About Bula Network

Bula is a Fiji term analogous to “aloha” in Hawaiian meaning both hello and goodbye. It also means “life” and carries with it the connotation that life is good. I’m not from Fiji. I’ve never been to Fiji, but I’d love to visit it someday. Fact is, I came across this word when I was in my 20s and fell in love with it so I began to use it as a salutation on internal memos to my staff. I had to explain it the first time I used it, but once was enough. It’s a memorable word.

Network is all about people. They make a difference. YOU make the difference. The power is in the collective – some of us, many of us, all of us – working together to help one another.

Our chief want in life is somebody who shall make us do what we can.”     – Ralph Waldo Emerson


it's all about helping you figure it out
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“Having someone do certain things for you is like getting someone to chew your food for you. It might be easier to swallow but it loses all its flavor…And you want the flavor!”        – Ze Frank


I don’t want to chew it for you, but I do want to help you figure out a better and faster way to savor the flavors.

Randy Cantrell

Randy Cantrell founded Bula Network, LLC to help CEOs, city government leaders, business owners, executives, and leaders grow, improve and transform.

I’m an operator, a practitioner. I’m not a pundit. As for being a thought leader, I am. I lead my own thoughts, but you’re in charge of your own. I’ve got my hands full.

The work isn’t about telling you what to do, or what you should do. It’s about helping you achieve what you most want. Mostly, it’s about helping you figure out what you most want and how to move forward toward your goals. It’s about helping clients have high impact influence because that’s where we’re all able to make a difference in serving others.

The bottom line is I don’t just talk about leadership and higher human performance, I pursue it. And I’m determined to help others figure out how to best pursue it, too. 

We lead people. We manage the work.

“Most of what we call management consists of making it difficult for people to get their work done.” — Peter Drucker

Coaching typically is a 6 to 12-month process. Sometimes it’s a monthly retainer that can last for years. Every situation is unique and I’m intent on meeting clients where they are. My coaching process is unique because it’s not one-size-fits-all. I can’t tell you that you’ll start with step 1 and follow until you reach step 24, after which you’ll have learned some specific skills and be presented with a certificate. That’s formulaic and terrific if the formula fits your specific situation. But usually, it doesn’t, which is why many coaching programs don’t make any meaningful difference. Knowing isn’t doing. My work focuses on helping clients learn new skills by first figuring things out so they can see clearly, then helping them implement those skills in their daily leadership. The power is in the doing!

Business, organization, leadership, life – I serve individuals, companies, organizations, and teams.

For city government leaders, it’s all about building a career and culture that fosters higher human performance.

All the work is about INFLUENCE. No matter the context, it’s about learning, understanding, improvement, and growth! It’s leadership. We lead people (including ourselves). We manage the work. 

Helping top-level leaders develop a high-performance culture is always the goal. 

For business owners it’s all about hitting the trifecta of successful business building:

a) getting new customers,
b) serving existing customers better and
c) not going crazy in the process.

This work is done via Bula Business Builders, specific coaching aimed at helping small business owners achieve greater success. 

For CEOs and top-level leaders, it’s about figuring out ways to elevate performance throughout the organization – beginning with the #1 leader

Leaders who have the highest impact are leaders who grow the business and the organization.


Private, Confidential & Personal Coaching

This work is just you and me. One on one. It’s online via Zoom. Every engagement is tailored to fit the client’s needs. If you’re looking for somebody who thinks they’ve got all the answers, I’m not your guy. It’s your life and your organization. You likely already have the answers, even if they’re buried underneath all the stuff that makes up your daily grind. Questions provoke deeper insights. This is about YOU and your higher human performance. My role is to help you speed up the process so growth, improvement, and transformation can happen. Effective coaching is a judgment-free zone focused on confidentiality, respect, understanding, and helping clients figure out for themselves how to achieve more.

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One singular pursuit – high impact influence! Specifically, it’s about YOUR impact. But it’s also about the higher performance of your team, group, or organization. The main objective is to help you create and maintain a high-performing career for maximum influence.

Bula Network Progression Of Leadership

This is the progression of the work. The foundation is humility, without which no progress is made. Leadership proficiency continues to escalate to curiosity, knowledge, and understanding. It culminates with compassion, simply defined as “a focus on others.” That’s exactly how we define leadership – a) a focus on others and b) doing for others what they can’t do for themselves. The progression is really more like an endless loop. Some would call it a reinforcing cycle or loop. Most recently, thanks to my podcasting partner, Lisa Norris, we’ve begun to view these as ingredients in a recipe! Whatever label you give it, it’s vital to higher leadership performance. 

Always be honest, be competent, give more and make it right.
my business philosophy

Connect With Randy

  1. Book a free consultation. 
  2. Connect with me on Linkedin
  3. Call or text my cell: (214) 682-2467


NOTE: All coaching is confidential. Stories in the podcast include fictionalized accounts of real-world incidents in order to maintain the security of confidential engagements.

GROW GREAT • Your Leadership Path Forward Begins With Your Own Growth
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Grow Great a public sector leadership podcastAbout the hosts: Randy Cantrell brings over 4 decades of experience as a business leader and organization builder. Lisa Norris brings almost 3 decades of experience in HR and all things "people." Their shared passion for leadership and developing high-performing cultures provoked them to focus the Grow Great podcast on city government leadership.

The work is about achieving unprecedented success through accelerated learning in helping leaders and executives "figure it out." 

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