The High Road to Leadership with Beverly Lewis
A Purposeful Pause

A Purposeful Pause

June 22, 2022

When was the last time you strategically planned a pause that refreshes? I’m not necessarily talking about a trip or vacation. We all know we can pack every travel moment so full of activity that we return home exhausted. I’m talking about a pause that includes white space on your calendar. Time to think, dawdle, and rest.

The fact is, a strong work ethic is part of my heritage and identity. I grew up with the belief system that you need to earn your own way. Get your work done every day and don’t complain. Show up early,  stay late – do whatever it takes. Working a lot, in my mind, has always carried with it a badge of honor. So was not taking any sick days. A mental health day? What’s that?

I now realize how self-destructive this attitude can be. Life is far too short to spend all of it at work, even if you love what you do. Taking time for yourself is not selfish. Being kind to yourself is not being self-centered. Creating boundaries to protect your time and energy is critical. Add to that the fact that palliative nurses report that they don’t hear death bed wishes of people saying, “If only I had worked more.”

Join me for an episode that addresses: 

Do We Need More Time Off To Be On At Work? 
How Vacations Benefit Productivity
Two Reasons to Stop and Celebrate
Four Ways to Strengthen Your Heart

I'm taking a purposeful pause from this podcast this summer. I will be back in August. During this time,  I want to offer you an audio gift. As a podcast listener, you can access the  exclusive audio version of my book, Win from Within: The Heart of Success and Significance

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Thank you for listening. Your presence here means a lot to me.
Have a beautiful summer... the best is yet to come! 


Catriese Johnson - I am the One I’m Waiting For

Catriese Johnson - I am the One I’m Waiting For

June 1, 2022

Catriese Johnson is a speaker, author, thought leader, businesswoman, foster care advocate, and positivity powerhouse. Her book, I Am the One I’m Waiting For, tells the poignant story of her early life spent in foster care homes. It wasn’t until she was 16 years old that she realized her biological mother's promise to return for her would never come true. The waiting was over. Catriese decided she was the one she was waiting for. You would think this realization would result in the claim that she is a self-made success. Catriese declares there is no such thing as a self-made person - we all have need of others. She describes the teachers in her life as as heroes.

She had more than a few adults who helped her develop clarity and confidence in her mission and purpose. The there are always the naysayers who speak negative words into your life. It was one such broker in the real estate industry who declared she didn’t have the capability of being an excellent realtor. She used  those words intended to break her for breakthrough and in 2021 was recognized as Realtor of the year in her area. She comments, "success in real estate is not about how much money you make and how many deals you close. It’s about how many lives you impact".

Catriese speaks with wisdom learned in hard places about leaning into discomfort. Uncomfortable places lead to new spaces, according to Catriese. She admonishes listeners to embrace the valley moments. All of us have to visit the valley and it’s in the valley we learn how to reign on the mountain tops. Pain is part of the process of growth and none of us can escape going through it. 

Resilience is about continuing to believe for the best and press in to lay hold of the beauty of your calling. Catriese is walking it out.

You can learn more at You can find her on Facebook at 

Jennifer Conoley - Florida’s Great Northwest

Jennifer Conoley - Florida’s Great Northwest

May 18, 2022

Jennifer Conoley is professional and polished while exuding authentic warmth and grace. As a dynamic leader and CEO by day, she commands attention. As and a wife and mother of young boys 24/7, she talks about dealing with hat hair from the many hats she wears. She is someone to listen to and learn from.   

Jennifer is the President & CEO of Florida's Great Northwest, an organization created to promote economic growth and diversification, advocate for economic development issues that affect the region, and collaborate to improve regional competitiveness. 

This conversation is rich in encouragement for leaders of all ages and stages. Some of her tips include:

Build relationships without being concerned if they are transactional.
Protect your time, prioritize.
Give up on perfectionism
Ask for help.
Be laser focused on your mission. Always ask the question: does this align with our mission?

Break down borders and link arms with your neighbors. United we grow.

Jennifer is a vibrant example of the power of communication skills to power your success. Warren Buffet says that honing this one skill can increase your worth by as much as 50%.

Florida's Great Northwest is well represented by this bright light. 

7 Ways to be Happier at Work

7 Ways to be Happier at Work

May 4, 2022

The average person spends 90,000 hours at work over their lifetime. Is it unreasonable to expect that the majority of those should be happy ones?

Beverly Lewis flies solo in this episode on the relationship between happiness and business success. 

Despite a large body of positive psychological research into the relationship between happiness and productivity, happiness at work has traditionally been seen as a potential by-product of positive outcomes at work, rather than a pathway to business success. But things have changed. Purpose and fulfillment are the new success indicators for a new generation.

Employee happiness can be influenced by two factors: the organizational culture and employees’ mindset. These factors form an intricate link. Today's focus is on personal mindset and Beverly discusses seven strategies for improving your own outlook. 

The seven strategies are:
1. Always have something to look forward to. "There are times when dreams sustain us more than facts." 

2. Physical exercise boosts endorphins, oxygenates the brain, and combats depression. According to a new review of research about good moods and physical activity, people who work out even once a week or for as little as 10 minutes a day tend to be more cheerful than those who never exercise. And any type of exercise may be helpful.

3. Appreciation – everyone responds to appreciation. Give more compliments. 

4. Spend at least 30 minutes a day doing something you love. A study from the Mayo Clinic found that physicians who spend about 20 percent of their time doing “work they find most meaningful are at dramatically lower risk for burnout.” But here’s what’s fascinating: Anything beyond that 20 percent has a marginal impact, as “spending 50 percent of your time in the most meaningful area is associated with similar rates of burnout as 20 percent.” In other words: You don’t need to change everything about your job to see substantial benefits. A few changes here and there can be all you need.

5. Implement the 20 second rule. In other words don’t strain your willpower. Make good choices easier to implement.   James Clear’s book, Atomic Habits, goes into this at length and is a fascinating read. 

6. Be grateful. Researchers describe the relationship between joy and gratitude as an intriguing upward spiral. 

7. Invest in building relationships.

Beverly always appreciates feedback and can be reached at Beverly at

Dr Temitope Keku: Hidden Treasures & Riches

Dr Temitope Keku: Hidden Treasures & Riches

April 20, 2022

Dr. Temitope (Tope) Keku has a passion to help others reach their full potential – body, soul, and spirit. She has a fulfilling career as a scientist as well as being an author, coach, and speaker. 

In this episode, she talks about the powerful combination of science and faith by sharing six steps to living life in peace, strength, and joy. 

Join us as we explore the hidden treasures in these steps: 

  1. Center Yourself
  2. Ask for Guidance
  3. Anchor Your Identity
  4. Inclusivity - Embracing the Gifts in Those Around Us
  5. Gratitude
  6. Possibility Thinking

Tope offers much wisdom on finding hope in the midst of life’s trials. You can find her books on Amazon. Her devotional book is one of my absolute favorites.
Weathering Storms: Finding Treasures in the Ruins- 90-Day Devotional (

Tope speaks often on the effectiveness of journaling as a tool to learn, grow, and hear God and makes it easy with this companion guide: Thankful Every Day: A Gratitude Journal to Refresh Your Soul and Increase Your Joy (

She has graciously offered listeners the opportunity to schedule a free call with her to explore possibilities. To book a free 30-minute private call with her, go to



Empowerment: What is it, why do leaders need it, and how do you develop it?

Empowerment: What is it, why do leaders need it, and how do you develop it?

April 6, 2022

"Empowerment became a buzzword in business a while back and I have an aversion to buzzwords". This week's solo episode with Beverly Lewis addresses this issue by shedding light on why empowerment is a vital tool in a healthy culture. 

Entitlement is the opposite of empowerment. Entitlement lives right next door to laziness and is toxic in any culture. An entitlement mentality can be defined as a state of mind in which an individual believes that privileges are rights. It’s a mindset that finds fault, blames others, and thinks the world revolves around one’s self. It’s quite the opposite of empowerment and will never lead to excellence.

Empowerment, on the other hand, takes personal responsibility and raises the standard through practical action. Empowerment exhibits a strong work ethic and is more likely to be found reforming than conforming. Empowerment is selfless, entitlement is selfish.

Empowerment means letting people bring their brains to work and allowing them to use their innate knowledge, experience, and motivation to contribute to the progress of the organization. 

"The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any." – Alice Walker

Two proven ways to empower others is through sharing information and creating autonomy with boundaries. 

Healthy teams protect their sense of empowerment by avoiding the Drama Triangle. In addition, teammates learn how to disarm the advice monster and stay curious a little longer, to cite the work of Michael Stanier in The Advice Trap. 90% of leaders identify with The Rescuer, and find themselves trying to fix situations. 

An effective strategy that empowers others is to ask questions. Six key questions you can use to stay curious a little longer are: 

1) What’s on your mind?
2) And what else? 
3) What’s the real challenge here for you? 
4) What do you want? (What’s the best case outcome?) 
5) And if you are saying yes to this outcome, what are you saying no to?
6) How can I help? (What does support look like?)

Beverly has a gift for her you - the special folks who listen to The High Road to Leadership. Her book, Win from Within: The Heart of Success and Significance is available as an audio book exclusively for listeners to this podcast. Go to

Signing off for this week. We love your feedback, comments, and suggestions. Email Thank you for being part of this community of listeners.

Trust: The Key to Successful Leadership with Dr. Toby Travis

Trust: The Key to Successful Leadership with Dr. Toby Travis

March 23, 2022

Research reveals that the #1 indicator of successful schools, organizations, and businesses is trusted leadership. 
Dr. Toby Travis is building bridges to mission fulfillment and well-being. His work on the fundamental value of trust is influencing schools, businesses, and organizations of all types. 

In a recent Forbes magazine article, Travis comments, "When leaders, in an effort to build and expand the business, place the needs and wants of new clients over the wellbeing, success and support of their employees, it breeds distrust of company leadership,” says Dr. Travis. “A lack of trust in corporate leadership reduces employee engagement and higher turnover rates and negatively impacts corporate objectives.”  

Dr. Travis is a fascinating speaker, teacher, and trainer. A few of his accomplishments are: 

He also serves Ripe For Harvest World Outreach (RFH), a global non-profit missions organization. He dedicates time as a trainer/consultant for school leaders worldwide (especially in developing and distressed communities).

Dr. Travis is committed to helping leaders assess, develop, (repair if necessary) and increase high levels of TRUST!
Remember to access the free self-assessment (or team assessment) at

To learn more or contact Dr. Travis directly, visit

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Relationships are at the Heart of all Success with Dr. Carol Scott

Relationships are at the Heart of all Success with Dr. Carol Scott

March 9, 2022

The adventure on the high road to leadership continues with a conversation with Dr. L. Carol Scott. Dr. Scott is a coach, trainer, and keynoter who teaches this truth: relationships are at the heart of all success.

Dr. Scott’s first career was as a nationally respected thought leader in the U.S. systems for early care and education. She began with a BA in child development and a BA in anthropology. She earned an MA in early childhood education, and a PhD in developmental psychology.

This formed the foundation for an astonishing second act. Carol is a TEDx speaker and author of two books, including Just Be Your S.E.L.F. -- Your Guide to Improving any Relationship.

Carol's career knowledge and experience point us to how we first develop our social and emotional core for successful relationships. From the surprising foundation of how your earliest experiences created the brain you use today, you can rise on the power of “REAL” success, measured by your productivity and achievements.

This fascinating conversation with Beverly will provoke you to think in new ways about how you arrived where you are and how to go forward with increased self-awareness and bold new  strategies for success.

To receive a free copy of Carol's Become Your Sassy S.E.L.F book-ette, email her at
You are also invited to download Dr. Scott's SASS Manifesto on the bottom right side of the webpage at

To continue the conversation, connect with Dr. Scott on the following social platforms: 

For comments on this podcast, please contact Beverly Lewis at 

Thanks for listening - we would love to hear from you.

A New Brand of Leadership: Leading Well in 2022

A New Brand of Leadership: Leading Well in 2022

February 23, 2022

Our world has fundamentally changed and this troubled world is demanding a better brand of leadership.

The changes we're facing require a fundamentally different response. There’s a whole new way of living, working and winning. And there’s a whole new way of leading.

Dr. Nadya  Zhexembayeva of the Reinvention Academy states, " Our challenge is not to survive until things stabilize. Our challenge is learning how thrive in constant uncertainty."

It's imperative that we power into change rather than being tossed on the waves of change. This requires an attitude shift. We must see constant change as a feature - an opportunity to upgrade - rather than as a bug in the system. 

The words of General Douglas McArthur describe the intentionality needed in our world today. "A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the equality of his actions and the integrity of his intent". 

How can you lead well if you're job description isn't one of leadership? Learn how to leverage the opportunity for horizontal leadership.  

Discover the five words that open the door to meaningful communication. 

Resources to help you as you travel the high road include a free audio version of Beverly's book, Win from Within: The Heart of Success and Significance. 
To access this special gift created for her podcast audience, go to

Diane Diresta: Clarity, Confidence, and Charisma

Diane Diresta: Clarity, Confidence, and Charisma

February 9, 2022

Diane DiResta, CSP, is founder and CEO of Diresta Communications, a New York City constultancy that serves business leaders who deliver high-stakes presentations – whether one-to one, in front of a crowd, or on an electronic platform.

Speaking is the new competitive advantage.  Your success today depends on how well you present. And the delivery of that presentation determines your success trajectory.  

Gifted speakers might be born, but effective speakers are made. Regardless of your personality, pay grade or position, you can learn the skill of communicating with clarity, confidence, and charisma.

Diane delivers rapid-fire practical tips in this episode that will help you develop visual, vocal, and verbal congruency. She gives clear advice on how you can blend the right mindset with the right skillset.

Her LinkedIn Learning Module on Speaking Confidently and Effectively was rated one of the top courses in 2021.

Learn more about Diane at and access her book, Knockout Presentations on Amazon.

You can Diane on Linkedin and on Twitter she is known as @speakingpro.

This episode will take you to a new level of confidence in your communications. Enjoy!

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