On this episode of The Lifehack Show, we invited Nathan Chan, CEO and Founder of Founder to join us.

Nathan has a passion for entrepreneurship and people, which is why he created Foundr, a global media and education company that produces magazines, books and online courses for entrepreneurs.

Nathan believes that life is too short to be doing a job you hate and is on a mission to make Foundr a household name that impacts tens of millions of people with its content and online business school.

In this episode, Nathan shares how he started Foundr and his hacks for getting things done as a leader and entrepreneur.

Watch the full interview video here:

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You can also listen to the interview on our podcast channel Spotify, Apple Podcasts and Google Podcasts:

Leadership and Productivity Lessons from Nathan Chan

Nathan has shared many of his thoughts and tips on how to get things done as a productive leader and entrepreneur, here are some of the key takeaways:

1. Be disciplined and stick to a routine

I used to get up early in the morning and before I started my day job, I would get up at six in the morning, check emails and so on… Basically I go to the office early, find a meeting room and do an interview or two in the morning, then go to my real job and start at nine. I also give interviews during my lunch break.

When asked how he managed his time while still working full-time and starting Foundr, Nathan told us the importance of sticking to a routine.

Although he is trying to grow his business, Nathan wants to be able to invest as much time as possible with his family, friends and parents. Achieving balance is difficult but essential. Nathan still makes time for family and friends in his disciplined work schedule. He spent time with his family every Sudan and planned meetings with friends two weeks in advance.

2. Get help and focus on doing things you enjoy

When Nathan first started Foundr, he did almost everything, including marketing, writing, and interviews. But he got help from others and hired people on contract basis.

When you want to get ahead, sometimes there are just things that you hate, that you’re really bad at, and that you’re afraid of… If you can afford it, get someone on a contract basis and get them to do it. Then you will focus on the things you enjoy.

Nathan looked at it from the point of view that he was bad at it and that it was actually better for him and the business if he delegated it to someone else.

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3. Be clear about what you want to achieve

Many leaders and entrepreneurs struggle with when to step back from the operation and focus on seeing the bigger picture. Nathan has this advice for them:

It all comes down to what you really want and what the goals are… what is the goal and really how big do you want to build… It’s your job to get out there if you want to build something really big and special you need to find as much as possible -the good people you can and you must be a great leader who can lead them.

If you want to achieve something really big, remember that it will take more than YOU to achieve it.

4. Find the right people to help you

Nathan mentioned one thing that was really inspiring in the interview:

There are people who are better than you at all kinds of things, and you can’t be a master of every trade.

So when it comes to getting help, it’s about who instead of what – who’s done it before? Who has already solved such a problem? How can you help your team and share with them those people who have done it before to give them the blueprints?

By providing your team with resources, education, and introducing them to people who have “been there, done that,” you can effectively upskill your team.

5. Empower your team members instead of “managing” them.

Nathan believes that in order for a team to drive results, it is important to help members discover for themselves what they could do to make improvements. For him, the key to communication comes down to making sure everyone knows where they’re going, what they need to do, and what success as a company looks like at the company level, at the team level, as well as at the individual level.

Like getting things done, it’s not good to just say hey do this, go do that… because you really don’t want to think for people, you want to give them power, you want to give them ownership, you want to give them autonomy, you want to give them accountability.

At Foundr, Nathan fosters and fosters an environment of continuous growth and learning, so team members are empowered to do their best work with autonomy at Foundr.

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Bottom row

Whether you are an entrepreneur or a leader at work, these leadership lessons from Nathan are sure to help you become a more productive and effective leader.

If you want to watch the entire interview with Nathan, be sure to check out the YouTube video above. Stay tuned to The Lifehack Show as I interview more leaders and productivity experts!


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