Welcome to the Catalytic Leadership Weekly, where each Monday you’ll get an update on the newest episodes 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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Today’s episode of the Catalytic Leadership Podcast:

How You Can Chart Your Own Course: Insights on Entrepreneurship and Leadership Growth, with Chad Harward

What does it take to break free from the corporate mold and chart your own course as an entrepreneur? Chad Harward, founder and CEO of Pinpoint Management, joins us to answer this question with a frank discussion about his own journey from marketing director to business owner. Navigating the uncharted waters of entrepreneurship, Chad shares valuable insights on risk-taking, leadership growth, and the power of purpose in business. 

This episode is a treasure trove of strategies for staying motivated and on track in the dynamic landscape of entrepreneurship. Learn from Chad’s experience of reverse engineering a five-year plan and the importance of quick execution and financial trust in realizing your business goals. He offers a compelling perspective on adaptation and the necessity of making changes, illuminating these concepts through his monkey trap and monkey bars analogy. 

But Chad’s wisdom goes beyond mere business strategy. He encourages a shift in perspective – from just making sales to making a difference. Recommending reads like Simon Sinek’s ‘Start With Why’ and Michael McCallowick’s ‘Profit First’, he underscores the transformative power of continuous learning. And for those looking to elevate their leadership skills, Chad introduces his coaching services – a resource for leaders seeking to grow and thrive. Join us for this inspiring conversation with Chad Harward and glean the insights you need to steer your own ship towards success.

We’re now publishing two episodes a week! Don’t miss this Thursday’s episode of the Catalytic Leadership Podcast:

Why Human-to-Human Engagement Matters Most, with Bryan Kramer

What happens when you take a renowned business strategist, a keynote speaker, an executive coach, and a Forbes contributor – and throw them into a single conversation? You get a riveting discussion that’s brimming with insights on leadership and human-to-human engagement in businesses. Join us as we sit down with Bryan Kramer, CEO of H2H Companies and Co-Owner of Pure Matter Silicon Valley Marketing Agency, to take a deep dive into his journey and his innovative H2H approach.

Get ready, because you’re about to discover the secret sauce that makes great companies so successful. Brian breaks down their customer service model, pinpointing simplicity, empathy, and imperfection as the key ingredients. And guess what? You can apply these same principles to improve your brand’s reputation and foster stronger, more authentic connections. But the learning doesn’t stop there. We’ll also be exploring the crucial role of trust in businesses and relationships, and the art of swift action and sincere apologies when trust is broken.

As we draw our conversation to a close, we explore the transformative impact of technology on creative industries. Brian emphasizes the importance of strategy in marketing and the value of continuously exploring new tech. We also delve into personal anecdotes, discussing the power of curiosity and teachability in leadership, overcoming challenges, and learning from interactions with others. So, if you’re ready for a thought-provoking discussion packed with valuable insights, don’t miss this episode.

3 Books I’m Reading This Week

Trillion Dollar Coach: The Leadership Handbook of Silicon Valley’s Bill Campbell​ by Eric Schmidt, Jonathan Rosenberg, and Alan Eagle

The Founder’s Mentality: How to Overcome the Predictable Crises of Growth​ by James Allen and Chris Zook

The Amazon Way: Amazon’s 14 Leadership Principles by John Rossman

2 Quotes That Grabbed My Attention

“Your mind will give back to you exactly what you put into it.” –John Maxwell

“In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity.” — Albert Einstein

1 Resource That You Might Find Helpful

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–William Attaway 

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