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!

© 2013 Dan Weedin. All Rights Reserved

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…

© 2013 Dan Weedin. All Rights Reserved

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

 

Womens CEO Retreat – October 3rd

There is an outstanding event coming up in October for all women CEOs and executives in the Puget Sound area. Click here to learn about the event.

If you know of someone who should be attending or be invited, please contact Michele Bosworth at michelebosworth@excellpugetsound.com. This might be women in your own company, community, or clients. I know the guest presenter, Lauren Owen, and she will put on a dynamic presentation.

We Don’t Need No Stinking Change!

From my Kitsap Business Journal column – January 31, 2012 @ 4:28pm | Dan Weedin

Change management is a hot buzzword in business circles today. Everywhere you turn, experts espouse ways to deal with change in the workplace, in the world, and even in your home. CEOs and executives want to learn how to manage change; implore change; beg for change; and even get exact change. Well, I’m here to tell you that you can stop. You don’t need no stinking change.

You read that right. You don’t have to change. You don’t have to know how to manage it or teach it. You can go on forever doing just what you’ve been doing all these years. It’s your life and your business. No change!

However, if you go that route, you need to know what you’re in for. In all decisions that we make, there are consequences — both good and bad. And let’s be honest, change management is a conscious decision. Let’s see what happens when we avoid making change in our organizations…

You become stale and obsolete. You can only sell the same “stuff” to the same people for so long. Daily newspapers, phone book ad executives, and video stores all found it out too late. There’s always a bigger and better ship coming around the corner. You need vision and the ability to be nimble to stay relevant.

Your people leave. Without change, people get bored. They don’t see growth or potential and will find greener grass. Maybe an even bigger problem is that they get complacent and just decline in efficiency and ability.

You can’t recruit new talent. This goes along with good people leaving your business. You have a certain “street cred” (credibility for all you non-changers). Your reputation gets around and the perception of you as being dull or dynamic will either bring in young talent or repel it.

You lose business. People want to work with cutting edge and vibrant organizations. If you are stale; can’t keep quality people; or run ineffective operations, then you’re yesterday’s news (which happens quicker today than ever before).

You don’t have to change in business. You also don’t have to brush your teeth, eat healthy, exercise, read books, or wear sunscreen. Those all have consequences, too.

If you do find yourself wanting to avoid those calamities I’ve listed, here’s a short and sweet guide to affecting change management in your organization.

Do a pulse check on yourself as a leader. What do your key employees think about how well you run the organization and treat them? There are many fine experts who you can hire to run a benchmarking analysis of your leadership skills. You have to start at the top if you plan on effectively leading change.

Be very clear about your vision. Your employees, your customer base, and your entire supply chain need to know the destination. They don’t necessarily need to know the methodology to get there; but they do need to know where you plan on leading them. Change without vision is doomed to failure.

Have patience. Change is a slow moving beast, especially as the organization gets larger. There is bound to be “gravitational pull” to default back to the good old days. Be patient, yet firm in the transition.

Don’t quit. The worst thing that can happen is that when the going gets tough, you capitulate. This is terrible role modeling and the quickest way to slide back. In the end, the decline would be worse than had you not tried to change at all!

Celebrate successes. I fear that one of the things we as humans are worst at is complimenting and rewarding good behavior. You have allies who will work hard to reach your vision. Recognize them and applaud their efforts. Pretty soon, you will find others trying to do the same.

We live in a global, highly technological, and fluid business world. The economy and business practices are going to change whether you’re on board or not. You don’t have to change, but not being prepared and skilled in change management will lead to dire consequences at some point.

Those businesses that embrace change, and know how to effectively manage it within their organizations, will ultimately be successful regardless of where and how the world turns.

Hey can you spare some change, pal?

(Editor’s note: Dan Weedin is a Poulsbo-based management consultant, speaker, and mentor. He leads an executive peer-to-peer group here in Kitsap County where he helps executives improve personally, professionally, and organizationally by enhancing leadership skills. He is one of only 32 consultants in the world to be accredited as an Alan Weiss Master Mentor. Reach Weedin at (360) 697-1058; e-mail at dan@danweedin.com or visit the web site at www.DanWeedin.com. © 2012 Dan Weedin. All Rights Reserved.)