Podcaster, author and speaker, Ryan Hawk, has interviewed some of the top names in leadership including Jim Collins, Seth Godin, Liz Wiseman and Gen. Stanley McChrystal. But a few years ago, he knew no one of that caliber in leadership.
Ryan shares how his unique approach (learned in sales) opened doors to world-class leaders, and how leaders can go from top performers to true leaders.
Welcome to Episode 350 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.
Plus, in this episode’s What I’m Thinking About segment, Carey talks about 4 things church leaders are thinking right now, but they’re afraid to say out loud.
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The Unstuck Group
For most of us, crisis demands we adjust our leadership style. We take the reins. We get involved in more decisions. But operate that way for too long, and you’ll find some roles start getting fuzzy. If you’re a lead pastor, you probably need to ask yourself, “What do my church and team really need from me now?”
Let me share a tool to help you answer that question.
My friend Tony Morgan, who founded and leads The Unstuck Group, wrote 4 Roles a Senior Pastor Can’t Delegate to help you bring your essential responsibilities back into focus—the leadership roles your church always needs from you, no matter what’s happening in the world. My listeners get this eBook for free.
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3 INSIGHTS FROM RYAN
1. When cold calling people, think, “No just means not yet”
Ryan’s first real job after professional athletics was selling a new system for lawyers to use in their practices. It was a really difficult job. He was making 70-80 cold calls a day, and he had to find a way to get on the phone or into the inbox of high-performing lawyers.
Ryan was told “no” a lot, and rather than becoming discouraged, Ryan decided to take “no” as “not yet.” If he didn’t make the sale or set the meeting, he believed he just hadn’t approached them with the right offer at the right time. He knew it would work eventually.
This skillset has beautifully transferred into podcasting. Ryan has been able to book some amazing podcast guests (like Jim Collins and Seth Godin) by being persistent and taking their “no” as “not yet.”
2. Every organization grows one person at a time
If you are trying to reach more people, whether you are a church or business leader, one of the best ways to grow is by taking great care of your current audience. When you take extremely good care of your people, word of mouth marketing will begin to work for your organization. Carey and Ryan both do this by calling their people randomly, responding to their emails directly, or finding other ways to personally surprise their followers.
As you grow, it’s easy to forget that your audience truly does grow one person at a time. The owners of Airbnb say that, “If you want your business to scale, you need to do unscalable things.” You need to create a relationship with your audience, and relationships aren’t scalable.
3. If you want to accomplish your goals, you should get a personal Mentor Board of Advisors (MBA)
One of the keys to Ryan’s success is the board of mentors and coaches that he has surrounded himself with throughout his career. Whatever goal Ryan chases, he sets up his own MBA to help him accomplish that goal. So for writing a book, he has an MBA of great authors, for speaking, he has an MBA of speakers, etc…
If you want to succeed in something, putting together your own MBA is critical. Carey set one up for himself as he transitioned from his church and towards building his own platform, and he has found it to be extremely helpful. If you want to grow, take this step.
Quotes from Episode 350
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Next Episode: Nona Jones
Facebook’s Nona Jones returns to the podcast to talk about the best and worst practices churches and organizations use on social media, why online ministry is about more than just streaming content, and what the church and social media will be like post-COVID.
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