Becoming Your Best | The Principles Of Highly Successful Leaders



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 youve 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 changenot 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 youve always dreamed of.Click subscribe to get a new podcast episode every Thursday.


  • Episode 329 - Inspirational Lessons on VISION From the 3 Little Pigs

    24/05/2022 Duração: 28min

    Developing a long-lasting stormproof vision is an essential part of our journey to becoming our best. Whether it is an organizational or personal vision, it'll provide direction to our teams, ourselves, and even our customers. In this episode, we analyze the transformational effects of setting a powerful vision. Using the 3 Little Pigs story as a case study, we unravel the benefits of having a well-thought, consistent vision that inspires those around to do their best to live and work according to that vision, which will also help them find their way back when they get out of track. We analyze several examples of companies that made their own and their customers' lives easier by providing a clear, short, and concise vision of how they conduct their business and what values they expect to deliver. We also look closely into a few details to consider when writing our personal vision, the pitfalls to avoid, and why it is crucial to check and review our vision from time to time. Tune in to Episode 3

  • Episode 328 - Emery Rubagenga - A Mindset of Excellence To Change A Nation's Destiny

    17/05/2022 Duração: 27min

    There are fewer better examples of what visionary leadership can do than the Rwandan progress. After the tragic civil war of 1994 that killed nearly 1 million Rwandan citizens in less than 100 days, leaders of the fourth-smallest country in Africa realized that they had to start by improving their leadership skills to change their country's fate. Less than 20 years later, they decreased poverty and unemployment significantly, increased life expectancy, and established universal health care. Rwanda is a leading country in gender equality, its economy keeps growing, and malaria and maternity mortality rates dropped. Emery Rubagenga, CEO of ROKA Global Resources, the leading ore mining, processing, and exporting company in Rwanda, visit us to talk about the remarkable Rwandan progress. Emery is also a board member of the African Wildlife Foundation. Thanks to his participation in the Eisenhower Fellowships 2022 Global Program, we were lucky enough to get a hold of him. In this episode, we get to s

  • Episode 327 - Curiosity and Knowledge Lead to Happiness, Health, and High-Performance

    10/05/2022 Duração: 30min

    Being in a leadership position implies that we must set the pace and direction our teams should follow. However, that does not mean that we have all the answers, and there is nothing out there for us to learn. In fact, it's quite the opposite; the more we maintain our curiosity and the urge to learn new things, the bigger the chances are of becoming better leaders for our teams.In this episode, we focus on one of the 12 Principles of Highly Successful Leaders: applying the power of knowledge to our lives.Establishing a mentally and physically healthy life with solid finances, strong relationships, and a strong brand as our vision, we explore how the power of knowledge can help us get there.We dive into four powerful sources of knowledge all of us have access to -- with proven results for many successful and high-performing leaders -- that can immediately impact our lives: mentors and coaches, books, forums or mastermind groups, and the last one, podcasts, seminars, webinars, and any other social broadcasts.Tu

  • Episode 326 - Focus on the Inside Game and the Outside Game Will Improve

    03/05/2022 Duração: 24min

    When was the last time you checked in with yourself, your habits, and your personal and professional relationships to see how they are serving you in becoming the best version of yourself?In today's episode, I share seven ways to make sure we are living a life by design and focus on our inside game, which will, eventually, reflect on our outside game. We delve into the importance of being aware that situations are neutral; our attitude towards them matters. You’ll also learn how to use the G.I.G.O model in your favor -- Greatness In, Greatness Out.In addition, we value the importance of having a deep and meaningful connection with God, being aware that we are not our thoughts (initially), and embracing the power of Pre-week Planning. You’ll also find out why you should constantly invest in yourself and the crucial role people around you play in your life. Tune in to Episode 326 of Becoming Your Best, to learn all you need to know about the best ways to check in your inside game, so your outside game can

  • Episode 325 - Shawna Schuh - How Finishing School Can Help Leadership Thinking!

    26/04/2022 Duração: 34min

    True leaders are lifelong learners. Those in leadership positions must have an inherent love for learning new things and be humble enough to understand they don't know what they don't know. This thought is one of the many valuable lessons our guest, Shawna Schuh, learned throughout a life of working with and forming leaders from virtually every industry. Raised in a modest home, Shawna was sent to finishing school, where she ended up teaching for over 20 years. Shawna would teach young girls and help them achieve their dreams of becoming models, but after many years of guiding hundreds of teen girls on how to put themselves together, she discovered her true passion: forming leaders. Shawna Schuh is a lifetime adventurer, entertainer, and leadership expert. She holds a Master's Certificate in Neuro-Linguistic Programming and worked with Nike, Columbia Sportswear, Fashion Group International, and the National Speakers Association. Shawna also has two TEDx talks to her credit and a passion for helping

  • Episode 324 - The Calm in the Storm with Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe

    19/04/2022 Duração: 31min

    Growing up, Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe's mother would tell her she was a problem solver, an agile thinker, and bound to do hard things. Dr. Robyne's mother had steadfast confidence in her child; she knew her child was an extraordinary being. What she didn't know, however, was that those words would save her daughter's life.Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe is a Keynote Speaker, Writer, and Educator. She specializes in resiliency. She helps people navigate stress, change, leadership, and personal wellness in the workplace. She is the author of Calm Within the Storm and the protagonist of an incredible survival and resiliency story.In this episode, Dr. Robyne shares her impressive survival story of escaping from death's fingers in a river's cold waters. We have an inspiring conversation about resilience, self-awareness, peace, and values. We also talk about the massive difference a consistent champion can make in a child's life, the importance of accepting that having hiccups along the way is normal and expected, and how to

  • Episode 323 - Richard Newman - Body Talk That Makes a Difference

    12/04/2022 Duração: 34min

    Many years before becoming a world-class communication expert, Richard Newman struggled to make friends at school and interact with other kids. Unaware of his condition, high functioning autism, which wasn't diagnosed until he was 44, Richard recognized his major flaw was his communication skills. He became passionate about upgrading his communication skills, so he read every communication book that fell into his hands. Following his passion for becoming a better communicator, Richard decided to live in the foothills of the Himalayas in a tiny Tibetan monastery, where he spent 6 months teaching English to the monks and learning Nepali.Richard Newman is the Founder & CEO of UK Body Talk. He is also a Keynote Speaker, an award-winning writer, and a Communication and Pitch Coach.  In this episode, Richard shares his story of becoming a communication leader and expert. We talk about his experiences living with the Tibetan monks, his life as an actor, and the incredible techniques he learned abo

  • Episode 322 - Alisa Goodwin Snell - Are You A Master or Disaster of Communication?

    05/04/2022 Duração: 36min

    Regardless of their age or how long they have been together, couples experience tension, arguments, or discussions at some point. The outcome of those moments and whether they turn that moment into a huge fight or a friendly conversation depends entirely on how they respond to their spouse's comments. If they feel attacked, they'll react aggressively. If they put their senses together and acknowledge how much they love the person in front of them, they will respond differently.There are several techniques really easy to implement in our lives to prevent us from getting into unproductive arguments, and our guest, Alisa Goodwin Snell, visits us to teach us exactly how to do it.Alisa Goodwin Snell is the Nation's #1 Dating and Relationships Strategist. She is an author, podcast host, and the creator of the Lasting Love Academy, a platform that supports singles and couples to find the formula for loving and lasting relationships.Throughout our conversation, we delve into Alisa's personal story and why she decided

  • Episode 321 - Andrew Bustamante - Elite Spy Skills That You Can Apply Everyday

    29/03/2022 Duração: 31min

    From all the myths and misconceptions around spies and their abilities, perhaps the most utterly inaccurate is thinking that spies are supernatural humans or extraordinary people with mad out-of-this-world skills. They are not; they are ordinary people. Extremely well trained and prepared, but regular people.In today's episode, our guest, Andrew Bustamante, will help us debunk lots of those myths around spies and help us incorporate some of his own training as CIA Intelligence Officer in our lives.Andrew Bustamante is a Former CIA Intelligence Officer, Founder of the EverydaySpy training platform, Private Intelligence consultant, and host of the Everyday Espionage podcast.We had a fantastic conversation about the possibilities hidden in feeling hopeless, the power of asking questions, the advantages of understanding people's perceptions and perspectives, and why realizing that everyone acts pursuing their best interests can change the way we see other people and their actions. Andrew shared how he became a CI

  • Episode 320 - Art Bell - Innovation and the Founding of Comedy Central

    22/03/2022 Duração: 35min

    "Stop right there! That is a terrible idea, and I'm going to tell you why." Those were the words Art Bell heard from HBO's Head of Programming just a few seconds into pitching his idea of creating a comedy channel. In the following 15 minutes of that meeting, Art heard a long list of reasonable objections to his idea, and all of them made a lot of sense.But Art had a vision; it wasn't only a crazy idea. He had a vision, and he was passionate about it, so he didn't stop there. Since HBO wasn't going to do it, he had to figure out how to put his comedy channel out there.Our guest, Art Bell, is a Former TV Executive, Founder of the Comedy Channel -- which eventually became Comedy Central -- Podcast Host, and the Author of the memoir: "Constant Comedy: How I Started Comedy Central and Lost My Sense of Humor."Throughout this episode, Art shares details of how he created Comedy Central, the humbling experience of being told his idea was terrible, and the importance of his passion and vision to turn the odds around

  • Episode 319 - The Treasures of Life!

    15/03/2022 Duração: 17min

    Today's episode is a real treat; we are blessed with Dorothy Russell's presence on the show for the second time. She'll be 97 in April, and she just stepped away from managing her real estate properties last year. She had served as a civic, political, business, and social leader across several countries in North, Central, and South America, along with her husband, Gardner Russell.We had an inspiring conversation about Dorothy's secrets and advice for a happy, long-lasting, and fulfilling life. We discuss the central role of nurturing relationships, the importance of focusing on the positives, whether from those around us or the everyday events, and being mindful about our nutrition and exercises routines. Dorothy also shared valuable insights on marriage, friendship, and business. Tune in to Episode 319 of Becoming Your Best and get inspired by Dorothy's beautiful soul. Some Questions I Ask:What was it like managing your properties for so long? And how was it for you to decide to get out? (4:16)Rela

  • Episode 318 - How Becoming Your Best Can Be Transformational with Jeanene Dutt

    08/03/2022 Duração: 34min

    It never occurred to our guest, Jeanene Dutt, that a book she read as part of her doctoral program would massively impact her life. She got a copy of "Becoming Your Best" and applied the 12 principles of highly successful leaders to her personal development, losing 40 pounds and improving her personal and professional relationships in the process. Jeanene then decided to extend the transformational power of her experience and develop the several teams she was leading.The next step was becoming a facilitator and training her leadership team to create a shared leadership vision and goal. Creating a common language and vision was the foundation stone; they revolutionized the school, instilling growth and personal development in both students and teachers.Jeanene Dutt is the Principal of North Warren Regional High School; she holds a B.A. in Spanish from Moravian College, an M.Ed. in Secondary Education from East Stroudsburg University, and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Centenary University.In this epis

  • Episode 317 - Leading from the Jumpseat with Peter Docker

    01/03/2022 Duração: 34min

    One of the worst mistakes we can make as leaders is retaining control. Being responsible for the outcome doesn't mean we must control everything; it's quite the opposite. The moment we learn to hand over control, we empower ourselves and our teams, and extraordinary opportunities emerge. Leading without thinking of handing over control buys excellent opportunities for the present by selling the future.Our guest, Peter Docker, created the concept of leading from the jumpseat in a life-or-death situation he had as a Senior Pilot of the Royal Air Force. In less than two seconds, and with his life and all the passengers' lives on the line, he had to make a decision that would directly impact the outcome of that emergency.Peter Docker is a Keynote Speaker, Teacher, and Author of "Leading from the jumpseat. How to create extraordinary opportunities by handing over control." After a flawless 25-year career in the Royal Air Force, Peter spent over 14 years and counting partnering with businesses worldwide, including

  • The Olympic Spirit: Faster, Higher, Stronger

    22/02/2022 Duração: 29min

    As Beijing hosts the 2022 Olympic Winter Games, feeling the Olympic spirit hovering around is inevitable. The athletes who spend four years training to compete for a couple of minutes, in some cases just seconds, are, at minimum, inspiring.The phrase "Citius, Altius, Fortius" pronounced by the Dominican priest Henri Didon before a school competition in 1881 was adopted by the games and slowly but surely, turned into an Olympic symbol, just like the Olympic flame and the Olympic rings. Citius, Altius, Fortius; faster, higher, stronger. The phrase sums up the Olympic spirit, and it is as inspiring as the athletes themselves. It pushes us to always give our best, work consciously and consistently to achieve our goals, and never surrender.Today's episode is about pouring the Olympic spirit into our personal and professional lives. We travel back to 2002 when the Tabernacle Choir performed John Williams' "Call of the champions" during the Winter Olympics to listen to its inspiring sound and take a moment to nurtur

  • Episode 315 - Leadership: A Sacred Journey with Micheal Pope

    15/02/2022 Duração: 29min

    It took almost 30 minutes of a presentation for our guest, Micheal Pope, to realize she had lost her audience at the beginning of her exposition. The experience taught her a valuable lesson; she had to listen first, be humble, and never assume audiences are willing to receive her grandiose knowledge about a subject. Her grandiose knowledge must match the needs and ideas of the audience, and not the other way round. That day, Micheal understood that the most important thing a leader can do is listen with intention and clarity. Micheal Pope is the CEO at ASEB (Alzheimer's Services of the East Bay). She is a professional leader with several years of experience in Public Speaking, Community Outreach, and Non-Profit Organizations. Micheal is also the Host of the Life is a Sacred Journey podcast and a Conference Lay Leader of the California/Nevada Conference of the United Methodist Church. In this episode, we had a fantastic conversation about leadership, the power of intentional listening, the art of bui

  • Episode 314 - The Power of Kindness

    08/02/2022 Duração: 15min

    A random act of kindness can completely change someone's day, and it doesn't have to be something huge; a simple thing will do the trick. We can make a positive comment about someone's outfit or skills, let a person behind us in line take our place, or we can let someone in and take the higher road in traffic. The best part of it is that kindness is a choice, and each one of us can choose to be kind to others, to lift their day, and feel better about ourselves.   This episode is about the human superpower of being kind for no reason, with people we don't know, and moved by the selfless choice of turning kindness into one of our core values. We talk about the need for kindness to deal with the polarized world we live in, the effects of kindness on others and ourselves, and why answering with kindness, regardless of how chaotic things are around us, is always the best way out.   Tune in to Episode 314 of Becoming Your Best and discover the power of kindness and how we can use it to change ou

  • Episode 313 - Achieving Your Best

    01/02/2022 Duração: 17min

    Every day of our lives is an invitation to take a step closer to our life's purpose, find it if we haven't yet, reassess and correct the course of our direction towards our goals if needed, and challenge ourselves to become better than the day before.  Having an inspiring and motivating purpose is a life enlarger; it makes us want to improve, learn new tricks, and set and achieve new personal and professional goals.   Today's episode is an invitation to live by a purpose, to have weekly, monthly, and or annual goals, and develop a system to keep us accountable for them. We go through a couple of personal stories to illustrate the power and the benefits of designing a purpose and committing to achieving it, the 5,000 shot goal, and the life-changing experience of turning a dream into a plan.   Tune in to Episode 313 of Becoming Your Best and get inspired to seek a purpose, design a plan to achieve it, and have a fun time doing it.   In This Episode, You Will Le

  • Episode 312 - Stop Selling with Brandon Steiner

    18/01/2022 Duração: 30min

    Brandon Steiner received his first lesson in entrepreneurship when he was 12; it was free and given by his own mother. He was after a prize of a candy bars box for whoever opened up the most accounts on a paper route. After days of not getting any new clients and seeing him devastated by his repeated failure, his mother gave him a piece of advice he would carry his entire life and make part of his core values as an entrepreneur.   "Stop selling; you can't expect people to just buy a product from you. Differentiate yourself, be a solution-oriented salesperson. You have to solve, you have to serve, stop selling."  Brandon Steiner is the Founder and President of The Steiner Agency and CollectibleXchange, Motivational and Inspirational Speaker, and Author. Brandon has spoken to world-class organizations such as the New York Yankees, BMW North America, Nike, and Live Nation, to name a few. He is the author of "Living on Purpose: Stories, About Faith, Fortune, and Fitness that Wil

  • Episode 311 - How to Feel Great and Overcome Negative Emotions with Dr. David Burns

    11/01/2022 Duração: 42min

    Early in his career, Dr. David Burns asked his mentor, Aaron Beck, what to do with hopeless patients, the ones medicine didn't have an answer for. Beck's answered he never gave up on a patient, and that David should build his own policy in that regard. As a result, Dr. Burns adopted that philosophy and never gave up on a patient; he happily assisted thousands of patients with a 100% recovery rate.   Our guest, Dr. David Burns, is one of the world's leading authorities dealing with anxiety, depression, and other mental conditions. He received his M.D. from Stanford University School of Medicine and completed his psychiatry residency at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He is also a Podcast Host and Author of several books, including "Feeling Good - The New Mood Therapy" and "Feeling Great - The Revolutionary New Treatment for Depression and Anxiety."  After over 40 years of research and working with tens of thousands of pati

  • Episode 310 - The Neuroscience of Meditation, Sleep, and the Brain

    04/01/2022 Duração: 30min

    Watching her mother create beautiful pieces on a white canvas and her father, a self-made real estate agent, flipping houses with ease, Ariel Ganter learned early in her life she could create whatever she wanted and live her life without having "a real job."  Pursuing her desire to help people have a better life, Ariel got in touch with a brain-computer interface system, EEG, capable of reading brain waves and providing real-time feedback on brain activity. Fast forward many years, Ariel would use EEG to develop a technology capable of helping people untangle their busy minds with the power of mindfulness. Ariel Garten is the Founder and Chief Evangelism Officer at IteraXon Inc, responsible for creating MUSE, The Brain Sensing Band. MUSE makes meditation easier by sensing the brain activity and sending that information to a phone or tablet, providing the user with real-time audio feedback to help take the guesswork out of meditation. In this episode, Ariel shares bits of her

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