Thought of the Week–The Grass Is Not Greener

2017-09-06 06.30.59How many times have we looked at a situation or a person and thought to ourselves; I wish that was me? To be honest throughout my life I have done this many times.

Over the years what I have found is that everyone you meet has had adversity to deal with, demons to fight and heartbreaks to overcome. That while we see the success of people we do not see the countless failures and difficulties that they have had to overcome to get to where they are.

My advise is that you look at your life and make it better and that you go forward knowing your future is what you make it and it is not greener elsewhere. Walk in your shoes and with confidence daily.

Onwards!
Dh

Thought of the Week- Do The Right Thing

In the aftermath of Tropical Storm Harvey we saw the innate good of people as the country, the government and others around the world rallied to offer assistance and help. Unfortunately, we also witnessed the dark side of humanity. Reports came in that severe price gorging was taking place. In one instance a convenience store operator was selling a pack of bottled water for ninety nine dollars and in other instances gas at almost ten dollars a gallon.  Just think of it, people fleeing to safety and encounter this type of behavior.

I like the quote that you should never let a crisis go by but never would I think to take advantage of the distressed.

As leaders we have a responsibility to set the tone and standard for others to follow. We live in a free world and people do have the right to choose but that works both ways.

When we see such outrageous actions we have a choice to do business with people who support our way of living and also choose to not buy from companies that take advantage of others.

Always strive to do the right thing even when people are not watching and you will be on the right path to succeed.

Onwards!
Dh

Thought of the Week- Stop Talking. Start Doing

It seems to me that in business and life more people seem to have an axe to grind and with social media a platform to get their message out.

It also appears that there is a lot of talk about making things better and not a lot of action is actually being taken in making things better.

We should all review and identify the things that are important to us and then put down on paper how we are going to make these priorities actionable on a daily basis.

Focus on the important things daily. Don’t get caught up in the small stuff and stop talking and start doing. Results not rhetoric is key.

Onwards!
Dh

Thought of the Week- Say Sorry

We have all made mistakes. Speaking for myself, at times in the past 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.looking back this was definitely an growth opportunity area. Both excuses are really no excuse.

I would have been better to have just genuinely owned whatever the “it” was 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 and say you are sorry. A few small words but ones that can have enormous impact. Don’t let pride or ego get in the way. There are no do overs in life but the most important lesson is that you learn from your experiences and evolve. If you do this then you can modify future behavior and be a better future you. After all, the goal is that we continuously improve.

Onwards!
Dh

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