Do the right thing

2009 Five Presidents George W. Bush, President Elect Barack Obama, Former Presidents George H W Bush, Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter Portrait
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Growing up, I sometimes I thought about doing some of the hardest jobs such as President of the United States or running a large corporation. I have always felt that I could do just about any job with the proper training and with a commitment to do the right thing, no matter what. Of course that might not be true for all jobs, but I am still naive enough to think I can learn almost anything.

I used to envision the call to meet at the situation room for a briefing on a terrorist threat and making a clear decision to do the right thing.  I would imagine the board asking me whether we should acquire company X or implement strategy Y. After a dramatic pause, I make a brilliant move because I knew it was the right decision. Good vs. evil. Right vs. wrong. Black and white.

Clarity……………..a fantasy?

Why are day-to-day decisions so unclear? Shouldn’t we be able to decide how to spend that marketing budget, whether to reply all to that email, or when to hire that person, based on each option’s rightness?

The world is often gray and unclear, but I challenge you to try to step back from the pros/cons lists, the reasoning and justifications, the politics, and simply say, “is this the right thing to do?

Podcasts I love

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“Growth is what separates living things from dying things,” say Blanchard and Miller. “Growth brings energy, vitality, life, and challenge. Without growth, we’re just going through the motions.”

Our brains need to be fed to grow, which then enables us to lead. Books are by far the best way to do this, and I will cover my love of audiobooks in another post. Podcasts are a little more digestible (and free!), so they often fill my commute/exercise time with brain food!

  • APM Marketplace – a weekday podcast that does thorough coverage of the economy and how it impacts me. I also get my dose of liberal in with this one. 😉
  • This is Your Life by Michael Hyatt – it has been fun watching Michael build his platform after stepping down as CEO of Thomas Nelson. He always covers topics that interest me: leadership, productivity, and social media in this podcast. It is a bit repetitive if you read his blog, but I don’t typically.
  • The Dave Ramsey Show – my personal finance hero, and a straight-shooter. His baby steps have gotten our family out of debt and on the road to financial peace. Here I get my dose of conservative. 🙂
  • HBR Ideacast – I love this business/leadership podcast! It is forward-thinking and ultra-relevant to business and work.
  • Wall Street Journal This Morning – this one used to be my daily news podcast, but I rarely have time for more than one daily podcast anymore, so I grab this one when I need some filler. Good news coverage, a little right of center.
  • The EntreLeadership Podcast – Dave Ramsey’s new book and movement, and I’m a sucker for good leadership material.
  • iTunes U – I’ve tried to get into the wealth of free educational content available from various universities, but it rarely sticks…just no time for watching video, I guess.

I often find mine through iTunes “top ten” lists – what ones am I missing out on? Are there other apps worth making the switch to (like Stitcher instead of using iTunes)?