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The Character Leadership Company

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Monthly Archives: October 2014

Alignment and the 800 Pound Gorilla

Alignment is everything. Think about it. Whether we call it “the zone” or “groove” or authenticity, integrity or branding… it is about meaning what we say and saying what we mean; doing what we mean and meaning what we do. It is filled with intention, and may start as conscious action but leads to, and sometimes starts with, unconscious habit. Diligence and determination build it. It becomes our excellence. It builds trust and trustworthiness alike in that people can depend on us to be and do in accordance with who we are. It is about mastery in real world ways. It is the ultimate branding.

Alignment requires everything. Our words and our actions agree. We work to ensure that we are true to who we are, consistently. My own identity as The Unity Guy™ came face-to-face with this idea, this past week. With the horrendous news out of Ottawa and the death of an innocent and unarmed man…. and the subsequent “discussion” on social media, I was tested. On the one hand, I was horribly moved by the hideous act of murder. It caused every cell in my body to experience revulsion. So did some of the reactionary rhetoric; the blanket bombing of the Faith of Islam. I choose now not to deliberate on same but will say that it has been a challenging week for this Unity Guy™ to process. I weighed in on discussions, standing in the face of both terrorism and racism alike. Through it all, I realized a question I had to face. What is unity and how is it created through my own actions? For me, unity is not uniformity. It is born and raised amidst healthy diversity. It cannot exist in cultures of fundamentalism of any kind, based on race, religion or nationality. That being said, this past week caused me to reflectively question the delivery of my message on line and in person… and here is what I have determined.

First, the light does not concern itself with the darkness. It is not distracted or discouraged by it. It is fierce and focused. This is true of building strong, diverse, and united cultures at work, school and beyond. Battling divisive forces is not the concern. Shining as examples of strong unity in diversity is the work. It is my work. So, alignment calls me to take some specific actions. Going forward, I will choose NOT to weigh in on “discussions” clearly filled with extremes entrenched in their views. I have no wish for futile and agenda-based debate. I do desire to consistently and effectively and fiercely put forward a message for building strong, diverse, and united communities at work, school and beyond. So, with social media, here is my alignment… where the rubber hits the road.

EPIC Engage™ is a team all about authentic engagement as a path to advancing strong, diverse, and united organizations… and epic leadership. The EPIC Engage™ Facebook experience will be a daily source of news and short one paragraph blogs, article and blog links, video and music that address authentic engagement as a path to advancing diverse, united organizations and noble leadership. The EPIC Engage™ Twitter experience will be about daily article links, blog links, pics around news and activity going on advancing the same engagement. The EPIC Engage™ Linked In experience will see weekly news, articles and blog links that address that same authentic engagement. The EPIC Blog™ will house weekly produced substantial, original material that is 3-5 paragraphs in length with appropriate links… again, as a path to advancing diverse, united organizations and epic leadership. That is EPIC Engage™. It is our engagement as a team. On the other hand, but joined, THE UNITY CONNECTION™, is my own personal and professional space; my solo act. While in alignment with EPIC Engage, here you will find weekly mini blog posts, including video, music and more all around promoting unity… more free flowing, personal but professional.

I am the 800 pound gorilla intent on the message that together we are not only better and stronger, but healthier and happier.  It is not about “pie in the sky”.  It is about building a bigger, better pie, together.  It is not about “fitting in” but finding our best strategic “fit”.  So, alignment is everything. Everything requires everything. What is your everything? Be and do that. You will find consistency, excellence, trust and genuine success.

Peace, passion and prosperity.

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy™

 

 

 

Redefine the BOOM

“Parts of me feel our fair city and region is forgetting it’s soul, increasingly caught up in the new “speed” of things, anger and fear. I realize we have 3 choices… do nothing and watch it happen, simply complain and bemoan, or make a stand one person at a time… to reclaim a community where we know and engage our neighbours and the teachers of our kids, and other “minor” acts of courage. “The betterment of the world can be accomplished through pure and goodly deeds…”. We have an opportunity to redefine prosperity to mean not simply financial. Otherwise the “boom” is a cannon aimed at our very heart.”

With these words, posted to Facebook, I expressed a sentiment probably not so uncommon in communities around the globe; experiencing growth and the “Boom”. The Boom is not evil but what it can manifest has those qualities… a loss of courtesy and respect, conflict, contention and even apathy. With the supposedly inevitable speeding up of a boom society can come frustration and fear and futility; a sense that “What can you do?”

I might suggest that what we can do is redefine the Boom. What if prosperity included material and spiritual? What if prosperity inferred wealth and health? What if prosperity entailed how we treated one another as much as how much we make? I propose that prosperity does include all of these things and that what we have come to see as prosperity is a mere shadow, without substance. This is true in companies and on campuses, as well as communities as a whole.

So what can we do besides bemoan? It comes back to character and virtue and defining and aligning who we are with our actions. We reclaim our communities by reclaiming ourselves, our best selves. The work of The Virtues Project™ and our work at EPIC Engage™ centers on character as core to real growth and development. Our most consistent behaviours are born of our strength of character.

I suggest revisiting who you are and intend to be and use the language of virtue. Check out the global work of The Virtues Project™ and dig out the virtues. Decide on that for which you stand and make a stand. Your work, life and community depend on it.

Peace, passion and true prosperity.

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy™

 

Together, Alright

“TOGETHER… everything is going to be alright… so moved. Spread the word, everywhere. EVERY where.” 

See This Video.

This was my repost on Facebook just minutes ago.  This video, produced by Amelia Curran, and engaged by a plethora and diversity of souls in my native Newfoundland and Labrador, speaks to both nobility and wholeheartedness.  If we are to engage healthier, flourishing and more prosperous companies, campuses and communities, we must engage the notion that we are all of incredible value… noble beings.  We must get real and wholehearted.

How do we start?

We start with listening, and speaking.  We start with opening our mouths, ears, hearts and minds.  Integrity demands it.  Success, in all its forms, cries out for it.  Without conversations of substance, we are somehow masking both challenges and opportunities alike.

It occurs to me that when we speak of physical health, we often conjure up images of strength.  When we speak of mental health, we focus on challenges.  Physical, mental and spiritual healths are spectrums and we each have both trials and triumphs with respect to each.  There is no “us” and “them”.  We are in this together, and together… everything is going to be alright.  Get together.  Let’s be all right.

Peace, passion and prosperity.

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy™

Two Teachers and Some Thanks Giving

This is the Thanksgiving Weekend in Canada and I am encouraged to see the many expressions of thankfulness and gratitude on social media. In a world, where much is in flux and apparent crisis, thankfulness is a challenge but a great place to start towards freedom.

This weekend, we are also officially launching our new website at www.epicengage.com. Our excitement is not simply about what it has taken to get here or the launch itself but where it will lead.  I want to thank Kate Stetler-Holgate and Brian Deckard for all of their initiative, empathy, wisdom and flexibility in getting us here. I also want to thank the growing team in Amy Hiscox, Joel Sweeney, William Murray, Eva Marks MacIsaac and Liz Burt in being part of this evolving process. I am humbled by both your excellence and love for what you each do. Personally, I am thankful for the work I get to do and I try to express that as much as and wherever I can.

That being said, my thought, this day, is about wholehearted thankfulness. Whereas I consider wholeheartedness is the all in virtue and thankfulness the health and peace building virtue, I ponder, this weekend, the value of building cultures where we live thankfulness; where we express it in deeds and words.

Thankfulness for both trials and triumphs is a powerful notion. When we see both challenges and championship moments as opportunities, we start to understand the power of thankfulness. When we realize that trials are intended for us to overcome through adaptation and growing in strength, and triumphs are intended to confirm our success in doing so, are they not simply twin spirits designed to see us advance? Expansion of our capacities requires challenge and tests. Realizing that we have expanded same requires triumph. One simply precedes the other.

Some years back, I coined the phrase “I am about to get better now” in response to a challenge directly in my face. What if we saw crisis as a teacher? What if we saw victory as a teacher? What if crisis was that teacher that said “You can do it!”? What if victory is the teacher that says “See!”?

“Be generous in prosperity, and thankful in adversity.” — Baha’u’llah

Ponder this. What if we saw both crisis and victory as teachers for which we were thankful? What if victory and prosperity was a time to prove ourselves successful through generosity of spirit? What if adversity was our best coach saying “Oh you are so ready for this.”?

In the worlds of work, business, school, community and family, I suggest, this Thanksgiving, that we give thanks for both teachers. I also suggest that we live thankfulness wholeheartedly, thanking others when we have received and accepting thanks from others when we have given. Imagine the strength of culture when we do so. Imagine the sense of unity created when we express appreciation, gratitude and thankfulness in words and actions. Imagine the coolness and joy of companies, campuses and communities that do so.

Imagine. Then be thankful for your imagination, and make it so.

Thanks for reading and considering today.

Peace, passion and prosperity.

 

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy™

 

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