Leaders Should Write it Down

Young leaders consistently ask me: "what's one practical piece of advice for becoming/being a leader who gets things done?" A leader that is trustworthy and reliable. The kind of leader when you ask them to get something done, you have complete confidence that it will happen.

My answer is always the same: Write It Down. Always. What do I mean?

1. never show up to a meeting without a pen and a notebook. My preference is a sharpie and a moleskine notebook. But doesn't matter whether it's a legal pad or a Red Big Chief pencil, Or your iphone or laptop. ALWAYS show up to a meeting ready to record thoughts, ideas, takeaways, and action items. I tell my team this all the time, whether we are having a group meeting or individual meetings.

2. carry a pen and notebook with you wherever you go. If you have a thought, write it down. Remember a task that needs to be completed while in your office, capture it in an email or in a running to do list on your desktop or in Evernote. In the car?.... capture it on your iphone audio memo or on a dictation machine. Great ideas seem to always hit us at random times. Especially in the shower. But always make sure it is captured somewhere. Always.

3. create a system for organizing your ideas and thoughts. I did a blog post a while back about this entitled The Way I Get Things Done. Highlighting how and where I capture ideas and the way I organize them on my computer and in different email folders and notebooks.

BONUS thought: One of the most important, if not THE most important person in the room during a brainstorming or creative session is the notetaker. And if you don't have a notetaker for these meetings, find one. Don't have another meeting without one. It has to be someone who is really good at listening, filtering, and capturing. It CAN'T be someone who is actively engaged in the creative or brainstorming elements.

By doing these things, it frees you up to have energy to be creative, think outside the box, dream, and ultimately have a list that works and a way to keep a running account of what items are on your list to get done.

Young Influencers List, September Edition

Here you go, the September edition of the Young Influencers List

1. Rosanna TomiukMontreal based singer, speaker, personal coach, and leadership development advisor.

2. Angel RamosNYC based creative director and designer of Angel | Bespoke, a global custom menswear brand.

3. Isha SesayLA based CNN anchor and international correspondent.

4. P.J. Fleckhead football coach of Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI.

5. Alex Medinacreative director for Reach Records and 116, and Grammy winning music producer for Lecrae, Andy Mineo and more.

6. Correy O'NealLA based sales and marketing manager for Soul Pancake, helping manage Kid President.

7. Caleb Kaltenbach- lead pastor of Discovery Church in Simi Valley, CA, and author of the book Messy Grace.

My NEW book H3 LEADERSHIP releases TODAY

H3 Leadership: Be Humble. Stay Hungry. Always Hustle. officially releases TODAY!

Excited to get this book into the hands, hearts, minds and souls of thousands upon thousands of leaders around the world.

That includes you! I hope the book is personal, applicable, practical, inspiring, challenging and easy to implement into your own personal leadership journey.

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The book outlines and breaks down the 20 Key Habits that all great leaders have in common, built around the 3 pillars and my own leadership mantra of HUMBLE, HUNGRY, and HUSTLE. If your leadership journey is just beginning, or you have been walking in it for years, this book is tailored made to help you be a better leader now, and ultimately guide you to the finish line well.

And, as a special bonus::: anyone who purchases the book this week, from September 22-27, scan and send your receipt to h3leadership@gmail.com and you'll receive over $100 of extra leadership resources for FREE, all for simply purchasing the book during release week from any outlet.

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Thanks for being on this journey with me. I believe together we can be a force for good. Change makers all raising the tide of leadership. Impacting our generation. Let's do this!

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5 Gears - A New Productivity Book to Check Out

5 Gears: How to Be Present and Productive When There Is Never Enough Time

My good friends Jeremie Kubicek and Steve Cockram, founders of GiANT Worldwide, have written a book you'll want to read. This new book will help you develop a rhythm and routine for your life that allows you to be productive at the right time of the day, as well as shift gears to be truly present with your family and fully recharge. 

People around the world struggle with work/ life balance. It is difficult to be productive and manage the relational dynamics of staying connected with others, while consistently recharging personally. 5 Gears came to light as Jeremie Kubicek and Steve Cockram applied what they learned through their own experiences and their work with leaders around the globe. It is a powerful concept that has the ability to radically change the way you live and lead.

While many people focus on adding a new time management method to their life, Kubicek and Cockram have gone to the source of conflict and created a common language, that if implemented, will decrease drama and insecurity and replace it with a secure confidence that people everywhere need.

The leaders of GiANT Worldwide, Kubicek and Cockram share stories of successful transformation, leadership skill, and help you master the art of being present with those you lead. The 5 Gears are highly transferrable and are designed to be sticky and memorable. You will inevitably experience these results as you add your own story of what being in the right gear at the right time does to your influence and respect.

"5 Gears will profoundly change the way you see yourself and your interaction with others in every area of your life. How many books do that?" — PATRICK LENCIONI, President, The Table Group; author, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team and The Advantage

About the Authors:

JEREMIE KUBICEK is co-founder of GiANT Worldwide and the GiANT companies. He is a bestselling author of Making Your Leadership Come Alive and speaker to organizations throughout the world on transformational leadership, emotional intelligence, and personal growth. He currently resides in Oklahoma City with his wife and three children.

STEVE COCKRAM is co-founder of GiANT Worldwide and a recognized expert on personality development, applied leadership learning and culture change with executive teams and
organizations around the world. Steve is a sought- after speaker and teacher on apprenticeship, personality development and team building. He resides in London with his wife and three children.

A Few Ways the 5 Gears book will help you:

- Designed to help people conquer work/life balance
- Master the art of being present and productive
- Learn how to connect with those around you
- Learn how to be in the right gear in the right time… social, work, rest, etc.
- Learn how to fully recharge & be at your best
- Reconnect with your kids/spouse/family
- Build better relationships at work
- Maximize your influence
- Hard skills alone do not make you influential - emotional intelligence & your ability to connect does.
- Discover the most common pitfalls when it comes to connectivity, leadership and influence
- With Google and Youtube, information mastery is no longer enough...your ability to build and maintain authentic relationships with others is the competitive advantage.

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