Rave Reviews Redux

Many thanks to a happy coaching client…

In working with Dan Weedin, he gets my highest recommendation as an executive coach and mentor. Dan’s ability to recognize, understand, and explain complex business relationships has improved my thinking, and most importantly, my actions. Along the way there have been surprising (and sometimes painful) personal realizations, but Dan’s mentoring continues to make me a better person every day, professionally and personally. I came away from every coaching session with a clearer understanding of how people might respond to my actions and how I could improve my skills.

Dan did not hesitate to tactfully, but directly point out areas that needed to be considered a different way, and proved to be right with his observations, opinions, and suggestions. I would recommend Dan as a professional coach and mentor.

~ Bridget Lauer (New Jersey)

Thanks, Bridget!

Are you interested in dramatically improving your individual performance starting right now? Would you like to make 2016 your best year ever both personally and professionally? Contact me at 360-271-1592 or dan@danweedin.com to find out how I help my clients do just that…

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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 of Million Dollar Consulting

Sirius Smoke – an excerpt from Captain Jack in Unleashed Leadership

Jack(Excerpt from his upcoming book “Unleashed Leadership: Maximizing Talent & Performance by Opening the Gates of Opportunity (Kitsap Publishing), which is scheduled to be released in October.)

Note: This is Captain Jack. Dan got the last excerpt, so it’s my turn. I have an anecdote after each chapter in the book, so here’s your chance to read my wisdom. If you want to read the other 11 anecdotes, you need to buy the book. Go on…do it. BUY NOW and SAVE

Sirius Smoke

Dan smokes a cigar once a month. Barb makes him go out on the back deck so the smoke doesn’t stay in the house. She will normally join him out there, unless it’s really cold. I go with him regardless of the conditions. Why? There’s something about hanging out as guys and smelling the sweet smell of the cigar waft into the air that comforts me. That, and he will normally bring out a few things to nibble on and the chance of picking up crumbs is very high!

Dan smokes a cigar for pleasure and enjoyment. I chase my tail for the same reason. I’ve noted that many humans spend an inordinate amount of time being anxious, unhappy, troubled, and downright despondent. I have a theory.

Dan has picked up from me that life is supposed to be fun. Not everything that happens in life is fun, but the overall attitude about life should be. When you never allow yourself time to relax and recharge, you’re doomed for burn out. It’s like a cigar getting snuffed out before you even get to the band! That’s leaving money on the table if you ask me.

We dogs love rewards. Bella and I get treats when we do things well (or when Dan needs to get us out of a room). We love to rejuvenate with naps and television watching (at least, I do). Dan says you have to plan relaxation into your life, even schedule it. I don’t understand that, but hey, if it’s the only way humans can manage their priorities, so be it.

The fastest way to smother your flame (i.e., zest for life) is to stamp out the oxygen. When Dan finally finishes his cigar, he literally removes the oxygen. When humans (because you will never find dogs doing this) extinguish their inspiration, then they never achieve all that they could have. Take a cue from us dogs and my cigar-smoking pal, take some time out to reward, relax, and recharge, even if you have to force yourself to do it. That’s best way to keep the fire burning.

Just saying. . . .

Captain Jack

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Extra Points: Labor Day Special Edition

This week’s focus point…Labor Day EditionCapt Jack and Dan
Labor Day is a national day to stop, rest, and rejoice in our work. We are blessed in this country to have the opportunity to work and build a lifestyle we want. To that point, I believe that not everyone out there is “happy” with work.

Long has been the vision of people punching time clocks, working for “the man,” groaning about “another day and another dollar,” and dreaming of retiring from the hustle and bustle of “work.”

Consider this my Labor Day lesson on being unleashed…

You have the control to do what you have a passion for. For some, it’s an entrepreneurial life and being the boss. For others, it’s working for a progressive and dynamic company that provides superior products and services to people. Regardless, the only person you have to blame for hating your job is you. I know entrepreneurs who hate their job and wish they could be fired, but they can’t talk the boss into canning them!

Labor Day celebrates the gift of work. If you don’t view your career as a gift and a passion every day, it’s your fault. Don’t allow fear to hold you back from what you really love. Life’s too short to spend 2/3 of your life in misery. Celebrate your value and talents to the world by making them available in the form of your “work.”

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This week’s quote –

“I’m lucky. I’ve never had a job in my life. I started going to school and never stopped…

~ My client and good friend, Jerry Parrish. Jerry spent over 40 years as a high school teacher and football coach. He still volunteers as a football coach today almost a dozen years after retiring. The guy still has never had a “job…”
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Kick Start Your Consulting Career in 90 Days!

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Resilient Positivity: The “Next Play” Mentality

Mom and Me(Excerpt from his upcoming book “Unleashed Leadership: Maximizing Talent & Performance by Opening the Gates of Opportunity (Kitsap Publishing), which is scheduled to be released in October.)

The word resilient is defined in the following way when applied to a person: “ . . .recovering easily and quickly from shock, illness, hardship, etc. Irrepressible.”

Irrepressible. What a great word to describe resilient. We think of resiliency just as it is defined. Something happens to someone, and they have the fortitude to bounce back and overcome, to rise like the Phoenix out of the ashes. If only it were as simple as it sounds.

In February 2014, my mom went into the hospital to deal with reoccurring issues with pulmonary effusions, or to simplify things for all of you non-medical readers, water accumulating in her lungs. At eighty-nine years old and in failing health due to the ravages of dementia, she physically didn’t have much left to fight with. These effusions were sapping her of her strength and taxing her emotionally.

After an initial visit from the doctor, it was decided that she needed to have this water drained again. This is a grueling procedure for most people, and Mom, at 4’10” and all of ninety-two pounds, really suffered when she had to have this done. My wife Barb and I had gone home to take a break. I had made the decision to return to the hospital that night, as Mom was due to have the draining procedure done at 8 p.m. I didn’t want her to go through this alone, yet the procedure didn’t require both of us there. I insisted that Barb stay at home.

After visiting Mom briefly, I had a private discussion with the doctor on duty. She started giving me confusing information about these effusions: “These effusions are a by-product of a heart problem she is having. She’s already had several episodes. I don’t think she will leave the hospital alive.” You see, Mom had a Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) on file. If she went through a cardiac arrest and I wasn’t there, the hospital would have no choice but to allow her to die.

As I was still wrestling with this new information, the doctor who had come to do the effusion procedure became concerned. Mom was getting increasingly agitated and scared. I started texting Barb about what was going on. She asked, “Do you want me to come?” I said, “No. I think it’s fine for now.” No sooner than I hit SEND, then a whirlwind began. Mom went into a cardiac arrest. She was dying right in front of me. The doctor looked at me and asked me something I will never forget. . . .

“Do you want us to try to save her?”

Because I had power of attorney, I had the capacity to authorize life-saving measures. It took me about two seconds to say, “YES!” In my view, we would either save her and she would get another chance, or she would die with us trying. I was prepared for both outcomes. Over the next twenty minutes (which seemed like two hours), I watched Mom being given the defibrillator and CPR by this doctor and a group of valiant nurses. Their efforts were not in vain. She stayed the night in intensive care, where we were again told that there was still a more than 50 percent chance that she would pass away while in the hospital.

I still recall the priest who came to give her last rites, just in case. He asked her, “Alicia, are you ready to meet Jesus?” She answered, “Yes, but not now.” He chuckled. After a few more minutes, he asked again, “Alicia, are you ready to meet Jesus?” Her answer (with a little added emphasis), “Yes, but not now.” He tried one more time, and she looked at him as if he must be deaf. Her response was the same. He smiled, looked at us, and said, “She’s not dying yet. She’s not ready to go.”

Mom lived for almost another two years. Resilient. Irrepressible. Significant.

That’s my definition of “resilient.” It’s that powerful capability to bounce back after a trauma of any kind—physical or emotional. Now let’s combine this with “positivity.”

It’s not human to be ceaselessly positive. Bad things happen to all of us that will alter our attitudes and often our worldviews. My experience tells me that it’s most often the small setbacks over time that have the most effect on a person’s attitude and mentality. While Mom’s story was pretty dramatic to her and to us, I feel like we all go through some trial or tribulation virtually daily and that these add up to affect our thinking.

Being positive sounds easy, and it is when things are wonderful. In fact, it’s really easy to be a terrific leader of a business or company when the sun is shining. But as collegiate basketball coach James Harrison “Babe” McCarthy once quipped, “The sun don’t shine on the same dog’s butt every day.” And it don’t. . .er, doesn’t!

Showing resilient positivity is similar to a good stock on the New York Stock Exchange or NASDAQ. There will be occasional dips over time. Stock traders will often cash in on gains or sometimes a little bad news affects the stock. However, those dips never go too deep or last too long before the stock starts trending up again. That’s got to be you.

First, you need to develop an attitude of being positive. Much of the remainder of this book will focus on that. The next step is the most critical. It’s finding a way to be resilient when things look bleak. You need some perspective and some internal trigger to provide you with the very best self-talk you can muster. Sure, it is great to have coaches, colleagues, mentors, and family to help you talk about things, and that can’t be overstated. Yet in the end, it’s about you and the determination that regardless of the reason for the “dip,” you will correct your “stock” to start trending back in the right direction.

Being resiliently positive is easy to say and much more difficult to do. As you read this book, keep this concept in mind as we discuss important strategies and tactics for achieving this mentality so that you can be an Unleashed leader.

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