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Monthly Archives: July 2016

Chamber Minutes: August 2016

Welcome. 

This is the new Chamber Minutes™; a monthly blog post in service to the Mount Pearl Paradise Chamber of Commerce and its membership, through its Board and newsletter.  Here, monthly, we will logotake a few minutes to consider a thought that might help build greater strength, unity and resourcefulness in the face of challenges and opportunities alike.  As a proud and fairly new member of the Chamber, Epic Engage™, is all about strength, unity and resourcefulness and how to get there.  We look forward to exploring same, in service to you… our fellow members.

But First

Here is the very first “issue” posted back on May 30, 2016, introducing the Chamber itself and its services.  We recommend it as a good read for members and those interested alike.

This Month

As you may have already noticed in the Chamber newsletter itself, things are happening in our business community… the Mount Pearl Litter Initiative, Facebook Hosting of a Free Event on August 12th, and Chamber Golf Registration.  It is a cool and busy month indeed.

That being said, for here and for this month, we thought to explore strength, unity, resourcefulness and resilience by briefly examining one role character plays in their development.  Yes, character.  At Epic Engage™, we contend that “In times of prosperity and adversity alike, strength of character and unity lead to resourcefulness and what we call joyful excellence.”  Character is about going deeper than behaviour.  Consistent and constructive behaviour results from character.  It gets things right; and done.  It is our best branding.  When we clearly identify, lay claim to and live the character of our work and service, our clients and all constituents come to see us as consistent and trustworthy… and loyalty is seeded, beyond points cards.

Our Best Advantage

Joe Calloway writes and speaks to the idea that consistency of excellence in our experience with our customers is our best competitive advantage.  We wholeheartedly concur.  When our customers, colleagues and all who do business with us know what to expect in terms of excellence, we build a reputation unlike any other.  We become known for what we do and how well we do it.  We become known for the experience and state of being that is that experience.

Ultimately, people buy states of being.  Whatever is sold or delivered essentially delivers on a state of being.  In marketing, we call it the core product.  We are buying a feeling that comes from the purchase.  Character is the most foundational source for defining states of being.  When we clearly know that which we are delivering, we can more powerfully and consistently deliver on it, internally and externally.

Practice Makes Progress

So, with that in mind, we invite you to engage this short video and the exercise it entails… for this month.  Then, consider this poster of 101 strengths or states of being.  If you wish one sent to you, contact us directly.101 on Black

Identify three character strengths you wish, desire and intend your work and service to be about.  Get clear on these three strengths as states of being.  Make sure they are what you most want your customers, clients, colleagues and all constituents to experience; for this is your best and deepest branding.  Choose three to focus on.  Focus is important.

“So long as the thoughts of an individual are scattered he will achieve no results, but if his thinking be concentrated on a single point wonderful will be the fruits thereof.”

Then, get clear on the daily, weekly, monthly and yearly practices that will manifest and drive home these strengths for all who engage you.  Doing so will provide you with a powerful litmus test for future decisions; measuring them against this core experience you have intended.  It will also effectively assist you with recruitment, selection, training and development… making sure that you find, keep and develop a team that consistently delivers on the experience.

The Bottom Line

Character is not fluff.  It is strength.  It is strength of service and excellence.  We suggest that you get clear on what your team, branch, division, company or organization want to deliver on, at core.  What is the tangible, palpable state of being for which you want to be absolutely and consistently known?  Identify it, claim it, live it and watch the results in traction and loyalty.

Until next month…

Peace, passion and prosperity.Educator

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy™

PS

Our work is all about character.  We work hard and joyfully to help build character driven, united and resourceful organizations and communities around the globe.  As part of that work, we offer you …

our buffet of FREE services here.FREEPIC

Leader ToC™ with David Gouthro

This month, with our fourth in the series of Leader ToC™ Blog Posts, we interview David GouthroDavid_logoLeader ToC™ (Thoughts on Character) is our monthly series engaging leaders around the world on character, leadership and more.

Now I know David and, while the following is excerpted from his site, this shares only the tip of the berg.

As President of The Consulting Edge, David possesses a rare talent for instilling inspiration, courage and innovation in audiences and individuals engaged in his programs and presentations. For over twenty years, he has been encouraging others to seize the day and act to develop greater personal effectiveness, regardless of their situation.  David has a knack for leading individuals and organizations in an ongoing pursuit of the knowledge and the skills necessary for achieving greater effectiveness. His energetic and playful approach incorporates variety, humour and fun to all he undertakes and has earned him the reputation as facilitator and speaker of choice for numerous North American organizations.  David is a member of the Vancouver Board of Trade, BC Chamber of Commerce, Canadian Association of Professional Speakers, BC Biotechnology Alliance, International Society for Performance Improvement, International Association of Facilitators, and the BC Association of Facilitators.

 

Engage the Leader ToC™

 

BARRY LEWIS GREEN:

David, I have known you for some time now and I very much respect the work you do and the person you are… but for those reading here… what is it that you do?

DAVID GOUTHRO:

Thank you Barry… three major areas of activity actually. I design and facilitate meetings that enable participants to engage in higher quality conversations that lead to better decisions and increased commitment to execute on those decisions.  These meetings generally involve (but are not limited to) senior management teams, boards, large employee groups and conferences.  I also MC/host panels in conferences as well as entire conferences. Finally, I provide keynote presentations that tend to focus on courage as a key ingredient of leadership, creativity, innovation and change management.

BARRY LEWIS GREEN:

Courage and creativity are powerful strengths of character and leadership in my books.  And who do you best serve to doing so?

DAVID GOUTHRO:

Well, if I understand the question correctly, I best serve groups who have the authority, willingness and courage to make decisions. In other words, they do not need permission to take action and have no one else to point to as excuses for their inaction.  Because my expertise is process expertise as a facilitator, rather than content expertise as a consultant, I am able to move fairly easily amongst a wide range of industries.  Over my 35 plus years, I have worked with the oil & gas, mining, public sector (municipal, provincial and federal), utilities, finance, high tech, biotech, education, and healthcare sectors., among others.

BARRY LEWIS GREEN:

Now, I really did not know the full extent of your work David.  Extensive and impressive, indeed.  In doing this work, what are your thoughts on what makes for great leadership?

DAVID GOUTHRO:

I would suggest the following skills and attributes are probably the most important:

  • Listening: to colleagues, customers, clients, communities and oneself
  • Decision-Making: having a variety of methods and willing to make tough decisions when necessary
  • Compassion: for ones’ colleagues, customers, clients, communities, shareholders and oneself
  • Emotional Intelligence: because we all know how important it is . . .
  • Wisdom: to hold a broader perspective on people, products and things!
  • Embracing of Diversity: rather than simply tolerating it . . .

BARRY LEWIS GREEN:

Agreed… I can see the relevance.  Based on your work then, what is one challenge you feel requires engaging leadership at this time?

DAVID GOUTHRO:

Barry, I think it is helping my clients make decisions in spite of what appears to be insufficient information, full support from one’s peers and/or predictable outcomes. Things are changing so quickly and with so many complex interrelated issues that it becomes almost impossible to predict the ultimate outcome of any one decision.

BARRY LEWIS GREEN:

Resourcefulness is grounded in that.  I hear you David.  So, what is the return on investment in facing that challenge, for you?

DAVID GOUTHRO:

There are several.  The first is the sense of satisfaction one gets as a result of helping a friend, colleague or client address one of their critical issues. Another is the building of a strong friendship that expands beyond a typical client one.  And a third is a sense of contribution that makes a difference to my friends or my clients and the people they serve.

BARRY LEWIS GREEN:

Knowing you as I have come to know you, this makes so much sense to me.  Part of that contribution is taking the time to participate in the Leader ToC™.  David, I want to thank you for your time, consideration and insights.  I think I know you even better now, and am glad I do.

DAVID GOUTHRO:

It was my pleasure, Barry.

 

Leader ToC™ out…

Over the coming months, around the third or final Thursday of each month… we will continue to engage and explore with experts and leaders around the globe.  We invite you to join us.

Until next month…

Peace, passion and prosperity.

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy™Educator

PS

Our work is all about character.  We work hard and joyfully to help build character driven, united and resourceful organizations and communities around the globe.  As part of that work, we offer you …

our FREE buffet of services here.

The Study of Character Leadership, Part 3

Of late, we have been diving into some work put out by the Ivey Business Journal.  In our last post, we virtueslooked at an element of that work that questioned the strengths of leaders with respect to:

Do they have the character to be a good leader and strive to be an even better one?  Do they have the values, traits and virtues that others – shareholders, employees, customers, suppliers, regulators and the broader society within which they operate – will use to determine if they are good leaders?”

And we suggested setting a personal Trustworthiness Mission Statement,  looking at an example:

I serve my colleagues, customers, clients and all constituents by earning their trust every day through:

  • Honesty, honor and timeliness in my responses
  • Excellence and reliability in the quality of my work
  • Joyfulness and enjoyment in conducting our business.

We finished by saying…, Most importantly, use language that you know you are prepared and committed to honoring every day.  Every Day.  EVERY. DAY.  Then set some clear and measurable actions that you will take daily to make it so.  Trustworthiness is indeed the “means of attracting confirmation and prosperity”. 

BUT WHY?

In the original article, it addressed why this even matters.  To quote the piece…

In any bookstore you will find dozens of books on leadership style, far fewer on leadership competencies, and fewer still that address leadership character.  For some reason we have lost sight of character. Perhaps this is because our educational system and organizations are so competency focused; perhaps because we just don’t know what to think about character; perhaps because character seems such an old-fashioned word; perhaps because we are reluctant to discuss examples of poor character with our colleagues in the workplace, or because we believe we cannot assess character objectively.

Yet character is such a central, important element of leadership — particularly for the kind of cross-enterprise leadership that is essential in complex, global business organizations — which it should not and cannot be ignored.  Character fundamentally shapes how we engage the world around us, what we notice, what we reinforce, who we engage in conversation, what we value, what we choose to act on, how we decide…and the list goes on.

Our own research on the failures of leadership points to issues around character as a central theme[3].  Nowhere was this more obvious than in the financial crisis of 2008 – 2009, in which boldness or instant gratification triumphed over temperance.  People who knew that bad risks were being taken did not have the courage and/or confidence to speak up, and people without integrity sold mortgages to those who could not pay them.  They then bundled these mortgages into securities that were fraudulent and sold to others.  People with large egos, lacking in humility, oblivious to the harm they may have been be doing to others or the societies in which they operated, became very rich at the expense of millions who were the victims of the financial crisis and subsequent recession.  Yet, to this day, these same people seem unable or unwilling to accept any degree of responsibility for their actions.  Leaders of large, global companies knew about these types of practices yet did nothing to stop them.  Still others were unable to create the honest, transparent corporate culture that would enable them to be in touch with what was happening deep down in the organization.  All these behaviors and activities were, essentially, failings of character.

When Dale Carnegie first researched for his book How to Stop Worrying and Start Living in the first half of the 20th Century, the story goes that he went to the New York City Public Library and found no books on worry, but plenty on worms.  We are almost at that place with character.  Almost.  There is growing attention to the topic but in many ways… it still appears adjunct in nature.

We, at Epic Engage™, hold that character is at the heart of great strategy, capacity and creativity.   We contend that “in times of prosperity and adversity alike, strength of character and unity lead to resourcefulness”.  We contend that character is about going deeper than behaviour.  Character is foundational.  It builds advanced capacity and, in turn, creativity.

NEXT UP

So, here is our next bit of homework.

What is the clear and certain return on investment of building character in your school, workplace, business or community?  Make a grocery list of the tangible reasons for advancing character as foundation to your culture.  How would it impact sales, revenues, effectiveness, efficiencies, excellence, academics, quality, trustworthiness and more amongst your colleagues, classrooms, clients and all constituents.

Get clear and real on this, and we will pick up the study next week; examining some strategies for building same.

Peace, passion and prosperity.

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy™

Barry is ultimately a strength coach.  His work is about exploring, identifying, practicing and BLGmastering our strengths and building upon them through practical and powerful unity and resourcefulness.  That is why Barry is The Unity Guy™.  EPIC Engage™ is an extension of The Unity Guy™. The Epic work is all about building strong, united and inspired cultures lead by character… at school, work and community; where everyone matters and contributes everyday.

PS

As before, here is a post on asking better questions that might be useful too.

PPS

Our work is all about character. We go beyond behaviour to help build character driven, united, and resourceful organizations and communities around the globe.  As part of that work, we offer you …

our FREE buffet of services here.

The Study of Character Leadership, Part 2

Last week, we introduced The Study of Character Leadership, Part 1.  We invite you to refresh here andthe-epic-leader now.  Then upon doing so, let’s dig in some more.

In the Ivey School post referenced, in Part 1, it was noted:

“In assessing leaders at any level in an organization, we must always ask three questions:

  • Do they have the competencies to be a leader?  Do they have the knowledge, the understanding of key concepts, facts, and relationships that they need to do the job effectively?
  • Do they have the commitment to be a leader?  Yes, they aspire to be a leader, but are they prepared to do the hard work of leadership, engage with others in fulfilling the organizational mission, achieve the vision and deliver on the goals?
  • Do they have the character to be a good leader and strive to be an even better one?  Do they have the values, traits and virtues that others – shareholders, employees, customers, suppliers, regulators and the broader society within which they operate – will use to determine if they are good leaders?”

This third element or question conjures up a memory of a sage piece of advice given to me my one Peter Johnson in 1997.  On a trip to New York to meet senior management with Dale Carnegie & Associates, Inc. on July 1, 1997, I was picked up at the hotel by Peter.  It was my first time meeting him, and he extended his hand to greet.  Upon doing so he said, “Can I give you a piece of advice?”  I, in turn, said “Absolutely”.  Then, he said it…

“People like doing business with people they like doing business with.”

It struck me.  It reminded me of growing up amidst the work of my father in the construction industry.  It reminded me of my own body of work and experience up to that point… and now since; the lessons learned.  The wisdom was and is palpable; and it speaks to the third element above.

Do they have the character to be a good leader and strive to be an even better one?  Do they have the values, traits and virtues that others – shareholders, employees, customers, suppliers, regulators and the broader society within which they operate – will use to determine if they are good leaders?”

In pondering the value of character, consider that “trustworthiness is the chief means of attracting capacitiesconfirmation and prosperity”.  Then consider how you build that.  Do you have the character to be a good leader and strive to be an even better one?  Do you have the values, traits and virtues that others – shareholders, employees, customers, suppliers, regulators and the broader society within which they operate – will use to determine if you are a good leader?  Indeed, do you practice the strengths of character that will invoke Peter’s wisdom?

Then, consider variations on the questions from the last post.

  • On a scale of 1-5, how important is character leadership in building trustworthiness?
  • On a scale of 1-5, where are you with this right now?
  • What would advance the needle on the previous question?
  • What are 3 practices you could engage to build it?
  • What would be the impact of doing so?

Set a Trustworthiness Plan in Place. 

In getting where you need and desire to go with this. how would responsibility and reliability factor in to the equation?  What about consistency of experience and excellence?  Where would fun and enjoyment play a part?  Think about your shareholders, employees, customers, suppliers, regulators and the broader society.  Indeed, create a personal Trustworthiness Mission Statement.

I serve (my colleagues, customers, clients and constituents) by earning their trust every day through (and name three ways you do that).

For example…

I serve my colleagues, customers, clients and all constituents by earning their trust every day through:

  • Honesty, honor and timeliness in my responses
  • Excellence and reliability in the quality of my work
  • Joyfulness and enjoyment in conducting our business.

Most importantly, use language that you know you are prepared and committed to honoring every day.  Every Day.  EVERY. DAY.  Then set some clear and measurable actions that you will take daily to make it so.  Trustworthiness is indeed the “means of attracting confirmation and prosperity”. 

In taking on this work, you might want to consider the body of work of Joe Calloway who speaks and writes to consistency and excellence.  You might want to read this recent LINKEDIN post I shared.

With all of that in mind, and set in motion, the results will lead to more…

Peace, passion and prosperity.

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy™

Barry is ultimately a strength coach.  His work is about exploring, identifying, practicing and BLGmastering our strengths and building upon them through practical and powerful unity and resourcefulness.  That is why Barry is The Unity Guy™.  EPIC Engage™ is an extension of The Unity Guy™. The Epic work is all about building strong, united and inspired cultures lead by character… at school, work and community; where everyone matters and contributes everyday.

PS

Here is a post on asking better questions that might be useful too.

PPS

Our work is all about character. We go beyond behaviour to help build character driven, united, and resourceful organizations and communities around the globe.  As part of that work, we offer you …

our FREE buffet of services here.

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The Spectrum of Leadership

Introversion and extroversion are a spectrum but, in my humble but observant opinion, we have too long focused on the extroversion end of that spectrum.  Here are two great sources to stimulate thought and discussion… a brief article from You Inc. … and this great TED Talk.

Virtues on BlackWhich is better in leadership? I contend we need both and (indeed) gradients throughout the spectrum.  So, questions.

  • What virtues do you associate with introversion?
  • What virtues do you associate with extroversion?
  • How are they related to leadership?
  • How can we encourage them in others, youth and adult alike… at school, work or beyond?

Just some thought, this day.

Peace, passion and prosperity.

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy™

PS

Our work is all about character. We go beyond behaviour to help build character driven, united, and resourceful organizations and communities around the globe.  As part of that work, we offer you …

our FREE buffet of services here.

A Study of Character Leadership, Part 1

Ivey Business Journal offered this great article on Character Leadership.  First and above all else, we invite you to have a good read.  There is quite a bit to munch on here.capacities

That being said, and given our work at Epic Engage™ all around character leadership, we are choosing to explore this article over the next few Epic Blogs.  To start, we pose some questions to engage thoughtfulness around the subject.

THE CLASSROOM and SCHOOL

  • On a scale of 1-5, how important is character leadership in the classroom?
  • On a scale of 1-5, where are you with this in the classroom right now?
  • What would advance the needle on the previous question?
  • In the classroom, what are 3 practices you could engage to build it?
  • What would be the impact of doing so?

THE WORKPLACE and BUSINESS

  • On a scale of 1-5, how important is character leadership at work or business?
  • On a scale of 1-5, where are you with this in your workplace right now?
  • What would advance the needle on the previous question?
  • At work or enterprise, what are 3 practices you could engage to build it?
  • What would be the impact of doing so?

IN COMMUNITY

  • On a scale of 1-5, how important is character leadership in building community?
  • On a scale of 1-5, where are you with this in your community right now?
  • What would advance the needle on the previous question?
  • In community development, what are 3 practices you could engage to build it?
  • What would be the impact of doing so?

WITH YOUTH

  • On a scale of 1-5, how important is character leadership in engaging youth?
  • On a scale of 1-5, where are you with this in your own efforts right now?
  • What would advance the needle on the previous question?
  • In authentic youth engagement, what are 3 practices you could engage to build it?
  • What would be the impact of doing so?

Amidst the 4 areas addressed, there may be overlap and their may be distinctiveness.  We offer these questions to start the conversation.  In coming blogs, we will surgically examine aspects of the article and provide some additional thoughts and strategies over the Summer.  We invite you to engage and enjoy the ride.

Peace, passion and prosperity.Educator

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy™

PS

In addition, we are engaging a 60-Day Challenge around character leadership and invite you to check it out here.

PPS

Our work is all about character. We go beyond behaviour to help build character driven, united, and resourceful organizations and communities around the globe.  As part of that work, we offer you …

our FREE buffet of services here.

broadCAST for July 2016: Challenges to Face

The broadCAST™ is a monthly weigh in by members of The CAST™ of Epic Engage™.  Independent experts in their own right, members of The CAST™  are asked to answer a question of simple but possibly profound nature. We wholeheartedly encourage you to connect with these experts.  They each bring great value in service to their work. 

That being said, and for July 2016, we ask The CAST™:

Related to your area of expertise and way you serve, what is one common challenge that you find people facing that needs addressing sooner rather than later?

LAURIE PINHORN SAYS…

One of the first things I help my clients understand is the emotional and psychological process of making behavior change. I want people to understand that setbacks are part of their learning process. We are experts at seeing our struggles and focusing on our deficits. To keep moving forward in a positive direction, we need to stay focused on the positive things we are doing. It is necessary to retrain our brain to see the positives and then give ourselves the credit for all of our successes, no matter how small.  We all have low motivation days and that doesn’t mean that we are losing our capacity for health improvements. It just means that some days are easier than others. Days like this teach us that we can Lauriepush through. Then the next day you need to push yourself you will have the evidence that you can do this! Each time you push through you are victorious!  The internal work such as adjusting all or nothing thoughts, reducing anxiety, taking time for mindfulness activities and mindset work are important parts of our success stories. It takes time to do this work and people are often just looking for numbers to move on the scale or fitting into a smaller pants size. The work-in is often more important than the work-out and it lays down the foundation for long term health and wellness.

Laurie Pinhorn is all about nutrition and whole health.  She is a registered social worker, holistic and therapeutic nutritionist, an Orthomolecular Health Practitioner and a member of The Academy of Naturopaths and Naturotherapists (ANN). She is a passionate speaker, educator and service provider on the subject of nutrition and its connection to mental and physical health.   She works with individuals, families, groups and corporations to design and deliver nutrition and wellness programs to optimize health and performance.  With a diverse 20 year background in clinical social work, holistic nutrition and physical fitness; Laurie’s hybrid of expertise is very unique.   Laurie holds a Bachelor of Science (Psychology and Biology), Bachelor of Social Work, and a Masters in Holistic Nutrition from the Edison Institute of Nutrition, focusing on the nutrition and mental health connection as it specifically relates to Autism, Anxiety and ADHD.  www.lauriepinhorn.com

RAY HOLLISTER SAYS…

What a fantastic question! And the answer is the same for both areas I serve. Self-Absorption is the biggest issue that needs to be addressed sooner rather than later. When students are too self-absorbed, they tend to fall into the ‘blame game’ regarding failure, difficulties, challenges, and rules. If something doesn’t go the way they want, blame is immediately assessed, and rarely – if ever – does the blame fall on them! Self-absorption gives them false certainty of their innocence; this invariably leads to ‘victim-hood’. Interestingly, the same can be said for those going through traumatic experiences. In this case, self-absorption is a spiraling whirlwind of ‘why me?’ and deep introspection where blame is foisted Ray-300x294upon their shoulders alone. This leads many to simply shut down or break down under the strain of the vicious loop of reliving the trauma and trying to cope with what it all means.  Self-Absorption is not necessarily selfishness, though it can be in many circumstances. Self-Absorbed individuals tend to be intently focused on themselves – what they want, what they need, what is fair to them, how they will benefit, how they will suffer, etc. By addressing this natural tendency early on, it becomes easier for students to recognize that to be successful AND happy, they’ll need to recognize that their individual wants, desires, and ‘rules’ are NOT the driving force of their education. Only their RESULTS are the due to their personal efforts. Likewise, with those going through traumatic experiences, Resiliency becomes a driving factor; recognizing that remaining mired in self-blame, shock, or denial will only prolong suffering, whereas accepting the support of others, moving forward, and overcoming are due to personal choice and effort.  Though it is often unpleasant, changing the characteristic of self-absorbed to self-aware, can make HUGE strides in a more successful and enjoyable educational experience. And though it is often bitter sweet, changing the characteristic of self-absorbed to self-acceptance can turn a broken individual into beacon of light and hope for everyone else.  What state are you in today?

Ray Hollister is all about resilience and potential. He works with organizations to reveal extraordinary resilience and unlimited potential in everyone.   His powerful presentations will not only energize and inspire you, but also reveal how YOU can make radical, immediate changes to how you perceive, handle, and experience adversity resulting in experiencing life in a new and thrilling way.  www.rayhollister.net

MAJEED MOGHARREBAN SAYS…

I help my clients have more freedom, and most people think that freedom is a matter of abundant time and money, which certainly helps… but is not the main barrier to freedom. True freedom is the confidence to be your authentic self. It has nothing to do with time or money, really. The real barrier to majeed-square-web-ready-300x300freedom is the lack of clarity of who you really are at the core and who you really want to be, despite external pressures.

Majeed Mogharreban is all about entrepreneurship.  He owned and sold five successful businesses and traveled to 24 countries before he was 21 years old.  After early success in business, now his mission is to support the next generation of entrepreneurs to make a difference doing what they love. With clients ranging from the United Nations, to start-up businesses, to an Olympic gold medalist, Majeed helps you discover your strengths and your passions so that work is meaningful and fun. His book, Winning At Life, is a guide for young people to make a plan and win at life.  www.majeedm.com

TRENT LANGDON SAYS…

I often hear families and individuals comment on the pace of life, the ‘rat race’, and the impossibility of the multiple roles we are expected to fill (that of employee, parent, spouse, care-giver, volunteer,…). Significant research has gone into the impacts of the roles we assume (and those we are forced into) as quotewell as the benefits of having a strong relationship with ‘yourself’. The concepts of ‘work-life balance’ and ‘self-care’ have become cliché in many respects but do we truly know and reward our personal selves accordingly?  Creating therapeutic ‘alone time’ with your thoughts, emotions, and feelings, and intentionally creating opportunities for self-reflection, renewal, and re-generation can be extremely cathartic. The nice thing is…it does not require a huge monetary investment nor a plan to escape into a globe-trotting introspective journey – those Tibetan monks can be a handful! ;). It can simply mean, a dedicated hour for yourself at the local book store, a private walk along your favorite beach, or playing your music, when and where you want…     It’s about intentionality and ensuring these events make it into your schedule.  I strongly believe that an investment in effective personal time can reduce the shock of losing love ones, maintain strong mental health, and truly enable you to enjoy what it means to be ‘you’.  After all, you have so many people competing for your time, what’s one more?

Trent Langdon, M.Ed, Canadian Certified Counsellor is all about legacy and building yours by Trent1-296x300rewriting your ‘game plan’ or rejuvenating your organization’s foundations.  Trent is a strong believer that success and contentment is achievable through actions of integrity and character; for an individual or an organization. With more than 20 years of experience as a CHANGE AGENT for children, adolescents, families, schools, communities, and professionals, Trent can walk with you toward Personal Development and Discovery, Organizational Review and Renewal, and A Career / Life Plan for Teens.  www.epicengage.com

JOEL SWEENEY SAYS….

I help entrepreneurs and business professionals become confident, engaging and effective speakers.  The most common challenge I experience with my clients is that they are looking for a quick fix to their speaking anxieties. They are not ready to do the work necessary to acquire the level of confidence they desire.  The real ‘secret’ to managing your speaking anxiety is commitment: commitment to yourself and Joel-Sweeney-291x300to the process. You don’t learn to become an effective speaker by simply listening to me speak.  I provide insights, feedback and coaching to help my clients create their own unique speaking style. I help them recognize their strengths and work with them to develop strategies to address areas that need improvement. It is up to the client to apply this information. I can’t do it for them. He/she has to take advantage of every opportunity to speak and apply the guidance I provided.  Over and over again I see the person with true commitment achieving the most success on their journey to manage their speaking anxiety. They are committed to themselves and the process.  There is no ‘silver bullet’ solution or ‘magic pill’. It all comes down to how committed the client is. That ultimately determines their level of success. If you don’t have the commitment that you will do what is necessary then you are not ready to take on the challenge of managing your speaking anxiety.

Joel Sweeney is all about effective communications. He has been speaking, training, coaching and writing about it for over 20 years. He is the author of The Wedding MC Handbook and Little Helpings of Food for Thought. His third book, The Speaker’s Tool Box – Perfecting the Craft of Speaking, was released in the 2015. He is the owner of Professionally Speaking (established in 1995). Joel helps entrepreneurs and business professional become effective, engaging and confident speakers. www.JoelSweeney.com

SHEENA GROBB SAYS…

One common challenge I see with others I work with – particularly women – is that so often we wait until we are in crisis to give attention to our emotional wellness. Making real time to properly process and integrate our feelings should be a regular part of healthy balanced living.  Prevention is key, as many of us are aware.  But not everyone knows how to do this in terms of our emotional health.  Learning to takeSheena 10 minutes a day to tune into our bodies and our emotional states can be one way of overcoming the first challenge I see… learning to finally put ourselves first.

Sheena Grobb Singer/Songwriter and Speaker… is humbly amazing. “It is without a doubt a masterpiece of songwriting and soundscape. Really incredible, soulful music. She will definitely get a huge audience in time, trust me.” Alex Wharton, Abbey Road Studios. A songbird from the age of two, songwriter at ten, with 3 albums under her belt, a nomination for the Western Canadian Music Awards, and over 500 tour dates across Canada, the US, and the UK, Sheena Grobb (one of Canada’s best kept secrets) is spilling over. With the release of her newest album, The Breakless Heart, mastered at Abbey Road Studios in London, and a life changing music video created by Lindsey Nelko (past choreographer with So You Think You Can Dance), Sheena is embarking on her most meaningful project yet – The Living Compassion Project™ – inviting others to “unlock their lives” through sharing their stories… as she begins to share hers. www.sheenagrobb.com

BARRY LEWIS GREEN SAYS…

Related to my area of expertise and the way I serve, what is one common challenge that I find people facing that needs addressing sooner rather than later?  Everything everyone else said lol.  Truth.  Still there is something screaming out to me in a whisper.  Focus.  We are constantly running around Focuschasing obligations, responsibilities and dreams.  We need to be thoroughly reminded that multi-tasking is ultimately both a myth and a way to distract us from what is truly important.  Being strategically focused, with our eyes on the prize and our commitment in hand does not mean we cannot have fun.  We can and must, along the way. But busy-ness is not the same as truly taking care of business.  LP Jacks spoke to the idea of the master in the art of living as one who “draws no sharp distinction between his work and his play; his labor and his leisure; his mind and his body; his education and his recreation. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence through whatever he is doing, and leaves others to determine whether he is working or playing. To himself, he always appears to be doing both.”  The quote from ‘Abdu’l-Baha says it all, for me.  Focusing our strengths of character can produce the best and even most healthy results.

Barry Lewis Green is an educator.  He is a dynamic motivator.  Yes, he is a motivational speaker of substance.  He is an expert who speaks.  Barry is The Unity Guy™. BLGEPIC Engage™ is an extension of The Unity Guy™. It is a team with a mission born of Barry’s work.  He is about epic and noble leadership and wholehearted communities at work, school and everywhere; advancing together in thought, will and action. He is about uniting diverse talent to create cultures of growth. www.epicengage.com

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Purposeful Q & A

Purposefulness.  It is about clear vision, goals and concentration on working towards them.  It is about Focusexcellence and focus and commitment.  It is grounded in certitude and resourcefulness.  Purposefulness is about being purposeful and all about purpose (duh).  That being said, Dictionary.com defines purposeful as:

purposeful

adjective
  • 1. having a purpose.
  • 2. determined; resolute.
  • 3. full of meaning; significant.
I would suggest that it is about being filled with purpose.  This goes beyond our daily purposes and moves us into the realm of what I call substantive purpose.  Dictionary.com defines purpose as…

purpose

noun

  • 1. the reason for which something exists or is done, made, used, etc.
  • 2. an intended or desired result; end; aim; goal.
  • 3. determination; resoluteness.
  • 4. the subject in hand; the point at issue.
  • 5. practical result, effect, or advantage: to act to good purpose.
verb (used with object), purposed, purposing
  • 6. to set as an aim, intention, or goal for oneself.
  • 7. to intend; design.
  • 8. to resolve (to do something): He purposed to change his way of life radically.
verb (used without object), purposed, purposing
  • 9. to have a purpose.
Purposefulness implies a greater purpose is at the core of what we do.  For the last week, and headed into another 53 days, I am conducting and sharing a social experiment around the application and practice of character through focused daily experiments.  Each day, I conduct a virtues pick online from www.virtuesproject.com.  I take a few moments to ponder a singular question… “What virtue do I most need today, to practice?”  Then, with wholehearted focus and intent, I explore its practice in terms of living and working my day. The thought is to explore various aspects of character as they relate to living and working; and I am inviting others to join in the experiment.  This experiment is grounded in a greater purpose for me; the exploration of character as the basis for living and leading.
Indeed, we live in times where character, almost more than ever, is necessary to navigate the seemingly heightened trials and challenges and changes of this world.  I liken it to a powerful rudder, amidst the waves and storms and channels.  Character is the basis of consistent and constructive behaviour.  It stands the The EPIC Leadtests;  and character is practiced, and accessible by all.  We have many strengths from which to strategically choose and apply to all types of situations.  This social experiment serves to explore their application and practice.
That being said, our work is all about character and its role in building strong, united and resourceful organizations and communities.  This social experiment is about taking another angle and exploring their daily impact, once practiced with focus and intent.
 Purposefulness

SOME THOUGHTS on QUESTIONS

The Virtues Pick for Wednesday, July 6, 2016 is… Purposefulness.  I invite you to view and listen in to this video on Purposefulness. Then, I would ask that you consider these four questions.

  • Who do I best want to serve?  Now, get very clear on your audience; that demographic of people whom you would most like to serve, help and contribute to in what you do.
  • How do I best want to serve them?  Get very specific and clear on what difference you would like to make for them in what you do.  Name the changes in states of being you would like to advance.  In other words, and for example… because of what you do, how will their lives be better?
  • What are 3 strengths of character I possess that will assist in doing so?  Get on fire about what 3 virtues you have in such significant abundance that will guide the excellence of what you do and will be the basis for your reputation for excellence.
  • What are 5 bodies of knowledge, skills and abilities that I can bring to the table in doing so?  Identify 5 talents, capacities, skills, and abilities that you now possess as strengths of service.  What do you know or know how to do, with some sense of mastery… that will powerfully affect your ability to serve?
Try this fill–in-the-blank, for you or your team.
  • I am ____________________.
  • My audience I best serve is ___________.
  • I serve them best by helping ____________________.
  • In doing so, I walk with the virtues of _________, _________, and ___________; known for them in everything I do.  It is my best reputation.
  • And, I deliver on this service through expertise and skill in _______, _______, _______, ______, and _______.
Purposefulness is the most powerful of forces of focus.  It fosters commitment to excellence.  It is not simply passion or love for something.  It is passion, love, desire, capacity, talent and need in combination in such a way that things get done and served… and the world, or our corner of it, is a little or a lot better for it.

SOME THOUGHTS on ANSWERS

Frederick Buechner said “Vocation is the place where our deep gladness meets the world’s deep need.”  Therein lies a path to purposefulness.  To ready oneself for the answers to the questions, I offer some of the following as thoughts to ponder.

My intent this week is to dig in and carve out an ever more clear sense of purpose upon which to ground my work and life going forward…  to explore the master in the art of living as LP Jacks described.

“A master in the art of living draws no sharp distinction between his work and his play; his labor and his leisure; his mind and his body; his education and his recreation. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence through whatever he is doing, and leaves others to determine whether he is working or playing. To himself, he always appears to be doing both.”

In closing, and for now, I ask you.  What is your purpose?  How can you advance your own purposefulness and mastery in the art of living?  Explore this.  It will be worth the trip.

Peace, passion and prosperity.Educator

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy™

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A Better Hand

First off, Happy Canada Day (July 1) to my Canadian kindred… and Happy Independence Day (July 4) to my American neighbors.  Such days of celebration can and should be a place to reflect on, sharpen and celebrate our collective identities; who we decide to be.

With that in mind, recently I wrote on Dominion, Independence and Strength sourcing thoughts from Seth Godin and exploring what I suggest are primary questions on finding your best strength of service.  Then, over this past weekend, I wrote on 4 Strengths for Better Freakin’ Decisions, focusing on strengths of character that need to be at play in making foundational decisions, especially on how we do indeed best serve.

A Better Hand to Draw

Still, there are some additional thoughts around core decision making that I am currently processing and would like to share, if I may.

Today, and as a result of the first 5 days of a new 60 Day Challengewhich I invite you to engage for yourself… I am left with 5 virtues or strengths of character that I now see in a new light and that are truly foundational for sharpening the focus of my life and work, going forward.  I now see that they can impact my decision making in meaningful ways.   They are a powerful hand dealt to me; and to anyone interested in quality decision making.

While, I have another 55 days left on this Virtues Pick challenge (you can join anytime, but the sooner the better), these 5 are core for me now… building purposefulness and strength in my personal and professional leadership I believe.  They are:

The picks were not planned nor intended by any means.  That being said, after considerable reflection… they do now form what I am now affectionately calling my own fierce five for grounding my decisions around forging my own sense of excellence in service.

  • THANKFULNESS.  The more I am genuinely and already thankful, the less of a sense of “need” I have and I am better able to make sound decisions and thus choose wisely.  My decisions are vetted by the realization that I do not “need” anything and can make choices based on desire to serve.  I can better choose how I can and want to serve.  So, thankfulness = confidence = decisiveness and better decision making.
  • HUMANITY.  The more that I understand that we all count, including myself… the better able I am to make decisions that represent what is truly best for all… now or in the longer run.   This virtue can guide my best decisions, accounting for the authentic interests of all concerned.  So, humanity = responsibility = decisiveness and better decision making.
  • LOVE.  The more wholehearted I am in bringing my very best to the table, the higher my capacity for making decisions that are filled with my true and best loves of work, and community and home.   This strength can guide me in determining where I can be of most service, moving from the desire to be all to the desire to be my best.  This gives me a laser-like focus.  So, in turn, love = zeal (purposeful enthusiasm) = decisiveness and better decision making.
  • TRUSTWORTHINESS.  The moment that I understand my own self to be truly trustworthy, the more ready I am to listen to my own best wisdom… and to be consistent and in alignment with that wisdom… thus building trustworthiness with those whom I serve.  Consistency of decision and action breeds excellence and, in turn, trustworthiness… a most valuable commodity and magnet of prosperity.  So, trustworthiness = integrity = decisiveness and better decision making.
  • CARING.  When I realize the artisan’s tool that is caring, I get how it manifests and sets into motion the four previous strengths.  It is the opposing thumb on the hand of these five.  It is the method of action in living, applying, practicing and securing thankfulness, humanity, love, and trustworthiness.  Once I focus and truly deliver on care, special things happen.  I share some these thoughts in this video.  So, caring = excellence = decisiveness and better decision making.

So What?

I am incorporating these 5 virtues into the remaining 55 days of virtues picks.  While I originally intended 1 pick a day with powerful focus… and that is the approach for the balance… these 5 are going with me.  They are, indeed, foundational.  All of this is to say several things.

  • First, I invite you to partake of this 60 Day social experiment.
  • Second, I invite you to consider these virtues and their relevance for your own leadership in the classroom, workplace or community.
  • Third, I humbly suggest that these five form a powerful hand for me as I both chart and run my course.  They are foundational, producing what I call joyful excellence born of the focus of purposefulness.

And Now

We believe in the power of character to massively and constructively impact leadership.  The virtues presented above are the basis of such character.  For now, we continue the experiment; doing virtues picks for another 55 days… and seeing what comes up.  More to follow, and I do graciously invite you to engage your own experiment.

Peace, passion and prosperity.

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy™

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4 Strengths for Better Freakin’ Decisions

Decisiveness and better decision making is a capacity that strengthens our walk, and talk.

Today, July 2 2016, marks 5 years since I made probably the most misguided (though well intended) capacitiesdecision of my life.  Without going into particulars, not only was the decision ripe with error but it caused me to relinquish and surrender a significant level of trust in myself.  Though it did not stop me from carrying forward (thank you Steadfastness and Resilience), it did cause both a conscious and unconscious new sense of doubt.  That being said, our capacity to learn is the engine of our resourcefulness.

I say all this now because, over the past few days and due to an unrelated experiment, I am increasingly realizing the power of 4 strengths of character in making better decisions.

  • THANKFULNESS.  The more we are genuinely thankful, the less of a sense of “need” we have and are better able to make sound decisions.
  • HUMANITY.  The more that we understand that we all count, including ourselves… the better able we are to make decisions that represent what is truly best for all… now or in the longer run.
  • LOVE.  The more wholehearted we are in bringing our very best to the table, the higher our capacity for making decisions that are filled with our true and best loves of work, and community and home.  This one takes the distorted perspectives of ego out of play.
  • TRUSTWORTHINESS.  The moment that we understand our own selves to be truly trustworthy, the more ready we are to listen to our own best wisdom.  In turn, we become one of our own best mentors and advisors… and best friends.

After years of reflecting on this decision of 5 years back; not obsessing but taking appropriate and necessary times to do so… these 4 virtues, randomly picked (I wonder though) over the last 4 days have had quite an impact.  Now, it is time to frame my future decision making with these in mind.  They will strengthen my discernment and decisiveness.

So, that all said, here are 4 questions to ponder:

  • How can you work on a deeper spirit of thankfulness that moves you beyond perceived need to understand that all is good even now?
  • How can you gain a greater sense of humanity to understand the importance of all involved in a decision, including yourself?
  • How can you love your decision more, essentially bringing your very best and your greatest care and attention to the decision at hand?
  • How can you advance your own sense of personal trustworthiness… to trust in yourself and your personal wisdom, realizing that you have “earned the right” to make a confident decision?

Just some thoughts I wanted to share, in case it might resonate.

Peace, passion and prosperity.Educator

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy™

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