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:
Navigating the choppy waters of leadership in advertising, I sat down with Robert Brill, the mastermind behind Brill Media, and we painted a vivid picture of his journey from a bright-eyed graduate to the seasoned CEO he is today. Robert’s candid revelations are a goldmine of wisdom, touching on the art of team building and the delicate dance between decision-making and delegation. Our conversation taps into the core of what it means to lead with both empathy and an eye for productivity, providing a roadmap for those aspiring to create a business culture that flourishes.
We then shifted gears to the intricate process of balancing the multitude of responsibilities that come with steering a business. Robert and I dove into the pillars supporting Brill Media’s success, emphasizing the trust they’ve cultivated with clients, the unwavering quality of their work, and the organic growth they’ve achieved. We also dissected the hurdles that small businesses encounter when scaling up, offering pragmatic advice on financial preparedness, which is critical before venturing into the advertising arena.
To round off our discussion, we reflected on the personal facets of entrepreneurship and professional growth, where Robert opened up about the formative moments that shaped Brill Media’s inception. Our dialogue traversed the evolving motivations behind his work, the balance between risk-taking and prudence, and the quest for a harmonious blend of personal aspirations with the treasured time spent with family. This episode isn’t just a treasure trove of insights into leadership and business—it’s a personal journey into the heartbeat of entrepreneurship. Join Robert and me for a session that is as enlightening as it is heartening, and walk away with lessons that will resonate with both your career and your life.
3 Books I’m Reading This Week
Walk the Wire by David Baldacci
2 Quotes That Grabbed My Attention
“The decisions you make today will determine the stories you tell tomorrow.” –Craig Groeschel
“Your diet is going to determine the nutrients you’re giving to those you’re leading.” –Buzz Williams, Texas A&M head basketball coach
1 Resource That You Might Find Helpful
“Rarely does an executive-level job need us to keep doing the specific technical thing—the accounting, sales management, finance, lawyering or whatever else—that we did with excellence for most of our careers. What the business needs from us instead is to shift our focus to the inspiration and persuasion parts of leadership, despite any discomfort we may harbor in that realm. Executive leaders can be deeply resistant to taking their hands off the operational wheel.” Check out this article by Shane Kinkennon on how critical it is for executive leaders to loosen their grip on their domain expertise.
As we enter 2024 and look ahead, many leaders are feeling overwhelmed. How can we ensure that 2024 will be different – and better – than 2023? How can you get out of your own way and take steps to become the leader that your team and your company need you to be? It’s not just going to happen. It takes intentionality. And that’s where coaching comes in.
As an Executive Coach specializing in Mindset and Leadership, I work with entrepreneurs, founders, executives, and C-suite leaders who want to become catalytic in their leadership. Through 1:1 coaching, my clients move from where they are stuck to where they want to be.
For January, I currently have 1 slot available for new clients. I don’t accept every person who approaches me about coaching; in fact, I turn down those who I believe are not ready or a good fit for what I do. If you’d like to explore whether Executive Coaching is your next step toward the impact you want to make, let’s talk. No hard sales pitch. If it’s not right for both of us, I’ll tell you so. My goal is to help leaders get out of their own way, stop breaking their own businesses and teams, and move into being catalytic in their impact and their legacy. If you’re ready, book a time for us to talk.
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