Thought of the Week- Rage Spiral Free Zone

In the new social media enabled world we live in it gets easier by the day for rage to surface and spiral out of control with a lunch mob mentality driving the narrative. The scarier thought is that it could be any issue at anytime that is taken up that allegedly offends someone somewhere.

In business it is imperative that this type of mob mentality does not breed and pull down an organization. Today, every organization needs to have given thought to how they can protect their good name. As the quote goes, it takes thirty years to build a reputation and seconds to destroy it. Don’t allow a false narrative to cause you harm.

From my perspective, communication is key and coddling should not be on the menu. If coddling does play a role know that you most likely will eventually find yourself being served up as well.

In the workplace it is critical that we all play by the rules and the #1 rule should be ; get the facts. Oftentimes a surge of emotion on a issue spreads like wildfire but the issue does not square with the facts.

Moving forward make it unacceptable for anyone to be judge, jury and executioner. We owe it to ourselves and our company to be candid, to be transparent and to provide a no rage spiral environment. Think about this the next time you encounter a story and pause and think about how you react? It is easy to hit the retweet button and join the mob but in this instance leadership is required. Now more than ever we need cool heads that can diffuse situations without emboldening or simply dismissing concerns.

Make sure that you lead the way and that your organization does. It become a Petri dish for a rage spiral to flourish. Instead use the latest technology platforms to celebrate your companies and the employees successes. Change the narrative to find the good people do and you will be in a much more productive place.

Onwards!
Dh

Thought of the Week- Genuine Apology

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We have all made mistakes. Speaking for myself, at times even when I was woefully wrong i have been known to be in denial and thought off reality to own up. At other times I have shrugged the mishap away by stating that it was out of concern for doing the right thing.

I would have been better to have just genuinely owned it and offered a heart felt apology.

Moving forward make sure that you are big enough to immediately own your wrongs and move on accepting responsibility. Don’t let pride or ego get in the way. However, the most important lesson is that you learn from the experience and modify future behavior. After all, the goal is that we continuously improve.

Onwards!
Dh

We have all made mistakes. Speaking for myself, at times even when I was woefully wrong i have been known to be in denial and thought off reality to own up. At other times I have shrugged the mishap away by stating that it was out of concern for doing the right thing.

I would have been better to have just genuinely owned it and offered a heart felt apology.

Moving forward make sure that you are big enough to immediately own your wrongs and move on accepting responsibility. Don’t let pride or ego get in the way. However, the most important lesson is that you learn from the experience and modify future behavior. After all, the goal is that we continuously improve.

Onwards!
Dh

 

*Originally posts on LinkedIn

Thought of the Week – Be Better

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It is important that we challenge ourselves to be better and to make everyone around us better. Way too often, when the heat is on, we pull people down instead of building people up. We want to bask in the glow of glory instead of tasting that success through others.

Moving forward, I challenge you to make sure that you operate in a “better” zone. Take a moment and think if your team think you make them better? Going forward commit to creating a place where you truly encourage, inspire and motivate people to be better. The beautiful thing is that by doing this you too will also be better.

Onwards!
Dh

 

*originally posted on LinkedIn

Thought of the Week- Guard Against the Enemy Within

I have often stated that the biggest competitor to defeat is yourself. Meaning the inner voice that speaks to you and either tempts you to sit on your hands when decisive action is required or encourages you to chicken out when a bold move is required and many more in between.

Many times in our careers we are faced with challenges, some much bigger than we ever imagined but in those times don’t let the enemy be your lack of resolve or courage to the do the right thing.

Remember that you are the sum of your past experiences and go forward knowing that decisions you make will not always be perfect and that you survive.

Get in to the mindset that you are learning, evolving and becoming better and that one mistake will not finish you or make you. Take this actions and you will be less vulnerable to and from the enemy within.

 

Onwards!

dh

Thought of the Week – Rational Thinking is Needed For Success

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Rational thinking at times in business and in life seems to be an ever shrinking reality. Pick up a paper, read any blog or listen to the opinions held by corporations and you would be hard pressed to draw another conclusion.

Don’t allow yourself to fall in to that trap of allowing others prejudges or loud voices to shape your thinking. Instead always think for yourself. Get the facts. Challenge the source. Don’t accept. Question. When you are armed with all the facts you will be a better position to make an informed decision. we advise is that you never get so intrenched in a position that you can not modify your thinking with the facts change. Be nimble.

Rational thinking could and should be a competency that sets you apart. Make it so.

Onwards!

dh

Thought of the Week- Be Happy in the Moment

How many times have you thought that you would only be happy if it wasn’t for this one problem or after you get that big task done? For me, I experienced those feelings too many times to count.

The lesson is to find happiness in the moment and learn to embrace life and all the challenges and successes it brings. Don’t live your life waiting for happiness instead find it in the things you do. I challenge you to wake up and think of just three things you are happy and grateful for.

Onwards!
Dh

Thought of the Week— Pause for Sanity

IMG_1315In our 24/7 fast paced world we are constantly bombarded with information and updates. At times the “message” can please and that is great. However, especially with the current gotcha culture we live in we get more negative stories and updates. When you get this information you have a choice to make; react and proverbially shoot the messenger and/or yourself by blowing up or reflect. I recommend that you pause and insure that you get all the facts before reacting to any news. Oftentimes we find breaking updates to not be completely accurate or certainly not as bad as first imagined. Hitting the pause button is a great first step. Reflect and pause is your best way forward and it will serve you well. Develop this “pause” skill and you will see your effectiveness soar.

Onwards!
Dh

 

Ps- Original post on LinkedIn & thank Gina M for the quote.

Thought of the Week– Lift Others Up

The elite leaders dedicate part of your life’s to lifting others up to constantly achieve their fullest potential. Sustainable success through micro managing, public ridicule or tearing others down simply is counterproductive and a drain on the business and personal growth.

Just imagine what you can achieve if you truly live this and then put systems in place to instill this belief of lifting others up in to your entire organization. It will be special.

Onwards!
Dh

Thought of the Week— Pause

In our 24/7 fast paced world we are constantly bombarded with information and updates. At times the message can please and that is great. However, with the current gotcha culture we live in we get more negative stories and updates. When you get this information you have a choice to make; react or reflect. I recommend that you pause and insure that you get all the facts before reacting to the news. Oftentimes we find breaking news to not be completely accurate and hitting the pause button is a great first step. Reflect and pause is your best way forward and it will serve you well.

Onwards!
Dh

Thought of the Week — The Best Revenge is Success!

 

We all have at one time or another felt slighted, ignored, put down or simply wronged.

Over the years I have reacted sometimes appropriately and at other times inappropriately to these incidents. What was a constant is that each case as added stress in my life and I stewed bitterly.

What I have learned is that the best way to move positively forward is to not hold grudges. A person or company failing you is a tough situation. However, don’t get bitter and hold grudges, instead take the situation and allow it to fuel your next chapter success.

Onwards!
Dh