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Show about leadership development and how to overcome hardships along the journey.

Show about leadership development and how to overcome hardships along the journey.
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Show about leadership development and how to overcome hardships along the journey.






(S2E63) Coach Them Up!

In this episode David shares while listening the ESPN 710 Keyshawn in the morning, he has an "aha" moment. He heard Keyshawn Johnson mention a coach is responsible for "coaching up" their players. This resonated with David. Throughout his career he heard many leaders blame their "players" or having "poor performers" but never realize its their responsibility to "coach them up." David talks about why we fail to coach others up. ********************************************** Email me at...


(S2E62) What will you do differently?

In order to be successful it may be time to do something differently? It doesn't mean we are failing...maybe we just haven't found the right solution. In this episode David talks about committing to doing something differently to reach you goals. There are many times in our life and career that we must find a different solution. We must be willing to step outside our comfort zone. Exercising your ability to try different approaches or solutions can teach you new lessons. If you feel...


(S2E61) Defining Moments

In this episode David shares a defining moment with his 9 year old son. He started playing football for the first time and was ready to quit after two days of conditioning. During their talk David new he was close to quitting. They talked about courage and mental toughness. There is a parallel between teaching our kids and team good habits. During these defining moments you will reinforce positive or negative habits. David's son choose to step forward despite his fear. The next day the...


(S2E60) You Got This! (Motivation)

In this episode David shares he needs a little motivation too!!! He talks about "Courage" and why we need to face our fears of the "unknown." If you are looking for motivation today...this is the episode for you. You can change your got this! ********************************************** Check out our Family YouTube Channel: David Rubalcava Vlog: Team Rubalcava Network:...


(S2E59) Proudest Leadership Moment

Recently David was asked, "What is your proudest accomplishment as a leader?" He shares over the course of his career helping others has always been important. David shares how amazing it is to what his own leaders grow and advance. Eventually, they become independent. And that's the ultimate goal. ********************************************** Check out our Family YouTube Channel: David Rubalcava Vlog: Team Rubalcava...


(S2E58) Poor Performers

David share an email asking how to deal with poor performers. In this episode he shares how he seeks to understand what's going on first. This allows a open conversation to take place. ********************************************** Check out our Family YouTube Channel: David Rubalcava Vlog: Team Rubalcava Network: ******************************** Follow...


(S2E57) Re-Invention

Hey guys I'm back! I had to take some time off to search for a balance and figure out how to revamp our projects. After the passing of my friend Dave Ballentine I needed to reflect. During this process I learned I needed to have some fun to put things into perspective. During your career you may need to figure out how to make light of the situation while searching to change a path. ********************************************** Check out our Family YouTube Channel: David Rubalcava...


(S2E56) Remembered

This episode is in memory of Dave Ballentine from the Surging Forward Podcast. Sometimes we never get a chance to tell those who had a lasting impact on our life and career. Mentors play a huge role in our career and life. One of David's mentors, Dave Ballentine, passed away only a week after his final podcast episode on May 13th, 2018. David shares throughout our journey as a leader everyday we choose what kind of lasting memory others will have of us. Compassion was the last thing he...


(S2E55) Keep Your Promise

In this episode David talks about keeping your promise. The promise you made to yourself in career and life is important to keep. He shares he isn't sure he kept his promise to his listeners. The last few months have been difficult balancing his commitments. David takes a deep look into how challenges in life can affect our promise to ourselves. Email questions or comments to Thank you for all your support!...


(S2E54) Remove The Emotion

In this episode David shares a recent incident with a disgruntle customer who was extremely offensive. David discusses how difficult it is to remove the emotion while its happening. He shares how he needed to remember his roles is to resolve the problem not escalate it by allow emotion in. During his phone call, the customer continued to belittle every party involved. David had to keep his cool and find a solution. If you ever felt extremely frustrated by a customer or clients this is a...


(S2E53) Cut Loose

David shares the need to "cut loose" and have some fun. We often view vacations as a way to return from our work. But what if we found a way to have fun at work, even when its filled with pressure and frustration. David shares his new appreciation for just rolling with the punches and laughing when things get tough. Don't loose your sense of humor because your team could benefit from it. ********************************************** Check out our Family Project: Team Rubalcava Network:...


(S3E52) Trust Your Instincts

In this episode David talks about learning to trust your instincts. He shares 3 reasons he used to fail at trusting his own instincts. Experience seems to be the #1 reason people may not trust their instincts. Early in his career he was afraid to make decisions because he lacked the experience and confidence. David shares there is trap tied to experience because leaders become comfortable and no longer have to push the boundaries. The second reason is making “bad” decisions creates fear...


(S2E51) The Great Debate Pt. 2 (Leader Vs. Manager)

Free ebook offer from Joshua Kangley for the next few days. His Amazon best seller book "The 7 Principles of Success: How To Use Them to Live The Life of Your Dreams" is free for a limited time. Check it out:…/B…/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_LpM2Ab2Y7B8YS Josh was also on Ep. 44 listen now: ************************* In this episode David shares he recently attended a leadership training. During this training...


(S2E50) The Dreamer-Motivation Pt. 9

In this episode David celebrates a milestone with his 50th episode. He decided to share how a motivational speech that talks about how hard the road was to reach this goal. As he shares the hardships he realizes that people may never support our goals or ideas. But that's ok. In this memorable episode he explores his courage, motivation, and persistency to never give up. David discovered his passion through the process of the journey. He identified his passion as the tool to keep him...


(S2E49) Narrow Your Focus

In this episode David share's how you must narrow your focus to achieve your goals. He shares how he rally's himself as he struggled with accountability and then delivered results. Narrowing your focus helps remove all the noise and harness your energy to very specific goals/metrics to gain momentum. David share's how he did this by choosing 3 focuses, level setting with his leadership team, communicating expectations, and chasing these goals...


(S2E48) Are You Accountable?

In this episode David revisits "Accountability" using the 7-Values of leadership. He talks about why accountability is difficult and we sometimes want to lay blame on others. Another side to accountability is holding your own team accountable as well. David shares the last few months he fails to hold his team accountable for lack of results. This leadership value is extremely difficult for new leaders. He shares insight to what these conversations look like. We often choose not to be...


(S2E47) The Power of Connection

David shares an experience that helped open his eyes to the power of connection. He was the key note speaker at Orange Grove Middle School for career day. David shares how this experience changed him. His leadership journey was primarily focused on helping adults and professionals. But during this event he witnessed the power middle school students wanting to grow and excited about learning. David begins to realize these students are the future of our country. He also shares later on that...


(S2E46) Re-Introduction of the 7-Values of Leadership

In this episode David re-introduction of "The 7 Values of Leadership." Throughout his career David used the Values to help him identify which part of his leadership is failing him. He took a blend of values from all the organizations he worked with over the last 18 years and identified the most critical. David breaks down each of the values and explains their purpose. Their purpose is to look at your performance through a reflective lens. Success or failure can be contributed to these...


(S2E45) Take A Break-Motivation Pt.8

Every 5 episodes David focuses on motivation. In this episode David shares some learnings he had on his trip to San Diego. He shares how after a long rainy drive a random act of kindness from the restaurant "Hash House A Go Go" to seat them even though they were already closed. David was so grateful and reminds us that when you put out kindness it comes back (Ep. 43). He also shares while during Sunday lunch at Old Town Mexican Café he notices a couple who doesn't speak a word to each...


(S2E44) Interview w/ Joshua Kangley

In this episode Joshua Kangley from joins David to discuss finding your path. Josh is an author, speaker, and podcast host who wrote The 7 Principles of Success. His book became an Amazon top seller. Josh shares his journey of self discovery after a major life setback. From this set back he found his path and began sharing his learnings with the world. ****************** Joshua Kangley Email: Website:...