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Within Decay…Rebirth

March 20, 2015 Leave a comment

58842030-Dan+Weedin+%22Unleashed%22-30I’m thrilled and honored to be today’s guest columnist on Alan Weiss’s blog, Alan’s Blog. The blog is geared to consultants, speakers, authors, and entrepreneurs. Today’s blog article is about how in your own business and career (just like in nature) that within decay, there is rebirth.

Please read and share your comments here on my blog…or on his!

Read Article on Alan’s Blog

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10-year Celebration Professional Growth Opportunities

March 17, 2015 Leave a comment

58842033-Dan+Weedin+%22Unleashed%22-21It’s hard for me to believe. I started my consulting practice in 2005 and here I am 10 years later. Heck, Captain Jack wasn’t even born yet!

While I wasn’t “official” until August of that year, I’m starting a year-long celebration today by introducing several new professional development opportunities for you. As the year moves on, I’m committed to helping all of you advance your careers and businesses, and assure success, sustainability, and significance. Keep an eye out for new opportunities, my re-designed web site, and…

As a precursor to these new programs, I am proud to announce that I’ve entered into a commercial publishing agreement with Kitsap Publishing for my new book Unleashed Leadership. The book is scheduled to be released in September. Over the next few weeks, you will begin to see additional information, including the book’s cover, excerpts, and pre-release purchase opportunities.

Finally thanks to all of you for your part in my 10 years as Toro Consulting, Inc.  To my clients, my business partners and colleagues, and everyone that reads my work or watches me speak….I am grateful.

NEW Opportunities

Unleashed Speaking – If speaking is an integral art of your business, then you’d better assure that you’re really good at it. In fact, being an impressive speaker just may be the most important skill you develop. Speaking to influence requires both art and science. This new program will help speakers become more confident, more competent, more valuable, and more influential. I’ve already added my first participant and it hasn’t even gone live until now! What are you waiting for? Website

The Go to Guy – If you’re a business owner, entrepreneur, or executive, it’s likely that you often feel like a “lone wolf” when making critical decisions for your business. Stop breathing in your own exhaust. I can help you with strategy, decision-making, venting, language, and accountability. This is a unique and exclusive program that is limited to a small number of business leaders. Find out how you can be one of them. Website

Insuring Success Weekly Video Series – Insurance Professionals! Boost your business and career rapidly in only 5 minutes a week. This private weekly video series will help you increase revenue, uncover valuable time, help you retain more clients, and help you attain balance your life. Starts June 2, but early discounts apply. Website

Insuring Success Rock Star Producer Academy – Insurance Agency Owners and Producers!  This is a one-of-a-kind program personally developed by me to help insurance producers and sales professionals improve your success rate in business and life. It’s a day and half full of everything you need to arm yourself to create success and build your book of business. October 15-16 in Seattle. Space is limited to 15 people and I’m already getting inquiries. Register today. Website

The Weedin Assurance Program – I’ve created a Private Insurance Consulting program to offer a unique and value-driven service for select clients only. You will not only be insured, but also assured that you are adequately protecting all you’ve worked so hard to attain and that it’s being done at the most competitive premium available. Space is limited to only a few and there are already clients in it. Learn more – Website

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Fat Tuesday Tidbits

February 17, 2015 1 comment

Dan Weedin Unleashed-19Today is Fat Tuesday and as a practicing Catholic from the cradle, I know this is my last shot at tomfoolery for 40 days. Since I’m in Seattle and not New Orleans, my guess is my shenanigans will be somewhat, let’s say, muted.

For us Catholics, the season of Lent is a time for giving up something in the spirit of prayer and penance. This is NOT a religious or spiritual blog, so hang with me on this one. I have tried over the years to both give up something and to do something as part of my Lenten observations. This practice can also be applied to your business and/or your career.

Over the next 40 days, why don’t you consider improving yourself in business by both subtraction and addition?

By means of subtraction, what can you eliminate that will improve you – inordinate Internet and social media time; procrastination; poor self-talk; wasted effort on areas that aren’t making you better or enhancing your business; gossiping and drama proliferation; too much game playing on your mobile devises; or plain negative thinking? What are others that you know about within your own self-assessment?

By means of addition, what can you start doing to improve yourself – exercising every day; getting away from your desk and in front of people; saying thank you to others more often; giving compliments you employees and co-workers; eating healthier; rewarding yourself when you do things well; saying NO to projects that others want you to do that will take your time; and getting more rest and relaxation?

While the season of Lent may have different implications for me from a faith perspective, I also plan on taking my own advice for my career. I’m going to spend Fat Tuesday contemplating what those will be and share with you tomorrow. What about you? Are you ready to boost your career and your business; and significantly enrich your life over the next 40 days?

I double-dog dare you…

Until then, eat well today for tomorrow we get lean and mean! Happy Fat Tuesday!

© 2015 Dan Weedin. All Rights Reserved

Extra Points – Are You Ready?

December 1, 2014 Leave a comment

This week’s focus point…Are You Ready?14_02_DanCapJackRetouch_001

Are you ready?

This may be the most asked question known to man. Are you ready for your test? Are you ready to go out tonight? Are you ready for that sales call? Are you ready for dinner? Are you ready to meet with the investors? Are you ready for the game? Are you ready for 2015?

You get my point. The question “Are you ready” is a significant one because our careers and lives go much smoother and happier when the answer is YES. The challenge for all of us is that as we approach a new calendar year, we may still be scrambling to make sure this one gets finished!

Here’s may question for you this morning of the first day of the last month of 2014…Are you ready to be unleashed? Are you ready to trust yourself in everything you do? Are you ready to be confident? To be fearless? To be bold? To get help when you need it? And are you ready to be all you need to be for others both professionally and personally? Being unleashed takes courage and skill. It also requires that you’re ready to face the challenges with confidence, trust, and faith. So answer this question for yourself candidly…

Are you ready to be unleashed?

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This week’s quote -
“There is more to life than increasing its speed.”

~ Mahatma Gandhi

Weedin Unleashed ~ Join my live, interactive, and FREE broadcast TODAY at 12 pm PST. Click here to join the conversation.

The 2015 Unleashed Executive Experience -Click here to learn more

Welcome to the most powerful and dynamic program I’ve ever created for business owners and executive leaders on unleashing your vast potential and maximizing your own unique talent and that of those around you.

My concept of the “open gate” is that unlike dogs, we as humans often tether ourselves inside our own personal gates and due to our own self-imposed limitations and fears, choose not to risk going through the open gate in front of us. The results include dissatisfaction, low self-esteem, poor leadership, bad morale, inefficiencies, and boredom. Bottom line is you and your business leave money and talent on the table.

 

Extra Points – Enhancing Strength

November 17, 2014 2 comments

This week’s focus point…Enhancing Strength14_02_DanCapJackRetouch_001

I recently had the chance to talk with a high school buddy who’s been battling Stage 4 melanoma. He is in the final stages of a grueling battle and we hope to hear positive news in a couple of weeks that it’s finally gone. He shared with me how the treatment has progressed and I learned something new.

He said that chemotherapy is not the preferred method any longer in fighting cancer. The “old school” chemo was about destroying the cancerous cells by blasting them into oblivion. The side effects on the person was brutal. He told me that today, doctors opt for Immunotherapy. Immunotherapy is a treatment that uses the body’s own immune system to fight the cancer. Basically, it’s maximizing your own body’s strengths to most effectively win a battle and be successful.

Many of you are using the old chemotherapy route rather than Immunotherapy when trying to improve yourself professionally or personally. You identify where you are “weak” and try to improve those weaknesses. Rather, you should use the strengths you already have inside of you (e.g. Immune System) and work on enhancing those for better results. You can’t be perfect in everything. Identify your strengths and what has made you successful, and then blast those with even more professional and skill development. Just as doctors have discovered a better way to fight cancer by boosting an immune system, you can find a faster and more effective way to boost your business and career (and enrich your life) by augmenting your own abilities.

© 2014 Dan Weedin. All Rights Reserved

~ Publilius Syrus

Weedin Unleashed ~ Join me for a lively and dynamic discussion on a Google+ broadcast at 12:00pm PST. Click here to get the link to this free event.


The 2015 Unleashed Executive Experience -Click here to learn more

Welcome to the most powerful and dynamic program I’ve ever created for business owners and executive leaders on unleashing your vast potential and maximizing your own unique talent and that of those around you.

My concept of the “open gate” is that unlike dogs, we as humans often tether ourselves inside our own personal gates and due to our own self-imposed limitations and fears, choose not to risk going through the open gate in front of us. The results include dissatisfaction, low self-esteem, poor leadership, bad morale, inefficiencies, and boredom. Bottom line is you and your business leave money and talent on the table.

Sustainability and Your Untapped Talent Reserve

October 14, 2014 Leave a comment

I attended a very interesting panel discussion this morning on “The Spheres of Sustainability.” The panel was made up of 4 business leaders discussing how they integrated sustainability practices into their companies. The panelists were diverse and brought really valuable information surrounding sustainability of buildings, people, environment, and business practices.

Sustainability is literally defined as “the ability to be supported, upheld, or confirmed.” Sustainability is certainly buzzword for improving our footprint on the environment so it will be “sustained.” It’s important for the health of ourselves and our employees to “sustain” wellness.

All that being said, the discussion got me to thinking about sustainability in a broader scope. How do you “sustain” the talent that resides in your own company? You have a reservoir of skills, strengths, and abilities that reside in your employees (and yourself). How well do you support, uphold, and confirm that talent to squeeze every ounce of goodness out of it?

Sustainability is highly important ideal for our planet and out businesses moving forward. The question I pose to you involves the natural resources living in your people. Some of that talent is being used, but how much of it is left untapped? The bad news is that for many of you, if you don’t help it bubble to the top, that asset will take it’s talent elsewhere.

As you commit to sustainability in your organizational culture, don’t leave out the growth possible to your employees and yourself. This includes skills and development growth in leadership, communication, strategic thinking, time management, and personal self-worth to name a few. The ironic thing is that this opportunity is easier to get to than many other sustainability initiatives. You just have to be intentional about it.

My Unleashed Executive Experience is an open gate waiting for you or some of your key people to run through and gain that sustainability. All the panelists talked about keeping it simple, starting small, and building. That’s exactly what this program does. Click here to learn more about how it might just help you sustain and grow your own organic talent.

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Weedin Unleashed Video – September 24, 2014

September 25, 2014 Leave a comment

Topic – Extra Points from Monday – Cigars, Donuts, and Forgiveness (and a little rewards, too).

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