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A Little Privacy Please…

May 17, 2017 Leave a comment

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A Little Privacy, Please…
How to guard and protect yourself and your company from cyber crimes

As a first world society, I’m afraid we are becoming numb to calamity around us. Once upon a time, a global cyber security breach would have been the main news story for several weeks. The major attack that happened last week that impacted countless businesses around the world is now largely forgotten as we did into the FBI, the White House, and Russia.

We live in a growing less secretive world. The ability for a criminal with some technology skills to “break into” a small or medium-sized company and steal information is alarmingly easy. We all lock our doors at night to keep the bad guys out. The problem is that the bad guys don’t need to pick your lock; they just need to figure out your password and then they can steal information, money, and profits.

I will be brief today, but that doesn’t lessen the severity of this threat to your company and employees (including you and your family). Here are three steps you should take right now to help prevent and mitigate this risk:

  1. Create (or review and revise) a written cyber security plan for your company. I don’t care if you are a company of five or 500, you use the Internet and you need to protect yourself. Just like unprotected sex leads to bad consequences, unprotected systems could result in more serous viruses (see link to article below).
  2. Form a team. Being a lone wolf doesn’t work because you can’t possibly know everything. You need an IT expert, a risk specialist, and key employees in your company to build a strong fortification. It also supports accountability and implementation.
  3. Read this article in the Harvard Business Review written by Luke Bencie. A colleague of mine shared it on Facebook yesterday and it’s excellent. You and your employees are probably violating a lot of his suggestions. I know I am and that will start changing. Are you ready to change to match the new risk to your business?

Bottom line: This isn’t 1977 any longer. Your most valuable assets and information are no longer stored in a safe in your locked business. They live in a cloud that can be accessed by people with skills and bad intent. It’s time to re-awaken to what your most concerning risks are and do what you can to ferociously guard them.

I’m an expert in resilience, risk management, and crisis planning. I have a proprietary scorecard to assess where you are today when it comes to protecting your most important assets and your bottom line.

If these are important to you, then call and let’s talk. Call me at 360-271-1592 to schedule a meeting.

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I’ve expanded my consulting practice to include the ability to place insurance coverage for clients. Through my affiliation and partnership with First Underwriters, I now can not only help you control your risk exposures, but finance them in a way that ferociously protects your profits.

My business model is different for two reasons. First, clients gain access to certain intellectual property and resources that before were only available to consulting clients. These resources will help clients save time, money, and frustration on their entire risk portfolio. Second, the program has a capacity limit. In order to offer this full-service, concierge style approach, I will limit the number of Private Brokerage Clients I will take on. Just since starting about 45 days ago, I’ve added five new clients.

If you’d like to learn more about how I can help you ferociously protect your profits and lifestyle, call me to see how this program might look for you.

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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: 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.

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

Quote of the Week:

” Courage is fear holding on a minute longer.”

~ General George Patton

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Extra Points: Small Targets – Big Results

Dan Weedin Unleashed-40This Week’s Focus Point: Small Target – Big Results

Mentors are important for success and significance. One of the best mentors I had when coaching high school basketball was a legendary coach from our area. Coach Harney was a member of the Seattle University team that played in the Final Four back in the 1950’s. One of his teammates was Hall of Famer, Elgin Baylor. Coach Harney went on to coach for over three decades (and still volunteers) and made it into the Coaching Hall of Fame in this state for his accomplishments.

Coach was always willing to share ideas with me, especially when it came to developing skills in players. One of them was quite unique. He told me that he had his players practice missing free throws. That’s right…missing them. It seemed that my players were pretty adept at missing them without any practice, but I digress. He explained that it wasn’t simply missing that mattered, but how they missed. He instructed his players to pick a small spot on either side of the rim. That was the exact spot he wanted them to hit and miss. He believed that if they could get so good at hitting such a small target, making it into the bigger target during a game would be easy. His players proved him right.

The concept of focusing on small targets isn’t just for basketball. I’ve used the same principle in golf. I’d suggest to you, missing small with your business objectives will carry the same big results.

Here’s what I mean. Instead of setting grandiose goals with long time frames, why not pick a small target (e.g. one week) and laser focus on one accomplishment (e.g. meeting with two prospective clients, finishing an important project, writing three chapters for your book, or de-cluttering your work area)? If we aim for small targets, we improve our focus, which leads to better results and greater confidence. It’s much better to move one thing forward a mile than 10 things forward an inch. Focus on small targets will train your brain to be sharp and in the moment. It will require you to eschew multi-tasking, which is another benefit!

Find something small this week to focus on and watch your results grow.

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

Quote of the Week:

” Age is not important unless you’re a cheese.”

~ Helen Hayes

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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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