Why I'm Taking My Online Presence to the Next Level - David DeWolf

6 Reasons I’m Taking My Online Presence to the Next Level (and Why You Should, Too)

Several months ago I committed to taking my online presence to the next level.  This was a deliberate decision and one that I didn’t take lightly.  Investing in building a platform requires a commitment of personal capital and time.  It also requires an emotional investment and a willingness to put yourself out there.

So why am I doing it?  Because to be an effective leader in today’s business world, it’s required. Here are 6 reasons why I’m convinced developing a strong online presence is the right thing for my business — and I’ll bet most of them apply to you as well.

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2 Life-Changing Mastermind Takeaways

2 Life-Changing Mastermind Takeaways

Have you ever had really a powerful experience?  Not an emotional experience, but a powerful experience, the kind of experience that as you look back, just might, be a turning point?

Last week I had the opportunity to participate in a mastermind session.  If you aren’t aware of what a mastermind is, I’d encourage you to look it up.  This was my first mastermind experience and I found it to be a powerful accelerator in my own personal and professional development.

This particular mastermind session was hosted by Michael Hyatt, Stu McLaren, and Amy Porterfield.  It was a one-day event that these three “Platform Masterminds” generously donated in order to help five of us take our personal platforms to the next level.  As I have reviewed my notes and contemplated my key takeaways, I have discovered three key things I learned that I believe just might impact the rest of my life.

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Why Being Frugal Might Cost You More than You Save

Eighteen months ago Teresa and I moved into our new home.  With five acres and a rather long driveway, I knew that there was no possible way for me to shovel out of any significant Virginia snow.

I decided to buy a John Deere Gator and a snow blade.  Considering the size of our property, I thought it would be prudent to spend the money on a utility vehicle that I could use to maintain the yard in the warm months and double as a plow when needed.

In hindsight, this was probably a pretty good strategy.  I’ve gotten plenty of usage out of my gator during the spring, summer, and fall months, and a snow blade is definitely the right tool for my driveway — a blower can cost just as much money and be less productive for a large drive like mine.

Unfortunately, my execution was poor.

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Technological Innovation Has Made Every Business a Digital Business

Technological Innovation Has Made Every Business a Digital Business

There was interesting announcement in the news recently about Howard Schultz, CEO of Starbucks, restructuring and reorganizing the business. I found it very interesting that he stated that he will spend more time personally involved in the digital strategy and innovation within Starbucks.

Starbucks has historically been known as a fairly innovative company. They’ve been leading the way in storefront properties with their mobile payments and the way they interact with their customers using software. Their use of digital and mobile means in their traditional business is forward-thinking and always has been.

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Trust and Leadership

Have you ever read Patrick Lencioni’s book The Five Dysfunctions of a Team? It’s a great read.

It discusses the five dysfunctions, or, to look at the flip side, the five areas of focus that leaders really need to dive into in order to make sure that they develop a high performance team.

A lot of books promote teamwork.  Every coach will preach it.  We’ve heard of the forming, storming, norming, and performing life cycle of a team. But so few people touch on how to actually promote teamwork. That’s because teamwork tends to be difficult and nebulous to attain.  It’s not as easy as just deciding to work together.

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Put It Out There: How to Get Closer to No Worries at Work

I’ve found that so often many leaders spend time stressing out or worrying about different things.

Maybe it’s a hard decision they have to make. Maybe it’s something that they worry about with somebody else. Maybe it’s a hard discussion that they have to have, a change. Maybe it’s something that’s unknown.

They keep these things to themselves, they ponder them, they stress out about them, and they worry.

I’ve found, over and over again, that the best thing to do is to put it out there. Go address the person. Go address the problem. Go be honest and open.

People love to know what you’re thinking. People desire the information. And people ultimately want to help solve problems.

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Creating Margin on the Fly for Work Life Balance

Things don’t always go as planned, and even when they do, there are times in our lives when we need to create margin.

Richard Swenson, M.D. describes margin in his book Margin: Restoring Emotional, Physical, Financial, and Time Reserves to Overloaded Lives as follows:

Margin is the space between our load and our limits. It is the amount allowed beyond that which is needed. It is something held in reserve for contingencies or unanticipated situations. Margin is the gap between rest and exhaustion, the space between breathing freely and suffocating.

If you’ve been paying attention, you have noticed that my blog has been a bit quiet lately.  Simply put, by ramping down my blogging, podcast (yikes, after only one episode), and social media efforts, I was able to create just enough extra time to keep my head above water over the past two weeks.

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