From Embers To Excellence™

David R. Hollenbach, III

The goal of any leader is to ensure the success of their people. It is who we believe ourselves to be, who we are at our core that we must strengthen in order to take on life’s obstacles. It is what fills our innermost sphere. It is what allows us to expand or dictates the contraction of our sphere of influence. It is what gives us strength when we fail and when we encounter the inevitable hardships of life. Your personal philosophy on life, your beliefs, are what shapes how you view yourself. Remember the Oracle at Delphi’s maxim, “Know Thyself.” Who are you and what do you stand for? What gives your life meaning? Every episode a proven leader is interviewed to uncover their personal experiences in leadership development, lessons learned, and failures that led to important growth. https://www.hollenbachleadership.com/ https://www.facebook.com/DavidHollenbachConsulting/ https://www.instagram.com/hollenbach_consulting/ https://twitter.com/HollenbachLEAD?s=03 http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqYRfs5COptP-V3VmREi0bA https://www.linkedin.com/in/dave-hollenbach-mpa-54713a7a/ read less
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Episodes

Unlock Leadership Excellence with Stephen M. R. Covey
Jan 12 2024
Unlock Leadership Excellence with Stephen M. R. Covey
In this eye-opening episode, join us as Dave Hollenbach, your trusted host for "From Embers to Excellence," engages in a riveting conversation with Stephen M. R. Covey, the acclaimed New York Times and #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author.Discover the insights from Stephen's groundbreaking books, including "The Speed of Trust" and the recently released Wall Street Journal bestseller, "Trust & Inspire: How Truly Great Leaders Unleash Greatness in Others."Stephen brings a wealth of practical experience, having served as the former President & CEO of the Covey Leadership Center, where he transformed the organization into the largest leadership development firm globally. As a Harvard MBA and leader of FranklinCovey’s Global Speed of Trust Practice, his expertise is unparalleled.Key Discussion Points:Shifting Leadership Paradigms: Explore the transformative journey from "command and control" to "trust and inspire" leadership and how it fuels increased productivity and cultivates an enriched company culture.Cultivating Trust in the Changing Workplace: Uncover actionable strategies for leaders to build and nurture trust in dynamic and evolving work environments.Innovation in High Trust Cultures: Learn why trust is the cornerstone of fostering a culture of excellence.Don't miss this opportunity to gain invaluable insights into leadership excellence and trust-building from a true thought leader, Stephen M. R. Covey.About the Host: Dave Hollenbach, your guide on the journey "From Embers to Excellence," steers the conversation towards unlocking the secrets of leadership, with a focus on achieving excellence in every aspect.
From Army Officer to Leadership Guru: The Inspiring Journey of LTC Oak McCulloch | Military Service, Disaster Relief, and the Art of Leadership
Jan 5 2024
From Army Officer to Leadership Guru: The Inspiring Journey of LTC Oak McCulloch | Military Service, Disaster Relief, and the Art of Leadership
Explore the extraordinary journey of LTC Oak McCulloch, a seasoned Army veteran and accomplished leader, in this captivating video. Born in Loudon, Tennessee, and raised in Kirkland, Illinois, Oak's path led him through the prestigious United States Military Academy at West Point, where he began his military journey.Over a 23-year career, LTC McCulloch served in various leadership roles in the Infantry and Armor branches, contributing to disaster relief efforts during Hurricane HUGO and Hurricane ANDREW. His operational deployments took him to Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Bosnia, and Kosovo, shaping his expertise in military strategy.Following his retirement from the Army in 2009, Oak transitioned to civilian life, making a significant impact as the Associate Director at the Bay Area Food Bank during the BP oil spill. His commitment to service extended to roles as Vice Chair for Military Affairs at the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce and as a member of the Mobile Rotary International Club.In 2010, LTC McCulloch took on the role of Recruiting Officer for the Eagle Battalion Army ROTC program at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Over 15 years, he transformed the program, earning recognition as the top recruiting officer in 2019 out of 274 recruiters.Beyond his achievements, Oak McCulloch is the author of "Your Leadership Legacy: Becoming the Leader You Were Meant to Be," published in February 2021. His educational background includes a Bachelor of Science in History from Northern Illinois University and a Master of Military Arts and Science from the United States Army Command and General Staff College.Throughout his military career, LTC McCulloch earned thirty-one military service awards, including the Bronze Star, eight Meritorious Service Medals, and the Humanitarian Service Medal. Join us in celebrating the remarkable life and accomplishments of LTC Oak McCulloch, a true leader and inspiration to many.
Unveiling the Journey with Steve Mellor
Nov 7 2023
Unveiling the Journey with Steve Mellor
Dive into the transformative journey of Steve Mellor, a former Olympic Swim Coach, as he unravels the secrets of success and unleashes the potential of individuals and organizations through his company, Career Competitor. With a rich background in coaching elite performers within high-performance environments, Steve has honed his expertise over nearly two decades, offering invaluable insights as an executive coach, culture consultant, speaker, and author.Hailing from England, Steve Mellor, a former top-50 world-ranked swimmer, brings a unique blend of competitive spirit and compassion to his coaching, nurturing individuals and teams to reach unprecedented heights of success. As a husband, father, and lifelong competitor, Steve embodies the ethos of his brand, Career Competitor, fueling the fire within every individual to realize their untapped potential.In this compelling episode of From Embers to Excellence, esteemed show host Dave Hollenbach delves into the dynamic world of high-performance coaching, unveiling the strategies and mindsets that drive individuals and organizations from mere embers to the pinnacle of excellence. Discover the essence of unlocking your true capabilities as Steve Mellor shares his invaluable wisdom, guiding you to become the career competitor you were destined to be. Don't miss this exhilarating episode as we explore the path from embers to excellence with the remarkable Steve Mellor.Steve@careercompetitor.com or call 225-573-2262Subscribe now to our channel for more empowering insights and leadership excellence.#LeadershipExcellence #CareerCompetitor #FromEmberstoExcellence #SteveMellor #DaveHollenbach
Professional MMA Fighter Nicholas McCarty | From Embers to Excellence: A Journey of Leadership and Discipline in the Fighter's World
Oct 21 2023
Professional MMA Fighter Nicholas McCarty | From Embers to Excellence: A Journey of Leadership and Discipline in the Fighter's World
Join us for an insightful conversation with professional MMA fighter Nicholas McCarty as he sits down with the host Dave Hollenbach on the latest episode of From Embers to Excellence. In this episode, they delve into the captivating story of Nick's life, chronicling his journey from the struggles of life to excellence both inside the cage and on the BJJ mat.With a focus on drive, self-leadership, and unwavering discipline, Nicholas McCarty shares the lessons he's learned and the challenges he's conquered in his pursuit of greatness within the fiercely competitive world of professional fighting. Discover the secrets behind what it truly means to be a leader in the realm of professional fighting and how one can maintain a steadfast commitment to excellence.Tune in to gain invaluable insights into the mindset and principles that have propelled Nicholas McCarty toward his aspirations of one day being at the top of the MMA world. Get inspired by his resilience and determination, and learn how to apply these principles to your own life's pursuits.Don't miss this compelling conversation on leadership excellence and the extraordinary path to success in the world of professional fighting. Hit the like button, subscribe, and turn on the notification bell to stay updated on the latest episodes of From Embers to Excellence hosted by Dave Hollenbach.
Interview with William E. Sturgeon, MPA- Senior Associate with Fitch and Associates
Aug 31 2023
Interview with William E. Sturgeon, MPA- Senior Associate with Fitch and Associates
During his distinguished 35-year public safety career, William E. Sturgeon, (Bill), MPA, CPM, EFO, EMT-P, ICMA-CM, has served volunteer, military, municipal, and county fire rescue organizations and held many titles including: Firefighter/Paramedic, Aircraft Crash Rescue Firefighter, Flight Paramedic, Hazardous Materials and Technical Rescue Specialist, EMS Supervisor, Instructor, Company Officer, Shift Safety Officer, Battalion Chief, Assistant Chief, Division chief, Fire Chief and City Manager. In 2007, as the Accreditation Manager for Orange County Fire Rescue (OCFRD) Florida, he successfully led OCFRD to CFAI accreditation.In 2013, Bill was appointed as the Assistant Fire Chief for St. Cloud Fire Rescue and six months later he was appointed to the Fire Chief’s Position, where he took his vast experience and diverse knowledge to transform St. Cloud Fire Rescue into a modern fire rescue department.  From July 2017 until August 2022, he served as the City Manager where he oversaw a $209M budget and 755 employees of the ninth fastest growing City in the United States and the second fastest in the State of Florida. Under his leadership the city improved its strategic focus, financial position, bond rating, public safety services (emergency management, fire, EMS, and police), revitalized the downtown, established a sea plane base, rebranded the city, improved staff training and customer service.Bill holds an associate degree in Fire Science from the Community College of the Air Force, a bachelor’s in occupational safety and Health from Columbia Southern University and a Master’s in public administration from American Public University. He is a credentialed City Manager (ICMA-CM), Certified Public Manager  and a Graduate of the Executive Fire Officer (EFO) Program at the National Fire Academy. Bill is also known for his common-sense approach to problem solving, crisis management, and strategic thinking skills.
From Embers to Excellence - Strengthening Leaders and Teams with Candice Gottlieb-Clark
Jul 21 2023
From Embers to Excellence - Strengthening Leaders and Teams with Candice Gottlieb-Clark
In this exciting episode of "From Embers to Excellence," we are honored to host Candice Gottlieb-Clark, a renowned Author, Business Advisor, Coach, and Conflict Management Specialist. As the founder of Dynamic Team Solutions, Candice has been dedicated to empowering businesses by bolstering their leaders and teams through enhanced communication, teamwork, leadership, and conflict management strategies.#Leadership #Teamwork #ConflictManagement #BusinessAdvisor #ExecutiveCoachingJoining forces with a team of expert coaches, trainers, and facilitators, Candice's successful ventures have spanned private companies, public institutions, non-profit organizations, and governmental agencies across diverse industries like entertainment, education, medical, legal, financial, manufacturing, and professional services.#BusinessConsulting #CommunicationExpert #TeamDynamics #IndustryExperienceCandice's expertise in Counseling and her accreditation as a Board-Certified Executive Coach have earned her recognition as a sought-after keynote speaker and a prolific writer. Her insights on Leadership, Communication, and Team Dynamics have captivated audiences worldwide.#KeynoteSpeaker #PublishedAuthor #ForbesCoachesCouncilCandice's thought-provoking contributions to Forbes Coaches Council and her features in Business Insider and other mainstream publications attest to her profound understanding of leadership principles and team dynamics.#ForbesContributor #BusinessInsider #MainstreamPublicationsMoreover, we delve into Candice's newly published book, "Find, Fix, Fill Your Leadership Gap," where she masterfully employs real-life stories to illuminate key lessons in trust-building, role clarity, and effective conflict management for leaders of all types.#BookRelease #LeadershipLessons #ConflictResolution #TrustBuildingTune in to this episode of "From Embers to Excellence" to gain invaluable insights from Candice Gottlieb-Clark on transforming your business, fostering exceptional leadership, and nurturing high-performing teams.#PodcastInterview #LeadershipTips #BusinessGrowth #HighPerformanceTeamsYou can find more information about Candice at her website: https://dynamicteamsolutions.org/ See her speak here and here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aB0cKtHFoIU https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3o0BlqQtTdU Check out her author website and learn more about the book here: https://candicegottliebclark.com/ https://tinyurl.com/FindFixFillBook
Stories from the Road Podcast Host and Former Firefighter Phil Klein Shares his Story on From Embers to Excellence
Apr 14 2023
Stories from the Road Podcast Host and Former Firefighter Phil Klein Shares his Story on From Embers to Excellence
Phil Klein is a former firefighter/paramedic who spent 25 years serving his community. Klein started his public service career in 1990 as a volunteer firefighter on Long Island. After earning his paramedic credential in 1992, he worked for NYC EMS before spending nearly 10 years as a police medic for the Nassau County Police Department. In 2002, he and his family relocated to Georgia, where he continued his career as a firefighter/paramedic for a metro Atlanta department. He ended the full-time portion of his public service as a lieutenant for another department north of Atlanta. Since leaving public service, Klein earned a doctorate from the University of Georgia and currently works in higher education in Wheeling, WV.Phil’s podcast, Stories From the Road, began as an idea for a book that morphed into a podcast. “We see so many unusual things as first responders, and I thought the public might want an insider’s glimpse into our world,” said Klein. “After the first couple of podcast recordings, it was clear the podcast was headed in a different direction. We’ve lost so many good people to suicide that it was natural for guests to talk about the PTSD that goes along with being a first responder.” The podcast’s guests frequently address the cumulative stress and mental health battles first responders face every day.“This isn’t a ‘worst call of my career’ podcast. It’s finding common ground, sharing stories, and talking about the situations we encounter and their impact on mental health,” said Klein. Podcast guests include firefighters, paramedics, police officers, and others who work or worked in public service. Stories cover critical calls, life changing events, and the effects each has on first responders. To learn more about the podcast or to share a story from the road, visit https://www.storiesfromtheroadpodcast.com/
From Prison Cells to PhD: An Inspiring Interview with Endocrinologist and Professor Dr. Stanley Andrisse
Mar 31 2023
From Prison Cells to PhD: An Inspiring Interview with Endocrinologist and Professor Dr. Stanley Andrisse
In this inspiring interview, Dr. Stanley Andrisse shares his remarkable journey "From Prison Cells to PhD" with Dave Hollenbach, host of the show "From Embers to Excellence". Dr. Andrisse, an endocrinologist scientist and assistant professor at Howard University College of Medicine, talks about his experience as an inmate in a maximum-security prison and the psychological toll of the justice system that left him feeling hopeless and without a way forward.However, Dr. Andrisse's story takes a turn when a mentor recognized his hard work and determination and took him under his wing. Since then, Dr. Andrisse has made it his mission to help other inmates take the same path to success. He founded the non-profit organization "From Prison Cells to Ph.D." and is a board member of the Formerly Incarcerated College Graduates Network (FICGN).Dr. Andrisse also shares the personal story that led him to a career in endocrinology and researching diabetes. His passion for helping others, combined with his professional expertise, has earned him several service commitments, including being a youth mentor, motivational speaker, and community activist.Tune in to learn about how STEM-OPS chose Dr. Andrisse's non-profit to grant a 5-year, $5.2 million award and how he has dedicated his life to leadership excellence and making a positive impact on his community. Do not miss this captivating interview with a true trailblazer in science and social justice!https://www.fromprisoncellstophd.org/