The Catalyst Effect: 12 Skills and Behaviors to Boost your Impact and Elevate Team Performance

Jerry Toomer
Butler University, USA

Craig Caldwell
Butler University, USA

Steve Weitzenkorn
Lacy School of Business, Butler University, USA

Chelsea Clark
Chelsea Clark Consulting, LLC, USA

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Product Details
12 Feb 2018
Emerald Publishing Limited
210 pages - 152 x 229mm
The Catalyst Effect powerfully shows readers how to expand their impact beyond job boundaries to elevate the performance of their teams and ultimately the overall organization. It describes how individuals can "lead from wherever they are" regardless of their role or title. 

The authors provide a practical, research-based roadmap for developing and applying 12 key competencies to multiply one’s impact. As a result, the group and organization achieve greater success; team dynamics improve; and individuals reap greater fulfillment, build stronger skills, and grow in stature while magnifying their value. 

Real examples from business, sports, the arts, and not-for-profits bring the techniques to life and illustrate how to apply them—making this book a valuable resource for professionals and leaders alike.
Foreword, Brad Stevens 
Cornerstone I: Building Credibility 
1, Acts With Integrity and Inspires Trust 
2, Communicates Clearly 
3, Invigorates with Optimism 
Cornerstone II: Creating Cohesion 
4, Connects Emotionally 
5, Develops Camaraderie 
6, Puts the Team’s Goals Before Personal Interests 
Cornerstone III: Generating Momentum 
7, Energizes Others to Execute With the Mission in Mind 
8, Upgrades and Rejuvenates Skills and Knowledge 
9, Leads and Follows 
Cornerstone IV: Amplifying Impact 
10 Pursues Excellence
11, Mentors and Coaches Others to Excel
12, Proposes Imaginative Solutions
Conclusion, What's Next? Assessing and Developing Catalytic Competencies

With 30+ years as a Human Resources Executive, Educator, and Psychologist, Dr. Jerry Toomer has effectively worked with a wide range of individuals and work groups to achieve their professional and personal goals in complex organizations. He has led global Human Resources organizations for Dow Chemical in the U.S. and Asia (Hong Kong). At Butler University, he has been actively involved in the development of the leadership and organization development curriculum and also serves as an Executive Partner in the Lacy School of Business as well as an Adjunct Professor in the MBA program. Jerry’s academic credentials include a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Wartburg College and a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Iowa. He was also named a Diplomate in Counseling Psychology, the field’s highest professional certification and continues to be an active researcher and author in the field.|Dr. Craig Caldwell works with organizations to develop strategic direction, link implementation steps to strategy, identify organizational culture, and develop processes to bring about organizational change. Since 2007, Craig has served as an Associate Professor of Management in the Lacy School of Business at Butler University. He is currently the Associate Dean of Graduate & Professional Programs. He teaches MBA and undergraduate courses in Strategy, Leadership, and Organizational Change. Craig has won six teaching awards and two advising awards. He is Associate Dean for Graduate Programs; and his past roles include the Faculty Annual Evaluation Committee and Department Chair for Marketing & Management. Craig’s research includes academic articles in Business and Society, Journal of Leadership & Organizational Studies, The Monitor, Business and Society Review, Management Accounting Quarterly, and Journal of Corporate Citizenship. Craig holds a Doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh, an MBA from Virginia Tech, and a BA from Anderson University.|Dr. Steve Weitzenkorn is committed to helping people and organizations achieve their aspirations. Steve holds a Ph.D. in Human Learning and Organizational Behavior. He has been an organizational adviser and strategy consultant for over 15 years, working with multinational corporations, local companies, educational institutions, and not-for-profits to elevate their success and formulate strategies employing a pragmatic and future-oriented approach. In addition, Steve has over 25 years of experience as an instructional designer and learning innovator designing training programs for businesses and not-for-profits. Mention DDI ? His experiential and discovery learning programs have received international recognition for innovation and effectiveness. Steve was the lead designer for the highly engaging simulation supporting Stephen M.R. Covey’s bestseller, The Speed of Trust. Another of Steve’s training programs won the Henkel Award for Global HR Excellence. He also received the William C. Byham Award for Innovation and Excellence in Training Technology.|Dr. Chelsea Clark is an innovative, reliable, detail-oriented researcher. She has expertise in the areas of study design, methodology, and data analysis, as well as experience in the fields of human behavior and psychology, interpersonal relationships, and market research. Chelsea is the Founder and President of Chelsea Clark Consulting, LLC, a relationship research firm located in Carmel, IN. Her business assists corporate, non-profit, and academic leaders achieve their research-related objectives and solve complex social scientific questions. Chelsea is also a Research Associate at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, where she manages the School’s Study of High Net Worth Philanthropy, Generosity for Life project, and Human Needs Index, among other projects. Chelsea holds a PhD in Political Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
"This wonderful new book, The Catalyst Effect, cuts straight to the chase on what it takes to be a true leader through collective trust and empowerment. When one chooses to give up their own personal victory for the progression of the team, the results are powerful and real. This book shows you how. A superbly inspiring read!"

-Stephen M. R. Covey, The New York Times and # 1 Wall

Street Journal bestselling author of The

SPEED of Trust and coauthor of Smart

Trust|"I truly love the ideas in the book. Thoroughly researched and full of practical suggestions, The Catalyst Effect lights the path for every person in every organization to see themselves as leaders. It shows us that everyone is a leader and can get better at leading, if they recognize that truth.”  

-Angela Duckworth, Founder and CEO, Character Lab, Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Psychology, and bestselling author of GRIT

|“When Yo-Yo Ma brought together master musicians from different cultures to form The Silk Road Ensemble, he sought to instill a unique sound and a cohesive spirit. I have had the privilege of being part of the Ensemble and experiencing performances that achieve heights beyond our dreams. 

The Catalyst Effect engagingly describes the leadership and teamwork principles that bring his vision to life. Through Yo-Yo's natural style, he embodies the ideas presented in this book. The Catalyst Effect shows how these skills and behaviors can be applied in all types of organizations to produce superb results.” 

-Sandeep Das, Tabla player and composer, collaborator with Yo-Yo Ma for the Silk Road Ensemble, Grammy Award Winner

|“The Catalyst Effect is at once inspirational and pragmatic. The authors offer a fresh perspective of what teamwork and leadership can look like in flatter organizations. Through the rare combination of a strong narrative and solid research, the authors deliver the insights and tools needed to lead, regardless of his or her formal title. Each of us can learn something from this book. I did.” 

-Daniel H. Pink, Author of DRIVE and TO SELL IS HUMAN

|“With society seeming more fragmented and divided, the responsibility of leaders to bring people together to accomplish great things can be more difficult than ever before. The Catalyst Effect is a practical primer to help all leaders inspire teamwork and collaboration to boost team performance and achieve great results.” 

 -Bill Stanczykiewicz, Director, The Fund Raising School, Senior Lecturer, Philanthropic Studies, IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy

|"The Catalyst Effect competencies fit hand-in-glove with Servant Leadership principles. The model invites readers, whether they are in informal or formal leadership roles, to identify and develop the key skills that will increase their effectiveness and impact." 

-Pat Falotico, CEO, Robert K. Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership®

|"Some leaders are viewed as solitary gems. They outshine their peers with an intense luminosity that makes them stand apart. That view, however, may be erroneous or at least incomplete, according to Jerry Toomer, Craig Caldwell, Steve Weitzenkorn and Chelsea Clark, authors of The Catalyst Effect. The writers argue that some of the most impactful leaders succeed by elevating the performance of their team, by making not just the solitary gem but the entire necklace dazzle. The Catalyst Effect highlights a dozen competencies that anyone can cultivate to become better at catalyzing leadership and teamwork. Whether you are a leader or a team-member, you will learn a lot from this book."

-Mukul Pandya, Editor-in-Chief, Knowledge@Wharton

|“The best leaders and colleagues have something in common: they make everyone around them better. This is a hands-on playbook for building that capability in your team.” 

-Adam Grant, New York Times bestselling author of GIVE AND TAKE, ORIGINALS, and OPTION B with Sheryl Sandberg|"The Catalyst Effect has given me a number of useful tools and new approaches in leading my organization and civic partnerships and in supporting my teammates as they lead. I also believe it will be a big help to my college-student son as he prepares to find his way in his career. The book's framework makes it very easy to review the most important advice and relevant wisdom in each leadership situation and for each individual. I highly recommend it." 

-Brian Payne, President and CEO of the Central Indiana Community Foundation and the Founder of the Indianapolis Cultural Trail

|“The Catalyst Effect illuminates the elements of leadership that are essential in any successful ensemble endeavor – in business, sports and certainly in the arts. Outstanding orchestra performances require each individual to focus on the team goal, understand when to lead and when to follow and uphold a standard of excellence that inspires their colleagues and their audience. This book provides incredible insight into the way these key concepts apply across sectors and what they look like in practice.” 

 -Gary Ginstling, Executive Director, National Symphony Orchestra, Artistic Affiliate of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

|“What is important is not a formal title, but how you impact your teams and your organization as a catalyst from wherever you are. The authors skillfully blend real life examples from business, sports and not for profit organizations with sound research in a highly readable manner. You will learn the ‘why, what and how’ of being a catalytic leader.

This is a highly valuable book for professionals and leaders at all levels who work in teams across different settings and cultures!” 

 -Julie Fasone-Holder, CEO JFH Insights, Independent Board Member, Retired SVP Dow Chemical

|“Building successful groups rarely happens by chance. It takes wisdom. This book offers such wisdom by focusing on specific skills that team members can develop to enhance each other’s success, thereby enhancing overall team performance. Catalytic leadership makes the whole much more than the sum of its parts.”


-Hersh Shefrin, Mario Belotti Professor, Santa Clara University

|“At a time when the social contract between employer and employee is changing, The Catalyst Effect provides a valuable perspective on how employee engagement can thrive. Investing in everyone's ability to lead at the appropriate time in team settings can foster a vibrant culture and drive impact. The book is filled with ideas for application and was a pleasure to read.” 

 -Bryan Adkins, CEO Denison Consulting

|“The authors have brilliantly uncovered a powerful component of team structure, appropriately coined it "catalyst," and provided a great guide to apply the concept. The catalyst concept coupled with strong leadership cannot deliver anything but powerful results. Effectively and clearly written with colorful and real life examples to supplement the concept. This is a must read for those interested in leading from wherever they are. I will recommend this book to all I know, not just in the business world.” 

 -Wahida Saeedi, Global Finance Leader, Pharmaceutical Industry

|“The Catalyst Effect is fun, engaging, insightful, theoretically sound, highly useful, and my new favorite leadership book! I can't wait to use it in my leadership class next semester. When it comes to books for people who aspire to high levels of impact in an organization, but don’t have a fancy title, The Catalyst Effect fills a void. Whether used as a reading in a university course, material to develop young professionals, or as a guide to show senior leaders how to identify hidden catalysts in their organization, the lessons in this book will prove incredibly valuable." 

 -Bradley R. Agle, George W. Romney Endowed Professor, Marriott School of Management, Brigham Young University

|“Some people simply help their colleagues perform better--often in ways that have been difficult to measure and cultivate in the past. This book is a giant step toward identifying and proliferating the catalytic capabilities that can make every organization more successful.”

-Thomas H. Davenport, Distinguished Professor, Babson College and Digital Fellow, MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy, and author of Competing on Analytics and Only Humans Need Apply

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