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Michael Hyatt’s Platform Launch Team

This week, I was chosen to be on a team of people who will help Michael Hyatt launch his new book, Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World. I was shocked and honored, to say the least!

If you are not familiar with Michael Hyatt, he writes about intentional leadership, productivity, publishing, and social media. He is the Chairman of Thomas Nelson Publishing, and held the title of CEO until last year, when he chose to step down to pursue his writing and speaking full-time.

Michael has over 400,000 monthly readers on his blog, and  over 900 people applied to be a part of this launch team. 100 were selected. As a part of this team, we received an early copy of the book, and have been sharing our notes and reviews. It has been an amazing experience so far.

In addition to extremely experienced bloggers and authors on the team, Michael and his wife, Gail, have also been active in the conversations. It has been really neat to interact with everyone and share our conclusions and helpful to-do lists from the book. This book is overflowing with expert ideas to build a platform, and it is truly a unique experience to hear from the author directly.

The book can be applied to your business, personal, or professional life. I will be using it as a reference guide, and I highly recommend it. If I can implement even a small portion of what is recommended, I know that it will have a huge impact.

Platform will be released the week of May 21st. But don’t buy it yet! Michael will be offering an amazing set of bonus gifts when you purchase the book during the release week. Until then, you can sign up to receive important book updates at I will blogging more about this next week, so stay tuned!

Have you ever been a part of a launch team? If so, what did you learn?



Filed under Book review, Leadership, Platform Launch Team

The 360 Degree Leader

You don’t have a leader title.

You may be in the middle of the organization, or at the bottom.

Up until now, you’ve been told that you can’t be a leader. That only comes when you are promoted to something with a title.

I’ve never believed that. But, somehow, we are told this lie over and over again.

In The 360 Degree Leader: Developing Your Influence from Anywhere in the Organization, John C. Maxwell wholeheartedly convinces you that this lie is untrue. You can lead from anywhere in an organization. In fact, sometimes you can lead better because of the fact that you don’t have a title.

I loved the way that he talks about the influence that you have in the organization. Often, without a title, we don’t realize the influence we have. However, many times, the people in the middle are the ones who can come up with the best ideas and the most productive ways to truly change. You also have the ability to be a valuable source of information to higher level leaders, who are no longer in the day to day happenings of the organization.

John takes you through a very detailed outline of 360 degree leadership. From the myths, to challenges, practical principles to lead up, across and down in the organization, and emphasizing the value of a 360 degree leader. This is a well thought out book with real life, practical examples of how to make a difference.

There were two main principles that stuck with me throughout the book.

“Your underlying strategy should be to suport your leader, add value to the organization, and distinguish yourself from the rest of the pack by doing your work with excellence.”

“What matters is that we are willing to do what it takes, to make a positive impact wherever we find ourselves in life – to add value in any way we can to others.”

These are basic principles, but they resonate with learning to be a leader where you are. It is your choice. John does a great job of explaining it and helping you understand it in a new way. However, now it is up to you to put it into practice.

I have highly recommended this book to many people and will continue to do so.

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