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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.

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.

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.

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.

Wayfarer 1.5: Just One Goal

These past few weeks, what I am calling my Warfarer Journey towards optimal health has granted me some lessons indeed.  This week, the most powerful yet.

I invite you to check this post from LinkedIn on A New Kind of Great Day.

At core, and amidst a bunch of things learned, the shift has been to me seeing my goals as being narrowed down to one ultimate goal; a vision of who I am… and as if in the right now.  Everything I do, moving forward is in support of that vision.  I make decisions in alignment with that vision.   I get to define Barry and I ask myself each day, “what would Barry do?.

More specifically, I have only one real goal. To be that guy. Then, 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.

This speaks to me of Simplicity.  I am no longer juggling what I perceive as multiple goals in various arenas of my life.  Those multiple goal concepts served me well overall with a health say 75-80% completion rate I am estimating.  But there are significant gaps.  My road to health is really now about daily actions in terms of the Barry I envision.  What would Barry do becomes a daily question of guidance, using the GREAT action model.

As to my weight loss, I am 46 pounds down, plateauing a tad… but I am getting there.  I no longer have arbitrary goals of outcome, but daily goals of task and effort… that support my true goal.  I am 46 pounds down, and I am doing the daily action that will inevitably witness the results.  And I am feeling focused.

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 Jamie McCabe

Leader ToC™ is back, after a bit of a hiatus.  With our last edition back in July… with Trent Langdon, we had compiled some 13 (a baker’s dozen apparently) viewpoints on leadership and character… from around the world.  Within that post, you can find links to all 13 to date.

This month, with our new iteration of editions about to launch and now eight in the series of Leader ToC™ Blog Posts for 2017, we are thrilled to have another member of our C.A.S.T.™ contribute to the conversation around leadership and character at Leader ToC™… the fabulous Jamie McCabe.

We hope you engage and enjoy.

INTRODUCING Jamie McCabe

Jamie is wonderful.  And I mean wonder-FULL.  She is a highly creative soul, with a passion for same.  I am pumped to have her join us this month.  Here is a little on Jamie.

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

So, let us…

Engage the Leader ToC™

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

Hi Jamie.  Thank you so much for joining us in the conversation we call Leader ToC™.  I am very much looking forward to your perspectives today.  To start, I typically askWho are you and what is it you do?”… so let us begin there, if you will.

JAMIE McCABE

Thank you Barry, and it is my pleasure.  Hello Everyone! My name is Jamie McCabe and I own Clay Café Avalon.  And yes, I am always this excited to meet people and talk about Clay Café.  What is it I do?  I like to think that my bright, fun space provides a creative outlet that inspires people to connect with their inner artist and or connect with their family and friends through art. There’s nothing better than painting the perfect memory.

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

That enthusiasm and joyfulness is palpable.  You simply bring it.  🙂  And, it is infectious; in the best of ways. With that in mind, for whom do you do it best? In other words… who is your best audience?

JAMIE McCABE

Great question Barry.  Our audience is full of people who want to connect, create and have fun! In a world where we are more connected than ever, I feel that we may be more disconnected than we think. That’s why it’s so important in our busy lives to take a break and have a little fun, recharge and connect with those who matter most to us.

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

So very true.  Big time.  We are connected, and yet not… it seems far too often.  So, your audience is seemingly across all demographics but are united in that they seek to to connect, create and have fun.  I love it.  How is it you best serve them? How do you offer your services?

JAMIE McCABE

Well, we have an array of creative and fun classes to attend. We have pottery wheel classes, parent and child classes, kids night out, splatter nights, clay sculpting classes, after school art, drawing programs, paint nights (we call them cork and canvas), glass workshops and much more! We have group bookings, team building and walk ins are welcome of course.

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

Clearly, you are speaking to all ages and so many demographics… again with the collective interest in creativity, connection and fun.  With that kind of diversity of audience, I am eager to ask… “What are the challenges and opportunities of leadership, from your perspective and experience?”

JAMIE McCABE

Barry, being the leader for me… the challenges I have are staying focused and organized when there are so many fun things I want to do for my business. We also have endless opportunities for growth, that I am just so excited! Indeed, we have a few ideas up our sleeves for the new year. With being the leader of new ideas and projects comes the challenges of (1) experimenting with whether or not it is something people would enjoy doing, and (2) when is the best day of the week to do it… and time. The test runs and being organized enough that our workshops are planned so far in advance… so that our supplies arrive on time… and we have our samples done up for display long before the classes; these are challenges. We are slowly leaping into our leadership groove. ( I just need a few more extra hours in the day haha)

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

I am hearing that a balance of Zeal and Orderliness is necessary.  You noted focus and organization.  You have such Zeal, and get so much done with it.  It is impressive.  I am hearing staying on top of the necessary structure is vital too.  So, when reflecting on the strengths of leadership, what virtues do you consider to be paramount as strengths of character and why do you believe them vital?

JAMIE McCABE

I lead by example. I am compassionate, kind and inspiring. I try to be someone people look up to, yet can come to with any questions or suggestions because without those, we can’t grow. I am down to earth and I trust myself and my decisions. I love sharing my knowledge with other business owners and I love being part of helping others grow. Therefore, I feel that inspiring others, leading by example and sharing knowledge is key to being a great leader.

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

You powerfully remind me of the importance of Compassion, Kindness, Zeal, Friendliness, Humility, Trustworthiness, Confidence, Generosity, Cooperation and much more.  And, leading by example speaks to me of Integrity.  Fabulous.  I do love it Jamie.  So, what is one piece of advice you might have for our readership on developing leadership and strength of character in these times?

JAMIE McCABE

There are some great books out there and also great companies that can help you to grow into your leadership roles.  A few of my favorite books are Fish, Double Double, Hug Your Customers and E-Myth to name a few. I recently worked with Susan Murray from Clearpath Leadership to assist with creating great team meetings and teaching us about BHAG. Big Hairy Audacious Goals. Reach for the stars and bring all those with you that wish to join in…

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

And never stop learning.  I very much hear you.  Openness, Discernment, Creativity and Wisdom… all.  This is a journey; not a destination.  🙂  With all of this in mind, how can someone connect with you for more information on your work?

JAMIE McCABE

Absolutely.  Barry, anyone can contact me any time at info@claycafeavalon.ca and I suggest that everyone be sure to check out our NEW website at www.claycafeavalon.ca.  I look forward to hearing from you.

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

Perfect.  Will check it out myself; and encourage all reading our post here to do the same.  Jamie, it has not surprisingly been a true pleasure.  Thank you for your time and your passion.

JAMIE McCABE

It has been fun!  Thank you Barry for the opportunity.

 

Leader ToC™ out…

Folks, check out Jamie. I very much encourage you.  Very much.  You will be glad you did.

And, yes, we continue on.  Continuing through 2017 and into 2018, around the third or final Friday of each month… we will 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™

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.

Wayfarer 1.4: Be Inspired

These past few weeks, I have taken on a heightened journey on my road back to optimal health.  This past week, I have been hit and inspired by posts that are helping; and have inspired me to write myself.

Indeed, they have inspired me to video journal the journey.

Last night, I was moved on the connection of character and health.

Character matters.  Indeed and in deed.  As we take care of ourselves physically, we take care of ourselves in mind, spirit and soul.  As we take care of ourselves in mind, spirit and soul… we take care of ourselves in body.  As we take care of one, we are taking care of the others.  The synergy is there, if we but notice and understand.  For me, as I practice virtues or strengths of character on this journey, I build a better Barry inside and out; and that is the journey and the motivation.

And I am 44 pounds down with a goal of 60 by December 31!  All of that is to say that the video journal will continue and that it is important to practice Openness in terms of sources of inspiration.

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.

broadCAST November 2017: A New Life

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. 

November 2017

This month, we are launching a new look, feel and delivery to the broadCAST™.  As we head towards that “magical season” in December, 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.  🙂

 

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

Joe Dimaggio, the epitome of ‘coolness’ in the 30’s and 40’s; not only a professional baseball player and Yankee slugger (no less), but married to Marilyn Monroe! Holy moly, can you have a higher profile career and relationship built into one package? It was an era that saw movie stars and sports figures become ‘larger-than-life’ and evolve into heroes of the ‘super’ kind. There were fewer of them (as compared to this day in age) and their names were synonymous with greatness during a time when people needed escape and a reason to dream.

One of Joe’s famous (and most mortal) quotes often sticks with me and can be a mantra for any leader who seeks excellence while maintaining a deep sense of humility – “I played my best everyday; You never know when someone may be seeing you for the first time.” This is a message that, as educators, we can entrench within our students as they approach the challenges of each day, build the skill set necessary for post-secondary options, and enter the unforgiving workforce. It can also become the foundation and standard for our own professional practice.  To read more on Joe and this thought, check out the Leaducator Experience™ for November 2017.

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

Whose Opinion Matters?  This may ruffle some feathers – especially if you’re under 35 – but it is 100% accurate and necessary. When you are in the classroom, whether you are 14 or 41, there is a disturbing trend that seems to be emerging among students that is sadly working against their ability to learn effectively. That trend is the concept that the student’s opinion is paramount when considering what grade they have earned. The two key concepts here are “Student’s Opinion” and “Earned”. When it comes time to record the grade that a student will receive (for ANY class, assignment, paper, etc), the MOST EFFECTIVE WAY to help a student genuinely learn and grow is to give them what they EARNED. For this purpose, it is important to realize that in this moment, the only opinion that *should* matter for assigning a grade is the TEACHER! This is especially important in younger grades, specifically early education thru Junior High School. If you will take it to heart that a Teacher’s mission is to HELP you grow, HELP you learn, and HELP you succeed, then it should stand to reason that the teacher’s opinion is the only opinion that matters when it comes to your grades. With this in mind, if you will simply take the time to ASK your teacher what you can do to improve and/or to be even more successful in their class, I promise, you WILL get an answer! And if you genuinely LISTEN to what they say, AND put into practice, you will find that you not only reap the rewards of better grades, but you will also reap the rewards of better learning, better growth, and more success in the classroom – and life.

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

I share some thoughts around defining moments.  Remembrance Day is a day of honor on November 11 in Canada.  I also think Remembrance is something powerful for each of us; if we but focus on the constructive learnings.  When we do, we build a track record of personal and healthy confidence.  Indeed, here is a post from another 57 year young person on such reflection and worth a read.  And here is a post on doing just that for identifying your strengths.   I believe and contend that Remembrance is a powerful teacher.  When we look back at challenges and see them as defining moments… they can be the most powerful and effective of teachers.  When we help others… our students and colleagues and friends… to remember their defining moments, we help build character and confidence and capacity.  This is leadership.

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

Clay Cafe’s Creative tip for November is how affective art can be as a source of therapy and relaxation. Life can be stressful and busy but when you take the time to ART, it is relaxing and fun. It allows you to just focus on the task at hand and nothing else. Art helps us communicate in a different language. Self expression! It’s also a great way to communicate and connect with those that paint memories with us. Believe it or not… it also helps with critical thinking skills as you concentrate on a vision, color options and design elements.   They say that a picture is worth a 1,000 words….we often times communicate through our painting and work of art with colors and designs that we “feel” would be great for our masterpiece. Grow as a person and an artist; drop by to Paint today!

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 engaging your audience…

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

One thing that I think readers of the broadCAST™ should always remember is that “you will obtain your goal if you maintain your course”. This life lesson came to me a long time ago, on a fortune inside a fortune cookie of all places, but it is the one piece of wisdom that I try and remember daily. It reminds me that it basically comes down to consistency and sustained effort if you want to achieve anything.

Sometimes we can be working towards something that just feels impossible, and the road to the finish line seems way too far away. That’s when I try to remember that I just need to focus on the tasks at hand and eventually I will get to where I want to be. We often give up on things we want in life when it becomes difficult and we get discouraged by small setbacks. But whether your goal is to write a book, loose 100lb or go back to school, don’t focus on, “holy crap that’s going to be a lot of work” and give up. Instead, just focus on creating sustainable daily habits that will move you closer to your goal, day by day. Make a commitment to yourself to write one page a day, switch one unhealthy meal for a salad a day, or sign up for one course each semester. And even if you fall off track, don’t beat yourself up, just get right back at it. Sometimes life throws us curve balls and we have to roll with the punches. We might have to readjust, re-strategize and refocus, but, small steps in the right direction are better than none.

So, fall in love with the process, create good habits and be proud of yourself sticking with them. When you feel unmotivated and you want to quit, just remember, through consistency and determination, you will get where you want to go.

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 little, big life lesson and hack… 🙂

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 November…

MARK BLACK SAYS

Starting this month, 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 GOOD FORTUNE.  We love it.  Hope you do too.

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

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Wayfarer 1.3: The Power of Consolidation

First, off … and finally… to get truly grounded on this journey, I invite you to check out 4 earlier posts called Wayfarer: Ground Zero?  and Wayfarer 1.0 and Wayfarer 1.1and Wayfarer 1.2.   While this will be the last recap of sorts, I think it somewhat necessary to note that, in and throughout them, I offered this…

Back on October 15, I offered this on 77 Days and Beyond.  Then, on October 18, I shared on GREAT and SLOWER Health.  Since then, I have continued to live, reflect and learn.  This past week, I got rid of 4 pairs of 46″ waist pants; an act of burning my boats, if you will.  I have fortified my home with good food… in taste and sustenance.  I have witnessed a slimming, even today.  And all of that is to say that this journey continues… and, starting in November… weekly on Wednesdays… I will be checking in on my journey around the application and practice of character in this area of greatest and most present challenge; my very own health.  I do invite you to join me as the lessons learned and shared will be applicable across many areas of life, I humbly expect, suggest and contend.

With all of that in mind…

I had my weigh in.  43 pounds down.  From the high of 316.  Still, this has been a plateau kind of week.  My weight has pretty much hung tight.  I am 43 pounds down… 2 pant sizes reduced.  But, it has also been a time of both encouragement and consolidation, before the next big push.

Over the weekend, I posted this pic, humbly but enthusiastically.  The resulting response of encouragement was positively overwhelming.

203 responses and counting, of kindness and encouragement.  That kind of response helps to generate Confidence and Accountability.  The outpouring of constructive response serves to further strengthen resolve.  And, I am thankful… humbly so.  Indeed and in deed, such feedback helps to advance Confidence, Accountability, Responsibility, Strength, Resolution, Gratitude and Humility… and more.  All virtues; all strengths of character.  Appreciation, in itself, is a virtue.  The Appreciation expressed by so many, is returned for such expression.   The point, for me, is the importance that character plays in such a journey and the willingness of people to be kind and supportive… all strengths of character.  It is not lost on me.

Now, as to consolidation… goals are great, and I am achieving mine.  43 pounds and two pant sizes down.  Yup.  🙂  Another 30-40 to go.  Goals are important.

Still, at this time of plateau, juncture and consolidation… it is more apparent even now…  execution is daily.  As I noted in my last Wayfarer post, “Coming from a masonry contracting family, strong buildings are built one brick at a time.  Each brick, well laid, supports the next.  That requires the virtues of Discipline, Diligence and Devotion; being wholly committed to execution each day. It requires treating each day as a well laid brick, and understanding that the results will take care of themselves so long as one executes with Excellence, another virtue.  In other words… while setting effective goals is vital, it is the execution that makes it happen.  That execution requires a daily approach of Discipline, Diligence and Devotion.  It requires it one day a time.”

Consolidation is a daily practice… to look back and ahead, and assess where you are.  That is strategic.  The process of strategic planning involves 4 steps:

  • Analyze the Situation (Consolidation)
  • Formulate a Strategy
  • Implement the Strategy
  • Evaluate the Strategy

… and each of these can be done daily.  At the end of each day, take account of the day, and CONSOLIDATE.  From there strategize for the next day, implement that strategy, and evaluate again at day’s end.  Dale Carnegie would say “Live in Day Tight Compartments.”  Baha’ullah would say “Bring thyself to account each day…”

For me and for now… I am starting again, but this day 43 pounds lighter and 4 inches slimmer.  But, I am starting again.  And, each day, I will.

SO…

Where in your work or life do you need to more greatly practice daily Discipline, Diligence and Devotion to start again, each day?  Where in your life… do you need to understand that goals achieved are goals maintained, and that requires daily attention?

I invite you to do that.

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Until 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.

 

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The Leaducator Experience: November 2017

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As we have noted before, in that very first offering…

The Experience is not simply a newsletter.  Well, it is less of a newsletter; and more of one.  It’s sole intent is to serve educators, entrepreneurs and emerging leaders who hold a world embracing vision.  It is about offering resources to advance peace, passion and prosperity, locally and globally… at school, work, business and community.  It is about offering thoughts and resources that might just make life simpler, better and cooler as educators and leaders.   We invite you to have a read of our first two editions.

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FROM TRENT

Where have you gone Joe?

Joltin’ Joe Brings It Every Day

Joe Dimaggio, the epitome of ‘coolness’ in the 30’s and 40’s; not only a professional baseball player and Yankee slugger (no less), but married to Marilyn Monroe! Holy moly, can you have a higher profile career and relationship built into one package? It was an era that saw movie stars and sports figures become ‘larger-than-life’ and evolve into heroes of the ‘super’ kind. There were fewer of them (as compared to this day in age) and their names were synonymous with greatness during a time when people needed escape and a reason to dream.

One can easily imagine that this immense social stature could (and would) result in an inherent disregard for the ‘common folk’ and a loss of perspective. The bright lights, swarms of fans, and relentless media coverage could have forced him into self-preservation mode and built an egocentricity that was as impenetrable as his heart. However, Joe seemed to remain cool under pressure, rarely missing an opportunity to impress, and taking the time to connect with his followers (not in the Facebook sense).

One of Joe’s famous (and most mortal) quotes often sticks with me and can be a mantra for any leader who seeks excellence while maintaining a deep sense of humility – “I played my best everyday; You never know when someone may be seeing you for the first time.” This is a message that, as educators, we can entrench within our students as they approach the challenges of each day, build the skill set necessary for post-secondary options, and enter the unforgiving workforce. It can also become the foundation and standard for our own professional practice.

In a world where a sense of entitlement has seemingly emerged as a widespread character trait of many students, this motivational mindset has great power and potential. As much as I strongly believe that one should live according to their own individual purpose, holding true to themselves, we cannot underestimate the importance of interpersonal influence. And as educational leaders, working with students and their families requires that we come to the field ‘ready to play’.

Joe saw the power of strong and positive ‘first impressions’. This was one of his ‘non-negotiables’ as it related to his character and his work ethic. The first impression he made on all his fans became lasting impressions (time after time) that continue to endure the test of time.

Do you ‘bring it’ everyday?

 

FROM BARRY

Engage the Age

Trent brings up a great point on the ethic and approach of Joltin’ Joe, The Yankee Clipper.  Indeed, there is something to that work ethic and that generation.  It was core.  And with that in mind and heart… and for this month… I thought to share what I have been bringing together as a body of work around what I call The Generational Mosaic™; 5 generations soon to be @ work, and already in life.

You can find an exploration of those 5 in…

Generations @ Work.

In my humble opinion, it is definitely worth not only a read but real reflection… as it is our world now…. at home, school, work, business and community.  Within, and in reference to same, I also suggested…

  • While we can identify the cultures of age, there are 7.45 billion personalities (AND COUNTING) on the planet and not everyone sees the world according to their “profile”. Clearly… and we will next be looking at 5 temperaments that cross the generations. Stay tuned. 
  • But, this is true of all generations; they have variations. There are indeed gradients and outright anomalies. No two people are exactly alike. This is the bad news for leadership. There are no monolithic groups. In classrooms and workplaces, we have to recognize that everyone is unique. In fact, in all classrooms and workplaces and communities… everyone is different, everyone is the same, and everyone has something in common with another person.  This ensures that there are no pat answers… no magic bullets; there are 5 Strategies one can employ in engaging the generational mosaic and other forms of diversity. 

I go on to suggest that, first, we need to apply what I call the Marco Polo Virtue…. curiosity. As Dale Carnegie would have said… become genuinely interested in other people. Nothing will truly work until we adopt this virtue and make it our own.

In doing so, we need to apply the 5 Strategies of the Virtues Project™.

•   Speak the Language

•   Recognize Teachable Moments

•   Set Clear Boundaries

•   Honor the Individual

•   Be Present

… as they relate to the virtues and character of those we engage. Think and speak in terms of the virtues strongest within the person, the group, the age. Speak their language. Appeal to their own nobler motives. In so doing, approach learning from the standpoint of identifying what virtues reach and connect. Find that bridge, and learn as you go. With that in mind, set very clear boundaries on what your and their lines in the sand are… what virtues are deal makers and breakers, to build common understanding and culture. As you do, be cognizant of the importance of seeing people for who they are and being ourselves at our best in doing so, and be present. In doing this, feel free to consider this list of 100 Virtues.

This is the starting point of understanding the generational mosaic. It is true that we have a growing body of work and knowledge that establishes commonalities amidst the different age groups. It is also true that the groups are not monolithic. It is also true that there are commonalities amongst and between the groups. So, in fact, it comes down to developing an approach that sees people for who they are and builds bridges identifying common language. The 5 Strategies can be likened to the foundation for that bridge building.

As an educator, consider this.  As a leader in the classroom, at school and on campus, consider this.  As an entrepreneur or emerging leader who sees themselves as an educator, consider this.  What would bridging and understanding the Generational Mosaic™ look like and what value would it have for you, personally and professionally?  Give it a try.  Check out www.virtuesproject.com or our own site at www.epicengage.com…. and see where it takes you.

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Peace, passion and prosperity.

 

 

CONTRIBUTORS and AUTHORS

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.

Barry Lewis Green is all about heroic character leadership and its impact on building cultures of strength, unity, resourcefulness and what he calls joyful excellence.  He 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.  Joe Calloway says, “I had the distinct pleasure of being in an audience in Montreal with Barry Lewis Green on the stage. Quite simply, Barry absolutely captivated us with his talent, his message, and his heart.  The feeling of unity that Barry created in the room that day was extraordinary.”  Barry’s 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.  Barry is humbly proud to advance this work with Trent and The Leaducator Experience™. Find Barry @ epicengage.com.

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Wayfarer 1.2

First, off … and to get grounded on this journey, I invite you to check out 3 earlier posts called Wayfarer: Ground Zero?  and Wayfarer 1.0 and Wayfarer 1.1.  In and throughout them, I offered this…

Back on October 15, I offered this on 77 Days and Beyond.  Then, on October 18, I shared on GREAT and SLOWER Health.  Since then, I have continued to live, reflect and learn.  This past week, I got rid of 4 pairs of 46″ waist pants; an act of burning my boats, if you will.  I have fortified my home with good food… in taste and sustenance.  I have witnessed a slimming, even today.  And all of that is to say that this journey continues… and, starting in November… weekly on Wednesdays… I will be checking in on my journey around the application and practice of character in this area of greatest and most present challenge; my very own health.  I do invite you to join me as the lessons learned and shared will be applicable across many areas of life, I humbly expect, suggest and contend.

With all of that in mind, I have had (this week) a bit of re-connection with a wisdom shared with me many years back.  The essence of that wisdom is in this Facebook Live video on Bias, Assumptions and Life.  I offer this… with an idea; in connection with my journey back to health.  Last post, I offered this…

Yes, after throwing out my 46″ pants (actually sent to a bin for recycling used clothes)… I woke this morning to realize that I can now fit into 42″ pants.  As I have said, my high was 316 pounds (144 kilos)… and 48″ waist… and I am now down to 275 pounds (126 kilos)… and a 42″ waist.  I intend to keep going. 

As noted then, the feeling from that moment was gratitude.  The feeling and learning a week later and after still making incremental progress is that the next level requires daily practice; one day at a time.  Goals are great… and they motivate.  But execution is daily.  Coming from a masonry contracting family, strong buildings are built one brick at a time.  Each brick, well laid, supports the next.

That requires the virtues of Discipline, Diligence and Devotion; being wholly committed to execution each day. It requires treating each day as a well laid brick, and understanding that the results will take care of themselves so long as one executes with Excellence, another virtue.  In other words… while setting effective goals is vital, it is the execution that makes it happen.  That execution requires a daily approach of Discipline, Diligence and Devotion.  It requires it one day a time.  And…

THIS is DAY ONE.

Where in your work or life do you need to more greatly practice daily Discipline, Diligence and Devotion?  I invite you to do that; and make this DAY ONE.

Next week, there will be an official weigh in.

For now, the lesson for me… is daily execution, one brick at a time.

Until 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.

 

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AND an invitation…

Wayfarer 1.1

First, off … I invite you to check out a post called Wayfarer: Ground Zero?  In it, among many other things, I offered this…

Back on October 15, I offered this on 77 Days and Beyond.  Then, on October 18, I shared on GREAT and SLOWER Health.  Since then, I have continued to live, reflect and learn.  This past week, I got rid of 4 pairs of 46″ waist pants; an act of burning my boats, if you will.  I have fortified my home with good food… in taste and sustenance.  I have witnessed a slimming, even today.  And all of that is to say that this journey continues… and, starting in November… weekly on Wednesdays… I will be checking in on my journey around the application and practice of character in this area of greatest and most present challenge; my very own health.  I do invite you to join me as the lessons learned and shared will be applicable across many areas of life, I humbly expect, suggest and contend.

Then last week, I offered Wayfarer 1.0… as a first update.  In it, I said…

For those who might not know, on August 20, 2015… I experienced a stroke that, while “minor”, has left me with what I call “remnants”.   One of those is a tiredness that extends beyond being sleepy.  What I have been able to piece together is that a stroke can have an effect on the brain such that it requires much more rest and sleep.  Indeed, sleep is the brain’s friend in health… among others, as I am finding in my own research…

That stroke, while not debilitating in any “major” sense, took much from me… in the way of my “tornado” style of energy and living.  My life still has moments of great energy but with much longer moments of rest.  It is now more like thunder and lighting, with great pauses in between the thunder and the lightning.  The AND is bigger; so much bigger.  Indeed, my energy requires a more strategic approach. That was a very difficult realization.  Very.

That being said, I am also aware that, given this new “culture of tiredness” around which I have to adapt, my weight is a factor in alleviating at least part of the impact.  While all of my tests over these past two years or so have shown no issues with blood pressure, cholesterol or other influential factors for stroke (it has left medical experts shaking their heads, for sure), I have come to understand the stroke as a shot across the bow and my weight is part of the inventory check; to repair and heal.

With that in kind, I posted this just this morning on Facebook.  Yes, after throwing out my 46″ pants (actually sent to a bin for recycling used clothes)… I woke this morning to realize that I can now fit into 42″ pants.  As I have said, my high was 316 pounds (144 kilos)… and 48″ waist… and I am now down to 275 pounds (126 kilos)… and a 42″ waist.  I intend to keep going. 

The feeling from this moment this morning… was gratitude.  I am grateful for that spark within me that has never given up.  I am grateful for the capacity and willingness to learn and discern and earn the right to keep going.  I am grateful for my study and application of character as it applies to physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health.  I am grateful for resilience and trust and faith.  I am grateful for that “shot across the bow” and the “reminders” along the way.  I am grateful for the “remnants” of the stroke that continuously teach me.  I am grateful for my #bestlittledogintheworld Panda who teaches me daily.  I am grateful for those who have taught me, whether they realize it or not… that my health matters.  I am grateful for persistence and determination and fortitude.  I am grateful for flexibility too.  All have empowered this spirit to keep going.  I am grateful.

My intent is to continue exploring character as the foundation for making better decisions in terms of my own health and wellness.  How about you?  In what area of your life do you need to advance strength of character right now?  Health?  Finances?  Business?  Relationships?

Whatever goal you might have for health, wealth, personal or professional… the matters of character we explore on this journey should be of value.

So, I invite you…

Until 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.

 

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