Welcome to the Catalytic Leadership Weekly, where each week you’ll get an update on the newest episode of the Catalytic Leadership Podcast, see the 3 books I’m currently reading, read 2 quotes that grabbed my attention this week, and find 1 story that made me think or resource that I like and think you might find helpful.
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This week’s episode of the Catalytic Leadership Podcast:
What if the secret to becoming a highly successful leader was hidden in plain sight, nestled within your own life experiences? That’s the question we explore with our guest, William VanderBloemen, founder of VanderBloemen Search Group, as he shares his unique journey of leadership, steeped in lessons from corporate practices, pastoral ministry, and entrepreneurship. Drawing inspiration from the stories of other leaders, William highlights the importance of every experience – even his first job as a newspaper boy – as vital stepping stones in our career growth.
Join us as we delve into William’s data-driven book, Be The Unicorn: 12 Data-Driven Habits that Separate the Best Leaders from the Rest, a treasure trove of habits that set successful people apart. William shares how to cut through the noise and make yourself indispensable, emphasizing the power of self-awareness and the wisdom in Socrates’ adage, “Know thyself.” We also explore the surprising impact of quickly responding to leads, and how the right tools can facilitate personal growth.
In the final part of our conversation, William reveals how to elevate your leadership skills and stay ahead of the game. Hear his insights on the importance of agility, the value of surrounding yourself with younger leaders, and the necessity of remaining relevant over time. By taking a marathon approach to personal and professional growth, we can develop the humility, teachability and self-awareness needed to thrive. This episode is guaranteed to inspire you to take deliberate strides towards your own growth journey.
3 Books I’m Reading This Week
10x Is Easier Than 2x: How World-Class Entrepreneurs Achieve More by Doing Less by Dan Sullivan and Dr. Benjamin Hardy
2 Quotes That Grabbed My Attention
“The middle of every successful project looks like a disaster.” –Rosabeth Moss Kanter
“Take your job seriously, but don’t take yourself too seriously.” — Alex Trebek
1 Resource That You Might Find Helpful
“If there is one thing that has emerged near the top of many employees’ wish lists over the course of the pandemic, it’s a need for flexibility. Employees want to be trusted to do their job well while also making time for family and personal needs. Whether that means working from home some of the time, adjusting their schedule to accommodate childcare needs, or taking an hour out of the week for a doctor’s appointment, you’ll be well served to extend trust and flexibility where possible.” Check out David Grossman’s article on the Top 10 Things every employee wants from their leader.
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