Fence-Sitting Is No Longer an Option

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Lead or Get Out of the Way. Simply Managing the Status Quo Is No Longer Acceptable.

People who play defense and avoid offense are nothing else than “leader-caretakers.” True leaders, despite the tumultuous times and forces swirling around them in this global age of disruption, constantly position themselves to boldly guide their organizations into the headwinds of change.

Outpacing change.

Leader-accelerators are the exceptional leaders of the 21st century. They think big and make great things happen in almost any circumstance. They are the “force-multipliers” and “architects” behind exceptional results.

The ability to survive, thrive and accelerate results, both individually and organizationally, is tied directly to the ability to outpace change in the external environment.

This truth is captured in two operating principles strongly at play in the modern marketplace.

  • The Today’s Age of Disruption principle: To win today, individuals and organizations must be able to change internally faster and more dynamically than the speed and magnitude of external change.
  • The Tomorrow’s Age of Disruption principle: To win tomorrow, individuals and organizations must create internal change capacity and capability faster than the rate of change projected to happen externally.

When the rate of change outside is more than what it is inside, be sure that the end is near. Irrelevance, and even extinction, is inevitable when leaders fail to heed age of disruption principles.

Thinking bigger.

As the world continues to spin at a faster rate, it is throwing off problems and opportunities at a higher rate in every days of our life. It is the leader-accelerators who can identify these problems and opportunities surrounding themselves and move forward with disruptive visions that can completely alter the landscape.

Today, simply managing the status quo is no longer acceptable for anyone. Whatever you are planning, whatever you are thinking, think faster and think bigger.

Choosing your strategy.

Today’s business leaders would be wise to disrupt rather than be disrupted. For these leader-accelerators, the “Change Before You Have To” approach is a better strategy than the “Change Because You Need To” response. By being proactive, by taking control of whatever could be thrown at them or happened in the future help them to avoid playing the game of business as accidental victim.

In this world of constant global disruption, being a “Caretaking Leader”, “Fence sitting” no longer is a viable option. Simply managing the status quo is no longer acceptable. Lead or Get Out of the Way. Simply managing the status quo is no longer acceptable. in today’s global economy, waiting for the winds to change or blow over, leaving everything the same as before is a recipe for disaster.

Lead or get out of the way.

Michel Ouellette JMD, ll.l, ll.m

Michel Ouellette JMD ll.l., ll.m.

Systemic Strategic Planning / Crisis & Reputation Management

Michel  is a former attorney, a Crisis & Reputation Management Expert, a Public Affairs & Corporate Communications Specialist, a Warrior for Common Sense and Free Speech.

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The 90 Days « Extreme You » Challenge

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Starting October 1st
A Radical Personal and Professional Transformation Project
Turning Your Life Around | How to Stay Relevant in a Fast-Changing World

 

When things are bad, it is the best time to reinvent yourself

Why waste valuable time?

What if you could instantly improve your life, step up, stand out and kick ass, bounce back from failures, speak your truth, embrace your quirks, and have a lot more fun along the way?

What if you could instantly change the focus of your company to be customer centered, operationally excellent, and results driven? What if that change organically grew from within?

What if it took only 90 days for you to see the results?

For years, I have been looking for ways to escape the vicissitudes of my life and to become Who I Always Wanted to Be, Who I Was Meant to Be.

For years, I always wanted to escape all the vaticinators of my life and stop believing in all their lies and egotistical and narcissistic aspirations. Unfortunately, for years, I have been living the dreams of my father, the dreams of my mother, the dreams of a malevolent society, the dreams of the churches, the priests, the false prophets of all confessions only to lose myself in all their lies, illusions and delusions.

I was not going anywhere and, today, I am still not going anywhere. Mea Culpa, Mea Culpa, Mea Culpa! I love a good challenge and it is now time to take personally charge of “My Life”. It is time to turn “My Life” around and be “The Person I Always Meant to Be and live “A Life of My Own”. Keep reading and see if you want to join me to share with me and the world the reason(s) why you wish to take the 90 Days “Extreme You” Challenge and tell me and the world everything about your roadblocks and progress.

It is “Now” time to do it. I have to do it!

Starting October 1st, I will be telling you more about the “Extreme You” 90 Days Challenge and I would love to share and hear from you. I would love to learn more about you, your personal concerns and challenges, about your own goals and dreams.

Subscribe to “The Empower Yourself “Extreme You” 90 Days Facebook Challenge Page to tell me more about you and learn more about the 90 Days “Extreme You Challenge” and how it could improve your life.

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Are the media more to blame than Trump for the white supremacist rhetoric surge?

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From Trump to Fox News to 8chan: the web of white supremacist rhetoric is wide

Since 16 June 2015, the day he rode an escalator down to the lobby of Trump Tower, Trump has made fear of immigrants and those who might look like immigrants, the central theme of his campaigns and his administrative priorities. Trump is a politician perfectly fitted for a media ecosystem that amplifies extreme emotions, resists complex or nuanced thought, impedes deliberation and allows the loud to drown out the calm. Regardless of his tweets and speeches, his actions have inspired and emboldened violent bigots.

It’s hard in the heat of the moment, in the face of so much suffering and horror, to look at the entire ecosystem that fosters and encourages such thought and action. There are no simple, straightforward causes for this phenomenon. There is no simple “solution”. There is not one distinct medium to blame. White nationalists are savvy about how they work our dynamic, interconnected media ecosystem. Some are even savvier than the journalists who write about them and definitely know to exploit the weaknesses of the system. When they post screeds on forums such as 8Chan, white nationalists intend for police and journalists to quote directly from them and spread their messages farther than they could themselves. Their claims and terms of choice leap from the dark recesses of small, discrete groups into wider circulation. Coverage and quotes echo around mainstream news reports, then get recirculated even farther and revised into vernacular commentary via amateur posts to Twitter, WhatsApp and Facebook. Facebook’s algorithms are designed to amplify content that generates strong emotions and thus, user reactions. Individuals add their own perspectives, reaction to the supremacist’s events and gelling into new forms and new expressions via Facebook and Twitter. What rises on Twitter tends to echo on Facebook and vice versa. Soon images and messages are bouncing back and forth, getting picked up by cable news, newspapers and news sites.

Every player in this complex ecosystem enhances, amplifies and changes the story and the message. The spectacle is the reward. For violent white nationalists and all other propagandists of all kinds and gender, this is an ideal media system. Their numbers can grow once their messages don’t seem so jarring and outside the bounds of normal conversation. The rhetoric of violent white supremacy like for the rhetoric of LGBT groups, the #MeToo movement has become common, almost normal. More and more people find homosexuality, lesbianism, white nationalism and so on, viable and acceptable.

Many, like for any other deviant philosophy and way of life, become less willing to condemn discrimination, racism and bigotry and mainstream media, journalists and pundits, like it or not, by their continuous insistence on reporting and commenting on Trump’s elucubrations are only contributing to convince a growing majority of their audience to grant racists the benefit of the doubt and take their concerns seriously.

In a world of increasing poverty and misery, more and more people might find white nationalism a comfortable world view, one that satisfies a once-latent urge to bond only with those like them and blame problems on those unlike them.

It is about time for all media to realize that without them, like for all deviant groups, Trump is nothing.

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How to get things done

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Things to do to be productive without working 24/7.

I have a very busy life.

I am recovering from a colon cancer surgery and a three months hospitalisation and rehabilitation period following a failed laparoscopic cholecystectomy that went really bad.

I live with a very depressive and depressing woman.

I have to secure my future working as a Business Consultant; a Systemic Strategic Personal and Corporate Planner, a Crisis and Reputation Management Expert.

I am working with multiple clients at any given time.

I publish My Weekly Newsletters.

I publish my daily social media tips on Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram, Pinterest and Tweeter.

I engage with hundreds of followers and, I still find time to spend some time with friends and go to the movies.

People are always asking me the same question: “How do you do it?” I don’t think of myself as being especially productive, but clearly other people do. So, I thought I’d share how I’m able to get everything done.

1.- I work for myself

Working for myself allows me to control most of my time and limits the distractions I have to deal with while working.

2.- I am big on process

I’m not super organized, but rather than focusing on outcomes, I am a big believer in developing processes to do things as efficiently as possible. I don’t spend my time reinventing the wheel every time I do something.

Three: I apply processes to my life

My work is not the only area in which I value processes. I use them in my life as well. This helps me develop habits and protect my work and life balance.

Four: I am a big fan of good writing

Writing comes relatively easy to me. I write well, fast and clean. This helps me writing anything in less time than it takes the average person.

Five: I am not a perfectionist

Generally, it doesn’t bother me to produce and release work that isn’t perfect. This is not to say that I don’t care about what I create. I still want it to be good, but I don’t agonize over every word or aspect of it.

Six: I know when to delegate and hire some help

While I’m basically a lone wolf, I don’t hesitate to hire and pay people to help me with things they can do a lot better, more efficiently and faster than I could do myself.

Seven: I am the master of my agenda

When scheduling meetings, I’m always first to suggest the date, time and location. I always try to schedule things based on what works best for me. Sometimes, this will not work and I would have to adjust but, I never just ask people; “When and where do you want to meet?”

Eight: I schedule every minute of my day, week and month

Every day, every week, every month and quarterly, early morning, I’ll schedule every minute of time. At the end of the day, productivity wise, it makes a huge difference.

Nine: I know when to take items out of my To Do list

I regularly take items out of my To Do list, things that I will never do and things that are not contributing in any way to what I really want to accomplish.

I’m also deliberate about taking on own new projects and avoid starting things without making a clear commitment to myself about how much time I will invest in them.

Ten: I am not afraid to quit doing anything when this is not working.

Failure doesn’t bother me much. I view it as a lesson learned and a step closer to an eventual success.

Eleven: The time I put into anything serves everything

I often recycle and repurpose my work. Long form blog posts become short form tweets, short form Instagram quotes become long form blog posts, old blog posts get re-shared, and on and on it goes.

One last word

I am also not afraid to say “No”. I am not afraid of avoiding and getting rid of toxic people.

Who needs the aggravation!

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Tomorrow’s Most In-Demand Skills

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The future of work belongs to those who possess emotional and social skills.

In the Artificial Intelligence abundant world of tomorrow, where technology will do much of the heavy lifting, the human ability to deliver compassion and empathy will become much more valuable. While the technical hard skills will remain important, people’s emotional intelligence will take on new significance.

“The Industrial Revolution required muscle from its workers. The Information Age traded muscle for mental capacity. The future will require workers to be emotionally intelligent.”

Emotional intelligence is this capacity to be aware of, control, and express one’s emotions, and to handle interpersonal relationships judiciously and empathetically.

As the world fills with more sophisticated Artificial Intelligence and omnipresent technology, human skills such as compassion and empathy will define the competitive edge of workers and entire organizations.

Today, the significance of developing and applying social and emotional skills is growing exponentially. Employers are not looking for the same level of deep knowledge and technical skill as they did in the past. In fact, most of them are now saying they are more and more open to accepting non-traditional candidates holding strong social and emotional skills rather than a four-year college degree.

In today’s world, hard skills have a short shelf life, but strengthening your social and emotional skills will never go out of style.

JMD

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Michel Ouellette / Joseph Michael Dennis, is a former attorney, a Trial Scientist, a Crisis & Reputation Management Expert, a Public Affairs & Corporate Communications Specialist, a Warrior for Common Sense and Free Speech.

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How To Get Good Press and Public Visibility

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Start with paying attention to the news and the reporters who cover it.

Getting in the news is always an important part of your public relations goals and business marketing strategy. To achieve this goal, you need to either have news to pitch to reporter or be ready to inject yourself into news stories. These are the only two ways to get the good press you want.

1.- Be the News

When you have news that will interest reporters and their audience, make plans to share that news with them.

Think press releases and social media posts.

When you and your company accomplish new and exciting things, either launching new products, hiring awesome people, winning awards, solving problems, making your community a better place, you have to let reporters who cover your industry know all about it. Think about inviting reporters to your next community service event or to your office for coffee or out to lunch to chat. Pitch them your story idea or tell them why they should write about yourself, your business or company. Reporters are always looking for good stories and smart people to write about.

2.- Be the News Source

Reporters are always looking for smart sources.

Getting a reporter to write about yourself, your business, your company in an exclusive profile is a huge coup but this is not the only way to land some good press. Another way is to pay attention to local, national and international news stories and look for opportunities to be included in them as an expert source.

JMD

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Michel Ouellette / Joseph Michael Dennis, is a former attorney, a Trial Scientist, a Crisis & Reputation Management Expert, a Public Affairs & Corporate Communications Specialist, a Warrior for Common Sense and Free Speech.

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Getting Things Done

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Creating to-do lists and constantly reshuffling them will not drive you anywhere. 

Instead of making your usual To-Do lists, actually do something.

Learn to trust your instinct.

JMD

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Michel Ouellette / Joseph Michael Dennis, is a former attorney, a Trial Scientist, a Crisis & Reputation Management Expert, a Public Affairs & Corporate Communications Specialist, a Warrior for Common Sense and Free Speech.

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Stop Dreaming!

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Always guard your reputation, even with your life

In your quest for success and power, when you are first establishing it or restoring it, a good reputation, especially one of honesty, is a treasure to be carefully collected and protected. You must strictly defend and protect it; anticipating all eventual possible attacks, either from your rivals or enemies, safeguarding your reputation shall become your main priority.

Once your reputation is established and solid, just make sure not to let yourself get angry or defensive at any possible slanderous comments of your rivals or enemies. That would only reveal your insecurity, not confidence in your reputation. Instead, take the high road, maintain your position, ignore the slanderous and malicious attack and whatever you do, always make sure to never appear desperate in your self-defense.

On the other hand, while displaying self-confidence by taking the high road, this does not mean that you cannot retaliate. An attack on another man’s reputation will always prove to be an effective and potent weapon, particularly when you have less power than your enemy or rival does. Such a more powerful rival or enemy will always have much more to lose than you in a reputation battle. Your own thus-far-small reputation gives your rival or enemy a very small target when he tries to return the fire.

Before going after a more powerful rival or enemy, just make sure to understand and remember this: If you decide to retaliate, this approach must be practiced with skill; you must not seem to engage in petty vengeance. If you do not break your rival’s or enemy’s reputation cleverly, more than often, you may inadvertently ruin your own. Never go too far in attacks like these, for that will draw more attention to your own vengefulness than to the person or business you are slandering.

When your own reputation is firmly established, never use retaliation as a weapon or an answer to the slanderous or libelous attacks of your rivals and enemies. Instead, take the high road and use subtler tactics, such as satire and ridicule, to weaken your opponent, disperse the slanderous and defamatory, while making you out as a charming rogue.

Understand and always remember this: Today, whatever you do or intend to do, a good reputation is critical; appearances are critical and by not caring about how you are perceived, you let others decide this for you. Today more than ever, since we must live in society and must depend on the opinions of others and there is nothing to be gained by neglecting your reputation.

Whatever the situation or the circumstances, whatever you do or intend to do, be the master of your own fate: always make sure to maintain and guard your reputation with your life.

JMD

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Michel Ouellette / Joseph Michael Dennis, is a former attorney, a Trial Scientist, a Crisis & Reputation Management Expert, a Public Affairs & Corporate Communications Specialist, a Warrior for Common Sense and Free Speech.

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Whatever You Do, Building Your Reputational Capital Is always a Must

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In an increasingly crowded market, how can you stand apart and distinguish yourself? The answer: Building Reputational Capital.

What is reputational capital?

Reputational capital is the sum of how both your customers and employees perceive yourself and your business. It is a measure of your actions, their outcomes and how willing someone is to trust or help you.

“The best way to view reputational capital is as if it is a real-world currency.”

The best way to view reputational capital is as if it is a real-world currency.

Every positive action you take, every promise kept and every satisfied customer increases the value of your reputational capital. Conversely, every angry customer, broken promise and bad move you make depletes your reputational capital. Thus, as a business owner, you need to jealously guard and constantly build upon your reputational capital.

The more you develop this reputational capital, the more you will stand out and the more likely you are to build a successful business.

“A business with strong reputational capital is much better suited to weather a crisis or blatant mistake.”

Building reputational capital is a process that takes time. It does not happen overnight. Building a good reputation takes years, but it is worth the effort.

Conversely, while it may take years to accumulate a fair amount of reputational capital, there are some things you can do to hasten the process.

Behave ethically

Behaving ethically is a rule that should go without saying.

Acting ethically is both the morally correct thing to do and good for business. No one wants to work with a company that lies and steals. No one wants to work with people who cheat and behave opportunistically. No customer wants to purchase goods and services from a company that cheats its customers.

Deliver on your promises

It is not enough to simply behave ethically. One must also be able to deliver on their promises.

You can have the best products and services but if people do not get what they expect from you, it does not matter. Your brand needs to follow-through with everything it promises.

Every fulfilled promise represents a little bit more trust from your customers, and every broken promise takes away from your credibility and reputation.

“Establishing yourself as thought leader is one of the most effective ways to build your reputational capital.”

Establish thought leadership

Establishing yourself as thought leader is one of the most effective ways to build your reputational capital. Becoming a thought leader means that your peers and customers regard you as an expert in your field. Your voice is respected and your opinions matter.

One way to establish thought leadership is by interacting with your business community by writing articles and blog posts about your area of expertise. The more you get your voice out there, the more people will start to listen to you.

“Good business reputations are earned, not given.”

Although it takes time to build up reputational capital, time is not always on your side.

It is paramount that, as an entrepreneur, you take concerted steps towards building your reputation. Creating a strong and reliable reputation is an attainable goal for almost anyone willing to put in the time and effort.

JMD

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Michel Ouellette / Joseph Michael Dennis, is a former attorney, a Trial Scientist, a Crisis & Reputation Management Expert, a Public Affairs & Corporate Communications Specialist, a Warrior for Common Sense and Free Speech.

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Organizational Effectiveness Services

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Real change and organizational improvement only occurs with repetition over a number of weeks.
Organizations are not static and changes such as new rules and regulations, problematic customer requests, or software upgrades if not communicated well can produce uncertainty and lead to disengagement. In these and related circumstances organizations are asked to adapt, perform and influence most often without providing clear roles and responsibilities, update processes and training.
To understand where the “disconnects” are, JMD Systemics uses assessments to pinpoint areas for improvement and help to determine your best possible path forward.
Real change and organizational improvement only occurs with repetition  over a number of weeks. Contact us to discuss how our organizational solutions are designed to provide you and your teams with a clear roadmap to help you develop plans, processes and grow your business.

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JMD Systemics is a premier, full-service crisis management and communications firm serving business owners, corporations, businesses, non-profit organizations, individuals and governmental clients  worldwide.​
Headquartered in Bath, Ontario, our firm’s principal has over forty years of field experience providing crisis management, strategic communications, public affairs and public relations counsel to clients facing a broad spectrum of issues and daily challenges