Season 5 Episode 9: 4 Agreements for Leaders

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Season 5 Episode 9: 4 Agreements for Leaders

What if we could make 4 Agreements to ourselves and others every single day that would lead to more connection, happiness, love and effectiveness? Jason Barger revisits the words of author, Miguel Ruiz, and how these mindsets transform leaders and cultures.

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1:47 – Jason introduces Season 5 episode 9 of the podcast, 4 Agreements for Leaders. Welcome back to the podcast on corporate culture and leadership and thank you for listening. We engage thought leaders like CEOs, CFOs, managers, VPs, directors, and more for this podcast. We wish to create content that engages your mind and heart and allows you to step back and think and add some positivity to your life. We deep dive into today’s topic.

2:20 – We can’t control everything but what we can control is our response. Still a lot of work to do but wanted to remind the audience what is within our control is the temperature we create in the organizations and teams we work with. If you have a suggestion, please send it to

3:00 – Please leave a review for the podcast It really helps the podcast to spread these messages out into the world. Please share this podcast with your organization, on your team, or in your life to help spread these messages. Thank you!

3:30 – Jason talks how this season we have taken a dive into the the big shift, the future or work, and emotional intelligence so do check out other episodes this season if you have not heard them; they are really worth a listen!

4:40 – Today we are going to talk about the 4 agreements. The 4 agreements come from the book The 4 Agreements: For a better life by Miguel Ruiz. Ruiz offers a simple but not easy powerful code of conduct that transforms us into more powerful love and connection.

Be impeccable with your word.

9:00 – Jason talks the language which Ruiz uses to talk about the four agreements in how we lead and the culture we create.

  1. Be impeccable with your word. To speak with integrity and say what you mean not just to fill the air. The best leaders use words to build bridges.
  2. Don’t take anything personally. Easier said than done. Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own vision, or caught in the moment of what they are experiencing. When you are immune to the options and the actions of others you won’t be the victim of needless suffering. Most times, it’s not about you.
  3. Don’t make assumptions. Are we clear on our values? As leaders, clarity is king. What is that vision and is there clarity?
  4. Always do your best. Is our strategy clear? Are our plans clear, are roles clear? Is your care for the human beings and your team, is that clear?

18:30 – At your best, when you are healthy, you are capable of so much more than we often understand. When we are unhealthy or a little down or sick or challenging times, in that moment we have the ability to say what would my best for these times look like?

19:40 – What is that temperature that I am trying to set? What is within my control in this moment? What does it look like to do my best in this moment? What is the action and behavior that’s needed rather than just doing something for an outcome? What is needed for this moment in front of me. Jason encourages us to spend time to think about those agreements and what that mindset looks like.

Questions to Ponder

  1. How can you focus your action and energy on these 4 agreements in your life and work?

  2. What personal agreements would help you be more authentic, more caring, and more effective in your life and work?

Be sure to check out Thermostat Cultures live event happening Oct. 29th, tickets are available virtually as well as in-person here.

Remember, the best leaders, teams, & cultures stimulate progress by recalibrating their thermostat together.

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Conversations and micro-thoughts to engage your mind and heart.

A thermostat is proactive. It sets the temperature in a room. Controls the temperature. Regulates the temperature. But in today’s distracted, fast-paced and digital world, it’s easy for individuals and organizations to act more like thermometers, slipping into reactionary thinking, becoming scattered and inconsistent. The most compelling leaders, teams, organizations, families, or collection of humans of any kind operate in thermostat mode. They calibrate their mind and heart to set the temperature for the vision and culture they want to create. Jason Barger, globally celebrated author, keynote speaker, and founder of Step Back Leadership Consulting, is the host of The Thermostat, a podcast journey to discover authentic leadership, create compelling cultures and find clarity of mission, vision, and values.