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. 

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:

Harnessing Mental Clarity for Peak Performance and Productivity, with David Allen

Prepare to transform your approach to productivity as we sit down with David Allen, the mastermind behind the revolutionary Getting Things Done methodology. In our enlightening conversation, David takes us from his formative years in Berkeley through to his groundbreaking work as a consultant, revealing the martial arts principles and the pursuit of mental clarity that shaped his innovative system. Discover how GTD has become the cornerstone of effective leadership and personal achievement, with David’s insights on the initial corporate embrace by Lockheed shedding light on the power of structured efficiency.

Embark on a journey to mental freedom with our guide to implementing a clear and organized system. We’ll reveal the secrets to capturing all your commitments, making decisive actions, and curating a personal system that liberates your mind for peak performance. Learn the art of the weekly review—a practice that, despite some initial skepticism, proves to be a game-changer in maintaining focus and alleviating anxiety. By the end of our discussion, you’ll be equipped with a decision-making framework that promises to enhance your engagement with life’s demands and create the mental oasis you’ve been seeking.

Closing our session with David, we explore the profound connection between intuition and wisdom, and how embracing our inner voice can steer us towards a life of fewer regrets and greater fulfillment. We touch upon the legacy of sharing knowledge and the unexpected scalability of the GTD method, emphasizing the necessity of externalizing our commitments to navigate life with more clarity and precision. For those eager to dive deeper, David extends an invitation to further engage with his work, whether through his videos, his books, or personalized coaching opportunities. Join us for a transformative experience that will arm you with the tools for leading with intention and achieving personal fulfillment.

3 Books I’m Reading This Week

King: A Life by Jonathan Eig

The Gap and the Gain: The High Achievers’ Guide to Happiness, Confidence, and Success by Dan Sullivan and Dr. Benjamin Hardy

Confident Leader! Become One, Stay One by Dan Reiland

2 Quotes That Grabbed My Attention

“You are remembered for the rules you break.” –Douglas MacArthur

“Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected.” –Steve Jobs

1 Resource That You Might Find Helpful

“I learned this principle at a young age from my father, who was a leader in every role he played — professionally, in his community, and certainly for his family. Every day, from the time I was in the second grade, he asked me, “Austin, what did you do to be a leader today?” That daily question framed every relationship, decision and goal I pursued.” Check out this article by Austin Suellentrop with some great insights about leadership authenticity.


Have you ever scored an ‘own goal’ in your business?

You see it in soccer, hockey, and football. A player gets turned around and mistakenly scores for the other team! How embarrassing.

And yes, they happen in business too. We’ve all been there. The worst part is, it happens even to the best of us. A mistaken strategy, a misjudged decision, or a botched execution. That’s your “own goal” in business.

What if there was a way to minimize or eliminate most of those “own goals?”

On January 17, I’ll be hosting a LinkedIn Live Webinar, sharing 4 Keys to Prevent Own Goals. I’d love to have you join me! Here’s the link to register for this free event.


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 2 slots 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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