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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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 What CAN We Do? with Joni Fedders—Episode 297 of The Action Catalyst Podcast | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

As a past business owner, Joni understands the risks, rewards, and challenges that ownership and professional management bring. She had the opportunity at Iams as a Brand Manager to live in a professionally managed organization where she saw first-hand how strategy, strong leadership and culture can fuel a company to do great things. After Iams, Joni co-founded a technology services company and became an Aileron client herself, taking the Course for Presidents, establishing an outside Board of Directors and utilizing strategic planning. The company grew from 2 to 100 employees in five years, was a finalist for the Ernst & Young Cincinnati Entrepreneur of the Year award, and was named by the Cincinnati Business Courier as one of the 25 fastest-growing companies in the region. After selling this business, she and her husband just couldn’t stop and bought a second business in decorative packaging that they operated for seven years before successfully selling. In her role as President, Joni oversees Aileron’s strategic direction, culture, and operational activities. Her leadership and energy inspire and motivate the Aileron team and the community as we strive to raise the quality of life, one private business at a time. Joni was honored with the “Forty Under Forty” award and received her bachelor’s degree in business from Miami University (the real one, in Ohio). She obtained her MBA from Xavier University. As college sweethearts, Joni and her husband Jim have been married for 27 years; they have three great children, a golden retriever and a small mutt who thinks he’s a cross between a mastiff and a pit bull. Family time is a crucial priority for Joni and they enjoy skiing, tubing, running, fishing, sports, eating Chipotle (don’t ask Joni to cook – she can’t), family events and vacations. Show Highlights: It's a whole different ballgame when you can't say, "I don't like the way they're doing things, because they are you." —Joni Fedders It's fascinating how many thoughts we have behind our emotions and actions. —Joni Fedders Thought, Emotion, Action is a powerful, simple tool that helps people make change. —Joni Fedders You hit walls all day long, which is more of a sign of opportunity and learning than anything else. —Joni Fedders We tend to make judgments that are bad, and sometimes they are, but it's more about what can I do in this situation more than what I can't. It's being conscious to what that's telling you. —Joni Fedders Our brains are bad neighborhoods when we're there by ourselves. —Joni Fedders We usually all feel stuck when there are things that are out of our control. —Joni Fedders I'm not sure mediocrity is an option in many places anymore. —Joni Fedders Look at your situation's parallel. How does what I do at home parallel this decision at work? —Joni Fedders Joni's final thoughts: I'm a believer that when you're really stuck, call in some reinforcements. Get people to ask you good questions and shift the perspective. 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!

 What CAN We Do? with Joni Fedders: Episode 297 of The Action Catalyst Podcast | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

As a past business owner, Joni understands the risks, rewards, and challenges that ownership and professional management bring. She had the opportunity at Iams as a Brand Manager to live in a professionally managed organization where she saw first-hand how strategy, strong leadership and culture can fuel a company to do great things. After Iams, Joni co-founded a technology services company and became an Aileron client herself, taking the Course for Presidents, establishing an outside Board of Directors and utilizing strategic planning. The company grew from 2 to 100 employees in five years, was a finalist for the Ernst & Young Cincinnati Entrepreneur of the Year award, and was named by the Cincinnati Business Courier as one of the 25 fastest-growing companies in the region. After selling this business, she and her husband just couldn’t stop and bought a second business in decorative packaging that they operated for seven years before successfully selling. In her role as President, Joni oversees Aileron’s strategic direction, culture, and operational activities. Her leadership and energy inspire and motivate the Aileron team and the community as we strive to raise the quality of life, one private business at a time. Joni was honored with the “Forty Under Forty” award and received her bachelor’s degree in business from Miami University (the real one, in Ohio). She obtained her MBA from Xavier University. As college sweethearts, Joni and her husband Jim have been married for 27 years; they have three great children, a golden retriever and a small mutt who thinks he’s a cross between a mastiff and a pit bull. Family time is a crucial priority for Joni and they enjoy skiing, tubing, running, fishing, sports, eating Chipotle (don’t ask Joni to cook – she can’t), family events and vacations. Show Highlights: * It's a whole different ballgame when you can't say, "I don't like the way they're doing things, because they are you." —Joni Fedders* It's fascinating how many thoughts we have behind our emotions and actions. —Joni Fedders* Thought, Emotion, Action is a powerful, simple tool that helps people make change. —Joni Fedders* You hit walls all day long, which is more of a sign of opportunity and learning than anything else. —Joni Fedders* We tend to make judgments that are bad, and sometimes they are, but it's more about what can I do in this situation more than what I can't. It's being conscious to what that's telling you. —Joni Fedders* Our brains are bad neighborhoods when we're there by ourselves. —Joni Fedders* We usually all feel stuck when there are things that are out of our control. —Joni Fedders* I'm not sure mediocrity is an option in many places anymore. —Joni Fedders* Look at your situation's parallel. How does what I do at home parallel this decision at work? —Joni Fedders Joni's final thoughts: I'm a believer that when you're really stuck, call in some reinforcements. Get people to ask you good questions and shift the perspective. 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!

 A Journey of Self-Healing with Katy Kvalvik—Episode 296 of The Action Catalyst Podcast | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Katy Kvalvik has been inspiring women and men all over the world to be empowered, lead their best lives, and achieve optimal, lasting results since 2009. The Founder and Head of Southwestern Empowerment, Katy is a graduate of UC Berkeley, certified executive coach, board-certified health counselor, certified trainer of Neuro-Linguistic Programming, certified yoga instructor, and business mentor. After suffering two major accidents, rebuilding her body, and deciding that people should not have to suffer the way she did to get answers, she founded the Harmony MethodⓇ, an integrative leadership and total lifestyle system. Katy is an expert in advanced communication skills for high-stake conversations and presentations, influence and negotiation, and leadership development. She also speaks about integrative health, specifically stress reduction, gut health, chronic pain, and chronic fatigue. She has spoken at conferences including Wisdom 2.0, the Hive Global Leadership Conference, NAIFA Sales Conference, and the Wanderlust Festival circuit. She has worked with companies such as Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, Sony, American Express, Beach Body, Singularity University, and tech start-ups like VideoAmp, Pivot Bio, and MediGram to name a few. While she now works with executives, leaders, and creatives to help transform and inspire them to create a positive impact, greater consciousness in their organizations, and achieve optimal business results, she previously was a leader in the medical device industry. There, she successfully ran multimillion-dollar territories, managed teams under high pressure, and was involved in the creation of leadership programs within her companies. Katy is very aware of the challenges today’s executives, entrepreneurs, and innovators face, which is why she has dedicated herself to helping and inspiring leaders all over the world to develop strategies for success and achieve optimal results. For more information, please visit www.SouthwesternEmpowerment.com and www.KatyKvalvik.com. You can also connect with Katy and Southwestern Empowerment on Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn. Show Highlights: Nutrition, fitness, and lifestyle is a huge part of self-leadership and self-management. —Katy Kvalvik The beauty of challenges and struggles is that you learn deeper wisdom about yourself. —Katy Kvalvik You have to go backward to go forward. You're deconstructing to reconstruct. —Katy Kvalvik It's giving yourself space to experiment and learn. It's about slowing down. —Katy Kvalvik If you have high expectations, you'll have high disappointments. —Katy Kvalvik Your life's purpose is what's going to get you out of bed and motivate you. —Katy Kvalvik We need to know how to get sustainable results and how to rest. —Katy Kvalvik Our values create our beliefs system. —Katy Kvalvik Life is going to happen and you're going to be up against a wall. So the question is what are your choices and how do you empower yourself to reevaluate? —Katy Kvalvik Katy's final thoughts: We don't have to be an expert overnight. It's about how we can meet ourselves where we're at and take little steps to gain traction. You can build up confidence and momentum, and you can do amazing things from that. 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!

 A Journey of Self-Healing with Katy Kvalvik: Episode 296 of The Action Catalyst Podcast | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Katy Kvalvik has been inspiring women and men all over the world to be empowered, lead their best lives, and achieve optimal, lasting results since 2009. The Founder and Head of Southwestern Empowerment, Katy is a graduate of UC Berkeley, certified executive coach, board-certified health counselor, certified trainer of Neuro-Linguistic Programming, certified yoga instructor, and business mentor. After suffering two major accidents, rebuilding her body, and deciding that people should not have to suffer the way she did to get answers, she founded the Harmony MethodⓇ, an integrative leadership and total lifestyle system.Katy is an expert in advanced communication skills for high-stake conversations and presentations, influence and negotiation, and leadership development. She also speaks about integrative health, specifically stress reduction, gut health, chronic pain, and chronic fatigue. She has spoken at conferences including Wisdom 2.0, the Hive Global Leadership Conference, NAIFA Sales Conference, and the Wanderlust Festival circuit. She has worked with companies such as Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, Sony, American Express, Beach Body, Singularity University, and tech start-ups like VideoAmp, Pivot Bio, and MediGram to name a few. While she now works with executives, leaders, and creatives to help transform and inspire them to create a positive impact, greater consciousness in their organizations, and achieve optimal business results, she previously was a leader in the medical device industry. There, she successfully ran multimillion-dollar territories, managed teams under high pressure, and was involved in the creation of leadership programs within her companies. Katy is very aware of the challenges today’s executives, entrepreneurs, and innovators face, which is why she has dedicated herself to helping and inspiring leaders all over the world to develop strategies for success and achieve optimal results. For more information, please visit www.SouthwesternEmpowerment.com and www.KatyKvalvik.com. You can also connect with Katy and Southwestern Empowerment on Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn. Show Highlights: * Nutrition, fitness, and lifestyle is a huge part of self-leadership and self-management. —Katy Kvalvik* The beauty of challenges and struggles is that you learn deeper wisdom about yourself. —Katy Kvalvik* You have to go backward to go forward. You're deconstructing to reconstruct. —Katy Kvalvik* It's giving yourself space to experiment and learn. It's about slowing down. —Katy Kvalvik* If you have high expectations, you'll have high disappointments. —Katy Kvalvik* Your life's purpose is what's going to get you out of bed and motivate you. —Katy Kvalvik* We need to know how to get sustainable results and how to rest. —Katy Kvalvik* Our values create our beliefs system. —Katy Kvalvik* Life is going to happen and you're going to be up against a wall. So the question is what are your choices and how do you empower yourself to reevaluate? —Katy Kvalvik Katy's final thoughts: We don't have to be an expert overnight. It's about how we can meet ourselves where we're at and take little steps to gain traction. You can build up confidence and momentum,

 Ultralearning with Scott H. Young—Episode 295 of The Action Catalyst Podcast | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Scott H. Young rose to autodidact stardom when he learned MIT’s 4-year computer science curriculum in less than 12 months. Next, he taught himself four new languages in a year. Such extreme self-improvement projects may seem outside the realm of most of our capabilities, but Young believes that the principles and methods that he and other ultralearners employ are essential tools for anyone who wants a competitive edge in the fast-changing, aggressive workplace. In ULTRALEARNING: Master Hard Skills, Outsmart the Competition, and Accelerate Your Career, Young reveals how basic strategies that he and other ultralearners embrace can give anyone the edge in organizing and executing a plan to learn something new deeply and quickly—and without teachers or tuition. “Although the ultralearners are an extreme group of people, this approach to things holds potential for normal professionals and students,” Young writes. “What if you could create a project to quickly learn the skills to transition to a new role, project, or even profession? … What if you could learn a new language, simulate a university degree program, or become good at something that seems impossible to you right now? Ultralearning isn’t easy. It’s hard and frustrating and requires stretching outside the limits of where you feel comfortable. However, the things you can accomplish make it worth the effort.” Sharing stories from his own experiences and those of other ultralearners he has encountered—as well as such iconic autodidacts as Ben Franklin and Richard Feynman—Young extracts his curriculum for mastery from the ground up. Beginning with a metalearning map that breaks down how a subject works and what kinds of information and skills you need to conquer it, he shows how and where one needs to focus one’s attention. A firm believer in directness—hands-on practice doing rather than mere theory—Young explains the need to identify and drill your weaknesses to bolster retrieval and retention. Applying ultralearning ideals also requires the vulnerably to admit those weaknesses, to seek advice and criticism, and to experiment outside your comfort zone. The more one learns, the greater the craving to learn more, Young says. And the better you get the more you recognize how much better you could become. “ULTRALEARNING is a fascinating and inspiring read,” James Clear writes in his foreword. “Scott has compiled a gold mine of actionable strategies for learning anything faster. His effort is now your gain.” “Ultralearning is like a superpower in our competitive economy,” adds Cal Newport, author of Digital Minimalism and Deep Work. “Read this book! It will change your life.” In our tumultuous age of rapid economic and technological change, ULTRALEARNING provides the ultimate ticket to success. Show Highlights: I say self-directed learning instead of self-education, because in many ways, whether you're sitting in a classroom or you're not, the experience is similar. —Scott H. Young Most of the learning that we do has to occur inside our own heads. What matters is the attitude and the approach you take toward it. —Scott H. Young Focusing too much on talent can be a red herring because it focuses on most of the things you can't control. —Scott H. Young Learning is always a process of being bad at things. You should embrace that and adopt the attitude that it's okay to be bad at things. —Scott H. Young Scott's final thoughts: No matter where you are in life, there's always some project you can tackle now that can give you confidence for other things. 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,

 Ultralearning with Scott H. Young: Episode 295 of The Action Catalyst Podcast | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Scott H. Young rose to autodidact stardom when he learned MIT’s 4-year computer science curriculum in less than 12 months. Next, he taught himself four new languages in a year. Such extreme self-improvement projects may seem outside the realm of most of our capabilities, but Young believes that the principles and methods that he and other ultralearners employ are essential tools for anyone who wants a competitive edge in the fast-changing, aggressive workplace. In ULTRALEARNING: Master Hard Skills, Outsmart the Competition, and Accelerate Your Career, Young reveals how basic strategies that he and other ultralearners embrace can give anyone the edge in organizing and executing a plan to learn something new deeply and quickly—and without teachers or tuition. “Although the ultralearners are an extreme group of people, this approach to things holds potential for normal professionals and students,” Young writes. “What if you could create a project to quickly learn the skills to transition to a new role, project, or even profession? … What if you could learn a new language, simulate a university degree program, or become good at something that seems impossible to you right now? Ultralearning isn’t easy. It’s hard and frustrating and requires stretching outside the limits of where you feel comfortable. However, the things you can accomplish make it worth the effort.” Sharing stories from his own experiences and those of other ultralearners he has encountered—as well as such iconic autodidacts as Ben Franklin and Richard Feynman—Young extracts his curriculum for mastery from the ground up. Beginning with a metalearning map that breaks down how a subject works and what kinds of information and skills you need to conquer it, he shows how and where one needs to focus one’s attention. A firm believer in directness—hands-on practice doing rather than mere theory—Young explains the need to identify and drill your weaknesses to bolster retrieval and retention. Applying ultralearning ideals also requires the vulnerably to admit those weaknesses, to seek advice and criticism, and to experiment outside your comfort zone. The more one learns, the greater the craving to learn more, Young says. And the better you get the more you recognize how much better you could become. “ULTRALEARNING is a fascinating and inspiring read,” James Clear writes in his foreword. “Scott has compiled a gold mine of actionable strategies for learning anything faster. His effort is now your gain.” “Ultralearning is like a superpower in our competitive economy,” adds Cal Newport, author of Digital Minimalism and Deep Work. “Read this book! It will change your life.” In our tumultuous age of rapid economic and technological change, ULTRALEARNING provides the ultimate ticket to success. Show Highlights: * I say self-directed learning instead of self-education, because in many ways, whether you're sitting in a classroom or you're not, the experience is similar. —Scott H. Young* Most of the learning that we do has to occur inside our own heads. What matters is the attitude and the approach you take toward it. —Scott H. Young* Focusing too much on talent can be a red herring because it focuses on most of the things you can't control. —Scott H. Young* Learning is always a process of being bad at things. You should embrace that and adopt the attitude that it's okay to be bad at things. —Scott H. Young Scott's final thoughts: No matter where you are in life, there's always some project you can tackle now that can give you confidence for other things. The Action Catalyst is a weekly podcast hosted by Dan Moore, President of Southwestern Advantage, the oldest direct-sales company in America,

 Reaching for the Stars with Dr. Rhea Seddon—Episode 294 of The Action Catalyst Podcast | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Dr. Rhea Seddon is a woman of many firsts. One of only six women in her medical school class of 100, she was the first woman ever accepted to the surgery residency program at her university. In 1978, she was one of the first six women accepted into the Astronaut Corps, and when she married fellow astronaut Capt. Robert “Hoot” Gibson, they became the first active astronauts to wed. Together they produced the first official “astrotots” (children born to two astronauts). In addition to her space career, Dr. Seddon’s life experiences have led her from surgeon to licensed private pilot, to healthcare executive, entrepreneur, author, president of a large women’s charity group and now, professional speaker. Entering the Astronaut Corps in 1978, she served the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) for nineteen years, spending thirty days in space aboard three Space Shuttle flights. After leaving NASA in 1997, Dr. Seddon was appointed the Assistant Chief Medical Officer of the Vanderbilt University Medical Group in Nashville, where she focused on innovative systems and methodologies for improving teamwork in healthcare. Eleven years later, she continued that work as a founding partner of LifeWings Partners, LLC, which teaches those concepts to healthcare institutions across the United States. She is a member of both the Tennessee Aviation Hall of Fame and Tennessee Women’s Hall of Fame, and her significant contributions to aeronautics and science were recognized in 2015 when she became the eighth woman inducted into the Astronaut Hall of Fame. That year, she also published her autobiography, Go For Orbit, and in 2016, she was awarded the Independent Book Publishers Association Ben Franklin Gold Award for Best Autobiography/Memoir. Based on her diverse life experiences, Dr. Seddon enjoys sharing the wisdom gained and lessons learned as she speaks nationally and internationally about teamwork, leadership and inspiring others to recognize and act upon life’s many opportunities. Show Highlights: I loved being able to have something important I wanted to do, and understand I may never get there, so what knowing I had to figure out Plan B. —Dr. Rhea Seddon It's an obstacle to overcome people's biases about you. —Dr. Rhea Seddon We had to prove ourselves and I think that's something women will always have to do when they do something new or something people think they won't be successful that. —Dr. Rhea Seddon If I persevered and kept trying, I could do things that I never thought I could. —Dr. Rhea Seddon When you have the confidence and have navigated problems in the past, you come out at the end. A lot of times, it has to do with mentors or a bucket list you might have. There are a lot of ways people can get past what, at the time, looks like an insurmountable barrier. But you have to give it time. —Dr. Rhea Seddon When you're having difficulty, you just put one foot in front of the other until you come out on the other side. —Dr. Rhea Seddon It has never occurred to me to be mediocre. My father always encouraged me to do what I wanted but he also told me to be good at it. To do your best. —Dr. Rhea Seddon I always tell fathers of daughters how important they are in their daughter's lives. —Dr. Rhea Seddon I hope to be able to inspire people until I'm very old. —Dr. Rhea Seddon Dr. Seddon's final thoughts: When you're discouraged, I think it's really helpful to have other people to lift you up and remind you that everyone has a contribution in this world and talents. Sometimes you can't walk that path all by yourself and you have to find people to help you get through it. The Action Catalyst is a weekly podcast hosted by Dan Moore, President of Southwestern Advantage, the oldest direct-sales company in America,

 Reaching for the Stars with Dr. Rhea Seddon: Episode 294 of The Action Catalyst Podcast | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Dr. Rhea Seddon is a woman of many firsts. One of only six women in her medical school class of 100, she was the first woman ever accepted to the surgery residency program at her university. In 1978, she was one of the first six women accepted into the Astronaut Corps, and when she married fellow astronaut Capt. Robert “Hoot” Gibson, they became the first active astronauts to wed. Together they produced the first official “astrotots” (children born to two astronauts). In addition to her space career, Dr. Seddon’s life experiences have led her from surgeon to licensed private pilot, to healthcare executive, entrepreneur, author, president of a large women’s charity group and now, professional speaker. Entering the Astronaut Corps in 1978, she served the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) for nineteen years, spending thirty days in space aboard three Space Shuttle flights. After leaving NASA in 1997, Dr. Seddon was appointed the Assistant Chief Medical Officer of the Vanderbilt University Medical Group in Nashville, where she focused on innovative systems and methodologies for improving teamwork in healthcare. Eleven years later, she continued that work as a founding partner of LifeWings Partners, LLC, which teaches those concepts to healthcare institutions across the United States. She is a member of both the Tennessee Aviation Hall of Fame and Tennessee Women’s Hall of Fame, and her significant contributions to aeronautics and science were recognized in 2015 when she became the eighth woman inducted into the Astronaut Hall of Fame. That year, she also published her autobiography, Go For Orbit, and in 2016, she was awarded the Independent Book Publishers Association Ben Franklin Gold Award for Best Autobiography/Memoir. Based on her diverse life experiences, Dr. Seddon enjoys sharing the wisdom gained and lessons learned as she speaks nationally and internationally about teamwork, leadership and inspiring others to recognize and act upon life’s many opportunities. Show Highlights: * I loved being able to have something important I wanted to do, and understand I may never get there, so what knowing I had to figure out Plan B. —Dr. Rhea Seddon* It's an obstacle to overcome people's biases about you. —Dr. Rhea Seddon* We had to prove ourselves and I think that's something women will always have to do when they do something new or something people think they won't be successful that. —Dr. Rhea Seddon* If I persevered and kept trying, I could do things that I never thought I could. —Dr. Rhea Seddon* When you have the confidence and have navigated problems in the past, you come out at the end. A lot of times, it has to do with mentors or a bucket list you might have. There are a lot of ways people can get past what, at the time, looks like an insurmountable barrier. But you have to give it time. —Dr. Rhea Seddon* When you're having difficulty, you just put one foot in front of the other until you come out on the other side. —Dr. Rhea Seddon* It has never occurred to me to be mediocre. My father always encouraged me to do what I wanted but he also told me to be good at it. To do your best. —Dr. Rhea Seddon* I always tell fathers of daughters how important they are in their daughter's lives. —Dr. Rhea Seddon* I hope to be able to inspire people until I'm very old. —Dr. Rhea Seddon Dr. Seddon's final thoughts: When you're discouraged, I think it's really helpful to have other people to lift you up and remind you that everyone has a contribution in this world and talents. Sometimes you can't walk that path all by yourself and you have to find people to help you get through ...

 Being Genuine, Authentic, and Transparent with Kathleen Sarpy—Episode 293 of The Action Catalyst Podcast | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

For more than 25 years, Kathleen Kenehan Sarpy has enjoyed a diverse career in public relations and marketing, working with the world’s most recognizable brands, as well as driven start-ups and non-profits. With unrivaled energy and enthusiasm, Kathleen expertly connects people, events, and ideas to generate a meaningful and lasting impact. A former senior leader at the world’s leading PR firm, Kathleen left “big agency” life behind in January 2001 after the birth of her first child to launch her own shop alone in her suburban basement. Her goal: Offer world-class strategy and creativity to the world’s most respected companies by eliminating bureaucracy and without ever sacrificing kindness. Nearly 20 years later, Kathleen manages more than 40 staffers in a vibrant downtown office overlooking the Chicago River, and she’s never lost sight of her five core values that remain the cornerstone of her business: kindness, creativity, passion, hustle, and integrity. Agency H5 has been recognized alongside the best firms in the country, winning National Small Agency of the Year and Best Place to Work by PR News multiple times. Her value-driven agency ranked #11 among Top Company Culture’s in America by Entrepreneur.com and has been recognized as a Best Place to Work by Crain’s Chicago Business both in 2018 and 2019. Personally, Kathleen has been named PR Professional of the Year by PRSA Chicago and nationally among Top Women in PR by PR News. She’s regularly featured as an expert voice on outlets like NBC (including “Today”), CBS Chicago, PR News and PR Week. Believing that life teaches you lessons that must be shared to inspire and empower others, she frequently contributes to NBC.com’s BETTER platform on topics ranging from entrepreneurship to motherhood. A fierce advocate for kindness in the workplace, she also has contributed to several books on the topic including Kindness in Leadership (Gay Haskins, 2018), Chicago Lights (Abigail Zoe Martin, 2018) and the upcoming Culture Stories from Inspiring Leaders (Greg Besner, 2020). Leading with kindness beyond office walls as well, Kathleen proudly supports philanthropies including Breakthrough Urban Ministries, Enchanted Backpack, the Joffrey Ballet's Women's Board, and United Way of Metropolitan Chicago’s Women’s Leadership Council. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Purdue University, she founded the International Council of Purdue Women in 2017 to engage and inspire 200,000 alumnae worldwide. However, her biggest and proudest achievement to date is being a wife and mother of six incredible children ages 19-10. She resides in Wheaton, Illinois with her husband Chris, a bustling household of kids, and an uncooperative English Bulldog named Hope. Show Highlights When I became a mother, my path changed. —Kathleen Sarpy Change is the one thing that's constant in life. It sounds like an oxymoron, but change is constant. It's how you anchor yourself that really matters. —Kathleen Sarpy Resilience is something I think a leader needs. Through a series of events, I was being taught to keep getting back up and dusting myself off. —Kathleen Sarpy When you're going through something hard, people often focus on the storm, but there's a reason for the rain. It's to create an opportunity for growth. —Kathleen Sarpy In order for the world to work, you can't always be a giver. You have to learn how to receive. —Kathleen Sarpy You can choose to be bitter about your circumstances or you can choose to be better. —Kathleen Sarpy Being transparent as a leader is important. —Kathleen Sarpy As a mother and a leader, it's important to show my truth so that when other people go through it, it's not as scary. —Kathleen Sarpy You can always look for something you can do to be more kind, have more transparency, or be more passionate in some way.

 Being Authentic, Genuine, and Transparent with Kathleen Sarpy: Episode 293 of The Action Catalyst Podcast | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

For more than 25 years, Kathleen Kenehan Sarpy has enjoyed a diverse career in public relations and marketing, working with the world’s most recognizable brands, as well as driven start-ups and non-profits. With unrivaled energy and enthusiasm, Kathleen expertly connects people, events, and ideas to generate a meaningful and lasting impact. A former senior leader at the world’s leading PR firm, Kathleen left “big agency” life behind in January 2001 after the birth of her first child to launch her own shop alone in her suburban basement. Her goal: Offer world-class strategy and creativity to the world’s most respected companies by eliminating bureaucracy and without ever sacrificing kindness. Nearly 20 years later, Kathleen manages more than 40 staffers in a vibrant downtown office overlooking the Chicago River, and she’s never lost sight of her five core values that remain the cornerstone of her business: kindness, creativity, passion, hustle, and integrity. Agency H5 has been recognized alongside the best firms in the country, winning National Small Agency of the Year and Best Place to Work by PR News multiple times. Her value-driven agency ranked #11 among Top Company Culture’s in America by Entrepreneur.com and has been recognized as a Best Place to Work by Crain’s Chicago Business both in 2018 and 2019. Personally, Kathleen has been named PR Professional of the Year by PRSA Chicago and nationally among Top Women in PR by PR News. She’s regularly featured as an expert voice on outlets like NBC (including “Today”), CBS Chicago, PR News and PR Week. Believing that life teaches you lessons that must be shared to inspire and empower others, she frequently contributes to NBC.com’s BETTER platform on topics ranging from entrepreneurship to motherhood. A fierce advocate for kindness in the workplace, she also has contributed to several books on the topic including: Kindness in Leadership (Gay Haskins, 2018), Chicago Lights (Abigail Zoe Martin, 2018) and the upcoming Culture Stories from Inspiring Leaders (Greg Besner, 2020). Leading with kindness beyond office walls as well, Kathleen proudly supports philanthropies including Breakthrough Urban Ministries, Enchanted Backpack, the Joffrey Ballet's Women's Board, and United Way of Metropolitan Chicago’s Women’s Leadership Council. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Purdue University, she founded the International Council of Purdue Women in 2017 to engage and inspire 200,000 alumnae worldwide. However, her biggest and proudest achievement to date is being a wife and mother of six incredible children ages 19-10. She resides in Wheaton, Illinois with her husband Chris, a bustling household of kids and an uncooperative English Bulldog named Hope. Show Highlights * When I became a mother, my path changed. —Kathleen Sarpy* Change is the one thing that's constant in life. It sounds like an oxymoron, but change is constant. It's how you anchor yourself that really matters. —Kathleen Sarpy* Resilience is something I think a leader needs. Through a series of events, I was being taught to keep getting back up and dusting myself off. —Kathleen Sarpy* When you're going through something hard, people often focus on the storm, but there's a reason for the rain. It's to create an opportunity for growth. —Kathleen Sarpy* In order for the world to work, you can't always be a giver. You have to learn how to receive. —Kathleen Sarpy* You can choose to be bitter about your circumstances or you can choose to be better. —Kathleen Sarpy* Being transparent as a leader is important.

 Passion and The Mirror with Ira Blumenthal—Episode 292 of The Action Catalyst Podcast | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Considered a modern-day business “Renaissance Man,” Ira Blumenthal was the founder and president of CO-OPPORTUNITIES, Inc., an Atlanta-based consulting company that has counseled world-class clients such as Coca-Cola, Nestle, Kroger, McDonald’s, Harrah’s, American Airlines, Disney, United Artists, Marriott, Exxon, Walmart and others in areas related to “branding,” “strategic alliances,” “change management,” “reinvention,” and “business development.” Noteworthy, Ira has the proud distinction of being the single-longest continually retained consultant in The Coca-Cola Company’s history (26 years). In early 2019, Ira aligned with Southwestern Family of Companies in a dual role… Co-President (and Co-Founder) of The Pat Summitt Leadership Group and President of Southwestern Impact, A “Venture Catalyst.” Ira is a published author. His successful first book, Ready, Blame, Fire! (Myths and Misses in Marketing) was followed by the nationally acclaimed Managing Brand You, published by The American Management Association and printed in two languages and audio (www.ManagingBrandYou.com). It focuses on personal branding. Ira is the recipient of the prestigious “George Washington Honor Medal for Literary Excellence” (The Freedoms Foundation). In June 2019, Ira’s newest book, Your Best Is Next was launched. The former host of a popular radio talk show, “Success Talk,” Ira has interviewed “success stories” such as General Colin Powell, Mario Andretti, Tommy Lasorda, Debbi Fields, Dr. Richard Carlson, and other notables. He has been a visiting professor at The University of Notre Dame and Michigan State University and was the inaugural Executive-In-Residence at Georgia State University’s School of Hospitality. Before founding CO-OPPORTUNITIES, Inc., Ira was a division CMO at The Sara Lee Corporation and then served as President of Rymer Foods, a NYSE public corporation he led to quantum leap growth from $90 million to well over $250 million in three-plus years. He is the recipient of the highest honor in the food business, “The Key Person Award,” and has been honored with numerous civic and professional awards and has been on a number of boards. These days, Ira delivers over 40 speeches annually and has delivered over 2500 in his career to well over 1.2-million people on five continents. He has served as the “speaking opener” for the likes of President George Bush Sr., General Colin Powell, Lech Walesa, the late Pakistani President Benazir Bhutto, Henry Kissinger, Tommy Lasorda, Cal Ripken Jr., Bob Dole, and others. Highly respected as a business development and branding expert, to include “personal branding,” Ira has been quoted and featured as a “subject matter expert” in numerous media sources such as The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, CNN, BrandWeek, Entrepreneur Magazine, Executive Excellence, Marketing News, and more. He has also done work with and for high-profile icons such as Zsa Zsa Gabor, Steven Tyler (Aerosmith), the estate of the late Pat Summitt, media mogul Ted Turner, and others. With his friend Aerosmith lead singer, Steven Tyler, in collaboration with Youth Villages, Ira was a co-founder of “Janie’s Fund” (www.janiesfund.org), a philanthropic organization that provides help to “at-risk girls.” Ira also sits on the board of BLAZE Sports, the legacy Paralympic organization as well as on the advisory council of the Global Restaurant Leadership Conference (Dubai). On a personal note, Ira is a tireless community activist and youth coach (coached both state and national championship teams). He was a highly acclaimed collegiate athlete and also competed internationally. Early in his career, Ira coached football and lacrosse at Towson University. Originally from New York, Ira lives in Atlanta, GA, with his red-headed Missouri bride, Kim. They have been married 37 years. He is the father of two daughters, three sons,

 Passion and the Mirror with Ira Blumenthal: Episode 292 of The Action Catalyst Podcast | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Considered a modern-day business “Renaissance Man,” Ira Blumenthal was the founder and president of CO-OPPORTUNITIES, Inc., an Atlanta-based consulting company that has counseled world-class clients such as Coca-Cola, Nestle, Kroger, McDonald’s, Harrah’s, American Airlines, Disney, United Artists, Marriott, Exxon, Walmart and others in areas related to “branding,” “strategic alliances,” “change management,” “reinvention,” and “business development.” Noteworthy, Ira has the proud distinction of being the single-longest continually retained consultant in The Coca-Cola Company’s history (26 years). In early 2019, Ira aligned with Southwestern Family of Companies in a dual role… Co-President (and Co-Founder) of The Pat Summitt Leadership Group and President of Southwestern Impact, A “Venture Catalyst.” Ira is a published author. His successful first book, Ready, Blame, Fire! (Myths and Misses in Marketing) was followed by the nationally acclaimed Managing Brand You, published by The American Management Association and printed in two languages and audio (www.ManagingBrandYou.com). It focuses on personal branding. Ira is the recipient of the prestigious “George Washington Honor Medal for Literary Excellence” (The Freedoms Foundation). In June 2019, Ira’s newest book, Your Best Is Next was launched. The former host of a popular radio talk show, “Success Talk,” Ira has interviewed “success stories” such as General Colin Powell, Mario Andretti, Tommy Lasorda, Debbi Fields, Dr. Richard Carlson, and other notables. He has been a visiting professor at The University of Notre Dame and Michigan State University and was the inaugural Executive-In-Residence at Georgia State University’s School of Hospitality. Before founding CO-OPPORTUNITIES, Inc., Ira was a division CMO at The Sara Lee Corporation and then served as President of Rymer Foods, an NYSE public corporation he led to quantum leap growth from $90 million to well over $250 million in three-plus years. He is the recipient of the highest honor in the food business, “The Key Person Award,” and has been honored with numerous civic and professional awards and has been on a number of boards. These days, Ira delivers over 40 speeches annually and has delivered over 2500 in his career to well over 1.2-million people on five continents. He has served as the “speaking opener” for the likes of President George Bush Sr., General Colin Powell, Lech Walesa, the late Pakistani President Benazir Bhutto, Henry Kissinger, Tommy Lasorda, Cal Ripken Jr., Bob Dole, and others. Highly respected as a business development and branding expert, to include “personal branding,” Ira has been quoted and featured as a “subject matter expert” in numerous media sources such as The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, CNN, BrandWeek, Entrepreneur Magazine, Executive Excellence, Marketing News, and more. He has also done work with and for high-profile icons such as Zsa Zsa Gabor, Steven Tyler (Aerosmith), the estate of the late Pat Summitt, media mogul Ted Turner, and others. With his friend Aerosmith lead singer, Steven Tyler, in collaboration with Youth Villages, Ira was a co-founder of “Janie’s Fund” (www.janiesfund.org), a philanthropic organization that provides help to “at-risk girls.” Ira also sits on the board of BLAZE Sports, the legacy Paralympic organization as well as on the advisory council of the Global Restaurant Leadership Conference (Dubai). On a personal note,

 Patience and Kindness Toward Yourself with Roger Nierenberg—Episode 291 of The Action Catalyst | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

American conductor Roger Nierenberg is the creator of The Music Paradigm which has brought him to the podium of The London Philharmonic, The Residentie Orkest, The New Zealand Symphony, The National Symphony, the symphony orchestras of Pittsburgh, Atlanta, and Baltimore. He has collaborated with musicians from more than one hundred orchestras around the world. Nierenberg enjoyed long tenures as Music Director of both The Jacksonville Symphony (Florida) and the Stamford Symphony (Connecticut). His career began with an auspicious debut at Lincoln Center with the Pro Arte Chorale and subsequent performances at the Mostly Mozart Festival. Numerous guest conducting engagements followed with many of the great American orchestras, including the symphony orchestras of Austin, Baltimore, Charleston, Columbus, Detroit, Indianapolis, Kansas City, New Jersey, San Diego, St. Louis, and Utah, as well as New York’s American Symphony Orchestra, Washington D.C.’s National Symphony Orchestra, the Buffalo Philharmonic, and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Abroad, he has recorded with the London Philharmonic and has conducted concerts at the Prague Spring Festival with the Czech Radio Orchestra and at the Beijing Festival with the Shanghai Broadcasting Symphony Orchestra. Other performances include engagements with the London Mozart Players, Mexico’s National Symphony Orchestra, the Nova Scotia Symphony, and the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra. Nierenberg has conducted operatic performances with the Opera Theatre of St. Louis, the Chautauqua Opera, the American Opera Center at Lincoln Center and opera in concert with the Dallas Opera (with Frederica von Stade) and the Santa Barbara Symphony (with Ms. Von Stade and Thomas Hampson). He has appeared at numerous summer festivals including the Tanglewood Institute, the Grand Teton Music Festival, the Colorado Festival, the National Repertory Orchestra, and the Madeira Bach Festival. The Music Paradigm is a powerful learning experience that uses symphonic music to illuminate compelling insights about people at work. Participants are seated directly amongst the orchestra musicians where they gain fresh understandings about the opportunities and challenges faced by their own organization. Over the past twenty years, Nierenberg has presented to hundreds of different organizations, from civic groups to Fortune 500 companies, in two dozen different countries. Show Highlights I don't have a single mentor, but there are many many people who I've learned from. Both musicians and businesspeople —Roger Nierenberg As a conductor, you get a lot of feedback instantaneously, so you see the impact of your leadership in real time, and you have time to contemplate why did that not work or why did that work? —Roger Nierenberg You want people who believe in themselves and have strong ideas, so you have to view big egos as an asset. The challenge is to get them to buy in and understand the big picture. —Roger Nierenberg It's not about me, it's about them. I'm an agent in helping businesses collaborate. I help people expand their circle of awareness. —Roger Nierenberg Challenges are an inevitable part of life. It happens to everyone. When it happens, don't feel like it's the end of the world, this is part of the process of making something good. —Roger Nierenberg It will likely take time to learn lessons from a setback. Allow yourself that time and the space to be curious. —Roger Nierenberg When something goes wrong, the first thing to ask is "what happened?" The second thing is, "What role did I play?" —Roger Nierenberg I look for opportunities to grow and they're abundant. I stay alert for that and that's a good attitude. —Roger Nierenberg If you want to keep mental acuity growing, study a musical instrument. And do it as an adult. —Roger Nierenberg

 Patience and Kindness Toward Yourself with Roger Nierenberg: Episode 291 of The Action Catalyst Podcast | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

American conductor Roger Nierenberg is the creator of The Music Paradigm which has brought him to the podium of The London Philharmonic, The Residentie Orkest, The New Zealand Symphony, The National Symphony, the symphony orchestras of Pittsburgh, Atlanta, and Baltimore. He has collaborated with musicians from more than one hundred orchestras around the world. Nierenberg enjoyed long tenures as Music Director of both The Jacksonville Symphony (Florida) and the Stamford Symphony (Connecticut). His career began with an auspicious debut at Lincoln Center with the Pro Arte Chorale and subsequent performances at the Mostly Mozart Festival. Numerous guest conducting engagements followed with many of the great American orchestras, including the symphony orchestras of Austin, Baltimore, Charleston, Columbus, Detroit, Indianapolis, Kansas City, New Jersey, San Diego, St. Louis, and Utah, as well as New York’s American Symphony Orchestra, Washington D.C.’s National Symphony Orchestra, the Buffalo Philharmonic, and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Abroad, he has recorded with the London Philharmonic and has conducted concerts at the Prague Spring Festival with the Czech Radio Orchestra and at the Beijing Festival with the Shanghai Broadcasting Symphony Orchestra. Other performances include engagements with the London Mozart Players, Mexico’s National Symphony Orchestra, the Nova Scotia Symphony, and the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra.Nierenberg has conducted operatic performances with the Opera Theatre of St. Louis, the Chautauqua Opera, the American Opera Center at Lincoln Center and opera in concert with the Dallas Opera (with Frederica von Stade) and the Santa Barbara Symphony (with Ms. Von Stade and Thomas Hampson). He has appeared at numerous summer festivals including the Tanglewood Institute, the Grand Teton Music Festival, the Colorado Festival, the National Repertory Orchestra, and the Madeira Bach Festival. The Music Paradigm is a powerful learning experience that uses symphonic music to illuminate compelling insights about people at work. Participants are seated directly amongst the orchestra musicians where they gain fresh understandings about the opportunities and challenges faced by their own organization. Over the past twenty years, Nierenberg has presented to hundreds of different organizations, from civic groups to Fortune 500 companies, in two dozen different countries. Show Highlights * I don't have a single mentor, but there are many many people who I've learned from. Both musicians and businesspeople —Roger Nierenberg* As a conductor, you get a lot of feedback instantaneously, so you see the impact of your leadership in real time, and you have time to contemplate why did that not work or why did that work? —Roger Nierenberg* You want people who believe in themselves and have strong ideas, so you have to view big egos as an asset. The challenge is to get them to buy in and understand the big picture. —Roger Nierenberg * It's not about me, it's about them. I'm an agent in helping businesses collaborate. I help people expand their circle of awareness. —Roger Nierenberg* Challenges are an inevitable part of life. It happens to everyone. When it happens, don't feel like it's the end of the world, this is part of the process of making something good. —Roger Nierenberg* It will likely take time to learn lessons from a setback. Allow yourself that time and the space to be curious. —Roger Nierenberg * When something goes wrong, the first thing to ask is "what happened?" The second thing is, "What role did I play?" —Roger Nierenberg * I look for opportunities to grow and they're abundant. I stay alert for that and that's a good attitude. —Roger Nierenberg* If you want to keep mental acuity growing, study a musical instrument. And do it as an adult.

 Pivoting, Perspective, and Progress with Todd Duncan—Episode 290 of The Action Catalyst Podcast | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Todd Duncan is a sales entrepreneur who has taught and mentored over 3 million students around the globe in real estate, mortgage, banking, and financial services. In his first career move, he became a real estate broker and licensed loan originator, successfully negotiating and financing over 5,000 real estate transactions in 12 years. He then took that success and launched The High Trust Company with a vision of transforming how sales professionals build high-performing real estate and mortgage practices. Duncan has spent his life teaching and equipping professionals with the power of HIGH TRUST as the key catalyst in achieving their personal and professional dreams. As the leading authority on trust, he helps business professionals accelerate emotional connection with clients, increasing conversion and setting the client up for a lifetime of loyalty. Duncan is a highly sought after, game-changing speaker, presenting solutions for the real-life challenges business professionals face daily and giving them vision, confidence, and a plan to get more out of business and life! His mantra is: trust yourself, your relationships, your faith, and your future. When you do that, you set in motion a universe of possibilities. He is the author of 17 books, including the New York Times Best-sellers, Time Traps: Proven Strategies for Swamped Sales People and his game-changing book High Trust Selling: Make More Money in Less Time with Less Stress. Todd has been featured in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Sydney Morning Herald, The Los Angeles Times, The Daily Telegraph, The Seattle Times, Entrepreneur Magazine, SUCCESS Magazine, FOX, and CNN amongst other media sites and publications. Show Highlights Whatever you think the future is going to look like, it's going to be different. Pivoting is an art. Write your plans in pencil and prepare to pivot. —Todd Duncan If we're above ground and still moving, we have a purpose. No matter how bad life gets, if you don't pivot, you die. —Todd Duncan The very same fear that can be negative can also be exciting. —Todd Duncan The key to life is perspective. When good things happen, what is your perspective around gratitude? When you make mistakes, the perspective is what is good about this? As long as you're walking on this earth, mistakes will be made. —Todd Duncan Celebrate the mistake, then turn it into a lesson as fast as possible. —Todd Duncan Any time we have a "brick wall" experience where something happens that stops us in our tracks, the first step is that we can't retreat. There must be a willingness to go forward. —Todd Duncan Be more concerned with your direction in life than you perfection in life. There's no such thing as a perfect life. —Todd Duncan The bigger the dreams, the more adversity. —Todd Duncan Our life is a response to circumstances. —Todd Duncan Todd's final thoughts: So many of our life choices give our life life, or they rob us of life. We have to understand there's only two outcomes: I wish I had, or I'm glad I did. 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!

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