a golfer in today’s show. Shocking, since I don’t golf. But I love rather love golf courses. Especially the ones inside Hot S…
 
Humility is the first and most essential leadership ingredient. Without it, everything else fails. Bosses and leaders may be one and the same, but they may not be. Every boss is a leader (they’ve got influence; it may not always be positive though), but not every leader is a boss (somebody with a title, … #2207 – Leadership Ingredient: Humility Rea…
 
“The wise adapt themselves to circumstances, as water molds itself to the pitcher.” – Chinese Proverb Things change. Sometimes quickly. A phone call wakes you. Middle-of-the-night phone calls are never good. Dream jobs aren’t offered at 3 am. Sweepstakes winners aren’t awakened with the news. Suddenly your life is different. How different depends o…
 
Today Lisa and I introduce to you the five (5) leadership recipe ingredients. Admittedly, these five things started out as what I called “the progression of leadership,” back in the 1980s. When I taught them to Lisa she improved on the language because she considered them ingredients. They belong in a specific order to … #2206 – Five Leadership Rec…
 
One of our favorite topics This can truly and critically impact success as a leader Quote: “Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence and making sure that impact lasts in your absence.” All of us have had really good and really bad leaders. Think about them. The bad ones? … #2205 – Why A Focus On Others Is Great…For You!…
 
Today’s show is about YOU. Helping you through whatever you’re going through right now. Whether you’re in your 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s or 60s — or whether you’re younger or older than that…you’re going through something right now. Probably a number of things! Recorded in the early morning hours of Monday, May 16, 2022, today’s show has just one aim: to …
 
Daily news is scary. Really scary. Real estate news. Tax news. Gas prices news. Inflation. Short supplies. Healthcare. Moral decay. Cancel culture. Deep fakes. Personal finance. Career. Scary is everywhere! Everywhere. As a little kid one particular movie on TV scared me, Bunny Lake Is Missing. Encore.org is an organization I’ve been aware of for a…
 
There’s a specific place where each of us can find our greatest growth. It’s the corner. The corner is a metaphor for a place we all must go in order to move forward. It represents a place where we’re no longer relying on excuses. Once we paint ourselves into the corner we suck all … #2204 – The Power Of Painting Yourself Into A Corner Read More » …
 
We lead people. We manage the work. Leadership is a focus on others. It’s about influence and doing for others what they can’t do for themselves. Managing is about getting the to-do list accomplished. It’s about output. Leadership doesn’t depend on a title, position or authority – but it helps. Leadership with authority speeds … #2203 – Leading Ver…
 
Today we’ll share a bit more about who we are and why you may want to listen to our leadership podcast. A podcast about city government leadership. Rather than act like we’ve got all the answers, we’re mostly interested in helping you explore the path forward in your own leadership journey. We share a … #2202 – Getting To Know More About Lisa & Ran…
 
It’s been months in the works…a reboot of the Grow Great podcast. Let me introduce you to Lisa Norris. Lisa is currently the Director of Human Resources / Civil Services for the City of Grand Prairie, Texas. She’s going to be my co-host. Leadership continues to be the focus of this podcast. Now, we’re … #2201 – Grow Great: A Podcast About City Gove…
 
This week I’m busier than a one-armed paper hanger so rather than take the week off I fired up the webcam and recorded a show exclusively for the folks in our little Facebook group. If you’d like to see it, then go here and answer an easy question and I’ll likely let you inside. It’s a 36-minute episode that’s mostly about regret!…
 
I registered the domain – ZoomingOut.com – on May 22, 2004. It had nothing to do with photography – or my video conferencing platform of choice. Instead, it was focused on our attempt to see a bigger picture as a means of seeing the finer details. There never was a website at that address. I still own the domain, although it’s been for sale at a fa…
 
We were young adults, maybe 20 or so, when it became a common refrain among us. “I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired.” We’d chuckle, but it was true. Sadly, it was mostly just a humorous comment and not some moment of newly found determination. We never attempted to improve our circumstances. Rather, we just chuckled at poking fun at how our…
 
As much as I’d love to be completely transparent, there’s just so much that would be improper about it. So I’ll give you the broad brush of it. There hasn’t been a physical death, but the carnage is deep and vast. It’s personal. It’s family. And it’s been going on a long, long time. A slide. An erosion. Lots of pain. Lots of suffering. Lots of preo…
 
Wednesday, April 6, 2022. An update sparked by recent random thoughts. Consider this a bonus/special episode ’cause it was completely unplanned…until I watched a YouTube live stream of a governing body meeting where people seemed largely driven by…well, I’m not sure what drove them. Suffice to say, the behavior wasn’t exactly exemplary. 😉 Enjoy!…
 
Do you worry about impressing people? How much do you worry about it? There’s a balance, don’t you think? A healthy balance seems necessary. Too far in one direction and you’re self-absorbed. Too far in the other direction and you’re fearful to do anything. Let’s talk about it and think about how we may be able to lean more into wisdom…and further …
 
When I began working as a teenager, I quickly realized most of my learning was going to be in reverse. I learned how not to do things by seeing them done poorly. The tyrannical boss taught me what not to do if I wanted to pursue high performance. It would be many years later, mostly by books at first, then by using life as my own laboratory before …
 
“If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.” ― Samuel Adams Tyranny costs everyb…
 
Simplicity helps. Let’s define “greatness” as success. You can establish that for yourself, and define it however you’d like. For me, it’s about being extraordinary, remarkable, and dazzling. And as far as enemies go…well, it’d be nice if there were only one – distractions – but there are many. No sooner do we overcome one, than like a hydra – 8 mo…
 
Psalm 37:25 “I have been young, and now am old; Yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, Nor his seed begging bread.” I wrote it down in 2014. I’m not going to do it justice today, but it’s what’s on my mind. Kinda sorta. Mostly, I’m gonna scatter-shoot a bit by sharing the kinds of questions I continue to get. Hint: they’ve not changed much thr…
 
It’s impossible to completely separate some areas of our lives from others. Are you good at compartmentalizing things? You know, not letting one thing or area of your life disrupt another area? It can be hard. I’m decent at it, but I’m far from world-class. Honestly, I worry a little bit about folks who can flip switches and just go about their bus…
 
By the 1990s cell phones had become more commonplace. Never mind that they’d been invented for almost 2 decades by then. I don’t remember when caller ID disrupted our phone usage, but it was a phenomenal development for me. “Wait a minute, what? I can know who is calling before I pick it up?” This is great! Quickly, caller ID became a psychological…
 
Yes, it’s about wisdom because our lives are surrounded by and largely dictated by technology. From cell phones, to live streaming TV, to tablets, to laptops, desktops. Then there’s tech in our cars (okay, maybe your car…mine is so old I don’t have much tech, and that suits me fine). It’s a different episode today, prompted by an Apple iMac problem…
 
Selfishness. It’s in all of us. Some of us surrender to it. Some of us battle against it. Still, selfishness wins more than it should. Young. Old. Guys. Gals. Doesn’t matter. Selfishness isn’t the sole domain of kids. Or old folks. We’re all smitten with it. It’s why the Lord told people who would follow Him and become disciples that unless they su…
 
Thank you for clicking play on the Grow Great podcast. Warning – some sports analogies ahead! 😉 I’m an OU Sooner football fan, the hazards of being born in Oklahoma. Sooner fans were shocked over a month ago when head coach, Lincoln Riley, resigned to take his talents to USC. Within weeks a new head … How Can You Reboot Yourself? Read More » The po…
 
Imagine. In 2018 I started imagining something I’d never imaged before. I imagined having a second home, someplace I could retreat to. I had lived my entire life never thinking such a thing. I remember a time in my youth having a tough time imagining living on my own. 😉 I didn’t have difficulty imagining…I just had never imagined having two residen…
 
That’s right. Returning to my roots and a simpler way to go. After all, the short way here to the website is GrowGreat.com. It’s a terrific URL because it’s short, simple and easy to remember. During the Holiday season, I engaged in a few conversations with friends about how I was craving a simpler life. … Simplify, Simplify, Simplify Read More » T…
 
Why do people climb a mountain? Because it’s there. I don’t climb mountains. I barely climb ladders. Heights are not my friends. Never have been. I’m among the many people who view mountain climbers with a degree of admiration and bewilderment. Mostly, I think they’re crazy. It would seem I have an aversion to death-defying feats. Yes, I’m weak. An…
 
NOTE: As of February 1, 2022 I’ve made an adjustment based on feedback from prospective clients. “I’m interested in starting this program, but a March start is better for me. Can I apply?” Go here for an update to this post and my pivot. Matt owned and operated a small manufacturing company (annual revenue $45M+). … 6-Month Program For Executives/L…
 
DO YOU WANT TO BE EXHAUSTING OR WOULD YOU RATHER PEOPLE GAIN ENERGY BY BEING AROUND YOU? Coaching people to engage in proper behavior depending on the situation – reading the room – is growing. Likely because it’s difficult for many people. Theories abound that it has to do with when a person was born and the world they grew up in. I’ll subscribe t…
 
My work continues all the way deep into Christmas week. I guess it’s the hazards of operating retail companies for so many years. I struggle to wind things down and do my best to serve clients up to and for as long as they need my help. The week between Christmas and New Year’s – … Thank You, Happy Holidays & Good-Bye 2021 Read More » The post Than…
 
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