This week we flip the mic, as multiple New York Times best-selling author Ann Voskamp does an in depth and personal interview with Carey Nieuwhof.
Ann talks to Carey about how law prepared him for ministry and life, how he does his strategic thinking, how he captures his ideas for content and books, and together they talk about the seven things Carey believes every leader needs to overcome to thrive.
Welcome to Episode 211 of the podcast. Listen and access the show notes below or search for the Carey Nieuwhof Leadership Podcast on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts and listen for free.
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Over the years, one of the things I’ve enjoyed most about being a public speaker is having opportunities to hang out with Carey…It’s not a matter of if you’ll run into these challenges; it’s a matter of when. Be prepared by spending a little time with a leader who has already been there.” Jon Acuff, NYT best-selling author
“Nieuwhof’s book provides expert guidance…with an accuracy that pierces the heart.” Nancy Duarte, CEO Duarte Inc.
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3 Insights from this Episode
1. Work twice as hard on your character as your competency
Competency may get you in the room, but it’s your character that keeps you in the room.
Moral compromise can happen to anyone in any walk of life. We see it crush incredible leaders far too often. Once you give in to a thousand little compromises, suddenly you’ve become someone you never thought you’d be.
You have to work twice as hard on your character as you do your competency. Yes, it’s always a good idea to keep learning, but don’t neglect continuously cultivating your heart.
2. Pride is fueled by insecurity
Pride is fueled by insecurity and insecure people will always struggle with humility. Here are some ways to keep your pride and insecurity in check:
On a regular basis, find a quiet space where you can clear your head to gain a sober sense of who you are.
Listen more than you talk.
Push other people into the spotlight and create a platform for them to stand on.
3. Irrelevance costs you permission to speak into the culture
Many of our patterns get set early in life. Most experience feeling culturally current for a time, but as years go by, people get entrenched in the ways of the past and don’t innovate because, well, people really don’t like change.
Is it possible to stay relevant with age as the landscape of culture changes? Yes!
The antidote to irrelevance is actually what most people reject – change. It requires humility. It takes removing pride in what may have been a successful past and being willing to open your mind to new ideas. If not, irrelevance will cost you the permission to speak into the culture.
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Next Episode: Erwin McManus
In a wide-ranging conversation, Carey talks to author, futurist, film-maker, designer and pastor Erwin McManus about his childhood, how he got over his need for approval, why narcissism is so prevalent in leadership (including how to spot a narcissist), and what he experienced at this year’s Global Leadership Summit.
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