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Operating Out of Greatness with Lolly Daskal – Episode 189 of The Action Catalyst Podcast


Lolly Daskal is one of the most sought-after executive leadership writers in the world. Her extensive cross-cultural expertise spans 14 countries, six languages and hundreds of companies. As founder and CEO of Lead From Within, her proprietary leadership program is engineered to be a catalyst for leaders who want to enhance performance and make a meaningful difference in their companies, their lives, and the world. Based on a mix of modern philosophy, science, and nearly thirty years coaching top executives, Lolly’s perspective on leadership continues to break new ground and produce exceptional results. Of her many awards and accolades, Lolly was designated a Top-50 Leadership and Management Expert by Inc. magazine. Huffington Post honored Lolly with the title of The Most Inspiring Woman in the World. Her writing has appeared in HBR,, Fast Company (Ask The Expert), Huffington Post, and Psychology Today, and others.

Show Highlights:

  • Am I operating out of greatness or am I operating out of the gap?
  • Greatness isn’t a destiny only granted to a few; it is a choice available to everyone. @LollyDaskal
  • Don’t ask “what do I want to do”, instead ask “who do I want to be” @LollyDaskal
  • Who are you being while you are leading and living? @LollyDaskal
  • In order to stand in your greatness, you must own all of who you are. @LollyDaskal
  • Great leaders have the ability to re-think. @LollyDaskal
  • Capabilities plus competence equals confidence. @LollyDaskal
  • Show others the greatness possible in their own lives by operating in your own. @rory_vaden
  • Rory shares 6 traits to know if you’re operating out of greatness.


Let Lolly know you were listening! Send a tweet to her: @LollyDaskal

Lolly’s proprietary insights are the subject of her new book, The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness, and is available for pre-order here.

The Action Catalyst is a weekly podcast hosted by Rory Vaden of Southwestern Consulting every Wednesday. The show is regularly in the Top 25 of Business News Podcasts, has listeners from all around the world and shares “insights and inspiration to help you take action.” Each week Rory shares ideas on how to increase your self-discipline and make better use of your time to help you achieve your goals in life. He also interviews special expert guests and thought leaders. Subscribe on iTunes and please leave a rating and review!

7 Communication Tips That Make Great Leaders


A great leader is a great communicator. 

Yet communication, especially in the sense of public oratory, is in many ways a lost art form among today’s leaders. 

It’s rare that we have a leader that delivers the kind of speech that touches our spirit and inspires us to be better. 

Too often, leaders ride the credence of their position rather than the articulation of their passion when communicating to their teams. 

Here’s 7 practical things leaders can do in their public presentations that will make them more effective with their followers:

1. Tell stories – Your slides are boring. Your numbers are numbing. So instead, tell stories about specific team members or specific customers where things are being done right. That will keep us engaged and listening. 

2. Be Vulnerable – We barely know you. We barely see you. And then you stand on stage in your stodgy suits and tell us facts. What we’d rather hear about is some of your own blunders, some of your own fears, and some of your transparent mistakes. Humanize yourself by connecting with us through “real” feelings you have. 

3. Build Leaders – The fastest way to make us love you is when you celebrate and lift up the other people in our organization that we all respect and love. It helps us trust you when you recognize the people who look after us and when you show that you know who the people are that do the work around here. If you’re really savvy, you’ll build up your leaders in front of us which will make them feel like a million bucks and bond us all together as a team and reinforce our conviction in leadership as a whole. 

4. Show Appreciation – We know you get pressure by the board, our investors or whoever it is that you answer to about hitting our numbers and we expect that some of that pressure will roll down to us. But what would really make us feel awesome – and want to work harder for you – is if you simply said “thank you.” If you can just find some way to let us know that you notice how hard we are all working and that you appreciate the sacrifices we do make, that will go a long way. 

5. Reinforce Principles – Yes we know that if we were good employees we would all have our core values and principles memorized word for word, but hey we forget and let’s be honest we’d rather spend our free brain capacity playing fantasy football and hanging out with our families. So if there is a principle you want to empower us to operate the company by, please talk about it and give examples of how we could execute it. Or better yet, in your explanation of certain decisions or changes that are being made, connect the justification for why back to our core principles. That helps us understand that you really do take them seriously and that we all should too. 

6. Promote Vision – Most of all we need you to remind us why we are all here. Talk to us about what you believe. Tell us how what we do is important and how our individual roles all add up to something greater and more important. And tell us where we are going as a team. We want to be excited about what is ahead and we want to be in on the big picture. 

7. Compel Greatness – Finally, charge us up with a challenge. Send us off on a high. Invite us to accomplish something great. We want to be a part of something big. Show us how we can be. Let us know what you see, what you believe in and what is coming in the future. 

We’re here because we still see the value in what we all do. Be the leader we want to believe in. The better you are at communicating, the easier it is for us to get behind all that you’re talking about. 

Believe in us and we will believe in you. 

Matthew Mayberry: Winning Plays and Game-Changing Goals – Episode 155 of The Action Catalyst Podcast

Matthew Mayberry

Matt Mayberry, a former NFL linebacker for the Chicago Bears, is currently one of the most read columnists for Entrepreneur Magazine, as well as an acclaimed keynote speaker and peak performance strategist. He also writes for Fortune Magazine. As the CEO of Matt Mayberry Enterprises, a training and consulting company, he specializes in maximizing the performance of individuals and organizations all over the world. His book, Winning Plays, comes out September 6, 2016.

Show Highlights:

  • Set one game-changing goal that is going to drastically take your business and life to the next level. @MaTt_MaYbErRy
  • What are you most passionate about and what will give significance to your life? @MaTt_MaYbErRy
  • Success is fulfillment and significance in doing what we want, when we want, with people we love.  @MaTt_MaYbErRy
  • An organization can only become the best version of itself when it’s people become the best version of themselves. @MaTt_MaYbErRy
  • Developing the people is the first step to developing the organization. @MaTt_MaYbErRy
  • Lack of persistence and focus are the two things keeping people from achieving their goals. @MaTt_MaYbErRy
  • Expand your vision for what is possible for your business and your life. @MaTt_MaYbErRy
  • Having a goal is enough to change a person’s life. @rory_vaden
  • The game-changing goal is the one goal that by accomplishing it, you will accomplish your other goals as a byproduct. @rory_vaden
  • Very often it is the decision to do something that is harder than doing the work. @rory_vaden
  • It only takes one moment to decide that who you were yesterday is not the person you’re going to be tomorrow. @rory_vaden
  • The difference between those who achieve their goals and those who don’t. @rory_vaden
  • Improving your situation is much more frequently the byproduct of improving yourself than it is of changing your circumstances. @rory_vaden

To find out more about Matt Mayberry and to pre-order his book, Winning Plays, Visit

The Action Catalyst is a weekly podcast hosted by Rory Vaden of Southwestern Consulting™ every Wednesday. The show is regularly in the Top 25 of Business News Podcasts, has listeners from all around the world and shares “insights and inspiration to help you take action.” Each week Rory shares ideas on how to increase your self-discipline and make better use of your time to help you achieve your goals in life. He also interviews special expert guests and thought leaders. Subscribe on iTunes and please leave a rating and review!

How long are you going to wait?


How Long are you going to wait

What is it going to take to get you to act?

How many days are you going to let pass while you think about your dream but never act on it?

And what exactly are you waiting for?

What if you were the only person who could do what you were designed to do?

What if no one else existed with the capacity and ability to do what you could do?

And what if you missed it?

What if you waited too long?

What if you missed your chance to make a difference?

What if you missed your chance to do the thing that only you could do?

How would that feel?

What would you tell your kids?

What would you tell yourself?

Because that’s how it is.

That is what happens when you don’t act.

That is what happens when you don’t do what you know you should do.

That is what happens when you procrastinate.

Don’t be that person.

Don’t lose that dream.

You were born for greatness.

You were born for a purpose.

You were born with a specific intention for your life laid out by God that no one else can fill.

Today is the day.

Now is the time.

The time to act.

The time to leave fear behind.

The time to do the thing that you know you were meant to do.

The time to make a difference.

Don’t be the one who looks back and says “it’s too late.”

Don’t be the one who says “I wonder if I could’ve.”

Be the one who says I did.

I changed the damn world.

I reshaped the future.

I did what no one else could do.

I made a difference.

I mattered.

I did it.

Is too much self-discipline a bad thing?


I’ve struggled over the years with this very issue, “is too much self-discipline a bad thing?” One interesting dynamic that I’ve discovered in that thought process is that self-discipline (at least according to my definition) seems to be somewhat self-balancing and self-correcting.

The definition I use for self-discipline is “doing things you know you should do but don’t feel like doing.” What I’m noticing though is that once you start doing those things enough (say working out for example) then they become a habit and if that habit goes too far it becomes compulsive (working out all day every day for example).

However, once a discipline has reached the level of an obsession or compulsion the scales then seem to have flipped around because now it’s NOT working out, or at least less working out, that is the thing you know you should be doing but you no longer FEEL like doing because of the compulsion. At the point of compulsion we become obsessed with working out.

So at that point it then requires the discipline to stop doing it or too slow down.  When you put it up to the litmus test with other things like working hard, eating healthy, saving money, or any other task that seems to require discipline initially the same mysterious flip seems to happen and then the discipline required is for re-calibration, re-focusing, and re-balancing. It’s almost as if self-discipline is also self-correcting.

I started 40 lbs overweight. Then worked out constantly. Now I seem to be closer to a happy healthy balance. I worked 80 hours a week and it was my entire focus, now my focus seems to continually be towards working towards reducing the number of hours I work.

I know I have been in situations personally where it was discipline that was required to help me lighten up on myself and not be concerned with perfection.

Weird, huh? Have you found the same to be true in your life? Do you agree with this puzzling dynamic?

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See you in the stairwell,

Rory Vaden
Take the stairs – Success means doing what others won’t.

Powerful Online Listening – The basics of using Tweetdeck

Tweetdeck is a powerful listening tool; Twitter is pretty much useless without Tweetdeck. There are three primary benefits of using this free service:

  1. Tweetdeck allows you to segment all the people you are “following” into smaller sub-categories.
  2. You can monitor what is being said about any specific term such as your name, your company, your industry, etc.
  3. Tweetdeck enables you to learn about any specific topic that you are interested in by again monitoring some specific terms.

Like everything else, it takes discipline to set it up after work hours, discipline to check in on it every so often after work hours, and discipline to contribute to the community regularly (via SocialOomph after work hours).

The first technique is what I call Friend Feeding. It eliminates all the noise of all the people you are following and allows you to target specific types of people that you want to follow up with like Past Clients, Important Prospects, Team Members, Potential Recruits, College Buddies, Industry Experts, family, etc.

The way you do this is to click on the search button at the top (designated by the magnifying glass) and then in the window that pops up select the icon of the three people standing in a line (Group) and then give the group a name. Where it says “filter” type in the Twitter handle (name) of the person you want to add to that group. If you don’t know their Twitter handle, then you might have to go onto and click “find people” and search for the person by name there first. You can add as many people as you like to any group; a brilliant follow up technique which allows you to more effectively manage your communications.

The second technique is what I call Term Targeting. As the name implies you simply create a separate stream that looks for important terms that you should be monitoring. I, of course, monitor terms like discipline, stairs, take the stairs, motivational tips, sales tips, etc. I also monitor my name spelled out, and my twitter handle spelled out (Tweetdeck should come standard with a stream for “mentions” which would be the same as this but I’ve found that it still sometimes misses mentions). In addition, I monitor my various company and brand names and suggest you do the same.

To set this up just click the search button  (magnifying glass) at the top and type in the targeted term you want to monitor. This allows you to monitor what is being said about you and about specific key terms that you want to be “in the know” on.

The List and Learn is done the same as targeting a term but you target a phrase that describes a topic you are wanting to learn about such as Twitter Tips, Discipline Insights, Investment Strategies, SEO Strategy, etc.

In real life it takes discipline to be a great listener. The same is true online. It takes discipline, focus, and resources to be a great listener online and that is what Tweetdeck empowers you to do. The Take the Stairs philosophy applies to the digital world the same as the real world. Oh, and remember the Avatar rule: “If you suck in real life, you will suck online.” :0)



See you in the stairwell,

Rory Vaden
Take the stairs – Success means doing what others won’t.