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Extra Points: Flattened Squirrels

August 28, 2017 1 comment

Dan Weedin Unleashed-40“Be decisive. Right or wrong. Do not hesitate. The road of life is paved with flattened squirrels who couldn’t make a decision.”

This was the “story of the week” from our legendary Rotarian, Ardis Morrow. For you squirrel lovers (and I like squirrels to, for that matter), send your complaints to Captain Jack. He doesn’t like squirrels. While meant to be humorous, the truth of the matter is that it’s pretty accurate.

Squirrels and other wildlife that trek over highways and byways and survive probably didn’t spend much time hesitating. We humans have a penchant for hesitation. We often create our own “invisible fence” that is the enemy of decisiveness. Fear of rejection; fear of failure; and fear of a multitude of things keep us in our self-created invisible fence. This becomes problematic if the fence has us confined in the middle of a highway!

Business decisions – especially in times of crisis – can easily be overwhelming. However, if properly planned in advance, they can be made with more decisiveness. While planning ahead doesn’t guarantee the right decision, it at least improves the odds. Once that decision is made, don’t hesitate and commit to accelerating through it.

Here’s the deal: Important decisions are made in business every day. Often these decisions are made in the midst of crisis and chaos. The best way to compound the issues is to stand still holding a meeting about it and wringing your hands in fear. The best way is to have identified your potential issues before they happened; considered your options; and then when faced with the decision, not worry about right or wrong, but on your ability to be a leader and resilient. That’s the best way traverse life’s constant challenges.

Quote of the Week:

”You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.”

~ Plato

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Extra Points: Respect & Rewards

August 21, 2017 Leave a comment

Dan Weedin Unleashed-40This past week has simply been astounding and confounding from a historical perspective. The events in Charlottesville, VA and the events and fallout are being etched in history books for future generations to read. No matter your political persuasion, it’s clear that there is great unrest, fear, and uncertainty with many demographics of people in our country.

The business climate never strays far from what happens in society. You don’t have to have a keen memory to recall a few months ago when the Uber CEO lost his job after creating an abhorrent culture and woeful morale with employees. Even small and medium sized business can become victim to misunderstandings, lack of empathy, and lack of caring. This all leads to poor morale and the consequences are significant: poor performance, high turnover, floundering sales, and loss of reputation.

If you own a business (or have a leadership position), then you’re responsible for making that place of business a welcoming environment with a culture of advancing employee skills, professional growth, and fun. Yes, that’s right fun. When people enjoy being somewhere and have fun, the results are off the charts.

If you are an employee, don’t think you’re off the hook. One of the most insidious maladies is a victim mentality. This is manifest when one thinks problems are someone else’s fault or responsibility; they take no ownership and instead pass the blame; and they bring in outside personal problems and make it everyone else’s problem.

Nobody needs any more victims. We all have greater control than we think. Respect and encourage people in your employ. Care about them as people, not just as human assets. Employees respect the sacrifice and courage it takes to start and run a business. Be a positive influence, rather than a divisive one. Ultimately, we all must simply care about each other as humans and respect that we share this earth together. That will lead to better politics, a better society, and better business for everyone.

Quote of the Week:

”Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness fall upon you.”

~ John Ruskin, English writer

(with the eclipse happening today, I just couldn’t help myself with this quote…)

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Do you need help growing and protecting your business? Call me and let’s schedule a meeting to talk. I’m confident I can help you and your business unleash your potential and profits.

Extra Points: My Best

August 7, 2017 Leave a comment

Dan Weedin Unleashed-40I’m on the national faculty for The National Alliance, which is a professional development and continuing education program for the insurance industry. This past week, I was sent to teach two different classes held in Eugene, OR. Often in smaller cities where there are fewer opportunities (like Eugene), many students sign up for both days. That was again the case here.

One of the participants was a young lady named Abbey, and she taught me a mindset lesson I plan on immediately implementing for myself. Each class concludes with an exam, and when the participants hand theirs into me, I always ask, “How did you do?” As you might imagine, I get a number of different responses ranging from, “Great,” to “Not so well.” On average, the replies are mostly positive and hopeful. On both days, Abbey answered with a smile saying, “My best!”

The first day I thought her response somewhat charming. However when she said it again the next day, I took more notice. It became evident that this is her normal response to that question in life. She’s more than happy to go through life doing her best and living with the results. I chalked that up to a new entry into the definition of “unleashed!”

How many of us go through life dissatisfied with our best for that day? We are all human and some days we are better than others, whether it be at work, with our family, on the golf course, or taking a test. Abbey’s example of being satisfied with doing her best is a great lesson for me and for all of you reading this.

Understanding and accepting that by every day going out and doing our best and living with the results and consequences will reduce stress, alleviate pressure (often self imposed), make one happier and more fun to be around, and lead to a more rewarding life. That would be a good test for all of us.

How will you do today?

Quote of the Week:

”Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”

~ Leonardo da Vinci

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Do you need help gaining control of your business or career? Call me and let’s schedule a meeting to talk. I’m confident I can help you and your business unleash your potential and profits.

Extra Points: The Thrill is Gone

July 31, 2017 Leave a comment

Dan Weedin Unleashed-40This past weekend, Barb and I watched the movie, Lion on Netflix. Great movie and I highly recommend. No spoiler alerts, so no worries. The only mention of the movie is that the protagonist in the story used Google Earth to do his research on searching his family in India. It was 2008 and at the time, Google Earth was a new concept, and thought to be remarkable. While it was and is still today remarkable, it’s also now become pretty commonplace a decade later. It’s lost it’s initial appeal of wonder and awe.

The same has been true of a lot of technological advances in my lifetime. In listening to music, I’ve gone from vinyl record, to cassette tape, to compact disc, to iPod, to streaming on a mobile device. At each jump in technology, the same wonder and awe existed, soon to be replaced by normalcy. You can see the same sequence in video games, computers, and mobile phones. The “thrill” of each new discovery when it comes to technology is fleeting, with anticipation of the next iteration.

I wonder if the average person’s career – both business owner and employee – doesn’t go through the same process. In the examples I gave, we go from wonder; to excitement; to normal use; to impatience and agitation; to anticipation for the next level of wonder. Any time we start a new adventure, it’s easy to fall into that same trap if you’re not careful. My professional mentor, Alan Weiss refers to it as “the success trap.” Over time, one ends up being so good at what they do that without change boredom, complacency, animosity, and dreaming of greener grass takes hold.

If you’re the business owner and the process looks familiar for you personally, it’s likely that you’ve gone from loving what you’re doing, to doing work that you no longer want to do but feel you’re supposed to. It’s time to start delegating, training others, and focusing in on what you do best and enjoy the most so that you don’t get caught in the quicksand of bitterness. If this is happening to your employees, then the consequences will be poor productivity, low morale, and high turnover.

If you’re a professional that starts feeling like you’re hating your job and just going through the motions for a paycheck, I’ve got news for you….life’s too short for that. It’s time to assess whether the problem is the job or you. Mindset is a crucial component to enjoying your life, and if you’re spending a large part of your life working, you’d better find a way to love it or find a new adventure to love.

For everyone, you need to find that thrill in life every day or else it makes for very long and distasteful ones. The process starts with your own self-assessment and continues on to making implementation of positive changes. Before you know it, your next personal iteration is better than ever.

Quote of the Week:

”Faith is taking the first step, even when you don’t see the whole staircase”

~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Do you need help gaining control of your business or career? Call me and let’s schedule a meeting to talk. I’m confident I can help you and your business unleash your potential and profits.

Extra Points: Hydrating Your Life

July 17, 2017 Leave a comment

Dan Weedin Unleashed-40Last week I talked about the fact that I hate drinking water. We looked at the concept of hydrating a body being critical to better decision-making, energy, and creativity in business. I opined that we need proper levels of hydration to properly function and be healthy; that we must be alert to this need and disciplined in it’s implementation both personally and professionally. I also gave a few suggestions on how to “hydrate” your business. You were promised that this week, you’d get a few suggestions on how to “hydrate” your life.

We need proper levels of hydration to properly function and be healthy. We must be alert to this need and disciplined in it’s implementation. Likewise, we must be alert and disciplined in hydrating our personal lives. If you find yourself bored with your career, lacking energy and enthusiasm in your daily life, and simply slogging through the motions to get from day to day, then you are badly dehydrated! It’s time to infuse some hydration in your career.

Allow me to offer you three ideas to immediately get you out of a sluggish dehydrated state and into an energized and unleashed state:

First, commit to getting 30 minutes of exercise daily. That’s right, every day. I’m only asking you to carve out half an hour. That’s long enough to take a brisk walk, get in a swim, or lift weights (among a large number of options). I know that when I’ve taken a few days off for whatever reason, my mood changes for the worse. Get moving.

Second, do something that scares you every day. In this example, I’m not suggesting you do something reckless or foolish. I am suggesting however that you do something that makes your heart race a little and causes you discomfort. It might be giving a speech in public; volunteering for a challenging project, taking a risk that might draw criticism; or pulling the ripcord on skydiving. Life is about creating – not waiting  for – excitement and adventure. Those that wait for it get dehydrated; those that seek out are energized.

Third, change your mindset. When Captain Jack enters the same yard every day for his morning constitution, he’s not thinking, “Oh man, the same stupid yard! What a drag…” Rather, I can literally feel from the pull on the leash his enthusiastic exclamation, “The YARD! The YARD! Oh the new smells…I can’t wait to start the day!” Dogs don’t focus on the visual sense that we humans get bored with. They use their highly developed olfactory senses to sniff out opportunity. While you can’t follow your nose quite as well as dogs can, you can change your mindset to seek out opportunity in every day and every interaction.

Life’s too short, friends. Stay thirsty for life and keep drinking that water to unleash your potential and dreams.

P.S. I gave you three ideas. I have seven more that will immediately help you but don’t have the room here. Email me and I will share them with you.

Quote of the Week:

”Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.”

~ Salvador Dali

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Would you like help “hydrating” your leadership development strategy for your company? Need help getting your organization to a higher state of resiliency and profitable growth? Then call me and let’s schedule a meeting to talk. I’m confident I can help you and your business unleash your potential and profits.

Extra Points: Hydrating Your Business & Career

July 10, 2017 Leave a comment

Dan Weedin Unleashed-40I hate drinking water. Okay, maybe that’s a little hyperbolic, but the truth is I get bored with it. I become very aware, especially during the summer, when I’m falling behind on my water-intake. I try keeping a log of how much water I’m drinking and it lasts for a few days and then I get tired of that. Sounds like a lot of whining, right? I just wish I could substitute coffee all day long for the hydrating effects! (And yes, I’ve done sparkling water, flavored water, cucumber and basil-infused water,etc. It’s still just water…)

I’m pretty good at watering the plants every night, especially with as hot as it’s been lately. I can tell every night that they are eagerly awaiting their hydration. Without it, they won’t last long. While we as humans in first world countries won’t take it to a point that we die, lack of hydration does severely impact our decision-making, energy, and level of efficiency and performance. This isn’t going to be a health message, but if you as business professionals take that away, then we’ve already been successful.

Bottom line, we need proper levels of hydration to properly function and be healthy. We must be alert to this need and disciplined in it’s implementation. Likewise, we must be alert and disciplined in hydrating our businesses and careers. Here’s how…

Every business requires a regular “hydration” of new ideas; innovation and creativity; and intentional change that throws out obsolete practices and replaces them with the aforementioned new and innovative ideas. CEOs become just as complacent as me not hydrating with water when they become bored and apathetic without knowing it’s happening. They get caught in the trap of being satisfied that things are going “okay” because nothing bad happens. The dehydration process is well underway when that happens! Creating a culture of innovation and new ideas must be intentional and a daily part of the workday process. If it’s not, a company will quickly find itself dried out of good ideas and good people.

On an individual note, check your own hydration level. If you find yourself bored with your work, lacking energy and enthusiasm, and simply slogging through the motions, you are badly dehydrated! It’s time to infuse some hydration in your career. That will be the topic of next week’s Extra Points.

In the meantime business owners, refresh yourself and your business by digging deep from the well of intellectual capital that is already in your organization. You’ll be glad you did! Now go get a glass of water…

Quote of the Week:

”Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative.”

~ Oscar Wilde

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Would you like help “hydrating” your leadership development strategy for your company? Need help getting your organization to a higher state of resiliency and profitable growth? Then call me and let’s schedule a meeting to talk. I’m confident I can help you and your business unleash your potential and profits.

Extra Points: Fear No One

June 26, 2017 Leave a comment

Dan Weedin Unleashed-40Researchers and psychologists suggest that humans are born with two innate fears, and they may not be what you think they are. The first is the fear of falling. The second is the fear of loud noises. Both are instinctive fears, meant to alert us to danger. All other fears are developed from our own experiences, relationships, and the deepest, darkest crevices of our minds that will often place monsters under our beds as kids.

Experts will also posit that the fear we humans have the most difficult time overcoming and dealing with is the fear of other people. That’s right, spiders and snakes are off the hook. The fear of other people is the common denominator to many fears we already know about. Fear of public speaking is the fear of what other people will think of us; fear of asking for help is the fear of judgement or rejection by other people; fear of asking for the sale or for a referral is fear of rejection of other people; and fear of starting your own business, publishing a book, and starting over to do what you want (among many other things) is a fear of failure (really what other people think). In the end, the real monsters under the bed are our family, friends, colleagues, employees, co-workers and even people we don’t even know.

Fears related to dangers like falling, getting burned, or being injured or dying are instinctive and keep us resilient and safe. Fear of being judged by or being rejected by another person is a very real human trait, yet is actually dysfunctional. These self-created fears of “other people” will ultimately keep one from unleashing their potential and living the life they most want. Consider this….

The vast majority of the “other people” you fear being judged by aren’t actually going to judge you negatively at all. They may actually admire your efforts and courage. The ones that do judge you negatively are only a source of distraction and need to be swiftly cut loose (or at least significantly reduced) from your life so you can be free to unleash your business, your career, and your life. You don’t have time for monsters under your bed; so fear no one and go forward boldly with your life.

Quote of the Week:

”If you’ve done well, it’s your duty to send the elevator back down.”

~ Kevin Spacey

© 2017 Toro Consulting, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Would you like help improving your leadership development strategy for your company? Need help getting your organization to a higher state of resiliency and profitable growth? Then call me and let’s schedule a meeting to talk. I’m confident I can help you and your business unleash your potential and profits.