The Path To Leadership

Catalyst Development

We podcast about strong leaders, loyal employees, avoiding burnout, and raising profits building strong cultures. Everyone is a leader, but the path isn't always easy. Developing critical skills to build stronger, more successful and profitable organizations.

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Capturing Wins and Setting Goals: A Mid-Year Review Guide
Jun 4 2024
Capturing Wins and Setting Goals: A Mid-Year Review Guide
Send us a Text Message.Can you imagine achieving clarity, focus, and renewed energy just by hitting pause at the midpoint of the year? This episode of Paths of Leadership invites you to join us at Catalyst Development as we embark on our mid-year review process, a powerful exercise to recalibrate, refresh, and strategize. Inspired by Emma and Jenna's recent LinkedIn post, we expand on their insights and share practical steps for conducting your own reflection, both personally and professionally. Get ready to capture your weekly wins through our “rose buds and thorns” practice, and learn how to turn honest self-assessment into a celebration of progress.This month, we're emphasizing the importance of taking a moment to evaluate what's been accomplished and where there's room for improvement. Discover how our team at Catalyst Development leverages strategic planning sessions, weekly check-ins, and mid-year reviews to stay on track with our goals. Whether you're leading a team, working towards personal ambitions, or seeking to boost your self-awareness, this episode equips you with the tools to make your mid-year reflection a meaningful and motivating experience. Grab your journal or notes app, and let's dive into this transformative practice together. Follow Catalyst Development on LinkedIn @catalystdevelopment, @drkatieervin, @jennascott, @emmablankenship www.cdleaders.com Theme music by Emma Jo https://emmajo.rocks/
Steering Through Change: A Masterclass in Leadership with Kansas Turnpike Authority CEO Steve Hewitt
May 21 2024
Steering Through Change: A Masterclass in Leadership with Kansas Turnpike Authority CEO Steve Hewitt
Send us a Text Message.When the winds of change blow through the plains of leadership, few stand as firm and adept as Steve Hewitt, CEO of the Kansas Turnpike Authority. Our latest episode is a testament to the power of steering through upheaval with grace and strategy, as Steve recounts his journey from a Parks and Rec job to the helm of a major transportation network. Facing down the challenges of an EF5 tornado in Greensburg, Kansas, he honed the crisis management skills that now underpin his efforts to ensure the safe passage of thousands each day.Navigating the transition from toll booths to the sleek efficiency of cashless tolling might seem like a daunting task, but for Steve and his team, it's an exhilarating opportunity to reshape the future of travel. In this candid conversation, we explore the heartbeat of change as Steve discusses the delicate balance of honoring tradition while embracing innovation. His insights into the reassignment of staff and the pivotal role of customer feedback in sculpting a travel experience that is not just efficient but future-ready, offer a roadmap for any organization driving toward transformative change.This episode isn't just about tolls and turnpikes; it's a masterclass in the philosophy of leadership and the art of change management. Steve lays bare the complexities of guiding a storied institution through significant operational shifts without losing sight of its foundational principles. As we reflect on the importance of adaptability and the courage to evolve, Steve's unwavering commitment to dialogue with stakeholders and his thoughtful approach to leadership elucidate why the Kansas Turnpike Authority remains a beacon of progress in the transportation industry.DriveKS.com | Cashless Tolling coming July 2024Steve Hewitt is the Kansas Turnpike Authority’s Chief Executive Officer. He works to set the strategic direction of the organization and oversees its day-to-day operations. He also represents the KTA in the transportation and tolling fields. With over 18 years of executive level experience, Steve’s customer-valued and innovative approach focuses on a quality roadway while advancing the organizational overall strategy.  For nearly 70 years, the Kansas Turnpike has been a reliable and customer-valued transportation option, for both Kansas and the region. The Kansas Turnpike Authority remains focused on its organizational goals to preserve and modernize the roadway. 2024 marks the biggest change since KTA’s beginning... cashless tolling. This presentation will take a deeper dive into the decisions and steps KTA is taking to make this historic change while staying true to its values. You’ll learn how cashless tolling will work and what the change means for you. Follow Catalyst Development on LinkedIn @catalystdevelopment, @drkatieervin, @jennascott, @emmablankenship www.cdleaders.com Theme music by Emma Jo https://emmajo.rocks/
Composing Your Career's Signature Tune with Emma's Branding Strategies
Apr 23 2024
Composing Your Career's Signature Tune with Emma's Branding Strategies
Send us a Text Message.Embark on an enlightening journey with Emma and myself as we unravel the intricacies of personal branding in the professional realm. Discover how to cultivate an authentic presence that transcends mere aesthetics, and learn why it's crucial to take charge of how you're perceived. Our discussion ventures beyond the typical color schemes, exploring my own evolution with Catalyst Development, and offers up tangible strategies for refining your brand. Find out how even nuances like the shades of green and pink you choose can reflect your core identity.In this digital age, your online persona can speak volumes before you've even entered the room. Emma and I delve into the art of building a personal brand on platforms like LinkedIn, where sharing your expertise can propel you into thought leadership status. We touch on the power of timely blogging and consistent imagery to bolster your professional credibility. Plus, we stress the importance of keeping your digital touchpoints pristine, from social media profiles to email signatures. Prepare to receive insider tips on conducting personal audits and documenting your evolving profile for effortless updates.But personal branding isn't all business—it's also about the harmonious blend of your passions and professional life. As we reminisce over high school band memories and their lasting influence, we spotlight innovative fundraising efforts like 'rock stars' and 'Art That Blows.' Reserve your spot for our vibrant July 12th event honoring personal branding virtuosos. Whether you're a seasoned professional or just starting out, our conversation is packed with anecdotes and advice to help your personal brand hit all the right notes. Don't forget to peruse the show notes for further information on connecting with us and sharing your branding journeys!Connect with Emma:  https://katieervin.com/contact/Support Band of Angels Art that Blows:  https://one.bidpal.net/artthatblows24/browse/donation(details:item/13) Follow Catalyst Development on LinkedIn @catalystdevelopment, @drkatieervin, @jennascott, @emmablankenship www.cdleaders.com Theme music by Emma Jo https://emmajo.rocks/
Elevating Productivity by Decluttering and Delegating with Jenna
Apr 16 2024
Elevating Productivity by Decluttering and Delegating with Jenna
Send us a Text Message.Wondering how to breeze through spring cleaning, not just in your home but in your work life as well? Jenna and I take you on a laughter-filled journey that'll leave your physical and digital spaces transformed, and your productivity soaring. We swap stories about the bedlam that ensues when work environments and inboxes are neglected, offering a friendly reminder that chaos can be tamed. With a little humor and lots of practical advice, we delve into the nitty-gritty of effective delegation, breaking down the misconception that authority is to be hoarded. Discover the seven must-know tactics to delegate like a pro, ensure you're leveraging the strengths of your entire team, and find out why sometimes stepping back is the best step forward.This episode isn't just about clearing the clutter; it's about cultivating growth. Learn how to spot the hidden gems within your team and why the quiet achievers might hold the key to your next success. We'll pull insights from Adam Grant's "Originals" and our own leadership adventures to show you how setting stretch goals can unveil the untapped potential in your colleagues. Plus, we dive into the joy of aligning work with your team's 'working genius,' transforming the daily grind into a symphony of productivity. By the end, you'll have a toolkit not just for spring cleaning, but for building a workplace where everyone's contributions are valued and the harmony leads to triumphs all year round. Join Jenna and me for a session that's sure to dust off the cobwebs and inject some fresh energy into your professional life.Get your growth guide here:  https://katieervin.com/growthguide/ Follow Catalyst Development on LinkedIn @catalystdevelopment, @drkatieervin, @jennascott, @emmablankenship www.cdleaders.com Theme music by Emma Jo https://emmajo.rocks/
Charting the Course of Collaborative Success at Van Meter with Kate Weber
Apr 9 2024
Charting the Course of Collaborative Success at Van Meter with Kate Weber
Send us a Text Message.Embark on a journey of discovery with Kate Weber, HR manager at Van Meter, where every employee has a stake in success. Listen closely as Kate weaves the story of her evolution from a student of human interaction to a leader who champions the value of an employee-owned business model. She illuminates the path that led her to Van Meter's doors and the organic rise to her current role, offering a candid look at the power of serendipity in shaping a fulfilling career. Together, we unpack the transformative Working Genius model, exchanging insights on leveraging personal strengths to thrive in the workplace.This episode is a deep exploration into the heart of Van Meter's ethos, guided by their 'five P's' framework, where people always come first. We dive into the company's innovative "inboarding" process, designed to immerse new hires into a culture that celebrates their arrival and sets the stage for enduring success. Amidst the storytelling, I share my leadership philosophy—a tapestry woven from a series of pivotal learning moments rather than regrets. It's a candid reflection on resilience and the continuous pursuit of excellence, all set against the vibrant backdrop of Van Meter's commitment to progress, community, and the well-being of every individual who calls it home.Learn more about Van Meter:  https://www.vanmeterinc.com/Follow them on LinkedIn:  https://www.linkedin.com/company/vanmeterinc/ Follow Catalyst Development on LinkedIn @catalystdevelopment, @drkatieervin, @jennascott, @emmablankenship www.cdleaders.com Theme music by Emma Jo https://emmajo.rocks/
Igniting Joy Through Leadership: Ashlyn's Journey with Make-A-Wish Missouri & Kansas
Apr 1 2024
Igniting Joy Through Leadership: Ashlyn's Journey with Make-A-Wish Missouri & Kansas
Send us a Text Message.When Ashlyn traded the Rocky Mountains of Denver for the rolling plains of Kansas City, little did she know she would become a cornerstone of hope for countless children. Our latest episode features this remarkable changemaker, whose venture into the altruistic world of Make-A-Wish Missouri & Kansas is nothing short of inspiring. Step into the life of a woman whose high school service projects blossomed into a full-fledged mission to bring joy to those in need, and find out how her friend's transformational experience as a wish recipient has driven her to new heights of compassion and dedication.With her at the helm of fundraising efforts, Ashlyn's narrative weaves through the intimate tales of children whose lives are touched by the magic wand of generosity. Whether you're moved by the local triumphs of the Wish Society or intrigued by the chance to swing for a cause at the Bell Reeves Country Club, this conversation promises to stir the philanthropist in you. Leadership isn't just a title; it's an action, and Ashlyn embodies this through her hands-on approach, nurturing the resilience and growth of her team. Tune in to discover how the interplay of leadership, community, and sports fervor come together for a cause that goes beyond wishes—into the realm of true impact.Connect with Ashlyn:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/ashlyntalamor/Make-A-Wish Missouri and Kansas:  https://wish.org/mokan Follow Catalyst Development on LinkedIn @catalystdevelopment, @drkatieervin, @jennascott, @emmablankenship www.cdleaders.com Theme music by Emma Jo https://emmajo.rocks/
Fostering Unity and Impactful Leadership Through Community with Alana Muller
Mar 26 2024
Fostering Unity and Impactful Leadership Through Community with Alana Muller
Send us a Text Message.Embark on an enlightening exploration with Alana Muller of Coffee Lunch Coffee, who shares her masterful transition from corporate executive to networking guru. Discover the structured strategies she used to forge influential professional connections, as she lays down the groundwork for how intentional relationships can catalyze both personal and career growth. Alana's story is a vivid illustration of how the power of networking can help navigate challenges and carve a path to success, regardless of one's professional journey.As we delve further, we shed light on the indispensable role of strategic leadership and meaningful mentorships. The chapter challenges entrepreneurship myths and uncovers the realities of its demanding nature while sharing insights on goal-setting and strategic foresight. Leadership, learning from past errors, and the power of supportive networks come to the forefront, offering a source of inspiration and empowerment. Tune in for an episode that is not just a discussion, but an impassioned call to action for leadership, mentorship, and the transformative power of community and communication.Seven Days:  https://sevendays.org/American Public Square:  https://americanpublicsquare.org/Website:  https://coffeelunchcoffee.com/LinkedIn:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/alanamuller/ Follow Catalyst Development on LinkedIn @catalystdevelopment, @drkatieervin, @jennascott, @emmablankenship www.cdleaders.com Theme music by Emma Jo https://emmajo.rocks/
Cultivating Space for Reflection in the Leadership Landscape with Erin Fajen
Mar 19 2024
Cultivating Space for Reflection in the Leadership Landscape with Erin Fajen
Send us a Text Message.Have you ever wondered how to communicate effectively with your team or manage the invisible weight of leadership? This week, we're joined by leadership maven Erin Fajen, founder of On the Up, who brings her extensive experience to the table. From her beginnings training healthcare professionals to launching her own company, Erin's insights into connections and the Everything DiSC framework are a treasure trove for anyone looking to guide with empathy and influence.Leadership isn't just about strategy; it's about managing the burdens that come along with it, too. We unpack the critical but often overlooked practice of shedding responsibilities to prevent burnout, and share personal anecdotes that underscore the importance of reflection and boundary-setting. This episode is a heartfelt conversation about tidying up not just our desks, but also our commitments and emotional investments, to lead more effectively and with a lighter load.Finally, we touch on a subject close to my heart: the importance of self-care in leadership. Through personal stories and shared experiences, we explore the challenges of overcommitment and the power of saying no. The episode rounds out with a look at how programs like Madam President Camp are creating waves in young women's lives. Join us for a session filled with real-life learnings and actionable insights to enrich your leadership journey.Connect on LinkedIn:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/erinfajen Follow Catalyst Development on LinkedIn @catalystdevelopment, @drkatieervin, @jennascott, @emmablankenship www.cdleaders.com Theme music by Emma Jo https://emmajo.rocks/
Crafting Connections and Amplifying Leadership Voices with Rich Bracken
Mar 12 2024
Crafting Connections and Amplifying Leadership Voices with Rich Bracken
Send us a Text Message.Immerse yourself in an invigorating exploration of emotional intelligence with Rich Bracken, my extraordinary guest whose zest for life is matched only by his expertise in leadership and personal growth. We traverse the contours of Rich's eclectic career and discuss how emotional intelligence isn't just a buzzword – it's a transformative force that Rich has harnessed in his own life and now advocates for in others. Our chat will leave you inspired, armed with practical insights for applying emotional intelligence to your day-to-day challenges, whether you're leading a team or just looking to level up your personal development game.Ever wondered what it's like to be on a game show with celebrities? Rich Bracken shares his electrifying experience on "The $100,000 Pyramid," giving us a front-row seat to the glitz, the strategy, and the sheer thrill of the spotlight. But it's not all glimmer and fame; our conversation takes a purposeful turn as we spotlight the art of impactful communication. From tackling imposter syndrome to enriching lives through genuine connections, Rich's stories and strategies resonate with anyone aiming to leave their mark – whether on a grand stage or in a one-on-one meeting.As we draw our conversation to a close, we reflect on the essence of leadership and how it's magnified when we empower others, especially women in leadership roles. The exceptional richness of this episode lies not just in the stories shared, but in the anticipation of new collaborations and the promise of growth. Rich and I are excited about what's brewing with Talent Smart and the potential ripple effect of our united passions. Get ready to be energized and equipped to pave your own Path to Leadership with wisdom gleaned from one of the most dynamic voices in the field.Connect with Rich: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rich-bracken/www.richbracken.com Follow Catalyst Development on LinkedIn @catalystdevelopment, @drkatieervin, @jennascott, @emmablankenship www.cdleaders.com Theme music by Emma Jo https://emmajo.rocks/
Cultivating Community and Connection with Lauren Conaway
Mar 5 2024
Cultivating Community and Connection with Lauren Conaway
Send us a Text Message.Have you ever stood at the crossroads of doubt and accomplishment? Lauren Conaway, founder and CEO of InnovateHER KC, joins us to recount the moments where her path took a brave turn into leadership, shaping a haven for women and gender minorities seeking empowerment and connection. This episode peels back the layers of Lauren's journey, revealing how InnovateHERr KC blossomed into a nurturing space where stories unfold and professional triumphs are celebrated. Our conversation traverses the terrain of male-dominated fields, demonstrating the organic growth of business opportunities that flourish within a supportive community network.Unearthing the roots of imposter syndrome, Lauren shares her unconventional leap into an Executive Master's of Business Administration.  Her experience in a diverse cohort at Rockhurst and the pursuit of a doctorate are testaments to the transformative power of education and the significance of earned accolades for women in leadership. This dialogue also shines a light on the power of personal narratives, how overcoming addiction reframed Lauren's career missteps as valuable teachings, further enriching her professional journey.The warmth of inclusivity radiates throughout our discussion on crafting environments that welcome diversity in its myriad forms. From fostering accessibility initiatives like the Connector Database to celebrating the radical changes honored during Women's History Month through the Innovate Awards, Innovate Her KC embodies the spirit of unity. As we close, the emphasis falls on the collective care and support found within Kansas City's vibrant community, inviting listeners to partake in the shared success and engage in the leadership journeys that await. Join us for an exploration that offers more than just insight—it promises to connect and inspire.http://linkedin.com/in/laurenconawayhttps://innovateherkc.com/ Follow Catalyst Development on LinkedIn @catalystdevelopment, @drkatieervin, @jennascott, @emmablankenship www.cdleaders.com Theme music by Emma Jo https://emmajo.rocks/
Unleashing the Power of Emotional Intelligence in Leadership with David Brzozowski
Feb 27 2024
Unleashing the Power of Emotional Intelligence in Leadership with David Brzozowski
Send us a Text Message.Emotional intelligence is the secret sauce of superb leadership! Join me and David Brzozowski from TalentSmart EQ as we explore the transformative power of these crucial skills. Through personal anecdotes and David's expert lens, we unravel the four core competencies of emotional intelligence that any leader needs to continue to work on.David's career has been a journey of unique experiences, from the precision-driven world of accounting to the spontaneous stage of acting, making pit stops in retail and entertainment. Sharing his journey, he highlights the pivotal role emotional intelligence played in each transition, aiding in the discovery of new passions and guiding his steps to TalentSmart. David and I also tackle the significance of emotional intelligence in today's ever-changing work landscape, discussing how tapping into these skills can help navigate career shifts with confidence and a sense of true purpose.As we wrap up our conversation, it's clear that emotional intelligence is more than just a buzzword—it's a "power skill" that strengthens our professional and personal lives. We're all on this EQ journey together, and it's a continuous path of growth and learning. So, if you're ready to amplify your leadership and connect on a deeper level, make sure to join him for TalentSmart's upcoming LinkedIn Live event. Connect with David at:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/davidbrzozowski/Attend TalentSmart Live events at: https://www.linkedin.com/company/talentsmart/events/ Follow Catalyst Development on LinkedIn @catalystdevelopment, @drkatieervin, @jennascott, @emmablankenship www.cdleaders.com Theme music by Emma Jo https://emmajo.rocks/
Weaving Fulfillment into Your Career Tapestry with Mary Messner
Feb 20 2024
Weaving Fulfillment into Your Career Tapestry with Mary Messner
Send us a Text Message.Every career is a tapestry of decisions, some woven by choice and others by circumstance. Our guest Mary Messner, a former healthcare executive and current creativity consultant, joins us to unravel the threads of her own story, illustrating the rich patterns that form when we pursue fulfillment over titles. From the heart of Kansas City, Mary's experiences at Cerner and her deliberate decision to put family first remind us that career progression isn't merely about climbing the ladder but also about aligning our work with our values.Have you ever stood on the precipice of the entrepreneurial unknown, your heart thundering in your chest? That palpable mix of fear and excitement is what fuels today's conversation as we navigate the jolting transition from corporate safety to the thrill of starting a new venture. We delve into the importance of mentorship, the power of a robust support network, and the invaluable lessons from our stumbles and falls. For anyone branding their passion or seeking to redefine success, our discussion is a lighthouse guiding you through the turbulent waters of change.We wrap this episode with a spotlight on the power of community and the transformative influence of empowering the next generation. Our exploration takes us from the public speaking workshops at UMKC to the inspiring corridors of the Madam President Camp, lighting the way for young girls to forge their leadership paths. We also share personal motivations that drive our contributions to heart disease awareness, highlighting the profound impact of individual experiences on our collective journey to improve the world. Join us for a conversation that's not just about professional growth, but about fanning the flames of passion for causes that touch us all.Connect with Mary:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/marymessner/https://www.linkedin.com/company/marymessnerspeaks/https://www2.heart.org/site/TR/?team_id=836510&pg=team&fr_id=10600#loadedhttps://www.madampresidentcamp.org/https://www.shrmjc.org/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1831184&group=https://info.umkc.edu/centers/programs/presentation-connection-workshop/ Follow Catalyst Development on LinkedIn @catalystdevelopment, @drkatieervin, @jennascott, @emmablankenship www.cdleaders.com Theme music by Emma Jo https://emmajo.rocks/
The Heart of Advocacy: Shanna Adamic's Journey of Resilience and Optimism
Feb 13 2024
The Heart of Advocacy: Shanna Adamic's Journey of Resilience and Optimism
Send us a Text Message.When Shana Atomic speaks, you can't help but be riveted. Her transition from would-be broadcaster to an icon of healthcare and philanthropy is not just a career shift—it's a life affirming crusade. This episode peels back the layers of Shana's story, tracing her steps from personal health battles to championing Oracle Health Foundation's global mission. With her at the helm, we see how lived experiences fuel a relentless drive to advocate for others, and how storytelling can be a potent force in the health and wellness landscape.Wrapping things up, we bear witness to a health journey that will grip your heart—a former Kansas City Chiefs Cheerleader's brave confrontation with a life-threatening diagnosis. Her story isn't just a tale of survival; it’s a masterclass in self-advocacy and the incredible strength found in community solidarity. We talk about the salience of women's health, the resilience instilled by a positive outlook, and the understanding that our mistakes are not dead ends but detours on the path to growth and knowledge. Join us for an episode that's as much about the tenacity of the human spirit as it is about the power of collective effort in the face of daunting challenges.Connect with Shanna on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/shannaadamic/ Follow Catalyst Development on LinkedIn @catalystdevelopment, @drkatieervin, @jennascott, @emmablankenship www.cdleaders.com Theme music by Emma Jo https://emmajo.rocks/
Shaping a Culture of Care in the Corporate World with Haley Prophet
Feb 6 2024
Shaping a Culture of Care in the Corporate World with Haley Prophet
Send us a Text Message.Haley Prophet, a visionary in creating nurturing work environments, joins us to share her transformative journey and the bedrock principles that can make any organization a haven for its people. Her two decades of experience shine through as she unfolds the essentials of building trust, granting autonomy, and the undeniable impact this has on the mental health and productivity of employees. It's an episode packed with wisdom and heart, reminding us that workplaces are more than just profit centers; they're ecosystems where culture and well-being go hand in hand.This conversation isn't just about why a healthy workplace matters, but how we can bring this ideal to life. From the pivotal role of management in preventing burnout to the actionable steps you can take right now, Haley Prophet breaks it down into digestible strategies. We touch on the subtle art of aligning company values with real-world practices and how even small, accessible initiatives can kickstart a revolution in well-being within your business. For anyone who's ever believed that their work environment could—and should—be a source of empowerment and not just employment, this episode is a must-listen, charting a course for change that resonates with every level of an organization.Connect with Haley at https://www.linkedin.com/in/haleyprophet/ and her company at https://www.linkedin.com/company/haley-prophet-consulting/Haley is speaking virtually 2/13 at 11:00 CST or you can watch the recording.  Register at https://www.motionconnected.com/great-culture-webinar-seriesAttend Night at the Museum March 1st.  Get more information and register at https://events.freedomprojectkc.com/dm/ Follow Catalyst Development on LinkedIn @catalystdevelopment, @drkatieervin, @jennascott, @emmablankenship www.cdleaders.com Theme music by Emma Jo https://emmajo.rocks/