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How do you feel about your personal and professional life? Many people feel like they or their teams are stuck in a mediocrity trap. The question is how do you take where you are today and make it better and overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles to your success? Not only that, but how can you inspire your children or employees to do the same and become their best? In the Becoming Your Best podcast, Steve and Rob Shallenberger will help you uncover the principles of highly successful leaders. This podcast will give you the tools and processes to help you become the person, parent, partner, or leader that you’ve dreamed of becoming. This podcast also gives leaders and their teams the tools and know-how to break down performance barriers, achieve huge results, and be the disruptive company in their industry. When collectively applied, our signature 12 principles will have a profound impact on the revenue, culture, innovation and productivity of any organization in any industry. You will discover how to make communication easier and clearer, live in greater peace and balance, manage your time effectively, more persuasively lead others with an inspiring vision, and how to embrace change—not fear it. As the global authority on leadership training, Becoming Your Best teaches people how to follow their own path to success using the 12 Principles discovered by founder Steven Shallenberger in his 40+ years of research as a business leader. Countless key executives, organizations, athletes, teachers, and individuals worldwide have come to rely on these principles and processes. Becoming Your Best is packed with advice, tools, and examples for turning your thoughts into action, motivating yourself and those around you, inspiring teams to solve problems creatively, and building the life you’ve always dreamed of. Click subscribe to get a new podcast episode every Thursday.
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Becoming Your Best | The Principles of Highly Successful Leaders Steve Shallenberger: Successful Entrepreneur, Motivational Speaker, and Bestselling Author | Rob Shallenberger: Former Fighter Pilot, Author, Executive Coach, and Corporate Trainer

    • Management
    • 2.5 • 2 Ratings

How do you feel about your personal and professional life? Many people feel like they or their teams are stuck in a mediocrity trap. The question is how do you take where you are today and make it better and overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles to your success? Not only that, but how can you inspire your children or employees to do the same and become their best? In the Becoming Your Best podcast, Steve and Rob Shallenberger will help you uncover the principles of highly successful leaders. This podcast will give you the tools and processes to help you become the person, parent, partner, or leader that you’ve dreamed of becoming. This podcast also gives leaders and their teams the tools and know-how to break down performance barriers, achieve huge results, and be the disruptive company in their industry. When collectively applied, our signature 12 principles will have a profound impact on the revenue, culture, innovation and productivity of any organization in any industry. You will discover how to make communication easier and clearer, live in greater peace and balance, manage your time effectively, more persuasively lead others with an inspiring vision, and how to embrace change—not fear it. As the global authority on leadership training, Becoming Your Best teaches people how to follow their own path to success using the 12 Principles discovered by founder Steven Shallenberger in his 40+ years of research as a business leader. Countless key executives, organizations, athletes, teachers, and individuals worldwide have come to rely on these principles and processes. Becoming Your Best is packed with advice, tools, and examples for turning your thoughts into action, motivating yourself and those around you, inspiring teams to solve problems creatively, and building the life you’ve always dreamed of. Click subscribe to get a new podcast episode every Thursday.
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    Episode 256 - The Power of Reflection

    Episode 256 - The Power of Reflection

    The fast pace of life tends to make us feel we need to rush through every moment so that we can keep up with it. If we let ourselves get caught up in this whirlwind, we might find out, near the end of our lives that we missed so many beautiful opportunities that could have helped us become our best.  
     
    One thing highly successful people and leaders do, is allowing themselves to take the time to pause, take a step back, and reflect upon their lives, their careers, their relationships, and their actions. Research shows that taking 15 minutes to reflect each day, improves your productivity by 22.8%.  
     
    So, instead of hustling day after day, wouldn’t it be easier to handle life with ease and grace? We sure like the second option, and that’s why, in today’s episode, we thought of sharing with you four steps that you can take, in order to have a quality reflection time. You will learn what is the impact reflection can have on your life, when should you best sit down and reflect, and some useful tools that can help you in this process.  
     
    So, listen to Episode 256 of Becoming Your Best, to learn how to leverage the power of reflection! 
     
    In this episode, you will learn:  
    How taking the time to reflect upon your life helps you in the process of becoming your best. (01:50) Some use cases that prove the power reflection has in our lives. (03:48) How the 52-Week Success Rhythm program offers great perspective and time to reflect. (05:50) Some suggestions on when to take the time to reflect upon the past, present, and future. (07:11) The importance of maintaining a positive upbeat outlook when you’re reflecting. (11:30) How writing down your thoughts gives you great insights into your life. (12:23) How to begin to take action after you’ve paused and reflected. (13:48) The impact of regularly taking time to reflect. (15:01)    
    Becoming Your Best Resources: 
    Becoming Your Best Website Becoming Your Best University Website Becoming Your Best Library Email: support@becomingyourbest.com   Book: Becoming Your Best: The 12 Principles of Highly Successful Leaders Book: Conquer Anxiety: How to Overcome Anxiety and Optimize Your Performance Facebook Group – Conquer Anxiety 
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    • 18 min
    Episode 255 - A Firefighter’s Story: You lift Me, I Lift You, And We Ascend Together!

    Episode 255 - A Firefighter’s Story: You lift Me, I Lift You, And We Ascend Together!

     
    The firefighter departments in our country have been dealing with inclusivity and diversion issues for such a long time! Throughout decades, the average number of black people or women joining the forces has been on the low side of the scale, but things are starting to change!  
     
    Our guest today, Russell Grant Hayden - the Founder and President of the Firefighter’s ABC’s- although his initial life trajectory didn’t point to being a firefighter, has been given the chance to join this world in the late ‘60s, and became the first Black hired by the Los Altos Fire Department. Since then, he’s helped countless young people of all backgrounds join the endless fight against fires.  
     
    His motto is “Reach out and touch someone else” and he encourages everyone to help others in need because the ripple effect of every small act of kindness toward one person can make a difference on thousands of other individuals!  
     
    Listen to Episode 255 of Becoming Your Best to find out his background story – which is one full of hope for many individuals that find themselves in rough places – as well as to learn what Firefighter’s ABC’s is all about and how you can join their cause of bringing more diversity into this amazing and noble field. 
     
    Some questions I ask:  
    Grant, tell us about your background – what led you to where you are today? (04:15) What are some of the experiences you’ve had, that have been inspirational for you, where you’ve seen real progress? (05:46) What are some tips you could give us, to be more successful and to make a difference? (13:47)  
    In this episode, you will learn:  
    The diversity & inclusion issues within the firefighter departments throughout the country. (05:46)  How one person changed Grant’s life by introducing him to the Student Firefighter Program. (06:31) The ripple effect of small acts of kindness. (08:37) The struggles Grant had to go through, as the only black man in his firefighter department & His motto in life. (10:38) How Firefighter’s ABC’s is preparing the youth to become more well-rounded and able to deal with life. (11:48) How you can join the Firefighter’s ABC’s. (16:13)  
    Connect with Grant:  
    Firefighter’s ABC’s Website LinkedIn Facebook Page Instagram Twitter  Youtube Channel  
    Becoming Your Best Resources: 
    Becoming Your Best Website Becoming Your Best University Website Becoming Your Best Library Email: support@becomingyourbest.com   Book: Becoming Your Best: The 12 Principles of Highly Successful Leaders Book: Conquer Anxiety: How to Overcome Anxiety and Optimize Your Performance Facebook Group – Conquer Anxiety 
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    • 19 min
    Episode 254 - Maximize Your Success Using the IDEOS Mantra

    Episode 254 - Maximize Your Success Using the IDEOS Mantra

    It’s amazing what a business can do for its clients when it has a clear vision, a purpose, and a why! But keeping tabs on everything that’s going on in a company is pretty difficult! That’s why it’s crucial to learn easy but yet quite significant tactics that help you stay focused on your end goal.  
     
    Today, we have a delightful guest with us - Jennifer Goldman. With over 30 years of experience in transforming small and mid-sized businesses, she coaches leaders on business management techniques and consults on operations infrastructure improvements that boost people, productivity, profitability, and growth. She is going to share with us some of her tips that she uses both in her life, and with her clients also, that have proven to be successful for any individual or company.  
     
    Jennifer has been published in Inc. Magazine, Tech Tools for Today, Liberated CEO, and several other magazines, and has taught workshops and spoken at several national conferences. Her love is helping businesses thrive and embrace operational changes so that they can help more consumers. As a volunteer, she advocates for public schools, and in her personal life, she is a loving wife, and mother of two teenagers. 
     
    Listen to Episode 254 of Becoming Your Best, to learn more about ways to prioritize your improvements, protect your time, and boost your growth in your personal and professional life.  
     
    Some questions I ask:  
    What is your story? And what are some turning points in your life that have had a significant impact on what you’re doing today? (03:30) How do you help prioritize all possible business improvements to create the biggest impact? (06:12) How have you found the best way to say no? (12:43) Do you have any advice on how to be the best leader for your team during the pandemic? (15:58) What role does modern technology play for a leader? (17:22) How do you help businesses to boost their growth? (21:04)  
    In this episode, you will learn:  
    How Jennifer switched from being a financial planner to business owners to becoming a business owner and consulting other people. (05:09) How to determine what your priorities are. (07:23) The importance of having a plan written down. (09:41) The art of saying no and protecting your time. (11:36) The IDEOS mantra that helps you reduce your workload and free up your time. (14:08) Why you should have a scheduling system & the tools that can help you. (19:35) The importance of focusing on your niche and finding your audience. (22:25)  
    Connect with Jennifer:  
    LinkedIn Website  
    Becoming Your Best Resources: 
    Becoming Your Best Website Becoming Your Best University Website Becoming Your Best Library Email: support@becomingyourbest.com   Book: Becoming Your Best: The 12 Principles of Highly Successful Leaders Book: Conquer Anxiety: How to Overcome Anxiety and Optimize Your Performance Facebook Group – Conquer Anxiety 
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    • 28 min
    Episode 253 - Go Forward with Faith

    Episode 253 - Go Forward with Faith

    When we’re faced with difficult situations, we have a choice: to let fear dictate our emotions and our decision-making or to have faith that everything we’re experiencing is part of a bigger plan, the blueprint that is set for each and every one of us.  
     
    We may not know all the answers - actually, we never know all the unknowns in a life equation – but trusting and believing that God takes care of us is the differentiator that can help us overcome any challenges. So, go forward with faith! 
     
    In this episode, we share with you some personal experiences that we’ve gone through over the past few years, and the lessons we’ve learned – and continue to learn – from them. Listen to Episode 253 of Becoming Your Best to find out why it’s important to focus on what we can control and have faith for the things that are out of our ability to understand.  
     
    In this episode, you will learn: 
    The two forces in the world, that cannot coexist. (03:00) An example that shows the importance of going forward with faith, even if you don’t have all the answers. (05:00) How to focus on the things you can control when you’re faced with difficult moments in your life. (08:28) How to view every challenge through the lens of, “There is a God, and there is a plan”, instead of making fear-based decisions. (11:19)  
    Becoming Your Best Resources: 
    Becoming Your Best Website Becoming Your Best University Website Becoming Your Best Library Email: support@becomingyourbest.com   Book: Becoming Your Best: The 12 Principles of Highly Successful Leaders Book: Conquer Anxiety: How to Overcome Anxiety and Optimize Your Performance Facebook Group – Conquer Anxiety 
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    • 16 min
    Episode 252 - Grow Your Business and Relationships through Video

    Episode 252 - Grow Your Business and Relationships through Video

    How many emails and text messages do you write in a day? And how good are you at communicating exactly what you want, including your emotions and your tone? 
     
    We’ve all gotten used to this digital environment that for the past few decades allowed us to easily communicate and connect with people all over the world. LinkedIn messages, emails, text messages, Slack messages, you name it! All of these are convenient and have dramatically improved our productivity.  
     
    Although all these communication channels prove to be helpful in our day-to-day life, they have a major downside as well. With all this digital anonymity - where we’re hiding behind some written words - and especially in the last couple of decades with the rise in powerful and inexpensive automation tools, we’ve begun to lose the human touch.  
     
    Luckily, our guest today and BombBomb, the company he works for, are coming up with a solution to rehumanize our businesses and our online relationships. What they’ve been proposing for a decade now in their growing community, is to replace some of our plain, typed-out text with simple, personal video messages. It’s more satisfying and more effective for us, and people feel as if they know us before they even meet us.  
     
    Ethan Beute is Chief Evangelist at BombBomb, co-author of the book ‘Rehumanize Your Business’, and host of the Customer Experience Podcast. Prior to joining BombBomb, he spent a dozen years leading marketing teams inside local television stations in Chicago, Grand Rapids, and Colorado Springs.  
     
    Listen to Episode 252 of Becoming Your Best, to learn all about the relationship through video approach and how it can help you boost your sales, make lifelong connections with your clients, as well as the invaluable support videos can offer in your relationships with your employees or friends. 
     
    Some questions I ask: 
    What’s your story? And how did you get to where you are today? (04:01) What’s the best way to get started with this relationship through video approach? (12:12) When might people use this style of video? (18:03) How many video clips do you do in a day, or a week, or a month, or during a year? (22:50) What’s the average length of one of your video clips? (24:49) Any final tips you’d like to leave our listeners with, today? (27:40)  
    In this episode, you will learn: 
    Ethan’s experience of working as a bus driver in the late ‘90s. (06:30) What BombBomb is and does for its clients. (08:52) Why videos are important for your business. (10:27) How videos allow us to restore the personal, human touch in a digital world. (15:41) The best times to use video to communicate a message. (18:03) The role videos play in non-verbal communication, as opposed to typed-out messages. (25:51)  
    Connect with Ethan: 
    LinkedIn  Website Email: ethan@bombbomb.com Book: Ethan Beute - Rehumanize Your Business: How Personal Videos Accelerate Sales and Improve Customer Experience Podcast: Customer Experience  
    Becoming Your Best Resources: 
    Becoming Your Best Website Becoming Your Best University Website Becoming Your Best Library Email: support@becomingyourbest.com   Book: Becoming Your Best: The 12 Principles of Highly Successful Leaders Book: Conquer Anxiety: How to Overcome Anxiety and Optimize Your Performance Facebook Group – Conquer Anxiety 
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    • 30 min
    Episode 251 - The Culture Spark: 5 Steps to Ignite and Sustain Team Growth

    Episode 251 - The Culture Spark: 5 Steps to Ignite and Sustain Team Growth

    If you’ve listened to our podcast long enough, you know that we often talk about people, culture, and strategy. The reason we put so much emphasis on these three words is because they are crucial to a company’s success.  
     
    The culture you create right from the get-go in an organization is the fuel that helps all the other things run smoothly. According to our guest today, it’s the DNA of any organization, and treating it with the utmost importance and creating a strategy for it just like you would do in your financial department, can surely take you far.  
     
    In today’s episode, our guest is Jason Richmond – the CEO and founder of Ideal Outcomes Inc., and the author of the book, “Culture Spark: 5 Steps to Ignite and Sustain Organizational Growth”. He is a business executive with more than 25 years of experience, and an in-demand keynote speaker who has worked closely with Fortune 500 leadership teams all around the country.  
     
    We dive deep into what it means an organizational culture, what you should focus on in terms of corporate culture, what are some myths around this topic, and what are the 5 steps toward sustained organizational growth. Listen to Episode 251 of Becoming Your Best, to learn the fundamentals that help your team become their best and thrive.  
     
    Questions I ask: 
    What’s your story? How did you get to where you are today? (04:55) How do you define organizational culture? (07:54) Why having the right kind of corporate culture is so important? (09:35) What are some common myths about corporate culture and the impact they have on business? (12:14) What impact did COVID-19 have on culture? (20:16) Any final tips you’d like to leave our listeners with? (24:31)  
    In this episode, you will learn:  
    The one thing that’s consistent in every high-performance culture. (03:28) One turning point in Jason’s career. (05:52) The six fundamentals that are defining an organizational culture. (08:15) The role ‘culture influencers’ have in a company. (11:05) The first step to creating a strong organizational culture. (14:33) How to diagnose your company’s culture. (16:50) How to measure your culture. (18:49)  
    Connect with Jason:  
    LinkedIn Facebook Page Ideal Outcomes Inc. website Email: jason@idealoutcomesinc.com  Book: Jason Richmond – Culture Spark: 5 Steps to Ignite and Sustain Organizational Growth  
    Becoming Your Best Resources: 
    Becoming Your Best Website Becoming Your Best University Website Becoming Your Best Library Email: support@becomingyourbest.com   Book: Becoming Your Best: The 12 Principles of Highly Successful Leaders Book: Conquer Anxiety: How to Overcome Anxiety and Optimize Your Performance Facebook Group – Conquer Anxiety 
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    • 28 min

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