Extra Points – Polarity

Miami sunset

Today’s Extra Points comes to you with a slightly different look. My Constant Contact iPad app doesn’t seem to allow me to copy a prior email. I will not be deterred while on the road!

I’ve been on an East Coast “tour” for the past week. Two destinations with a polar difference in climates. Stop 1 was Miami (see sunset above) where it was 68 degrees and sunny. Stop 2 was New Brunswick NJ where it was 10 degrees when I landed. You can imagine my suitcase represented this polarity with what I packed. No in between here.

Our society today seems to react in exponential polarity when conflict arises. Whether it was the Richard Sherman interview on FOX after the Seahawks defeated the 49’ers to advance to the Super Bowl; or the hi-jinx of celebrities like Justin Bieber; or decisions made by your local city council/school board/state legislature, the polarity of opinions and differences is tangible. It tends to explode out of control when mixed with the social media engines of Twitter and Facebook. People are able to spout opinions and be vitriolic in real time without repercussions.

Why is this important to you as a business leader? Because if you choose to lead, you must be prepared to deal with the noise. It used to be that you could deal with it one in one. Today, you and your business must be prepared to deal with people loving and “hating” you and being vocal without knowing the whole story. To do this, you must do three things. First, you must build up your own self confidence and not allow the negative side to depress you. Second, you must not allow too much “love” to distract you and lose focus. Third, you must develop exemplary language skills to show knowledge, empathy, and be influential.

Too much of anything is never good. Today, the polar extremes of too much positive or negative can influence your own thoughts, behaviors, and actions. Don’t allow the noise to overwhelm you. Keep perspective and be a leader.

Copyright 2014 Dan Weedin. All rights reserved

The World According to Captain Jack

Courtesy of the Weedin 360 Newsletter…Captain Jack sleeping on chair
Hello. My name is Captain Jack and I’m the terribly charming, witty, and intelligent pal of my human, Dan. I’ve been observing human behavior and have come to the conclusion that you all can learn a lot from dogs. Especially me. You see, I’m a Jack Russell and we are unquestionably the smartest dogs on the planet. Welcome to my column… 
The Mayans got it wrong. It sounds like these dudes from a long, long time ago had it fixed that December 21st was going to be the end of the world. Because of that, a whole bunch of people turned into Chicken Little and thought the sky would come crashing down on that Friday a few weeks ago. Me…I wasn’t worried. I didn’t bury any bones or hide things for finding later in case I survived the holocaust. In fact, I think the Mayans got misquoted. Happens all the time.
It never ceases to amaze me how easily humans get distracted. Things like Mayan calendars, social media babble, and Justin Bieber music can keep you from staying focused on what’s really important. Dogs get a bad rap for being undisciplined. I beg to differ…we don’t get distracted to the point of destruction.
When we decide we want to sleep, we sleep. When it’s time to eat, we do it quickly and move on. When we want to play, we set our full focus and energy on it. When bigger priorities arise, we attend to them. For example, if I’m asleep and someone knocks on the door, I bark like crazy and make a lot of noise and fuss until I deem that the person at the door is friend and not foe. Once that’s been determined, I’m right back to sleep. Humans on the other hand might end up sending a lot of time wondering how the person got to the door; what was their real reason for coming; were they considerate enough when answering the door; would the person come back to the door; perhaps a committee should be made to study of more people came to the door, etc. You get my point. Puts me right to sleep.
Be more like a dog. Be focused on your tasks, but be flexible enough to respond to new stimuli (my new favorite word). Don’t over-think things that don’t hold great importance. Make decisions and live with them. And when your all done, don’t worry about the sky falling; instead go take a nap.

Just saying…
Captain Jack

© 2013 Captain Jack. All Rights Reserved