Episode 048: EntreLeadership Podcast Host, Chris Hogan

ChristHoganDave Ramsey’s EntreLeadership Podcast is consistently the number one podcast in iTune’s business, and Chris Hogan, host, is no stranger to constant improvement.  Chris Hogan stirs audiences to action wherever he speaks. Whether he is delivering a keynote on personal money management, teaching an all-day leadership training for business owners and professionals, or hosting the EntreLeadership Podcast.

Hear the interview after the jump!

Interview with Chris Hogan, EntreLeadership Host:

Key Pointsfrom the interview:

  • What’s it like interviewing today’s top business leaders?
  • What are the number one obstacles facing small businesses?
  • What can folks expect from the future of the EntreLeadership brand?
  • And More!

Now that you’ve listened, have you read Adapt or Die?  What did you think of Rick’s ideas?

Episode 047: Lieutenant General Rick Lynch

RickLynchLieutenant General Rick Lynch has distinguished himself as an exceptional leader and strategist through his chameleon-like ability to adapt to change despite the most challenging obstacles. From surmounting his parents’ inability to pay for college by gaining entry to West Point to leading “The Surge” in Iraq as Army General with only six weeks to prepare, Lieutenant General Lynch has constructed a disciplined and effective mantra for success, which he shares with audiences across the country today.  We talk about his brand new book, Adapt or Die – Front Line Principles from an American General.

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Episode 046: Dan Miller, Founder of 48 Days, LLC

DanMillerDan Miller is the passionate personality behind the 48 Days properties, which include books, podcasts, and a thriving business.  His mission is to foster the process of imagining, dreaming and introspection, to help people find their calling and true path, and to translate that into meaningful, purposeful and profitable daily work…within 48 days!

Interview with Dan Miller, Founder 48 Days Podcast:

Key Points about 48 Days Interview:

  • Can we really find the work we love in just 48 Days??
  • How can we live with greater passion in work & life?
  • What was Dan’s story?  How did *he* find work he loves?
  • What role does coaching and mentorship play in all this?
  • And more!

Now that you’ve listened, have you read 48 Days to the Work You Love?  Or listen to Dan’s podcast?  What do you think?

Skyrocket Email Productivity with iPhone’s Mailbox App

overwhelmed by email?  Check out this app!

Mailbox out of control?

One of the hardest things to tackle in our information-overloaded world is the constant flow of email.  I’ve heard of people who spend hours every day tackling hundreds of messages.  And when it’s all said and done?  They don’t feel like they’ve made any *actual* progress in their day.  What do you do when productivity is hampered by too-dang-much email?

Enter Mailbox App for iPhone:

Mailbox is a nifty free app for your iPhone (only for now) that takes the place of Apple’s default mail client.  They launched with much fanfare last year, and have since been acquired by Dropbox.  It’s the fastest way to blast through those 50 messages in your inbox that I know of.  Ready to check it out and get a clear-head?

How it works:

1.  After installing it from the app store, you’ll want to set it up with your Gmail account (Don’t have Gmail?  No worries.  You can click here to start a brand new Gmail address, and have your old email address forwarded in so you can play along.  And Bonus:  It destroys spam for you!)

2.  Open the app.  All your email sits in this list, but wait:  No buttons?!

step one:  archive those old gmail messages

3.  After you’ve finished an email, swipe right to archive it.  Gmail doesn’t encourage deleting messages, but just archiving them so they’re out of sight.

step two:  destroy overload by swiping right!

4.  Here’s the Incredible PART:  If you know the email is something you want to be aware of….but not until later:  Swipe to the left!

Swipe left to reschedule!

 

5.  And here’s the kicker:  You’re presented with a screen that asks when you’d like to see the email back in your inbox again.  Need to double check on whether that Fedex package ever made it to Kansas? No problem!  Just defer that receipt email for a week and check back in on it.  Huge project, but not due for two months? That’s fine.  Send it back around to your inbox next week.

See you later gator!

 

For all you leadership junkies:

Mailbox has been *such* a huge addition to my productivity & workflow.  Being able to defer email and know it’ll reliably show back up in my inbox when I need it is a HUGE load off my mind.  I can’t wait for them to come out with a desktop version!  But I have to know…..what email client do YOU use?

Self Leadership Using Thing’s Repeating Tasks Feature

The Strategy of Planning Your Weeks Using SoftwareLeadership – For Starters:

People define leadership in so many ways.  My personal definition is the stewardship of influence.  Influence is gained when people trust you.  And trust is created when we make and keep commitments to ourselves and others…..whether implicitly or explicitly.

Using Things Software to fill in the gaps

If you’re like me (a recovering people pleaser), it’s super important that you keep tabs on the commitments you’ve made.  I have areas of my life that need to stay on auto-pilot, but I haven’t kept tabs on them all myself.   Using the scheduling feature of software is a great way to trigger me to remember things at the right days and times.  That helps keep the wheels from coming off while freeing up our mental space.  Like David Allen said in our interview, our mind is for *having* ideas, not for *holding* them.  Creating a trusted set of reminders put stakeholders in the ground to allow us to look at our lives objectively.  It helps us think about what we should be thinking about!

For our purposes, we’ll be using CulturedCode’s Things app.  As always, check out the trial version of Things here.

Getting it Done:

1.  First, you’ll want to click on the “Scheduled” section of the Things App.  This is where we keep everything in life we have on autopilot.  The Scheduled section.  Where the magic happens

 

2.  Then, click on the “New Repeating” button at the bottom of the app.  This will create our reminder.

Leadership via repeating tasks

3.  Set the appropriate interval for the reminder.  The nifty thing about Things is that you can completely customize those intervals.  Need to remember to get that dry-cleaning done every other Tuesday?  No problem.  Picking the kids up from soccer practice every third Thursday?  That’s fine too!

The ability to set custom intervals.  Yay!

4.  Check your “Today” tab every morning.  When the appropriate day arrives, you get to see all the reminders for that day in a singular location.  Easy!

Custom automation shows up in your Today list

 

In conclusion:

That’s the gist of it!  Auto-repeating reminders have been a Godsend for me.  It’s the secretary I’ve never had, and it helps me keep tabs not only on “what I’m thinking about”…but “How I’m thinking about it.”  It’s so useful when you get to work on your own system while you’re in it.  Hope you’ve found this post helpful!

What about you?  Do you use Things or GTD software or any other life-management methodology?  What works for you?

Getting Started with GTD using CulturedCode’s Things – Part 1: Inbox

Learning GTD:

This screencast is all about helping you be more productive using David Allen’s Methodology and Cultured Code’s Things GTD Software.  I highly recommend both, and use them every day to stay productive.  If you enjoyed the video we’ve created, let us know by leaving a comment right after the jump!

Enjoy the video?  Leave a comment below, and keep an eye out for GTD Workflow Screencast Part 02!

Episode 045: Alexander Mimran, Co-Founder of Minbox

AlexanderToday on the ProGuide, we have Alexander Mimran, co-founder of Minbox along with Michael Lawlor. Minbox is a free, no-limits, #freakingfast file-sharing app for Macs that’s disrupting the competiton and owning the send space.

Interview with Alexander Mimran, Co-Founder of Minbox:

Key Points:

  • What does Minbox do?
  • How did Alexander and Michael get started with the idea?  Where did it come from?
  • Now, this *seems* like a fast “rise-to-stardom”, blitz, storm-on-the-scene journey from 2012 to now.  How long was this story in the making?
  • Why another file-sharing app?  CloudApp, Box, Dropbox, etc.
  • What does Alexander see happening for the future of the app?  Where does it fit in the tech space?
  • And more!

Now that you’ve listened, do you use a file-sharing app like Minbox?  What do you think of it?

Episode 044: Ken Wilson, Visual Director of NewSpring Church

Leadership Interview with NewSrping Church's Visual DirectorDo you have a job where you’re expected to consistently come up with fresh content?  We sit down with Ken Wilson, the visual director of NewSpring Church, an environment that needs new creative elements every single week.  It’s about leadership.  NewSpring sees an attendance of over 20,000 each week.  We cover the gamut of teamwork, leadership, organiational skills, team unity, and more.

Ken Wilson’s Leadership Interview:

Key Leadership Points:

  • How do you constantly stay creative in an environment that needs constant creative output?
  • How do you stay organized on a team of designers and artists?
  • What tips do you have for someone just trying to “make it,” let alone do original design work?
  • And more!

5 Questions for Ken Wilson of NewSpring Church

1.  Is there anything you know now that you wish you knew going into your job?

It would have been nice to have learned some actual knowledge of, oh, video, design, Photoshop, After Effects, or using a camera.  I was fortunate to come on staff where it was expected that I would learn.

2.  You serve with a team of insanely creative leadership people.  What books, talks, ideas or people have been instrumental in helping you reach your current level of leadership?

First and foremost the Bible is the major influence over my life. Speaking strictly from a leadership standpoint it governs how I lead my team, my family, and how I interact with everyone on a daily basis. There is no subject, conflict, authority, etc., that isn’t covered. Beyond that, there have been a few books/talks that have been monumental for me.  Jim Collin’s Good to Great is phenominal. I loved Gordon McKenzie’s Orbiting the Giant Hairball; it offers great insight on how to lead creatives. I heard Mark Miller give a talk on creativity one year at the Willow Creek Arts Conference that I still recall. Hearing his thoughts on creativity and brainstorming, and how to guide those effectively, was pivotal for me.

3.  How do you keep fresh eyes?  What do you do for inspiration?

I keep a fully stocked RSS reader which I scan daily, and have learned to also keep an active notebook to capture ideas.To keep fresh ideas it’s important to beg God for them. He is the author of creativity.  I am able to be creative because He gifts that to me. Beyond that I’ve found it important to learn to keep myself open to reading a lot, watching a lot of movies, and being willing to venture into things that don’t exactly fit my personal preferences. Also, it’s good not to get too tired, or at least to allow myself to rest.  Better ideas flow when you’re fresher (that’s not always the case, but tends to hold true).

4.  How does a typical brainstorming session look for your team?  (Who’s involved, How long does it last, etc.)

It varies. For our main services my boss, the creative arts pastor, puts together a team of 8-12 to go through the pastor’s message. Our pastor prepares a manuscript for us to review the day before, about 1-2 pages, and includes questions to help him drill down on points in the message. We go through that for an hour, helping him fill in the gaps. After that we talk through any additional creative elements. Occasionally out of that meeting I’ll initiate another brainstorm with some of our creative artists where we’ll dig deeper into a piece requested (sometimes they have specific parameters, sometimes they’re more open) and we’ll think through the best way to execute. Usually this involves a whiteboard.  If it seems pretty fluid ….that’s because it is. Sometimes brainstorms are formal.   Sometimes they’re much more loose.

5.  What advice would you have for churches just starting to incorporate media / visual arts in their services?

Remember that most of what you see (movies, TV, etc) is created by large teams with many resources. Be realistic.  But, don’t let that become an excuse. In the end, I’ll take a good idea (which starts on a piece of paper or a whiteboard) over slick execution any day. Don’t let lack of resources (time, etc) limit your creativity. Remember where the creativity comes from.  Also, keep your audience in mind. What may work for one church may not be what God wants you to do for your church. Seek Him, and He will guide your creativity.  And don’t be scared to work hard.

BONUS FUN:Let’s say you’re headed to a desert island for life, and can only bring one electronic device.  What do you bring & why?

Assuming I have a place to charge the battery… I’m bringing my iPhone. It’d be a toss up between that and the MacBook Pro, but the iPhone can cover a majority of the tasks (Bible app with offline translations, plenty of games, Evernote for capturing my thoughts on the island, a slew of podcasts so I can expand my brain, Stanza ebook reader, and the ever important camera so I can document the adventure). Also, since the iPhone is smaller than the MacBook I’d probably stand a better chance of not losing it as I climbed a tree escaping wild boar.

What about you?  Did you enjoy the interview?  What was your biggest leadership take-away?

Episode 043: Adobe After Effects Product Manager, Steve Forde

SteveFordeOn this episode of the The ProGuide, Steve Forde (Product Manager for Adobe After Effects) shares what influencing the direction on a major piece of software is like, how they decide what features get added, and what role the community plays.

Interview with Steve Forde from Adobe:

Key Points:

  • Who is Steve Forde, and what background does he have in Special Effects?
  • How did he start working for adobe?
  • How do they decide what new features make it in to new versions of After Effects?
  • And more!

What about you?  Did you enjoy the interview?  What was your biggest take-away?