Extra Points: Leader-Shift

Dan_Weedin_022Last week, my Rotary Club kicked out our President and replaced him with a new one. It’s our annual “Installation-Outstallation” ceremony. Rotary Clubs around the world are all doing the same thing as our official new year starts July 1st. It’s a time to honor (and at least in our case “roast” a little) the outgoing leader and welcome in the new one.
Transition in leadership is nothing new in Rotary Clubs or democratic governments. They are part of the system and process of running organizations and countries. There is a plan for all contingencies, ranging from death, disability, and resignation.
Curiously, many small and even medium-sized businesses don’t have as strong of a plan to deal with a sudden transition in leadership. The reason is pretty obvious – business leaders don’t have “term limits.” Unlike my Rotary Club, the President or CEO is normally the founder and face of the organization. The loss of this leader – whether it be due to retirement or sudden inability to lead – can create a major crisis in the company. All good Business Continuity Plans must include what to do when a “Leader-Shift” occurs; especially if it’s unplanned.
If you’re the CEO or President of your company, is your team prepared to keep the business operating with no hiccups if you’re no longer there? How do you know? Are your loved ones taken care of financially?
If you’re part of a leadership team or a key employee of a company, do you know what the plan is if your boss no longer can lead? Does that make you nervous for your future?
Your assignment this week is to look at your own plan for leadership transition. How well is articulated and communicated is it? Will your legacy continue and will your loved ones be financially secure? Or will an unexpected calamity sink the ship? Take one step toward improving your Business Succession Plan. If you need help, call me. Your company and your loved ones will have greater peace of mind.
BONUS: If you don’t own a business and think this missive doesn’t apply to you, think again. When was the last time you updated your will? How about the last time you reviewed your life and disability insurance? How confident are that your loved ones will be financially secure if something happens to you? Leadership happens at many different levels, both professionally and personally. Make sure you are secure in both.
Quote of the Day:
“Nothing is work unless you’d rather be doing something else.”
~ George Halas, 20th century Hall of Fame owner and coach of the Chicago Bears
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Extra Points: Snap Out of It

Dan_Weedin_022I’m on a regular chiropractic maintenance program to keep me in line. While Barb has tried valiantly to keep me “in line” in life; Dr. Tom has the easier job of making sure that my spine is right. As many of you know, when the spine – which is foundational to the working components of the body – is in line, everything else works better.
Last week at my regular visit, there were two loud cracks when Dr. Tom corrected my neck – one on each side. Although I wasn’t feeling mis-aligned, I was. I asked Dr. Tom if the loudness of the adjustment also indicated how much out of kilter I was. He said, yes. That although it may not always manifest in pain or discomfort, being out of line happens naturally and the “loudness” of the return to normal often indicates how much it was needed.
Businesses often get “out of alignment;” which directly leads to imbalance. Imbalance is the leading cause of a number of maladies including poor employee morale, unfocused marketing strategies, gaps in business continuity protection, and CEO mental and physical health (to name a few).
Just like in a human body, drifting into imbalance is part of the normal process, even when things are positive. It becomes necessary to get snapped back into alignment for the health of the company. Sometimes there will be loud cracks (my code for disruption attributed to necessary change), but in the end the result will be a healthier, happier, and more profitable company. It also leads to a better adjusted business owner.
Just like I need regular chiropractic adjustments to keep me healthy, I also need regular business practices adjustments from my professional coach (which I do twice a month at minimum).
What do you do to stay aligned an in balance? Do you use the services of an expert to crack your organizational spine back into place? Your assignment this week (if you’re willing to accept it) is to take a candid appraisal of your business and your life and take one step towards better balance. After all, every one if us needs it.
Quote of the Day:
“There are basically two types of people. People who accomplish things and people who claim to accomplish things. The first group is less crowded.”
~ Mark Twain
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Extra Points: Fresh Take Part II

Dan_Weedin_022You might remember last week’s missive on our moving of rooms and giving our house a fresh look, which re-energizes, rejuvenates, and just simply adds a breath of fresh air. What I didn’t include is the process.
Step One of the process is moving all the stuff from one room to another. Labor intensive, but pretty straightforward. Step Two is the visioning; where do things go? Step Three is the placement – which may take several iterations! I was always happy with where the furniture was at the moment, mostly because I didn’t want to move it again! The CEO (Barb) had a much broader strategy which meant more testing and visioning. In the end, the process worked, even though at times I just wanted it to end.
That’s what happens in organizations of all sizes. You start with a plan and then you implement – in other words you move “stuff;” you envision what it will ultimately “look like;” and then you do a lot of testing and moving. This final step is where businesses often give up. Just like me moving furniture, it’s easy to become complacent and allow it to be good enough when best is still out there.
The process is critical to any successful project or intervention. Not staying true to it increases risk: loss of productivity, loss of investment, loss of morale, and loss of opportunity to name a few. Managing risk is often as simple as following though on your vision by assuring that the process runs its course. Make sure your business strategy is as sound as Barb’s decorating skills, and avoid listening to those who simply want to be done.
Quote for the Day:
“Age is not important unless you’re a cheese.”
~ Helen Hayes
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Extra Points: Fresh Take

Dan_Weedin_022This weekend, Barb and I worked on re-shuffling the deck inside our house. Basically, we moved rooms around: the dining and living rooms switched locations. In the 18 years we’ve lived in this house, it’s probably the fourth or fifth iteration of this move, and each time it’s a little different. And as with all of them , this time it added a “freshness” to the house.
Regardless of whether we make a switch in rooms, paint a few walls, or simply make the functionality in a room or area different, there is a newness – a fresh felling – that rejuvenates the spirit. It makes old new again, and often seen with a clearer vision and increased level of excitement.
No matter how long you’ve been in business, the similar exercise or process can create similar results. The corollary in business is innovation. When was the last time you created a new service or product; or re-invented yourself? If it’s been more than a year, then it’s tie to “switch rooms.”
Investing time to re-invent and to innovate creates that fresh take, than rejuvenation that a business (and its people) need to continue to grow and thrive. The opposite effect of doing nothing leads to stagnation. I just recently worked with my own business coach to develop a new program which will not only help my clients but add a sense of excitement to my own work.
Your assignment this week is to uncover something new and simply try it. If it doesn’t work or fit, try something new. Innovation is good for the spirit and your business growth and success. Re-shuffling the decks and “changing rooms” every once in awhile will do wonders for you and your business.
Quote for the Day:
“Learning and innovation go hand in hand. The arrogance of success is to think that what you did yesterday will be sufficient for tomorrow.”
~ William Pollard
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Extra Points: Welcoming Mindset

Dan_Weedin_022This past Sunday during Mass, our pastor Father Mark stopped the service momentarily before the second reading. He beckoned to the people standing in the back to please come in. He said, “I don’t like people standing in the back. Please come in. Let’s all scoot in to make room and welcome everyone in.”

It’s appropriate that during this festive time of the year, the concept of being welcoming comes into play. That being said, welcoming is a concept that should not be relegated to the season or to faith community. It should be part of your business mindset, too.

As we end one year and begin a new one, perhaps this is a good time to do a pressure check on how welcoming we are in our business. Try these basic questions on for size to get started:

How do we welcome new employees into our company? Are they set up to meet everyone and start building important relationships?

How do we welcome new clients? Are we warm and inviting when we onboard them into our organizational family?

How do we welcome new vendors and partners? Do we make them feel like part of the team?

Now let’s take this concept a step further and enter into our mind and mentality:

How do we welcome new ideas and concepts? Are we eager to try new things or stuck in the muck of complacency and sameness?

How do we welcome adversity? Do we consider the opportunities from those challenges and setbacks or do we allow ourselves to go down without a fight?

How do we welcome change? Do we find enjoyment in trying new things or do we cling to the sacred cows of our lives (both business and personal) and waste energy, time, and opportunity?

Welcoming is a mindset. If open to it, you will build better relationships with the people around you while opening up a world of growth opportunities for yourself.

Quote of the Day:

“I want to live my life, not record ir.”

~ Jackie Kennedy Onassis

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Extra Points: Muscle Memory

Dan_Weedin_022When I coached high school basketball, one of the concepts I taught was muscle memory. In changing fundamental mechanics – like shooting a basketball – it takes 21 consecutive days to create “muscle memory.” If you stop the consecutive and consistent training when trying to change mechanics, you will lose all you gained and will have to re-start the process. Muscle memory is a crucial concept in changing mechanics in sports.

The concept is the same in your business and in your personal life.

What changes do you want to make in your business? Ask for more referrals? Improve communication skills for leaders? Grow your skills or “smarts” in your industry? Regardless of whether you want personal improvement or that of your employees, implementing long-term improvement while optimizing your investment of time and money requires daily discipline. Just like muscle memory of 21 days is necessary to change basketball shooting skills, daily discipline around change is also a requirement for changed business practices.

While we are talking about change implementation, the concept applies to our personal lives. Eating healthier, increasing hours of sleep, exercising more, and advancing skills (e.g. learning a new language) might be on your list. No matter what you want to do better, if you want to create a better life it takes more than simply identification. It requires muscle memory.

Time to flex those muscles…

Quote of the Day:

“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”

~ Theodore Roosevelt

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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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Extra Points – Transitions

Transitions

It's a Wonderful Life
It’s a Wonderful Life

This Christmas season is different than any other I’ve ever experienced. As Barb and I laid a Christmas wreath on Dad’s grave (he loved wreaths), I was struck with how I was having trouble “getting into” the holiday mood. I realized that Barb and I are in a place we’ve never been this time of year. And, ’tis “season of transition” for us…

Our Christmas seasons have for the past 25 years centered around our kids and my parents. Barb’s family is large and although we get together, they were a further distance away and my parents were closer, especially the past 10 years as they lived in the same town. Even when our kids were in college, they would be home for 3-4 weeks during December to help us get decorations up, shop for gifts, and make lots of food. We’d help my parents with their home and we’d always share Christmas Day together.

This will be the third Christmas without Dad. My mom has dementia and isn’t living with us any longer. She doesn’t really know what the holiday is anymore. My kids are back in Ohio and will be home, but for much less time due to work responsibilities. It’s a good thing Barb and I like being together!

Life is about transitions and we are in one. We can choose to either be depressed about it, or find new traditions and ways to celebrate. Tonight, we just bought Christmas with the Kranks and figure that movie fits our situation just right. This will be added to our personal, new tradition!

Your business, your professional career, and your personal life will also go through transitions. In fact, a transition will occur in just a few weeks with a new year, new challenges, and new opportunities. Your attitude and how you choose to deal with all of those will determine not only your success, but your spirit and mindset. I encourage you to find ways to add new “traditions” to whatever transition you find yourself going through in 2014. Most transitions have a little bit (or in some cases a lot) of pain. But pain is only a temporary speed bump in life and one that you just have to hold tight and get over fast, because all the better stuff is straight ahead!

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This week’s quote –
Forget the past.”
~ Nelson Mandela

Extra Points – The Change You Desire

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On October 31st, I stopped shaving. I decided that I would join in the No Shave November game, since I had heard it was a way to increase awareness for prostate cancer (and my dad had the disease). That may or may not be accurate, but I thought it gave me a good excuse not to shave for a month. To my surprise, Barb has told me she likes it, as have my daughters. Although it will get a much needed trim, I may just keep it around for awhile, especially since it’s still almost all brown and not white yet!

One thing Barb mentioned was that it’s uncanny how quickly ones look can change. In less than a month, my look changed dramatically, even to a point that some people had to do a double take to know it was me. Even with having a goatee, the change to a full beard was significant. As quickly as we can change our look, you can change your business and your life.

As we head into a new calendar year, it signals a time where people make resolutions. I recommend you simply commit to making changes through new behaviors and activities. I could grow a full beard simply by altering my behavior of shaving. I needed to overcome the challenge of itching, but persevered. Whatever change you decide you need to make to grow your business or enrich your life, you will have to overcome obstacles, fight through change, and persevere.

What change do you desire? What personal and organizational change in behaviors and activities will you need to commit to in order to boldly move forward to a resolution? Are you willing to get by the “itching?” Now is a good time to start…

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This week’s quote –
“If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn’t thinking.”
~ General George S. Patton

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Extra Points – Transition

Transition.  @ Fenway

As an avid football fan, it’s really a strange Sunday after the Super Bowl. Since last August, every Sunday has multiple games and I’m hooked on the Seahawks, my fantasy football teams, and just the pure love of the game. Then it’s over in early February.

Pitchers and catchers report in about a week to kick off spring training in Major League Baseball. That signals rebirth with spring, the thud of a fastball hitting the catcher’s glove, and the crack of the bat sending the ball over the fence. There is always something in sports to take the place of what just left.
The same is true in business. No matter how successful a recent initiative, personal goal, or objective was, it ends. With it should be a transition into something new. Businesses that never transition, create change, or look to new opportunities soon become irrelevant and disappear. So it has been in the newspaper industry. However, businesses that become catalysts for change, new energy, rebirth, excitement, and risk, well they become objects of interest, thought leaders, and cutting edge.

In order to be the latter, you need to take time to strategize. That means putting your fee up on your desk, hands clasped behind your head, thinking deeply about how you and your business can improve the lives and conditions of more people, and how you can reach them to let them know. Creativity is king. But it only ascends to the throne through sheer courage and action.

Batter up!

© 2013 Dan Weedin. All Rights Reserved

“If you’re not failing, you’re not trying.” – Alan Weiss