Episode 100: Self-Leadership

November 13, 2017
Has this ever happened to you?
  • You’ve gone to a conference or seminar and learn great ideas, you had good intentions, but you didn’t get the breakthrough results?
  • Have you ever gone to training and learn new knowledge but that knowledge didn’t increase your performance?
  • Have you ever set big goals and fell short or worse yet, didn’t even get started?
What is it that comes between knowing something and doing something?
Think about what happens when we try to lead others:
  • They know what to do; they have the knowledge
  • They even know how to do it; they have the skills
  • But they don’t actually do it
So, what do we do?
We give them MORE knowledge – send them to a class or get them MORE skills and training. Sometimes, we threaten them or belittle them. Other times we offer incentives to try to motivate them.

Something is missing.

In this episode of PM for the Masses Cesar and Traci discuss What’s the missing link?
 Socrates once said “Let him who would move the world first move himself.”
  • We teach leadership before we teach self-leadership.
  • We ask folks to trust us and yet we don’t even trust ourselves.
  • We have a track record of not completing the things that we’ve told ourselves we were going to do.
The missing link between knowledge and performance is cognition. Quite simply, it’s thinking.

What we need before leadership skills is cognitive self-leadership skills.
That’s the missing link!

So what is cognitive self-leadership? It is “the deliberate engagement of your best thinking at every decision point.”


Where do you rank on the self leadership scale? Take this short self-leadership quiz to find out!

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3 comments on “Episode 100: Self-Leadership

  1. Cesar, it’s so good to hear you’re in a place where you can resume podcasting! You have been sorely missed, and we look forward to future conversations between you and Traci. Peace be with you and your family.

  2. Kayla Glenn Dec 15, 2017

    My promise to myself – whenever the thought “I should” or “I need” crosses my brain, I will put that into my to do list! There’s no need to juggle all of that in my brain when a tool can do it for me.

    Really excited about this series. Traci’s show on Axiology was what got me hooked on this podcast in the first place, and I’m so pleased to have her back for more!

    • Hey Kayla! Thanks for sharing. That sounds like a great way to keep your brain free for more valuable thinking! Good work.