Posts Tagged ‘Professional Development’

Extra Points: A Series of Sprints

September 26, 2016 Leave a comment

Dan Weedin Unleashed-40My favorite television series began it’s new season last week with several key changes. NCIS is now in its 14th season and introducing two new agents, one of which is replacing an original star, Micheal Weatherly (who now has his own new series).

My wife Barb and I enjoyed the “new blood,” however she found in reading social media, that there are many who don’t. She noted throngs of people upset that significant characters have come and gone and lamenting on why changes to a successful show would occur. To add to the topic, I have a friend that chided beer maker Dos Equis on Facebook for parting ways with the popular commercial character, “The Most Interesting Man in the World.” The actor, Jonathan Goldsmith is 77 years old and undoubtedly will get his chance to explore more Interesting things in retirement.

Here’s the deal folks. Just like in our normal lives, people (and characters) come and go. Life is not a television series or commercial where characters live on well past their prime. In fact, the most successful shows and campaigns make changes to stay up with the times. While both Weatherly and Goldsmith may have requested a change, both NCIS and Dos Equis got younger. They now are in a position to attract and engage millennial viewers, thus making it more likely to grow and sustain their “businesses.”

Life and business is a series of sprints. Each sprint has a life cycle to it, filled with different characters, situations, and opportunity. When one sprint ends, another begins. So it is with your business and life. If you’re unwilling to let go of characters and situations that no longer serve your best interests and provide new opportunity, then you’ll go the way of the dinosaur, video stores, and transistor radios. However if you consistently seek to embrace bold change aimed at expanding opportunity (and actually act on them), you will find that you’re unleashing your potential and prosperity to be successful, sustainable, and significant.

And winning all your races….

Quote of the Week:

If there is no struggle, there is no progress.

~ Frederick Douglass


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Extra Points: Make a Decision Already

September 19, 2016 Leave a comment

Dan Weedin Unleashed-40As we begin the closing quarter of another year, it seems to me that this century is more and more being defined by the ability to make decisions.

Technology is becoming more adept at running tasks. I would venture to guess that in my lifetime, most (if not all) business functions that can be done by a robot or machine, will be. You can see it prevalent already in manufacturing, traditional office functions (e.g. answering phone, taking messages, and dictation) and health care. Jobs that require mere physical ability will be dying away; you’ll need to use your smarts.

“Smarts” is critical in making decisions. Note that I didn’t say all decisions must be right, because that’s impossible. However, the process of rapidly assessing a complex situation, breaking down the upside and downside, trusting your brain and instinct, and then implementing will be more important than ever as we race through this century. We learn through decisions that both succeed and fail.

We need to be teaching our children to think; to be problem-solvers;  and to be resilient (overcoming failure and adversity and turning it into opportunity). We are going to need them when we get old! That means we’d better be good at it ourselves.

As a post-script, assess your business (whether you own it or not). Is your organization full of decision-makers and problem solvers, or do you have a bunch of human robots mindlessly performing tasks for a paycheck?

The age of decision-making is upon us…you might want to rush through that open gate and be unleashed into it with a full artillery.

Quote of the Week:

Start by doing what is necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.

~ Saint Francis of Assisi

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Extra Points: Are You Available?

September 12, 2016 Leave a comment

Dan Weedin Unleashed-40As the National Football League season kicked off this past weekend, it’s a reminder that unlike many high school and college teams, the NFL is a “cut sport.” In other words, not everyone makes the team. All 32 teams must cut down to 53 players (with a few extra for a practice squad). One of the critical factors in one player making the team over another that might be as equally qualified is availability.

My favorite team the Seattle Seahawks, cut a player that had been a member of their squad for the past three years. He lost his job to a rookie. When asked to elaborate why the veteran was released, Coach Pete Carroll indicated that he was just never able to get over an injury and get on the practice field…which had also plagued him the three previous years. Carroll said, “he just wasn’t available.”

Are your employees (or those that directly report to you) “available” at work? I’m not referring to injury or illness. Rather I am wondering if they are mentally available to giving full effort while they are working. It’s probably to most insidious of categories related to absenteeism, because the person is there…sort of.

Are you an entrepreneur or employee that isn’t “available?” Sometimes, we need to look in the mirror and make sure our own focus and attention is where it needs to be. Granted, there are days we all are not as available as we should be. The problem is if it becomes chronic.

Leadership, culture, and observation go a long way towards assuring that your employees and subordinates are available. Self discipline will take care of you.

Quote of the Week:

Adapt or perish, now as ever, is nature’s inexorable imperative.

~ H.G. Wells

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Rave Reviews

September 7, 2016 Leave a comment

I am thrilled to have received this morning a new testimonial from a happy client. These are important to me because my goal is never to be an “expense,”but rather an investment for my clients. Everyone has different reasons to utilize my services and often seek to accomplish different objectives. What’s always the same is they seek rapid results. You will see from this client, Lindsey Carnett from Marketing Maven PR, that she realized both quantitative ans qualitative value. Thanks for your kind words, Lindsey!

P.S. After reading this consider that I can help you quickly accomplish your business and personal objectives. Call (360-271-1592) or email me ( to find out how…

When I heard about Toro Consulting I wondered what Dan could offer to me that any other leadership consultant hadn’t already pitched to me. I was already a Vistage member, already a Women Presidents Organization member and had an outsourced business advisor, among other resources. Dan and I discussed using his services not so much for my own personal development but for the development of key staff members who would benefit me from having fewer “freak outs” and staff conflicts, especially when having that key staffer embark on a larger role within my organization.

I told Dan that if he could help this key employee have a greater sense of confidence, set boundaries with needy subordinates, establish appropriate communication protocol with peers who were influencing team morale, and not burden me with what I call “freak-outs” due to a sense of being overwhelmed, I’d give Dan the testimonial of a lifetime.

So here it is: As the CEO of a multi-million dollar, rapid-growth, nationally ranked marketing agency, I owe Dan a heap of gratitude for the headaches I haven’t had to experience over the last 6-months. I can thank Dan for retention of key employees, a key employee who now shares the same values and concerns as me, an improvement in team morale and an improved sense of confidence and drive, two traits vital to success within my organization.

Since I’m the rainmaker, I’ve been able to spend my time focusing on lucrative opportunities to grow my business as opposed to getting caught up in the minutia of interpersonal relationships among junior level and senior level staff.

I’d recommend Dan and Toro Consulting to any business owner looking to improve their own leadership skills or to have Dan help one or more of your key staff members to help you stay focused on your company goals without distraction. Dan is a pro at asking the right questions, presenting appropriate challenges and remaining steadfast in his accountability expectations for the best outcome possible. He used your goals as the thesis for his regular interactions so every interaction will lead to a positive outcome for the goals set forth at the beginning of the campaign. I set some very lofty goals and told Dan to make a believer out of me. He has accomplished in 4 months what I didn’t believe was possible in  a full year.

If you are on the fence, you should give him a try. What do you have to lose?  Stress, headaches, attitudes. Just be very transparent about your goals so he can use these as the guiding lights for his work within your organization.

Lindsey Carnett
CEO & President
Marketing Maven Public Relations, Inc.


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.


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.

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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 and let’s talk. I may not be very good at influencing my dogs, but I am better with people! Lets talk.

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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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