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Weedin Unleashed Replay

July 22, 2014 Leave a comment

The video recording from yesterday’s Weedin Unleashed. The topic is on how to tear down the invisible fence that might be keeping you from reaching your potential…

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Extra Points – The Invisible Fence

July 21, 2014 Leave a comment

This week’s focus point…Invisible Fence14_02_DanCapJackRetouch_001

I’ve been told by friends that the invisible fence has worked well for their dogs. They’ve told me that Captain Jack would be easily trained for it and I should consider it. I don’t think so.

Captain Jack understands the adventures and excitement waiting beyond the invisible fence. He also knows that the pain inflicted by the shock of electricity is brief and temporary. I have no doubt that Jack would figure out very quickly that a mad dash to break through would sting for a few seconds and rush of adrenalin soon take over as he sprinted “unleashed” to the world.

We should emulate dogs more…

We humans are really adept at building imaginary fences in our lives that keep us trapped in our yard. Fear of failure, fear of rejection, past experience, anxiety over the future, and a dozen other things make up the links to the chains that frame our invisible fences. We soon become very comfortable and secure never venturing outside our yards. This results in never maximizing our talents and leaving money on the table at the end of our lives. Dogs intend to leave this world penniless.

The invisible fences in our lives can also cause pain, yet like those crafted for dogs, the pain is brief and temporary. Your reward lays waiting out there, Are you ready to be unleashed!

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This week’s quote -

“Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.”
~ Robert Heinlein

Inaugural Unleashed Summit on September 23rd. Learn more and register now to save your seat to this dynamic event.

New Weedin Unleashed today at 12:00 pm PST. Join for free. We will discuss this topic from today. The invisible fence is a segment of a chapter in my new book that I’m currently writing. Join in on the call and you may just end up as part of the book!

Weedin Unleashed Recording

July 15, 2014 Leave a comment

Topic is on lessons from the World Cup (25 minutes)

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Extra Points – Staying Power

July 14, 2014 Leave a comment

This week’s focus point…Staying Power14_02_DanCapJackRetouch_001

I watched the World Cup final yesterday pitting eventual champion Germany and Argentina. I watched the entire match, which is saying something. I’m not a soccer fan; I really know very little about the sport and its rules; I recognize few of the players; and I had no rooting interest in the game. Yet I watched. Based on all I saw, a whole lot of people in the United States also watched! The World Cup has been on for a month and our national team had been eliminated almost 2 weeks ago. Yet, the interest for the remaining teams, the experience, and event captivated the entire world. Heck, there is plenty of evidence this country lost billions of dollars in productivity over the past month with the World Cup taking center stage. It’s safe to say that the event had “staying power.”

Do you have staying power in your business or career?

There are a few things that are required to assure that you do. Let’s use the World Cup as an example and see how you stack up…

You need to be relevant to people. You need to add value to their lives (for the World Cup, it was entertainment). You need to create passion and emotion. You must be an expert in your field. You need to be able to produce over and over again. You must be trusted to deliver results. And…this is important…you must be an object of interest.

The World Cup only comes around every 4 years, so all of these things get a boost due to it’s uniqueness. You have a harder job, yet you have the opportunity to be a life changer for people. Your job is to show them the value you bring. You can only do that if you meet all the criteria above, or else they won’t even know you exist, or lose interest. Take a cue from one of the largest events on this planet. Be relevant, be valuable, create emotion, and be interesting. By accomplishing this, you will consistently be scoring goals!

 

© 2014 Dan Weedin. All Rights Reserved

This week’s quote - 

It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious.”

~ Oscar Wilde

Inaugural Unleashed Summit on September 23rd. Learn more and register now to save your seat to this dynamic event.

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Unleashed Summit

July 9, 2014 2 comments

Captain JackRegistrations continue for the inaugural Unleashed Summit. Are you coming?

Here’s the deal…

If you want to really ramp up momentum to finish the year strong (yes – it’s approaching) and start 2015 with BANG, then you need to make this investment in yourself. This half-day event where we discuss concepts, topics, and best practices around maximizing your talent and becoming truly “unleashed”  will be the best event you attend this year with the highest ROI. It’s almost free and the people you meet and the takeaways you will get will make it all worth your investment. Heck, you will also have a chance to meet Captain Jack!

Don’t miss it. I promise that you will walk away with an incredible amount of value, my new book, and new opportunities for increased success.

Register today

© 2014 Dan Weedin. All rights reserved

Weedin Unleashed Video

July 8, 2014 Leave a comment

Today’s topic is on your career GPS and how to get to your destination faster and in better shape!

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Extra Points – GPS

July 7, 2014 Leave a comment

This week’s focus point…GPS14_02_DanCapJackRetouch_001

Last Thursday, I was driving home with my daughter on the last leg of a week-long, cross-country trip that took us 3,004 miles from doorstep to doorstep. I had the GPS on even though I knew the way. I always like to know about how long it takes to get home.

I was getting frustrated with the GPS as she kept telling me to take an alternate route home. I couldn’t understand it. After all, I knew where I was going. Why would this electronic device try to take me off my own course? In jest, I kept telling her that I was simply going to ignore her and go my own way. She had the last laugh.

Turns out the GPS had a built-in sensor for traffic. She was trying to help me avoid a huge traffic jam being caused by the start of a 3-day weekend on the Interstate. By the time I realized my mistake, it was too late.

How often does that happen to us? We think our way is the right way; we can do it best by ourselves; we don’t need any help…we’re smart. Like I laughed off the good advice from the GPS, we also often disregard opportunities to really rapidly advance our careers and improve our lives when we don’t seek help.

Do yourself a favor. Find some smart GPS to guide you “home.” Business coaches and mentors often sense those “traffic jams” that await ahead of you and can divert you to roads that lead to faster and more effective destinations. You ignore at your own peril. I wish I had been more humble with that GPS…I would have been home faster. Are you humble and smart enough to take the right road for your success?

 

© 2014 Dan Weedin. All Rights Reserved

This week’s quote - 

We can’t be brilliant by ourselves.”

~ Patricia Fripp

Inaugural Unleashed Summit on September 23rd. Learn more and register now to save your seat to this dynamic event.

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Extra Points – Barking at the TV

June 30, 2014 Leave a comment

This week’s focus point…Barking at the TV14_02_DanCapJackRetouch_001

Hello. This Is Captain Jack. I’m Dan’s charming witty, and highly intelligent Jack Russell terrier. Dan’s on assignment driving back across the country with one of my human sisters. I’ve taken on the responsibility for your reading material for the week. Lucky you!

I’ve been watching the FIFA World Cup soccer matches on television with Dan the past couple of weeks. As you might know, I love watching TV. It’s the best information I can get to try to figure you humans out. There is a lot to figure…Dan watches these matches differently than how he watches the Seahawks. On Sundays during the NFL season, he has been known to yell, cry, jump for joy, utter disgust, proclaim admiration, and occasionally bark at the TV. I listen for him to yell, “get him,” so I can then burst into a ball of fire (like the Tasmanian Devil of Looney Tunes fame) barking at the TV and exhorting the Seahawks defense to make a big play. I look forward to all those opportunities because they need me.

Dan doesn’t move around or say much during soccer. His reaction is much more muted, yet when all of a sudden someone scores a goal, he reacts with fervor. I think it’s because he is a novice with the game and doesn’t understand all he’s watching. He does know that a goal for us is good, and a goal for the other guys is bad. That’s pretty much it. But he knows how to bark at that!

How humans react to things that happen to them determine how they move forward. I notice that often humans react with cynicism and negativity. Their bark is more of a growl. They blame others, dwell on the conflict, and in so doing mess up the rest of their day, week, or year. They are also no fun to be around. The good news is that there are humans out there that react with a positive attitude, take responsibility, and commit to solutions. Their results are much better. We dogs react, respond, and then move on. Even if the wrong team scores the goal, we know there are other opportunities ahead of us to bark at the TV. Always knowing there is more time to bark keeps us motivated and focused on the moment. What about you?

 

© 2014 Dan Weedin. All Rights Reserved

This week’s quote - 

One-fifth of people are against everything all the time.”

~ Robert Kennedy

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Extra Points ~ Love and Leading

June 23, 2014 Leave a comment

This week’s focus point…Love and LeadingBarb and Dan 2

This weekend, Barb and I celebrated our 28th wedding anniversary. When you count up the 4 1/2 years we dated starting in high school, we’ve been together almost 32 years. This clearly shows that I’m the epitome of smart by “marrying up,” and she is the definition of saint for having found the inner fortitude for putting up with me for so long. I think my warranty is up, so she is now stuck with me…

I think our greatest success is far more impressive than being married for nearly three decades. We agree that raising two daughters into remarkable young adults has been our most notable and important accomplishment. For those of you that have raised children in any era, you know that there are many challenges when it came to communications, motivation, and influence especially in those teenage years. We have been fortunate, yet know that it was a combined effort on our part to keep them moving in the right direction.

In working with companies, I often see where there are mixed messages emanating from leadership. It’s the equivalent of having parents tell you two different things. The results in business are poor morale, lack of productivity, confusion, internal strife, and eventual increased turnover. Whenever there is more than one voice that sets the culture and guidelines in any organization (including non-profits and boards), then it had better be the same message.

Leading isn’t so much about being the person in charge. Sometimes anyone can insinuate themselves into a position of authority. Leadership is always about consistency in message and influence.That’s the key to success and sustainability.

(P.S. In marriage and parenting, it’s often best just to say, “Whatever your mother said is also my position,” whether you know the position or not. Then, just nod a lot…)

© 2014 Dan Weedin. All Rights Reserved

This week’s quote -

Men always want to be a woman’s first love. Women like to be a man’s last romance “

~ Oscar Wilde

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Here’s Your Sign: 7 Signs That You’re Part of the Problem, Not the Solution

June 18, 2014 2 comments

Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go. ~ Oscar WildeCoach from NK Herald Feb 2006

There are problems, then there are solutions. I know that’s really “deep,” but bear with me. Problems, crises, and challenges are inevitable in business, in life, and most notably in team dynamics. There are many consultants and experts out there talking about team building, motivation, performance, and communications. There is a really good reason for that. People and organizations are still challenged with it. The “problem” is that it keeps many a business owner, manager, executive, and parent up at night trying to figure out the solutions. The first thing that should be determined is to avoid being part of the problem!

I’ve been involved in politics (school board), non-profits (Rotary), business (both as employee and consultant), and sports (coaching). My wife thinks I’m some sort of a demented crisis seeker, and she might be right. I’ve seen problems coming a mile away and I’ve also seen them sneak up on you. People deal with conflict differently. Some are wired for it, and some just aren’t capable of managing it well. What we are all able to do is be a part of the solution to overcoming issues, rather than being the gasoline that’s poured on the fire. Here are my 7 Signs That You’re Part of the Problem for you to do a little self-assessment. If you don’t resemble any of the signs, keep up the good work and be on guard for those that do. If you see yourself in some of these, then make changes. To be candid, we all can slip into these areas at times. The key is to recognize, be in the moment, be humble, and be nimble enough to slide right back out.

(Note ~ These apply to everyone ~ leaders, managers, employees, coaches, parents, young adults, and community citizens. We are all capable of being a problem child.)

1. You are a perfectionist. Perfectionists tend to micro-manage, over think, and dwell on the negative. Life is about success, not perfection. The people who claim that “practice makes perfect” are misinformed. If you’re “practicing” the wrong thing, it just makes you worse faster. Stop trying to be perfect and focus on improvement.

2. You have an agenda. If you have a dog in the hunt, then you often are too biased and can tend to focus on your outcomes, rather than the good for all. You may have to recuse yourself, or find a way to become more objective. The problem is you, not everyone else.

3. You seek power. Maybe the ultimate problem creator of all time. We see this run rampant in politics and organizations. Climbing the corporate ladder, seeking out leadership roles in associations and unions, and moving up the government chain of command are just a few examples. Whether you’re goal is CEO or Governor, you’d better be doing it to serve others or the power bug will grab you and not let go.

4. You talk to be heard, not to influence. This is the proverbial “squeaky wheel.” I’ve run into many people that feel being negative, being annoying, and being loud equals influence. Actually, it’s really more of a power play. Being contrarian is fine; being obnoxious isn’t. If people are rolling their eyes when you get up to speak, then you might get the signal that you aren’t being successful in solution finding.

5. The Chicken Little Syndrome. Negativity is a burden to everyone. I’m convinced there are people out there who thrive in creating a countenance of gloom, regardless of the situation. This is the classic victim mentality. It’s always someone else’s fault; someone else’s responsibility. People are influenced more by those that are positive, upbeat, happy, and seeking solutions. If you’re in any type of leadership position, the latter position is where you need to live.

6. It’s not me, it’s you. If you find yourself offering unsolicited advice on trying to “improve” someone, that’s a sign. If you resort to passive-aggressive behavior and language, imply incompetence, use bad language, call people names, or exhibit a “holier than thou” image with peers, then that’s a sign. When working with a team for a common goal, there is no room for bullies.

7. You publicly embarrass people. When I coached basketball, I could get pretty upset in practice and call players out when they weren’t working hard or hurting the team with their actions. I would never publicly embarrass them during a game, though. Calling out someone in public is never appropriate. If you find yourself doing that, take a good hard look at your motives. People who resort to labeling and name-calling in public usually have an ulterior motive. And, it generally says more about them, rather than the person they are calling out.

Make no mistake, I am all for being contrarian, holding people accountable, and asking hard questions. These can all be done professionally and with the greater good in mind. When it’s not done in that way, then you are the problem. When it’s done in a manner to improve the condition of someone else (organization, business, clients, employees, members, etc), then you’re part of the solution.

Bottom line ~ You are either going to use your talent and skill for good (solution) or bad (problem). The common denominators for the problem side are negativity, power, control, and selfishness. The common denominators for the solution side are positive attitude, collaboration, responsibility, and accountability. Which side do you fall on?

Important Note ~ Do you own self-assessment as you wish. You also need to assess the people you employ, work with (including clients), collaborate with, and hang around. If they are the problems that can’t be rehabilitated or trained, dump the baggage. That light at the end of the tunnel may just be a truck coming your way. You have a responsibility to surround yourself with people that will make you better, not become a burden. Life is too short.

© 2014 Dan Weedin. All Rights Reserved

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