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Monthly Archives: September 2016

The POWER of ACCEPTANCE

Earlier this week, we posted this on The Acceptance of Leadership on LINKEDIN.  Last week, we posted our latest edition of Leader ToC™ right here in the EPIC Blog.

All of that is to say that we continue here with exploring the power that is the virtue of Acceptance as a strength of leadership.  Acceptance is what I call the “starting point virtue”.  I also affectionately refer to it as the “freedom virtue”.  It frees us to to see things for what they are, when they are.  Consider the now classic version of The Serenity Prayer

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
Courage to change the things I can,
And wisdom to know the difference.

Accepting the things we cannot change, frees us to move forward.  Dale Carnegie, in his book How to Stop Worrying and Start Living, once wrote that we should ask ourselves what is the worst that can happen, accept that it could happen and then improve upon the worst.  Acceptance moves us beyond the WHAT-IFS to the WHAT-CAN-I-DO-NOWS.  Acceptance frees us to see the situation for what it is without precluding us from believing that we can move forward from there.

So, what situation are you facing that demands Acceptance?  What scenario is staring you down that says “Accept me for what I am so you can move forward?”  Acceptance is not surrender.  It is realism, detachment and true engagement.

This morning I head off to coach coaches around the strength of Acceptance and more.  Tomorrow evening at a slightly later time, after an education webinar I am engaged with, we will be doing an AFTER SCHOOL Facebook Live on Acceptance on Facebook. at 8:00 pm EST for this week only.  Hope you join us.

Peace, passion and prosperity.

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy™Educator

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Barry is ultimately a strength coach and educator. His work is about exploring, identifying, practicing and mastering 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.

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Check out this post on starting up… a great read with 8 perspectives on starting up at school, business or community.  It too, explore Acceptance of sorts.

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Leader ToC™ with Joe Calloway

This month, with our fifth in the series of Leader ToC™ Blog Posts, we interview the person I loosely, affectionately and accurately call my “unofficial mentor”, Joe CallowayLeader ToC™ (Thoughts on Character) is our monthly series engaging leaders around the world on character, leadership and more.  Before we get started this month, here is a LINKEDIN post that will catch you up on the series to date.

INTRODUCING JOE CALLOWAY

From his own site, here is some of what I know of Joe.  He is …

  • Executive In Residence at Belmont University’s Center For Entrepreneurship, which has been named as a national Top 25 Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Program by the Princeton Review (for five consecutive years). The program was featured by Fortune magazine as one of five schools to consider when studying entrepreneurship.
  • Author of seven books on business performance, including Becoming A Category of One, Be The Best At What Matters Most, Magnetic: The Art Of Attracting Business, and the soon to be released Keep It Simple.
  • Consultant and advisor to business leaders, owners, and entrepreneurs.
  • Real estate investor/developer in projects throughout the mid-south.
  • Investor in and advisor to start-up companies which presently include Gilson Boards and EVAmore.co.
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Joe has presented at business conferences and events in countries around the world including Italy, Sweden, South Africa, England, Swaziland, Canada, Mexico and throughout the Caribbean. Although Joe has been inducted into the Speakers Hall of Fame, he doesn’t do traditional “speeches.” Instead, Joe actively engages people in highly interactive keynotes and workshops that challenge assumptions and create new ways of thinking.

Joe lives in Nashville, Tennessee with his wife, Annette, and their daughters, Jessica and Cate.

Personally, this I know and have experienced.  So, let us …

Engage the Leader ToC™

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

Hi Joe, and thank you for graciously agreeing to share your thoughts through Leader ToC™.  To get us started, let me ask this.  Though I have long known of your work and we have had opportunities to chat over the last 5 years… for the benefit of those reading here, and myself… what is it that you do?

JOE CALLOWAY

A pleasure Barry.  Through books, presentations, workshops, and consulting, I help leaders in high performing companies maximize the potential of their organizations.

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

Joe, I have to say that I love the clarity and certitude of that statement.  Succinct and says it.  So, who do you best serve?

JOE CALLOWAY

Barry, I serve CEOs, entrepreneurs, owners, and senior level leaders in business, education, government and non-profits.

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

Personally, that validates my own choices; not that I sought validation lol… but it does.  I like how you have a broad but clear and focused audience.  It shows discernment and integrity.  So, in doing so, what are your thoughts on what makes for great leadership?

JOE CALLOWAY

In my experience, great leaders, above all, remind everyone of “who we are” and “what is important here.”  By “who we are,” I mean the culture of the organization, the way we have decided to behave with each other and with everyone with whom we interact.  Great leaders take the culture of the organization very, very seriously, and are diligent in protecting it.  By “what is important here,” I mean the goals of the organization and the strategies and tactics necessary to achieve these goals.  A great leader helps his or her people get absolute clarity on what is most important, thus enabling them to focus on what matters most in their actions.

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

I could not agree more, and it is indeed part of the reason I love your work and the books you are producing.  It and they speak to this powerfully; and simply.  I am hearing simplicity, excellence, responsibility, clarity and accountability in what is needed.  So, what is one challenge you feel requires engaging leadership at this time?

JOE CALLOWAY

Thanks Barry.  I believe that the great and constant challenge today, more than ever before, is the challenge to continuously improve and innovate.  If that seems like a cliche’, well, there’s your challenge.  The constancy and speed of changes in the marketplace and the world today demand that we continuously adjust and rethink what we do and how we do it.  But most people only give lip service to the “cliche’” of constant improvement.  We all say we do it, but few of us do.  Leadership must actively engage people in the often uncomfortable process of letting go of what has worked up to this point, in order that we might discover what will work next.

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

Absolutely.  In working with my own business students, I say that embracing change is a prerequisite… not putting up with it… embracing it.  So, what do you think is the return on investment in facing that challenge?

JOE CALLOWAY

Optimum performance and the realization of potential.

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

Drop.  The. Mic.  I love it.  Joe, I admire the integrity, clarity and confidence of your work.  I have since I first encountered you and it.  The answers you have provided today have reinforced for me both what I love about the work you are doing and the need for it in the world today and going forward.  I want to sincerely thank you for your time.

JOE CALLOWAY

Always, a pleasure Barry.

Leader ToC™ out…

Folks, check out Joe’s work today.  You will be glad you did.

Also, note that we are moving.  Over the coming months, around the third or final Friday 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

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Barry is ultimately a strength coach and educator. His work is about exploring, identifying, practicing and mastering 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.

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Check out this post on starting up… a great read with 8 perspectives on starting up at school, business or community.

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Today, September 22 2016 is Character Day, and we will be Facebook Living it tonight on AFTER SCHOOL at 7:30 pm EST.  We will be exploring 5 strategies for advancing character at school, work and community.  Hope you join us on Facebook @ Barry Lewis Green or @ Epic Engage.

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Character: Today, Tomorrow and Beyond

Earlier this week, on LINKEDIN, we shared this post on Character Everyday.  I invite you to have a read.

Tomorrow, September 22 2016, is Character Day, and we will indeed be running an AFTER School on Facebook Live at 7:30 pm EST (@ Barry Lewis Green or @ Epic Engage on Facebook) where we will explore 5 strategies for advancing strength of character and leadership at school, work and community.  This weekend, I share more still and live at the NL wellness Expo 2016.  I speak to all of that here.

That all being said and shared, I offer this as a thought.  Consider the virtues. Identify your true aaeaaqaaaaaaaaf0aaaajdayyzhiymexltq1njatndcyzi05zjblltdkn2fhotiwndmyzastrengths of character; the strengths that seem to be hard wired for you… natural for you.  Then, consider which strengths of character you most need to truly work on in order to best support your goals and plans.  Develop a simple learning plan for developing them.  Knowing your strengths is powerful.  Shoring up your challenges of character can save the day.

Here are some simple suggestions:

  • Identify the strengths of character that you most need grow and develop.
  • Identify 3-5 consistent actions or projects that will advance same for you, in real time and real world.
  • Establish a self assessment on a 1-10 scale to honestly measure your progression.  Ask yourself daily, “Where am I on that strength right now”. Do it daily and do it honestly.
  • Resolve to keep pushing the needle.

So, as we enter Character Day tomorrow, resolve yourself to identify your most strategically needed virtues for growth and development and get clear on a plan for doing so.  The ROI for your leadership will be noteworthy.

Peace, passion and prosperity.

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy™

Barry is ultimately a strength coach and educator. His work is about exploring, identifying, practicing and mastering 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.

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Check out this post on starting up… a great read with 8 perspectives on starting up at school, business or community.  Consider the virtues being identified as strengths of start up.

And this one on leadership and character.

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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 …

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The Faces of Creativity

This past Sunday, I wrote this on Your Creative Shadow.  I invite you to have a read over and reflection.  sing-300x200The piece finished with some questions.

  • Where do you most focus your creativity in your life?
  • Where do you most focus your imagination?
  • On the good?
  • On the bad?
  • Somewhere in between?
  • How could you start to explore even more constructive applications of your creativity?

If you know of the 6 Thinking Hats proposed by Edward de Bono, you understand that creativity can come in the form of:

  • bringing order to chaos
  • focus to the unclear
  • logic to the irrational
  • feeling to the disconnection
  • responsibility to the carelessness
  • optimism to the despondency
  • curiosity to the apathy
  • excitement to the banal
  • insight to the ignorance
  • beauty to the ugly
  • success to the miscue, and
  • peace to conflict.

… and more.  Creativity comes in many forms but it’s common nature is transformation from one state to another.  Henceforth, we all have the capacity to create.  When we take discord and turn it into unity… we are creating.  When we turn despair into hope, we are creating.  When we take boredom and turn it into virtuesengagement, we are creating.  When we take fear and turn it into courage, we create.  You see where I am going.  It is time to understand that creativity is a virtue accessible to us all in myriad forms.  Creativity is a virtue of humanity.  It is the birthplace of adaptation, flexibility and growth.

We will be exploring same on After School… at 7:30 pm EST on Facebook Live.  I do hope you join us.

Peace, passion and prosperity.

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy™

Barry is ultimately a strength coach and educator. His work is about exploring, identifying, practicing and mastering 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.

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Check out this post on starting up… a great read with 8 perspectives on starting up at school, business or community.

And this one on leadership and character.

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Some news on the next few weeks…

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The Why and How of Gratitude and Thankfulness

One of my favorite quotes is “Be generous in prosperity and thankful in adversity.”  Thankful, even in adversity; imagine.  Here is a LINKEDIN Pulse Post on the Power of Gratitude.  I invite you to have a read of the offering from EMMA SEPPÄLÄ, Ph.D.  In addition, I ask that you consider the virtues of Gratitude and Thankfulness.  They are indeed virtues, accessible to all.

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Consider the practices.  What would they look like in daily practice?  One does not wake up being fundamentally grateful or thankful after years of otherwise.  The practice of any virtue, in order to strengthen it, requires just that; practice.  Practice makes permanent.  It requires rituals… not hollow but wholeheartedly practiced.  It requires developing a daily regime that allows for and encourages that strength to strengthen.

So, my question to you is this.

What is a daily practice at morning, noon and evening that could center and strengthen you on gratitude and thankfulness? 

In other words…

What would create such at least three times a day, including as you rise and retire? What would be simple enough, three times a day, that would gain you your traction on this.  The aforementioned post cites the benefits and even some ideas on practice, as do the cards.  Still, what would help to create three islands of gratitude and thankfulness each day?  As you build those islands, they will turn into continents.  Then, see where that takes you.

GratitudePeace, passion and prosperity.

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy™

Barry is ultimately a strength coach and educator.  His work is about exploring, identifying, practicing and mastering 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.

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Staring this Thursday September 8 2016, I will be going (for the first time) Facebook Live at 7:00 pm EST, with what I call After Class™.  It will literally be right after class for me, coming straight out of Strategic Management with my final year Human Resource Development students…  and it is indeed about our learning.  We will spend about 15-30 minutes, exploring the practice of strengths.  This week, I will introduce 5 strategies and 4 tactics for doing so, and we will center on the strengths of gratitude and thankfulness.  I am excited to launch this ongoing conversation.  Hope you join me at Barry Lewis Green (The Unity Guy) on Facebook or Epic Engage on Facebook.

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I will also be presenting 4 different sessions at the 2016 NL Wellness Expo, and possibly partnering JM2with my friend and colleague Jamie McCabe of the Clay Cafe.  I encourage you to attend and experience the Expo, and engage my four sessions if you can.  Each session is independent and yet related but one will be of real value.  All 4, well that would be more so.  🙂

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On another note, I encourage you to check out this post on starting up… a great read with 8 perspectives on starting up at school, business or community.

And… this post on simplicity… a Virtue and strength of character that is foundational to success, going forward.  Gratitude and Thankfulness are part of Simplicity too.

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Chamber Minutes: September 2016

Heading into Fall. 

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, we will logotake a few minutes to consider a thought that might help build greater strength 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.

This MONTH with the CHAMBER

To add some history, here is the very first “issue” posted back on May 30, 2016, introducing the Chamber itself and its services.  We still recommend it as a good read for members and those interested in membership alike.  As well, here you will find the Chamber Minutes for August 2016, in case you are catching up.  Catching up is always better than not catching up.  🙂

As you may have already noticed in the Chamber newsletter, things are happening in our business community… and we invite you to check out what is going on.  September 8th is the Chamber Golf 118-chamber_golf_tournament_is_backTournament and The Chamber is gearing up for a busy Fall, building community.  Stay tuned.  We are.

 

SERVICE in these TIMES

2 Fundamental Ways to Serve

That being said, this month, we thought to dig a little deeper on service and its relationship to the times in which we find ourselves.  There are a multitude of great programs around service training.  Indeed, it is a skill… and one we need to consistently and continuously perfect.  Ultimately though, here we suggest it is about foresight and value.  Randy Pennington and Joe Calloway speak to thatRandy addresses the importance of knowing where we are going and says “people run towards value”.  Joe speaks to usefulness and relevance.  Indeed, these are factors foundational to service excellence; see ahead and serve with ultimate value.  Based on this, consider:

  • How can you build an ongoing awareness of what lies ahead?  How can you build in the habit of staying alert for what is coming; working strategically beyond the day-to-day?
  • How can you add real value to the customer experience… that can be delivered simply and consistently?

Still, Service is a Spirit

Still and all, service is a spirit.  It is about caring about who we serve.  It moves beyond a focus on the Strengthoutcomes that we call revenues and centers in on our efforts. Service is the motivation, and our actions are its manifestation.  The results are our revenues and our success.  Our revenues, much like marks on an exam, are indicators of whether we are doing what we need to do.  As a business educator for 20 years, I encourage my students to focus on the effort and the results will come.  Service is a strength that is strategic and sustainable… and sustaining.

With the imminent start of the NFL Season, here are three thoughts from Vince Lombardi which I and we suggest speak to this.

Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.

The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.

Individual commitment to a group effort – that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.

Let the spirit sink in.

Some Other Questions to Ask

Within these times of change and challenge, trial and triumph alike… here are some questions fundamental to advancing service excellence and the success that comes from same.

  • What do we best do?
  • For whom do we best do it?
  • How can we consistently best do it?
  • How can we ever advance in our ability to respond in doing it?
  • How can we do so in a way that advances return on investment?

Answer these questions for you and your team.  Explore the power of simplicity and focus.  Simple ain’t stupid.  It is brilliant in advancing excellence of focus and service.

The Bottom Line

Service is strength…. and strategic advantage.  With that in mind, here might be three other reads of value as you move forward.

The Mount Pearl Paradise Chamber of Commerce is our chamber, and the Board is committed to ever better serving its members.  Service is excellence in the making, and more needed than ever as we forge forward as a business community.

Until next month…

Peace, passion and prosperity.Educator

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy™

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A video message around labour, work, service and excellence.

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broadCAST September 2016: Starting Up!

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 September 2016, we ask The CAST™:

For those considering or actually going into business or an enterprise of any nature for the first time, what is one piece of advice you might have for them to keep top of mind?

RAY HOLLISTER SAYS…

I’d like to answer this with a small shift – instead of ‘business’, I am tackling those going to college for the first time. Since “Back to School” fever is underway, I’d like to share advice with anyone going to college or university for the first time that I believe is critical to keep ‘top of mind’ as they maneuver their way through their first semester. Keep in mind that every Professor, Instructor, or Teacher is there to HELP YOU! It is an inevitable fact of school life that students tend to believe that the instructors have personalRay-300x294 vendettas against them. This usually manifests right after the first exam – 😉  But the TRUTH is that they are there to HELP YOU! So my advice is simple, yet tragically challenging for most students. Treat your instructors like you’d treat your favorite grandmother or grandfather. As bizarre as that sounds, this simple shift in how YOU treat your instructor will have a profound impact on your success as a student going forward. Don’t buy into the hype and fears of other students. Don’t believe the conspiracy theories about the ‘difficult teachers’. Believe in yourself and believe in their universal desire to see you succeed. Do this, and you will.

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

JAMIE McCABE SAYS…

A one-word piece of advise for those entering into entrepreneurship: PASSION. I believe the one thing you need when becoming an entrepreneur is passion in and for what you do. I think this is what puts you on top of the game and drives you. Your enthusiasm is contagious and people can feel that passion and excitement when you engage them. When you enjoy it as much as I do, it radiates and it pulls your customers in to learn more about what you do and they can’t help but love it too. The old saying “choose a job that you JM2love and you’ll never have to work a day in your life”… it’s true! What’s your passion?

Jamie McCabe is all about creativity and connection. She is on a mission to bring people together through art and exploring their creative side at Clay Café Avalon. Jamie became an entrepreneur and opened the paint-your-own pottery studio in 2008 and has seen many memories painted there since then. She works with children and schools where she provides after school art programs. She believes we should color outside the lines more and embrace our inner artist. At Clay Café, it’s not about painting the perfect piece, it’s about painting the perfect memory.  www.claycafeavalon.ca

JOEL SWEENEY SAYS….

Have a documented business plan. Don’t trust to having it in your head. Having your plan documented will allow you to stay focused and to prioritize what needs to be done and when it needs to be done. It will also allow you to visualize the big picture.   Your plan should be detailed enough that it is complete. Don’t fall victim to spending too much time planning your business. Your plan is a blueprint for how your business will evolve. You will make changes to it as you become more knowledgeable. You will Joel-Sweeney-291x300discover unforeseen aspects that will need to be addressed as you go.    Your plan is your vision for your business. Refer to it often. It is the guide to building your business. You should not be doing something that is not included in the plan. If you decide that something is missing then add it to the plan. Always conduct your business according to your plan. Make adjustments as required. It is important that you keep it current. Don’t let it go stale.    You would never consider building a house without creating the plan for it in advance. The plan is the blueprint to guide in its construction. You need to treat your business the same way.

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

MAJEED MOGHARREBAN SAYS…

My advice for startups: focus on sales by talking to customers. Look at your calendar. How much time each day or week is spent actually speaking with a human being who has bought from you, can buy from you, or can refer someone to buy from you. Let those people tell you what to create (product/service) majeed-square-web-ready-300x300and how to describe it (marketing) and who else needs help with the same problem (referrals and sales). Talk to at least one customer every single day and watch your business grow.

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

LAURIE PINHORN SAYS…

The one piece of advice I would give someone is to stay in alignment with your life’s purpose. I would advise people to provide services and products that are in alignment with your personal philosophy and your life experiences. That makes your business your passion and not just another job that you do each day. Don’t be afraid to say no to something that is not in alignment with your ideas and philosophies. It Laurieis more than okay to make the decision to not work with someone. That way, you will attract people to your business that you know that you want to work with. When you and your business are in alignment with your life’s purpose you feel like magic is happening!

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

TRENT LANGDON SAYS…

As a full-time educator and counselor, I have regularly contemplated and developed pseudo-business plans… and completed significant research on ‘hanging out my shingle’ and delving into private work on a part time basis. It is still a passion of mine to take this next step but I have yet to do so. The reason being… my Trent for Sitefamily, work, professional affiliations, and personal time are healthily filling my schedule.  So, my advice? I am not a fan of those stories whereby people have lost much to make their businesses successful. Though most entrepreneurial  moves require a certain degree of risk, ensure that your social-emotional and physical needs are not compromised beyond that which is manageable. It is quite difficult to put that cat back into the bag…with much more to be lost than just your business.  Here’s to personal happiness and business success!

Trent Langdon is all about building legacy through character education and development. He is a junior high school counselor for 650+ adolescents and is dedicated to serving his students, their families, and communities.  Trent works on behalf of his colleagues to build identity, protect professional roles, and to give teachers ‘a voice’; currently completing his 2nd term as a member of the Provincial Executive Council of the Newfoundland & Labrador Teachers Association (NLTA) and now as a passionate candidate for NLTA Vice-President for the 2017-2019 term of office. Trent is also a Canadian Certified Counselor with the Canadian Counseling & Psychotherapy Association (CCPA) and serves as a member of the CCPA Ethics Committee (Complaints Division).  And last but certainly not least, Trent is a proud contributor to the Epic Engage team. www.epicengage.com

SHEENA GROBB SAYS…

For those going into business for the first time?  There are so many things that could be said… so many helpful and encouraging tidbits of knowledge to pass on… “This worked for me, this didn’t work for me”.  But, one tiny piece of wisdom that seems to speak louder than all the others:  Let your business become an expression of your highest service.  Whether it’s in the type of business you run, or the way you run it, your contribution to the world will be unique to you.  So listen to your inner guidance and Sheenainstincts as you take in and integrate important guidance from others who have gone before you.  Fall, learn, try again, grow.  Just make it your own, because you are your greatest resource… the world needs more of us to show up like that.

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…

In the words of Joe Calloway, keep it simple.  The books Essentialism by Greg McKeown and Keep It Simple by Joe Calloway both speak to this; and are personal faves for me these days.  Uncluttered, uncomplicated and unfettered is best.  I am quickly getting there.  Focus on what you do best and for whom you do it best… and keep your eyes on the prize.  Your marketing, production, operations, research and development, Educatorinformation tech, human resource management and more… they must support what you do best and for whom you do it.  So start by asking yourself:

  • what do I/we do best?
  • for whom do I/we do it best?
  • where are these clients for whom I/we serve?
  • how do I/we best get to them in order to serve?
  • how can I/we do it in such a way that is sustainable?

Get the books referenced above.  Simplicity is a Virtue; and a powerful one in business.  Keep your eyes on the prize.  Excellence in service and consistency in delivery demands simplicity and fierce focus.

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™. EPIC 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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