The Bold and Courageous Leader Podcast

The Bold & Courageous Leader podcast brings resources to Christian marketplace leaders thirsting for a deeper connection between faith and work. Hosts Rhonda Peterson and Andee Marks provide insightful discussion, interviews with front-line leaders and those who have discovered unique ways of integrating calling and career, and reviews of current and classic leadership cultivating essentials. If you want to develop clarity and focus, a keen sense of time and energy management, and hone your God-given gifts to release your full potential, then this podcast is for you.
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Jun 30, 2016

Liana George is a Professional Organizer and the owner of By George Organizing Solutions. She works one on one with clients to help them bring order, peace and balance to their homes and lives. Liana is also a writer, teacher and speaker on a variety of organizing topics.

Liana tells us everyone can be organized.  It doesn’t look the same for everybody.  Just do it  your way.

She started her company, By George Organizing Solutions, as her oldest daughter went off to college.  She figured out she can use her skills in organizing to be of help to others. 

She loves the smile on people’s faces when we’re done bringing order to a space.  They feel relief because they have a lighter load from releasing some stuff that was weighing them down and burdening them.

Liana starts her process by asking her clients for their vision, their goal for the project.  The process looks different based on what they’re looking for. 

Liana shared some thoughts and the organizational style by brain type from Lanna Nakone’s book, Organizing for Your Brain Type. The four Brain Types are:

  • Maintainer – orderly, likes structure and details, lists, schedules and predictability
  • Harmonizer – sociable, like space covered with reminders of people – pictures, collectibles
  • Prioritizer – very good at time management, goal and results driven, they design their space to support their goals.
  • Innovator – creative, spontaneous, don’t like structure or rules, free spirits, like things out, open so they can see them. Hooks and clear containers work well for them.

Liana’s wisdom as we talked about each type is, “Quit fighting your type and work with who you are.  You’ll keep it up if you work with who you are.”

The Faith Connection

Liana says, “God is a God of order.  All God does has order to it.  We are built with an innate need for order.  It doesn’t say in the Bible, “You shalt be orderly.”  Rather, I find gems and examples of being orderly. In Ecclesiastes, “There’s a time for gathering and a time for letting go.”  Exodus 16 is full of great lessons for trusting God for our needs and having more than enough.  That’s part of orderly living.”

When we’re so bogged down with stuff, we can’t do what God’s called us to do.  The stuff gets in the way.

4 Keys to Bring Order to a Leader’s Work Life

Liana shared these four keys to help leaders best organize for their role as a leader:

  1. Make a To Do List – Prioritize 3-5 things each day for getting work done.
  2. Delegate – Don’t just tell, but show.
  3. Organize Your Work Space – It’s hard to work and think in a cluttered, chaotic space.
  4. Have an Organized Home – This is a support to get to work on time and in a positive frame of mind.
  5. Resources
  • Organizing for Your Brain Type by Lanna Nakone
  • Every Child has a Thinking Style by Lanna Nakone
  • Organizing from the Inside Out by Julie Morgenstern
  • Organizing for the Right Side of the Brain by Lee Silber
  1. You can reach Liana through her website: com. There you’ll find her blog, as well as classes and her 180 Challenge – a decluttering challenge where you receive a weekly email to help you focus your decluttering.
Jun 24, 2016

What is it?  Mindset is your beliefs about yourself and your basic qualities – your intelligence, talents and personality.  Carol Dweck, a psychologist, and research on achievement and success has found that your mindset, your beliefs about your basic qualities, make all the difference in your life. There are two mindsets:

Fixed mindset – traits are just givens. You possess a certain amount of intelligence and talent that is unchanging throughout your life. You better excel at whatever you do naturally and you have to constantly prove your capabilities.

Growth mindset – your traits/qualities are just the starting point.  Through work and dedication, you can develop your traits and qualities to even higher levels.  You start out with one level of intelligence but can develop to even higher levels. 

Resources mentioned in today’s podcast:

Mindset, by Carol Dweck

Carol Dweck Ted Talk on Mindset

To connect with Rhonda and discuss coaching to a more growth mindset, send an email with the subject line Mindset to

Jun 16, 2016

How is your WHY communicated to the world?

Start with Why, written by Simon Sinek looks at success as the answer to a series of questions he calls “The Golden Circle”.

(Download your own copy of the diagram here: Golden Circle Diagram)

It’s a rare individual or organization that can articulate their Why, the reason they get up and go to work in the morning.  Your personal Why is your purpose, the belief that underlies everything you do.

The Golden Circle, with WHY at the center, is similar to a simple diagram of the brain and how we process information.

(Download your own copy of this diagram here: Golden Circle to Brain Diagram)

The What circle relates to the Neocortex, the Homo Sapien brain, the newest part of our brain, the center of logic, analytical thought and language.

The How and Why circles relate to the Limbic brain, responsible for our feelings, behavior, and decision-making.  This part of our brain has no capacity for language. 

Clarifying your Why defines the measuring stick that provides alignment in your work and your personal life.  You’ll match the authentic you on the inside to the work you do on the outside.

After you identify your Why, you need the discipline of How people to translate the Why into reality, a tangible expression. 

A Why without a tangible expression is just a dream.

Why equals Vision, How equals Strategy.

“People don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it.” Simon Sinek

The Golden Circle translates to a megaphone so you can share your message with the world.

(Download your own copy of the diagram here: Golden Circle to Cone Diagram

Click here for the Golden Circle TED Talk

Start with Why, by Simon Sinek: Find the book here!

Jun 9, 2016

Crystal Balas is a Christian Life & Leadership Coach, Personal Trainer and Exercise Instructor.  She focuses on healthy lifestyles, specializing in female baby boomers who need to practice self-care, time management, and work/life balance. They are rejuvenating their identity and life as they transition into the second half of life.   

She describes herself as an Overcomer, as she has gotten up and moved forward through many challenges in her life.  She says, “I’m a better me today than I was in my twenties.  I’m healthier physically, spiritually and mentally today.”

Crystal shares her journey from abused wife to single mom to working woman to entrepreneur.  Over the years, God and her community of faith have been constants in her life.  Listen as Crystal tells her story. Her message of hope and resilience in the face of major challenges will encourage you on your own journey as a Bold & Courageous Leader.

Her parting thought for us is, “If I can do it, you can do it, too!”

For more information on Crystal visit her website or her blog:



Crystal mentioned two books in her interview:

Boundaries, by Henry Cloud, PhD and John Thompson, PhD

Daring Greatly, by Brené Brown