Thought of the Week- Courage

IMG_0137Courage in life and business is an essential component that separates the great from the good and also rans. Having the courage to take on challenges and find new ways to win often times through a difficult path is clearly important.

However, the courage I am talking about in this instance is one level deeper than this, it is about a stronger element; it’s about internal courage. Have you the courage to stand up and fight for the things that are important to you even in the face of fierce confrontation and limited initial support or do you sell out for safety? I speak from firsthand experience that my biggest successes have occurred from situations where the outcome was not clearly seen by the majority and I had the internal courage to face head on.

In those moments do you melt like an ice cream cone in the afternoon sun or do you remain composed, focused, convicted and rational about your beliefs? Do you have internal fortitude and courage to defend your position and convert doubters. That’s the courage that will separate you. Take a few moments and lost out what you believe in and then put together a plan to make it happen.

Onwards!
Dh

 

* Original posting on LinkedIn

Thought of the Week – Embrace Mistakes

I know it sounds strange, almost counterintuitive at first, to embrace your mistakes. To be clear I don’t mean to go out there and recklessly make mistakes. The reality is most of us strive for perfection and this places a premium on always being right. However, I believe that trying to be perfect limits a person as life is about trial and error.

For years I feared making mistakes that it would show weakness but I was wrong as you carry unnecessary stress around. I learned that when you truly go for things and get uncomfortable is when you truly evolve. Embrace making developmental mistakes with the knowledge that you only fail so many times before you master the specific task. You are a better and more prepared person. In essence the more controlled mistakes you make the more evolved you are becoming. Step off your virtual ledge of comfort and grow.

 

* First published on LinkedIn

Thought of the Week- It’s Bigger than You!

How do you measure self worth as a business leader? Is it profitability? Company respect? Personal accolades? Market position? All at times can be important but the true measure of a great leader is what you leave behind. Have you left an indelible mark for good? For me, it is not about how successful I am as the leader. It’s about how successful I can help make others? Make developing others a passion and the results will be endless. You will build a legacy and not a few years of individual success.

Onwards! dh

* Published first on LinkedIn

Thought of the Week- Move Forward

There is nothing to be gained by looking back with regrets. We make multiple decisions by the hour and we don’t even realize it. Most of the decisions are rooted out of habit to a certain event or situation. Due to this autopilot mode mistakes are made. Thankfully most will have no consequence but some unfortunately will.

The past is our best teacher only if you can admit what’s true. When you do this you will move forward in confidence, better prepared, and evolve in to a stronger frame of being.

Onwards!
Dh

* Published first on Linked In

Willpower

At times we are all challenged and feel like nothing we do is working. Below is an insightful article on willpower from a Navy Seal that will absolutely help you in those difficult times.

Want to Develop Incredible Willpower and Mental Toughness? A Navy SEAL Says Always Do This

From Success, a Flipboard magazine by Inc Magazine

Persistence isn’t just something you’re born with. You can also develop willpower, especially when you make…

Read it on Flipboard

Read it on inc.com

 

Enjoy!

dh

 

It’s Not About You!

How do you measure self worth as a business leader? Is it Profitability? Company respect? Personal accolades? Market position? All at times can be important but the true measure of a great leader is what you leave behind. Have you left an indelible mark for good? For me, it is not about how successful I am as the leader. It’s about how successful I can help make others? Make developing others a passion and the results will be endless. You will build a legacy and not a few years of success.

Ten Lessons From Albert Einstein

Below is the link to ten lessons from Albert Einstein that are truly eye opening. Deploy and you will see material personal growth.

10 Life Lessons From Albert Einstein That Will Blow Your Mind Wide Open

From H, a Flipboard magazine by H.M. Karauseinov

Everyone is familiar with the work of Albert Einstein, and he has long been regarded as one of the greatest scientists in…

Read it on Flipboard

Read it on hackspirit.com

 

Enjoy!

dh

 

Celebrate Not Shutdown Different Perspectives

How many times have we heard that we make better decisions by exploring different points of view, celebrating diversity of thought, holding listening sessions and simply being open to others ideas. However, like many things we do not always practice what we preach.

It never ceases to amaze me how emotional we can become on certain issues but at other times shrug off much more meaningful incidents without a thought.

Selective outrage is something we must guard against and not allow group think or herd mentality to take hold. Misguided moral authority and the shutting down of discussion without the opportunity to have civil disclosure and a meaningful conversation is simply muzzling and draining out one of the key tenets our country was founded on; freedom of speech.

This week, there was a great illustration of this at work. There was outrage aimed against a couple in Portland who would not participate in a ceremony for a gay couple. The clients were being served like all others but they hold deeply religious beliefs and declined from participating in the ceremony itself. When is it right to impose our will on people, unless it is of a serious safety issue or a legal offense. The level of vile posts and contempt for this baker couple is out of control. Now pivot to Chicago where this year alone there as been a new record number of our citizens killed in the inner city.

We have to start caring about the big things that we need to solve and not get involved in local disputes. We have to raise above the nonsense and the constant self manufactured outrages. At times it appears that causes are looking for problems to magnify and amplify their plight and do so at increasingly any cost.

How can it possibly be that the outrage against this baker couple is 100 fold the coverage given to Chicago. We should be exercising our first amendment rights and demanding a solution to issues like Chicago. We have to guard against selective moral outrage and concentrate on solving big issues. We as a country need to raise above the petty and work on making a positive difference. Solving the big issues like Chicago should be a daily focus. There needs to be a visible plan and one where the country can all galvanize and help to solve.

We all can help this by not commenting on others hurtful posts that only provide greater oxygen and most times are not supported by the appropriate facts. Yes, You can be offended but outraged beyond belief I think not. We need to put things in to appropriate context and ask yourself if you made a decision to stand by your moral beliefs that this how you would like to be treated? I hope not.

Over the next few weeks I will be taking this line of thinking in to the business world and be posting a series of articles encompassing my thoughts. I will be challenging my own evolution of thought and explore if in business we are focusing on the big things that make a difference or playing small ball around the fringes. Are we being inclusive and getting the best out of the entire organization are or we shutting people down and not allowing for new idea to blend in with the old. like in all aspects of life we need to evolve and become better than the day before.

Onwards!
Dh

Do The Right Thing

IMG_0626Too much nonsense going on lately. Simple concept for us all to grasp; do the right thing.

 

Onwards!

dh

 

* Originally published on LinkedIn

Thought of the Week- Have Courage

So many times we are our own fiercest barrier to success. Have the courage to face down your fears and see how you soar. No more procrastination. Onwards! dh

* First published in LinkedIn