Thought of the Week – JOMO

Earlier in my business career I was introduced to the concept of bigger, fewer, better and have tried to honor that line of thinking in life.

From my perspective it is impossible to try and do everything or see everything but then came along FOMO; the fear of missing out syndrome that encourages never missing out and actually plants a seed in your mind that every moment of every day we are missing out. To me that is like keeping up with Jones’s thinking and leads to unhappiness and fosters anxiety. It creates activity but no focus. It also fuels the insistent need to always be connected.

So, my thought of the week is I’m getting back to my bigger, fewer, better mindset and celebrating JOMO; the Joy Of Missing Out. It’s okay to not do everything or be everything. Focus on the things that make you and your company special. Be authentic. Be happy in what you are and not on what others are doing. I hope you can celebrate JOMO as well.

Onwards!
Dh

Thought of the Week- Shake It Off

This week I had a long, deep discussion with an executive who is having a problem with her reputation and in particular some unwanted articles on social media. Her assessment was that this was going to have a significant negative impact on her future career opportunities. My Initial thought is who among us has not done something that they are not proud of? I believe that list would be a very, very short one.

However, after digging a little deeper this executive had really done no wrong. In fact, the executive in question has had a stellar record of success running several large organizations.

The issue is that upon leaving her last post a few misinformed reporters had actually wrote less than flattering and even less accurate articles. The facts were not presented accurately and now the executive feels that she needs to defend this in every interview since.

My suggestion for this executive, and all leaders in general, is to get ahead of any incident and plainly state what happened, what you learned and how you have improved.

By far, the biggest piece of advice is that we all need to develop a “shake it off” mentality and move forward in confidence. Ultimately, we all need to be evaluated on our total book of work and not on an isolated incident. No one can be successful by carrying their past mistakes real or perceived. We need to learn from them and move on as better people. Revisiting your worse moments is totally unnecessary and counterproductive to your advancement.

To paraphrase Winston Churchill “ Success is not final, failure is not fatal, what matters is that you move forward with courage and confidence”.

So shake it off and move on.

Onwards!
Dh

Thought of the Week – A Winning Strategy

A winning strategy is running on your record. Highlighting The good you are doing, along with the positives of what your future initiatives are going to achieve. It is never a time to simply scream what your competitors are not doing or simply being against what they stand for. So often we have allowed sordid political practices with their negative messages to enter the business arena. From my perspective this has a debilitating impact that breeds mediocrity, ill-will and divisiveness.

My suggestion would be to line your organization up along the lines of where you are the best and the positives you bring. Leave the negative messages to the organizations that are simply too lazy to do the hard work. Stand for something and make your case. That’s a winning strategy.

Onwards!
Dh

Thought of the Week – Rise Up

 

We have all failed. Except for a small minority of us we have also all at times given up. The strong don’t always win. The nimble neither. The best sometimes win. The ones with the most conviction and commitment most always win. They simply endure and outlast the competition.

Remember when it gets tough; Rise Up. When you are fatigued and do not think you can take one more step; Rise Up. When you get knocked off your feet and are flat on your back and winded; Rise Up. When you are staring defeat on the face; Rise Up. When keyboard cowards attack you; Rise Up.

Your journey will not always be smooth. The seas will get choppy. Your supporters at times will flee and leave you alone and isolated but it is paramount in these precarious moments that you stand tall, fight down your fears and Rise Up and snatch victory.

Onwards!
Dh

Thought of the Week-Life’s About To Get Great!

 

Our thoughts shape our actions and state of mind. Therefore the power of positive thinking should never be underestimated or underused. The following quote from Eleanor Roosevelt underscores the importance of positive thinking, “one thing I believe profoundly: we make our own history.”

Conditioning your mind like we do the body with exercise and diet is essential in setting you up for success. We all have to work to keep negative thoughts from shaping our thoughts and pulling us down. Instead feed your mind with positive thoughts and see how it nourishes you and others around you.

Moving forward, try waking up every morning and starting your day off by looking in to the mirror and confidently reciting “life’s about to get great” and while you are at it thanking the people who are positive forces in your life. Take this thinking in to your work life and see how you are in charge of creating your history. More importantly you see the good in your life more clearly and you feel good in the process. Then go confidently and create your own history.

Onwards!
Dh

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