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026: Dave Rendall: I was in trouble my whole life

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026: Dave Rendall: I was in trouble my whole life

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Dave Rendall Show Notes

Dave Rendall was in college and was asked by his resident director if he was going to sign up to be a resident assistant. Thinking he was the reason resident assistants existed Dave failed to see that he was a good candidate. His resident director then became the first person to tell Dave that what he sees as weaknesses are actually his strengths. This was a major breakthrough for Dave that started him on the path to seeing goodness where everyone else had only seen badness which set a new course for his life. Listen to Dave’s story about how you can amplify yourself and get over the hump.

David Rendall started life as a pigeon-toed baby in Milwaukee. When he was eleven years old, his parents sent him to school with patches in his pants. He decided this was unacceptable, so he began collecting aluminum cans from dumpsters and got a job delivering newspapers at five o’clock every morning. Since then he has been a stock boy, lawn boy, caddie, painter, janitor, tutor, resident assistant, job coach, supervisor, nonprofit manager and senior executive.

He’s hyperactive, loud and rebellious. He’s also too idealistic and bad at managing details. All of these weaknesses have helped him succeed as a speaker, leadership professor, stand-up comedian and endurance athlete.

During the last fifteen years he has spoken to audiences on every inhabited continent. His clients include the United States Air Force and the Australian Government, as well as companies in the Fortune 50, such as AT&T and State Farm.

Early in his career, he managed nonprofit enterprises that provided employment for people with disabilities. He has more than twenty years of experience leading people and organizations. David has a doctor of management degree in organizational leadership, as well as a graduate degree in psychology.

He is the author of three books:

Dave currently resides in Pikeville, NC with his wife and three daughters.

Tweetable Quotes and Mentions

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“What a lot of folks think are weaknesses are actually strengths.” -Dave Rendall Click to Tweet

“The things that people think are wrong with us are actually the best things about us.” -Dave Rendall Click to Tweet

“Deviance will always generate external pressures to conform.” R. Quinn by Dave Rendall Click to Tweet

“We’re afraid to stick out, so we try to fit in.” -Dave Rendall Click to Tweet

“What makes us weird, makes us wonderful.” -Dave Rendall Click to Tweet

“What makes us weak, also makes us strong.” -Dave Rendall Click to Tweet 

“What if my biggest weaknesses we’re also my biggest strengths?” -Dave Rendall Click to Tweet 

“Instead of me trying to force myself to fit in, how can I start finding the right fit?” -Dave Rendall Click to Tweet

“What if I listen for criticism and start to look at what the upside of that might be?” -Dave Rendall Click to Tweet

“There’s an upside for every down side.” -Dave Rendall Click to Tweet

“Where can I get rewarded for being who I am instead of being punished?” -Dave Rendall Click to Tweet

“Great leaders make other people great.” -Dave Rendall Click to Tweet

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Hump to Get Over

Dave Rendall was always told he needed to be quite, sit still and do what he was told. Dave was led to believe he was bad and had several weaknesses that he had to overcome. Then when Dave was in college and was asked by his resident director if he was going to sign up to be a resident assistant. Thinking he was the reason resident assistants existed Dave failed to see that he was a good candidate. His resident director then became the first person to tell Dave that what he sees as weaknesses are actually his strengths. This was a major breakthrough for Dave that started him on the path to seeing goodness where everyone else had only seen badness which set a new course for his life. Listen to Dave’s story and it’s sure to help you to move onward and upward faster.

Advice for others

Ask yourself, “What if my biggest weaknesses we’re also my biggest strengths, what would life be like?” And “How instead of me trying to force myself to fit in, how can I start to find the right fit?”

Holding him back from being an even better leader

To find better and better partnerships with better and better people.

Best Leadership Advice Received

Mark Twain Quote – “Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.”

Secret to Success

Being myself. Trusting myself. Tapping into my motivation.

Best Resources in business or Life

Constant learning.

Recommended Reading

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Contacting with Dave Rendall

Website: drendall.com

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/daverendall

Twitter: https://twitter.com/daverendall

More Resources

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About the Author:

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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.