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We are obsessed with helping you grow to your maximum potential and maximizing the impact of your leadership. Each month, we will produce two episodes to help you grow and develop as a leader. One will be a personal lesson by our Founder, Doug Smith and the other will be a conversation with a leader. Our hope is that you will not only learn great leadership lessons but that you will catch great leadership from the lives of the leaders and lessons we expose you to.

The L3 Leadership Podcast with Doug Smith Doug Smith

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We are obsessed with helping you grow to your maximum potential and maximizing the impact of your leadership. Each month, we will produce two episodes to help you grow and develop as a leader. One will be a personal lesson by our Founder, Doug Smith and the other will be a conversation with a leader. Our hope is that you will not only learn great leadership lessons but that you will catch great leadership from the lives of the leaders and lessons we expose you to.

    Effortless: Make It Easier to Do What Matters Most with Greg McKeown

    Effortless: Make It Easier to Do What Matters Most with Greg McKeown

    Greg McKeown is the host of the What’s Essential podcast and author of Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less and, more recently, Effortless: Make It Easier to Do What Matters Most. His goal is to help successful people become very successful by avoiding the errors he’s found in his research that keep them from breaking through to their highest points of contribution.
    Today, we talk about his book Effortless. He talks about why he wrote the book and notes the importance of focusing on the essentials. He shares his philosophy on how to get more return out of the same amount of effort. He talks about the Big Rock analogy, and he notes the weight of holding grudges. He talks about the power of getting into an effortless state, and he discusses how to break the surviving/reacting cycle that many of us live our lives in. 
    “Burnout is not a badge of honor.”
    - Greg McKeown
    Key Takeaways this week on the L3 Leadership Podcast:
    ●       The power of focusing on the essentials
    ●       ROE: Return on Effort
    ●       The Big Rock analogy
    ●       The weight of holding grudges
    ●       Breaking the surviving/reacting cycle
    ●       Creating systems for the future
    Mentioned Resources:
    ●       The What’s Essential Podcast
    ●       Essentialism by Greg McKeown
    ●       Effortless by Greg McKeown
    ●       essentialism.com
    ●       Henne Jewelers
    ●       Beratung Advisors
    Welcome to the L3 Leadership Podcast!
    Thanks for tuning into this week’s episode of the L3 Leadership podcast, where we’re obsessed with helping you grow to your maximum potential and maximize the impact of your leadership.
    If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe to the show and leave a review wherever you get your podcasts.
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    • 44 min
    A Leader's Legacy: What do you want to be Remembered for?

    A Leader's Legacy: What do you want to be Remembered for?

    If you've listened to the past two episodes, you've heard my republished conversations with two great leaders who both passed recently: Tunch Ilkin and Jay Passavant. These interviews have had me reflecting on what it means to leave a legacy, particularly as a leader.
    Today, I talk about why it’s important to leave a legacy. I share some questions everyone should ask themselves, and I emphasize the importance of recognizing and accepting that you will die. I share a collection of Biblical and non-Biblical quotes on death, and I note that no one is promised tomorrow. I call you to stop taking life and leadership for granted, and I note that there are no do-overs in life. I stress the importance of living intentionally, and I note that people and relationships are what really matter in the end. I talk about how to create a life plan and the power of being honest with yourself, and I note that God’s plan for you is better than any plan you could come up with on your own.
    "It's only when you recognize that you have a finite number of days on this planet that you can actually begin to live with wisdom, to live with purpose, and to live with intentionality."
    - Doug Smith
    "If you're not happy with the life that you've lived...here's the exciting news: you're still breathing."
    - Doug Smith
    "At the end of the day, we’re not remembered for what we do, but by the people that we impact."
    - Doug Smith 
    Key Takeaways this week on the L3 Leadership Podcast:
    ●       One day, you really are going to die.
    ●       Life goes quickly, no matter how long you're here.
    ●       No one is promised tomorrow.
    ●       If you were going to die today, what would you think and feel about your life?
    ●       Stop taking life and leadership for granted.
    ●       Do you know how beautiful life is?
    ●       Everything is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
    ●       You have one shot to make this work.
    ●       Determine what you want your legacy to be and start living intentionally.
    ●       People will summarize your life in one sentence. Pick it now.
    ●       People and relationships are all that matter in the end.
    ●       Create a life plan.
    ●       The greatest legacy you'll leave behind.
    ●       Reality is your friend; be honest with yourself.
    Mentioned Resources:
    ●       Heaven by Randy Alcorn
    ●       Living Forward: A Proven Plan to Stop Drifting and Get the Life You Want by Michael Hyatt and Daniel Harkavy 
    ●       Henne Jewelers
    ●       Beratung Advisors
     
    Welcome to the L3 Leadership Podcast!
     Thanks for tuning into this week’s episode of the L3 Leadership podcast, where we’re obsessed with helping you grow to your maximum potential and maximize the impact of your leadership.
    If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe to the show and leave a review wherever you get your podcasts.
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    • 21 min
    A Life Lived Well: Jay Passavant on Life and Leadership

    A Life Lived Well: Jay Passavant on Life and Leadership

    Jay Passavant was the founder of North Way Christian Community in Pittsburgh. The impact of his obedience to God’s call in his life to plant that church cannot be understated. He transformed our city, but his impact goes far beyond the walls of Pittsburgh as well. At Jay’s memorial service, my pastor said of him that he could have easily been a successful elected official or a CEO of a major corporation, and instead he chose to go all in on God’s call for him to start North Way, and that decision changed the world for so many people.
    Today, you’ll hear a throwback conversation I had with Jay in 2013. In it, we talk about life and leadership. He shares his story and discusses the lessons he has learned from it, emphasizing the importance of family and legacy. He defines leadership and notes what it means to have a natural talent for it, additionally explaining why everybody has what it takes to be a leader, to an extent. He talks about his experience as Student Body President in college and shares what he learned from it. 
    “Leadership is cumulative...the more you exercise it, the stronger you become.” - Jay Passavant
    “Failure as a leader is inevitable...I found that failure was an opportunity to learn to trust God in a new way with something that you may have thought you had down pat.” - Jay Passavant
    Key Takeaways this week on the L3 Leadership Podcast:
    ● What it means to be a leader
    ● Why leadership involves natural talent
    ● Productivity and using your time well
    ● Balancing your family and your work
    ● How to respond to pain in your life
    Mentioned Resources:
    ● Henne Jewelers
    ● Beratung Advisors
    ● My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers
    ● Destined for the Throne by Paul Billheimer
    ● Don’t Waste Your Sorrows by Paul Billheimer
    ● The works of John Eldredge
    ● Built to Last by Jim Collins
    ● Good to Great by Jim Collins
    ● The works of Jack Hayford
    Welcome to the L3 Leadership Podcast!
    Thanks for tuning into this week’s episode of the L3 Leadership podcast, where we’re obsessed with helping you grow to your maximum potential and maximize the impact of your leadership.
    If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe to the show and leave a review wherever you get your podcasts.
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    • 43 min
    A Life Lived Well: Tunch Ilkin's Story

    A Life Lived Well: Tunch Ilkin's Story

    Tunch Ilkin played football for the Pittsburgh Steelers for many seasons before becoming a broadcaster for the team for the rest of his career. He spent 35 years serving homeless men, women, and children of Pittsburgh at Light of Life Rescue Mission. He was also on staff at the Bible Chapel, where he made a significant impact on countless men’s lives by leading their men’s retreat. He also raised an incredible family. Tunch’s top priority in life was fulfilling the plan that God had for him. It was the center of everything that he did, and through this mission, he impacted thousands upon thousands of people with his life. He lived an extraordinary life and has left behind an incredible legacy. Once you met and interacted with Tunch Ilkin, your life was never the same.
    Today’s episode is a throwback to a conversation I had with Tunch in 2013. In it, Tunch shares his story, his thoughts on leadership, and a lot more. He talks about what it means to be a mentor and a servant leader and notes the role of humility in these pursuits, pointing to the best examples he’s seen. He shares the story of how he came to Christ and talks about the power of the fact that, although we can’t earn our salvation, God gives it to us freely anyway. He shares the experience of converting to Christianity from Islam and offers his biggest message to men. He also talks about the power of accountability and what is required to be an accountability partner.
    “I’m not the brightest guy in the room, but I can be faithful, I can be available, and I can be teachable. Those things, I can be and I desire to be.”
    - Tunch Ilkin
    Key Takeaways this week on the L3 Leadership Podcast:
    ●       The power of humility in mentorship and servant leadership
    ●       Tunch’s experience playing for the Pittsburgh Steelers
    ●       Tunch’s conversion story
    ●       The power of community and why following Christ is not for the lone wolf
    ●       The power of accountability and why it’s such a big responsibility and commitment
    ●       Tunch’s words to men
    Mentioned Resources:
    ●       Henne Jewelers
    ●       Beratung Advisors
    Welcome to the L3 Leadership Podcast!
    Thanks for tuning into this week’s episode of the L3 Leadership podcast, where we’re obsessed with helping you grow to your maximum potential and maximize the impact of your leadership.
    If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe to the show and leave a review wherever you get your podcasts.
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    • 38 min
    What Your Life Could Look Like After Joining A Mastermind Group

    What Your Life Could Look Like After Joining A Mastermind Group

    Like many leaders, you may think that you can get along fine without being part of a mastermind group. But the truth is, on your own, you’ll only last for so long. In this episode, I talk about why you need a mastermind group and what being in one can do for you.
    Today, I explain what mastermind groups are and share why they’re so powerful. I note that every leader needs to be in one, and I talk about what your life could look like after being in one for a year. I share the four ways that we at L3 Leadership work to gather and connect leaders, and I talk about how I learned about mastermind groups. I explain why our mastermind group will help you to be fully known, fully loved, and fully challenged. I share four reasons to join a mastermind group and talk about the results of being in one.
    “Sometimes it’s not the lesson that you need; it’s the lives of leaders that you need.”
    - Doug smith
    Key Takeaways this week on the L3 Leadership Podcast:
    ●       Every leader needs to be in a mastermind group
    ●       The purpose of a mastermind group
    ●       What your life could look like after being in a mastermind group for at least one year
    ●       The purpose of L3 Leadership is to gather and connect leaders
    ●       Our mastermind group will help you to be fully known, fully loved, and fully challenged
    ●       The four reasons you need to join a mastermind group
    Mentioned Resources:
    ●       Henne Jewelers
    ●       Beratung Advisors
    ●       For more information about the Director of Mastermind Groups position, email me at dougsmith@l3leadership.org
    ●       Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
    Welcome to the L3 Leadership Podcast!
    Thanks for tuning into this week’s episode of the L3 Leadership podcast, where we’re obsessed with helping you grow to your maximum potential and maximize the impact of your leadership.
    If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe to the show and leave a review wherever you get your podcasts.
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    • 15 min
    Raising Passionate Jesus Followers with Phil and Diane Comer

    Raising Passionate Jesus Followers with Phil and Diane Comer

    Phil and Diane Comer are the parents of John Mark Comer, author of The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry. Together, they wrote Raising Passionate Jesus Followers, in which they share the practical parenting wisdom they have gained from raising four children, all of whom are looking for God and making a difference in the world. They have been married for 41 years and have been in ministry together for all of it.
    Today, Phil and Diane join me to talk about their book and share their best parenting lessons. They talk about the importance of beginning intentional parenting as early as possible and take me through the different stages of parenting a child as he or she grows. We discuss the importance of family in the kingdom of God. They note the importance of discipline and communication, and they make a distinction between discipline and punishment. They stress the importance of parenting your children as God parents us.
    “You want to raise your kids to know that following Jesus doesn’t mean everything is gonna go perfectly...but He will be with you in the good times and in the hard times, in the mountains and in the valleys, and it’s in the valleys that He really defines us and molds us and makes us more like Him.” - Phil Comer
    “We, as parents, are blessed in order to be a blessing.”
    - Diane Comer
    Key Takeaways this week on the L3 Leadership Podcast:
    ●       Parenting is not an exact science
    ●       Children don’t grow out of anything but their clothes
    ●       The difference between discipline and punishment
    ●       The Box as a way of understanding how God parents us
    ●       The theology of suffering
    ●       Your children are your legacy
    Mentioned Resources:
    ●       Henne Jewelers
    ●       Beratung Advisors
    ●       Raising Passionate Jesus Followers: The Power of Intentional Parenting by Phil and Diane Comer
    ●       The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry: How to Stay Emotionally Healthy and Spiritually Alive in the Chaos of the Modern World by John Mark Comer
    ●       He Speaks in the Silence: Finding Intimacy with God by Learning to Listen by Diane Comer
    Welcome to the L3 Leadership Podcast! 
    Thanks for tuning into this week’s episode of the L3 Leadership podcast, where we’re obsessed with helping you grow to your maximum potential and maximize the impact of your leadership.
    If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe to the show and leave a review wherever you get your podcasts.
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