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Monthly Archives: October 2016

Five for Flourishing: The Epilogue

This past week, I posted Five for Flourishing on LinkedIn where I introduced 5 strengths of character that I believe and contend to be core and universal to success.  Then, Thursday evening, I spoke of it on AFTER SCHOOL on Facebook Live.  In particular, I spoke of this marvelous woman who identified herself as being in the oft-addressed picture of my dad’s early schooling. muriel4

See the red circles.

Muriel was and is amazing.  She apparently went to the same school as dad and is the sister of dad’s earliest girlfriend.  Her sharing of the story and the promise to share more with me serves to help humanize my dad in ways that I see as a gift; to explore who Mac Green was… unique and real. And it would not have happened without the practice of the five, for flourishing.

Practice them.  Manifest them.  Realize their rewards.

Peace, passion and prosperity.

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy™Educator

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Barry is ultimately a vocalist, speaker, 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 learning to trust yourself in the face of fear… a great read with 7 perspectives on courage.  Indeed, it speaks to “the five”.

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A Look Back and Ahead

On November 1, 2016, we launch a new chapter with Epic Engage™.  With that in mind, and ahead of announcements, this blog post is simply intended to share some resources to date… looking back, as we Focusmove forward.

All of this is to say, our next chapter goes deeper and more fierce into all things around character and leadership… as fundamental to building strength at school, work and community.  The focus is sharper.

We hope you join us on the path.

Stay tuned and strong.

Peace, passion and prosperity.

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy™Educator

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Barry is ultimately a vocalist, speaker, 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 learning to trust yourself in the face of fear… a great read with 7 perspectives on courage.

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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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Leader ToC with Lea Brovedani

This month, with our sixth in the series of Leader ToC™ Blog Posts, we interview the wonderful Lea Brovedani who I consider a good friend and colleague in the work around character and leadership.   Leader 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 September’s Leader ToC™ with Joe Calloway and a LINKEDIN post that will catch you up on the previous four wonderful contributions from Valerie Hess, Linda Kavelin-Popov, Hugh Culver and David Gouthro.  Enjoy.

INTRODUCING LEA BROVEDANI

Excerpted from her own site, here is a little on Lea.

Lea’s natural ability to hold deep conversations with her audience creates a powerful learning environment. Her confidence and humor while presenting, engage the group and shows up in the positive feedback she receives and the results she delivers. One participant said, “Lea had our attention from her first words until her very last.”lea

For the past 15 years Lea has been working with clients across Asia and North America delivering programs that target specific areas of concerns and needs. From 2011 to 2012, Lea spent a year in Mumbai, India delivering programs to clients throughout India, Singapore and Indonesia. In late 2012, Lea moved to Philadelphia. It was here that she completed her book TRUSTED – A Leaders Lesson and resumed her work showing leaders how to trust and be trusted. She has been invigorated by what she learned in India and incorporates these learnings into her programs.  Clients range from the U.S. Army Corp of Chaplains, FedEx, Suryawanshi School in Nishik, India to ADP Chicago, Bank of Montreal, Canadian Forces Atlantic, CSAE, Nurses Union, and Workmen’s Compensation, to name a few.  Lea’s journey to become an expert in trust and emotional intelligence took a circuitous route. After writing her practicum in Adult Education for a group of educators on how to teach with emotional intelligence, she decided to devote her career to help others put trust into action.

Lea rocks, this I know.  So, let’s get at it to …

Engage the Leader ToC™

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

Hi Lea, and thank you for taking the time and giving the consideration to Leader ToC™.  To start, let me ask one simple and fundamental question.  For the benefit of our readers, what is it that you do?

LEA BROVEDANI

My pleasure Barry.  Essentially… I improve trust. I do that through speaking/training and by being the best example I can be of trustworthy behavior and by trusting others.

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

I am hearing loud and clear.  You are living the real and the dream.  🙂  The example teaches and reaches I often say.  So… in so doing, who do you best serve?

LEA BROVEDANI

Somewhat recently, I would have said leaders but I very recently had the pleasure of teaching 1st year University students at Penn State University in Pennsylvania. By working with future leaders as well as present leaders I serve a public who want to see more trust in the world.

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

I couldn’t agree more.  As an educator working with youth in leadership, I find there is indeed a hunger both latent and overt.  So, what are your thoughts on what makes for great leadership?

LEA BROVEDANI

You can’t have a great leader unless others trust them. Great leaders inspire loyalty and trust by showing they care about others, by making a commitment to a vision, a goal and showing that they are not just spouting platitudes. They show through their actions that there is a consistency between their words and their actions. Great leaders have a track record of accomplishments because of their competency. Finally, all great leaders are great communicators. I have a 5 C model:

  • Caring
  • Commitment
  • Consistency
  • Competency
  • Communication

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

I love it.  5 C’s.  The simplicity and power of it works; it really does.  With what you do in mind, what is one challenge you feel requires engaging leadership at this time?

LEA BROVEDANI

I’m currently living in the United States and I , like many others, am riveted to the Presidential race. It has shown me how important it is for all of us to go beyond rhetoric and ask questions that show all 5C’s in action.

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

Indeed.  We are living in times that paint a picture of the vital importance of character and trustworthiness and their impact on leadership and results.  So, what is the return on investment in facing that challenge, for you?

LEA BROVEDANI

It is incumbent on all of us to realize the cost of leadership on all of the followers. The ROI of trust on all levels of business and government are well documented. In one study, they showed that High Trust companies were 200% more profitable than average companies.  We elect leaders we trust which in the current environment in the U.S. absolutely confounds me.

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

The currency of your message is powerful.  I see your point and agree wholeheartedly.  I can see how the 5 C’s have relevance at school, work and community alike.  Lea, I want to thank you for the opportunity to explore your thoughts on leadership, and I want to encourage our readership to seek you out.  It has been a true pleasure.

LEA BROVEDANI

The pleasure is mine Barry.

 

Leader ToC™ out…

Folks, check out Lea’s work today.  These times demand it.  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 vocalist, speaker, 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 learning to trust yourself in the face of fear… a great read with 7 perspectives on courage.

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We also encourage you to check out this post on thankfulness and integrity and their own role in producing trust in ourselves and in our decisions.

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What to Do with IT

Earlier this week, we introduced the IT Factor on LinkedIn.  In doing so, we invited you to:sing-300x200

“… consider and decide upon one joy or passion in which you find natural and healthy escape… you lose yourself “in the zone”.  It is your go to path to switching gears, allowing you to move forward by engaging your sense of personal freedom.  For me, it is my music and singing. How about you? Name it.  Claim it.  Once claimed, reflect on ways that you can make it accessible to you daily, in some way, shape or form so that it truly is go to. Make it so. Make it your go to for shifting those gears.”

Having such a go to joy can be powerful in shifting those gears, when needed.  Still, reflecting upon that Thankfulnessfor which we are most thankful tells us much more about who we are; as the real deal.  As noted in the last post (particularly in the video), we know that it is best to be thankful for all… trials and triumphs alike.  They all have value as teachers, indeed and in deed.  We know that thankfulness is a powerful virtue of grounding.  Still, when we focus our thankfulness on that for which we are most thankful, we start to get glimpses of ourselves, real; and that speaks to Integrity.

Before going any further, here is an engaging read from the Harvard Business Review… essentially around building cultures of integrity.  It is worth the time, just to open up thought.

Now, moving on…

Last night, I did my weekly WHATSUPWITDAT Facebook Live Chat.  Within these 28 minutes or so, I spoke real.  Indeed, within the video I referenced a most kind comment that was made of me by those who know my work… about being the real deal.  I do not say this for any other reason than to admit that I seek to be real.  Strength is real.  Life is real.  Challenges are real.  And success can and should be so.

So what is my point this morning?

Think about your classroom, whether you are a student or educator, counselor or administrator.  How would the IT Factor strengthen the culture in the classroom and on campus?  How would genuine gratitude for the trials and triumphs as blessings or teachers help with building a stronger classroom?  More specifically, how would exploring that for which we are each most thankful help us get to know and accept one another more?  How would it help in being more open and celebratory, expecting the best?  I can say that when I get to know my students better, the classroom is better.  When I get to know my colleagues better, the staff room is better.

And what does that do for Integrity?  What would that do for living our best, faithful to our ideals and who we are at best?  How would that impact unleashing who we each are at our best?  Then, how would that unleashing strengthen our ability to make better choices and stands based on who we are at that state of best?

Consider these questions for your workplace, business or community.  How would being truly thankful for that for which we are most thankful help us to better articulate who we are and let others know who we are?  How would it increase understanding and connection when we know and can lay claim to that which makes us most happy and grateful.  How does having a better understanding of what makes each of us truly tick help us in building the kind of team or community that is both aware and ready to work better together?  And how does that impact the integrity of each of us and the whole as well?

Rhetorical questions?  Possibly.  I humbly suggest that when we can articulate that for which we are virtuesmost thankful, we start reading our own tea leaves and can better describe who we are at core.  Others can get to know us better when they understand that for which we are most thankful and why we are so thankful for those things.  I suggest, again humbly, that such knowledge helps us to lay claim to who we are at best… and that empowers us to make better decisions, choices and stands, individually and collectively.

Ultimately, I suggest that you start deeper conversations.  Get to know both yourself and others by exploring your highest order of thankfulness.  Heighten the conversation within and without, to move beyond the simple and polite talk.  I am not suggesting counsel one another.  I am suggesting get to know one another.   Any great TV or movie or book really gets going when we get a better understanding of the real character at play.  When we better know ourselves and others, our integrity is advanced… and that engages us to make those better and wiser decisions, choices, actions and stands.  Snape knew this truth.

So, get real.  Get thankful.  Get talking.  Get listening.  Get each other.  Real conversation leads to real knowledge and real knowledge strengthens integrity.  Last night on WHATSUPWITDAT, I experienced it first hand.  Tomorrow night, we explore it live on Facebook @ Barry Lewis Green.

Peace, passion and prosperity.

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy™

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Barry is ultimately a vocalist, strength coach and educator. His work is about voicing, exploring, Educatoridentifying, 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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Facing fear, can be a road to both Thankfulness and Integrity alike.  Some perspectives on same.

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A simple musical message on thankfulness.

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An addendum, with this video talking about The IT Factor.

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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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Independence Day

First off, here is a Facebook post from Mike Rowe.  I am not political nor partisan.  I believe that we need both the right and left wings in healthy unison to fly.  I believe that ideologies constrain us and ideas free BLG3us.  And while I do not agree with everything that Mike Rowe speaks to, and I believe that it is is our duty to vote… he speaks powerfully to the twin responsibility of voting with wisdom and discernment.

Both are born of the Virtue of Independence; being you, with thoughtful and discerning purpose.

A couple of days back, we shared on LinkedIn, this post introducing a discussion of Independence.   At the end of said post, we suggested:

So, as we go into this week, ponder how Independence can empower the classroom, workplace or community. Throughout the week, we will explore same.

Independence is the Virtue of responsible and deliberate and discerning thought.  The Virtues Reflection Card noted in the LinkedIn post has a quote from Henry David Thoreau that speaks to this strength of character.

If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.
In reading these words, I do suggest that hearing that music implies listening and taking in.  It is neither near jerk nor mindless.  I believe it to be the source of great creativity as Sir Ken Robinson speaks to in his TED Talks.  Independence of thought though demands discernment and discernment demands responsibility.  Mindfulness and thoughtfulness are prerequisites for it.
So, how would that look in the classroom?  How would that be manifested by educators?  By students?  What would thinking for ourselves and living as ourselves look like in the classroom?  What levels of both responsibility, acceptance and tolerance would that demand?  As Mike Rowe seemingly puts it, independence places responsibility on acquiring wisdom.  Please note that this would not “impede our ability to work with others”. It can enable enable us to work with others, fully engaged as ourselves. What would trusting our decisions and judgement… with the response-ability to discern new wisdom and be prepared to accept it… look like?   What would this look like in the classroom?
How about our workplaces and businesses?  And our communities?  How can Independence be a strength for our teams and communities?  I believe that Vince Lombardi spoke eloquently to great teams and communities when he said:
Individual commitment to a group effort – that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.
Brilliant, in my humble opinion.  But, he does say “individual commitment” and that implies and requires independent thought, decision and action that leads to such commitment.  True commitment requires discernment and thoughtfulness and thinking things through.
So, I constructively, thoughtfully and responsibly challenge you to have this conversation in your classroom, workplace, business or community.  What would powerful Independence look like?  Tomorrow evening at 7:30 pm EST, on Facebook Live… we will be running another AFTER SCHOOL @ Barry Lewis Green.  We will be continuing the conversation on Independence as personal strength.  Hope you join us.

Peace, passion and prosperity.

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy™

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Barry is ultimately a vocalist, strength coach and educator. His work is about voicing, exploring, Educatoridentifying, 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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I invite you to consider this piece offering 7 perspectives on courage and developing that sense of Independence in ourselves.

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And here is a re-offered and thought engaging post around independence and the future of work.

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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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broadCAST October 2016: A Good Scare

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. With that in mind, we welcome a new member of The CAST™.

MARK BLACK, CSP is all about wellness and resilience.  He is a Heart blackand Double-Lung Transplant Recipient, 4-time marathoner, resilience expert, speaker, and coach. Mark helps people “Thrive in Challenging Times”. A Certified Speaking Professional, Mark has inspired more than 100,000 people in more than 350 presentations. At 23 Mark faced an unimaginable challenge. His doctor informed him that his heart was failing. Without a rare and dangerous heart and double-lung transplant he would not see his 25th birthday. Three years later, after receiving his second chance at life, Mark ran his first marathon. Mark spends his free time with his beautiful wife and two kids.

Please join us in welcoming Mark, and look forward to his insights for November.  That being said, and for October 2016, we ask The CAST™:

Personally and/or professionally… what is one fear that you have faced that has made your work or life better and how did you face it?

RAY HOLLISTER SAYS…

After a horrific auto accident, I was facing an uncertain future and total paralysis. I had a deep seeded fear that I would not only never walk again, but I also feared I would never have a normal relationship – or any relationship – for the rest of my life. At first, I faced this fear quite poorly. I sank into a world of “what if’s” that were all worst case scenarios. I imagined the horrible things that other people were thinking about me or what they might say when confronted by my situation. After two particularly powerful visits by a psychiatrist and a priest, I then changed my view and outlook with one simple twist: I changed all my “what if’s” to be about the absolute best case scenario. I changed all my guesses about what people were thinking about me to be only the most outrageously positive outlooks. You see, the truth is that it is just as easy to fantasize about the positive outcomes of our fears as it is to imagine the worst case scenario. But that is how fear sucks you in – it allows you to believe that the worst case is more likely than the best case. This is simply not true. I offer as my proof a simple exercise. Try for one moment to face the ‘fear’ of winning a jackpot lottery of $500,000,000. Is that difficult to do? Why? Just remember that it IS just as easy (and just as ridiculous) to dwell on the most fantastic and outrageously good outcomes of the challenges you face. This one small change in how I face my fears and challenges in my daily life has been the root of my ability to consistently feel joy and happiness in even the most trying circumstances. I encourage you to join me and start ‘worrying’ about all the great things that are bound to happen to you this week, this month, and this year!

rayRay Hollister is all about strength, excellence and potential. In fact, he has a very special connection with students – he’s helped thousands achieve average scores of over 90% for 20 years! His love of learning… and his ability to teach anybody the same easy strategies he used to study far less than everyone else while maintaining outrageously high test scores… quickly earned him a lot of ‘friends’ seeking his advice. Ray has personally conducted numerous studies to develop an intense, focused, and  results oriented program for college students. With the success of that program, Ray set his sights on helping younger students in Junior High, High School, and those just entering University. The end result is a program that will help any student – especially YOU – learn more, study less, and earn consistently high grades.  www.rayhollister.net

JAMIE McCABE SAYS…

I thought it was quite funny that my parents took so long to get a laptop and Wi-Fi, one year ago to be exact, but I soon came to understand their “why”.  I too faced the fear of coming into my own scary world of technology. We implemented a POS and an online booking system recently for Clay Cafe. I can’t say, looking back now, what exactly I was fearful of, perhaps the unknown? How does it work and how long will it take to learn?  Well, that’s always going to be scary. Maybe because the system wasn’t broke, then did we really need to fix it? What I learned is that it didn’t have to be broken at all to make it BETTER. I JM2let the excitement of growth, far outweigh my fear and that my friend, was worth all the reward.

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….

Without question, conquering my fear of public speaking has made the greatest impact on my life.  Several years ago I had a good job as a Sales Representative for a Fortune 500 computer company. I was successful at the job. I achieved my quota in my first year and was named Rookie of the Year.  Despite my success I wasn’t happy at my job. I was required to do presentations to corporate boards and senior management teams almost weekly. Each time I got up to speak I would get a huge knot in my stomach and it would not go away until I sat down. The adage: “Do the thing you fear and the fear will disappear” was not working for me. My fear and anxiety were steadily increasing.  My discomfort was so great that it was the prime reason for me to decide to leave the company.  I took a job with a local Telephone Company. About a month into my new job my manager convinced me to attend a Toastmasters’ meeting. Over the next few years I worked my way through the entire Toastmasters program and achieved several designations, including their highest designation of Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM).  The Toastmaster program helped me understand that in my job as a Computer Sales Representative I was focused on the wrong thing, the fear and anxiety of public speaking, not the craft of speaking. By focusing on my anxiety, I was actually feeding it! I became Joel-Sweeney-291x300an expert at being anxious about public speaking!  By overcoming one of my biggest fears, my fear of speaking, I realized one of my biggest dreams, owning my own business. Ironically that business is as a professional speaker. All the Best … Joel

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…

I continue to fear the idea that I will not live up to my potential, that I will not have the impact on the world that I believe is possible. That fear drives me to do my best every day. If I consider that I may die any day (a fear) it gives me the perspective to make each day count.majeed-square-web-ready-300x300

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…

For me, it was a significant life event that elicited fear in me. A health-related episode (I will call it) approximately 3 years ago that hit me like ‘a tonne of bricks’. Everything I thought was certain, was no longer such. Everything I had hoped for quickly became questionable, or least that was the overwhelming feeling at the time.  It caused me to worry about my future and that of my family. It forced me to realize that life does indeed have many curve balls that come out of left field. It demonstrated to Trent for Siteme the immense value of family and friends during a time of need. It necessitated a gradual acceptance of the situation leading to an eventual re-gaining of the reins and a life-shift; a shift toward self-awareness, the mind-body connection, and living in the ‘now’.  The experience, though tough at times, has become a significant part of my journey, both personally and professionally.

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 the longest time, I had the biggest fear of speaking my truth, putting myself out there, and showing up strongly in the world.  I was afraid I would come across as this or that… that someone might not agree… that my friends who knew me when I was younger would “see right through me”… that I would not be received.  As I worked on discovering what was beneath that fear, I recognized two things:  one, that my fear was an illusion, and the inadequacy I was feeling underneath (that I had never felt good enough) was the bigger culprit for me, and two: that I was not the only one. Many of us suffer with the Sheenasame feelings, and as I set myself free from this emotional barrier, I was bound to help others do the same.  So that’s what I did.  I processed the underlying feelings of inadequacy that were paralyzing me.  I acted with freedom once I was through them.  I didn’t overcome my fear… I dissolved it.  I transformed it.  And then I got to work helping others do the same.

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…

Oooooh, the choices here.   I could think of those moments in the CT Scans and MRIs this past year, not knowing what this “brain bleed” was and facing my possible mortality.  I could choose my Dale Carnegie Instructor Training experience over 3 long and demanding and intense weekends in Bellevue Washington, USA in 1989.  I could think of even moving to Vancouver in 1987, hardly knowing a soul.  I could choose singing Because We Believe by Andre Bocelli at a CAPS Convention Inaugural Ceremony in 2014.  All scared the hell out of me.  All demanded deep courage.  All were some of my greatest teachers.  BUT, I remember being 13 in 1973 and enduring a year at junior high school that was filled with both the potential and reality of bullying by some students and one gym teacher.  I remember the fear of going to school.  I also remember, at that time, the depression that my mother was experiencing.  It all felt like hell; pure hell.  I was myself fearful, depressed and even had thoughts of suicide.  But one morning in the Summer of ’73, changed my life forever.  I came face to face with an attempt at suicide by my mother.  I remember it so vividly.  I also remember seeing “the dragon” in front of me… that specter of death.  And I decided, “No freakin’ way”.  What is now a blur… was that I dragged my mother out of bed and she blglived another 42 years.  And I am thankful that she did, and thankful I walked with her… but most thankful for the lesson that day.  That day, I learned what fierce was.  In every moment since then, facing fear, I know it has no chance in the face of fierce.  There is no battle cry like it.  🙂

Barry Lewis Green is ultimately a vocalist, strength coach and educator. His work is about voicing, 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.www.epicengage.com

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QUOTE for the MONTH

“Saw a little girl touch a big bug and shout, “I conquered my fear! YES!” and calmly walk away. I was inspired.” — Nathan Fillion

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And now go face the fear!  🙂

Simple Strength

On October 3, we began an examination of Simplicity as a strength on LINKEDIN.  I encourage you to have a read or re-read.  In it, we suggested that…

Simplicity leads to purposefulness which, in turn, leads to excellence, service and joyfulness. And it begins with Simplicity.

We suggested you consider the work of Laurie Beth Jones, Joe Calloway and Greg McKeown.sing-300x200

Finally, we offered a practice exercise for the week; one that would sharpen the lens on decisions necessary to advance Simplicity as a leader.

Simplicity gets us to our best song, sung well and clear.  That being said, today, I am filled with questions… for me and for you.

FIRST OFF

What would be the benefits of Simplicity in the classroom, regardless of resources or supports even lacking?  What would Simplicity in the classroom and delivery of curriculum look like?  What daily and weekly practices might have to receive your commitment in order to better manifest it?

What would be the benefits of Simplicity in your business or place of work, again regardless of resources or supports even lacking?  What would Simplicity at work and enterprise look like? Here, what daily and weekly practices might have to receive your commitment in order to better manifest it?

What would be the benefits of Simplicity in your community, yet again regardless of resources or supports even lacking?  What would Simplicity in community building and development look like? And here, what daily and weekly practices might have to receive your commitment in order to better manifest it in your community?

SECONDLY

What does Simplicity do for our “brand”; our reputation?  I ask this somewhat rhetorically.  For me, and based on years of observation, Simplicity sharpens clarity of image.  It builds trust and trustworthiness… exceedingly valuable commodities that are not easy to duplicate.  Hence, they can be become significant competitive advantages.  If we keep it simple, we can keep it consistent.  If we keep it consistent, people know what to expect and we can meet those expectations more effectively.  Simplicity can advance excellence because we stick to and ever advance the knittin’.  Our students better understand what is expected and the culture that they can expect in the classroom.  Our colleagues and ourselves have a stronger sense of the culture of our work.  This goes for communities as well; so very well.

RECENTLY

Recently, I conducted a community building session around zeroing in on the essential character of the community.  Many leaders attended, from across the spectrum of age, gender and background.  We virtueswanted to connect the dots and gets clear on the reputation and BEING of the community.  The session was engaging, rich, honest and charged.  At the end of the process, upon a flipchart, we had some palpable and simple clarity.  I found myself looking at the chart and the room full of resident leaders and said, “Now that is a freakin’ community in which I want to live!”.  Simplicity does that.  It sharpens the lens.  It forces us to practice detachment from all the superfluous.  It forces us to practice decisiveness in order to get clear.  It opens the door for consistency, trust, trustworthiness and excellence.

NEXT UP

Tomorrow, Thursday October 6, at 7:30 pm EST…

… on AFTER SCHOOL on Facebook Live at Barry Lewis Green

… we engage a conversation on Simplicity.  I so hope you join us.

Until then and beyond…

Peace, passion and prosperity.

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy™Educator

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Barry is ultimately a vocalist, strength coach and educator. His work is about voicing, 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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Chamber Minutes: October 2016

Small Business Week is this month. 

October 16-22, 2016

We wish you a great one.

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.  If you wish to catch up on our first few issues of Chamber Minutes™, here you go.

This MONTH with the CHAMBER

Small Business Week is indeed almost upon us.  To launch us into the week in Mt. Pearl and Paradise, your Chamber is offering Kickoff Small Business Week with Dallas Mercer Consulting.   The Mount Pearl Paradise Chamber of Commerce has partnered with Dallas Mercer Consulting to invite members to attend a special “Lunch & Learn” presentation focused on the topic of Workers Compensation on October 17th.  The event will be hosted at DMC’s new office at:

47 Beclin Road, Mount Pearl

Interested members can reserve their seat by e-mailing ken.oleary@mppcc.ca or calling the office at 364-8513.  It promises to be a value added event.

SMALL BUSINESS WEEK

Small Business Week is indeed October 16-22, 2016 and the BDC has some resources and news.  Even more sbwspecifically, how can you celebrate and/or learn through and around the week?  Check out some great celebratory and/or learning events throughout our Province here.  And may you have a great Small Business Week.  You deserve it.

SOME OTHER NEWS and VIEWS

That’s it for this month.  Celebrate and learn!

Until next month…

Peace, passion and prosperity.Educator

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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