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 episodes of the Catalytic Leadership Podcast:

(THAT’S RIGHT! We’re now releasing two episodes a week as we celebrate ListenNotes ranking us in the top 3% of podcasts worldwide and our 100th episode last month!)

Unveiling Purpose: Anika Jackson’s Journey to Entrepreneurial Leadership and Purposeful Living

Ever felt the magnetic pull towards a life you’re meant to lead, yet find yourself anchored to the safety of the known? Join me as I sit down with the remarkable Anika Jackson, a woman whose own compass has guided her from a quiet childhood to leadership roles across marketing, communications, and philanthropy. Together, we navigate the transformative power of embracing one’s roots, the tenacity required to amplify your voice in a noisy world, and the art of servant leadership. Anika’s journey reminds us that the path to discovering our true potential is often paved with the bricks of challenges we’ve dared to face head-on.

Imagine a life where every waking moment is a step towards fulfilling your purpose. In this heart-to-heart, Anika and I contemplate the audacity it takes to shed the cocoon of comfort for the exhilarating uncertainty of intentional living. We discuss the ripples such choices create, from the financial to the familial, and how our actions can enthuse those we hold dear, especially the young eyes watching us. It’s a candid dialogue that underscores the profound impact of aligning one’s career with inner calling, and the rich fulfillment that ensues from such brave alignment.

As we wrap up our conversation, we reflect on the rich tapestry of experiences that shape us into who we are meant to become. I share my own evolution from show host to podcaster, a journey marked by the wisdom of voices from various walks of life. Anika and I delve into the beauty of generational wisdom, the power of reshaping our narratives, and the importance of small habitual tweaks that can lead to monumental shifts in our lives. We invite you to tune in and be a part of our growing community at yourbrandamplifiedcom, where learning and leadership transcend the airwaves and become a part of your own story of growth.

Connect with Anika

Experience Anika’s revamped website at YourBrandAmplified.com! Discover all that she’s doing, listen to her podcast, and explore working with her.

From Setback to Success: James Donovan’s Journey to LinkedIn Leadership and Digital Marketing Growth

Imagine the scene: you’ve been handed your final paycheck and shown the door. Now, envision transforming that corporate farewell into a burgeoning career as a marketing leader. That’s exactly what James, our guest this week, did. He takes us on his exhilarating journey from a layoff to LinkedIn luminary, and unveils the essentials of crafting a profile that commands attention. James doesn’t just stop at profiles; he dives deep into the finesse of automation tools and the art of organic engagement. His approach redefines lead generation from a relentless sales hustle to an authentic cultivation of B2B relationships.

Hold onto your hats, because we’re about to explore the emotional rollercoaster that is entrepreneurship. The paths to success are many, but they all come with their fair share of obstacles. Through the lens of my own venture, 9-2 Media, I share the raw realities of setting personal milestones and the vital act of celebrating each victory, big or small. We also unravel the complexities of digital marketing success, revealing why personal connections triumph over cold metrics, and why your previous achievements should be your only competition. Get ready to shift your perspective on success and discover how a balanced approach can redefine your digital marketing wins.

Connect with James Donovan on LinkedIn for potential collaboration and valuable insights in the world of digital marketing.

3 Books I’m Reading This Week

High Road Leadership: Bringing People Together in a World That Divides by John C. Maxwell

Winning Begins at Home: A Strategy to Win beyond Work―A Leadership Parable by Randy Gravitt

Work Less, Earn More: How to Escape the Daily Grind of Agency Ownership by Karl Sakas

2 Quotes That Grabbed My Attention

“The time to prepare isn’t after you have been given the opportunity. It’s long before that opportunity arises. Once the opportunity arrives, it’s too late to prepare.” — John Wooden

“Just because they say it’s impossible doesn’t mean you can’t do it.” — Roger Bannister

1 Resource That You Might Find Helpful

18 months ago, I launched the Catalytic Leadership Podcast.

As with any new projects, I’ve learned a LOT and benefited from many people who have shared tips and suggestions with me. And I will continue growing, continue learning, and continue developing a resource that will serve leaders no matter where they are in their journey or where they lead!

If you are a podcaster, or if you want to be a guest on podcasts, I want to recommend a resource that I’ve been using for over two years now – PodMatch. This is a fantastic platform that will match guests and shows, based on the criteria that you list and the profile you create. You can accept the match, reject the match, get more information from the show/guest – it’s a great solution for both hosts and guests.

Check it out here: https://www.joinpodmatch.com/williamattaway (That is an affiliate link, for which I earn a referral fee if you become a PodMatch user.)


Has this year been different so far from last year? Or more of the same? Are you breaking old habits and sticking with new ones?

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 May, I currently have availability to take on 2 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.


If you want to learn more about developing a healthy mindset, leading your team with excellence and intentionality, and overcoming the chaos you’re facing and finding the calmness you need, here are some ways you can take your next step:

1) You can subscribe to The Catalytic Leadership Podcast, where I interview entrepreneurs, agency and business owners, and leaders who share their wisdom and insights about their journey, leading teams, achieving business goals, conquering overworking and overthinking, healthy and effective communication, the catalytic mindset, and more. Choose the platform you like and subscribe to the show!

2) You can subscribe to my YouTube channel to watch the podcast interviews instead of just listening to them.

3) You can purchase a copy of my newest book, Catalytic Leadership: 12 Keys to Becoming an Intentional Leader Who Makes a Difference. (available in paperback, Kindle, and audiobook). I captured 12 key principles that I’ve seen consistently in the thousands of coaching conversations I’ve had with hundreds of leaders over the last 25+ years.

4) You can book a call if you’d like my help with either 1:1 coaching for you, or help coaching and developing your team into the high-performance team you know it can be. I provide 1:1 coaching for entrepreneurs, founders, agency owners, and leaders, and provide group coaching for teams.


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