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The Action Catalyst

Summary: The Action Catalyst is a weekly podcast hosted by Dan Moore, President of The Southwestern Advantage, the oldest direct-sales company in America, and Partner with Southwestern Consulting. With more than 45 years in sales leadership and marketing management, Dan has a wealth of knowledge to share on how to make better use of time to achieve life, sales, and other business goals. Each week, he interviews some of the nation’s top thought leaders and experts sharing meaningful tips and advice. Please subscribe below, leave a rating and write a review! You can also get more free insights and inspiration at www.SouthwesternConsulting.com.

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 Driven by Purpose with Mike Weber—Episode 325 of The Action Catalyst | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 29:49

Mike Weber grew up in the Midwest and earned his degree at Cornell University while selling books door-to-door with Southwestern Advantage.  He then enjoyed success as a sales rep for Great American Opportunities— Southwestern’s national fundraising company that helps kids raise millions of dollars for educational and community organizations that are changing lives. In 1993, he founded Southwestern’s Leadership Institute with a focus on equipping people with the skills and attitudes needed to excel in today’s dynamic world. For the past 20 years, Mike has motivated and inspired people from all walks of life to break out of restrictive patterns of thought and behavior, and open themselves up to achieve greater success in whatever their field.   Engaging and energetic, Mike’s passion is to ignite performance by helping people recognize and then challenge patterns and assumptions that may be holding them back from all they could accomplish and enjoy.  Mike lives in New Hampshire, is married to Jane, the love of his life for more than 30 years. He has two adult sons, Kurt and Eric, as well as two wonderful daughters-in-law, Jessica and Nicolette. He’s coached soccer, run cross country, climbed snow-covered mountains, and driven the chase vehicle for a hot air balloon team. Mike now speaks internationally on the topics of leadership, resiliency, teamwork, communication, and life purpose. Show Highlights: There's a huge difference between teaching and training. Teaching is a transference of knowledge. In training, the goal is change of behavior. —Mike Weber Public speaking is a skill set just like playing an instrument. —Mike WeberWhen things get tough, you need a defined focus and meaningful purpose. A purpose drives everything. —Mike WeberYou need a routine or discipline of what you need to do to be successful. —Mike Weber Discipline and structure is what got me through when things got tough. —Mike WeberIn the morning, I wake up at the same time, stretch, and have a dedicated reading time. —Mike Weber Mikes final thoughts: You need to know who you are and what's important to you. If that's tied to what you have, you'll have some challenges. If it's tied to something bigger than yourself, then the ups and downs tend to mellow out. The Action Catalyst is a weekly podcast hosted by Dan Moore, President of Southwestern Advantage, the oldest direct-sales company in America, and Partner with Southwestern Consulting. With more than 45 years in sales leadership and marketing management, Dan has a wealth of knowledge to share on how to make better use of time to achieve life, sales, and other business goals. Each week, he interviews some of the nation’s top thought leaders and experts, sharing meaningful tips and advice. Subscribe on iTunes and please leave a rating and review!

 Love Speaks with Sally Lou Loveman—Episode 324 of The Action Catalyst Podcast | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 35:58

Sally Lou Oaks Loveman, former audience producer for The Oprah Winfrey Show, lives her purpose by connecting with audiences. When she was 14, she tuned into her passion for television when she was an audience member at The Mike Douglas Show. She spotted a girl on the set with a clipboard, and while she had no idea what this girl did, she knew she would do it one day too. After her 35-year career in television and having entertained over half a million people from the Oprah stage, Loveman shares her “do what you love” message through her business, lovespeaks. In her new book, Speak: Love Your Story. Your Audience is Waiting, Sally Lou takes on a new audience—an audience of readers! Just like her pre-show warm-up at The Oprah Winfrey Show, Speak is participatory. Readers are invited to join in on the lessons shared in each chapter, and by the end of the book, her new audience has a start to their own story. Blending the genres of memoir and self-improvement, Speak shares Sally Lou’s story while offering tips to help readers become better speakers and storytellers. Filled with humor and truth, Speak encourages readers to speak, speak up, speak their story, speak their truth, and live a life where love always speaks. It doesn’t matter if you are a CEO, celebrity, supermodel, spin instructor, student, or a stay-at-home-mom or dad, speaking well in front of others is not only a career asset, it’s also a life asset. Book Sally Lou Loveman and help your listeners step up their speaking game and their human game by using their voice. The Lovespeaks Series Podcast: https://lovespeaks.com/podcast Speak: Love Your Story. Your Audience is Waiting: https://lovespeaks.com/speak Show Highlights: Remember, your story is happening as it's happening. You don't always see it until later. —Sally Lou LovemanMy keynote is about helping people find their voice so they can be a happier, better, more connected human. —Sally Lou LovemanWe all have an audience. You don't have to be a celebrity or a speaker—everyone has an audience. People are waiting to hear from you. —Sally Lou LovemanFear has no access when we are in our purpose. —Sally Lou LovemanYou take fear away by practicing. —Sally Lou LovemanEveryone should think about their walk-on song to remind themselves that they'll get through this. The ending might not be what they want, but you have remind yourself to have fun until you get to the ending. —Sally Lou LovemanIf you don't have a community of people, you won't get through it. —Sally Lou Loveman The Action Catalyst is a weekly podcast hosted by Dan Moore, President of Southwestern Advantage, the oldest direct-sales company in America, and Partner with Southwestern Consulting. With more than 45 years in sales leadership and marketing management, Dan has a wealth of knowledge to share on how to make better use of time to achieve life, sales, and other business goals. Each week, he interviews some of the nation’s top thought leaders and experts, sharing meaningful tips and advice. Subscribe on iTunes and please leave a rating and review!

 Being Fully Present with Brian Biro—Episode 323 of The Action Catalyst Podcast | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 33:37

Brian Biro is America’s Breakthrough Coach! He is one of the nation's foremost speakers and teachers of leadership, possibility thinking, thriving on change, and team-building. He has delivered more than 1,800 presentations around the world in the past 29 years. His clients include such diverse organizations as Lockheed Martin (94 events), the US Army, the University of Notre Dame, UCLA, the North Carolina Association for the Advancement of Teaching, senators, and representatives from 13 western states, the Virginia School Superintendents, Kaiser Permanente, Starbucks, Pizza Hut, IHOP, Microsoft, Oracle, Cisco, McDonalds, Dairy Queen, Allstate Insurance, Good Samaritan Hospital, RE/MAX, Shaklee, the American Rental Association and hundreds more.  A former vice president of a major transportation corporation in the Pacific Northwest, he helped lead a major turnaround that resulted in the company quadrupling in revenues, becoming solidly profitable, and being named the leader in the air freight industry for customer service and convenience by Distribution magazine. Brian is the author of 14 books including the bestseller, Beyond Success! which reached #16 on the Amazon.com top 100—from over 2 million titles, and his new book, The ROI of Kindness. Brian was rated #1 from over 40 speakers at four consecutive INC. Magazine International Business Conferences. He graduated with honors from Stanford and served as the President of the UCLA Graduate School of Management Student Association while earning his MBA from UCLA. He has appeared on Good Morning America, CNN's Business Unusual, and has been a guest on more than 300 radio programs throughout the country. He has also been a featured speaker at the Disney Institute in Orlando. Brian was named one of the UCLA Graduate School of Management’s 100 Most Inspirational Graduates in the history of the school. Most recently, Brian was also honored as one of the top 10 interactive speakers in North America and one of the top 60 motivational speakers in the world. Show Highlights The breakthrough is going from fear to love and doing things that you didn't think you could do. —Brian BiroDriving to be the best was tearing me apart because it's all about comparison. I shifted from the drive to be the best to the desire to be my best. —Brian BiroThere's no failure, it's just how can I get better. —Brian BiroWithin every adversity is planted the seed of equivalent or greater benefit. —Brian BiroThe shift in focus from fear to faith is how you get through the brick walls in your life. —Brian BiroWhen you're fully present, 100 percent of your mind, body, and spirit are with the person you're with. And you say to them, "you matter" and "you count." —Brian BiroWhat you focus on is not what you get, it's what you create. Focus on what you want to create. —Brian BiroWhen you're feeling the most down, be the most grateful, even if it's the smallest thing. Take charge of your energy. Focus on purpose and movement. —Brian Biro The Action Catalyst is a weekly podcast hosted by Dan Moore, President of Southwestern Advantage, the oldest direct-sales company in America, and Partner with Southwestern Consulting. With more than 45 years in sales leadership and marketing management, Dan has a wealth of knowledge to share on how to make better use of time to achieve life, sales, and other business goals. Each week, he interviews some of the nation’s top thought leaders and experts, sharing meaningful tips and advice. Subscribe on iTunes and please leave a rating and review!

 Let Go to Grow with Gigi Butler—Episode 322 of The Action Catalyst | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 32:48

Gigi Butler, entrepreneur and founder of Gigi’s Cupcakes, admits her story of success is full of sweet irony. Gigi opened her first Gigi’s Cupcakes location just off Music Row in Nashville, Tennessee in 2008. Gigi’s Cupcakes is now the largest cupcake franchise in the world. With an entrepreneurial spirit that needed an outlet at the age of 15, Gigi opened her first business, Gigi’s Cleaning Company, which she continued to grow once she moved from California to Nashville in 1994. She cleaned houses during the day and sang at downtown Nashville honky-tonks at night. After a decade of pursuing a career as an entertainer, the heartaches of the music industry hit home. Gigi decided to step back and focus on her financial future. While building a sweet empire was never part of her plan, Gigi realized that her culinary and business skills could take her places that she never dreamed about. She decided to take a chance on her other passion—baking. After being turned down by various banks and down to her last $33, Gigi went out on a limb and in 2008, leveraged several personal credit cards to fund the first Gigi’s Cupcakes store. She gambled everything she had to open her first location. Fortunately, her sweet treats quickly became Nashville’s delicacy dessert of choice. Shortly thereafter, Gigi’s Franchising, Inc. was born, and Gigi’s Cupcakes locations began popping up throughout North America. Over the course of the next decade and as the number of Gigi’s Cupcakes locations grew, Gigi became a sought-after public speaker. Her motivational, inspirational and entrepreneurial "rags-to-riches" story has become a centerpiece for corporate events, business and social gatherings, as well as on college campuses (and especially those with entrepreneurial programs). Always leaving the crowd wanting more, Gigi offers the attendees access to her deepest thoughts, fears, successes, and failures, with an emphasis on how to fight fear and look at fear as a motivator rather than an obstacle. Gigi’s autobiography, The Secret Ingredient: Recipes for Success In Business and Life was released in December 2018. Gigi shares her personal success story, her hard-won business acumen, and the life-changing inspiration that she’s gained from a challenging life. Each chapter includes a piece of business advice and a delicious sweet and savory recipe. The book is available here on her website, on Amazon, or anywhere books are sold. Show Highlights: While I was cleaning, I was learning so many things because I was in the midst of successful people. It's so important to brand yourself. —Gigi ButlerOpportunities come, but people are too afraid to say, "Why not?" —Gigi ButlerYou have to let go to grow. That's been the hardest lesson for me, but you have to do it to grow. —Gigi ButlerAfter Undercover Boss, our goal was to become a consistent company. —Gigi ButlerYou need to be in the "why not" instead of the "what if." —Gigi Butler Gigi's final thoughts: Fear cannot be something that stops you. It has to be your motivator, not your obstacle. The Action Catalyst is a weekly podcast hosted by Dan Moore, President of Southwestern Advantage, the oldest direct-sales company in America, and Partner with Southwestern Consulting. With more than 45 years in sales leadership and marketing management, Dan has a wealth of knowledge to share on how to make better use of time to achieve life, sales, and other business goals. Each week, he interviews some of the nation’s top thought leaders and experts, sharing meaningful tips and advice. Subscribe on iTunes and please leave a rating and review!

 CEOs in Focus with Joe Mariano—Episode 321 of The Action Catalyst Podcast | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 34:46

Dan Moore was recently featured on the Direct Selling Association CEOs in Focus podcast with Joe Mariano. Listen to the featured episode below. Show Highlights: The thing that differentiates Southwestern is our commitment to building character in young people. —Dan MooreIt's not the door-to-door sales, it's what it teaches a person that's key. Most people have preconceived notions of, "I'm not good at business," or "I can't talk to people." When they practice, they learn that's not true. —Dan MooreLive the best lives you can with the gifts you've been given and the opportunities put in front of you. Don't worry so much about what other people think of you. —Dan MooreI think it's important for me to still be in the field and with our recruiters, meeting new people. —Dan MooreYoung people all want to be somebody. What they don't know is how to get there. —Dan MooreYoung people also really value honesty and transparency. Being straight up with people is really important and making sure our hearts are right around our mission. —Dan MooreWe keep the door-to-door model because it helps us with our mission of building people. —Dan MooreIf we push just for the dollars, we don't get the mission. In the long haul, it requires a deeper purpose. —Dan Moore Dan's final thoughts: It's about taking that risk based on internal support that they can do well. I tell kids that having your own business through Southwestern Advantage won't guarantee you won't have any debt, but working part-time jobs will. The Action Catalyst is a weekly podcast hosted by Dan Moore, President of Southwestern Advantage, the oldest direct-sales company in America, and Partner with Southwestern Consulting. With more than 45 years in sales leadership and marketing management, Dan has a wealth of knowledge to share on how to make better use of time to achieve life, sales, and other business goals. Each week, he interviews some of the nation’s top thought leaders and experts, sharing meaningful tips and advice. Subscribe on iTunes and please leave a rating and review!

 Rising to Power with Ron Carucci—Episode 320 of The Action Catalyst Podcast | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Ron Carucci is co-founder and managing partner at Navalent, working with CEOs and executives pursuing transformational change for their organizations, leaders, and industries. He has a 30-year track record of helping some of the world’s most influential executives tackle challenges of strategy, organization, and leadership. From start-ups to Fortune 10’s, turnarounds to new markets and strategies, overhauling leadership and culture to re-designing for growth, he has worked in more than 25 countries on four continents. In addition to being a regular contributor to Harvard Business Review and Forbes, he has also been featured in Fortune, CEO Magazine, BusinessInsider, MSNBC, Inc, Business Week, and Smart Business. Show Highlights: The biggest reinvention of myself now is to figure out how to set my firm apart from the others. That's a whole new set of muscles and skills. —Ron CarucciI want to make sure we can raise the bar in our craft. —Ron CarucciWe can warn companies about the landmines that they'll inevitably confront, but also what to do when you get there. —Ron CarucciIt's difficult to recognize that when you get a seat at the top, you're staring over. —Ron CarucciThe worst thing you can do is isolate and make a narrative about what a brick wall means. You need to ask for help. —Ron CarucciYou need to find the grace to not stop at that wall, but face it and what it actually means. Go for hope in face of the brick wall in your forehead. —Ron CarucciWe find out who we're supposed to be in the world from our desires. —Ron Carucci Ron's final thoughts: Recognize that your wall is likely going to go away quickly, and get some help. Make sure that you protect yourself and put in the guardrails you need to navigate that moment. Then, start asking questions. Ask what do I want? And listen to your desires. The Action Catalyst is a weekly podcast hosted by Dan Moore, President of Southwestern Advantage, the oldest direct-sales company in America, and Partner with Southwestern Consulting. With more than 45 years in sales leadership and marketing management, Dan has a wealth of knowledge to share on how to make better use of time to achieve life, sales, and other business goals. Each week, he interviews some of the nation’s top thought leaders and experts, sharing meaningful tips and advice. Subscribe on iTunes and please leave a rating and review!

 Global Impact with Jenny Buccos—Episode 319 of The Action Catalyst Podcast | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Jenny Buccos is a multi-award winning director and producer. She is the founder of the ProjectExplorer educational nonprofit, a multimedia education strategist, and an agent for global citizenship. She launched Season 1 of Crash Test World—a family-focused TV series with Kari Byron (Mythbusters) and Intuitive Content for broadcast in the fall of 2019. She serves as the show's creator and Executive Director. In 2003, before the existence of YouTube, she founded ProjectExplorer.org, a free multimedia website designed to educate primary and secondary school students about global issues, world cultures, and histories. She has directed and produced over 500 short films working with leaders and visionaries including Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Belize’s First Lady Kim Simplis Barrow, Ziggy Marley, and Anthony Bourdain. An international specialist in video and media-focused curriculum design, Jenny provides consulting services for educational, cultural, and nonprofit organizations focused on increasing student access and engagement. Jenny has traveled to over 70 countries. When not traveling she splits her time between Brooklyn, New York and Amsterdam, Netherlands. Show Highlights The aim was to provide virtual passports. There are people who will never travel but that doesn't mean you can't have a view of the world. —Jenny BuccosI don't give up. If someone says no, I find another way. —Jenny BuccosIf I have reinforcement from the people I'm trying to reach, I can deal with the "nos" and "not interesteds." —Jenny BuccosI focus on what I know I'm good at. Find something you're good at and work really hard at that. —Jenny BuccosIf you have a roof over your head, you know where your next meal is coming from, and you have one person who cares about you, you've already won the lottery. —Jenny Buccos Jenny's final thoughts: I want to be a catalyst for change so that everyone has a seat at the table. That's different than a handout. —Jenny Buccos The Action Catalyst is a weekly podcast hosted by Dan Moore, President of Southwestern Advantage, the oldest direct-sales company in America, and Partner with Southwestern Consulting. With more than 45 years in sales leadership and marketing management, Dan has a wealth of knowledge to share on how to make better use of time to achieve life, sales, and other business goals. Each week, he interviews some of the nation’s top thought leaders and experts, sharing meaningful tips and advice. Subscribe on iTunes and please leave a rating and review!

 Outwork Your Competition with Jaak Roosaare—Episode 318 of The Action Catalyst Podcast | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Jaak Roosaare is from Saku, Estonia. He is married to a Southwestern Advantage bookgirl, Maria, and they have two boys, Jako and Hugo, and a baby girl, Marie. Jaak was the number-one rookie in the Southwestern Baltics division and sold books for seven summers. He won Sizzler every single summer and was DSL of the year three times. He helped to start the Lithuanian division and also recruited in Poland. In 2018, Jaak started the new Southwestern company called E1 Ventures. It did almost half a million dollars in sales and made a profit in its first year. Jaak is also an active investor, founder of the 50% Club and a contributor to business newspapers in Estonia. He promotes financial literacy and investing in high schools and in society as a whole. He is the author of four best-selling books about personal finance and has coached hundreds of people on how to start investing. His book, Rikkaks Saamise Õpik ("Textbook for becoming wealthy") is the all-time number-one bestseller in the personal finance field in Estonia. In his free time, he enjoys cycling and reading investing books and annual reports of Berkshire Hathaway. Show Highlights: It was very important for me to trust in my manager. —Jaak Roosaare Before the economy grew, there weren't enough goods, no one really needed salespeople. —Jaak Roosaare I see that students focus too much on the product and not enough how to sell it. Sales skills is the number-one thing. The second thing is the vision. You can be in any country and start something, and bring it global. —Jaak Roosare Learn where you're going to put your money first before you invest your money there. —Jaak Roosaare You always need to make more than you spend. You should always keep at least half of what you make. —Jaak Roosaare Jaak's final thoughts: Don't wait for a moment. Just start working where your passion is. If that's where your focus is, magic things happen. The Action Catalyst is a weekly podcast hosted by Dan Moore, President of Southwestern Advantage, the oldest direct-sales company in America, and Partner with Southwestern Consulting. With more than 45 years in sales leadership and marketing management, Dan has a wealth of knowledge to share on how to make better use of time to achieve life, sales, and other business goals. Each week, he interviews some of the nation’s top thought leaders and experts, sharing meaningful tips and advice. Subscribe on iTunes and please leave a rating and review!

 Outwork the Competition with Jaak Roosaare—Episode 318 of The Action Catalyst Podcast | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 35:17

Jaak Roosaare is from Saku, Estonia. He is married to a Southwestern Advantage bookgirl, Maria, and they have two boys, Jako and Hugo, and a baby girl, Marie. Jaak was the number-one rookie in the Southwestern Baltics division and sold books for seven summers. He won Sizzler every single summer and was DSL of the year three times. He helped to start the Lithuanian division and also recruited in Poland. In 2018, Jaak started the new Southwestern company called E1 Ventures. It did almost half a million dollars in sales and made a profit in its first year. Jaak is also an active investor, founder of the 50% Club and a contributor to business newspapers in Estonia. He promotes financial literacy and investing in high schools and in society as a whole. He is the author of four best-selling books about personal finance and has coached hundreds of people on how to start investing. His book, Rikkaks Saamise Õpik ("Textbook for becoming wealthy") is the all-time number-one bestseller in the personal finance field in Estonia. In his free time, he enjoys cycling and reading investing books and annual reports of Berkshire Hathaway. Show Highlights: It was very important for me to trust in my manager. —Jaak RoosaareBefore the economy grew, there weren't enough goods, no one really needed salespeople. —Jaak RoosaareI see that students focus too much on the product and not enough how to sell it. Sales skills is the number-one thing. The second thing is the vision. You can be in any country and start something, and bring it global. —Jaak RoosareLearn where you're going to put your money first before you invest your money there. —Jaak RoosaareYou always need to make more than you spend. You should always keep at least half of what you make. —Jaak Roosaare Jaak's final thoughts: Don't wait for a moment. Just start working where your passion is. If that's where your focus is, magic things happen. The Action Catalyst is a weekly podcast hosted by Dan Moore, President of Southwestern Advantage, the oldest direct-sales company in America, and Partner with Southwestern Consulting. With more than 45 years in sales leadership and marketing management, Dan has a wealth of knowledge to share on how to make better use of time to achieve life, sales, and other business goals. Each week, he interviews some of the nation’s top thought leaders and experts, sharing meaningful tips and advice. Subscribe on iTunes and please leave a rating and review!

 The Importance of Mindset with Ryan Gottfredson—Episode 317 of The Action Catalyst Podcast | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Ryan Gottfredson, Ph.D. is a mental success coach and cutting-edge leadership consultant, author, trainer, and researcher. He helps improve organizations, leaders, teams, and employees by improving their mindsets. Ryan is currently a leadership and management professor at the Mihaylo College of Business and Economics at California State University-Fullerton (CSUF). He holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior and Human Resources from Indiana University and a B.A. from Brigham Young University. He is the author of Success Mindsets: The Key to Unlocking Greater Success in Your Life, Work, & Leadership. He also works with organizations to develop their leaders and improve their culture (collective mindsets). He has worked with top leadership teams at CVS Health (top 130 leaders), Deutsche Telekom (500+ of their top 2,000 leaders), and a couple dozen other organizations. As a respected authority and researcher on topics related to leadership, management, and organizational behavior, Ryan has published over 15 articles across a variety of journals including Journal of Management, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Business Horizons, Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies, and Journal of Leadership Studies. His research has been cited over 2,000 times since 2014. Connect with Ryan at www.ryangottfredson.com. Show Highlights Leadership isn't just about doing something, it's about being something. —Ryan Gottfredson If we can change our mindset, we can change everything that we do. Mindset is foundational to what we do. —Ryan Gottfredson There are four mindsets that have been traditionally studied: fixed and growth, and open and closed. —Ryan Gottfredson In any situation, we can be focused on avoiding the problem or we can be focused on winning. That's promotion and prevention. —Ryan Gottfredson The success in which I handle roadblocks is based on the state of my mindset. —Ryan Gottfredson Oftentimes, my frustrations are of my own doing, but I fail to recognize that in the moment. —Ryan Gottfredson If we want to think, learn, and behave better, we need to change the lenses in which we view the world. —Ryan Gottfredson Ryan's final thoughts: Some kind of daily practice, like a 5-minute journal, is something that needs to be part of your routine. Also, having a good mindset for success isn't a secret. The secret is knowing what type of mindset we need to have to be successful. The Action Catalyst is a weekly podcast hosted by Dan Moore, President of Southwestern Advantage, the oldest direct-sales company in America, and Partner with Southwestern Consulting. With more than 45 years in sales leadership and marketing management, Dan has a wealth of knowledge to share on how to make better use of time to achieve life, sales, and other business goals. Each week, he interviews some of the nation’s top thought leaders and experts, sharing meaningful tips and advice. Subscribe on iTunes and please leave a rating and review!

 The Importance of Mindset with Ryan Gottfredson—Episode 317 of The Action Catalyst Podcast | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Ryan Gottfredson, Ph.D. is a mental success coach and cutting-edge leadership consultant, author, trainer, and researcher. He helps improve organizations, leaders, teams, and employees by improving their mindsets. Ryan is currently a leadership and management professor at the Mihaylo College of Business and Economics at California State University-Fullerton (CSUF). He holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior and Human Resources from Indiana University and a B.A. from Brigham Young University. He is the author of Success Mindsets: The Key to Unlocking Greater Success in Your Life, Work, & Leadership. He also works with organizations to develop their leaders and improve their culture (collective mindsets). He has worked with top leadership teams at CVS Health (top 130 leaders), Deutsche Telekom (500+ of their top 2,000 leaders), and a couple dozen other organizations. As a respected authority and researcher on topics related to leadership, management, and organizational behavior, Ryan has published over 15 articles across a variety of journals including Journal of Management, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Business Horizons, Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies, and Journal of Leadership Studies. His research has been cited over 2,000 times since 2014. Connect with Ryan at www.ryangottfredson.com. Show Highlights Leadership isn't just about doing something, it's about being something. —Ryan GottfredsonIf we can change our mindset, we can change everything that we do. Mindset is foundational to what we do. —Ryan GottfredsonThere are four mindsets that have been traditionally studied: fixed and growth, and open and closed. —Ryan GottfredsonIn any situation, we can be focused on avoiding the problem or we can be focused on winning. That's promotion and prevention. —Ryan GottfredsonThe success in which I handle roadblocks is based on the state of my mindset. —Ryan GottfredsonOftentimes, my frustrations are of my own doing, but I fail to recognize that in the moment. —Ryan GottfredsonIf we want to think, learn, and behave better, we need to change the lenses in which we view the world. —Ryan Gottfredson Ryan's final thoughts: Some kind of daily practice, like a 5-minute journal, is something that needs to be part of your routine. Also, having a good mindset for success isn't a secret. The secret is knowing what type of mindset we need to have to be successful. The Action Catalyst is a weekly podcast hosted by Dan Moore, President of Southwestern Advantage, the oldest direct-sales company in America, and Partner with Southwestern Consulting. With more than 45 years in sales leadership and marketing management, Dan has a wealth of knowledge to share on how to make better use of time to achieve life, sales, and other business goals. Each week, he interviews some of the nation’s top thought leaders and experts, sharing meaningful tips and advice. Subscribe on iTunes and please leave a rating and review!

 The Path to Leadership with Douglas Ward—Episode 316 of The Action Catalyst Podcast | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Douglas Ward is a retired military veteran with 24 years of distinguished service. During his time, he held numerous leadership roles to include instructor and manager of over 500 personnel. Additionally, Douglas was the Troop Chief for a hand-selected group of special communicators who supported and deployed into austere environments with Special Operations Forces. Upon retirement, he supported government agencies as a subject matter expert in non-standard communications and as a business development executive. These experiences have enabled him to pass on the knowledge and lessons of leadership under extreme conditions for companies needing management team building. Pulling from his past military experience and as an executive-level technology leader, he collaborates with those in charge of providing unfiltered truths on the true state of a company. He specializes in encouraging the development of communication skills from the top down and bottom up increasing revenue growth, employee trust, and ownership. Douglas has built many successful teams by helping them to navigate through rough seas. Show Highlights: It helps to have support when you're younger to become a leader. —Douglas Ward If you want to be a great leader, you have to be a good follower. What were you doing to support the leadership that came before you? The greatest followers provide push back and make the leaders think. —Douglas Ward You have to have an adaptable attitude. Things will never go as planned. —Douglas Ward You have to trust your people. Don't bring in pipe hitters if you're not going to let them swing the pipe. —Douglas Ward When you have workers leaving, that usually means there's a problem with the manager. You have to address it. —Douglas Ward Managers need to understand that it's not about you, it's about your people. —Douglas Ward If you open up, it will make you a better leader. —Douglas Ward Douglas' final thoughts: Reach outside your network. Reach out to people and ask questions. All you have to do is ask people for help. The Action Catalyst is a weekly podcast hosted by Dan Moore, President of Southwestern Advantage, the oldest direct-sales company in America, and Partner with Southwestern Consulting. With more than 45 years in sales leadership and marketing management, Dan has a wealth of knowledge to share on how to make better use of time to achieve life, sales, and other business goals. Each week, he interviews some of the nation’s top thought leaders and experts, sharing meaningful tips and advice. Subscribe on iTunes and please leave a rating and review!

 The Path to Leadership with Douglas Ward—Episode 316 of The Action Catalyst Podcast | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Douglas Ward is a retired military veteran with 24 years of distinguished service. During his time, he held numerous leadership roles to include instructor and manager of over 500 personnel. Additionally, Douglas was the Troop Chief for a hand-selected group of special communicators who supported and deployed into austere environments with Special Operations Forces. Upon retirement, he supported government agencies as a subject matter expert in non-standard communications and as a business development executive. These experiences have enabled him to pass on the knowledge and lessons of leadership under extreme conditions for companies needing management team building. Pulling from his past military experience and as an executive-level technology leader, he collaborates with those in charge of providing unfiltered truths on the true state of a company. He specializes in encouraging the development of communication skills from the top down and bottom up increasing revenue growth, employee trust, and ownership. Douglas has built many successful teams by helping them to navigate through rough seas. Show Highlights: It helps to have support when you're younger to become a leader. —Douglas WardIf you want to be a great leader, you have to be a good follower. What were you doing to support the leadership that came before you? The greatest followers provide push back and make the leaders think. —Douglas WardYou have to have an adaptable attitude. Things will never go as planned. —Douglas WardYou have to trust your people. Don't bring in pipe hitters if you're not going to let them swing the pipe. —Douglas WardWhen you have workers leaving, that usually means there's a problem with the manager. You have to address it. —Douglas WardManagers need to understand that it's not about you, it's about your people. —Douglas WardIf you open up, it will make you a better leader. —Douglas Ward Douglas' final thoughts: Reach outside your network. Reach out to people and ask questions. All you have to do is ask people for help. The Action Catalyst is a weekly podcast hosted by Dan Moore, President of Southwestern Advantage, the oldest direct-sales company in America, and Partner with Southwestern Consulting. With more than 45 years in sales leadership and marketing management, Dan has a wealth of knowledge to share on how to make better use of time to achieve life, sales, and other business goals. Each week, he interviews some of the nation’s top thought leaders and experts, sharing meaningful tips and advice. Subscribe on iTunes and please leave a rating and review!

 Happy New Year from The Action Catalyst | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 27:30

Happy New Year from The Action Catalyst. This episode is a review of the highlights of 2019. These clips provide inspiration from leaders, authors, entrepreneurs, and more on challenging situations and how to learn and grow from them. Speakers include Kathleen Sarpy, Gloria Mayfield Banks, Todd Duncan, Edie Allen, and Roger Nierenberg.

 Happy New Year from The Action Catalyst: Episode 315 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 27:30

Happy New Year from The Action Catalyst. This episode is a review of the highlights of 2019.   These clips provide inspiration from leaders, authors, entrepreneurs, and more on challenging situations and how to learn and grow from them. Speakers include Kathleen Sarpy, Gloria Mayfield Banks, Todd Duncan, Edie Allen, and Roger Nierenberg.

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