Are you not finding success doing things the old way?
Do you need to "change" but don't know what? Or how?
Today's guest, David Veech is the founder and CEO of leadersights.com. As a retired Army officer, David has written two best selling books, founded two successful international consulting firms.
He provides executive coaching, leadership development and problem solving for companies and government agencies around the world. His message will inspire you and your teams to obliterate obstacles, accelerate innovation, and elevate performance, leaving everyone motivated and engaged for the future.
In today's episode, David unpacks the topic "Love, Learn And Let Go To Create A Fully Engaged Workplace."
Check out these episode highlights:
01:52 – David’s ideal client: “Are mid range kind of companies trying to break through for something new in the future. I'm looking for leaders who accept that things have to change, and they're willing to drive that change…”
02:33 – His client's biggest challenge: “Is often themselves, and their willingness to make those three decisions that I summarize as Love, Learn and Let Go, because they've never experienced success by doing things this way....”
03:14 – David’s #1 insight to help you: "They really need to look inward. They've got to really reflect on who they are and who they want to become...."
04:44 – What concept, book, program, or talk impacted you the most: "I think the most important thing for my development was a job in the army when I was the assistant brigade training officer in Germany in the 80s...."
07:36 – David’s valuable free resource: "I am happy to provide a free copy of the book I wrote, which was called The C4 Process. It's a book on problem solving..."
10:29 – David’s last thoughts: "Being capable of navigating your way from one point to another, solving problems along the way, is very liberating. And is, something that really contributes to your ability to letting go....."
(Note, this was transcribed using a transcription software and may not reflect the exact words used in the podcast)
Narrator 0:00 Welcome to the Destiny Awakening Interviews, a podcast with Andrew Wayfinder and his guests, bringing you powerful insights, inspiration and ways to break free, live life your way and make a difference in our changing and challenging world.
Andrew Hryniewicz 0:17 So hello, everyone and a very warm welcome to another edition of the Destiny Awakening Interviews podcast. I'm Andrew Wayfinder. And I'm joined today by David Veech, an entrepreneur, author, teacher, speaker and leadership consultant.
And a very warm welcome to you David. Where are you hanging out today?
David Veech 0:36 Hey, thanks, Andrew. I'm hanging out in brisk, cool central Ohio.
Andrew Hryniewicz 0:42 Okay, so let's get on to your work and your books.
David Veech 0:48 Yes, sir.
Andrew Hryniewicz 0:49 So David Veech is the founder and CEO of leadersights.com. As a retired Army officer, David has written two best selling books, founded two successful international consulting firms. And he provides executive coaching, leadership development and problem solving for companies and government agencies around the world.
His message will inspire you and your teams to obliterate obstacles, accelerate innovation, and elevate performance, leaving everyone motivated and engaged for the future.
And what I'm fascinated about is, David is a retired Army officers, CEO and entrepreneur. And he has this amazing topic he wants to talk about: "Love, Learn and Let Go" to create a fully engaged workplace.
And David's going to unpack that idea by answering six questions. So the first question, David is, who is your ideal client, and what's the transformation your work helps them achieve?
David Veech 1:52 I'm looking for leaders of organizations who accept that things have to change, and they're willing to drive that change. So I'm focused much more on organizations than on individuals.
But because an organization is just a group of individuals, they both have to work together. My ideal client is mid range kind of companies trying to break through for something new in the future.
And they know they can't do it with their current culture. So I try to help them identify where they need to go and what they're doing to get there.
Andrew Hryniewicz 2:26 Okay, So question number two, what's the biggest challenge they're facing, when they come to see you,
David Veech 2:33 The biggest challenge is often themselves, and their willingness to make those three decisions that I summarize as "Love, Learn and Let Go", because they've never experienced success by doing things this way.
And so we try to repeat those patterns of success, even though the environment around us has completely changed. And if the environment has changed, doing what you've always done will never get you where you want to go. So I try to help them see that as well.
Andrew Hryniewicz 3:06 Okay, so we're question number three, what's the number one insight you would share with them to help them right now,
David Veech 3:14 I would say that the number one thing is that they really got to look inward. They've got to really reflect on who they are and who they want to become. And they really have to muster the courage to make this decision.
From now on, that they're going to go in every day with Love as the foundation of their relationship. They're going to decide to place the needs of their people over their own, above everything else. And then learn what those needs really are.
And work to satisfy those needs. And then build systems that allow them to let go and let those people thrive on their own. Without their hand holding, controlling, micromanaging, babysitting. Call it what you will.
Andrew Hryniewicz 3:59 Yeah, that sounds really... what we were talking about just before the call. Andbthat was a very powerful statement. And it reminds me of Max Dupree, the former president of what's that famous... Herman Miller, designer furniture company.
And he wrote a book years ago called "Leadership Jazz", where he said the job of the leader is to set the vision and say "Thank you".
David Veech 4:25 Yes, and get out of the way. Yeah. Give them the resources they need to thrive.
Andrew Hryniewicz 4:31 Yeah. And so question number four, what concept book program or talk has been most impactful in your experience, in your own development?
David Veech 4:44 I think the most important thing for my development was a job in the army when I was the assistant brigade training officer in Germany in the 80s. And my boss was a servant leader, that I didn't even realize what a servant leader was then, okay.
I realized that when I was working for him, I hated it because I was working so many hours. And I could never seem to get anything right. Every time I sent something to this guy, he would just bring it back and it'd be dripping with the red ink corrections.
But instead of just tossing it on my desk and telling me how screwed up it was, he always made a point to sit down and kind of share where we can go with this. And over time, I got to the point where I could send him something and it would come back clean.
Or I would actually hear from his boss, who everything eventually went to, who would come down the hall and tell me what a fantastic job I'd done. Even though I had done everything with this other guy, he never took credit for anything.
So that experience--once I understood what he was doing--then the hours really accelerated. Then I worked more hours worked harder than ever before.
Because what I wanted to do from that point on, was to make him look fantastic to everybody else in the organization. And outside the organization. That became my mission was to make him successful.
And as I reflected on that, 20 years later, trying to figure out what the hell did leaders need to do? I really understood that he knew exactly the things that I needed. And he put my needs above his own. And it worked.
And the resulting energy that I poured into working for him was 100 times more valuable than anything else that you could get from anybody. So, if more leaders could kind of have that connection with the people that they're working for...
Then how much more progress can we make without just banging our heads against the wall? So that was again... that experience happened 20 years before I realized that happened. And it's just shaped everything that I've done for the past 15 years.
Andrew Hryniewicz 7:26 That's a great a great story. Thank you. So question number five, what free resource Would you like to share with the audience that will help them?
David Veech 7:36 Well, I am happy to provide a free copy of the first book I wrote, which was called "The C4 Process". And it's a book on problem solving. But it's got a lot of kind of my underpinning philosophy that I was shaping up.
It was published in 2010. And, and I can, I will provide a link to the website where they can go and download it for free.
Andrew Hryniewicz 7:56 Is that the /free-downloads? Yes. Okay. Yeah, that'll be in the show notes. It's www.leadersights.com/free-downloads/
David Veech 8:09 Yes. And they'll be able to find the book and a few other little goodies in there that they might want to play with.
And I also offer a 30 minute free consultation: just to just have a chat with somebody and see if there's something that that they need, that I might be able to help them with, or if I can find the resources to help them.
I'm happy to have that conversation. And I'll make sure that that links in the show notes as well.
Andrew Hryniewicz 8:30 Okay, that's great. So the last question number six, what should I have asked you that I didn't?
David Veech 8:39 Maybe what's been the the most unlikely learning source that you've discovered that has an amazing effect on the way people think. And it's an outdoor sport called "Orienteering".
And Orienteering is a sport where the organizers produce a map of a particular area, and they hang orange and white markers at particular spots on these particular key pieces of terrain on this map.
And connect them in a way that you have to follow your own route to discover each one of these markers. And it's a race, so the fastest one wins.
But what it does is, it shows that there's a map... but if you don't know how to read the map, you can't get anywhere, right? So you have to understand how to use the actual tool itself. And there's other tools like a compass to help you.
But you constantly have to think. Because, everywhere you go between each one of those control points, there are multiple ways to get there. And you have to decide very quickly which way you're going to go.
And you learn immediately whether your decision was good or not. If you get stuck in a bunch of brambles, you've probably made the wrong decision. If you get stuck at the bottom of a cliff and you've got to go up, you've probably made the wrong decision.
So it always forces you to do a complete evaluation of multiple alternatives. And I turn that straight into leadership relationships with other people and how to deal with people. Because there are always multiple options.
You don't have a lot of time to choose. So the more practice you can get, the more effective those decisions are going to be.
And then the freedom that comes with being capable of navigating your way from one point to another. And solving the problems along the way is very liberating. And is something that really contributes to your ability to letting go.
Andrew Hryniewicz 10:55 Well, that's a great place to stop. Thank you so much for your time, David.
David Veech 11:00 Thanks for having me, Andrew. This has been a wonderful conversation.
Narrator 11:04 Thanks for listening to the destiny awakening interviews. If you have a friend who would benefit please share, and subscribe to the show on iTunes and leave a review. We really appreciate it. And remember, always use your power for good
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