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Thought of the Week

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Thought of the Week – Stop Apologizing Please

Everywhere you look people are apologizing; politicians for previous position held decades ago, business leaders for past practices dating back in some instances centuries, and everyday people for former behavior or opinions held. It seems there is an insatiable desire to prove you are the most woke.
We have to ask ourselves when is enough, enough? Being on the proverbial apology tour is draining and I’d argue unauthentic. My thought of the week is that we have to get out of the grievance culture, the newly formed hashtag era where no previous position, opinion or behavior is beyond an apology. Instead I suggest a better policy is to take a moment, learn, move on and evolve.
Onwards!
Dh

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Thought of the Week – There is No Room for Gotcha Peddlers

In business and life we are confronted with many challenges. Some we successfully navigate and others we fail in handling appropriately. The goal is to win more than you lose. Each opportunity is a learning and evolving opportunity.

However, there has been a dangerous emergence, as of late, of gotcha peddlers.

You probably know these creatures as finger pointers, shamers, blame artists or saboteurs who operate a negative sum game where eventually everyone losses. There is no room for people to be allowed to wantonly operate behind others backs often times with the only purpose to not just pull people down but to end careers. These actions should never be rewarded. In business as leaders we need to emphatically put a stop to these unsavory gotcha peddling practices.

Gotcha peddlers should be put out of business in business. Reward those who perform, inspire, develop, mentor, lead, do extra, selflessly give and not those who needlessly add drama, undermine, cast negativity and rejoice in causing others harm.

Take a look at how you are handling your internal policies and take a hard stand in rewarding the good and not bad behaviors of others. That’s true leadership and we need it more than ever right now.

Onwards!
Dh

 

*original posting on LinkedIn

Thought of the Week – Opinions are luxury items; do not have more than you can afford

I am not talking about can you financially afford your opinions. Only “own” the opinions you can emotionally afford and can handle in a respectful and civil way.
If holding the “opinion” turns you in to a ranting, hateful, emotionally imbalanced person, then I suggest that opinion is not for you.
My thought of the week is be selective of responding to all issues that take place. Just because you have a point of view does not mean it is worthy of broadcasting. We would be better served to be selective. Just like in life, if you try to please everyone you usually end up pleasing no one. Plus if you stand for everything you stand for nothing.
Think about how you can develop a healthier go forward path for the opinions you hold yourself and aid others is charting their own positive future. It would be awesome if you saw a lessening of the rage swirling all around us.
Onwards!
Dh

 

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Thought of the Week – Living in the Era of Exhaustion

Think about your life? Are you exhausted and in this instance, I am not talking about physical exhaustion? Are you mentally exhausted, worn out? Everyday, we are confronted with a rapid diet of conflict and hatred in our lives. It is tragic the level of animosity spewed out on social media. We have talking heads on TV daily offended by any word seemingly being muttered by others. The level of open hostility and incivility we show others is at a dangerously high point. While we should always fight to protect those who can not support themselves it is vital that we do not lose ourselves to hysteria.

It seems that hypocrisy has no bounds. However while we live in a era of mental exhaustion, all is not lost, as we can still take back control. The most important thing to realize is that you control your thoughts and actions. We can simply not react to everything that we don’t agree with. In fact, it is vital to recognize that there’s a difference between what offends you and what actually affects you.

So, the #1 thing that can allow you to keep your cool when everyone around you is losing theirs is to live by this mantra; “if you have nothing to say good about someone or a situation, don’t say anything”

Challenge yourself to live by this and see the positive impact it will have on your life and those you interact with. It is simply not productive to let everything offend you or feel that everything needs your opinion.

Onwards!
Dh

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Thought of the Week- Footnote Thinking

One’s ability to put things in to context, even in the most adverse of times, is the mindset of elite leaders.

In the heat of battle and even a humiliating defeat, analyzing the situation without hyperbole, is even more important. Anyone can be a generous winner but trying to manage your emotions and being graceful in defeat or adversity is a hard task.

My thought of the week is to think about how these upsets should be viewed as nothing more than a small mark in the arc of your life and overall achievements. I call this footnote thinking. The challenge is to quickly put your situation in to context. Fortify yourself that this will absolutely not define you and that over time will be seen as a footnote in your life. Your challenge is to follow through and make it such with your thoughts and actions. Good luck.

Onwards!
Dh

 

*original posting on LinkedIn

Thought of the Week -Executive Time

Over the last few weeks there was a feeding frenzy served up by our media ridiculing the use of executive time. Many question why anyone would schedule in to their work day such a thing.

My thought of the week is that we need to have more of our day dedicated to executive time not less. The reality is we need to think more, study more, listen more and then think some more again. All too often we fall in to the trap of “death by meetings” where we are too busy in structured meetings to actually effectively lead. We all should step back, reflect and recognize that it is easy to fall In to a routine. I know that I have and many times.

Take a moment and review your schedule. See if you could benefit from more executive time? Remember, being busy does not mean you are being productive.

Onwards!
Dh

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Thought of the Week- Respond Not React

As business leaders we are constantly bombarded with demands. Demands for our time, energy, focus and commitment.

My thought of the week is how best to deal with these pressures? First,recognize that it is unsustainable to allow yourself to simply react. If you react, you are allowing yourself to whipsawed and live in the “crisis of the endless moment”. Ultimately, you get sloppy and make bad decisions. Instead of allowing yourself to react rather allow yourself to respond.

To respond, you need to have allowed yourself the breathing room to think about the situation fully, to think through the problems, to develop a series of possible appropriate solutions and then to think some more. Think, being the operative word.

Allowing yourself to think then respond rather than react also lessens the opportunity for emotion, ego or sheer anger to shape your response. It is your superpower and to delay a reaction should be seen as a strength and not a sign of weakness.

So next time you are being bombarded, think about what do you need to do to best respond?

Onwards!
Dh

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Thought of the Week – #1 Lesson; Get Back Up Again

We have all failed, some of us spectacularly. We have all made mistakes or maybe given up at times. From my perspective, in business and life, it is vital to find the strengthen to get back up again. In these times it is important to remember that these moments are not defining, unless you let them, and that the most important thing is that you get back up again.

Here’s to winning through adversity.

Stay Strong & Onwards!
Dh

 

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