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Tough Conversations, Uncomfortable Challenges, Delivering Bad News: How Successful Leaders Reach Outside Their Comfort Zones

Total Duration 55:56

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Just Take the Leap?

It can be uncomfortable to confront a team member or a peer. We can face demanding challenges, wondering if we have what it takes, hesitating to go "all in" because of the risk of failure. Delivering bad news is something leaders have to do, but rarely do we look forward to it. These are just a few of the challenges we face as leaders--each requiring us to reach beyond our comfort zone.

It's one thing to know that good things are on the other side of our comfort zone. But just telling someone to "take the leap" seems to be insufficient, right?

Andy Molinsky has studied why we hesitate to go beyond our comfort zones, and he's written a practical, evidence-based book on how to make the leap. In this episode, Andy and I talk about his new book Reach: A New Strategy to Help You Step Outside Your Comfort Zone, Rise to the Challenge and Build Confidence.

Learn more about Andy at http://www.andymolinsky.com/.

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Comfort Zone Example

At the very end of the outtakes in this episode, I share the story of my son Barrett Kaufman going way beyond his comfort zone. He runs a company that does video production and was hired for an adventure shoot. Listen to the episode for the story, but here's the picture of him way atop of his comfort zone!

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How to Find and Work With a Mentor, with Ken Blanchard

Total Duration 42:16

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Have a Mentor--Common Wisdom Right?

Talk to enough highly successful leaders and project managers and eventually you'll hear them mention the value that one or more mentors have provided over their career. It's obvious, right? Common wisdom, for sure. But why isn't it common practice?

Ken Blanchard is one of my all-time leadership heroes and he joins us in this episode to talk about his new book One Minute Mentoring: How to Find and Work With a Mentor--And Why You'll Benefit from Being One, co-authored with Claire Diaz-Ortiz. In classic One Minute Manager style, this easy-to-read book provides a helpful guide for how you can develop a meangingful mentoring relationship.

Learn more about Ken and his organization at http://www.kenblanchard.com/.

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Why We Can't Look Away From Our Devices, with author Adam Alter

Total Duration 45:20

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Do You Know Where Your Phone Is?

Most leaders these days know the answer to that question. Of course we know where our mobile devices are! And if we didn't, we might be at risk of nomophobia! But the reason this question is easy is that too often, the device is in front of our face! And our addiction to tech is having a real impact on our ability to lead and connect with others.

Adam Alter joins us to talk about his new book Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked. Adam provides a brilliantly written look at how our obsession with technology is controlling our lives more than we realize. And he offers tools and approaches we can use to take back our teams, families, and lives.

Learn more about Adam at adamalterauthor.com/.

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(Video) Why Leaders Need to Get Lost! What I Learned This Week

What I Learned This Week

We continue our series of short videos talking about an idea or observation that was learned this week. This week we discuss why someone telling you to "Get Lost!" might just be good advice!

During this episode, I mention the following interviews:

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How do you get away, to get deeper thinking? Please e-mail me (show [AT] PeopleAndProjectsPodcast [DOT] com) or leave a message on our Listener Feedback Line (847-550-3747). What have you been learning? I look forward to hearing from you!

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Thank you for joining me for this episode of The People and Projects Podcast! Have a great week!

Total Duration 3:23

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(Video) What Would You Advise a Friend to Do? Lessons for Project Managers to Make Better Decisions

What I Learned This Week

We continue our series of short videos talking about an idea or observation that was learned this week. This week we discuss some key lessons from a keynote that Andy delivered a couple times this week regarding decision-making.

Let Me Hear From You!

What have you been learning about decision-making? Please e-mail me (show [AT] PeopleAndProjectsPodcast [DOT] com) or leave a message on our Listener Feedback Line (847-550-3747). What have you been learning? I look forward to hearing from you!

Please give us feedback about The People and Projects Podcast! Take our Listener Survey at http://PeopleAndProjectsPodcast.com/ListenerSurvey. Thank you!

Thank you for joining me for this episode of The People and Projects Podcast! Have a great week!

Total Duration 9:50

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