Management Mess To Leadership Success!! My guest on this week’s show is Scott Jeffrey Miller. If you want to improve your management skills and capabilities, this is the episode you’ve been waiting for.
Entering his twenty-third year with Franklin Covey, Miller serves as the executive vice president of thought leadership. He is the host of the Franklin Covey-sponsored “On Leadership With Scott Miller,” a weekly leadership webcast, podcast, and newsletter that features interviews with renowned business titans, authors, and thought leaders and is distributed to more than five million business leaders worldwide.
He is also the host of the weekly radio program “Great Life, Great Career With Scott Miller.” This radio program and podcast provide insight and strategies drawn from Franklin Covey’s leadership principles and from Miller’s career and personal life experience to assist listeners in becoming more effective as business leaders and to improve their personal performance.
One guest interview in particular had such a profound effect on Miller that it inspired him to write his first TWO books, Management Mess To Leadership Success and Everyone Deserves A Great Manager, simultaneously. (Which he does NOT recommend doing, by the way!)
The guest who inspired Miller was Steven M.R. Covey, the oldest son of Dr. Steven Covey whose book The Seven Habits Of Highly Effective People sold 30 million copies and who is one of the most influential men of the last 100 years. Miller asked him if he ever felt like he needed to write a book because of his dad and his response was “I didn't until I did.” Meaning he never had anything to say until one day he realized he DID, so he took a two-year sabbatical, wrote The Speed Of Trust and sold two million copies.
At this point, Miller had been at Franklin Covey for 22 years and never thought he had anything to say either ... until that interview. What he realized he had to say is that leadership is not easy, it’s not for everyone, and vulnerability is a leadership competency (which really goes against the traditional culture of the firm).
Miller wrote the first book, Management Mess To Leadership Success, which is the story of all his struggles as an officer in a leadership firm where he wasn’t even sure he should have been a leader. The book sold 20,000 copies in 100 days, and right now, he’s in the process of writing seven more books in the “Mess To Success Series.”
The book is raw and relatable with content like, “Here are 30 challenges you're going to face, not just as a formal leader, but in your personal life with your mother-in-law, your spouse, or your kids.“
The second book, Everyone Deserves A Great Manager, Miller co-authored with Franklin Covey's chief people officer and one of their leadership consultants. This one is a very practical and easy read, using Franklin Covey's 40 years in business and millions of profile assessments to share things like, “Six things that leaders need to do to build a great team.”
To hear this inspiring conversation about leadership, download or stream the full episode today. You’ll be happy you did! –Mike