104: Barbara Gustavson – Build Trust by Being Calm and Steady

Barbara Gustavson, owner of Discover Next Step, trains and equip others to develop new ways to think, respond, engage and lead so they can unleash their inner bold and create a positive impact. She combines personal growth, leadership, and brain-based techniques so her clients can work more efficiently.

Barbara is a Certified Leadership Trainer and Amen Clinic Brain Health Coach, and author of Permission To Be BOLD, and co-author of Breaking Average. She loves being in nature whenever she can. You can often find her in her kayak or hanging out with her rescue dogs and horse


On this episode:

  • Hear the story of Barbara’s career where she started as a financial analyst
  • Barbara shares how she discovered her talent in leadership roles
  • Barbara talks about cognitive flexibility – being flexible about change
  • Barbara’s insights on why we should focus on mindset, strategies, and taking care of ourselves
  • Barbara shares her personal wellness routine during this “working at home” environment brought by the pandemic

Key Takeaways:

  • As leaders, we need to be in tune with the changes that are happening
  • Take care of your personal well-being. Give yourselves small moments to be able to maintain and refill yourselves.
  • Recognize the importance of managing your and your team’s emotions


Tweetable Quotes:

“If I wait and do nothing, I’m not meeting the needs and demand out there.” – Barbara Gustavson

“You don’t want to wait until there’s nothing left. If we are able to shift our paradigm and able to give ourselves small moments of being able to maintain and refill ourselves. We aren’t left with these completely empty feeling or burned-out state.” – Barbara Gustavson


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Learn more about Barbara at https://www.discovernextstep.com/


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