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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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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 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
    Episode 250 - Say NO with Consideration, Courage, and Conviction

    Episode 250 - Say NO with Consideration, Courage, and Conviction

    When was the last time you said ‘no’ when something big was at stake? We bet it wasn’t easy, but it was liberating at the same time! 
     
    For the majority of people saying ‘no’ can be quite challenging. Whether you’re dating someone and you just don’t feel it’s right, or you are in a toxic relationship and want to get out of it, or you are in a work environment that just does not suit you – how do you say ‘no’ in a way that you are true to your feelings, yet you are considerate of the other person? 
     
    In today’s episode, we offer you a few ideas and steps to follow when you’re put in the sensitive position of saying ‘no’ to a task, a partnership, a relationship, etc. What we’re suggesting here is the foundation that will help you every single time! 
     
    So, listen to Episode 250 of Becoming Your Best to learn how being principles-centered and trusting your feelings can help you say ‘no’ with consideration, courage, and conviction! 
     
    In this episode, you will learn: 
    A story that inspired this episode. (01:41) Some examples of situations where you might have to say ‘no’, but you don’t know where to begin. (03:25) Why being principles-centered is the foundation that will help you say ‘no’. (05:22) How applying the ‘6 Steps to Effectively Plan, Create Solutions, and Take Action’ will make it easier for you to say ‘no’. (10:05) The importance of trusting your feelings when you decide what’s best for you. (12:09) A practical way to say ‘no’ with consideration, courage, and conviction. (13:03)  
    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 249 - Lessons Learned with Jeff Burningham

    Episode 249 - Lessons Learned with Jeff Burningham

    When you’re first starting a business, it’s not only about the idea you have or the plan you’ve made to make your company successful. Most importantly, it’s about the people you begin your journey with and the individuals that you decide to accept in your inner professional circle – because business is a team sport, and you can only win if you learn how to select your players. 
     
    Today’s episode is full of nuggets from our guest, Jeff Burningham. His vast experience not only in the entrepreneurial world but also in the political arena comes with lots of lessons learned along the way - and he was kind enough to share some of them with us. We discussed how to choose the right partner for your business and what to focus on when interviewing a potential employee, how the best leaders show up for their people, as well as Jeff insights on running for governor and the reasons he decided to start a podcast after he’s spoken with thousands of people in his campaign. 
     
    Jeff Burningham has built and sold multiple businesses and he’s invested in several others through Peak Capital Partners, a company he founded to helps organizations get their feet off the ground. More recently, he ran for governor in the state of Utah. He is one of the people that just have an incredible amount of background experience and a wealth of ideas that would definitely benefit you and so many other people. 
     
    Listen to Episode 249 of Becoming Your Best, to learn from Jeff’s journey through life and business and choose at least one lesson learned by him that you can apply today to become your best on the path you’ve taken. 
     
    Some questions I ask: 
    Jeff, can you give us a little background on who you are? (02:30) What are some of the most important things that you’ve seen, that will help make a business, an entrepreneur, or a team successful? (05:58) What are you looking for in the people you hire? (12:08) What were some of your lessons learned from the experience of running for governor? (17:26) What are one or two of the most impactful lessons learned in your personal life? (24:22)  
    In this episode, you will learn: 
    The number one job entrepreneurs, founders, or CEOs have. (06:18) What it means to be an urgent leader and why it’s important for early-stage businesses. (07:35) The reason why Jeff doesn’t like to invest in solo founders. (09:11) The attributes of an ideal partnership. (10:20) Jeff’s favorite question when he’s interviewing people for a job. (14:04) What Jeff’s podcast is all about. (19:37) Why politics offer ‘fake leadership’. (22:32) The importance of having compassion over comparison. (27:59)  
    Connect with Jeff: 
    LinkedIn Us: The Extraordinary Ordinary Podcast Peak Capital Partners  
    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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    • 36 min
    Episode 248 - Creativity: The Key to a Remarkable Life

    Episode 248 - Creativity: The Key to a Remarkable Life

    When we were children, we used to dance, sing, paint, and express ourselves through any means, without being afraid that someone would judge us. But as we grew up, we started to lower our creativity levels due to the fear of being criticized by our peers, our families, or our friends. 
     
    But think about it for a moment. All the successful companies that currently thrive each year have been founded by creative thinkers that applied their imagination and their intuition to bring into the world different things that may have been considered fiction a while ago. Or even think about COVID-19 and how it forced us to step out of our comfort zone to find new ways to go on with our lives.  
     
    We all have that creative thinking inside of us, and it’s a skill that we really need to exercise more if we want to become the best version of ourselves. 
     
    Our international guest today, Firdaus Kharas is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and he was named one of the world’s 50 most talented social innovators and has received more than 112 awards - including the prestigious Peabody Award. He founded the Chocolate Moose Media in 1995, a human-centered mass communications to influence hundreds of millions of lives across the world. 
     
    Firdaus is the author of the book, ‘Creativity: The Key to a Remarkable Life’ in which he dives deep into what creativity is and is not, how creative thinking applies to all of our lives, and how we can hone into this skill and really design the life that we want.  
     
    So, listen to Episode 248 of Becoming Your Best, where Firdaus gives us a true lesson of how we can become our best by consciously using creative thinking both in our personal and our professional lives.  
     
    Some questions I ask: 
    Tell us about your background, including any turning points in your life that have really led you to where you are today. (02:13) What led you to going from mass communication on issues throughout the world, to writing a book on creativity? (07:22) What are some of the barriers to creativity? (10:07) What are some things that from your experience, really help people stoke up their creativity and use it? (21:01) Any final tips you’d like to leave with our listeners? (27:05) In this episode, you will learn: 
    Firdaus’ definition of creativity. (05:57) The purpose of Firdaus’ book. (09:08) The role creative thinking plays in innovation. (13:10) Case study: Motorola vs Apple & the importance of maintaining creative thinking throughout a company’s lifetime. (14:29) Why creativity is the most required skill an employee should have. (17:17) How COVID-19 enhanced our creative thinking, on a global scale. (18:14) The part of our brain that uses creative thinking. (24:15) An example of how you can use creative thinking to regular activities. (25:47)  
    Connect with Firdaus: 
    Chocolate Moose Media Website LinkedIn Book: Firdaus Kharas – Creativity: The Key to a Remarkable Life  
    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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    • 31 min

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