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Always lead with integrity. Never lead alone. This is the podcast for leaders and those who should be leading. It's a powerful gathering of people of influence in the areas of business, community and faith.

Always lead with integrity. Never lead alone. This is the podcast for leaders and those who should be leading. It's a powerful gathering of people of influence in the areas of business, community and faith.


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Always lead with integrity. Never lead alone. This is the podcast for leaders and those who should be leading. It's a powerful gathering of people of influence in the areas of business, community and faith.






TAG 115 - Entrepreneurial Detoxing

Everybody knew being an entrepreneur wasn't going to be easy...but who knew it would be this tough? Just when you think you're out of the stressful elements of your operation...they pull you back in again! Yet, we're doing this crazy business owning thing because somewhere deep down...really deep down on some days...we love what we do. Why is it that we can so enjoy chasing the dream...but this pursuit can also create such high levels of stress that it's literally unhealthy? Join Michael...


TAG 114 - Earning The Trust Of Your People

Here is the truth when it comes to being an entrepreneur or an organizational founder. Capital matters. But there is something that matters even more. Yes...if you've got the money to invest in your'll have a shorter path and easier ride to where you're heading. But, there is something that your money can't buy you as a leader. And, that's the trust of your people. In fact, no matter how well funded you won't be able to function as a leader in your business if you...


TAG 113 - Finding Freedom As An Entrepreneur

Most entrepreneurs are NOT free. Many of them have constructed an elaborate prison of their own making. Sadly, in many cases, this prison of their business is not only for them, but for their family as well. You can see this written on the faces of so many entrepreneurs. The lines in their faces...the concerns in their eyes....the fidgeting of their hands. And, even some of those you would consider among the most successful business people...they've never really tasted freedom as an...


TAG 112 - The Power Of Belief

As business owners, entrepreneurs, inventors and wild-eyed dreamers...we are part of the creative energy of change. Hopefully, this is positive change...sometimes incremental and occasionally revolutionary. But throughout it all, for us to have leadership the fundamental level...we must be BELIEF PEDDLERS. If you don't believe in anything...ain't nobody following you. It's really the only reason why leadership is worth all of the trouble in the end. You have something you...


TAG 111 - Painfully And Powerfully Self-Aware

As leaders, it's important we spend a lot of time in front of the mirror. Not to improve our good looks, but rather to make us stronger leaders. It's about being self-aware. Sadly...there are too few leaders who are self-aware of who they are in their roles and how they are perceived by those who follow them. Many are literally drowning in pools of self-delusion, and the worst part is they have no idea they are even wet. The hidden truth about being self-aware, and humble in your...


TAG 110 - The Managed Reactions Of A Skilled Leader

As leaders...we are not in control. It's sad. It can be difficult to deal with this truth. leaders we are not in control. This is one of the areas where leaders fall prey to delusion more than just about anything else. We want to be in control. We want absolute control...because we're control freaks. But, we're not in control. And this creates great frustration and disappointment. We can influence the circumstances around us. We can plan well, to minimize disruption. We can train...


TAG 109 - Working With Difficult People

In the pursuit of a grand vision, a noble dream, leaders will always have to face obstacles along the trail to success. Perhaps none greater is having to work with difficult people. You can't be a leader if you're alone on an island. To get where you need to go, you're going to have work with other people. This means you're going to be dealing with teams, with partners, with business associates, with superiors, with employees, with vendors and with clients. One thing is absolutely for...


TAG 108 - The Precision Filters Of Leadership Success

Leaders are wild horses by nature. We want to roam the open ranges. Any talk about rules or exercising restraint are conversations we don't really enjoy having. But, we're going to have that important conversation today anyway. In photography, you use polarizing filters to cut down the glare. Much in the same way, professional leaders must also master the process of using filters. It's because not everyone around us has the same level of passion and vision. Not everyone around us has as...


TAG 107 - My Boss Is A Jerk

My boss is a jerk. These are words that most of us have uttered at least a few times throughout our lifetime. Maybe not out loud. Perhaps just whispered under our breath. And, possibly for the most retrained and upright among us, we've never audibly said those words...but certainly they floated around in our mind. The problem now is, as leaders, that we're the boss...which would make us the jerk. Yet, are we really a jerk? Or are we being falsely accused as we simply do our job as a...


TAG 106 - Somebody Has To Be The Adult

Somebody has to be the adult around here. So why does it always have to be you? Because you're the leader. It's true. As a leader, you don't get to jump in the puddles, fling yourself off of the swing set and make stuff out of Playdoh like your employees get to do. You have to be serious. You have to be the responsible one. You have to always pick up the tab. It can be a great burden. Yet, it can also be a true blessing. Join Michael and Jim in this fun episode that highlights the...


TAG 105 - Mastering The Art Of Cat Herding

There exists a species of followers that flat out aren't good at following. And, they aren't good at following because they aren't the least bit interested in following you. They have their own plans, their own initiatives and their own motivations. And, the last thing they have time following you. Why? Because they are cats. They are fellow leaders. They are free spirits with clear minds of their own. These cats are independent, and are mostly interested in doing exactly what...


TAG 104 - A Simple (And Powerful) Leadership Strength Test

No one wants to follow a weak leader...or even a strong leader who is experiencing an off day. And, if you're a weak leader, or in a moment of weakness, you will take your entire team down with you. But, on any given day, in any particular moment, how do you know if you're being a strong or a weak leader? What if there was an analysis tool out there where you could get plugged into it and it would output a detailed report? Actually there is a rapid test. And, it doesn't require any...


TAG 103 - Fixing The Money Problem

Being an entrepreneur or founder of an organization isn't easy. It's long hours, high expectations and typically slow-to-arrive awards. Obstacles are constantly appearing out of nowhere, and the storms of life seem to camp out on your doorstep. Yet, consistently, probably the most prevalent issue for organizational leaders is this: Fixing The Money Problem. You're running out money, and quickly. This puts a leader in a point of desperation that holds the real risk of compromising your...


TAG 102 - The Art Of Winging It

The mature entrepreneur knows the tremendous value in being prepared, having your team ready and staying ahead of the schedule. And, being able to deliver what you promised on time and beyond expectations. Yet...there are those times... When things don't quite work out that way. Sometimes they don't work out that way at all. In fact, on occasion, you or someone on your team drops the ball...big time. Now, there is potential pie on your face, and your plan is flapping in the wind. There...


TAG 101 - Winning The Unpopularity Contest

With only need 51% of your constituents to like you, and the rest, "Who cares?" Yet, in the business world, it's pretty difficult leading an organization when you've got only a slim majority of support. You've got to hope you're garnishing more votes than 51% or it's going to be a tough haul. The challenge is; however, as a leader, sometimes you've got to make decisions that have much less support than that. On occasion, you're the only one who sees things a certain...


TAG 100 - The Heavy, Heavy Burden Of Leadership

In this, the 100th episode of the Two Are Gathered Leadership Podcast, a topic is covered that is worthy of such a significant milestone in the journey. It is something that is seldom discussed in leadership training, books or podcasts, Yet, it's perhaps the most important. It's the heavy, heavy burden of leadership. The serious and grave responsibilities that few people talk about in regards to leadership roles. And, in addition to being a heavy burden, it's also the tremendous...


TAG 099 - Advanced Listening Techniques

It's been said that speaking is the highest paid profession in business. But, this isn't necessarily true. Yes. Leaders with the capability to speak before large audiences and in creative and compelling ways have only the sky as their limit in their ability to succeed. But, there is an even more valuable skill set for leaders than speaking. And, that skill is listening. You won't be a good speaker if you don't listen to and understand your audience. You won't be a good leader if you are...


TAG 098 - When Your Leadership Heart Breaks

For those of us who have been leaders or business owners for any length of time, you are quite aware of this sad truth...and that is, you're going to spend a lot of time at the Leadership Heartbreak Hotel. As entrepreneurs, we're risk takers. This is exactly what we've signed up for. If you're going to reach for glory, you're going have to gamble with your heart. You can't say, "I'm going to put my heart into this project," without actually putting your heart on the line. The currency...


TAG 097 - Those Days When You Just Don't Feel Like It

Leadership is about motivation, perseverance, adrenaline, rising above the challenge, reaching a higher level...boldly going where no one has gone before...and then...there are those days... ...when you just don't feel like doing anything. Some of the things that need doing, aren't all that fun to get done. And, your head might be in the gray clouds, in a depressed mindset where nothing is enjoyable to do. But, you still need to get things done. Your team is counting on you. And, being...


TAG 096 - Being A Trusted Advisor

We all have those people in life, those true leaders, who when we have an important decision to make...we will go to them. They are our trusted advisor. They are someone we respect. They are someone we trust. In many ways, it's hard to imagine going through life without these people. They have so much influence on our achievements. In business, one could argue that being a trusted advisor is a necessity in being successful as a leader of an organization. Can you learn to be a trusted...