Episode 207: The Secret Sauce to Success w/ Don Barden

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Would you like to know what contributes to the success of the world’s most elite leaders? Don Barden, Senior Economist, Business Leader, and Professor, set out to answer this question through a doctoral paper funded by Wall Street. Ten years later, this journey allowed him to discover the strategies and thought processes that unite top performers. Listen and be inspired by how Don helps others and respects people for their uniqueness.

Bio: Don is a classically trained Economist but prefers “Frustrated Anthropologist.”

He spent 25 years working for Wall Street-based firms as a corporate leader and a top-performing producer in institutional finance.

As a corporate executive, he built teams that averaged over $1 billion in revenue and sales per year.

During his doctoral studies, he realized a common thread among the words elite leaders that made them unique.

The results created the book; The Perfect Plan, published in 39 countries, and his interviews are seen worldwide.

He has lectured at Oxford University in the UK. He is a frequent Professor at the U.S. Army Ranger Leadership and Professional Development Program at Fort Benning and Hunter Army Airfield.

Recent Awards:

2017: John Maxwell named Don one of the “Thirty most transformational leaders in North America.”

2018: The Atlanta Business Chronicle named Don “Entrepreneur of the Year.”

2019: The Department of Defense and the US Army gave Don full honors as a Member of Regiment for the 75th US Army Ranger’s

2020: The YMCA named Don: Volunteer of the Year


He and his wife provide scholarships to over 150 children per year.

He has provided the funding necessary for over 1,000 metro Atlanta teenagers to access mental healthcare services.

Don actively supports KultureCity with a passion for Autism, Sensory Inclusion, Youth Leadership, and Mental Health.

Don’s Something Extra: Respect people for who they are. Treat them how they want to be treated.

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– Lisa Nichols, Host
– Scott Crosby, Executive Producer
– Jenny Heal, Guest Coordinator
– Morgan Cochran, Marketing Support