Have you ever been thrown off track by something you thought would be positive? I've certainly experienced that over the last couple of months. An opening in the leadership position at Port Royal caused me to rethink the trajectory of my role. After some evaluation, I decided to submit a plan to fill the gap and provide leadership for the next few years. An intensive interview processed ensued, and I was selected. Then the virtual can of worms exploded ... Combining the inherent intensity of a leadership transition with an annual owners' meeting and unexpected turnover in a key position led to weeks of feeling like I was being tossed by the waves and barely keeping my head above water. Eventually, we got enough key people and processes in place, and the intensity began to subside. Only then did I begin to make sense of what I'd experienced, how I should learn from it, and what I could share with you. In this episode of the Habit Chef Podcast, we'll uncover a surprising source of disruption and how to prevent it from derailing your progress.
For today's profile, we have another special episode of the podcast. I'm honored to introduce you to someone who's been a mentor to me for more than a decade. More than anything, he taught me how to consistently study and apply leadership principles to my own life. Today, Ron Kitchens is the CEO of Southwest Michigan First, a team regularly recognized for their excellence in the workplace. In this in-depth interview, Ron shares his personal leadership philosophy and the unique ways he applies it to the workplace. From rugby scrums to planned cheating, there are plenty of useful surprises that you can apply to your own organization.
In this episode of The Habit Chef Podcast, I'll share 3 preemptive measures, 3 processing tactics, and 3 advanced strategies for mastering your email and getting to Inbox Zero. Plus, your teams will work better, and you'll accomplish more of your goals. Listen in, and you’ll learn why there's an inverse relationship between email and productivity, why email causes us so much stress, and which three proactive habits will eliminate most unnecessary email, and which three processing habits will help you organize your important communications, and which three strategies will improve your leadership and help you achieve your goals.
In this episode of The Habit Chef Podcast, we'll explore why accountability is so powerful and the simple ways you can get started using it to propel you forward and keep your momentum. Listen in, and you’ll learn why accountability is an important asset for entrepreneurs and habit-builders, who you should select as an accountability partner (and who you should avoid), what type of accountability structure is most successful, and how you can easily get started.
I'm stuck. My content schedule is a habit profile on Sunday, a podcast on Tuesday (recorded on Monday), and an article on Thursday. Today would be a Thursday, and I've got nothin' in the pipeline. Nothing written, and no solid ideas or drafts. I can feel my brain trying to get in gear, but there's no fuel. So . . . I committed to being authentic and transparent on this journey, and I decided to practice that today. I decided I would just pause and share where I am right this moment, how I got here, and where I'm going next. If you're feeling stuck too, perhaps it will be helpful.
In this episode of The Habit Chef Podcast, we'll explore the seven key habits of leaders that make a difference and how you can apply them to put your own dent in the universe. Listen in, and you'll learn why leadership is a never-ending journey, why it's so important to reinforce the mission, how to assemble your small army, why you'll want to think big and act small, why you can never stop learning, why you must be willing to be vulnerable, how to share tough love, and why your personal health is so important.
Along with the essential habits for getting things done, you'll need a dedicated cockpit to keep you focused and organized. There are hundreds of options (in addition to ol' fashioned pen and paper), and I've narrowed it down to a few of my favorites. To make the cut, the tools have to be accessible across platforms and via mobile and desktop devices, have sharing capabilities for teams, and be intuitively simple. Here's an overview of the top four task/project management tools, along with their strengths and weaknesses for easy comparison. (Plus, I'll even share my personal favorite.)
For many years, I operated under the illusion that I could make decisions based on how I felt and was simultaneously frustrated that I wasn’t getting the results I was looking for. I never realized the two were connected. We wait to take action until we feel motivated, and we rely on those feelings to feed our willpower. It’s why we feel like working out after an inspiring movie or eat well for a few meals after visiting with a friend that’s lost weight recently. Then what? We fail at continuing to take action. The feeling doesn’t last. But there's something else that works even better.
In 1990, Jerry and Monique Sternin were given six months to figure out why children in Vietnam were starving and start to fix it. Extreme poverty was obviously the cause, and no one thought any progress could be made in just a few months. Instead of using common sense or their own previous success methods, they did something very different. They decided to find out if any of Vietnam's poorest toddlers were not malnourished. When the search team reported back with "'Có, có, có'" (Yes, yes, yes), they knew it was possible. Instead of just feeding their children rice, these mothers were mixing in sweet potato greens and shrimps so small they were tossed aside. They were also feeding their children small portions throughout the day, accommodating their tiny stomachs. The differences were so small, they could have easily gone unnoticed. But these children were not starving, and their solution could apply to all families.
It's tempting to debate in the abstract, focusing on what could have been or how it might be. When it comes to workplace issues, this is particularly true. I wanted to profile someone with a unique big-picture perspective. Meet Diana Schultz, CEO of Kindred Hospital in Corpus Christi, Texas. Her route to the top demonstrates the power of persistent excellence. While working towards her master’s degree in Public Administration, she took a job as human resources manager at an acute care hospital. After just 60 days on the job, the CEO resigned and Diana was asked to temporarily fill the position while the hospital sought to hire a new CEO. Unsatisfied with the candidates they'd seen, the staff started a petition to appoint Diana as CEO. The regional director agreed. A few years later, she interviewed for the CEO position at Kindred, and the rest is, as they say, history. I met Diana last October at a TBW conference and was immediately struck by how comfortably and confidently she navigated leading both a family and a large company. With the symbolic recognition of Equal Pay Day last week, I knew the timing was perfect to share her habits and insights.