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Thought of the Week – Trust me, I got this!

Things get difficult and they always seem to when least expected. When these events happen the words you want to hear from your team and those that rally around you in your time of need are “trust me, I got this” and not the words “ I’ll try my best but if the heat gets too much I’m out of here”.

Even more crucial is that these words are not merely rhetorical. That these words turn in to a declaration of trust and commitment to stand by you through thick and thin, fire, winter storms and all other turbulence imagined.

Make sure that you can never be accused of using rhetoric over results and fleeing when inconvenient. It is axiomatically true that “abandonment” is never one wants to have on their virtual resume. Instead, make sure that when your team, family or friends are in need that you stand tall and committed. That they are comforted knowing that your words never ring hollow.

Take a moment and reflect that when you proclaim the words “trust me, I got this” that you can always be counted on to deliver. That will be a great lasting testament of your character and trait that will see others wanting to work with you and for you.

Onwards!
Dh

 

Thought of the Week – Staying Positive While Fighting Battles

More often than not it seems that we are constantly in defense mode fighting battles and dealing with the upheaval that comes with it. Some of the battles are big, others small. Some people relish battles but the majority less so. After all, many battles consume time and all in some way drain energy. We have all seen and recognize that look of anguish on the face of a friend, colleague or family member going through their own personal battle.

When embroiled in your personal battle it is critical to remember that you are not alone. That this too will pass. When things get too much always take a breath. Count to ten and fight hard to not lash out. Compounding your moment in the barrel with other later regrets of not handling the current battle well only serves to prolong your time under siege.

If you are fortunate enough to not have any current battles don’t judge others who may be going through their own personal war. Have a little empathy and take this as an opportunity to demonstrate your understanding.

In essence use these moments as a way to make those around you better. Now that’s a great way to staying positive while fighting battles.

Onwards!
Dh

Thought of the Week – Staying Positive While Fighting Battles

More often than not it seems that we are constantly in defense mode fighting battles and dealing with the upheaval that comes with it. Some of the battles are big, others small. Some people relish battles but the majority less so. After all, many battles consume time and all in some way drain energy. We have all seen and recognize that look of anguish on the face of a friend, colleague or family member going through their own personal battle.

When embroiled in your personal battle it is critical to remember that you are not alone. That this too will pass. When things get too much always take a breath. Count to ten and fight hard to not lash out. Compounding your moment in the barrel with other later regrets of not handling the current battle well only serves to prolong your time under siege.

If you are fortunate enough to not have any current battles don’t judge others who may be going through their own personal war. Have a little empathy and take this as an opportunity to demonstrate your understanding.

In essence use these moments as a way to make those around you better. Now that’s a great way to staying positive while fighting battles.

Onwards!
Dh

Thought of the Week – Keeping the Plates Spinning!

Thought of the Week- Keeping the Plates Spinning

Our lives are hectic. Challenges pop up by the hour and out of nowhere. Priorities pile up and time crunches intensify with veracity, frequency and significance.

The challenge we face as leaders and in life is a simple but at the same time a multi complex one. How do we keep all the plates spinning while making stress levels manageable and life productive?

The most important thing that we all need to recognize is that we can not do everything by ourselves. As the saying goes; it takes a village to raise a child. The same can be said about running a business.

We need a motivated, aligned and energized team. To do this delegation is critical. It is one of our biggest and most important lessons. We need others to be empowered to be able to help keep all plates spinning to a fruitful landing.

Moving forward, make sure that you are always enlisting help and not trying a solo act. Make plate spinning your best team sport. It will serve you well.

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Onwards!
Dh

Thought of the Week- Honor

The totally unacceptable should never become the acceptable. You need to instill a code of ethics, of conduct that is never pierced by systemic or single bad practices that go unchecked. You have to make sure that your culture is such that you are all doing the right things when you know no one is looking and swiftly addressing issues that do surface. Hiding issues is never the best solution, exposing to daylight is the best medicine and make for the best path forward.

In our world today we frequently hear about leaders that demonstrate a lack of integrity or any sense of honor. Even when caught doing wrong many of these leaders simply deny wrongdoing and continue with business as usual. The time has come for us to say “enough”. Just because we might hear “that’s how it has always been done” or “look what that person did or said” it doesn’t mean that underhanded or wrong actions should be tolerated and allowed to continue. There are many truly honorable people out there. We must demand honorable actions from everyone and not settle for less.

We all make mistakes and do bone headed things but I am not talking about those missteps. I am talking about dishonorable practices that allow others to harm or be harmed.

Make a practice of doing the right thing even when people are not watching and you will be on the right track. Bring honor in to your everyday practices.

Onwards!
Dh

Thought of the Week- Don’t Punch Down

As a leader and more importantly as a human being never punch down. Never use your authority, position or circumstance to hurt others and punch down just because you can.

Instead, moving forward, use your position to be a force for good and make a difference. Look for ways where you can aid and abet others to be better and happy in their life’s.

This week think of ways of how you can enable people to succeed. Set out specific goals to achieve your “do good” goal and track your progress monthly. One of the best feelings in the world is to see others succeed and knowing you played a role is priceless.

Onwards!
Dh

Thought for the Week – Look for The Good

 

At times it feels that our outlook on life is too pessimistic. Often times the glass is seen as empty and the reality is that the glass is full. So often we take a call or go to a meeting and we are bombarded literally with problems big and small. The whole discussion seemingly revolving around what people are doing wrong and on the negatives.

As leaders we need to change the tone, tenor and trajectory of discussions. We need to be going out of our way and look for the good that is going on around us and leave the cynicism to the talking heads, late night hosts and social media trolls. We have an obligation to lead and in the manner that fosters a positive culture. To go out of our way daily to acknowledge those bringing solutions to problems. Celebrate what a person or team is doing to make things better. The more we focus and put a spotlight on the positive the more the organization will pick up on this and morph accordingly.

Moving forward, catch people and celebrate people doing good and you will be wonderfully surprised with the outcome. Make looking for the good a weekly goal and watch the organizations optimism grow and good things happen.

Onwards!
Dh

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Thought of the Week- Be a Disruptor

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