This week I’m introducing a new format to the weekly emails I send you. 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. I’ll also share a resource each week that I think you might find helpful.

I’m always looking for ways to “make it better,” and I’d love to hear your feedback. Thank you for being a part of Catalytic Leadership!

This week’s episode of the Catalytic Leadership Podcast:

How To Identify, Develop And Release The Potential In Leaders, with Julian Chapman

Why do we feel more and more disconnected from our teams and the organizations’ main goals?

What is an enlightened leader?

How can leaders better manage their journey?

This week on the podcast, William interviews Julian Chapman. Julian has over three decades of experience engaging teams and organizations, from small groups to thousands of employees, building their leadership capability. His leadership knowledge is augmented by his 30+ year “second” career as a member of the Canadian Armed Forces from which he retired in 2014 at the rank of Brigadier-General. He joined Forrest & Company in 2002 taking over as President of the company in 2015.

Known as a pioneer of thinking in the workplace, Julian helps teams solve problems through effective thinking. His thoughts on leadership, organizational development, and accountability have been published in HR Reporter Magazine, CPA Bottom Line Newspaper, and HR Professional magazine.
Julian holds a BA from the University of Toronto. He is a graduate of the Canadian Army Command and Staff College, the Canadian Forces College, and an alumnus of the U.S. Army War College. He lives in Toronto and is married to Wendy, with whom he has four children.

3 Books I’m Reading This Week

Culture Rules: The Leader’s Guide to Creating the Ultimate Competitive Advantage by Mark Miller

Rewire Your Mindset: Own Your Thinking, Control Your Actions, Change Your Life! by Brian Keane

So You Think You Can Lead? A Guide To Developing Your Leadership Authority and Potential by Dr. Anne Dranitsaris and Heather Dranitsaris-Hilliard

2 Quotes That Grabbed My Attention

“If you don’t like change, you’re going to like irrelevance even less.”  —General Eric Shinseki

“Champions do extra.” —Brad Thorn, rugby champion

1 Story That Made Me Think

This story has been circulated widely and I cannot find the origin. If you know, email me! This version is from Executive Forum.

A young girl was watching her mother bake a ham for a family gathering and noticed her mom cutting off the ends before placing it in the oven.

“Mom, why do you cut the ends off before baking the ham?” she asked.

“Hmmm… I think it helps soak up the juices while it’s baking. I’m not sure, though. That’s just the way your grandma always did it, so I’ve just always cut them off. Why don’t you call grandma and ask her?”

So, the little girl phoned her grandma and asked “Grandma, mom is making a ham and cut off the ends before placing it in the oven. She said that it’s probably to help soak up the juices but wasn’t sure. She said you’d know because she learned how to cook from you.”

“That’s true. I do cut off the ends of the ham before baking. But I’m not sure why either. I learned how to cook from my mom. You should ask her.”

So, the inquisitive little girl called her great grandmother and asked “Great grandma, mom and grandma said they learned how to cook a ham from watching you. Do you cut off the ends of the ham to help it soak up the juices?”

The great grandmother chuckled. “Oh, no sweetie. I just never had a pan big enough to hold a whole ham, so I always had to cut off the ends to make it fit.”

So let me ask you:

What are you doing this week like you’ve always done it?

What are you doing this week that someone else can do?

What are you doing and are not sure exactly why?When you’re doing your weekly review this week, evaluating the previous week and looking ahead to the next, ask yourself “why am I cutting the ends off the ham?”

You might discover a better way.

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–William Attaway 

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