Episode 52

Published on:

15th Nov 2019


EP 52 | Greatest Obstacle or Greatest Opportunity?

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Greatest Obstacle or Greatest Opportunity?

I’ve got a question and it’s a big one.  When does your greatest obstacle become your greatest opportunity? 

And is it possible for your greatest opportunity to become your greatest OBSTACLE? 

Of course it is. 

As human beings we have a remarkable capacity for making easy things hard and once in a while, we make some hard things really-really easy.  … personally, I’m exceptionally good at the first one. I am GREAT – super-talented at making easy things HARD.

Seeing myself as a career problem solver, I wasn’t surprised when Richard stormed into my office. He was offended and quick to tell me about it. Donna had it in for him and this was more proof. He was sure of it. The ball was in his court. My question was simple. Do you want to resolve this issue or create support for your position? He reluctantly indicated he wanted resolution, but I knew it wasn’t why he’d come. 

Why do protracted conflicts come more easily than open conversation? Why does selfish agenda trump undiscovered potential? Is it possible the true undiscovered territory, the genuine unbridled opportunity that exists in our lives is just beyond the point where we prioritize validation, justification and pride of authorship?  

Does opportunity care that you’re right and someone else is wrong?  Trust and clarity seed opportunity and are never built on fear and duty. Head Trash demanding our own validation LOCKS UP potential before the game begins.  

What are the opportunities we’re giving up because we can’t get past the obstacle in our own heads?

When are Circumstances Lying with just enough ego magnetism that we’d rather see the barrier than get the breakthrough?  

You are the bottleneck to opportunity when you fail to realize that all meaningful growth comes through the door of your greatest obstacle.

Winning happens when we see past the challenge, past the barrier, past the anger, fear, hate and pride and pursue something that won’t happen on its own.

Dragons are not a myth. We need clarity about that which we must overcome or we never have the will to persevere to accomplish it.  

·        Broken relationships don’t heal on their own.

·        Unclear priorities don’t clarify themselves.

·        Food doesn’t get healthy because we need it to. 

·        Head-Trash doesn’t bring truth, it is asking us for the truth. 

My challenge is this. Stop waiting for circumstances to affirm you and every stoplight to turn green on your path.

Never forget that The Obstacle IS the Way. Everything you want is on the other side of a little good pain.  

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Episode 51

Published on:

8th Nov 2019


EP 51 | The Cost of Being Wrong

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Want to establish your own Practice Zone environment and get total Buy-In from your people. Text YATES to 474747 or Visit www.noheadtrash.com and let’s talk about accelerating your results through the Practice Zone

There’s a terrifying subject every leader goes into denial about. Maybe it’s the un-knowable ripple effect or the accidental impact that locks us up or the fact it seems like the song that NEVER ENDS…   or we wish we’d never STARTED…

So… let me solve it for you real quick…  Here’s secret… Don’t  BE  WRONG….  

And if that doesn’t work, stick around and let’s talk about what it takes to MINIMIZE the COST of being wrong…   cause that’s where most of us are coming from.  

If you’ve only got a minute, here’s the cliff notes. 

·        The ripple effect is cascading. Don’t be wrong about the reality of the ripple.

·        Good things take time. Don’t be wrong about the timetable you’re using.

·        It’s not just about you. Don’t be wrong about the seed you’re planting.  

·        In moments of chaos, people revert to their training. Don’t be wrong about what you’re training. 

What happens when you KNOW you’re going to be wrong occasionally (on the path to being right)?

               Do you blow it off as part of the process? 

               Does it create endless loops in the decision-making process that drag you down?

No wonder the guy with one talent (in the bible) buried it in the ground. Do YOU know what to do with the opportunity staring you in the face as a leader?  

Maybe your framework won’t be completed or sharpened to perfection any time soon, but for heaven’s sake, don’t build it on the WRONG foundation.  

Great leaders don’t get everything ‘right’, but they build on the right foundation. Replacing one interior wall is different than discovering a cracked and unstable foundation. 

·        You can’t build on individual, superstar players, even if they’re you.

·        You can’t build on market sentiment. It has a history of reversing course.

·        By the time you mimic what someone else did, it’s already wrong.

You were designed to create something exciting and durable but don’t forget to :

-         “Consider the Cost” and

-         Build it on a good foundation.

What is the foundation of your leadership? 

Leadership failure begins with an unclear definition of success. 

A kingdom divided against itself cannot stand.

I know you can’t be in business if you can’t make money. We get it. But making money won’t build a foundation that lasts.

My dad used to say,...

Episode 50

Published on:

1st Nov 2019


EP 50 | The Problem with Results

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For a free advance copy of my latest book, “Circumstances Lie”, text EZBOOK to 474747 or CLICK HERE

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Here’s the PROBLEM with RESULTS

Don’t get me wrong. I want results. You might say I’m addicted to them.

When results aren’t in sight, anxiety sets in and I start planning how to get them. There seems to be guilt associated with planning, refining, and even training before chasing the wild game in the big hunt. 

When I tell people what I’m working on, the first question is “When will it be delivered?” What’s the date? What’s holding you back? I want to stop for a second and say, there are times I don’t want to put unshrunk cloth on old wineskins. And there are times I’m thrilled I rehearsed, dug deeper, tested out that big idea before I pulled the trigger. 

One of my humorous reminders to myself is that most of my best results have been accidental. I want you to consider the possibility that when the call of culture is that your value is in immediate results, it’s a lie. The leader’s calling is to plant seed. 

Please don’t misunderstand. If you know me, you know I’m a person of action. I have lived and died by my (often impulsive) actions. It’s my greatest strength, but it’s also one of my greatest weaknesses.

We live in the day of the MVP. Minimum Viable Product. Don’t wait till it’s perfect. In fact, you have no idea what it needs to be perfect, and the PROCESS of development is out there where it’s being tested. 

I don’t disagree! … but it’s not a universal truth.

There’s a time to take action and have faith. And there’s a time to do the deep work of Practice. Sometimes action and practice occur simultaneously. That’s why I’ve made it my mission to help leaders establish a practice zone environment where good things mature while action is happening.

As a keynote speaker and trainer who has led teams to some significant results, I’m often asked, “Greg, How can I motivate my people?”

It makes me flinch.

I understand the question, and I know the vicious cycle it represents.

Recently I read this in Mark 4:26. “… a man scatters seed on the ground. Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how.” 

The problem with “results” is that we can’t get them without planting seed.

We can’t legislate RESULTS. As leaders, we’re quick to identify the ‘problem’ with employees “these days”. If you’re looking for a conversation starter, you’ll draw a crowd with this one. 

Sowing seed isn’t reactionary. We don’t do it to fix a problem or get a quick win. We sow seed because it’s a core value, and we know it will yield a harvest (even if some of the seed doesn’t take). 

Your people are BEGGING to be part of the mission and to become the best they can be.

And… they are looking to you to take them there.

They’re counting on you to sow the seed.

Call me Crazy

I want to be known as a leader who is planting the seed. When you’re ready to assume the true role of leadership, it’ll look like...

Episode 49

Published on:

26th Oct 2019


EP 49 | Trust but Verify - Especially Yourself

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If you'd like a free advance copy of my latest book, “Circumstances Lie”, text EZBOOK to 474747 or CLICK HERE

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You’ve heard the sage wisdom that says… Trust, but verify.

In other words, pretend to take things at face value, but do your homework. Don’t let the process stop there. It’s your responsibility to do your own research, and vet the information. 

What it means is… DON’T TRUST. 

That’s a bummer.

The other day, I saw a post on social media sharing an article and below it popped up an automatic FACT CHECK button. I’m thinking… NICE.

Wouldn’t it be great to have a ‘fact check’ option in every meeting? 

The problem is… I don’t want to fact check. I want to BELIEVE, even with people I have (questionable) experience with. 

Unfortunately, the most QUESTIONABLE experience I have with reliable information is the info I get from the VOICES in my head

Maybe I should start fact-checking the Head-Trash before I run off and let those assumptions ruin my day. 

I was nearly 40 before I realized how untrustworthy my head trash is. I ‘believed’ the voices in my head were intuitive sources of truth I could trust. It never occurred to me that even when I was emboldened by hubris it was really a lie.

Here’s a little SECRET about Blind-Spots. You can’t see them. That’s why they call them Blind-Spots. (thought I’d throw a little wisdom in there for credibility).

I’ve learned over the years that:

·        We love our ideas, and we want everyone to love them too.

·        We hate being wrong. 

·        We need validation (almost constantly)

·        If it was our idea, we defend it (even once we realize it’s stupid)

·        Vulnerability is the key to collaboration and true teamwork (but we avoid...

Episode 48

Published on:

22nd Oct 2019


EP 48 | The Myth of Low-Hanging Fruit

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If you'd like a free advance copy of my latest book, “Circumstances Lie”, text EZBOOK to 474747 or CLICK HERE

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… Today is an incredible NEW DAY to live without Head trash in the No head trash nation. I’m Greg Yates and today I woke up obsessed with results… the expectation of getting results… and the rapid fire search for that illusive Low Hanging Fruit….      And THAT”S what I want to talk about. Ever been there? 

We all want RESULTS.

We’re judged based on RESULTS.

Our entire identity is built on RESULTS.

We live in a society that values results so much that when I reached a period of my professional life when I couldn’t get those elusive results, I believed I had no VALUE.  

The addiction to results and validation is as real as any other. It changes our chemistry, and it ‘back-feeds’ into our beliefs. 

That’s what makes me wonder if this concept of ‘low-hanging fruit’ isn’t part of the problem.  

The Desire for Results is primal

It fires the neurons of aggression, urgency and triggers our need for comparison. It brings out the best and the worst in us. It conjures up a drive that contends with all primal instincts.

Growing up in business, I’ve heard it said hundreds of times. Look for the low-hanging fruit. Are you familiar with that phrase? In other words, look for the thing you can harvest (get results from) that will give you the most immediate benefit for the least amount of work. 

Makes sense, right? 

Maybe. There certainly are times we’ve already done the work and failed to harvest some apparent low-hanging fruit, but what if we set our sights on short term results rather than building great companies and cultures.

Will quarterly results be our legacy or our lunacy? 

 “Circumstances Lie” is my latest book dealing with this circumstantially based set of beliefs. If you want a free copy, text EZBOOK to 474747 and we’ll hook you up.

Circumstantial evidence is like the man who fell from the Empire State building. As he sailed past the 50th floor he was heard to say, “so far, so good.”  

Is low-hanging fruit available?  Yes.

Is it always the right time to harvest? That’s the question for the long-term performer.  

 ‘pruning’ the tree can increase results.    

Here’s my point. 

When things reach the proper time for harvest, the gains are optimal, but that takes patience. It takes investment, whether physically, mentally, relationally, in our faith or finances. It takes care and intent.

Factor that into the evaluation of that inviting, low-hanging fruit. It’s about living well while you’re doing well. It’s about acorns, not popcorn. 

Ever said this?

·        I wish I’d never sold that...

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The No Head-Trash Nation
Circumstances Lie but you don't have to listen.
There is a GAP between where you are and where you want to be. In that GAP is the Zone of HEAD TRASH. This is the ATROCITY preventing us from what we're capable of and it's time to talk about it. Feel the passion and hear the RANT of "Yates In Your Face" content and real-world examples of how real Head Trash is and how others have unmasked it in their physical, mental, relational, spiritual and financial lives. ... We need each other to Unlock our Purpose, Live with Passion and become who we were CREATED to be. *** Join the No Head Trash Nation on Facebook***

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Greg Yates

BIO: After more than 30 years in business, owning as many as 14 businesses at one time with hundreds of employees, Greg found himself under the influence of Head Trash when the Real Estate market crashed. In denial, Greg made decisions that ultimately cost him tens of millions in capital and a year in prison. Going from massive success to the brokenness of failure, Greg came face to face with the ‘head-trash’ that had blocked his decision-making process and left him isolated as a leader. Now, Greg trains high-level teams the 4 essential GETS if they want to Break through the barriers of Head-Trash. Greg takes leaders into a training environment he calls The Practice Zone where these four essentials and the HABITS necessary to implement them can be intentionally developed for success. Greg is the author of 4 books and his 5th book, entitled “Circumstances Lie”, will be released in the fall. His first book, “Broken, how being broken unlocked the greatest success of my life”, details his life, leadership, success and the entire story of his legal battles and prison. It’s a brutal story with extensive details Greg journaled in prison and how his return home sparked the desperate search for a new belief system and significance. Greg is a speaker, author, trainer, and coach but his ultimate mission is building the “Practice Zone Mastermind”, where men who are Christian Leaders can connect, train and network together. Men in leadership need a place to have conversations they can’t have anywhere else. Greg believes this network would have prevented catastrophic brokenness in his own life and is sharing purpose, passion and potential as the catalyst for exponential Breakthrough. "THE NO HEAD TRASH NATION" Podcast is where Greg rants about the Head Trash that's holding you back in short, inspirational bursts that bring clarity and focus for the Leader.