Welcome to the Catalytic Leadership Weekly, where each Monday 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. I’ll also share resources from time to time that I 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:

Why You’re Looking For A Job In All The Wrong Places, with Dr. Benjamin Ritter

How can you become proactive instead of reactive in your career?

Why is leadership not actually about leading?

Is living for yourself selfish?

How can you be the leader of your own career?

This week on the podcast​, William interviews Dr. Benjamin Ritter, founder of Live for Yourself Consulting, a leadership and career coach, Talent Development Executive, values geek, international speaker, online course instructor, and podcaster who’s passionate about guiding leaders to be the leader of their own career and create a career they love. 

With over 11 years of experience working with clients from companies such as Amazon, Coursera, Doordash, Google, Fiserv, Northwestern, Pinterest, and Yelp, Ben understands how to navigate any career path you decide you want to travel. 
Ben received his Doctorate in Organizational Leadership with a focus on value congruence and job satisfaction and earned an MBA in entrepreneurial management, and an MPH in health policy administration.

From empowering professionals to get unstuck, to guiding senior leadership on how to stand out from the competition, develop executive presence, and feel confident in being a leader, Ben is an expert in his field and will guide you toward truly living for yourself at work and in life.

You can learn more about his work at liveforyourselfconsulting.com​ and review his linkedin profile here: linkedin.com/in/ritterbenj

3 Books I’m Reading This Week

Rewire Your Mindset: Own Your Thinking, Control Your Actions, Change Your Life! by Brian Keane

The 16 Undeniable Laws of Communication​ by John C. Maxwell

Leadership Mindset 2.0: The Psychology and Neuroscience of Reaching Your Full Potential ​by R. Michael Anderson

2 Quotes That Grabbed My Attention

“To have no measure of your cultural health, vitality, and efficacy would be like attempting to lead your business without a profit and loss statement.” — Mark Miller

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” — Mark Twain

1 Story That Made Me Think

Peter Drucker, often called the father of modern management, was also a committed Christian. I’ve read several of his books on leadership that have helped me become a better leader. Several years ago Jim Collins spoke at the Global Leadership Summit and shared some practical insight from Drucker. 

He explained that after Drucker died, Collins spoke at an event in his honor and had the opportunity to step into Drucker’s office. On one bookshelf someone had arranged his 35 books in the order in which he wrote them. Collins remarked that when he put his finger on the book he wrote at age 65, 2/3’s of the books were still to the right, written after he turned 65. Old age never slowed him down. Rather, his age seemed to spur him to even greater productivity. 

Collins then shared these 4 leadership insights that Drucker made about great leaders. 

– Great leaders have followers.
– Great leaders get results–they do the right things and don’t worry about popularity.
– Great leaders know that leadership is responsibility, not rank, privileges or titles.
– Great leaders set good examples.

Too often, I hear “well, it’s too late for me.” Drucker would disagree. 

Every experience you’ve had is not just for you. It has the potential to benefit others around you.

Will you share what you’ve learned, freely and generously?

Or will you keep it all to yourself?

Great, truly catalytic leaders choose to invest generously in others, sharing from their experience to help others avoid the ditches and go farther. 

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That’s it for this week’s newsletter. Let me know what you think!

–William Attaway 

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