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Monthly Archives: December 2017

HAPPY 2018!

BARRY’S BLOG

Happy New Year!  I posted this on Facebook and LinkedIn on the Eve…

Call it a #promise or a #resolution. Both, by definition, imply #commitment to an #action or #goal. Be your own best friend and promise yourself something truly important to you… truly important. What matters to you most in 2018? Do that. #leadership

However you celebrate… do so with joy and care.  And, may 2018 be your best year yet.  For me, I choose to celebrate in reflecting back and dreaming forward, with my #bestlittledogintheworld Panda… who does NOT like the fireworks in the neighborhood and appreciates her “dad” being around.  Besides, I love the time because it allows me to center amidst a purposeful and filled life.  So, as we enter into 2018, I offer the above… and this video wish.

And, after a promise to do so… I now offer these five videos addressing the Five Strategies of The Virtues Project™ and how they might help in making 2018 your best yet.

These five strategies can be powerful daily building blocks to having a cool year, if practiced.  With that in mind, I invite you to hold on to this post and these videos… in order to engage the cool work this year.

That all being said… in 2018… I wish you…

Peace, passion and prosperity.

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy™

Barry is ultimately a vocalist, 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, business and community; where everyone matters and contributes everyday.

PS

Some other reads, of note…

PPPS (Other Resources)

  • 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 …
  • and our buffet of FREE services and resources here.

Barry’s Blog

Change is coming in 2018.  To date, we have published some 332 posts under The Epic Blog name; right here.  Personally, I chose The Epic Blog as a name to somehow “fit” with the Epic Engage™ branding.  Truthfully, I always struggled with the name as it implied the blog was epic.  What it has been is a series of thoughts around character education and leadership; and it will continue to be so; sincerely offered.

That being said, of late I have been documenting my own road back to full health and strength after stroke with the latest installment from last week being Wayfarer 8.0 .  This past week has seen continued and consistent progress with almost 80,000 steps already in over the last 5 days.  Essentially, this journey is an application and practice of character; employing Cooperation with my new and supportive team online, Discipline with my consistency… and Joyfulness in how I have created the space to do the work necessary. The success, present and continuing, will be founded and grounded in the practice of character.  Great and consistent and reliable behaviour and action is grounded so.

With that all in mind, going forward this will be Barry’s Blog; a humble offering around observations, thoughts and ideas with respect to character leadership and education on the ground in real time and real world.

Just this past week, Christmas Day in fact… I came across this on new conversations in the classroom. As a business educator myself, I strongly and humbly suggest a read; whether you are an entrepreneur, educator or emerging leader.  It references ethics and values… but I would suggest that we are talking matters of character.  Issues of harassment, justice and success in the marketplace alike… they demand character.  They demand stronger senses of fairness, empathy, discipline, trust, trustworthiness, courage, excellence, honesty, commitment, understanding, and so much more.  Read the article and consider, for yourself, what strengths of character are demanded at school, work, business and community… going forward.  Such reflection matters now, more than ever.

Right here, each week, we will look at the world and our corners of it … and explore the vital importance of the faces of character… some 101 and counting virtues that set us up for sustainable strength and success.  This will not be kumbaya (nothing wrong with that but it won’t be that).  This will be real … real time, real world… exploring the nuances of character and how to build cultures grounded in same.

If you are an educator, entrepreneur or emerging leader… I say to you that we will take a few minutes each week and give it real take-away value.  Hope you join me.

Won’t you? … I am asking you.

Peace, passion and prosperity.

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy™

Barry is ultimately a vocalist, 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, business and community; where everyone matters and contributes everyday.

PS

I invite you to listen to and download the song by Sheena Grobb and Maria Aragon.

PPS

Some other reads, of note…

PPPS (Other Resources)

  • 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 …
  • and our buffet of FREE services and resources here.

 

Wayfarer 1.8: Better Late Than…

This is as much a thank you to many people I have not yet met, as it is a reminder for me… of possibility.  Since #CAPS2017, there has been much learning.  And, I have been late in updating on my journey back to health this week.  But, I have been busy.  🙂  So, better late than…

In the last Wayfarer… 1.7 … I talked about my new FitBit as my buddy, getting me to take at least 10,000 steps every day.  I said in that post…

This is so helpful in terms of going GREAT, for me.

  • GET … based on who you are and what you do, what do you need to GET done today.
  • RELEVANCE… how does that powerfully relate and have resonance for your one goal of BEING and DOING? This one is a fixed point, really. You are always relating your “get” to your natural BEING and DOING.
  • EXECUTE… what actions do you need to take on to go get it today?
  • ASSESS… on a scale of 1 to 5 (5 being DONE), at the end of the day, measure your getting it done; and be prepared to reset.
  • TIMEFRAME… this is another fixed point… today… 24 hours. That is your time frame; those day tight compartments.”

Now, a week later, and as part of Krista Walsh‘s online Fusion Fitness Class out of PEI, I am pumped.  It has radically reinvented how I see my possibilities, fitness wise.   I have always be a guy of Optimism and possibility; but this past week has rocked me.  The team, the encouragement, the focus… all have rocked.

It is crazy but I won last weekend’s Workout Warrior Challenge with 25,000+ steps (OMG, I am still stunned)… and, as of this morning, I am awaiting word on the possibility of winning the Workweek Hustle… with 100,444 steps in 5 days!

The winning is not my goal.  Truthfully, I am more than surprised that I walked over 125,000 steps last week… averaging almost 18,000 steps a day!  I truly did not see that coming, but I was inspired… by Krista and the other members, my music and my goal.  I say none of this to boast, as I am surprising myself, but I will let these four videos speak to my message this week.

This morning, I worked out… and am continuing on with my focus and fun… with a HUGE THANK YOU to Krista and Fusion.  Also, and as noted last time, I have discovered the coolness of one Earl St. Clair… and I find his music moving in so many ways.  Funky fitness and fun.  🙂

And, I am still finding wisdom in this from my friend and colleague Michelle Cederburg on HELL YEAH.

LEARNING

So, here is my learning as I get on the next leg of this health journey; and my goal of lean and strong in 2018.  One day at a time is the goal.  I do not care about being first.  I care about being my best.  It is the only thing over which I have true control.  I love being and becoming my best, and how that in some way might possibly inspire others to do the same.  Fun works for me.  Inspiring and being inspired works for me.  Enthusiasm and Zeal work for me.  Purposefulness and Determination, too.  Joyfulness and Unity.  These all connect for me; and help me connect with my goal to get back to optimal health in 2018.  This is truly a journey, one day… one brick… at a time.

And, I am thankful.

I think this says much for success of any kind.  It is a commitment to excellence, one day at a time.  It is about bringing our best and letting the results speak for themselves; whatever they may be.  It is about inspiring and being inspired.  It needs to be fun.

When all is said and done, do your best… forget the rest.  Relax, and have fun, living inside your skin.  These words unintentionally spewed out of my mouth at an Earl’s Cafe in Vancouver in 1987.  They have even more relevance for me now.  So… how does that work for you?  What does it look like?  What does it look like for you individually, as a leader, an educator, an entrepreneur?  What does it look like for your class, your team, your community?  Get clear on that and get going… and have fun doing it.  🙂

In the next week, there will be a number of changes and announcements going into 2018.  I respectfully and enthusiastically and humbly ask you to stay tuned.  In the meantime, Panda and I wish you the best of Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Holidays and New Year.  Right now, I am heading off to The Last Jedi for the second time… loooooved it. Possibility, and fun, again.  🙂

Until we chat next time…

Peace, passion and prosperity.

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy™

Barry is ultimately a vocalist, 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, business and community; where everyone matters and contributes everyday.

PS

Some other reads, of note…

PPS (Other Resources)

  • 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 …
  • and our buffet of FREE services and resources here.

Leader ToC™ with Bruce Templeton

Leader ToC™ is back with a special interview (but they all are special truthfully).  Still… this month, with our new iteration of editions about to launch in 2018… and now 14 in the series of Leader ToC™ Blog Posts:

… we are thrilled to have Bruce Templeton contribute to the conversation around leadership and character at Leader ToC™.  We hope you engage and enjoy.

INTRODUCING Bruce Templeton

Bruce is a special, humble and generous man.  He knows Santa Claus very well; much better than most.    Here is a little on Bruce.

Bruce Templeton has assisted Santa Claus in St. John’s, Newfoundland for 39 years and has had more than 1500 visits in a red suit. Those visits have generated some amazing memories for the children, the families and yes, for him.  Bruce is the only living Santa in Canada, of the 20 in the world, to be a member of the International Santa Claus Hall of Fame. He has also been knighted as a Knight of St. Nicholas. Bruce has written three books and, through those efforts and with matching funds from Rotary and the Gates Foundation, he has bought polio vaccine for 300,000 children.  Now Bruce would like to stand in front of your group and talk to you. He would like to tell you a few stories and take you on a journey with him. Join him in the parade, on the Flight to the North Pole and in the children’s hospital on Christmas Eve.  Check out his TEDx Talk. You can also connect with Bruce directly at Man in the Red Suit.

So, let us…

Engage the Leader ToC™

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

Hi Bruce.  I am so glad that you agreed to contribute because I know that you can bring a special perspective to the dialogue.  We typically start with two questions in one … “Who are you and what is it you do?

BRUCE TEMPLETON

Thank you Barry.  I am Bruce Templeton and I have the privilege of assisting Santa Claus for more than 1500 visits over 38 years. Some of these visits are happy, some are very sad but what turned out as an “act” has become a ministry.

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

A ministry?  Fascinating, and I love it.  There is a deeper level of Service in that.  With that in mind and heart, for whom do you do this work best? In other words, who is your best audience?

BRUCE TEMPLETON

There are many “audiences” for my work. I start with the Santa Claus Parade were there are 60,000 people. I finish holding tiny children in the Neonatal Unit of the Children’s Hospital on Christmas Eve. My “best audience” comes in the broad smile of an enchanted child when we keep the dream alive.

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

I can only imagine.  And, I can feel it as you say it.  There is a sense of real “magic” in it.  Then, how do you best serve them in doing so? In other words, how do you offer what you do?

BRUCE TEMPLETON

I serve best when I can bring hope and reassurance. When I can make the “not-so-normal” seem “normal”  again; then I know that I have met the challenge.  Some of the questions are not easy at all. The answers require careful thought.  “Santa, my daddy died last month. Was it my fault and will  you see him in heaven at night?”

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

Wow, and that is an understated wow.  That takes such Service and Courage and Empathy.  I admire your Strength in such work.  If we look at it from another angle… based on your work over the years… in these times, what are the challenges and opportunities of leadership… from your perspective and experience?

BRUCE TEMPLETON

When you portray one of the most trusted figures in the world, the greatest challenge is simply living up to the responsibility for 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Everyone in my community knows what I do. It is not enough to have police screening done each year. It is how you behave and conduct your daily living such that your reputation never is tarnished. It takes a lifetime to build a reputation and you can tear it down in 5 minutes.

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

Indeed, and in deed.  I hear that, loud and clear.  Trustworthiness is such a valuable “commodity” in the world… at home, school, work, business and community.  And character matters.  So, when considering the strengths of leadership as they might relate to character… what virtues do you consider to be paramount as strengths and why do you believe them vital?

BRUCE TEMPLETON

I don’t think that any course can teach “integrity” and “doing the right thing.” Always tell the truth, always put the other person first. Always do what is in their best interest.

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

Indeed, and agreed.  My own work with The Virtues Project™ for years is premised on the reality that all matters of character are sourced inwardly.  We all have access to practicing character and it is our choice.  All that anyone can do is encourage it.  Given that, what is one piece of advice you might have for our readership on developing leadership and strength of character in these times?

BRUCE TEMPLETON

We do seem to live in uncertain times. My own experience is teaching me that our value systems are all developed before we are 18 years old. So I believe that the memories for children are what determines those values and they can only be formed through family experiences. What do you remember about your Christmas? I’ll bet you can’t remember one thing you got under a tree.  Go sliding, roast marshmallows, make cookies, go and visit an elderly relative. Quietly, give Thanks.  Just do some random act of kindness with a child and feel the warmth you will receive from your priceless gift.

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

The only gifts under the tree I remember have special meaning in their giving.  The joys of the memories are not grounded in the “stuff”.  I could not agree more.  I am hearing the importance of presence, not presents.  I am hearing the importance of time over toys.  I am hearing much we need to hear; and I truly appreciate your perspective.  So, with that in mind and appreciative of your time, how can someone connect with you for more information on your work?

BRUCE TEMPLETON

Barry, I can be reached through the website   https://manintheredsuit.wordpress.com/… or you can read one of my three books. Start with “The Man in the Red Suit.” (Find a quiet corner for an hour. Get a box of tissues and a cup of tea or a glass of wine!)

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

Love it.  I am sincerely thankful that you took the time Bruce… and encourage anyone to connect with you.  It has been a pleasure.

BRUCE TEMPLETON

Thank you Barry, and Merry Christmas.

Leader ToC™ out…

Folks, please check out Bruce. I very much encourage you.  Very much.  And, yes, we continue on.  Continuing into 2018 … we will engage and explore with experts and leaders around the globe.  We invite you to join us.

Until next month…  Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!!!

Peace, passion and prosperity.

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy™

Barry is ultimately a vocalist, strength coach and educator. His work is about exploring, identifying, practicing and mastering our strengths and building upon them through practical and powerful unityand 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, business and community; where everyone matters and contributes everyday.

PS

Some other reads, of note…

PPS (Other Resources)

  • 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 …
  • and our buffet of FREE services and resources here.

broadCAST December 2017: All About Gifts

The broadCAST™ is a monthly weigh in by members of The CAST™ of Epic Engage™.  Independent experts in their own right, and I am humbly proud to say friends of mine… members of The CAST™  have an opportunity to share their earned insights right here, for you, each month.  With that in mind, we wholeheartedly encourage you to connect with these experts on their respective bodies of work and how they might be of service to you.  They each bring such great value in service to their respective work and audiences. 

December 2017

This month, we are continuing with our evolving new look, feel and delivery to the broadCAST™.  As we head towards that “magical season” these coming weeks, we thought to bring some new sparkle going into 2018.  Focusing on Campus, Creativity, Communications, Life, Music and more… we hope you engage and enjoy.   This month, we explore thoughts around gifts; inner and outer. 🙂

 

THE CAMPUS CORNER

Trent, Ray and I are offering a section called The Campus Corner where we each offer a short tip or idea on teaching or learning or some aspect of education and leadership; one simple idea from each of our bodies of expertise.  To start…

TRENT LANGDON SAYS

As we approach the end of another calendar year and a well-deserved holiday break for all, the educator is no doubt caught in the seasonal and professional rush. Attempting to finalize your academic responsibilities while playing the proverbial pinball between family and friends can take its toll.  Simplify as much as possible, clearly plan your blueprint for the final few days, and hold on for the ride.  So, reflecting upon the school year that has been thus far, and taking your ‘impact inventory’, what have been your fence posts or your ‘take-aways’ so to speak? Are your thoughts primarily consumed with the challenges that created great stress and difficulty or are you able to find balance by also highlighting those great breakthroughs that provided strength and energy? I suggest that we must:

  • Continuously remind ourselves to keep our impact efforts at the forefront and also be willing to address those potholes that create danger in the road ahead.
  • Treasure and intentionally document the ‘impact’ moments with your students. Take a step back and realize that every interaction has meaning.
  • Understand that the teacher-student relationship should be rooted in reciprocal meaning and well-being for both.

I will have some more to add in the upcoming Leaducator™ Experience this very week.  I invite you to stay tuned.  Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Holidays and New Year!

Trent Langdon is all about finding identity & building ‘life legacy’ through character education, integrity-based living, and social-emotional development. He is a junior high school counselor for nearly 700 adolescents and is dedicated to serving his students, their families, and communities. In addition, Trent works on behalf of his colleagues to build identity, protect professional roles, and to give teachers ‘a voice’; he is serving as Vice-President of the Newfoundland & Labrador Teachers Association (NLTA) for the 2017-2019 term of office. Trent is also a Canadian Certified Counselor with the Canadian Counseling & Psychotherapy Association (CCPA).  And last but certainly not least, Trent is a proud contributor to the Epic Engage™ team and co-author of The Leaducator Experience™.  Check out Trent’s blog.

RAY HOLLISTER SAYS

Character, Accountability, and Responsibility – CAR – may be the most undervalued pillars of getting good grades by students today. I frequently ask students, “What kind of CAR do you drive?” It is a rhetorical question asked of students to have them stop and reflect on a specific aspect of school that is almost never openly discussed. Specifically, I ask them to honestly identify (for themselves) what character they bring to school, what accountability they have for their education, and what responsibility do they hold to get the most out of school. Three universal truths that seem to be ignored (probably because it is ‘unfair’) are:

  1. The character you exhibit during class, interacting with classmates and interacting with teachers has an enormous impact on your scholastic success.
  2. Holding yourself personally accountable for the results of your studying, your tests, and your actions has an enormous impact on your scholastic success.
  3. Taking personal responsibility for your work, your grades, and your behavior has an enormous impact on your scholastic success.

These truths are not ‘fair’ or ‘unfair’ on their own. But unfortunately, over the years a new mindset seems to have emerged (commonly referred to, rightly or wrongly, as the Millennial Mindset) that celebrates the idea that you are owed good grades simply for showing up at school. There are those that think it is unfair that a well-dressed, articulate, polite student who frequently seeks feedback from teachers seems to consistently get better grades than anyone else. Yet, when given the same opportunity (dress well, be articulate and polite, seek counsel of teachers), they shy away from it claiming they ‘shouldn’t have to do that’…  And that is the whole point – they DO NOT HAVE TO DO THAT! But, yet it remains true that the results are better when those actions are taken.

Being of good character is not a chore, nor is it a sign of weakness! Quite the opposite, actually. Taking responsibility for oneself is not required, but the results gained from doing so are astonishing. Being accountable for your work and behavior is not compulsory, but for those who do so, the results are exceptional. These three hallmarks of a stellar student are FREE and ACCESSIBLE to EVERYONE. Yet few choose this path. So this Christmas Season, I offer you a minor shift in the Scrooge classic along a scholastic theme:

  1. The Ghost of Character Past asks how your Character has influenced what your teachers think about you, what your classmates think about you, and what those around you think about you. How has your character impacted your grades?
  2. The Ghost of Accountability Present asks how do you hold yourself accountable? How does your current mindset about accountability influence the quality of your learning?
  3. The Ghost of Responsibility Future asks how will your grades change if you take full responsibility for your own work, your own learning, your own test scores? How will this impact your scholastic success?

Now I ask you to imagine it is Christmas Day in scholastic heart; when you throw open the shutters and take in the crisp morning air, what does your future hold? What do you shout to the world? What kind of CAR will you drive?

Ray Hollister is all about strength, excellence and potential. In fact, he has a very special connection raywith 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

BARRY LEWIS GREEN SAYS

December has that notion of “gift giving” associated with it; whether Christmas or Hanukkah or whatever celebration one might engage this time of year.  I certainly see the diversity of friendship, talent and perspective of The CAST™ as a gift, for me… and I truly hope you.  My band, Elevation, too.  Still, here, I share some thoughts around discerning our inner gifts… thoughts I think important for students, teachers and anyone who sees life as the possibility of learning and growth.

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.  His book Human Being Being Being Human speaks to that.  and 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

 

CREATION CORNER

Jamie, each month, will offer a thought to ponder on Creativity; drawing on her longstanding expertise and experience in advancing same in others.  For this month…

JAMIE McCABE SAYS

Friends, I hope this does not come across as “selly”.  But… With the holidays fast approaching, you know the stress and worry that comes with it … of what to give others as a small token of  love or friendship. I know too, as I too struggle with what to get my mother in law or sisters for the holidays. I like to put a lot of thought into it so they know how much I care about them. I read an article the other day however, about giving “experiences” for the holidays. I thought, that is perfect! I love spending time with family and friends. What if your gifts too … were an experience. What would that look like? Well, that’s exactly what we do here at Clay Cafe! We give the gift of creativity! You will never have to give a receipt with your gift from us because you will never get the wrong color or the wrong size. How about the gift of presence? That’s right, presence! Put down your phone, get off that laptop or trv and bring someone on a date and give them the gift of being present. You can have just as much fun painting pottery with someone as you did watching that cute kitten video. The best gift I ever gave was a video I made for my Dad that began with my mom and him when they first started dating, right up into his three kids, grandkids…it was a life montage to music. He loves that video and we watch it at least 4 times a year. It was handmade with love. That’s what matters the most. So for this holiday season, give an experience, however you manifest it.  Here at the Clay Cafe, you can hand paint a gift or give the gift of painting the perfect memory with someone you love. You will have a masterpiece to remind you of your paint date that you can use and talk about for years to come. Either way, experience the Season!

JM2Jamie 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

COMMUNICATIONS CORNER...

Joel, each month, will address a matter on communications… interpersonal, in groups, through presentations and technology… and drawing upon his decades of experience and observation around how we find our message and voice.  For this month…

JOEL SWEENEY SAYS

See and hear what Joel has to say on technology and communications at this time of year…

Joel Sweeney is all about effective communications. He has been speaking, training, coaching and Joel-Sweeney-291x300writing 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

 

CRAZY COOL CORNER…

Liz and Krista will be contributing on life hacks for living a cool LIFE… simple tips for better living.  It will be crazy cool.  For this month…

LIZ BURT SAYS

Hope you are well and enjoying the pre-Christmas excitement. It’s almost Christmas and, as the year draws to a close, I’m trying to take a little extra time to reflect and practice gratitude. I’ve been very fortunate this year to take a huge leap forward in my career, make a bunch of new friends, move into a cute cosy new home, and we even adopted the sweetest cuddliest cat.  Gratitude for these things is easy but on the bad days when things seem bleak, we really should try and remember all that we have to be grateful for. I think when we are so focused on progressing, achieving and improving our lives we can lose sight of how far we’ve come. The setbacks I experienced in the last few years gave me a far greater perspective, pushed me to work harder and made the triumphs of 2017 so much sweeter.  Gratitude is such an important element of a content and happy life.  So, as you celebrate the holiday season, take a little extra time to count your blessings. Think of those less fortunate and remember that even the struggles of today could one day be a gift in disguise!

Liz Burt is about real and healthy results.  She is a master motivator. She is also a marathoner and marketing specialist living in Calgary, AB. She holds a three-year diploma in Business Management and Marketing, a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies, and will begin her MA at the University of Alberta this spring. In addition to being wild about learning and running, Liz is also an avid traveller and has backpacked through twenty countries in the last few years. In her professional life she loves working with small businesses to develop simple and effective marketing and communications plans that achieve real results. She is creative, a bit of a health nut and loves to share her healthy passions in her blog. Liz is a goal setter and risk taker. She loves coffee, cooking, and great conversations. She gets huge joy in helping people and small businesses achieve their goals and are always ready to lend an ear and share advice. lizburt.wordpress.com

KRISTA WALSH SAYS

Krista shares a life lesson on memory and names… 🙂

Krista Walsh is about productivity and creating cash flow.  Krista is an award winning entrepreneur, author and speaker. From dental assistant drop out, to family business builder, to emerging leader for Atlantic Canada (twice), Krista will share her journey from failure to success and explore how to increase your cash flow and productivity.  In 2005 Krista established “KC COLLECT,” a credit, collection and resource company. It would be the first and only female-owned collection agency in Atlantic Canada.  Krista’s informative presentations engage and challenge audiences to effectively manage and build their businesses, professional relationships, and enhance their profiles.  Andrew Oland- President, Moosehead Breweries says “Krista is a smart, dedicated and passionate woman. She is an engaging and practical presenter who adds tremendous value to any audience.”  Her breakout sessions will assist you in navigating the practical tools you can implement immediately to increase sales and productivity, enhance and build relationships, and strengthen and increase cash flow.  Krista’s determination and vision has been recognized by her peers and she has twice received the Atlantic Canadian Emerging Award as one of Canada’s leading young entrepreneurs. www.kccollect.vpweb.ca

MUSIC and MESSAGE…

Going forward, Mark and Sheena will be contributing quotes and music respectively in our new section called MUSIC and MESSAGE… to lift the mind and heart.  For December…

MARK BLACK SAYS

Going forward, Mark will be offering motivating thoughts in visual form… going to be cool.  For now, Mark has offered…

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.  www.markblack.ca

SHEENA GROBB SINGS

Moving forward, Sheena shares in song, and message; and I am ever thankful.  This month she shares a beautiful message on ALREADY THERE.  Truthfully, the first time I heard this song, it was live, unexpected and most needed by me.  It was a moment that I truly needed to hear the message.  It still warms my heart, deeply.  I hope it does for you too.  Thank you Sheena. 🙂

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, Sheenaand 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

QUOTE of the MONTH

That which God said to the rose, and caused it to laugh in full-blown beauty, He said to my heart, and made it a hundred times more beautiful.  — Rumi

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Wayfarer 1.7: Fit Bit Got My Back

Last week, there was this post on consistency.  Then tonight, I offered this on my new little friend Fit Bit.  And, over these past few days, I have been at #CAPS2017, learning, speaking and singing with my bandmates in Elevation.  The Fit Bit has been my buddy, getting me to take at least 10,000 steps every day.  This is so helpful in terms of going GREAT, for me.

  • GET … based on who you are and what you do, what do you need to GET done today.
  • RELEVANCE… how does that powerfully relate and have resonance for your one goal of BEING and DOING? This one is a fixed point, really. You are always relating your “get” to your natural BEING and DOING.
  • EXECUTE… what actions do you need to take on to go get it today?
  • ASSESS… on a scale of 1 to 5 (5 being DONE), at the end of the day, measure your getting it done; and be prepared to reset.
  • TIMEFRAME… this is another fixed point… today… 24 hours. That is your time frame; those day tight compartments.

Also and over these past few days, I have discovered the coolness of one Earl St. Clair… and I find it moving in so many ways.  Then, I see this from my friend and colleague Michelle Cederburg on HELL YEAH.

SO WHAT…

So, here is my learning as I get on the next leg of this health journey.  First, having a clear vision and going GREAT is fundamental.  It is base line.  Second, consistency is vital and the Fit Bit helps me take the journey of consistency, one day at a time.  And third, each day, I need to make decisions that are HELL YEAH.

The vision is clear.  The HELL YEAH will help me answer the questions of going GREAT.  The Fit Bit and Earl will help me with the consistency of execution.

For us all…

  • KNOW your vision, clearly.
  • Prioritize your GREAT actions daily with a HELL YEAH Test.
  • Find the tools to support your execution.

Oh yeah, and BE OPEN.

Peace, passion and prosperity.

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy™

Barry is ultimately a vocalist, 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, business and community; where everyone matters and contributes everyday.

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Wayfarer 1.6: Consistency is Powerful

Last week, I shared this on rethinking goals.  In it, and among other things, I suggested that I have only one real goal. To be that guy I am, and must be.

I also suggested that, on a daily day tight compartment basis, I now ponder a new version of GREAT.

  • GET … based on who you are and what you do, what do you need to GET done today.
  • RELEVANCE… how does that powerfully relate and have resonance for your one goal of BEING and DOING? This one is a fixed point, really. You are always relating your “get” to your natural BEING and DOING.
  • EXECUTE… what actions do you need to take on to go get it today?
  • ASSESS… on a scale of 1 to 5 (5 being DONE), at the end of the day, measure your getting it done; and be prepared to reset.
  • TIMEFRAME… this is another fixed point… today… 24 hours. That is your time frame; those day tight compartments.

With that in mind, I invite you to engage this video on consistency as strategic advantage… individually, collectively and organizationally.  Innovation and disruption are both realities and necessities in life and work, going forward.  Still, nothing replaces consistency of experience as strength.  As it relates to my road back to optimal health, consistency is paramount.  Being and doing as the person I choose to be, consistently, breeds trustworthiness.  I learn to trust myself more; and others can trust their experience with me.

So, as I head to #CAPS2017, that one goal is in mind, going GREAT is in mind, and consistency is deeply in mind.  How might it relate for you?

Peace, passion and prosperity.

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy™

Barry is ultimately a vocalist, 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, business and community; where everyone matters and contributes everyday.

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Some other reads, of note…

PPS (Other Resources)

  • 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 …
  • and our buffet of FREE services and resources here.
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