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Extra Points: Walking Hills

May 22, 2017 Leave a comment

Dan Weedin Unleashed-40Yesterday my Rotary Club had a big fundraising event during our city’s annual festival. The location was only about a mile and half walk (22 minutes to be exact), so I decided to walk to it. The weather was beautiful – maybe one of the best days of the year. The festival also brings lots of traffic and parking challenges, and I figured the exercise would be good. 

After a full day of volunteering in the sun, the time came to walk home. The majority of the walk back is uphill, which added to the exertion level. By the time I hit the stop light to cross to the final big hill, I took a deep breath and thought, “Oh boy…” (The word boy is a place holder…it was actually a different word)

I climbed the hill no worse for wear, just a little more tired and strengthened. Strengthened because hills develop physical strength and stamina, and build toughness.

We all face hills in our business life and career. Nothing is a straight level path. We never know when these hills will emerge, or how long a duration they are. But just like my final hill home yesterday, we are forced to climb them to reach our destination.

Here are three quick tips to help you traverse these hills in your business (and personal) life and career:

  1. Take a deep breath and charge forward…always remembering to breathe. It’s rarely as bad or as steep as we think.
  2. Don’t take side routes. I considered taking an alternate route where the hill was less steep, however the longer path would take more time to get home. Speed in business is everything. Find your inner strength and persevere.
  3. Honor the struggle. The hill will make you stronger and tougher; and ultimately make the reward at the end more satisfying. If you honor the struggle, you will honor your ability to conquer it.

There will always be another hill coming up. You may have just finished walking your hill; may be in the midst now; or may see it approaching. Regardless of where you’re at in business or in life, prepare for your hills by being strong of mind and body. It’s the only way to run the race.

Need help walking your hill and rapidly achieving your goals? Contact me at (360) 271-1592 or dan@danweedin.com and let’s talk about it!

Quote of the Week:

”He who angers you, conquers you.”

~ Elizabeth Kenny

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Shrimp Tank Podcast – Earl Bell

May 16, 2017 Leave a comment

Check out the video-wrap up of a great interview with author, speaker, and executive coach, Earl Bell. To listen to the entire podcast, go to our website or subscribe on iTunes!

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Extra Points” Your DNA

April 24, 2017 Leave a comment

Dan Weedin Unleashed-40It’s a girl!!!!

We had the big reveal party yesterday at my daughter and son-in-laws house. We found out that Pops (me) and Barb (grandmother names in flux and to be determined later) are going to have a granddaughter in September. It seems my life has been filled with “It’s a girl!” as I have two daughters of my own. As you might imagine, we are thrilled and excited.

On the ride home, Barb and I talked about the miracle of legacy. That little girl’s DNA has both of us in her. We carry on our own legacy through our children and grandchildren throughout generations. No matter what may happen to us, we have left a piece of ourselves in our grandchildren as a biological legacy and bond.

Got me to thinking (which could be a dangerous thing). There is a DNA component to a business. Each organization has DNA from it’s founder, it’s leadership team, it’s employees, and even it’s customers. This complex DNA strand is evident in the culture and values of the company both today and in the future. There is a legacy that lives on with each business.

Just like parents and grandparents, there is an awesome responsibility which comes with that title. For a business, the livelihood of employees and their families are at stake. For customers and clients, the incredible value they receive that improves their loves and organizations are on the line. And for the founders and owners, lifestyle, legacy, and significance are at the forefront. Bottom line, what you build today by being part of a company – regardless of where you fall in this DNA strand – will have an effect for generations to come.

What do you want your legacy to look like?

Need help forming your business DNA strand? Contact me at (360) 271-1592 or dan@danweedin.com and let’s talk about it!

Quote of the Week:

” A life is not important, except in the impact it has on other lives.”

~ Jackie Robinson

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Extra Points: Humor Me

April 17, 2017 Leave a comment

Dan Weedin Unleashed-40I get to spend some of my volunteer time working with a group of young people helping them to prepare for speech competitions. It’s very rewarding work, and I never fail to learn new things myself from the great topics these kids come up with. One of the most recent came from a young lady named Grace.

Grace’s topic was on the anatomy of humor; how it is structured, why it makes us laugh, and the health benefits of it on us. As you might imagine, her speech is peppered with snappy one-liners aimed at helping her audience engage more in her message. One of her best examples of a joke comes from Groucho Marx, and I’ve shared it below.

There is no question that laughter is in fact the best medicine. Research is clear that laughter and having a sense of humor is beneficial to reducing stress, lowering blood pressure, increasing happiness, and making one fun to be around. That being said, humor often gets lost somewhere in translation when it comes to business and even life in general.

You may have met individuals that take themselves too seriously. They’re not easily amused by their own foibles and failures. They’re often stoic, overly focused on the business at hand, and guarded about their own value and work. Often, they feel defined by their job and accomplishments. If those are in jeopardy, they fiercely protect them.

The most respected leaders tend to be people that are the first to laugh at themselves. Rather than take themselves too seriously, they are apt to make a self-deprecating joke. They build relationships through putting people at ease. They also tend to have a broader perspective on life and business.

Life’s too short to take ourselves too seriously. We are all human and we will both succeed and fail. I’ve found that it’s too much work to take one’s self too seriously. It’s most often true that the quickest way to success and significance – and to unleashing your own potential – is to have a sense of humor and laugh early and often.

So a duck walks into a bar….

Quote of the Week:

Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.”

~ Groucho Marx

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The Shrimp Tank: Michael & Kathy Oskouian on April 5th

April 12, 2017 Leave a comment

The latest episode from The Shrimp Tank. You won’t want to miss husband and wife team Michael & Kathy Oskouian discuss their insurance brokerage model and how to balance business and life.

The video wrap up:

The entire podcast (40 minutes)

http://seattle.shrimptankpodcast.com/michael-kathryn-oskouian-founders-of-first-underwriters-inc/#more-2799

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Extra Points: Splashing in the Mud

April 10, 2017 1 comment

Dan Weedin Unleashed-40This Week’s Focus Point: Splashing in the Mud

Last Friday, I was wending my way through a client’s gravel parking lot looking for a place close to the door to park. As has been the case of late in my neck of the woods, it was raining hard. There were a few small potholes that had been created and were filled with muddy water. I was working to avoid them and a mother and her very young daughter that were walking in the deluge through the parking lot.

The mom was holding the little girl’s hand – she looked to be about 3 years old. They were dressed for the walk in the weather, including big rubber boots. While the mom was walking gingerly through the parking lot (as most adults would be doing), the little girl suddenly did what almost all 3 year olds would do – she very deliberately and with great gusto – splashed in the mud puddle. The muddy water went flying all over the place and the look of glee on her face was unmistakable. As she and her mother passed by me, the mom and I exchanged a knowing smile.

There’s something wonderful about being in the state of mind that you actually crave getting dirty. We are taught not long after 3 years old to avoid mud puddles. As we get older, we are also taught by family, society, school, and well meaning friends to avoid other “dirty” endeavors that might cause us angst. Things like boldly taking risks, being unafraid of failing, not worrying about what others think, to start a business, to jump out of a plane, to change careers, and many other activities that attract the risk of getting messy and muddy in life.

Ironically, the day before, I was sitting in another client’s office and he had a sign prominently displayed on a shelf that read, “If you didn’t get dirty, you didn’t play in the game.”  The sign and the little girl’s actions offer a great lesson for us.

There’s nothing wrong with splashing through mud puddles and getting dirty. It’s how we best grow professionally and personally. We are all washable. Even the dirt that might cause challenges are only temporary and we end up being the wiser for them. My professional mentor Alan Weiss is oft heard saying that we are not here in the world to merely dip our toes in the water; we are here to make waves.

My encouragement to you this week is to make some waves, splash in some mud puddles, and get dirty. You may just walk away from the experience with the same gleeful expression of a three year old girl that just splashed through her own muddy water!

Do you or your company need help splashing in the mud? If so, we should talk. Contact me at (360) 271-1592 or dan@danweedin.com.

Quote of the Week:

If you’re going through hell, keep going.”

~ Winston Churchill

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Extra Points: Competing For Life

April 3, 2017 Leave a comment

Dan Weedin Unleashed-40Last Friday, I attended the annual meeting of the local economic development council. The keynote speaker was Congressman Derek Kilmer. He gave an inspiring speech, yet one thing resonated with me. He proclaimed his belief that both public and private businesses must compete with everyone, every day, everywhere, forever.

Compete with everyone, every day, everywhere, forever. Let that sink in.

I immediately recalled coaching my high school basketball players that we had to have the mentality that we’d play anyone, any time, and anywhere. Just needed a ball and an opponent. Congressman Kilmer’s language speaks to the same principle of readiness and preparedness.

If you’re going to do more than merely survive in business – as a CEO or a business professional that cares about your career – then “competing” is more than an aphorism. You’d better be prepared to do more than scream some rallying cry, or your bound to get thumped by someone that is prepared.

Let me put it to you in business terms: If a sales professional isn’t prepared to respond to either interest or objection to them or their company, they’re negligent and unprepared. If the CEO isn’t ready to deal with a crisis that could damage his or her business and the livelihood of the employees, he or she is not competing. If the leader of an organization doesn’t take the time to invest in themselves personally to grow and become better in their craft; then the consequences of this lack of motivation will soon mean the loss of respect and business from those that surround themselves with him or her.

On Saturday night, the Oregon men’s basketball team had the inside position to rebound missed free throws twice and got out-hustled by North Carolina players that competed just a hair harder. The result of North Carolina’s efforts catapulted them into tonight’s championship game as they won by one point. Championship opportunities are there in both basketball and business to those who don’t always get the inside position, but compete harder.

Can your “team” win the close games because they are ready to compete with everyone, every day, every where forever? How can you tell?

Do you or your company need help competing better every day? If so, let’s talk. I can help you move forward to better performance and resilience individually and organizationally.

Quote of the Week:

Better a witty fool than a foolish wit.”

~ William Shakespeare

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