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Extra Points: One Life, Right?

August 29, 2016 Leave a comment

Dan Weedin Unleashed-40Don’t blow it…

Have you seen the new Kona Brewing Company television ads featuring two Hawaiian brothers waxing poetic about beer, but mostly life? These guys are the modern day Bob and Doug McKenzie from the Great White North. Instead of wearing parkas and exclaiming “Eh,” these guys are chilling on the beach and signing off with, “Mahalo.”

The commercials are brilliant. Not just because it’s good beer, but it’s incredibly accurate wisdom. The concept is about slowing down; discarding the “fear of missing out,” or FOMO; and enjoying where you are now. Of course, Kona wants to sell beer; I get it. I’m challenging you to take a look at your life and heed there wisdom, “It’s one life, right? Don’t blow it.”

We’ve all at times been guilty of “blowing it.” It’s easy to do. We ruminate about things that have happened in the past; we worry or dread the future; fear paralyzes us and we don’t take risks; and we can become overwhelmed by the current events of the world.

“Blowing” your one life is deeper than making stupid and reckless decisions. It can be as simple as wasting away time worrying about what you will (or did) happen and/or scurrying around in the constant headless chicken metaphor that you miss golden life opportunities.

Let’s take a cue from my two new favorite TV brothers. Relax. Enjoy today. Keep perspective. Rinse and Repeat. One life, right? Don’t blow it.

Mahalo!

Quote of the Week:

Today was good. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one.”

~ Dr. Seuss

Haven’t seen the commercials? Watch FOMO here – LINK

P.S. Are you a small or medium-sized business owner that would like to inculcate this concept into your life and company, email me and let’s talk. You started a business to have fun, not to become it’s captive. Let me help you change that for you and your employees.

© 2016 Toro Consulting, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Extra Points: Dogs and Cats

August 22, 2016 Leave a comment

Dan Weedin Unleashed-40Captain Jack and Bella despise cats. Despise them.

When a cat is spotted on one of their walks, the histrionics begin. Resounding barking, bellowing angst, and powerful lunging that takes all my effort to keep them restrained. The cat, however sits silently, with a mocking glare that exacerbates their fury.

The ‘rivalry” between dogs and cats is centuries old. Our own pop culture characterizes this antagonism through mediums like cartoons, commercials, and school mascots. Ironically, this battle isn’t solely confined to our furry friends. I’ve spoken with many a business owner that has complained that his or her employees (and often leadership) “fight like cats and dogs.”

In any company, this clash leads to less than “unleashed” consequences. Some of the conflict may sound like my dogs obnoxious howling and posturing. Other times, the animosity is as stealth as a cat’s sly, shrewd stare. Regardless of number of employees, this leads to wasted time, poor performance, lost revenue, higher turnover, and high drama that sucks energy and time from your team and organization.

If you’re in a position of influence, it’s your responsibility to be a catalyst for change. I’ve heard and seen dogs and cats co-exist under the same roof. At some point, they were influenced to strike a culture of playing well together for the greater good (they both have agendas, too).

You’ll never be in a situation where you don’t have different styles, personalities, and opinions in your company. Conflict can be healthy if used for good, not evil. By creating a culture of “playing for each other,” as outlined in my book Unleashed Leadership, you’ll be able to harness the talent and skills of both your dogs and cats to accelerate profitable growth and better work conditions.

Bonus: Families are also prone to dog-cat rivalries. If you are part of a family-owned small business, those passions can become inflamed. You’ll be doing yourself a huge favor if you can learn how to influence others to create that better condition for all.

Quote of the Week:

Dogs are wise. They crawl away into a quiet corner and lick their wounds and do not rejoin the world until they are whole once more.
~ Agatha Christie

P.S. Having trouble with your own dogs and cats? You have the ability to fix this yourself, however if you need guidance and help to it, email me at dan@danweedin.com and let’s talk. I may not be very good at influencing my dogs, but I am better with people! Lets talk.

© 2016 Toro Consulting, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Extra Points: Chip Shots

August 15, 2016 Leave a comment

Dan Weedin Unleashed-40This Week’s Focus Point: Good Chip Shots

I love watching the Olympics and as an avid golfer, I’m thrilled that golf is back in the Games after a mere 104-year absence. Although some top names golfers opted out due to a mosquito, most of the best players in the world are competing.

One of those competitors is from Canada. Graham DeLaet found himself in second place after the first round (at the time of this writing). DeLaet is a regular PGA Tour player who has had limited success in his career. In fact, a few months ago, he withdrew from a tournament and took a self-imposed hiatus due to what he claimed on Twitter was his “anxiety over my short game.” Basically, a person with the skills to be a professional golfer had allowed anxiety and fear take hold of the mental side, and jarred his ability to unleash the skill he already had. This is not entirely uncommon in golf. Kudos to DeLaet for overcoming it.

While I’ve been known to allow anxiety damage my own golf game, it’s still just a game to me. For DeLaet and his colleagues, it’s their professional career; their business world. If they are susceptible to letting anxiety and fear devastate their talent, then we are as exposed to the same fate in our career. For us, it becomes manifested in different ways: fear of making calls, so you hide behind email; fear of confrontation so you allow a poor behavior in someone else to persist; fear in imperfection so you become paralyzed and get nothing accomplished; fear of looking bad, so you do nothing; fear of public speaking so you miss out on a promotion; fear of not being liked so you allow a problem employee to stay employed; fear of asking for help, so you never improve…

You get my drift. The best golfers in the world lose confidence that – gone unabated – will lead to fear and anxiety. The best business leaders, entrepreneurs and professionals also can lose confidence leading to unmet goals, guilt, and unhappiness. Be resilient. You haven’t forgotten your “skills:” take a deep breath, hit the reset button, go back to your “practice range,” and encourage yourself until you get back to where you need to be… with a simple tap-in for birdie.

Quote of the Week:

“Fear masks talent.”

~ Alan Weiss

Dan is an amazing coach. He not only guides to me a level of clarity that has been instrumental in achieving my goals, but also provided a role model for what I hope to achieve in my own business. He is charming and funny but also fearless and sharp. I recommend Dan with the utmost confidence. ~ Stacie Curtis, President – CW Solutions

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Got Work?

August 8, 2016 Leave a comment

Dan Weedin Unleashed-40Captain Jack loves to work.

No really. I mean loves to work. He knows when I’m done eating breakfast and begin to stand up, that it’s time to work (even though often it’s not – I might just need a second cup of coffee!). He makes a beeline for my office door, which is a straight-shot down the hall. He literally hurls himself at the closed door with both front paws outstretched as if somehow he will knock it to the ground. He just might someday. At this point, he starts jumping up and down while emitting an exuberant bark, which would make you think there was a room full of beef jerky with his name on it inside the room.

Now Jack thinks he works. His main role (of which he is performing magnificently at as I write this) is to sleep in his chair. Yes, his own chair in my office. My wife Barb doesn’t even have her own chair, primarily because she’s not shown the same enthusiasm for “work” in my office. Even though it may seem redundant, Jack is most happy at work.

Are you happy at “work?”

My theory is that a great majority of people work for a paycheck. They don’t really love their job; have a passion for it; see themselves as a tremendous value; and can’t wait to “retire” someday so they can quit working. The most successful people – not just professionally – are the ones that do what they love every day. Their passion for their work magically transforms into fun. They value themselves and their contribution and most often are compensated equitably for that value. Why are you “working” where you are now? You either loved it and one point and now want a divorce; or you settled becasue it was a job. Regardless, it’s never too late to rekindle or discover that fire. Life’s too short.

I try to take Captain Jack’s approach every day. I don’t really “work.” I do what I love and have fun every day, and get paid for it by people who value my expertise. I don’t see a need to retire because I’m having fun. So is Captain Jack. Are you?

Quote of the Week:

“Life is a tragedy when seen in close-up, but a comedy in long shot.”

~ Charlie Chaplin

© 2016 Toro Consulting, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Extra Points: Rolling Bottles

August 1, 2016 Leave a comment

Dan Weedin Unleashed-40This Week’s Focus Point: Rolling Bottles

This past week I had to fly down and back from California for a speaking event. I like to sit in the back row aisle seat because I’m right next to the bathroom and sometimes can get first shot at coffee or libations from the flight attendants!

On this particular trip, there was a mother with a young child seated a few rows in front of me on the aisle. As we landed, the momentum of plane hurled the child’s water bottle that was on the floor right down the aisle. As the plane kept braking, the water bottle kept rolling. Everyone chuckled as the AWOL bottle was eventually handed back row by row until reaching its owner.

Momentum is critical to business success because there are daily events that try to put the brakes on your objectives. When these obstacles appear and try to thwart your efforts, you need to increase your momentum just like that runaway bottle on the airplane. The more the brakes are applied by outside sources, the more you need momentum to carry you through. The way to ensure that you can create this force is by making momentum-building a daily activity and behavior in your company and within yourself.

Final thought: Outside forces – most often outside our control and/or contrived in our own brains – will try to put the brakes on in your personal life as well. Look…you only get one life. Don’t allow fear, negativity, or discouragement to create inertia in it; rather set your mind to be resilient and unleash that momentum to thrive.

Quote of the Week:

“Everyone that steps into the ring has a plan, until they get punched in the mouth.”

~ Mike Tyson

© 2016 Toro Consulting, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Extra Points: Flexibility Rules

July 25, 2016 Leave a comment

Dan Weedin Unleashed-40This Week’s Focus Point: Flexibility Rules

My daughter got married over the weekend. I’m writing this the Monday before the wedding because I know that the week leading up to it is flush with moving parts, potential jobs for me, and the need to be flexible. To that end, I’ve planned out my business week to be complete by end of the day Tuesday. I’m sure I will have found a few nuggets to write about soon!

I’ve worked with many a business owner, leader and professional that fills every nook and cranny of their days. They bemoan not having enough time because they are so busy. Some see an open space in their calendar and just have an insatiable need to drop a new meeting, call, or project in it. I know you might not believe me, but many of you reading this right now resemble this example to some level. And, it’s dangerous.

Balance is necessary to be successful and happy. You must find discretionary time to relax, enjoy hobbies, exercise, and often just do nothing. In order to achieve this, you must build in flexibility into your calendar. You accomplish this by intentionally leaving plenty of open space and resisting the urge to fill it with work or chaos. Step 1 is strategizing for the future by doing or scheduling things in advance (hence my newsletter being written 4 days earlier than normal). Step 2 is prioritizing activities into urgent, important, and normal. Some of you are overflowing with urgent, when the normal bucket should be the most used. Step 3 is to include flexibility and nimbleness into your day. That’s right…plan for the unplanned and the relaxation. When you’re flexible, you can more adroitly deal with the unexpected and enhance your own life balance.

Quote of the Week:

“Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present. ”

~ Jim Rohn

© 2016 Toro Consulting, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Extra Points: Distracted Driving

July 18, 2016 Leave a comment

Dan Weedin Unleashed-40This Week’s Focus Point: Distracted Driving

Last week, I was driving through town when the Honda CRV in front of my suddenly (and violently) veered to the right, striking the sidewalk that jutted out and nearly taking out the tree inside of it. The vehicle corrected quickly and went on its way. While I never saw the driver, the incident looked exactly like someone being distracted that lost focus and ultimately control of the vehicle long enough to get the heart pounding and then got back on track. In our world, we have many distractions while driving including text, talking, food and beverage, wailing children, and dogs sticking out of the driver window.

This person was fortunate. It appeared that no damage was done, other than a good scare. The reality is that they could have hit another car or pedestrian, and caused damage, injury, or death. Distracted driving is hazardous to everyone’s health.

Distracted driving of your business or career has severe consequences, too.

While you may never stop to be concerned about your destination when getting in a car to drive away, are you clear of what your destination in your life is? Or, are you driving down your career and business path distracted by the sights, sounds, and “noise” of the world. If you are, you may have passed some pretty important mileposts and never know it!

If you own a business, you’d better have a plan on where you’re going, how long it will take to get there, metrics of success, and an exit strategy. If you get caught up in your day to day “fire fighting,” then it may be too late when your destination is the next exit.The same is true for all of you “employees” that plan to retire someday. Are you paying attention at the wheel?

Bottom line, if you are like so many entrepreneurs and business professionals in the world that are distracted by the days events, you may be surprised when the light at the end of the tunnel is an oncoming train. Rather, why don’t you clean off your windshield, get focused on where you’re going, and enjoy the ride.

Quote of the Week:

“If you don’t like change, you’re going to like irrelevance even less.”

~ General Eric Shineski, USA (Army Retired)

© 2016 Toro Consulting, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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