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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*original posting on LinkedIn

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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Thought of the Week— Never Play With Someone’s Life

This month we have seen the worst of our political leadership. We can learn a lot from how things have unfolded. It does not matter which political party you support, playing with peoples lives should be seen as utterly out of bounds.

In life, as in business, the win/lose mindset is a zero sum game. We are better served when we seek positive outcomes instead of seeking alienation of the other side.

So my thought of the week is regardless of your position you should never play with other people’s lives. If you would do that you simply do not have the right to lead. In business, winning companies are those who respect all and demonstrate character. You put your people first. They are not bargaining chips. They are your #1 asset. Make sure you honor your team and set a positive example for others to emulate.

Onwards!
Dh

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Thought of the Week- Be Bullish

If we listened only to the main stream media you could be forgiven for thinking that America is crashing to a halt. However, like Reagan said best; “trust but verify”. And what sage advise that is.

Right now, after a little research, there are so many leading indicators, many listed below, that should provide comfort that the media have it wrong. That they have a partisan point of view and that now is actually the time to be bullish. To think big and deliver bigger. We are not in trouble rather we are in a period of remarkable growth.

– Unemployment in all categories measured is at a decades low
– GDP is strong at 3%+…3X the recognized, accepted norm of just a few years back and in stark contrast from results being experienced in Europe and China
– 5 million less Americans need SNAP support (food stamps), reversing a decades long trend of people needing assistance
– 6M+ jobs created in the last 2 years
– Right now 11M+ more people can look in the mirror every morning and know that they do not need government assistance in their life’s. This is huge.
– Stronger trade agreements in place with Canada and Mexico awaiting ratification
– Encouraging signs that a fairer agreement will be consummated with China in the near future
– Layoffs in the USA at lowest level since 1969
-Manufacturing jobs are indeed coming back; 600,000 in the last 2 years
-And many more positive developments on deregulation and global security

Right now, my thought of the week is that rather than let negative inaccurate reporting dampen our reality we should be bullish. Having others distort facts to fit their narrative is something we should fight against in all aspects of our life. Instead we should be working on plans to drive growth further and faster.

This is not a political message. This is a business message and it is time for us to not allow us to be false fed propaganda. As a country, there is real heavy lifting still to be done on many issues but let’s be honest about recent results; they are very encouraging. In another administration they would be hailed remarkable.

Onwards!
Dh

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Thought of the Week – Violence Is Never The Answer

Today, as we celebrate the life of MLK this is a very timely reminder on how we should aspire to live our lives.
Over the last few decades there has been significant work done to eradicate domestic violence and protect the innocent, and vulnerable. However, recently we now have to protect those who simply have a different point of view. We have seen a political party engage under the premise that it is okay to get in peoples faces and follow them into restaurants and their place of work. That if they go low, we kick them.  Some of the worlds largest tech companies’ employees are going in to full meltdown when a fellow employee exercises their rights to support a colleague. Clearly we should celebrate our right to protest but this must always be done civilly. The vitriol being spewed out and violent actions taken are not just wholly unnecessary it is eroding our values and rewarding bad behavior.
My thought of the week is that as business leaders we should be setting the example for others to follow and demonstrate through positive actions and civil discourse how to promote and create meaningful change. We most certainly should not be pandering to childlike temper tantrums. There is no place for violence in the work life and in our lives in general. If violence is used then there should be immediate punishment for the crimes and make no mistake, they are crimes. We need to allow all people to voice their opinions in a safe environment and insist on civility. Let’s rally around this point and stop the few from making havoc for the many.
Onwards!
Dh

 

Thought of the Week- Be The Person Who Chooses To Do & Be Something

Lip service, the old college try or simply not giving your best are statements that should never be possible to level at any high performing leader.

My thought of the week is that each and every leader should be the person who chooses to do and be something. To inspire and be inspired by others. To make a difference, to lift others up and strive to be a force for good and to encourage those same traits in others.

Ask yourself if you are demonstrating the traits of a great leader and take action where needed. Your team, and more importantly you, deserve your very best.

Onwards!
Dh

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Thought of the Week – Always Be Open

It is important that we remain open minded to others peoples thoughts, ideas and beliefs and, especially so, if they are counter to our own beliefs.

This week I was watching a politician give a speech whose views could not be more counter to my own. This politician stated what we should be seeking as a nation to “go big, be bold and do good”. What a great way to frame up what we should looking for in our future and from such an unexpected source.

So my thought of the week is that it is vital that we keep ourselves open minded. We can not just seek out views from people we are aligned with. From my perspective, I could have easily changed the channel and missed this takeaway. The reality is if we close ourselves off from those we disagree with then we also close ourselves off to hearing important messages that could make a difference. We all lose from this isolated mentality.

So take a moment of self reflection and make sure that you are open and accessible to those in your organization and in your life.

Onwards!
Dh

Thought of the Week – Shaming

 

It’s seems that the new way of getting your point of view to be accepted as the only way of thinking is to shame those with opposing points of view. Long gone are the times that the best idea with solid facts won the day. We most remember that bias is insidious.

Right now, in this polarized world, it is more important than ever for leaders to not allow this thinking to take root in the business world. Shaming is no way to run a company or to conduct business. Different perspectives should be encouraged and celebrated. Group think is not the way to go and universal ideology without the facts is just has damning. Managing by shaming should be universally rejected.

Moving forward make it your purpose to embrace ideas, especially opposing ones, always allow others to voice their perspective and you will be one step closer to developing a winning culture.

Onwards!
Dh