“Consultants bring a unique perspective to questions about leadership, and Dan Weedin is no exception. This up-close, in-the-trenches account lets readers know what Dan has seen, and in some cases, caused to happen, in a variety of businesses. Those who see leadership as a burden should skip this book. But for those who want to reframe leadership responsibilities and leverage opportunities, this is a “must” for their office bookshelves.”
Linda Henman, Ph.D on Unleashed Leadership
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This is the last week that you can pre-order and get the deepest discount you will probably ever see on my new book. If you order before October 2nd, you save 40% AND I will personally sign your book. We’ve already had over 120 orders. If you haven’t secured your book yet, what are you waiting for?!
Here are some early reviews that might pique your interest…
“This book grabbed me right from the start. This is a solid book. It’s very pragmatic, useful, and super fun to read. You’ll feel like you’re sitting in a bar having a conversation with Dan while he coaches you on becoming a better leader, and a better business professional. But more generally, a better person ready to unleash yourself through the open gates.” ~ Noah Fleming
“If you want to enrich your life and grow your career, Unleashed Leadership is an essential guide for executives, entrepreneurs, and most business people. Dan Weedin is a knowledgeable voice in the world of leadership literature, and gives you concrete strategies to take your career to the next level. It’ll show you the skills and behaviors necessary for success.” ~ Dorie Clark
“There are over 500,000 professional project and program managers around the globe who have been certified by the Project Management Institute (I am one of those certified professionals). This book is for those of you who are leaders of project teams, and those of you who are program managers responsible for multiple projects. It’s about unleashing your inherent leadership capabilities to realize your full potential and ultimately the potential of the teams that you lead. Unleashed Leadership is a whimsical, clearly written guide with YOU as the project – it’s about working on yourself and growing your capabilities. While Dan Weedin does not approach the topic from a project management perspective, it is likely that even highly experienced project and program managers will benefit from his tips and techniques. And for those just entering the field, the book is an excellent career skills road map that can position you to move up in an organization faster than might otherwise be possible.”
~ Steve Garfein, PMP
“This is an excellent resource for the professional library. Although it may be seen as focused on business and/or entrepreneurial efforts this text has application beyond that. The chapter on language would be helpful to those pursuing a writing career. Mr. Weedin provides a road map to see that leadership is within the grasp of anyone willing to put in the effort. Not to lessen the role of Mr. Weedin, but Captain Jack alone is worth the price of admission. The writing is clear and well organized. The personal references make this a very relatable read. Using these personal experiences can help the reader to see applications across professions as well as apply to one’s personal life. Keep this text in your library and use as a reference and as a booster shot when encountering the inevitable set back whether professionally or personally. Don’t overlook this book thinking it only applies to business. Leadership is an elusive quality and these qualities can be part of the fabric of every life. Just ask Captain Jack.” ~ Dorothy Siskin
“For anyone who’s ever thought they were satisfied with the level of success attained in their personal or professional life, Unleashed Leadership challenges readers to press beyond invisible fences of their own making. This book is not for those who fear change. By chapter two, author Dan Weedin has you questioning your language and your very thought life to uncover learned values that may actually be obstacles in disguise. If you want to keep downshifting performance due to speed bumps you’ve placed in your own path, this book is not for you. However, if you want to be challenged in the areas of letting go of baggage that has no place in business, fine tuning your listening skills, branding yourself for success, and becoming resilient during apparent challenges, this book is a must read! Whether you are a tenured professional in your field looking to garner a fresh perspective, or new to the job scene ready to learn from the best, this creative and insightful guide should earn a place on the shelf of every entrepreneur and leader next to Americas Top 10 business classics. Applying these principles will truly contribute to greater results in your career and personal life. Need a motivational energy boost? Pick up Unleashed Leadership today!”~ Jenny Foster
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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
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. . . .
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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Earlier this week, you may have read the tale of the great escape as told by the escapee, Captain Jack. The dude showed he’s still got game when it comes to getting unleashed – or in this case running with the leash still secured to him. He explained the extra “baggage” kept him from being able to fully maximize his agility and nimbleness, so he was quickly corralled by yours truly.
All that being said, one can learn a few post-event from his response.
Although being scolded, Captain Jack showed no remorse. He trotted home accepting the fact that his adventure was short-lived; he drank up the entire bowl of water; went to the window to get a full stretch, and then settled in for a much deserved nap.
Very often, when we humans fail at some attempt at a new opportunity – maybe it was a sales call, an interview, a misunderstanding, or just a good attempt that went awry – we allow that failure to become “leashed” to us for hours, days, months, or even years.
Dogs have it figured out better. They chalk up failure to happenstance or serendipity and just move on. They are seeking out that next smell; or that next opportunity. Wasting time on failures means you just might miss that next chance for success.
Take it from dogs – Be bold and courageous and do your best. If it works, great. If you fail, then you’ve learned something. If you walk away from failure without having learned something and improving yourself, then the failure wins. If you walk away from failure and let it stick around and rent space in your brain, then it wins again. The only way you win is to dump the leash and be free to check out new smells and new opportunities to run.
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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.” Excerpt from Foreword by Alan Weiss, author of Million Dollar Consulting and 60 other business books in 12 languages
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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 Million Dollar Consulting (excerpt from Foreword)