Peter Bregman consults with CEOs and their leadership teams to achieve high performance. He's been doing this work in a deep way since 1989, and I've been fortunate enough to observe and sometimes assist him as he's developed and delivered his methodology.
Over the last five or six years, he's been spiraling in on a single profound concept utterly central to effective leadership: courage.
Time and time again, Peter saw that leaders weren't making the tough decisions, conducting difficult conversations, hearing unpleasant feedback, and connecting empathetically with colleagues, not because they didn't know what to do, but because doing it felt scary.
Or, even more typically, they avoided the tough, “leaderly” approach without even realizing that fear was motivating them to dodge or bluster or disengage from a conversation.
His latest book, 4 Seconds, deals head-on with that dynamic. I got him on the podcast because we're all leaders, or more precisely, we all can be if we will only step up and allow ourselves to be vulnerable in the service of our values.
The book doesn't come out until February 24, 2015, but in this episode you can get a good dose of Peter to carry you over until then. (And by all means feel free to preorder now!)
In our conversation, we cover:
- how 4 seconds can change your life
- the fundamental difference between productive and unproductive habits – and how we can tell
- why a focus on positivity often backfires
- how meditation trains us to be more productive
- how we hijack what we want most
- a simple practice for becoming present at any moment
- what Peter learned about life as his wedding rehearsal was unraveling in the most uncomfortable way
- and much more…
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