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The Great Escape Revisited

August 27, 2015 Leave a comment

JackEarlier this week, you may have read the tale of the great escape as told by the escapee, Captain Jack. The dude showed he’s still got game when it comes to getting unleashed – or in this case running with the leash still secured to him. He explained the extra “baggage” kept him from being able to fully maximize his agility and nimbleness, so he was quickly corralled by yours truly.

All that being said, one can learn a few post-event from his response.

Although being scolded, Captain Jack showed no remorse. He trotted home accepting the fact that his adventure was short-lived; he drank up the entire bowl of water; went to the window to get a full stretch, and then settled in for a much deserved nap.

Very often, when we humans fail at some attempt at a new opportunity – maybe it was a sales call, an interview, a misunderstanding, or just a good attempt that went awry – we allow that failure to become “leashed” to us for hours, days, months, or even years.

Dogs have it figured out better. They chalk up failure to happenstance or serendipity and just move on. They are seeking out that next smell; or that next opportunity. Wasting time on failures means you just might miss that next chance for success.

Take it from dogs – Be bold and courageous and do your best. If it works, great. If you fail, then you’ve learned something. If you walk away from failure without having learned something and improving yourself, then the failure wins. If you walk away from failure and let it stick around and rent space in your brain, then it wins again. The only way you win is to dump the leash and be free to check out new smells and new opportunities to run.

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Read more Captain Jack in my (or our) new book, Unleashed Leadership. Pre-orders now being taken with a subsUnleashed_Leadershiptantial discount. Order today and assure you get a signed copy on the first release in October!

“This book has arrived at a great time for you, because no matter what stage of growth you currently occupy, Dan will help you to grow further and faster. He creates positive change with positive psychology, but also creates sustainable results through the mastery of the skills and behaviors required for ongoing success. Make no mistake, this isn’t a “self-help” book. You need Dan’s help, as so many others have.” Excerpt from Foreword by Alan Weiss, author of Million Dollar Consulting and 60 other business books in 12 languages

My Recipe for your Professional Steak & Sizzle

August 20, 2015 Leave a comment

58842033-Dan+Weedin+%22Unleashed%22-21My colleague Betsy Jordyn and I just completed a 3-part virtual workshop experience with nearly 40 consultants from around the country on branding. The culmination yesterday actually started getting culinary…

Here’s the deal on banding for any business or practice… You have to have both the steak and the sizzle in order to be significant, interesting, and ultimately successful in promoting your unique brand. The steak is your content and the sizzle is your delivery. Here’s my recipe…

  1. Defrost the steak. Take your talent and skill out of deep freeze and that it. Specifically, truly understand your value and how you improve the condition of others. Define who those “others” are – CEOs, Presidents, or the retail buyer. You are marketing your brand to people, not organizations. Understand and believe in your brand and know clearly who benefits from it.
  2. Season the Steak. Make your content powerful. Make it unique to you based on your experience and “smarts.” Create categories that will be valuable to the readers and listeners of your intellectual property. Create content that will rise above the rest of the “noise.”
  3. Sizzle. Alan Weiss has said that if you don’t toot your own horn, there is no music. You’re responsible for branding yourself through the distribution of your intellectual property, your marketing, your networking, and your value. Here;s the thing – boring never works. You must be interesting. You do this by being contrarian; by being edgy; by being bold; by being creative; by being fearless; and by being clever. You’re genius will never be fully tapped – fully unleashed – if nobody knows you exist.

Bottom line – you can cook your steak inside that fence, but the sizzle will be the thing that unleashes the value to the world. Make no mistake, you need both. It’s a process that requires discipline, creativity, and guidance. I know Betsy and I needed help from our mentor and community….and we still utilize it!

What are you doing to make a great steak and sizzle in your business and career?

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Weedin Unleashed Video: Thunder & Lightning

August 18, 2015 2 comments

15 minutes, 50 seconds

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“This book has arrived at a great time for you, because no matter what stage of growth you currently occupy, Dan will help you to grow further and faster. He creates positive change with positive psychology, but also creates sustainable results through the mastery of the skills and behaviors required for ongoing success. Make no mistake, this isn’t a “self-help” book. You need Dan’s help, as so many others have.”

Alan Weiss, author Million Dollar Consulting (excerpt from Foreword)

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Extra Points: Energy

August 10, 2015 Leave a comment

Dan Weedin Unleashed-40This week’s focus point…Energy

We humans are all wired differently. That being said, we can all probably land in one of two social styles – introvert or extrovert. There is no judgement; both are just fine. In fact, as a confirmed extrovert myself, I’m thankful for the introverts that bring balance to my life!

I think it was Alan Weiss who I once heard give the best definition of these two styles. It went like this – introverts draw energy from things (processes, projects, and challenges), while extroverts draw energy from people.  Drawing energy means being uplifted, energized, impassioned, and interested. As a self-diagnosed extrovert, I gain all of those aforementioned things from being around and talking to people, whether I know them or not. I actually will seek out opportunities to talk to waitpersons at restaurants, people working out at the gym, or just a person waiting to catch the same plane as me. I draw my energy from people. I have close family, friends and colleagues that draw their energy from that challenging project given to them; the NY Times crossword puzzle, and creating things.

The question for you this week is where do you draw your energy from? Is it people or processes? This small self-assessment will help you to be at your best, so you can help others and yourself. When you’re down, you know where to go to get that energy boost. When things are going well, you can also find that extra energy to reach even grander heights. Bottom line is that you need to know what gives you energy if you’re to be truly unleashed.

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This week’s quote –

Good questions outrank easy answers.

~ Paul Samuelson

The next Weedin Unleashed broadcast is next Monday, August 17th, as I am traveling for business. I look forward to seeing you then. Here is a recent episode. You can view them all on my You Tube channel

Extra Points – Awe and Wonder

May 18, 2015 Leave a comment

This week’s focus point…Awe and WonderDan Weedin Unleashed-40
I’m writing this article while sitting in a very small American Airlines Eagle fight from O’ Hare airport in Chicago to Sioux Falls, SD. I am heading to Sioux Falls to give a training for a new client.

I was surfing through a magazine as we took off. Taking off is something I seem to be doing a lot of lately, so I took the experience pretty lightly. Then I looked up from the magazine…

It was a beautiful night over one of the iconic cities in America. Suddenly, I was overcome with awe and wonder of what was actually happening. I was in a “transport” that was shuttling me through air at a high rate of speed waiting to “slip the surly bonds of earth…”

This initially mundane experience became surreal when I realized how unimaginable this would be to people living 250 years ago. They couldn’t comprehend the thought of traveling through air and looking down on a city and then at the TOPS of clouds while feeling totally at ease (other than sitting in a very uncomfortable seat). Holy Flux Capacitor!

How often do you “look up” from your “mundane” and seek out something to be in awe and wonder of? I don’t do it enough and I bet many of you are in the same boat. Everything we do offers opportunity to learn, to grow, and to marvel at. We just have to be paying attention.

Be in the moment this week. Take a few extra seconds and marvel at what we have around us and what we can do. Like I’ve heard Alan Weiss say a million times, “You can always make another dollar but you can’t make another minute.”

Enjoy more minutes this week!
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This week’s quote –

Aim above morality. Be not simply good, be good for something.”

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Next Weedin Unleashed broadcast is today at 12 pm Pacific. Please consider joining the discussion! LINK to join.

Insider View on Betsy & Dan 1 – The R-O-I of Y-O-U

Here is a 9-minute cut from an hour long event. It’s the first episode of 3 by Betsy Jordyn and me on branding strategy for consultants, business coaches, entrepreneurs, and small business owners.

You can get this entire episode, plus the next 2 for free. All you have to do is log on to the Betsy & Dan page on this blog and register. Easy peazy…

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Branding R-O-I for Y-O-U

April 30, 2015 Leave a comment

Betsy and Dan 1Betsy Jordyn and I just finished our debut broadcast for branding strategies for consultants. Here is one highlight from today…

You are the “brand.” Even if you work for a larger firm or company, or are a sales professional for a company you don’t own, you are still the desired “brand.” The key question is, “How do I advance the brand of me?”

Here are 3 things that you can immediately do…

1. Create gobs of intellectual property. Be ubiquitous. Publish, speak, blog, utilize social media, and produce videos.

2. Talk to not only your desired prospective clients, but to those people that can refer you to them. You can most easily get in front of person that can use your services when they are referred to you.

3. Be consistent in the distribution of your intellectual property. Blog regularly; send newsletters consistently; network with the right people all the time so they know your name.

It’s really just like one of my favorite shows from the 1980s, Cheers…where everybody knows your name.

Who knows your name? What to do they think of you when you’re not in the room? Are you clear and concise on your value? Are you “tight” on your publishing and speaking?

If you want to watch the 60-minute broadcast for free, all you have to do is register. You will be subscribed to the next 2 broadcasts as well. Click here to register and get the recording, so you can hear everything we talked about!

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