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:

CEO Insights: Jeff Dolan on Leadership, Personal Branding, and More

Ever wondered what it takes to be a successful CEO and build an impactful personal brand? Then strap in, as I sit down with Jeff Dolan, the dynamic CEO of Wavve, who walks us through his journey and imparts hard-earned wisdom on leadership, personal branding, and more. Jeff gives us a peek into his early ambitions, the importance of sales as a leadership skill, and how respect is instrumental in business success. Let’s dive into an enriching discussion about Wavve’s unique mission to aid podcasters and audio creators in making their mark on social media.

As we continue our chat, Jeff dissects the CEO role and the value of life-long learning in leadership. He drives home the importance of consistency in creating content and leveraging it to mold a robust personal brand. Ever wondered how to maintain a commanding presence in Zoom calls? Jeff provides us with insightful tips, emphasizing the impact of self-assessment, confidence, and the role of health in effective leadership. He shares an intriguing analogy of a jar of water, underlining how your life choices influence the perception of others towards you.

Closing our eye-opening conversation, we traverse the hurdles of high-performance leadership and delve into strategies to eliminate performance valleys. Jeff shares his personal journey through jaw surgery and the life-changing impact it had on him, emphasizing the importance of a solid support system and faith. You wouldn’t want to miss his thoughts on time travel, the concept of stacking dominoes, and their implications for goal achievement. Join us to absorb a wealth of knowledge from a leader who’s been there and done that.

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

Driving Business Growth through Leadership and Website Optimization, with Lindy Nowak

Prepare to be inspired as we sit down with the dynamic Lindy Nowak, founder and CEO of Up in a Day, a game-changing turnkey website product. Lindy unravels her journey, highlighting the importance of leadership, team dynamics, and the power of maintaining a stress-free environment in the pursuit of high-quality results. It’s a deep dive into how a leader can empower a creative team under pressure while keeping a firm eye on quality.

As we journey through the world of AI and SaaS products with Lindy, get ready to gain insights into the vital role of streamlining business processes. We candidly discuss the highs and lows of being an entrepreneur, shedding light on the reality of business growth. We’ll get you thinking about how many products you use in your business, and whether there’s room to streamline for greater efficiency and cost-effectiveness.

Then, we shine a spotlight on the fundamental pillars of business growth and website optimization. Lindy shares precious nuggets on identifying profitable markets, setting clear objectives, and the common pitfalls business owners face with their websites. And, as a bonus, Lindy even offers some glimpses into the future of the website agency services industry, including the prospect of AI-built websites. So join us for this enlightening conversation, where we explore not just the importance of a professional website for businesses, but also how Up in a Day is helping small businesses and entrepreneurs establish the online presence they need to thrive.

3 Books I’m Reading This Week

First Things First​ by Stephen Covey

The Power of Nice: How to Conquer the Business World With Kindness​ by Linda Kaplan, Robin Koval

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

2 Quotes That Grabbed My Attention

“I remind myself every morning: Nothing I say this day will teach me anything. So if I’m going to learn, I must do it by listening. I never learned anything while I was talking.” –Larry King

“Your system is perfectly designed to give you the results you’re getting.” –W. Edwards Deming

1 Resource That You Might Find Helpful

If you struggle with overwork and overwhelm, check out this article on delegation: The 6 Benefits of Delegation and Why Most Leaders Under-Delegate by David Grossman​

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–William Attaway 

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