It’s been little more than 8 months since Leading by the Book was launched. When I dreamed up Leading by the Book, the goal was really pretty simple. I wanted to share leadership lessons that I’ve learned throughout my career. Why leadership? Why not accounting tricks or marketing know-how? Sure, all of that is important, but leadership, more than anything is the most important factor in any organization or individual accomplishing what they set out to do. Bizarrely, it’s also the most under-developed skill in adults today. I wanted to change that.
Over the past year or so, I’ve talked at length about how much of an impact Brazillian Jiu Jitsu had on me both personally and professionally. In terms of discipline, focus and creativity, I’m a better person because I started training. One of the truly great aspects of jiu jitsu, however, is the people you get to meet along the way.
One of those people is Jason Hunt. Jason is an incredible jiu jitsu teacher, with black belts in both Jude and BJJ. On top of that, he was a national judo champion. He’s a really insightful mind, and for those of you that are either new or not quite convinced on jiu jitsu, listening to him may be the nudge that you need. On top of that, the principles that we discuss in this episode, are directly applicable to your life and will generate immediate returns. I hope you enjoy this show, and if you’re in or near Los Angeles, be sure to check out his academy Meraki BJJ – it’s a beautiful facility, with incredible teaching and a great population of students.
A couple of months back, through pure happenstance, I stumbled across the U.S. Army Leadership Handbook on Amazon. At the moment I have a pretty big waiting list for books, so it took me a little while to get to it, but once I did, I was truly blown away by what a leadership gem this book is.
We all know the old adage: partners can’t handle success. As a partner in multiple businesses, this scares me, as I want to ensure the best not only for myself but also for my business partners. But the idea of partnership is far more than that, because in a sense we all have partners, even if we’re not actively in business with them. We have spouses, girlfriends, boyfriends, or close team members. Taking an active and deliberate approach to how we handle partnership is key if we want to find both harmony and success in our lives.
Fact of life: jerks are everywhere and dealing with jerks is a part of daily life. As a society, one thing is certain. We’ve become less skilled at living with those that we don’t like and don’t agree with – typically, people we perceive to be jerks fall into those categories. Unfortunately, dealing with people that you don’t necessarily like is part of business and life. In fact, I argue that those who are strong and more adept at dealing with people they classify as jerks are those that will find the most success and meaning in their live. To that end, as leaders, we don’t shut down people when we don’t agree with them, we approach each day on a mission to be the leader that we admire.