Extra Points: Thank you!

Dan Weedin Unleashed-40I’d like to take this opportunity at the end of the calendar year to sincerely thank all of you for your interest in my work, and for being a regular reader of my missives. I appreciate all the notes and comments that are sent. It’s always nice to know someone is reading!

My all-time favorite movie (regardless of the genre) is Frank Capra’s classic, It’s a Wonderful Life, starring James Stewart as George Bailey. I’m always deeply touched, no matter how many times I see it, because I know I’ve been blessed with a wonderful life. I plan on unleashing every minute of it, and hope the same for you.

On behalf of my wife Barb and my canine companions Captain Jack and Bella, we wish you a very happy holiday season and best wishes for a joyous and prosperous new year. Here’s hoping you slide in ahead of the tag in 2017!

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Extra Points: Look Both Ways Before You Cross

Dan Weedin Unleashed-40A few weeks ago, I just barely missed getting hit by a car while I was crossing the street in a crosswalk. This was more than just a close call; it happened so fast and was so close I could actually see the driver’s face clearly as she whooshed by me, oblivious to what nearly happened.

It was early evening and dark on a Friday and I was leaving the funeral reception of a friend. It was cold and crisp and I was bundled up in my black dress overcoat and black hat. As I hit the crosswalk – deep in thought about my friend and her family – I glanced up and looked to my left and saw the car and driver waiting patiently for me to walk by. After about three strides, a car coming from my right and behind came barreling through the intersection almost hitting me. I was so lost in thought I’d really not even slowed down; timing was on my side. I looked at the driver to my left and his expression said it all. That was a calamity averted.

My initial reaction was anger at the driver. I had the right of way and she wasn’t paying attention. In reality, I had culpability. I knew that dressed as I was, I’d be harder to see in the evening. I know that even thought I had the right to be there, but that it didn’t assure my safety. And above all, my parents certainly taught me at a very young age to look both ways before crossing a street. That I failed to do and I was lucky.

Here’s the deal – business (and life) daily are filled with close calls and near misses. While they may not seem as dramatic as my story, you never know what the consequences are. The ramifications might include lost business or opportunity; damaged relationships; loss of revenue or income; loss of reputation; and/or personal stress and anxiety. But most is in our control, just as my situation was.

Take control. If you’re not aware of your surroundings and in the moment; if you don’t dutifully follow your processes that make you successful; if you become complacent or even arrogant; then you’re setting yourself up to get smacked by a car in the intersection of your world. In order to unleash the power your talent and potential, and that of your business, then I’d implore you as my parents did to me decades ago…

Look both ways before you cross…

If you’d like to discuss how I can help you plan to dodge those nasty obstacles that get in your way and unleash your potential, then please call me at (360) 271-1592 or email me. very often, we all need help crossing the road!

Quote of the Week:

“Public opinion is no more than this: what people think that other people think.”

~ Alfred Austin – 19th century English poet

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The Enemy Within Your Walls

He is ready to fight for success

This past week, Wake Forest University had to deal with a very unsettling matter. It was revealed that a former assistant football coach turned team radio analyst for the Demon Deacons football program was found to have passed on game plan information from his team (provided to him as part of his job in preparing for games) to opposing teams prior to games.

Let’s make it clear. This guy (for ease of the example) was an assistant coach for the Wake Forest football team. When a coaching change was made, he was not retained as the new head coach brought his own team of assistants with him. This guy was a Wake Forest supporter through and through, seemingly accepted his fate, and then immediately was brought on to the team as the color commentator for the games. Unbeknownst to many, this is akin to be a member of the team. He has access to practices, gets private information on game plans, and is trusted with this material.

After a game against Louisville, it was discovered that game plans had been distributed to Louisville prior to the game. Further investigation found it wasn’t an isolated incident. Long story, short, This guy was implicated and fired. We still don’t know the reasons for this betrayal, but let’s just guess.

Here’s This guy that was terminated. He was allowed to stay in the program because he was deemed “loyal.” Turns out he harbors a grudge and gets on the inside to sell team secrets to opponents. Who knows how long this would have continued if This guy hadn’t been caught.

I know this isn’t national security stuff, but let’s not minimize that these are organizations that employ people. These people keep their positions based on wins and losses. Families are impacted; students are impacted; and the university is impacted. I’ve worked with many small and mid-size businesses that have had similar issues. In fact one small painting business – about 15 employees – had their bookkeeper (acting with CFO functions) steal $25,000 over a 3 year period and used that money to fund her wedding! My client said, “I would have never imagined she would do this.” No kidding! If he had, she wouldn’t have been working there. Problem was, she had done this to a previous employer and my client had not checked references prior. (Yes. She listed the company she stole from. You can’t make this up.)

My question to you is this – could this happen to you?!

The answer is YES. It can and may be to some of you reading this now. While you can’t prevent this in totality, you can greatly minimize the risk to it. Here are three things to consider:

  1. If you terminate someone – or they leave on their own accord, like retirement – the escort them out the door nicely. Do not let them leave with anything that is yours. Cancel their log-in information.
  2. Take care of your client list and proprietary information. That means check their phones for addresses and other important information. If you don’t know how this works, call me and we can discuss.
  3. Be aware of anything that can harm you, including social media.

Bottom line – terminated and disgruntled employees can cause great harm to your company. It happens all the time, yet we rarely hear of it when it happens to small businesses. Protect yourself with a resilience plan that includes this very important issue.

You just may then be able to assure that your “game plan” is safe and secure from This Guy in your own house.

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Unleash Your Business and Career in 2017 with These End of Year Special Coaching Offers!

58842030-Dan+Weedin+%22Unleashed%22-30Limited places available – Starting in 2017, Must be booked by December 31, 2016


Entrepreneurial & Executive Coaching – Accelerate your business and professional growth in 2017 by starting the year with a 90-day intensive entrepreneurial / executive coaching program. Learn to maximize and “unleash” your potential (both professionally and personally) with my custom strategies, tactics and techniques based on my Unleashed® Growth Program. Experience the rapid professional and personal growth that countless clients have enjoyed.

“Dan keeps his commitments, develops realistic plans and expectations, and he executes – pure and simple. If you are smart enough to see when it is time to seek a fresh, outside perspective and to engage the assistance of a dynamic, enthusiastic and skilled professional, look no further than Dan Weedin.” Darin Puryear, Area President – Arthur J. Gallagher

“I’d recommend Dan Weedin to any business owner looking to improve their own leadership skills or to have Dan help one or more of your key staff members to help you stay focused on your company goals without distraction. Dan is a pro at asking the right questions, presenting appropriate challenges and remaining steadfast in his accountability expectations for the best outcome possible. He used your goals as the thesis for his regular interactions so every interaction will lead to a positive outcome for the goals set forth at the beginning of the campaign. I set some very lofty goals and told Dan to make a believer out of me. He has accomplished in 4 months what I didn’t believe was possible in a full year.” – Lindsey Carnett, CEO – Marketing Maven PR


Unleashed® Personal Coaching – A program for individuals who want to unleash their potential in 2017. If you feel stuck. trapped, or bored in your career, or you’re having trouble balancing your work and personal life, Dan will help you break through those barriers. More effective than another list of resolutions that will never be met, this is the perfect gift for yourself, an employee, or someone you care about.

“Dan is an amazing coach. He not only guides to me a level of clarity that has been instrumental in achieving my goals, but also provided a role model for what I hope to achieve in my own business. He is charming and funny but also fearless and sharp. I recommend Dan with the utmost confidence.” Stacie Curtis, CEO – CW Solutions

“Dan has helped make me better at decision-making and engaging others. Being able to hear and take in broader perspectives on opportunities that my company is facing has been very insightful. This all leads to a higher performing company with engaged employees to achieve superior results more effectively and efficiently.” Chris Engstrom, Vice-President – Hall & Company


For an application and more information, contact Dan Weedin, by email dan@danweedin.com or tel +1-360-271-1592

Dan Weedin helps CEOs and Presidents/ of Small and Mid-Market businesses grow their businesses profitably, optimize talent, and create a better life for themselves. His clients also include key executives and business professionals who want to achieve greater success and significance in their career and lives.

Dan is the author of three books, the latest titled, Unleashed Leadership: Maximizing Talent by Opening the Gates of Opportunity (Kitsap Publishing, 2015). He is a regular business columnist for the Kitsap Sun and co-host of Shrimp Tank, a nationally syndicated podcast for entrepreneurs. He has been published or quoted in the AMEX Open for Business, The Street, and Fast Company to name a few. Dan is a 2012 inductee in the Million Dollar Consulting® Hall of Fame.

Learn more about Dan at www.DanWeedin.com

“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. You need Dan’s help, as so many others have.” Alan Weiss, Ph.D – author of Million Dollar Consulting and over 60 other books on consulting

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Extra Points: Full Swing Thinking

Dan Weedin Unleashed-40I had a great idea a couple of weeks ago. At least, I think it was a great idea.

My garage is very tall because we have a full daylight basement. It’s easily 20 feet straight up and wide enough for two cars. One day when I was in there, I spotted a couple of golf driving range mats I’d purchased for next to nothing from the range when they were going to discard them. I observed my surroundings and came to the conclusion that my garage made a perfect private driving range for me to practice during the winter.

I plopped down a mat about a dozen yards away from the closed garage door and grabbed an 8-iron out of my bag. I took one of my practice balls that is made out of rubber and dropped it on the mat. I took a couple practice swings to feel comfortable. I eyed my target on the heavy wooden door. And then I boldly took a full swing and connected solidly with that 8-iron. You know what happened next…

When rubber traveling at a high rate of speed impacts a very heavy wooden door, the result is the ball shooting straight back to me like a cannon ball being shot out of a cannon. As agile as Russell Wilson evading a defender, I dove out of the way of the ball coming straight for my head. I determined a net would be in order for future use of my new innovation.

Funny thing. Had I been out on the golf course with the same 8-iron and real golf ball staring at my next shot, I might have been (based on experience) distracted and potentially “fearful” of the sand traps guarding the green; the out of bounds stakes to my right; and the water hazard directly behind my target. All those factors might clog my brain, lessen my confidence, and alter my swing. Ironically, faced with the potential of getting struck in the face with a rubber ball traveling 1,000 mph (you had to be there), I was fearless.

We often let real life hazards distract us. Those hazards you face when making hard decisions; when assessing results vs. consequences; and when determining your own path (see last week), will clog your brain, lessen your confidence, and mess up your swing.

Don’t be scared of onrushing calamity because you can avoid it. Be scared of choosing the path of least resistance; be scared of wasting valuable time; be scared of not living your life to the fullest; and be scared of not living outside the fence that you built around yourself.

Take a full swing with boldness and confidence. You may just hit the green.

Quote of the Week:

“I’m not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion.”

~ Alexander the Great

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Seattle Shrimp Tank – Dec. 6 Episode

Our guest was Ingemar Anderson who is the owner and publisher at Kitsap Publishing in Poulsbo, WA

Below is our video wrap-up segment. I encourage you to not only watch this six minute clip, but to also listen to the entire podcast on our website.

Subscribe either on the website or at iTunes to never miss an episode. The next broadcast is on December 20th and our guest will be Michele Doyle from Michele’s Interiors.

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Extra Points: Controlling Your Own Path

Dan Weedin Unleashed-40There I was yesterday morning in my favorite chair. Sitting on the edge, leaning forward, elbows digging into just above the kneecaps. It was about 9:30 in the morning and I was glued to ESPN waiting to hear what college football teams made the final four and the national playoffs. My team (and alma mater), the University of Washington, appeared to be perched precariously in that final spot. Although logic told me they would be in, humans don’t always make logical decisions. When the final spot was revealed and the Huskies were announced as the final team, both my daughter Kelli and I erupted with a cheer.

During the broadcast, ESPN sent crews to the three campuses of the schools that were still in contention for that final spot. The thing that occurred to me after the announcement (becasue I was very focused on the outcome before) was that all these teams “paths” were in someone else’s hands. They all had strong resumes to fight their cases. They all knew no matter what, they’d be playing in a major bowl game. But only one would have a puncher’s shot at the national championship that year. So it is in college football.

Unlike college football, you control your own path. You don’t control your own “fate,” becasue by definition fate is per-determined. I prefer the term path. While others might have influence, throw up roadblocks, or offer guidance; you ultimately determine your path based on your decisions, your boldness, and your self-confidence. Bad things happen outside of your control (e.g. the financial apocalypse of 2007-09). People offer both encouragement and discouragement. Your best efforts will fall short. However, those that are the most successful in their businesses, careers, and lives have a remarkable resolve to keep seeking opportunities. Instead of hanging their heads, they find solutions. Ironically, that’s what all the best college football programs do to.

So as you sit back to enjoy the upcoming holiday season, start thinking about what you can do today to forge your own path. How can you be just a little better today? There’s no committee determining your path. The only one…is you.

Quote of the Week:

“God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well.”

~ Voltaire

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