What’s up Kaizenovators, happy Tuesday Two Minute Drill. Today’s topic of conversation is engagement with empathy. For so many years early and even kind of midway through my leadership journey, I would deal with really challenging and troubling times, and a dictator-like approach. And when things didn’t go well, I would even react with discipline, a disciplinary tone.
Don’t Be a Dictator
You probably know that approach does not work, so I will share it with you. Not only does it kill relationships with your team members, but it also kills the entire culture of the organization.
What I have learned through many failures, trials, tribulations, lots of reading, lots of learning, and lots of mentoring from some great coaches like Jeff Lecher, is that the most important thing I can do is engage with my team with empathy.
When you hire the right people, in the right seats, doing the right work in the right way, at the right time. When there are challenging times that are occurring, they are suffering just like you are. It is our role as leaders to engage with them with empathy.
How does that help? Well, first and foremost, it helps them understand where they are coming from, and what they are dealing with at that moment. Two, what that does, is build a stronger connection with you as a leader and help them feel safe. Three, all of that helps to provide a culture of problem-solving, the ability to not worry as much, and focus on solving the problems at hand.
Again, I highly recommend that when you are dealing with challenging times in your business or your practice, engage with your team with empathy, understand where they are coming from, connect with them, and then make sure that you focus on the solutions at hand and have as much fun as you can. That will also lighten the mood and help you engage your team in the most meaningful way possible.
That is this week’s Two Minute Drill. Have a great week.
What’s up Kaizenovators, happy Tuesday Two Minute Drill. Hannah, you may have seen her in a couple of other Two Minute Drills here at the vet in Arlington Virginia. About 10 days ago we found a soft tumor on her paw, a little bit fixed about the size of a candied-covered Almond. That brings today’s topic of conversation palpating your pets.
Check Your Pets Regularly
We took Hannah the next day to get her needle biopsy done and it came back positive for mast cell cancer. I did not even know that dogs could get skin cancer, but apparently, they can. Mast cell cancer is one of the most common types of skin cancer that dogs can get. When found early it is typically curable, but when found late it becomes much more challenging as with any other cancer.
One of the things that we have done with our dogs ever since they were puppies is constantly palpating them, feeling them, squeezing them, checking under the skin, the subcutaneous tissues, and their paws just regularly. Because of that, it made it much easier to find this tumor and have it addressed. Today, Hannah will have the two middle toes of her rear left paw removed. Hopefully, there will be clean margins and therefore it’s expected to be mostly curative if not completely curative. If there are no clean margins around the excision site, then more aggressive treatment is needed, either radiation or possibly leg amputation. This is pretty serious business.
Again, I am going to encourage all of you pet owners. I don’t care if you have got a dog, a cat, a turtle, or whatever you have, make sure that you are palpating them and checking them regularly because early detection can truly save their lives. I know you can send lots of love and wishes to this beautiful baby girl. I will keep you guys posted on her progress.
That is this week’s Two Minute Drill. Have a great week.
What’s up Kaizenovators, happy Tuesday Two Minute Drill. Today’s topic of conversation is connection. I am here at Georgetown University to teach master’s students about complementary and alternative medicine. It is always a great time, these young minds are just ready to take on the world.
Strengthen Your Connection
Being on campus makes me think a lot about the connections that I built while I was in college, many years ago. In fact, I was really lucky because this past weekend I got to spend almost 48 hours with some of my closest friends from college, and the connection and being together was phenomenal. For me, the connection that I felt with these guys might have been as strong as I’ve ever experienced. I believe part of the reason is that I have a stronger connection to myself. I have a stronger understanding of what makes me tick and the areas where I want to learn how to improve and grow as a human being.
As I told you in one of my Two Minute Drills way back in October when my parents were diagnosed with COVID and I was going through a lot of stress, I was going to start exploring some mental health options and get some counseling, and I’ve done that. I’ve been doing it now for the past 10 months. It’s made a huge difference for me, understanding how my upbringing and my experiences growing up has shaped my thoughts and shaped my behaviors, and because of that, I’ve gained a greater understanding and connection to myself, I’m able to have a much greater connection to the people that are in my life. That has and is going to continue to make a big difference for me.
So I encourage you to strengthen your connection with yourself through counseling or otherwise so that you can continue to strengthen your connection with others because isn’t that what life is about?
that’s this week’s Two Minute Drill. Have a great week and see you all on Thursday for this month’s webinar around metrics.
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What’s up Kaizenovators, happy Tuesday Two Minute Drill. Today’s topic of conversation is being aware of and considering our mortality. I’m here in Washington, DC, right in front of the congressional cemetery. Lots of famous folks are buried here, like John Philip Sousa the composer, Cokie Roberts the journalist, as well as J.Edgar Hoover, the director of the FBI for many years, also buried here, vice president Supreme court justice and other members of Congress who are laid to rest.
Am I making the most of my time here on earth?
The reason why I’m here today, and the reason why we’re talking about being aware of and considering our mortality is because last weekend at FCA national, I taught a few courses. As part of those courses, I was teaching how to develop a stoic mindset. A stoic mindset can help us get through life in a way that’s much more productive and positive than if we don’t develop some of these skills.
One way to develop a stoic mindset is to consider and be aware of our mortality. This is really relevant because last week, one of my very best friends, Larry, who was also a guest on a TMD not too long ago, lost one of his friends who were 51 years old and died of a stroke. One day he’s alive. The next day he has a stroke and the next day the family decides to take him off of life support. Life is fragile!
I want you to ask yourself a really important question. Am I making the most of my time here on earth? We all know what’s limited. We all know the clock is ticking and we don’t know exactly when that clock stops to run. I want you to ask yourself, am I making the most of my time here? And if you’re not making the most of your time here, what must be true in order to change that starting today? I know it sounds cliche, and I know you’ve heard it before, but I really want you to think about this question, answer it, and take the steps to make the most of your life.
Do what you can to be safe, do what you can to be healthy, and make the most of your time with yourself, your friends and your family.
That’s this week’s Two Minute Drill. Love you all. Have a great week.
What’s up Kaizenovators, happy Tuesday Two Minute Drill. It’s football season, we are back! We had a couple of pre-season pro games, we have got Cal Football right around the corner, and I’m getting into all the hype, which brings today’s topic of conversation, competitive stamina.
Have Competitive Stamina
I recently watched coach Ryan Day, the head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes, talking about the importance of teaching his team, competitive stamina, staying in the game, mentally, staying in the game, physically, and being tough, mentally being tough physically.
We as business owners can learn from that. We have challenges every single day in running our companies. The idea that we can stay competitive and have that stamina, that grit, and that perseverance is important to our success.
How do we build that competitive stamina? first and foremost, it’s about having the right mindset, staying positive, and facing the brutal facts so when things don’t go well, you acknowledge them and know that you can take steps to fix those issues. You can also learn from those mistakes and the fixes that you implemented in order to ensure that it doesn’t happen again. It is also really important that we teach our team competitive stamina, It’s not just about us as business leaders and owners, but we want to be able to teach our team the same thing.
If you want to be in the hall of fame like Walter Payton, or Jerry Rice, two of the best NFL players of all time, have competitive stamina.
I am also super excited about FCA this week! We’re bringing three new and exciting events this year. Click here to learn more about what’s happening at FCA!
That’s this week’s Two Minute Drill. I’ll see you all next week.
What’s up Kaizenovators, happy Tuesday Two Minute Drill. I’ve been having several conversations with loved ones and friends and family members about gratitude this past week. I even had experiences where I felt a deeper level of gratitude. This brings today’s topic of conversation, gratitude and charity.
Lend a Helping Hand
I had those deeper levels of gratitude when I saw people who were less fortunate than me, the guy on the street who was hungry and thirsty and needed some food and some water. Someone at the stoplight who held a sign and was not intrusive and needed a couple of bucks. Helping that man who was hungry and thirsty and helping that guy who needed maybe just a couple of bucks to get his next meal as well I felt a deeper level of gratitude.
I wanted to know what was the connection between gratitude and charity and in fact, having more gratitude, exploring gratitude, and having a journal of gratitude actually changes your ventromedial prefrontal cortex, and helps you be more charitable. I don’t know which is first the chicken to the egg, it was really kind of hard for me to discern, but I will tell you this when I see those who are less fortunate than me and I provide some support, some help, it just gives me a deeper level of gratitude.
I encourage you guys to try that. When you see someone who may be less fortunate, lend a helping hand, and see what you can do to help that person. You will help them and I believe you will help yourself at the same time.
So that’s this week’s Two Minute Drill. I hope you guys have a great week and I’ll see y’all next week.