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:

From Tech Startup to Business Kung Fu Wisdom, with Craig Cooke

When Craig Cooke joined us for this conversation, we knew we were in for a treat. His entrepreneurial spirit, molded by the principles of his family’s businesses, is a riveting tale of ingenuity and resilience. As the founder of RhythmNet.com, Craig’s journey from the ground up, starting with a 14.4 modem, to navigating the digital marketing landscape, is not just a lesson in business growth but a testament to the transformative power of leadership.

Balancing the scales of success and wellbeing, Craig opens up about the personal costs that came with his company’s ascent. Battling health challenges amidst prosperity, he shares the profound lifestyle adjustments he made to triumph over diabetes, reaffirming the essential role of self-care for any high achiever. His story is a stark reminder that personal health is a cornerstone of sustainable success, and that taking care of oneself should never be sidelined.

Finally, Craig turns the page to his latest passion, imparting wisdom through his new book Business Kung Fu. His philosophy on the cyclical nature of learning and sharing is captivating, as he outlines the five elements of entrepreneurship that mirror ancient Chinese wisdom. Alongside his shift to business consulting and the pursuit of a doctorate in Chinese energy medicine, Craig’s narrative is an inspiring echo for continuous growth, innovation, and the pursuit of knowledge that enriches both business and personal realms.

3 Books I’m Reading This Week

Stop Overthinking: 23 Techniques to Relieve Stress, Stop Negative Spirals, Declutter Your Mind, and Focus on the Present (The Path to Calm) by Nick Trenton

The Millionaire Next Door by Thomas J. Stanley and William D. Danko

A Limitless Mindset by Tom Lawrence

2 Quotes That Grabbed My Attention

“Motivation doesn’t last but neither does bathing. That’s why you need it every day!” – Zig Ziglar

“The word ‘encourage’ means ‘to put courage into.’ When you encourage someone, you put courage into them.” — Jon Gordon

1 Resource That You Might Find Helpful

“Times of crisis, when you face imminent, impending failure – even, sometimes, when you face certain failure – times like these form the crucible of leadership. It’s here, at these times, that your true leadership mettle will be tested. And yet, for most leaders, their response at such times is essentially improvised. Unless and until you’ve been through climactic situations multiple times, it’s hard to know precisely what to do next in any given situation. And so, absent any clear guidelines, we make it up as we go along.” Check out this great article from Les McKeown on “what to do when you fear your leadership is failing.”


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