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Extra Points: Driving Leadership

June 12, 2017 Leave a comment

Dan Weedin Unleashed-40News came out over the weekend that Uber board of directors would be discussing a leave of absence for its embattled CEO, Travis Kalanick. This comes on the heels of months of terrible press related to claims of sexual harassment allegations, berating drivers on video, and a Pandora’s Box of other workplace and public scandal and crisis. According to the Wall Street Journal, the board will also vote on setting up an investigation onto workplace issues.

Just because a person has the CEO acronym following their name on their business card, doesn’t mean they have a clue how to lead, manage, and inspire people. Kalanick had publicly admitted he needed to grow his leadership skills, but hasn’t shown much growth so his board is now taking more swift action to try and salvage the brand of the company.

Small and medium-sized business (SMB) leaders should take note. Just because one can start a business doesn’t mean they can effectively lead, manage, and inspire people. In order to tap into and unleash the power and potential of a business, that SMB owner or executive must intentionally enhance that part of their professional repertoire. It should be a daily discipline and requires accountability. Unlike highly-visible public companies like Uber, there often isn’t a board of directors there to do it. The metrics are most often a combination of high turnover, workplace drama, apathetic employees, and lack of production.

If you’re in any type of leadership position, I encourage you to make the development of your skills in this area a daily discipline. Read articles and books, watch videos by experts, and most importantly find an advisor (or advisors) to hold you accountable to your leadership growth goals. You’ve got your hands on the wheel; make sure you’re driving down the right road.

Quote of the Week:

”All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make, the better.”

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Would you like help improving your leadership development strategy for your company? Need help getting your organization to a higher state of resiliency and profitable growth? Then call me and let’s schedule a meeting to talk. I’m confident I can help you and your business unleash your potential and profits.

Extra Points: Picking Up Tomatoes

June 5, 2017 Leave a comment

Dan Weedin Unleashed-40This Week’s Focus Point: Picking Up Tomatoes

Last week, my wife and I were walking into the grocery store when a guy about our age walking out of the store had his small plastic box of tomatoes plummet from his cart and spill out on the ground. My immediate reaction, was “bummer,” while proceeding to walk in. Barb is a way kinder person than me (and those of you who know both of us don’t need to be told this). She immediately asked, “Do you need help,” and then proceeded to stop and start picking up tomatoes before he could even answer. Of course, I then sheepishly joined the tomato picking by association to the kind person, which ultimately is to my own personal growth.

What does picking up tomatoes outside of a grocery store have to do with any of us?

Here’s the deal…the mere act of genuine kindness resonates in every business and organization regardless of size. Barb volunteered to help someone she didn’t know who had a misfortune happen. How many of us eschew showing genuine kindness to people we employ, work with, live with, and/or care about because we are either not paying attention, don’t think it’s our problem, or are in such a hurry to take care of ourselves that we become uninterested in the plight of those around us?

Organization resilience always starts with people. That sentence is worth reading again. Overcoming adversity and crisis; finding solutions to difficult challenges; and just sometimes getting through a bad day shouldn’t be a lonely path. When we as fellow humans lighten the load of those we work with and employ, then resilience is enhanced through better decision-making, swifter resolutions, improved collaboration, and enhanced morale. Resilience isn’t simply about being tough; it’s mostly about helping each other out when we dump tomatoes on the ground.

Quote of the Week:

”An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last.”

~ Winston Churchill

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Need help getting your organization to a higher state of resiliency and profitable growth? Then call me and let’s schedule a meeting to talk. I’m confident I can help you and your business unleash your potential and profits.

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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Extra Points: Splashing in the Mud

April 10, 2017 1 comment

Dan Weedin Unleashed-40This Week’s Focus Point: Splashing in the Mud

Last Friday, I was wending my way through a client’s gravel parking lot looking for a place close to the door to park. As has been the case of late in my neck of the woods, it was raining hard. There were a few small potholes that had been created and were filled with muddy water. I was working to avoid them and a mother and her very young daughter that were walking in the deluge through the parking lot.

The mom was holding the little girl’s hand – she looked to be about 3 years old. They were dressed for the walk in the weather, including big rubber boots. While the mom was walking gingerly through the parking lot (as most adults would be doing), the little girl suddenly did what almost all 3 year olds would do – she very deliberately and with great gusto – splashed in the mud puddle. The muddy water went flying all over the place and the look of glee on her face was unmistakable. As she and her mother passed by me, the mom and I exchanged a knowing smile.

There’s something wonderful about being in the state of mind that you actually crave getting dirty. We are taught not long after 3 years old to avoid mud puddles. As we get older, we are also taught by family, society, school, and well meaning friends to avoid other “dirty” endeavors that might cause us angst. Things like boldly taking risks, being unafraid of failing, not worrying about what others think, to start a business, to jump out of a plane, to change careers, and many other activities that attract the risk of getting messy and muddy in life.

Ironically, the day before, I was sitting in another client’s office and he had a sign prominently displayed on a shelf that read, “If you didn’t get dirty, you didn’t play in the game.”  The sign and the little girl’s actions offer a great lesson for us.

There’s nothing wrong with splashing through mud puddles and getting dirty. It’s how we best grow professionally and personally. We are all washable. Even the dirt that might cause challenges are only temporary and we end up being the wiser for them. My professional mentor Alan Weiss is oft heard saying that we are not here in the world to merely dip our toes in the water; we are here to make waves.

My encouragement to you this week is to make some waves, splash in some mud puddles, and get dirty. You may just walk away from the experience with the same gleeful expression of a three year old girl that just splashed through her own muddy water!

Do you or your company need help splashing in the mud? If so, we should talk. Contact me at (360) 271-1592 or dan@danweedin.com.

Quote of the Week:

If you’re going through hell, keep going.”

~ Winston Churchill

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