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Being overwhelmed creates anxiety and paralyzes our growth. We can be overwhelmed in seasons of growth and seasons of struggle. Jenni and the 4Sight team want to help you manage today for a better tomorrow. Join Jenni as she interviews leaders from all walks of life and helps you find the clarity for a better tomorrow.
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Even when we know our passion and purpose, we can become distracted by the challenges we face in leading toward our mission. This episode holds a conversation between 4Sight Founder and CEO Jenni Catron and author and entrepreneur Erin Weidemann about how to lead faithfully even in the face of unexpected hardship or in the midst of change. In this episode, you'll hardship can awaken your purpose the role of prayer in pursuing your callingwhich comes first: creativity or challengesAbout Erin:Erin Weidemann is the founder of Truth Becomes Her, a brand that equips moms and women with resources to help them step into their unique leadership roles.A sought-after homeschool consultant, certified teacher, coach, and nationally-recognized speaker, Erin’s personal mission is to shift the conversation around feminine values from being beauty-driven, to a focus on inherent worth.An on-air personality for Air1 Radio, Erin delivers “59 Seconds of Hope” daily as well as hosts the Heroes For Her Podcast where she interviews positive female role models who are living out their passions in-line with their personal values.She is the author of eight books, including the best-selling Bible Belles series, The Adventures of Rooney Cruz which has sold hundreds of thousands of copies worldwide. You can find her newest book is a five-time cancer survivor, and lives and homeschools in San Diego, CA with her husband, Brent, and their daughters.
It's in the nature of leaders to have vision, to see a preferred future and a path to get there. If we're not careful, though, we can lose touch with the sense of wonder and curiosity that ignited the leadership journey in us to begin with. In this conversation with entrepreneur, consultant, story-maker and illusionist Harris III, Jenni and Harris discuss the ways that wonder and story shape our leadership and our teams.In this episode you'll learn:Why cultivating a sense of wonder matters for your leadershipWhen to say "wow" and when to ask "how"how to move your team from an old story to a new storywhy every problem is a story-telling problemthe difference between story-telling and story-makingHarris' book: The Wonder SwitchAbout Harris:Harris started performing magic as a kid and traveled the world performing in his 20s. He earned his first million at 21, was bankrupt by 22 and had to recalibrate his life. Reclaiming wonder made all the difference. He kickstarted a decade-long journey to understand the stories we tell ourselves and how they drive all human behavior. Armed with a unique perspective, his career re-exploded as a world-renowned storyteller whose live experiences, trainings, and consulting. At the age of 25, Harris was named by Catalyst as one of America’s “most influential young leaders.” His expertise at crafting transformative learning experiences has since drawn the attention of creative leaders and executives at global brands like Apple, Disney, Nike and many more, along with some of the most innovative non-profit organizations and government agencies worldwide--even NASA. In 2016, Harris founded the Istoria Collective, a consultancy and innovation lab. Whether he and his team are consulting with prestigious private foundations to shape needed policy changes or perform important humanitarian work, or he’s helping the next generation of creative leaders build the future at tech companies like Google or Microsoft, Harris’s leadership isn’t just having a ripple effect around the world--it’s beginning to make waves. Armed with the belief that every problem is a storytelling problem, he is proving through his work and narrative intelligence that storytellers really are the architects of culture.He is also the visionary entrepreneur and curator behind STORY, the world’s premier gathering for artists, creators and storytellers. He is a sought after coach, creative consultant and experience designer, and a quiet producer behind a diverse slate of TV and film projects, backed by a 7-figure development fund. In 2019, he founded the STORY Foundation, a non-profit focused on raising up and empowering the next generation of storytellers to change the future.Connect with
Trust is a foundational component of all relationships, and our working relationships with our teams are no different. We are only able to lead well to the extent that we are trusted. The question is: how do we build trust with those on our teams. In this episode, Jenni Catron shares 5 ways you can build trust with your team.In this episode,  you'll to truly see those you leadwhy belief is a giftwho should be giving and receiving trustthe value of self-awareness
Some of the greatest resources entrusted to us as leaders are the people--the human resources--we get to lead. And it's the sacred trust of the leader to provide them with the clarity and structure that allow their gifts and talents to combine with those of others' to achieve a common mission. In this episode, you'll hear Jenni Catron's instruction about the importance of an intentional organizational chart and what it can provide for your team.You'll learn...what an org chart provides (and it's more than you think!)why you need onehow your existing org chart probably came abouthow your org chart could be better
As leaders, being fueled by our values and remaining teachable in our leadership journey allows us to truly live into our calling. In this episode of The Jenni Catron Leadership Podcast, Jenni talks with Liz Forkin Bohannon about how her commitment to her values has changed her life and how channeling her inner beginner allows her to lead well. In this interview, you'll learn:why community mattershow to step into difficult conversations with vulnerability and respecthow to leverage your platform for what matters most to youthe power of being willing to go back to the beginning...and more!About Liz Forkin Bohannon:Liz Forkin Bohannon is the founder of Sseko Designs and the author the book Beginner's Pluck: Build your Life of Purpose and Impact Now. Sseko Designs is an ethical fashion brand that works to educate and empower women.Connect with Liz:on Instagramthrough her book Beginner's Pluck: Build your Life of Purpose and Impact Now
When our teams are under pressure, what emerges is what's most true. Our true motivations, values and culture are evident when we face challenges because no one has margin or energy to give to diplomacy and bureaucracy. Moments or seasons of difficulty shine a spotlight on the need for healthy team culture. In this episode, Jenni Catron teaches 7 ways to develop effective and engaged culture with your team.In this episode, you'll learn:Why culture mattersWhat is within your control as a leaderWhy listening mattersHow to affect change without disorienting those you leadWhy painting a picture of the future is importantHow to be both patient AND persistentThe single most important thing you can do as a leader of faith
Can You Be Trusted?

Can You Be Trusted?


Of all the things that can enhance or detract from the health of your organization's culture, trust is at the top of the list. When your team members trust each other and their leaders, the sky is the limit to what they can accomplish together. And when they don't, it's only a matter of time before progress is impeded. In this week's episode of The Jenni Catron Leadership Podcast, Jenni teaches us how to build trust with those we lead by defining what matters most.In this episode, you'll learn...why trust is THE thingthe 2 things you need to know to build trust how defining values guides your team's behaviorswhat happens when your values aren't clarified
An irresistible team culture engages and activates talented people. Whether they are employees or volunteers, people are drawn to environments where they feel connected and where they can contribute in meaningful ways. But environments like this don't develop by accident. In this episode, Jenni Catron teaches us what culture is, why it matters and how to create it.In this episode, you'll learn...what is team culturewhat makes up the essence of culturewhy your culture is either attracting or repelling peoplehow a strong culture affects why culture mattershow to define your valueshow to align values with behaviors
We all have habits in our lives that yield both positive and negative results. And the same is true about our organizations. And while habits are strong and sometimes difficult to change, they're not holding us captive. When we, as leaders, investigate our organizational habits, it gives us valuable insight into the culture we're creating for our teams. And as Maya Angelou says, "When you know better, you do better." This knowledge can help us lead more effectively toward the culture we hope to build. In this episode, Jenni Catron teaches us about the ways habits are shaping our teams and why this deserves our attention as leaders.In this episode, you'll learn:what the "habit loop" is and why it mattershow your habits affect your teamwhy you need to be intentional about your organizational habitsAtomic Habits by James Clear
As leaders, we are all facing new challenges, unknowns and decisions that feel beyond our control. Sometime daily. There's nothing comfortable about feeling out of control and uncertain. Especially when others are looking to you to lead the way through. In this candid and inspiring conversation, author, speaker, and business consultant Alli Worthington shares with Jenni Catron practical tips about what it looks like to lead with confidence, even when you're uncomfortable.About Alli:Alli Worthington's goal is to help women live the life they were created to live. She lives outside Nashville with her husband, Mark, their five sons, and the only golden retriever who refuses to retrieve. She's a popular Christian women's speaker who travels the country sharing her humor, practical advice, and encouragement. She hosts her top-rated weekly podcast, The Alli Worthington Show, and brings us friends she loves, experts to learn from, and coaches listeners in life, business, and faith.Alli built her business in 2008 after her family went bankrupt with $42, a broken laptop, and millions of Google searches. She is now a sought-after coach and consultant who has helped individuals, small business owners, and Fortune 500 companies be more successful. Alli spends way too much time on Instagram at @AlliWorthington and you can download free resources and gifts at AlliWorthington.comConnect with Alli:Alli Worthington websiteStanding Strong book
Have you ever felt like success is a moving target? You have vision for your life, you set goals and work diligently toward them, but ultimately, it seems that everyone else is getting ahead while the results you're hoping for elude you. Listen in as author, speaker and well-known podcast host Jamie Ivey shares with Jenni Catron how to adjust your mindset and find peace and satisfaction even when your idea of success isn't happening as fast as you'd hoped.In this episode, you'll learn...Whether or not success and godliness are mutually exclusiveThe difference between success and faithfulnessHow to use the level of influence that God has uniquely given youHow to find opportunities in adversityAbout Jamie:Jamie Ivey is creator and host of the popular podcast, “The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey,” a central gathering place for talking about life and Jesus. Jamie told the raw, redemptive story that brought her to this place in her debut book, “If You Only Knew.” Now she’s telling the story that keeps her going and frames her God-empowering message to women today. Jamie and her husband, Aaron, make their home for six, plus guests—come anytime!—in Austin, Texas.Connect with Jamie:Instagram: @jamieiveyJamieivey.comText FRIEND to 33777 to learn more about You Be You and receive a free printable  
Do you ever feel as if you're working twice as hard for half the impact? That your capacity cannot keep up with the demands of leadership? All too common, these feelings contribute to leadership anxiety. This conversation between Jenni Catron and author, pastor and coach Steve Cuss is a helpful exploration of the anxiety we carry as leaders and how to manage it.In this episode, you'll learn:what leadership anxiety ishow your false needs affect other people how to identify when you are anxioustangible practices to go from anxious to grounded About Steve: Steve Cuss is the lead pastor, Discovery Christian Church in Broomfield, Colorado, and the author of Managing Leadership Anxiety: Yours and Theirs. He also teaches leadership development classes and conducts self-awareness seminars in the United States and internationally. Connect with
As unpredictable as 2020 has been, one thing we can predict is how many hours there will be in each day. While we can't control the number hours we have, we can control how we fill them. Our time truly is one of our greatest resources. In order to make the most impact with our limited minutes, hours and days, we need to give some attention to our priorities. In this episode, Jenni Catron, Founder and CEO of the 4Sight Group, teaches us how to define our priorities and order them so that we are positioned to make the impact we hoping to.In this episode, you'll learn:the difference between fixed and subjective priorities4 steps to putting your priorities in orderwhat an "impact" priority is why you need to set yourspractical exercises for determining your personal, impact and organizational priorities
In a season that is more draining, more overwhelming, and more demanding than many leaders have encountered, there is the occasional glimmer of hope in the form of good news. And some good news is this: burnout is NOT inevitable. You can take steps to ensure that you're leading yourself well and moving toward health as a leader even in the midst of challenging times. But what are they? How do we stay proactive about our own health so we can continue to lead those we're entrusted to lead? Coach and consultant Alan Briggs shares practical encouragement to that end with Jenni Catron in this episode of The Jenni Catron Leadership Podcast. In this episode, you'll learn:why you need both spiritual and practical rhythmswhat to do when you're "leading on tired"which comes first: the work or the workmanshipthe difference between tired, exhausted, burnoutwhat rhythms we need and whenwhether you're a blank canvas or an ice sculpturethe difference between loneliness and isolationhow to seek clarity instead of certaintyhow to move from reactive to proactiveAbout Alan:Alan Briggs is crazy about helping hungry leaders GET HEALTHY and REACH MORE IMPACT. He and the team at Stay Forth Designs do this through coaching leaders, consulting with teams, hosting leadership experiences and creating practical content. He co-hosts Right Side up Leadership Podcast where he hosts conversations about healthy leadership. He has been a pastor, church planting catalyst and entrepreneur. He is dad to four amazing kids and one amazing wife. His books Staying is the New Going, Guardrails, Everyone’s a Genius and The Right-Side up Leader help followers of Jesus take their next right steps. Connect with Alan:@AlanBriggs
When your work is to respond to crisis around the world, what do you do when the SAME crisis is affecting the entire world at the SAME time? Even if the nature of your work is more localized, the impact of the global pandemic is undoubtedly part of your decision-making processes right now. Listen in to glean powerful leadership insights from this conversation between Jenni Catron and Noel Yeatts, President of World Help.In this episode, you'll learn:how to stay decisive in crisishow to use the Stockdale Principle to your advantagewhy you should determine what's most critical and let what can wait, waitwhy the chief visionary's voice mattershow to protect team culture in virtual work settingshow to be more present with your teamhow to build trust with those you leadAbout Noel:Noel Yeatts is an advocate for social justice, with over 20 years of experience in global humanitarian work. She is an author, speaker, and the President of World Help — an international, Christian humanitarian organization serving the physical and spiritual needs of impoverished communities around the world. She regularly takes the stage for speaking engagements and advocacy events around the country and has been widely recognized for her book, Awake: Doing a World of Good One Person at a Time.Noel’s love for justice runs in the family, her husband Patrick serves as a Circuit Court Judge in Virginia. Together, they live in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains with their two sons, Riley and Bentley, and one feisty — not-so-teacup — Chihuahua, named Thunder.Connect with Noel:instagram twitter facebook
Which words would you use to describe the culture of your team? Fast-paced, toxic, friendly, suspicious, focused? Does the word excellent make your list? Whether pursuit of excellence is a stated priority for you, there are few leaders who don't want to see their team improve. Not to simply become incrementally better, but to truly excel at accomplishing your mission. This episode with Horst Schulze is rich with practicality and contagious inspiration that will fuel you to build a culture of excellence within your team.In this episode, you'll learn...the definition of excellencewho is responsible for excellencewhy you shouldn't hire peoplethe difference between leadership and managementthe 3 kinds of customersAbout Horst Schulze:As founding President and COO of Ritz-Carlton and founder of Capella Hotels and Resorts, Horst established a new standard of excellence in his industry. He revolutionized the hotel industry, creating one of the most recognizable international brands, forever altering the very nature of customer service. Horst is also the author of his seminal book Excellence Wins.
Perspective can change everything. If we focus on what we DON'T have, on the limits or scarcity that exists rather than on the possibilities and the resources that ARE available to us, we can fall into self-defeating patterns. When we lift our eyes to a more optimistic and "offensive" perspective, we begin to lead ourselves and our teams into a greater story. This poignant and encouraging conversation between Jenni Catron and pastor, speaker, author and tv/radio/podcast host Sam Collier will help you discover how to do just that.In this episode, you'll learn:where to find optimism in difficult circumstanceswhy perspective mattershow to engage your own gritwhat happens when you play to winhow to understand other people's storiesthe power of listening to othersAbout Sam:Sam Collier is a pastor, speaker, writer, and host of the “A Greater Story with Sam Collier” TV show and radio podcast. He is a speaker and host at North Point Ministries, founded by Andy Stanley, and he also communicates nationally and internationally as a speaker and contributor to the ReThink Group, Orange Network, Orange Tour, Alpha International Leadership Conference, Willow Creek Global Leadership Summit, Culture Conference, and more. He has also been interviewed on numerous TV shows, podcasts, and radio programs. Collier lives with his wife, Toni, and daughter in Atlanta, Georgia.Connect with Sam:A Greater Story bookA Greater Story websiteInstagram
In her book Feel the Fear...and Do It Anyway, Susan Jeffers shares 3 categories of fear: Level 1 includes fear of what happens to us or requires action from us, Level 2 involves fears that are inner states of mind like rejection or vulnerability, and Level 3 contains fear that we can't handle what comes our way or that  we are not enough. If we're honest, the current state in which we're leading has us experiencing all 3 of those categories of fear. Between the ramifications of the pandemic, racial injustice and political divisiveness, the uncertainty can feel like too much. So HOW do we keep from giving into the fears we face as we seek to lead well? Jenni Catron explores answers to this important question in today's episode.In this episode, you'll learn...what you sacrifice when you lead from a place of fearhow fear impacts your influencewhat scripture says about being afraidhow to confront fear with truthhow to exchange fear for faithFor more on this and other ways to unleash your God-given influence, read Jenni's book Clout.
Never has Greek philosopher Heraclitus' notion that "Change is the only constant in life" felt more true than in 2020. And as leaders, we don't simply have the option to navigate the immense changes we're facing as individuals. We have the sacred responsibility to lead others through change. So the question becomes more and more pertinent: "How do we lead through change?" In this episode of the Jenni Catron Leadership podcast, Jenni guides us through 5 steps to successfully navigate an ever-altering climate while maintaining trust with our teams.In this episode, you'll learn...why we should welcome changewhat change produceshow to mitigate unintended consequenceshow to confidently communicate changeText 4Sight to (773) 770-4377 to download our free workbook "3 Keys for Developing a Thriving Team"Visit for more information on our next online coaching group "Building an Extraordinary Team Culture"Connect with Jenni:@jennicatron on InstagramJenni Catron on Facebook
The outset of the pandemic forced us all to be quick learners at a new work-from-home reality, but Tricia Sciortino and her team at Belay have been setting best practices for remote work for the last 10 years. Not only that, but their team culture is extraordinary. Belay has been repeatedly recognized as an exemplary workplace, including recently being named one of Inc Magazine's Best Workplaces of 2020. This conversation between Jenni and Tricia is beneficial for any leader who is wondering how their team culture can survive this unpredictable season intact. In this episode, you'll learn:what the 3rd option is and why it matterswho should be responsible for leadership developmenthow to create an organizational culture people are dying to work forpractical tips for virtual team buildingwhere culture should show up in your workplaceAbout Tricia:Tricia Sciortino is the CEO of BELAY, which provides Virtual Specialists - assistants, bookkeepers, copywriters, social media strategists and webmasters - to pastors and business leaders across the country. Their innovative staffing model equips companies with specialists dedicated to growing the organization efficiently. They match companies to specialists based on factors like: personality, work style, and business needs.Tricia obtained her B.A in Business from University of Hartford in Hartford, CT.  Prior to joining BELAY, Tricia successfully lead teams in retail management. Tricia became BELAY’s very first employee and first virtual assistant. She has been an integral part of the team since the very beginning, growing to serve as Director, Vice President, President, COO, and now CEO. Along the way, she helped create the culture of service and the standards each virtual specialist carries out today.Originally from New York, Tricia currently resides in Charlotte, NC, with her husband, two daughters and stepson. When she is not working, you’ll find her near water — pool, lake or beach.Connect with Tricia:Instagram: @triciamsciortinoLinkedin: /in/triciasciortino/
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