Are You A Catalyst?

April 18, 2013

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I'm Deb- CEO, worldwide executive coach, mentor, consultant and speaker. I'm here to help you take your leadership and impact to the next level!

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Think back – maybe way back for some of us – to chemistry class. There we learned about chemical reactions and how two different substances could be combined and, with the proper catalyst, you could end up with a substance that was totally different from the first two. The catalyst caused the chemicals to combine at a deep, cellular level.


Here’s the thing, this can be used for good–

or it can be used for evil.


Sadly, this week in the Boston Marathon bombings, we have seen the effects of a destructive catalyst. The search is on for this catalyst(s). A pressure cooker, ball bearings, batteries, circuit boards – all of those are simple, inanimate objects. The problem comes when you have a destructive catalyst who uses those components to hurt people on a massive scale and at a deep level.


A destructive catalyst is a person with strengths – often a very intelligent person. But those strengths are grossly misapplied. And that’s when they become dangerous.


We need good catalysts – those who use their strengths to effect good changes on a massive scale instead. In Boston, right after the explosion, we immediately saw these good catalysts surface – they were average citizens who helped traumatized strangers; they were emergency responders, doctors, and nurses. We call good catalysts heroes.


This week is a reminder that we need more heroes – more leaders who are willing to be good catalysts to bring about the changes that are needed in our homes, our businesses, our ministries, and our country.


Use your strengths wisely. Just think how different the world would be if everyone applied their strengths as a good catalyst.


Be a catalyst…and be a great one!


  1. Deb, thank you for thoughtful way you weave solid leadership principles into the evolving daily horror we expereince in the Boston area. I have a dozen friends who were at or near enough to the Marathon finish line to feel and yes, smell the effects of these terrible catalysts. As I write this, whole cities are being shut down in persuit of the dangerous suspects who unleased this unthinkable act on one of our most celebrated family days in Boston, Patriot’s Day.
    We in the Boston area, while traumatized by this unholy catalyst, are dedicated to strengthen the true meaning of The Boston Marathon and Patriot’s Day, which is a celebration of overcoming adversity. These are symbolic days that illustrate, now more than ever, that individuals who stand as good catalysts and serve the needs of those around them, will triumph! Thank you again for your prayers and thoughtfulness.

  2. Deb Ingino says:

    David we are praying for you all in the Boston area.

    As this situation unfolds, with 1 terrorist killed and the manhunt on for the second suspect we are repeatedly reminded of the most important things in life.

    Stay safe my friend.

  3. Archie says:

    I strive to be the best catalyst I can be. That’s why I hang pretty close to the Strength Leaders in this community, and other great communities as well.
    Deb, you are one of THE best leaders, mentors, and friends that I know. Keep up the great mission you are on to make this the best world it can possibly be.