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The Legendary Leaders Podcast

Nov 29, 2022

How open are you to having hard and transparent conversations with your Employees and Clients?  
To run a business intentionally and develop trust between you and your Employees or Clients, you must normalize having hard and uncomfortable conversations.  

In this Episode of the Legendary Leaders Podcast, we have Dalton Allen, Founder and Managing Partner at Third Eye Capital. At 27 years of age, Dalton became the CFO of a successful $100m per year company, a level of success at a young age that many people work decades to achieve. At Third Eye Capital, he works with heart-centered Business Leaders that have business intentions and purpose.  

Listen in to learn why it’s important not to avoid conflict and instead have those uncomfortable conversations to solve the real problem. You will also learn the importance of prioritizing your physical and mental well-being to perform at your best as a Leader or as a Business owner.   



This podcast is sponsored by InnerProfessional online training programs. With courses geared specifically for Legendary Leaders, InnerProfessional provides an extraordinary catalog of Leadership and Professional development programs, unlike any online training you’ve experienced before.  

Key Takeaways: 

  • The importance of moving from people-pleasing to thoughtful confrontation as a Leader.  
  • How to have difficult conversations with your Team, to solve the real problem rather than avoiding it.  
  • How to develop trust between Advisors and Clients or Employees and Employers, by having transparent conversations.  
  • How not to let fear control your life or hold you back from achieving the best version of yourself.   

Episode timeline: 

  • [1:13] Intro 
  • [5:37] Dalton shares his personal care routine and how it has transformed his life.  
  • [8:03] How he intentionally prioritized his health and mental well-being while still maintaining productivity.  
  • [9:47] How Dalton stays balanced as a new Business owner, plus the physical signs of being unbalanced.  
  • [16:05] Dalton’s career journey – becoming a CFO at age 27 and starting his business in 2022.  
  • [22:54] The importance of connections when hiring to get suitable Employees for your business.  
  • [25:56] How he moved from being a people-pleasing Leader to a thoughtful confronter.  
  • [34:14] How his CFO career was motivated by the desire to build great things, solve problems, and make money.  
  • [39:03] The direction led by his superiors; plus, the challenges he has faced as a CFO.  
  • [47:02] Dalton, on his passion for Finance and Accounting, and how he helps his clients with their finances. 
  • [52:33] The importance of having transparent conversations with clients to develop trust.  
  • [56:35] The heart-centered Business Leaders that Dalton works with, plus how to define a heart-centered business.  
  • [1:06:07] How he’s learned to work with fear and not let it stop him from achieving his dreams.  
  • [1:09:00] Valuable tips for people aspiring to start businesses.  


  • “Financial independence is freedom in a lot of regards.”- Dalton Allen [47:13] 
  • “There’s an imbalance of respect, transparency, and trust between Employee and Employer or Client and Advisor; if we can level that playing field and trust, then we can start having a real conversation.”- Dalton Allen [55:40] 
  • “Just because they’re saying their mission statement is helping other people, it doesn’t mean they’re a heart-centered business.”- Cathleen Merkel [57:57] 


Find | Dalton Allen  

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Bio: At the age of 27 Dalton became the CFO of a Pre-IPO, $100m per year DTC Company.  

In 2022 he quit that job to join the great resignation and start his own business. Out of that came his VC and Fractional CFO Firm, Third Eye Capital. While most of his clients have capital and are well on their way to transactions, he is most inspired by the small Entrepreneur. Starting a business is difficult, and the barrier to entry is high. What do I think about being a business person? Do I need an LLC? What issues will I confront? 




About Cathleen Merkel:   

As a Thought Leader in the Mindset & (Self-) Leadership space, Cathleen supports high achieving, worn-out Women create a more content & balanced life without sacrificing their hard-earned success. Following a simple six step framework, Cathleen helps you not only reconnect with your inner feminine side; but also supports you to rediscover your REAL YOU!  

Cathleen focuses on women who have lost their sense of purpose, who feel they are ‘running in a hamster wheel,’ trying to please everyone but themselves. She helps you to turn your careers, your social connections and personal life around so that you will start feeling fulfilled and excited again about the days to come.  At the end of the process, Cathleen's clients will feel healthier, happier, energised, and clear about their future.   

With over 15 years of Leadership experience in Retail, Media & Broadcasting, Engineering and Property Investment, Cathleen has not only experienced the challenges and opportunities of a Female Leader herself; she has also been Leading and supporting various Leadership Development initiatives within large, complex, multinational matrix organisations.  

Only by deeply experiencing her very personal life challenges – ‘hitting a wall experiences’ – was Cathleen able to redefine her own purpose, deciding to bring ease and content to as many women as possible on the planet! 
Find | Cathleen Merkel 

On Instagram: @CathleenMerkel 
On Facebook: @CathleenMerkelCoaching 
On LinkedIn: @CathleenMerkel 


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