Thought of the Week – Do What You Are Good At

In life we are not short of people giving their opinions, some warranted, and many not. Frequently I have heard people when giving career advise that people should follow their passions.

My thought of the week is to do what you are good at and pursue aggressively. If this matches your passion then all the better. However, I have found that your passions do not necessarily translate to what we are the very best at. I have a passion for sports but beating Federer on the court is likely to never happen, not even in my dreams. Talent is the missing component that must also be a key part of the equation.

Take a moment and consider what you are passionate about and what you are good at? Are your talents aligned accordingly?

Onwards!
Dh

*Original posting on LinkedIn

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Thought of the Week – Sunshine Is The Best Disinfectant

The headline is a great mantra to work and live by, it provides a consistent standard to hold others and ourself to and is absolutely a way to provide transparency.

How many times have we heard that sunshine is the best disinfectant? The questioner is always asking that of others. However, my thought of the week is that every person and company should first shine light on their practices before focusing our attention elsewhere. Don’t judge others until you have judged yourself. If we are being truthful, we all have a lot of work to do.

Just stop for a moment. We spend so much of our time judging, questioning ridiculing, often attacking and sometimes demeaning others motives. Illuminating others missteps has become a blood sport. From my perspective, we would be better served to spend time on actually evaluating and taking corrective action on the most important thing in our own life’s; ourselves.

It would be awesome to see a focus on self improvement and being positive to others rather than simply exposing the many faults of others. Expose ourselves to sunlight and grow from the experience. Disinfect our own home first before applying self righteous standards that we do not meet ourselves on others.

Let’s take a time out from hatred and show a little love. Start with yourselves and than spread wide. I hope we get to spread far.

Onwards!
Dh

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Thought of the Week – Practice Humble Kindness

How many times have we seen colleagues, family and friends berating others? Social media is probably the worst example of aiding and abetting disgraceful behavior. At our worst we have all been guilty of lashing out. I certainly have.

My thought of the week is that we all need to practice daily humble kindness. That does not mean that we do not hold ourselves and others accountable or that we can not have a difference of opinion. What it means is that we measure our responses as situations unfold and always be respectful and practice humble kindness. Let’s commit to making our words along with our actions count. Now that would make for a better world.

Onwards!
Dh

Thought of the Week- Know When To Stop…

This trait has multiple applications. How many times have you seen someone keep digging themselves deeper in to trouble explaining a situation; many. There are so many other occasions where we need to also force ourselves to stop.

From a sales perspective when you have got the order you need to know when to stop talking.

From a strategic perspective you need to know when to stop pursuing a target when the opportunity no longer justifies the financial and/or human investment.

From a leadership perspective you need to know when to stop controlling and empower

From a personal perspective you need to know when to stop digging when you are at fault.

Take a moment and examine yourself and challenge yourself that you know when to stop and lead yourself and your department or organization.

Onwards!
Dh

This trait has multiple applications

From a sales perspective when you have got the order you need to know when to stop talking.

From a strategic perspective you need to know when to stop pursuing a target when the opportunity no longer justifies the financial and/or human investment.

From a leadership perspective you need to know when to stop controlling and empower

From a personal perspective you need to know when to stop digging when you are at fault.

Take a moment and examine yourself and challenge yourself to know that you know when to stop and lead yourself and your department or organization.

Onwards!
Dh

Thought of the Week- Massive Tip For Success- Relax

In our fast paced environment we live in it is easy to let yourself get worked up and unnecessarily offended.

This week while traveling i saw this ugliness at work several times. At the airport the person checking in front of me was ranting as if the world had ended. The upshot was that the mans TSA number had not been added to his flight itinerary. When did this become the airlines issue? Surely relaxing and taking a deep breath would have helped this individual.

Next up, occurred as I got to my hotel. I was checking in when another man just decided he had right of passage and decided that the receptionist was his personal concercoge and wanted it known that his room key was not working and how unhappy he was. We have all had this happen and it is annoying but does it raise to the level of a meltdown. I think not, we need to relax.

And finally when traveling back from this past week while being on the road I was cut off by a reckless driver forcing me to break hard. I had myself getting angry and then realized that it is not worth my anger and relaxed.

We would all be better if we paused and relaxed. That we do not allow ourselves to get so worked up by the small stuff. Instead work on building our inner peace and being more in control of ourself at all times and not letting others actions throw us off balance. Relax and life will be better. Think about how you handle situations like the above and of course incidents that boil up in your work life?

Onwards!
Dh

Thought of the Week — Question Your Confirmation Bais

At times we are so invested in our ideas that when we hear a rumor or get an unconfirmed report we want take the new intelligence as fact. In these moments we must fight that urge and question our confirmation bias.

The times when I have miscalculated the error could have been avoided if I had not wanted the story to be true and therefore I allowed the story to be true.

As you move up in your career questioning your confirmation bias will become more important. My thought of the Week is practice this skill in your daily life.

Onwards!
Dh

Thought of the Week – Less Rage More Reality

Barely an hour goes by without being bombarded with rage. Not just a little rant but a full blown battle cry leveled against the labeled offender. It seems that no issue is too small to warrant a Def Con One movement to be launched. Differing opinions are seemingly no longer tolerated and oftentimes ridiculed despite a paucity of evidence to support the claim.

Clearly if sinful wrongs are being carried out then protest is justified. However, if you take a moment and explore some of the obsessively ridiculous vile that is being thrown around today then it should give us all pause for thought and reconsideration.

Hatred is leveled against someone all to frequently. The issues are diverse and also growing by the moment. Who we vote for, who we support, which companies we purchase products from or even which media programs we prefer seem to be grounds for hatred. Company boycotts are becoming the standard calling card for anyone who simply holds a different opinion.

My thought of the week is for us all to have a lot less rage and a lot more reality. No legally operating company should be boycotted. Simply, if you don’t like a particular company or their stance, don’t make drama, don’t allow yourself to become enmeshed in the mobs’ frenzied Pavlovian response. Do the sane and rational thing; don’t purchase their wares. It is your right to choose, just don’t force it on others to follow you.

We should encourage everyone to have their own thoughts and that those thoughts should be respected and never ridiculed. The alternative is to live in an echo chamber where differing views are outlawed and group think and the mob rule mentality becomes the norm. I hope that is a world we don’t advocate for or allow to take further root.

Onwards!
Dh