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#DareToBe for Tuesday, March 5, 2019: Dare To Be Fearless

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Folks, last night I participated, once again, in my favorite Tuesday Evening Twitter Chat: #DareToBe.  As usual the #DareToBe Tweetchat is hosted by my friend, Andrea Sanchez (twitter handle: @asanchez16). The participants are a great group with each delivering insightful responses that typically lead to deeper discussions. This happens every Tuesday evening. To see some of the responses please click here (a new window will open),

Last night’s topic was DARE TO BE FEARLESS.

There are always Ten questions and Ten Answers plus a bonus Question and Answer.

Here are the questions and my answers.

Q1: Define fear. #DareToBe
A1. Fear is that little voice that SCREAMS at you when you are contemplating doing something new. #DareToBe

Q2: Name one fear that you believe holds people back. #DareToBe
A2. The fear of being considered a “loser” by complete strangers. #DareToBe

Q3: It’s normal to have fears. When do they actually become a problem? #DareToBe
A3. Fear is a part of life. It is our defense mechanism at work. It becomes a problem when that defense mechanism is the only thing working and we ignore the TRY mechanism #DareToBe

Q4: What can you ask yourself to determine if a fear is rational or irrational? #DareToBe
A4. Is your gut telling you to be afraid or are others (as in outsiders) telling you? #DareToBe

Q5: Give an example of an irrational fear you may have. #DareToBe
A5. An irrational fear I have is that of acting on impulse without having all the info I need. #DareToBe

Q6: “Do one thing every day that scares you.” –Eleanor Roosevelt Agree/disagree? Elaborate. #DareToBe
A6. AGREE! 100% If you don’t feel just a small twinge of fear daily then what have you got left to do? #DareToBe

Q7: What are some often disguised behaviors associated with fear? #DareToBe
A7. The “You go first” or the “I hear my mom calling me” behaviours. beh#DareToBe

Q8: Give a tip on how one can calm down when feeling fearful. #DareToBe
A8. Take a deep breath, look up at the sky or if at night then look at the stars. Looking up helps to calm down. #DareToBe

Q9: Fear can also be good. What positive role can fear play? #DareToBe
A9. Fear can play a positive role in that it will force us to THINK things through before acting. #DareToBe

Q10: ______________ is the key to conquering fears. #DareToBe
A10. Knowing that if you can overcome fear you can overcome anything is the key to conquering fears. #DareToBe

Q11: Tomorrow I will dare to face my fears _________________. #DareToBe
A11: Tomorrow I will dare to face my fears by knowing that what does not kill me WILL make me stronger (it always does). #DareToBe

There you go my answers to the #DareToBe tweetchat. If you find yourself with some time on Tuesday evening, starting at 8PM Eastern/7pm Central, then please consider joining us for this awesome, insightful, thought provoking and always informative hour.


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Twitter #DareToBe Tweet Chat: Innovation (Tuesday, August 11, 2015)

Every Tuesday evening at 8pm eastern, the #DareToBe tweetchat takes place on Twitter. The #DareToBe tweetchat is hosted by Andrea Sanchez (@asanchez16), an Editor, Writer, Communications Executive.

Every week a different topic. On the evening of August 11, 2015, the topic was Innovation. I could not capture all the twitter based answers to the 10 questions asked by @ASanchez16. However, I present the questions and  my answers (with a bit of amplification). Please enjoy and if you can, please joins us. Look for the #DareToBe hashtag every Tuesday evening.


Q1: Innovation is _______________. #DareToBe

My Answer: Innovation is process of bringing something new and exciting into light of day. Make the intangible tangible.

Innovation is CHANGE! Innovation is one aspect of change. Change comes in many forms but where innovation is concerned that form of change is welcomed as it is anticipated (or expected).

Q2: What is the goal of innovation? #DareToBe

My Answer: The goal of innovation should be to make life better than it was yesterday for everyone!

Innovation must serve a purpose and if that purpose is to make life better then innovation is good. However, innovation for the sake of innovation is by far one of the worst things anybody can do.

Q3: Give a characteristic of an innovator. #DareToBe

My Answer: An innovator does not take “NO” for an answer. There is always a work around.

An innovator is an innovator for a reason. That individual cannot stop because someone doesn’t like it or it’s too scratchy or it’s too whatever. A true innovator fights through the dislikes until he an emerge with something so innovative that even more people will criticize or dislike. Then can he/she put his head down and continue to work the problem.

Q4: What are some self-limiting inhibitions that block innovation? #DareToBe

My Answer: Waiting for feedback, especially when we wait to hear from those that do NOT like change (waiting and waiting and waiting).

Those that use the tools created by innovation the most are more than likely the ones that do not like change. They will resist the change almost to the point of sabotage by not providing adequate and suitable feedback to those that need it the most. This lack of information will contribute to the lack of any future development. The innovator will cease proceeding because a mindset of “no new is good news” will take root and thus inhibit any future growth.

Q5: If given the opportunity to disrupt current thinking anywhere, what would you say? How would you do it? #DareToB

My Answer: My old workplace. 5 years out and they still have great problems (same problems). Time for complete restructuring from TOP down not other way around as has been their history.

For 17 years, I worked for an agency for the State of Texas. In the last three years that I worked there the agency got into some trouble for failure to adequately train its staff, mismanagement by the leadership, and  improper activities by certain individuals throughout the agency. The agency never truly recovered from those problems. However, in an effort to restructure, reorganize, and realigned itself it did one thing wrong. It  never got rid of the top tier individuals that ultimately were responsible for ALL the problems. Now, five years after I left, the leadership and management problems continue. It may be time for all members of that agency to re-apply for their jobs not just the line staff.

Q6: What may an innovator do to increase his/her odds of success? #DareToBe

My Answer: Recruit early adopters, solicit feedback from all ranks of the organization, and give them what they want (not what you think they need).

The innovator, unfortunately, must play politician when it comes to selling his wares. This does not mean they have to assume the role of a slimy used car salesman. By no means at all. What it does mean is that for an innovator to be a success, he/she must win people over to his side. They must believe that what is being done is for the better. By engaging the public, the innovator gets a first hand view of what is needed and what is wanted.

Q7: You do not need ________________ to innovate. #DareToBe

My Answer: You do NOT need to be the BOSS to innovate. You just have to have the desire to make change happen!

Anyone, at any level of the organization can be an innovator. They see a problem unique to their place and situation in the organization and at some point they decide enough is enough. They begin working at solving that problem. They do it because change is necessary to make a bad situation better or improve a mediocre one. They become innovators because that is how change (good or bad) happens.

Q8: Tips on how to have an innovative mindset with a culture/person that fears change? #DareToBe

My Answer: Be Braver than the sum of all the fear around you. Someone has to take the first step.

Someone has to be the one to say “enough is enough”. Someone must be tired enough, cold enough, and care so much that doing what others won’t do or are afraid to do is the only thing to do.

Q9: How can a leader make innovation part of his/her staff’s jobs rather than an incentivized gimmick? #daretobe

My Answer: Demand that when they bring problem they also bring a solution to that problem. It keeps them thinking.

By keeping your staff constantly thinking about solving the problems that they confront will not only make their lives better but it will make the workplace better. It will go towards building autonomy among the departments/sections/team while maintaining itself as a strong cohesive member of the organization. Solving problems becomes second nature and not left for one individual to decide.

Q10: What is the one innovative change you can make in the 10 minutes after #DareToBe chat? (Courtesy of @DaveGuerra)

My Answer: Get rid of bad rules in my organization and send staff email asking for new rules or revisions to outdated rules.

I chose this question because it helps move the conversation from the Twitter and into the real world now. It helps continue conversation and isn’t that the premise of the tweetchat?

My answer involved my position within the organization. As I am in a position to enact immediate change with the way we do business, it might be time to review the way we’ve been doing business and see what we can do to bring the business operations to 2015 standards and not 2012. By encouraging others to provide feedback, I am asking for help to make their organization a better place.

Until next week, I Thank you.

David Guerra

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