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Extra Points: Talking ‘Bout My Generation

Dan Weedin Unleashed-40This past weekend was my annual Rotary District Training & Conference where 500 Rotarians gather to learn and have fun together. In addition to that number, there are about 50 exchange students from across the globe that join in to share their experiences from the past year, display their amazing talents, and fellowship with the us Rotarians. Their participation was significant; in fact you could say they were ubiquitous throughout the weekend.

I talk to business owners and leaders regularly and one of the hot topics is about generations in the workplace. I often hear complaints about “millenials.” The concerns are manifest around how they are tied to technology; are all about instant gratification; and don’t aren’t willing to put in the effort. Funny…many of the same complaints were lobbied against my generation when we were joining the workplace. I have a feeling that history repeats itself.

What business owners and leaders must do is get out of their own way when it comes to developing younger people. Instead of trying to force them to do things in a way that might now be archaic, why not commit to identifying what can be learned from this generation? I’d submit that people are people, no matter their age. We just have different ways that we learned and developed based on when we were born. From what I saw this weekend, we can learn a lot from the “next generation,” but only if we take off the blinders of preconceived notions and  arrogance. The new generation might just have the answers we need and all we need to do is use our experience to help them and us succeed faster.

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Quote of the Week:

” Courage is fear holding on a minute longer.”

~ General George Patton

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Extra Points: Peering in the Looking Glass

October 10, 2016 Leave a comment

Dan Weedin Unleashed-40The past few weeks, as the Youth Exchange Officer for my Rotary Club, I’ve conducted Question & Answer sessions for students and parents interested in our outbound exchange program for next year. It’s an opportunity to provide details on being a Rotary exchange student to another country, and recruit students to apply. It’s a fantastic program, and as you might imagine, there are many questions.

One of the most common involves the potential countries that students may be sent to. Our district has worked diligently to develop relationships with countries we want to exchange with, and at times have had to terminate relationships due to poor experiences. We are very pleased with our current roster.

That being said, parents are often nervous of certain countries due to what they’ve seen in the news surrounding violence (e.g. France, Belgium). I must then remind them that parents in other countries around the world likely voice similar (if not more vociferous) trepidation about sending their children to the Unites States based on violence they view in the news (e.g. school shootings, gun violence, campus rapes, and more). The sudden realization on the parents faces that I’m speaking to quickly indicate the newfound perspective of peering in the looking glass.

When was the last time you looked at your business from the perspective of an outsider? Are incoming phone calls received with politeness or brusqueness? Is correspondence replied to promptly or belatedly (or never)? When someone walks into your office, will they be impressed or ignored? Do your employees contribute to the community or are they visibly absent? Notice all of my queries are around how people are treated, not your product or service. Business is and has always been about relationships and the “brand” that relationships create. Each person in and of themselves are a brand within a larger organizational one.

When you peer into your own looking glass, what do you see?

Quote of the Week:

The only courage that matters is the kind that gets you from one moment to the next.

~ Mignon McLaughlin (American journalist 1913-1983)

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How Will They Know You Were Here?

January 22, 2016 Leave a comment

58842030-Dan+Weedin+%22Unleashed%22-30I was driving in to my Rotary Club meeting this morning and a country song came on the radio that made me pause to think. The song is “Gonna Know We Were Here” by Jason Aldean. The lyrics from the chorus that caught my attention were…

Ain’t scared to ride this train
Make a few marks, leave a few stains
Might slam just a little too hard
Might take it just a little too far
Might burn out like a firework,
Like a shooting star across the sky
And we may not be around in 20 years but they’re sure gonna know we were here
Yeah, they’re sure gonna know we were here

At my club meeting, we had a fascinating speaker. This woman is a nurse that volunteered to go to Africa last year and help with the Ebola outbreak. In fact, this particular woman has been doing volunteer medical work around the globe for 15 years. Going into the most impoverished areas, seeing the most improbable and horrible things, and making a mark on those people and the world.
I’m not suggesting that if all of us aren’t making these heroic efforts that we are failing. As a matter of fact, we all have chances every day to be heroic. We have an opportunity in our business, in our career, and in our personal life to improve the condition of someone else. We’ve got talents and skills to leave a few marks and stains; to be able to say that the world will know you were here.
This is about action; it’s about implementing. Pausing to ponder is fine, but taking action in a bold and confident manner is what moves the needle. The speaker I watched today has been doing that and can say she’s left a mark. We all have opportunities to do the same, maybe not to a global extent, but to very important ones.
How will people know you were here? What are you doing to leave a few marks, leave a few stains…?
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Extra Points: Control

November 2, 2015 Leave a comment
This Week’s Focus Point: ControlDan Weedin Unleashed-40
Last week, I was the guest speaker for a Rotary Club that meets at golf course. During lunch, as I was watching a group approach the green, I noticed something unusual. One of the golfers was following his golf bag! It was the first time I had seen one of the remote control hand carts in action. This was actually putting the cart ahead of the…golfer. I have to admit I was fascinated watching the golf bag lead it’s owner to the green-side sand trap. Apparently, it doesn’t help your swing!

This cutting edge gadget once implemented is a pretty cool accessory…as long as the person with the remote control is leading it correctly. Likewise, employees are excellent assets for a company…if they are led correctly. Your professional career is a tremendous source of reward and revenue…if you know how to lead yourself. And your life – the only one you get – can be a source of enjoyment, exhilaration, and delight. That will happen when the person leading it – you – commit to mastering the remote control of which you have full “control” over. Not doing it well puts you in a hazard; but effectively maneuvering your own life’s course will result in putting for birdies more often than not.

Quote of the Week:
“Ideas pull the trigger, but instinct load the gun.”
~ Don Marquis (American Poet)

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Extra Points – Thankful #1

November 4, 2013 Leave a comment

Thankful 1 of 4: Service Above Selfrotarylogo

I know many of my friends are doing a daily memo of thanks, usually on Facebook. That’s way too much work for me, so I will do it four times during the month on Extra Points. And, my family, friends, health, etc. are all givens. I want to loo a bit deeper by peeling the onion.

On November 4, 1993 I was inducted into Rotary. I actually remember it like it was yesterday. Little did I know at the time what an impact this wonderful organization would have on my life. In the past 20 years, Rotary has given me the opportunity to really learn (emphasis on really) what their motto, Service Above Self, truly means. As a relatively young Rotarian at the time, it helped me to grow up with service to others as a mantra for myself and my family. Every member of my family has done work through Rotary, including work parties, hosting exchange students, and a project trip to Mexico.

Thank you, Rotary. You continue to teach and define for me the value of community; you provide opportunity for fellowship with other like-minded people; you enrich lives of the people we work and raise money for by doing good in the world; and you perpetuate the belief, the genuine belief, of the words written by Charles Dickens a century and a half ago in The Christmas Carol, that “mankind is our business.”

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This week’s quote –
“It has been the way of Rotary to focus thought upon matters in which members are in agreement, rather than upon matters in which they are in disagreement.”
~ Paul Harris (founder of Rotary)

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March 26, 2013 Leave a comment

This is a 5 and a half minute speech I gave as part of a Toastmasters demonstration at my Rotary Club last week. Here is what you can take away from it…

1. Public speaking can not only be effective for your business, but fun for you. You just need to practice, learn techniques and strategies, and gain “Stage Time” (courtesy of my pal, Darren LaCroix).

2. Humor is powerful if used correctly. Humor makes people laugh and listen. It evokes emotion and caring. And, it reduces anxiety and tension. You can effectively use humor in any business presentation, especially if it’s self-deprecating.

3. Record when you speak and put it on your You Tube channel. Get your message out to a broad audience so you can improve the condition of more people.

I hope you enjoy More…

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New Video

April 4, 2012 1 comment

Many thanks to Matt Biondi from BiondiMedia for creating this new video on my business. Video is a great way to engage your readers of your web site, blog, or other promotional pieces. It doesn’t matter what your industry is, video can be a terrific part of creating a marketing presence and brand.

Check mine out an let me know what you think!

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