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Last year, I was adamant against the idea. Andy Hibel, a colleague and friend, said I should host my own leadership podcast show. I argued, “That’s too much work!” Three months later, I’m brainstorming with Andy about the show's name.

Lesson #1: Ask for help and never try something without support.

At the beginning of January, I decided to try publishing three episodes per week for one year (last month, I cut back to two per week due to client work). At the end of the year, I would decide if I would cut back, continue, or end the series…


Lessons still being learned…

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I don’t have a success story. Rather, I have a journey to share.

I’ve been an entrepreneur since 2014. If I listed my on-target accomplishments, they would pale in comparison to my misses.

I have failed businesses, disappointing publications, and puzzling social-media marketing campaigns that lacked any return for what I invested. I had a client fire me because I failed to meet expectations (albeit unspoken but reasonable). At times, I’ve been so frustrated that I decided to give up the journey and re-enter corporate America as an employee. Yet, all my applications were rejected, forcing me to continue the…


Just a brief, random list to consider

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I’ve been a LinkedIn All Star for a long time, and I’ve leveraged LinkedIn to share my resume/CV to connect with colleagues to find work. A few minutes ago, I reflected on my LinkedIn experience and then thought I could brainstorm and share at least 15 tips. Hopefully, you’ll be familiar with most of them. In no particular order…

  1. Add an audio message
    Using the LinkedIn app, you can add a brief audio recording. If people have trouble pronouncing your name, here’s your opportunity to let them know how to say it!
  2. Use the messaging feature
    As you learn from online…


What I learned from colleagues about leadership

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I met Andy at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign before becoming a planned giving officer and, later, the co-founder of HigherEdJobs.com and is the company’s Chief Operating Officer. While Andy lives and works in the Chicago area and I work near Charlotte, I consider him a close friend.

Below describes Part 1 of the Unlabeled Leadership podcast with Andy [27:21].

Part 1: Choosing Your Attitude about Development

Regardless of role, we can lead others to help them grow mentally and morally. Andy shares a story about his orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. Robert Carrol. If you know much about orthopaedic surgery, there usually is a substantial amount of…


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When I worked in different talent development departments, managers periodically would request teambuilding solutions. What they really wanted was to unify and engage their teams but didn’t know how to do it.

Statements that reveal mindset influence

In the table below, I’ve listed six paraphrased statements from actual professionals whom I’ve interviewed as part of my consulting practice. As you read each one, decide if you agree, somewhat agree, somewhat disagree, or disagree.

  1. When people achieve major accomplishments, it is not a good idea to tell them how smart they are.
  2. Hiring candidates who are fully qualified for jobs makes a company stronger than hiring…

My Indie Publication, Reality, and an Equity Lesson

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If you’re looking for how Ryan made $75,000 with his first book, you’re reading the wrong blog.

What follows is for people who think that writing a book may be difficult, but discover that selling seems insurmountable! Using my last book as an example, I’ll walk you through my latest experience:

Phase one: the draft is ready!

I draft my book, and I’m excited. In a few weeks, I’ll have my second published leadership book! This time, I’m going to self-publish and use all the marketing tactics that I learned since publishing my first book.

Phase two: pre-publication marketing

During the editing phase, I start using all the pre-publication marketing…


How a company’s leadership program frustrated their rising talent

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One of the services that I offer is evaluating company leadership development programs. For one client, I interviewed several mid-level managers who are experiencing or completed one of their leadership programs.

From one particular interview, I discovered a flaw in their action-learning projects. Here’s what happened.


Demystify overused labels associated with leadership

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I’ve started a new mission: to demystify labels that professionals throw around that become normalized corporate jargon. Authentic leadership is one of those worth examining.

I’ve written about leadership myths and what leadership really means. I’ve even written about how useless all those leadership theories in helping me become a better professional. What I didn’t study in graduate school was authentic leadership.

Authenticity has more to do with being a strong professional than practicing leadership in a particular way.

Of the two words, authentic is more meaningful. Being authentic means that you reflect what you think and feel in what…


To fuel your entrepreneurial services, you could use a marketing hook

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In the current phase of my entrepreneurial journey, I’m asking podcast hosts if I can be a guest on their shows. Most hosts don’t reply, but a few scheduled interviews. When lucky, I’ll receive a rejection email with an explanation.

I want to share three reasons why one podcast host declined to have me as a guest. You might say that he gave me the hook idea.

Podcast host: “You need a marketing hook”

Here’s what happened during the Zoom call with the podcaster:

After getting to know each other, I made my pitch for being…


What you should know before starting your own business

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As an entrepreneur, I’ve achieved some accomplishments but mostly have had setbacks. I’m astounded by the path to what many call success. I’ve discovered more distractions, false trails, bumps in the road, and epic failures than I anticipated!

However, I have hope thanks to gaining ten insights into what being an entrepreneur means.

My intent is to let you know how several entrepreneurs, including myself, struggle and may not be as accomplished as we would like.

1. Expect to fail often

Expect to have frequent failures that can result in unanticipated debt. …

Gary A. DePaul, PhD (he/him/his)

Gary is a speaker, author, researcher, and leadership futurist. https://www.garyadepaul.com

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