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The Power Paradox: Episode 248 of the Action Catalyst Podcast (Part 2 of 2)

Dacher Keltner, Ph.D., is the founding director of the Greater Good Science Center and a professor of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of The Power Paradox: How We Gain and Lose Influence and Born to Be Good, and a co-editor of The Compassionate Instinct. Show Highlights: When the role models don’t model the proper role, they’ll model the […]

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The Power Paradox: Episode 247 of the Action Catalyst Podcast (Part 1 of 2)

Dacher Keltner, Ph.D., is the founding director of the Greater Good Science Center and a professor of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of The Power Paradox: How We Gain and Lose Influence and Born to Be Good, and a co-editor of The Compassionate Instinct. Show Highlights: Enduring leadership is sustained by service. -Dacher Keltner You’re only as good […]

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Keeping the Vision Alive: Episode 246 of The Action Catalyst Podcast (Part 2 of 2)

  Kelly Wright has over 25 years of experience in leadership, sales, operations, and strategy roles. Her deep Go-To-Market and general P&L management delivers critical expertise to the boardroom. Kelly has helped teams navigate multiple stages of growth, through an IPO, global expansion, leadership transitions, business model changes, and the demands of being a private and public company. Kelly has […]

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Company Culture and Delegation: Episode 245 of The Action Catalyst Podcast (Part 1 of 2)

Kelly Wright has over 25 years of experience in leadership, sales, operations, and strategy roles. Her deep Go-To-Market and general P&L management delivers critical expertise to the boardroom. Kelly has helped teams navigate multiple stages of growth, through an IPO, global expansion, leadership transitions, business model changes, and the demands of being a private and public company. Kelly has broad depth […]

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The Energy Pie: Episode 244 of The Action Catalyst Podcast

  Stan Mabry is an art seller by day and jiu-jitsu fighter by night. After dealing privately in New York and a stint at Sotheby’s, Stanford Mabry founded the Nashville, Tennessee gallery in 1987 and has since established Stanford Fine Art as the premier purveyor of historical, Impressionistic and regional art in the Southeast. Works formerly in the collection of Stanford […]

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Leaders Make the Necessary Changes – Episode 243 of The Action Catalyst Podcast

Gary Garfield shares the truly unique insight he gained first practicing law, and then turning around the financial performance of Bridgestone Americas and the organization’s corporate culture. Through his innovative approach to changing the culture of the organization, Garfield changed the focus of the organization, drove innovation and collaboration, and broke down silos. The result: the company pulled out of […]

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The Myth of Self-Discipline

Would you consider yourself a disciplined person? Why? Why not? I’ve found that most people believe they are either disciplined or they’re not. They think they were somehow born a disciplined person or are that way because it is ingrained in them, something that was passed down from their ancestors and is fully out of their control. Do you feel […]

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The Power of Imbalance

In business and in life we always hear about balance. How do you balance yourself? There isn’t really true balance in life. However, I’ve found it extremely satisfying to balance parts of your life that truly fulfill you. But that’s hard, isn’t it? Work life balance is almost impossible. When we are at work, we don’t just forget about things […]

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Entrepreneur on Fire Podcast Interview with Dustin Hillis

Checkout this podcast interview with John Lee Dumas the host of Entrepreneur on Fire and Dustin Hillis Co-founder of Southwestern Consulting. 3 Key Points: You cannot teach what you don’t know, and you cannot lead where you won’t go. Selling is the transference of emotions and expectations. Keep your principles. Stay focused on your principles. Enjoy! (Click here to listen […]

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Unconditional Confidence

Do you believe confidence is something you are born with or not? At Southwestern Consulting, we found that confidence can be developed and strengthened through awareness and training. There are 3 Types of Confidence. We all have experienced all 3 types in some form or fashion in various ways. Our goal is to progress through the 3 types of confidence […]

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Being Positive vs. Positive Self-Talk

The wealthiest man I know once told me the key to success is having amazing self-talk. I remember feeling disappointed when receiving this advice over a nice dinner. What a conundrum that I’m getting advice from the a man who was featured in Forbes Magazine as one of the most successful people alive and I’m having a negative response to […]

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8 Decisions of an Amazing Marriage

This week is a guest podcast that features me and my husband, Rory Vaden, discussing 8 key decisions we made that have positively impacted our marriage: A marriage touches every area of your life and it directly influences your ability to be successful. In this week’s podcast instead of having an expert guest, I share some of the mistakes that […]

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3 Things You Need To Stop Doing While Cold Calling

Cold calling can be tedious and sometimes discouraging. Here are three simple tips to help increase your success rate while cold calling. Don’t lead with your company name  – Regardless of who answers the phone (the decision maker, receptionist, or their executive assistance) do not lead with, “Hi, this is Amanda Johns Vaden from Southwestern Consulting.” That screams salesperson. You don’t want […]

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Gender Communication: What men and women really mean when they say “I’m sorry”

How good are you at working with the opposite sex? I get asked often, “How do I better sell, communicate with, and build relationships with the opposite gender in a selling or workplace situation?” Here is what I have discovered, we both want the same things, we both have similar goals, we both have the same jobs these days, but […]

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3 Reasons Why Follow-Up is Important

The most inexpensive way for you to get more business is to sell to existing clients. Existing clients are more likely to give you referrals to more potential leads. And it’s easier upsell an existing client. How do we do that? Well, there’s an art to being very good at following up with your customers. In fact, studies have shown […]

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Selling to Baby Boomers

Baby boomers are one of the largest generations currently in the US workforce. Large portions of them are the decision makers in their workplace. Meaning that a vast majority of the decision makers are between the ages of 50 and 70. How do we sell, communicate, and build relationships with this generation? The first thing you need to know is […]

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