Extra Points: Readiness & Preparedness

Dan Weedin Unleashed-40I’d be remiss on the last Monday of National Preparedness Month if I didn’t spend a little time providing my own public service announcement on readiness and preparedness. While not the most glamorous topic in the world, it becomes very important when it becomes important.

We spend every day managing risk yet, never really think about it. Many people drive to work and take routes based on time and safety concerns. Your GPS is a risk management tool diverting you from traffic problems that could cause the “peril” of you being late to an important meeting. We wear seat belts for two risk management factors – physical safety if involved in an accident and monetary loss for paying a ticket for non-compliance. We even make preparedness decisions in the type of vehicles we purchase for comfort (avoiding the peril of discomfort), style (reputation and brand), and fuel consumption (money).

Unfortunately, complacency sets in and leads to perilous behaviors. We’ve become so good at the skill of driving a car that we get caught in the trap of distraction. Some people believe they can drive while texting; while eating; while holding a phone to their ear; while putting on makeup; while speeding; and while a dog sits on their lap. Distracted driving has become more hazardous than driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Yet it’s become hard for our generation of people of all ages to eliminate this hazard.

We often run our companies the same way. After years of producing the same product or services, we can become complacent as an organization. The perils here all fall under a form of risk management because they endanger growth, operations, and profitability. Complacency within an organization regularly result in increased employee injuries, higher employee turnover, a reduction in sales, poor decision-making, and loss of reputation and brand value. Ultimately, the risk to avoid here is owning or being a part of a company that is in decline and losing value.

Since my Monday missives are meant to be more inspirational, allow me to end on such a note. The good news is we each have control of our own destiny. We can choose to take steps to better readiness and preparedness in our families and businesses. There is plenty of great information at our fingertips on how to best protect our homes, families, finances, and businesses from all sorts of calamities.

Here’s some light homework for your week. As you prepare to embark on the final quarter of 2018, invest some time in looking at your personal and professional readiness and preparedness. What positive steps can you take to assure your family’s well being in the vent of a crisis? How can you be best prepared to be a role model and leader? And how can you safeguard your employees and their families through proper risk management? Write to me and tell me what you did.

For those of you in business, I encourage you to check out my LinkedIn Learning series listed below on this newsletter. It’s free for LinkedIn Premium members. It will give you a full course on protecting your business. As individuals, go check out Ready.gov for information on preparing your family for life’s little accidents. You’ll be glad you did.

Be safe and ready out there…

Quote of the Week:

“You can find peace amidst the storms that threaten you.”

~ Joseph B. Wirthlin (20th century American businessman)

The key to personal and professional improvement is accountability. My mentoring and coaching program has availability. Contact me at dan@danweedin.com or (360) 271-1592 to apply.

Extra Points: Seven Deadly Words

Dan Weedin Unleashed-40We have always done it that way. 

Those seven words are deadly to an organization. Yet that thinking and behavior is common in companies of all sizes. Why?

Humans fear change. You may hear people – including yourself – say that they don’t like change; or that it’s hard to change. Both are cover-ups for the reality that change is scary and people are unwilling to change because they fear rejection, failure, or loss of reputation.

The truth about the age we live in is that change is more rapid and volatile than ever before in human history, and (this is important) we will continue to say that every year because of the development end evolving of technology in our lives. Those industries that aren’t willing to innovate and create; to change thinking, activities, and behaviors, are bound to be flattened by the changing tide.

I toured my client’s brand-new building that features a coworking facility. During the tour, she mentioned that facilities like hers were once only found in metropolitan areas, but now were becoming more in vogue all over. She said that this unique way of creating workspace was becoming the future of “work.” This isn’t a tend, but a movement to make work more enjoyable, easier, and more profitable for individuals and organizations. I concur with her assessment. Those companies that don’t embrace concepts like these to attract or keep great employees will ultimately lose them to ones that are willing to change how they view “work.”

What about you and your business? What changes have you not considered? What is the future of your industry or career? What concept is just waiting for you to try and succeed?

Change is necessary for growth and development in business. Heck, I’ll argue that it’s necessary for survival. If you want to avoid going the way of the video store, make sure you’re prepared to be nimble, innovative and change-centric and exchange those seven deadly words with five better ones…

That is a good idea.

Quote of the Week:

”The secret of business is to know something that nobody else knows.”

~ Aristotle Onassis

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The key to personal and professional improvement is accountability. My mentoring and coaching program has availability. Contact me at dan@danweedin.com or (360) 271-1592 to apply.

Extra Points: Leadership is Empathy

Dan Weedin Unleashed-40Serena Williams is arguably the best female tennis player of all time; heck she may challenge Roger Federer as the greatest tennis player of either gender. She lost the US Open Championship on Saturday in what became a highly chaotic and confrontational scene involving Williams and the head judge.

What isn’t up for debate is that Naomi Osaka, her 20-year old Japanese competitor, completely outplayed her and won the match in two sets. It was a historic victory, the first ever Grand Slam Championship by a Japanese player.

The decidedly pro-Serena fans in New York voiced their displeasure during and after the match. The travesty is that they actually booed when Osaka was introduced as the champion, bringing this young champion to tears. What should have been a crowning event for the 20-year old was turning into humiliation. That’s when Serena showed why she’s also a champion as a human.

She graciously put her arm around Osaka’s shoulders when it was clear that she was being overwhelmed by the scene. She then took the microphone and implored the fans to stop the booing and give this young lady her time on the platform as a champion.

It’s a reminder to all of us that dealing with adversity with empathy and humanity is a trait of strong leadership. It’s a rare individual than can take a moment to consider someone other than self. Sometimes its forgiveness; other times it’s understanding; still other times it’s compassion and kindness.

Leadership begins with empathy and a genuine sense of how others are being affected; and continues with acts of compassion and kindness to help someone at the moment they need it most. On Saturday, that was a win for Serena Williams.

Quote of the Week:

”Obstacles are things a person sees when they take their eyes off their goal.”

~ E. Joseph Cossman

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The key to personal and professional improvement is accountability. My mentoring and coaching program has availability. Contact me at dan@danweedin.com or (360) 271-1592 to apply.

Extra Points: Labor Day Special

Dan Weedin Unleashed-40Thank you people I will never see again. Thank you for your “labor of generosity.”

Last Friday, we were helping our daughter move apartments. We had borrowed a truck for the move and I had been driving it all day through a couple of trips. On the final leg, as I was about to parallel park in a perfect spot right across the apartment complex on a vintage narrow street in Seattle, the truck died.

I turned the key. Click, click, click. Nada.

You know how you get that queasy feeling that no matter how many times you turn the key the vehicle won’t start? I had it.

The car behind me started honking. Barb and my daughter were walking down the sidewalk right at that time. I jumped out and asked the driver behind me to go around (which on that street would have been tight). The driver jumped out and said, “Oh…it won’t start?” Do you need help?”

Quickly, he and three others jumped out of their car to lend a hand. Barb took control of the wheel as we tried to manually parallel park the fully loaded truck. Two bicyclists came by and asked if they could help. Soon we had a full team expertly parking the truck in a safe place, with easy access to unload. We thanked them profusely as they smiled and departed. I actually think they had fun!

The alternator that was the cause of the issue could have gone out at any point of any part of the trip, so we were fortunate. We were also fortunate for that “labor of generosity” from strangers.

While we spend this Monday enjoying what is hopefully a restful and relaxing day away from labor, I encourage all of you to think about what “labor” we can provide to others. Where can we lend a hand to those who can never repay us; may never see us; and maybe not even know that we’d helped?

Labor Day is a day to refresh from our professional labors. As we head into the stretch run of this calendar year, I hope we will never take time off from the “labor of generosity” to our fellow humans.

Happy Labor Day.

Quote of the Week:

”Between saying and doing, many a pair of shoes is worn out.”

~ Iris Murdoch (20th century Irish author)

© 2018 Toro Consulting, Inc. All Rights Reserved

The key to personal and professional improvement is accountability. My mentoring and coaching program has availability. Contact me at dan@danweedin.com or (360) 271-1592 to apply.