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Posts by John Maxwell

Lift Your Lid

Somewhere today a young person is working hard at their desk, hoping to be considered for a promotion. Somewhere today an older person thinks about their looming retirement and hopes to find something productive to do with their next phase of life. Somewhere today, hundreds of thousands of people, young and old, dream of a…

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An Open Letter to Veterans on Veterans Day

I want to take a moment and write to the women and men who make up the 18.2 million veterans in the United States of America. Today is Veterans Day, set aside to honor those who have worn the uniforms of the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Navy and Marine Corps while serving our country…

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Look Back to Look Ahead

I’m in London this week for an event, and while my focus is on the people I’m serving, my thoughts are turning towards the remaining weeks of this year. Thanksgiving is right around the corner, Christmas is close, and 2019 will soon end as we enter the third decade of this millennium. Put that all…

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You Go Where Your Thoughts Go

This week on the John Maxwell Leadership Podcast, we’re finishing up a three-part series on Attitude: The Difference Maker. I’ve enjoyed hearing comments from people about what they’re learning from Mark and his co-hosts, but there’s a theme that keeps popping up that I’d like to explore. In fact, it’s a theme that can be…

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11 Habits of Successful Thinkers (Free Download)

The setting was midwestern America during the Depression, in an average town, with ordinary people, all looking to simply survive. A young boy enters a store and, in keeping with the times, asks the store owner if he can work for him that day. “I can’t afford to hire anyone, son,” the owner says. “That’s…

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My Takeaways from Live2Lead 2019

Last Friday, our team hosted Live2Lead, our annual event that brings some of the best leaders, speakers, and thinkers together to discuss leadership in an ever-changing world. 2019 marked our sixth event, and with all respect to every person who helped us with the previous five, it was our best Live2Lead ever. We had our…

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My Four Habits for Maintaining Mental Health as a Leader

October 10 is World Mental Health Day, and this week, both Mark and I want to talk about this relevant topic. I’m writing about the importance of mental health to a leader, and Mark will write about the importance of a leader caring for the mental health of their team. While we are not mental…

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How to Lead When Your Boss Can’t (or Won’t)

I am extremely excited for today, because it’s the official release date for my newest book, How to Lead When Your Boss Can’t (or Won’t). It’s an abridgment of my book, The 360-Degree Leader, distilling my best teaching on the concept of leading up within an organization. I’ve been studying leadership for over fifty years,…

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Daily Decisions That Affect A Leader’s Success

Decisions. Choices. Selections. Whatever word you want to use, a leader’s day is filled with opportunities to go one way or another; to create this or that; to push forward or pull back. And that’s just the easy stuff. Years ago, I wrote a book on decisions called Today Matters. The thesis of the book…

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One Thing That Makes or Breaks a Leader

In my book, Everyone Communicates, Few Connect: What the Most Effective People Do Differently, I share one of the most overlooked aspects of leadership. If you’ve read the book, you know where I’m going, but if you haven’t read the book, let me tell you—you don’t want to miss this thought. In fact, it’s the…

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