Thought for the Week – Look for The Good

 

At times we and those around us are just too pessimistic. Sometimes 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 revolves around what people are doing wrong.

As leaders we need to change the tone, tenor and subject matter. We need to be going out of our way and looking for the good that is going on around us. Acknowledge those bringing solutions to problems. What is 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.

Catch people and celebrate people doing good and you will be wonderfully surprised with the outcome. Make this a weekly goal and watch the organizations optimism grow.

Onwards!
Dh

Thought of the Week – Honesty Matters

Right now in our lives honesty matters more than ever. If you watch the news on any given day it is difficult to distinguish the truth from fiction. We see our political leaders vehemently argue that their version of the truth is the accurate one while the opposition screams from the top of their lungs that of course their version of the truth is obviously the truth. How can we allow this to continue? We need to hold both leaders and the news media accountable for what they are saying. You can have your opinion but it is unacceptable to have your own version of the facts.

It is important in life and business to be honest. If we do not get the unvarnished truth without all of the exaggerations, wild accusations and sensationalism how can we expect to make informed and balanced decisions?

This is a key learning for us in the business world. Get the accurate facts no matter your beliefs or political flavor of choice. We don’t need hype, panic or hysteria. We also do not need lies, denial or head in the sand mentality. Instead be balanced. Be open minded and do not hype or distort reality to serve a hidden agenda. Clear eyed, identify the problems and develop plans to resolve them in a no nonsense, drama free environment.

Thought of the Week- Diminishing Expectations

 

From my vantage point we are not just allowing diminishing expectations to take root. We are actually shepherding in the decline like a protected, endangered species and going out of our ways in many instances to prop up underperformance. The aftermath of which is starting to have negative consequences on our most precise commodity; our future potential.

In recent times we have allowed the social justice warriors to wage war on all manner of subjects. It seems that no one is ignored and that everyone has the potential to be a victim. Point to a problem and they’ll show you who is to blame. The operative point here is that it is always someone else’s fault. In a lot of the cases a mirror would be a better tool to identify the problem.

For example we are allowed to scream about inequality but we are not talking honestly about education. After a safe environment to live, getting an education is the one number personal goal. Why are we not up in arms about our failing education system?

In today’s award for participation culture we are not differentiating between winners and trying. You don’t win things for trying. That should be expected. Anything less is not setting people up for success. Can you imagine the shock of a newly minted employee when they are not congratulated for turning up for work?

We demand healthcare for all, regardless of expense but we do not place any personal responsibility on maintaining a healthy lifestyle. We now are criticized for fat shaming if a persons choices are dared to be questioned. Personal responsibility is essential.

We read articles how everyone should be given a chance to succeed but it’s okay if you can not speak English. It is not okay and actually puts millions of people at risk.

Just this week Purdue University states that the word “man” should be stricken from your lexicon and if we were honest how many conversations have we had recently where we were told that we can not use certain words? It has reached the point of absurdity and we must say enough.

In business, we have to make sure that we are holding ourselves and our teams accountable and personally responsible. Play time is over and we have entered a serious part of life that the education phase is ever increasingly failing. It’s not okay to be uneducated, misinformed, lazy, have a negative attitude or not be able to effectively communicate. It is equally unacceptable to push view points that simply weaken our competitiveness and allow for underperformance. Neither of the above will set up anyone for success.

We have to make sure that social warriors for the concerned are not allowed to take root any further and infect our future prosperity. We need to reward, promote and develop talent that is in the game.

It is time to put a stop to diminishing expectations and make it a new day for personal accountability that delivers a brighter, healthier and more prosperous future for all. My feeling is a safe zone is a zone that is a performing zone and not one that allows for underperformed to flourish.

Please pass this on a help make this a reality.

Onwards!
Dh

Thought of the Week – Whatever it Takes

Many times I meet with people who want to know what was the thing that made a difference in my life or how did I succeed?

Like most things there is not a single thing to point to that made the difference. What I say is that I would always do whatever it takes to succeed. Of course, within legal and moral bounds. There was not a task too small or large, a call I would not make, a trip I would not take. I mean I did whatever it takes. I have flown halfway around the world more times than I care to remember for an hour meeting. People asked if I was crazy. I always thought I demonstrated what leadership was all about. I did whatever it takes.

Review your practices and give an honest assessment if you do whatever it takes to succeed?

Onwards!
Dh

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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. 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.

Yes, we all make mistakes and do bone headed things but I am not talking about being human. 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.

Onwards!
Dh

Thought of the Week – Self Care

Today we are inundated with issue after issue. The majority of these are social issues but they all bleed in to business.

We hear about child care, Medicare, and health care or lack there of. From my perspective, the greatest care one can have is self care. To me this is ones ability to solve their own problems. Creating jobs is the biggest driver of attaining self care and the driving component of that is having the appropriate education.

Having a job that pays well is critical. In business I am always focused on growth as this provides the organic opportunities for our workforce to prosper and fully practice self care.

Thought of the Week – Honesty Matters

Right now in our lives honesty matters more than ever. If you watch the news on any given day it is difficult to distinguish the truth from fiction. We see our political leaders vehemently argue that their version of the truth is the accurate one while the opposition screams from the top of their lungs that of course their version of the truth is obviously the truth. How can we allow this to continue? We need to hold both leaders and the news media accountable for what they are saying. You can have your opinion but it is unacceptable to have your own version of the facts.
This week in the tragic aftermath of the Florida school massacre where seventeen souls lost their lives we see that honesty is again being distorted. There are people out there that are disgustingly using this tragedy to move along their specific agenda. For the record, my opinion is that one death at a school is unacceptable however, honesty matters here also. We must lay out the accurate facts so that the best solutions to an issue can be found. Do we have a true epidemic on our hands, is there an incline in undiagnosed mental illness driving this that needs addressing or have we a few pure acts of evil?
Right now, the mainstream media is touting that there have been 18 school shootings year to date. The reality upon a truthful review of the facts, and laid out by accurately by MRC, there have been three incidents where an armed gunman with evil intent has entered an educational facility. A number far less than the media and politicians are recklessly touting. Even ONE killing is disgusting. There is no need to inflate the statistics to make a point. Honesty matters. Anything less demeans the moment.

It is important in life and business to be honest. If we do not get the unvarnished truth without all of the exaggerations, wild accusations and sensationalism how can we expect to make informed and balanced decisions?
This is a key learning for us in the business world. Get the accurate facts no matter your beliefs or political flavor of choice. Be balanced. Be open minded and do not hype or distort reality to serve a hidden agenda. Clear eyed, identify the problems and develop plans to resolve them in a no nonsense, drama free environment.

Finally, for full disclosure, I am not a member of the NRA and do not own a firearm. I do not have an agenda other than it is important that we have an honest and transparent debate.