MOVE FAST BREAK SHIT BURN OUT

THE CATALYST'S GUIDE TO WORKING
WELL, LAUNCHING OCTOBER 13TH

This isn’t your typical changemaking book, because it’s not for your typical changemaker. It’s for the innovators who can’t stop taking in information, connecting dots, and changing the world—even when the world hasn’t asked for it. Even when the changemaker desperately needs a break.

If that sounds familiar, you aren’t broken, difficult, or an incurable workaholic. You’re a Catalyst, and authors Tracey Lovejoy and Shannon Lucas believe that means you’re a rock star. You just need to have the language to understand your process and key tools to help you survive it.

As Catalysts themselves, Tracey and Shannon work to make Catalysts better understood, connected, and supported in their processes. Their new book MOVE FAST. BREAK SHIT. BURN OUT. won’t tell you to stop working—it will help you finally, sustainably work well.

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Authors

TRACEY is an anthropologist and the research engine for Catalyst Constellations. She spent twelve years at Microsoft leading teams of changemakers and co-founded the Ethnographic Praxis in Industry Conference. Tracey thrives when she can use her intuition and relentless optimism to coach Catalysts and amplify their changemaking power.

SHANNON has been Executive Vice President at Ericsson, a Senior Innovation Architect at Cisco, and a Director of Innovation at Vodafone. A practitioner and global thought leader on intrapreneurship, she founded the Global Intrapreneur Salon and is passionate about transforming corporations into sustainable change engines.

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In this podcast series Tracey and Shannon are interviewing the Catalysts who were profiled in the book and having extended discussion about what it means to be a Catalyst and how to use that information to grow and thrive.

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This isn’t your typical changemaking podcast, because it’s not for your typical changemaker. It’s for the innovators who can’t stop taking in information, connecting dots, and changing the world—even when the world hasn’t asked for it. Even when the changemaker desperately needs a break. If that sounds familiar, you aren’t broken, difficult, or an incurable workaholic.

You’re a Catalyst, and authors Tracey Lovejoy and Shannon Lucas believe that means you’re a rock star. You just need to have the language to understand your process and key tools to help you survive it. As Catalysts themselves, Tracey and Shannon work to make Catalysts better understood, connected, and supported in their processes. Instead of a how-to, they’ve created a personal operations manual that will help you move fast without losing people, break shit with intentionality, and lessen the intensity of the burnout cycle.

Their new book, Move Fast. Break Shit. Burn Out. won’t tell you to stop working—it will help you finally, sustainably work well. In this podcast series Tracey and Shannon are interviewing the Catalysts who were profiled in the book and having extended discussion about what it means to be a Catalyst and how to use that information to grow and thrive.

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Join us for an interview with Catalyst researcher Tracey Lovejoy, co-CEO of Catalyst Constellations and co-author of Move Fast. Break Shit. Burn Out. Tracey is an anthropologist and the research engine behind the Catalyst movement. She spent twelve years at Microsoft leading teams of changemakers and supporting product innovation with customer insights.

In this episode Tracey shares her belief that this book wanted itself to be written. She also talks about the two things she hopes Catalysts will take away from this book, as well as some of her childhood memories of being a Catalyst.

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Join us for an interview with Catalyst practitioner and former corporate executive, Shannon Lucas, co-founder of Catalyst Constellations and co-author of Move Fast. Break Shit. Burn Out. Shannon has over twenty years’ experience working with startups, launching her own ventures, and driving innovation into the world’s largest companies, most recently as Executive Vice President of Emerging Business at Ericsson.

In this episode Shannon describes what a sense of a relief it was to have the context and framing about what it means to be a Catalyst. She shares how this motivated her to write the book she wished she could have had when she started her career. A book to tell the global community of Catalysts: “You’re not crazy. You’re not alone. There’s a tribe.”

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Chelsey Glasson, Qualitative User Research at Facebook, shares how she had struggled with friction between her and her organization and how this friction had caused cycles of burnout. She just couldn’t fully explain the experience until she understood what it meant to be a Catalyst. Even as the concept of Catalyst was resonating early in her journey, she struggled to own the term Catalyst because of how big the word felt.

Chelsey describes what it means to be an introvert Catalyst. She shares what she’s learned about herself since learning about being a Catalyst and how she’s leaned into creating big change. She’s taken on Google over pregnancy discrimination, changed laws to protect women, and is launching her new venture. Chelsey also shares the struggles of being a Catalyst and a parent of young children in a COVID world.

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Join us for an interview with CEO at FuTuro Health, Van Ton-Quinlivan. Van is a recognized thought leader in workforce development with a proven track record for implementing large systems while fostering a culture of experimentation, innovation and collaboration. Her distinguished career spans the public, private, and non-profit sectors.

In this episode Van shares the transformational impact of making time for mentors and the importance of listening to their feedback to help you progress, “You need to give up who you are, in order to be who you can be.” In addition, she discusses how she minimizes burnout cycles with a foundational belief that “it’s a marathon, not a sprint.” And she closes by sharing how she found bosses that supported her as a Catalyst throughout her career. 30-minutes packed with sage wisdom!

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Michael Bloxton – CEO of both Nebula Space Enterprise and Bloxton Investment Group shares his story about how an early transformative tragedy sent him on his path to becoming a Catalyst and creating massive change. He moves at lightning speed. He creates massive change. When we talk about a range of catalyticness, Michael is on the hyper-end. He spent his 20s creating the financial freedom to pursue his big Purpose, which he now knows is helping humans become a multi-solar system species.

Even as he is a double CEO, he discusses with vulnerability the challenges of imposter syndrome, the importance of leveraging your team and burnout. His advice: Don’t waste your Catalyst gift. Go Big! “Go way bigger than you’re thinking! We can’t waste Catalysts on small problems!”

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Join us for a conversation with Vice President, Ethics and Compliance Strategy, Intelligence, & Operations at Kaiser Permanente, Shakeya McDow. Shakeya is a thought leader and positive disruptor in the world of ethics and compliance who thrives when working on gnarly and complex problems.

In this episode Shakeya explains how clarity and stillness have allowed her to become the leader she wants to be and shifted how others respond to her. She also shares a counterintuitive learning that giving voice to her burnout allowed her leadership and teams to value her more and allow the entire organization to work together in a more powerful way. Dive into Shakeya’s Catalyst journey to guide your own!

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Join us for an interview with John Morley, Business Design Strategist Hitachi. He has been a wicked Catalyst in some of the world’s largest companies including EMC and Hitachi, AppDynamics and Symantec.

John describes how an open, iterative process can help organizations uncover new value. He described how he starts by using his Catalyst superpowers of sensing what needs to emerge through conversations, research, and reading lots and lots. He then identifies the mutual wins with a broad set of stakeholders and then co-creates a new vision. John shares the power of systems thinking in the iterating process and how he’s learned to leverage rejuvenation as a key support in not rushing headlong into action. One of John’s superpowers is being a super connector which also give him energy and sustains him on his journey. He speaks about the power of creating Catalyst networks both internally in large organizations as well as across organizations. Connecting with other Catalysts gives John the energy and insights to create impact.

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Join us for an interview with Saidah Nash Carter, Co-Founder of Bright Insights Global. Saidah launched her new venture after a distinguished 20-year career at Thomson Reuters, most recently as former Head of Innovation, Africa. We caught up with her in her new hometown, Cape Town, South Africa.

Saidah shares how General Colin Powell helped her realize her Catalyst nature early on – realizing that she thinks and works differently from others. He helped her articulate the importance of Noble Purpose in her life. Saidah discusses how relationships play a key role in successfully creating change. She explores the importance of compassion both for self and others as an antidote to frustration. She shares the tools and practices she has developed to help her reduce cycles of burnout. And for those managers of Catalysts, she has some great concrete advice. Saidah outlines her new venture, Bright Insights Global, which helps purpose driven companies to do better business through a prism of innovation, inclusion and impact.

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Join us for a conversation with Virginia Hamilton, Public Sector Innovation Catalyst who is former Regional Administrator at the US Department of Labor and advisor to the Obama Administration. Virginia is an experienced public policy expert who uses Design Thinking to improve policy. She is a change agent always searching for ways to involve more people, encourage creativity and bring truth to better lives.

In this episode Virginia shares how at moments everyone can think she’s insane with her innovative ideas, but how at our heart Catalysts are problem solvers. She shares ways she has figured out how to fill up her energy tank, even in these times where travel and adventure are more limited. And she urges leaders to embrace Catalysts, providing them with constraints and thought partnership, rather than trying to tell them how to do their jobs. Hearing about trails Virginia has blazed can support us all on our own journeys!

Book Reviews

“If you’ve ever been the one in large organizations trying to push bigger, bolder ways of creating positive change, this book is for you. Lovejoy and Lucas combine research and lived experience to highlight how fast-moving visionary-doers, called Catalysts, operate.”

—BETH COMSTOCK, Author, Imagine It Forward and former Vice Chair, GE

“If you embody the disruption mindset, MOVE FAST. BREAK SHIT. BURN OUT is for you! Lovejoy and Lucas have researched and identified a subgroup of changemakers called Catalysts. This book focuses on their inner journey, giving them the self-awareness and tools to consistently disrupt while minimizing burnout.”

—CHARLENE LI, New York Times bestselling author of The Disruption Mindset, Senior Fellow at Altimeter, a Prophet company

“This is an excellent body of work, to help you understand the ‘1%-ers’ of your organization that drive and leverage radical innovation. If you are a Catalyst, it will feel like you’re finally home, and you will learn how to enhance your talent. If you lead organizations, it will help you find, support, and use the power of catalysts to reshape your business for the Day After Tomorrow. A wonderful read, written by two super Catalysts!”

—PETER HINSSEN, Author of The Phoenix and The Unicorn

“In San Francisco, Silicon Valley, and Europe, I’ve come to recognize certain archetypal entrepreneurs. Reading MOVE FAST. BREAK SHIT. BURN OUT I found myself, saying ‘Aha!’ that’s the common golden thread that binds them. They are, as Lovejoy and Lucas joyfully and unsparingly describe, Catalysts: ‘We can’t help but see potential change and set it in motion, wherever we are.’ Want to understand your DNA or gain insights from this change- maker mindset? Read on. A great book for doers!”

—JONATHAN LITTMAN, bestselling innovation writer and co-author of The Entrepreneur’s Faces