Core Strength

March 5, 2015 2 comments

I’ve started changing how I work out. The reason is quite simple…my core strength stinks.Dan Weedin Unleashed-19

You see, I’ve been working out since being a high school athlete. For the most part, I’ve focused on the “fun” exercises; the ones that show the quickest results and you get to most enjoyment performing. For me, that was upper body work and strength. When you’re young, it’s easier to get away with that because a lot of other things I used to do (e.g. play competitive basketball) kept me in overall good shape. As I’ve begun to “mature,” some of those fun things have either drastically changed or stopped entirely. The regrettable result is that my core strength is exposed because it has been neglected. To that end, I am now humbling myself to learn new “tricks” to do the work that I’ve never found fun…abs and legs. I am writing this today since this morning I was focused on those two areas. We will see how agile I am later this afternoon…

For your business to stay agile and resilient as it matures, you’d better have a good core strength. In your case, that’s a strategic plan to deal with anything that can hurt you. Allow me to explain…

I’ve watched people age well into their 80s and 90s. Not just my parents, but the people around them. I’ve observed how poor balance, decreased strength, and loss of perception wreaks havoc on their bodies and their ability to function. By being intentional and strategic about my exercise regimen, I’m giving myself the best chance of avoiding or at least mitigating that peril when I get to that age.

Your business will face crisis. In fact, it’s most likely that you will face many crises over the years, all different in size and scope. Those executives and business owners that don’t build up their core strength – their planning, preparation, and practice – are in a clear and present danger situation. In the event of a serious crisis, they are as likely as a 93 year old to lose their balance, stumble, fall, and not be able to get up. For both, the consequences can be catastrophic.

So here’s what you do…

Take a cue from my revised exercise plan. Create your own plan on building up your core by creating a comprehensive strategic crisis and disaster recovery plan; include a communications plan to apprise your employees, customers, supply chain, etc.; implement and practice regularly; get help from experts to assure you’re not breathing your own exhaust; and repeat annually. This way, you’re giving yourself the best chance to avoid the calamity of not being able to survive a “fall.”

Your health can’t be delegated to someone else. Crisis leadership can’t be delegated, either. If you’re the boss, it’s your job to strategize. You can delegate tasks, but not the global planning and strategy. And just like brushing off regular workouts, this is the biggest mistakes business leaders make in their company. It’s time to get real and get serious to protect your business and all those that count on you. And it only starts with a few situps…

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Weedin Unleashed Recording – Leave a Mark

March 3, 2015 Leave a comment

Recording from yesterday…

18 minutes, 28 seconds

P.S. I will be announcing 10 year anniversary specials on programs, workshops, and resources on March 15th. Stay tuned!

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Extra Points – Passings…

March 2, 2015 Leave a comment

This week’s focus point…PassingsDan Weedin Unleashed-40

I am writing this missive Sunday night shortly after hearing of the death of a college buddy from a heart attack. For those of you who are familiar with my work, I tend to write this weekly blurb often at the spur of the moment and about something that has caught my attention. Today, I am using it to write about a friend and to remind us all of something very important…

Chris Welp is the all-time leading scorer for the University of Washington men’s basketball program. He played a few years in the NBA and in Europe until his knees could no longer go. He was also a guy who couldn’t stand straight up and down in my basement apartment when we were in college because he was 7’1” tall and my ceiling was somewhere south of that. I remember watching him show me how is pet boa constrictor devoured mice. Barb wasn’t so keen on that. I remember walking around Costco with him and he drew a crowd wherever he went. He was a great big guy with an equally sized heart and smile. He will be missed.

I last saw Chris 4 years ago when he was being honored by his high school by being inducted in their Hall of Fame. Fate had me now living near where he attended high school and won a state championship. We talked and laughed and shared memories together. I remember clearly making sure we had each others cell phone and address information correct, as we were going to make sure we saw each other more frequently. As I look at his contact info on my phone now, I sadly admit we never did. Life gets “in the way…”

Here’s the deal and our reminder for the week. We only come around this way once. We are here for a short time and have no idea when or how it comes to an end. While I’m sad that we didn’t spend more time together, I’m thrilled to have played a very small part in Chris’s life. Take a look at your day today, this week, and into the future. Live without burden, live without fear, and live loving those around you. You only come around this way once…make sure you leave a mark.

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This week’s quote -

Never interrupt someone doing what you said couldn’t be done.

~ Amelia Earhart
Rest in peace, my friend. Go Dawgs…

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To Tell the Truth

February 25, 2015 2 comments

“My name is Bob McDonald and I was in Army Special Forces.”Dan Weedin Unleashed-40

“My name is Bob McDonald and I was in Army Special Forces.”

“My name is Bob McDonald and I was in Army Special Forces.”

Will the real Bob McDonald stand up?

If you watched the old game show, To Tell the Truth, you will recognize this exchange. Three people all claiming to be the same person, yet 2 are fibbing. Of course, they are fibbing on purpose to fool the contestant. Seems like newly minted Veteran Affairs boss Bob McDonald is taking a cue from NBC News anchor Brian Williams and playing the fool.

I watched the news last night and watched with my own eyes the video of Mr. McDonald having a dialogue with a veteran who had fallen on hard times. He asked what service the man had been in and the response was, “Army…Special Forces.” The head of the federal administration that is tasked with helping this American hero in bad times then glibly replies, “Yeah…I was Army Special Forces!, too” Trouble for McDonald is he wasn’t. Yes, he was in the army. No he wasn’t in Special Forces. Oops.

McDonald quickly apologized after he was called out by a veterans group that did a little fact checking. A contrite McDonald said he made a mistake “in an effort to connect” with this man. The term “misstatement” has now been used again in just a matter of weeks. It’s becoming as popular to use as Marshawn Lynch saying, “I’m only here so I won’t get fined.” At least Marshawn is telling the truth!

Here’s how to connect. Be humble. You can say, “Wow, I was army too, but not special forces. What an honor to meet you!”

McDonald is no newbie to leadership positions. You don’t get to be hired for this role by the President of the United States if you have no background in leadership. Which leads me to believe that “misstatements” may also be idly tossed about on a daily basis around board rooms and offices around the world. In business, it’s harder to get caught and easier to get away with.

Here’s the deal…

If you desire to be influential; to be a leader; and to be significant (see my previous article on this matter), then your misstatements need to be actual mistakes, not a fancy word for lying. The quickest way to lose credibility to your team (employees, co-workers, clients, boss, community) is to stand up and lie. Let’s be clear, a lot of misstatements being made are probably considered “little white lies;” you know those things that won’t actually hurt anyone.

Do yourself a favor. If you’re reading this, there’s a pretty good chance you are in some leadership or management position. Even if it’s being influential in your family with your kids, you at some point are being looked at to guide. The best way you can gain trust and lead effectively over time is to avoid “misstatements” like the ones Mr. Williams and Mr. McDonald have recently made. Instead, learn how to improve your language skills so you can honestly, genuinely, and with empathy tell the truth.

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Weedin Unleashed Video – Success and Significance

February 24, 2015 Leave a comment

19 minutes

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Extra Points – Significant

February 23, 2015 Leave a comment

This week’s focus point…SignificantCapt Jack and Dan

Last Friday, I was meeting with a new mentoring client and we were discussing his move into the world of consulting. He made a comment that really caught my attention. He said, “Dan, I have always been successful, however we define that. However, I’m at a point in my life where I want to be significant.”

Wow.

The word significant has tremendous significance. It seems to me that when people start creeping into their 40s, the issue of being more than successful in making money begins to seep into our consciousness. What does being significant mean?

For me, my definition is simple. Being significant means making a meaningful contribution to the success and/or happiness of another human being. I want to be significant to my wife; to my daughters; to my extended family; to my friends; to my clients; and to my community. That means more than merely being in the room. It means offering something of compelling value – love, concern, opportunity, teaching, experience, wisdom, hope…

What’s being significant mean to you?

How about this for a “never been done before but should have been” opportunity? Email me or post a comment on my blog of one way you’ve been significant in the life or business of someone else last week. Just one. I will gather all of them and pick three at random (I’m not about to judge significance!). Those three people will receive a free copy of my book, Unleashed (see below). Let’s see if we can reward the significance in your life!

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This week’s quote -

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Becoming an Object of Interest

February 21, 2015 2 comments

Last week, I watched The History Channel’s 3-part mini-series, The Sons of Liberty. I’m a history buff, especially when it involves the Revolutionary War era. The show was good, the acting decent, and the entertainment fine. That being said, it was purely fiction. For instance, the young man playing the spirited Sam Adams was probably 33 years old. In reality, Adams was 50. His second cousin John (eventually to be our 2nd President) was portrayed as meek, cautious, and quiet. The real John Adams was loquacious, emotional, and cantankerous. The show had poor Paul Revere in virtually every battle and conflict, when in truth he was mostly a spy.

Here’s the deal… Even though the station is called The History Channel, the intent of the mini-series was to be good theater. Just as in public speaking, never let the absolute truth get in the way of a good story meant to convey a message. The goal was to be interesting, which it was. In fact, it caused me to do some research on factual events and I learned a few new facts. Mission accomplished.

You and your business need to be an object of interest. If all you ever do is spout out the boring “facts” about what you do, then your audience may flip the channel before they even get to know you. What they want to hear is how you improve their condition, and it had better be engaging, dynamic, and interesting. We humans have a short attention span. It’s grown shorter as platforms like Twitter make us think in sound bytes. Your “bytes” better be delicious or your target market will find other more appealing morsels.

Bottom line, you may need to eschew a little “fact” for “entertainment”purposes to gain and keep attention. Focus on your message of how you make people and businesses better by becoming a true object of interest.

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