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081: Bill Dann: My inadequacies led to him being crushed

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081: Bill Dann: My inadequacies led to him being crushed

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Bill Dann Show Notes

Bill Dann was working for a native Alaskan run organization. The Board of Directors put a lot of pressure on Bill to replace himself with an Alaskan native, since it was the purpose of the organization. Bill hired a young leader and unfortunately he was put into a situation that he was not prepared for. He got creamed. Bill has never forgiven himself for that. Listen to Bill talk about the lesson he learn and how it can help you to move onward and upward faster.

Bill was born and raised in Los Angeles, California as the fourth of four kids whose father was an attorney in the motion picture industry.
After High School Bill went off to the University of his Forefathers, Cornell. There he obtained both his undergraduate and then graduate degree in Business and Public Administration with an emphasis in Health.

While at Cornell, a recruiter from the Indian Health Service encouraged him to fulfill his military commitment by serving on a “nice warm Indian reservation”. Which ended up being Alaska. After 2 years, he was offered an opportunity to go to Nome, Alaska for 3 months to start a corporation whose purpose was to demonstrate new models of health care delivery and to give Alaska Natives greater control over their lives. It lasted more than 3 years.

There Bill created an organization made up of workers, many of whom were new to healthcare and to work. It was truly a challenge. This led to a lifelong fascination with how to get individuals and organizations to be all that they can be.

After teaching management for six summers at the Boston University School of Public Health Bill was convinced that his experience in Nome had taught him universal principles about why and how people. So in 1981, he started a consulting firm which became Professional Growth Systems which continues today as his principal activity.

As the author of Creating High Performers – 7 Questions to Ask Direct Reports, Bill’s commitment as both a consultant and a writer is to enable individuals to achieve their full potential and fulfillment from work.

Bill currently lives in Anchorage, Alaska with his beautiful Siberian Yupik bride Jenny of 40 years. He also has one son and now two wonderful grandchildren.

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“Work is a major source of satisfaction or dissatisfaction in our lives.” -Bill Dann Click to Tweet

“Everybody has their own definition of work-life balance.” -Bill Dann Click to Tweet 

“You’re not going to be successful in your personal life if you’re not feeling successful at work.” -Bill Dann Click to Tweet 

“We’re driven by factors focusing on numbers without understanding the elements to get them.” -Bill Dann Click to Tweet 

“Strategy is important but execution will trump strategy.” -Bill Dann Click to Tweet 

“A well-executed inferior strategy will outperform a great strategy not executed well.” -Bill Dann Click to Tweet 

“The most challenging things in our lives is relationship.” -Bill Dann Click to Tweet 

“It’s rare that we’re able to get to a situation where we’re really honest with one another.” -Bill Dann Click to Tweet 

“Leadership is two domains – strategy and how do I get the best out of my people.” -Bill Dann Click to Tweet 

“It’s the responsibility of the employee to show up with motivation.” -Bill Dann Click to Tweet 

“There are two types of (people) problems – won’t do and can’t do.” -Bill Dann Click to Tweet 

“The people with won’t do problems will try to get it defined as can’t do.” -Bill Dann Click to Tweet 

“People in leadership positions have trouble with confronting the truth.” -Bill Dann Click to Tweet 

“If you’re choosing not to perform at your highest level, are you really happy about that?” -Bill Dann Click to Tweet 

“Most job descriptions are of little value; they don’t serve a leadership function.” -Bill Dann Click to Tweet 

“People deserve to have clarity, coaching and the training they need to be successful.” -Bill Dann Click to Tweet 

“Respect for other people and belief in them is not sufficient, you have to train and coach them.” -Bill Dann Click to Tweet 

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Hump to Get Over

Bill Dann was working for a native Alaskan run organization. The Board of Directors put a lot of pressure on Bill to replace himself with an Alaskan native, since it was the purpose of the organization. Bill hired a young leader and unfortunately he was put into a situation that he was not prepared for. He got creamed. Bill has never forgiven himself for that. Listen to Bill talk about the lesson he learn and how it can help you to move onward and upward faster.

Advice for others

Don’t be intimidated by those with a lot of authority or a lot of success.

Holding him back from being an even better leader

How to effectively hold people accountable.

Best Leadership Advice Received

Respect for other people and belief in them is not sufficient, you have to do the hard work of training and coaching them.

Secret to Success

Respect for other people’s point of view and ideas and not having to have the solution be my own.

Best tools that helps in business or Life

A strategic planning tool that brings people together and holds them accountable.

Recommended Reading

Managing Corporate Lifecycles – Volume 1: How Organizations Grow, Age & Die

Creating High Performers: 7 Questions to Ask Your Direct Reports

Contacting Bill

Website: http://www.professionalgrowthsystems.com

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/william-dann-4037b8

Twitter: https://twitter.com/arcticwill

Resources

54 Emotional Intelligence (EQ) Competencies List: Emotional Intelligence has proven to be the right kind of intelligence to have if you want to move onward and upward faster. Get your free list today.


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Your Fast Leader Show host is Jim Rembach. Jim is a panel expert with the Customer Experience Professionals Association (CXPA) and spent many years in contact center operations and leverages this to help others. He is a certified Emotional Intelligence (EQ) practitioner, Certified Employee Retention Specialist, Certified Better Place to Work Expert, and frequently quoted industry expert.