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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.

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Some other reads, of note…

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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 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

QUOTE of the MONTH

Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards. Søren Kierkegaard

VIDEO for the MONTH

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The Strength of Courtesy

A couple of days ago, I posted our 400th LinkedIn blog post… on the leadership strength that is Courtesy… as part of a new series called Pandamonium.  In it, I offered the Virtues Reflection Card for Courtesy and offered some starting thoughts.  I invite you to have a good read and reflect.

Courtesy is mannered and shows others that we respect and value them.  We treat others graciously; making requests over demands.  But even when we must command, we do so with honor.  It is not unlike the Jedi Way.  🙂  In so doing, we listen and attend to people attentively; especially our intimates… but our customers, colleagues and constituencies… all in all.  We walk with a countenance of respect, honor and grace that is powerful and quietly remarkable.  People will remark on it, for they feel truly valued.  Trust is earned and trustworthiness is advanced.  It is an honorable investment.

A great read for advancing the needle on this strength is How to Win Friends and Influence People; a classic by Dale Carnegie.  I understand that British Airways called it the best business book of the 20th Century.  Read it, and again… and again.  The wisdom is simple and profound and effective.  The title can be off-putting but the content is rich and wise; and much is about Courtesy.  I humbly recommend it as one of my top five favorite leadership books of all time.

Courtesy; Panda lives this quality.  I learn from her every day, on how to practice same.  And I have learned from her that we can practice this quality with ourselves; being courteous to our own beingThese past few days, I have been gutting, cleaning and simplifying… inspired by the work on Essentialism.  What became quickly apparent was a new funky working studio for my creativity I now call the Fox Hole.

It feels good to value ourselves, and it might just open up new venues of thought, will and action.  As we do so, we better understand this strength with others.

How would it look for you… manifested at school, work, business or community? How would you or do you walk and talk to live this strength of character and leadership?  Where do you most need now to move the needle on its practice.

Do that.  The world, locally and globally, needs it.

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

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.

And We’re Off

And a kind of new era begins.  Over this past Summer, we have sharpened the blades on the focus of our work.  With Fall approaching and as our website now begins, we lay claim that:

Great education is great leadership.  Great leadership is great education.  Epic Engage™ is a training and development company with a global vision of working with educators, entrepreneurs, and emerging leaders to:

  • educate and lead with high character, strength and joyful excellence.
  • unite strong cultures of diversity and fully engaged purpose, talent and capacity.
  • inspire dynamic learning cultures of flourishing passion, creativity, growth and prosperity.

We changed our logo… to represent our spirit and mission in doing so.

There is something special and powerful about horses running together.  Movement, spirit, drive and passion… united.  We help move the needle on that.

 

We have launched the second edition of The Leaducator Expereience™.  We are about to launch our 400th LinkedIn blog post this week… with currently 4860 followers for our body of work on LI. Humbly appreciated. 🙂

EDUCATE. LEAD. UNITE. INSPIRE.

That is our focus.  It is what we look to share in our monthly broadCAST™ … and in Leader ToC™.  Our work is about moving forward together, stronger.  We contend that character educates, leads, unites and inspires.  That is the kind of leadership that we are all about…. and helping campuses, companies, communities and conferences get there.

COURAGE and FOCUS

This week, we offered a layered series of posts on Courage, Sacrifice and finding what we call your KAST and fierce focus.  We invite you to read and engage.  Finding your focus, demands Courage.  We have practiced it such this Summer; and continue to do so.

CHARACTER DAY

First, I invite you to view and listen here.  But, more so, we invite you to engage Character Day September 13, tomorrow as of this writing.  Engage in a conversation around character.  In my classes tomorrow, I intend to do just that.  Character is the soil from which great behaviour and action is born.  It unites, inspires and engages.  Tomorrow, I suggest:

  • have a conversation with students about their favourite fictional characters or favourite musical artists.  Have a dialogue on the strengths of character they admire in them.
  • have a conversation with a friend not simply of the woes of the world… but what strengths of character are needed to help address those woes.
  • have a dialogue at work on what strengths of character you most wish to be known for as an organization.
  • watch this video.
  • or this one.
  • or thiiiiiis one.
  • Maybe this one too.
  • Oh and this little ditty.
  • or these speeches of Aragorn or Neville or JFK.

Start the conversation around character.  It matters.  Going forward, that is our fierce focus; to advance character as the strength to educate, lead, unite and inspire.  We need it, locally and globally.

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

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.

The Leaducator Experience: September 2017

Back on July 4, we published our first teaser on The Leaducator Experience™ …  our Volume 1.   As essentially noted in that 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 that July 4th First Edition.

FOR SEPTEMBER

FROM TRENT

THE CLOSER

‘The Closer’; a title often earned in business circles describing that person who can ‘seal the deal’, drive home an idea, finish the project on time, handle the high-profile situations, or bring the team to the next level. Such a valuable skill set to have but yet, heavy on responsibility and pressure (whether it be self or group-induced).

  • Are you that staff person in your professional setting?
  • Do you know that individual in your family or professional environment?
  • Are you forced into playing this role?
  • Do you have a desire to become that person?

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A case study for your thoughts…

‘The Closer’ – Roberto Osuna [Pitcher for the Toronto Blue Jays; 27 Saves & an Earned Run Average of 2.80 (to date) in the 2017 season]

In an atypical, yet extremely brave move for a professional athlete, Roberto offered the following comments to a reporter in late July…

“I really don’t know how to explain it. I just feel anxious. I feel like I’m lost a little bit right now,”

“This has nothing to do with me being on the field. I feel great out there. It’s just when I’m out of baseball, when I’m not on the field, that I feel just weird and a little bit lost.”

“I wish I knew how to get out of this, but we’re working on it, trying to find ways to see what can make me feel better,” he said. “But, to be honest, I just don’t know.”

       (ESPN.com news services, June 24th, 2017)

So…what were your immediate thoughts on reading these comments from a well-paid, highly-touted, professional athlete in such a high stakes role?  Thoughts?

  • In the competitive world of the professional sporting business, this disclosure will certainly affect his effectiveness on the mound.
  • It will definitely impact his marketability as a closer for other teams that may have an interest.
  • His teammates will have less faith in his mental toughness during the critical times he is called into action.
  • It will undoubtedly impact his intimidation factor for the opponent.
  • He will have a short career if he is experiencing such adversity at such an early age.

I am sure these and many other thoughts crossed the minds of Blue Jays fans, other teams, sports reporters, Blue Jays management, as well as casual onlookers to the sport. It is apparent however that he is receiving the necessary supports to deal with his ongoing battle with anxiety.

But what Roberto has done here is simply lay himself out there. A move that, whether intentional or not, was highly sincere and genuine, from a person in need of support.

He has stated that when he is on the mound, he is able to place his anxiety ‘on the shelf’ and he is able to focus on the challenge at hand. Not an uncommon situation for a person who experiences ‘high-functioning’ anxiety and relies on routine to keep things in order. Your staff or group of employees may have an individual who has openly disclosed  similar difficulties.

So what can be taken away?

  • Roberto has lent his face as a popular and credible face of anxiety.
  • We will have to wait and see if his comments will influence his treatment from other parties.
  • Life goes on for Roberto and for the millions of others that struggle to keep the anxiety demons at bay, while leading highly productive lives.
  • It can hit any one of us at any stage; it may also present itself in many forms.
  • We will always have our ‘secret-keepers’ who will keep their cards ‘close to their chests’ regarding their struggles.
  • We must minimize the impacts by offering workspaces that allow for wellness activities, reasonable expectations, and the possibility for open dialogue.
  • When identified, there must be clear treatment options and access to services such as employee assistance programs and counselling insurance coverage.
  • Mental health promotion and stress reduction must be built into educational curricula for students as well as amateur athletes and young professionals.
  • It is a highly personal decision to share this information. Individuals should not feel forced into sharing their struggles with the public or their employer to legitimize it however, we need to ensure that private supports exist.

To those leaders (and closers) out there struggling quietly with anxiety, respect yourself for the decision to keep this a private issue for yourself. You have the right to do so. But let’s respect others out there that have decided to go public with their own personal battle as a means of invoking change and finding individual supports for themselves.

I had the pleasure of seeing Roberto in action this summer, not long after his public disclosure, and he did not disappoint.

Thanks Roberto, for contributing to the normalization of anxiety in our lives and that we are all surprisingly mortal.

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CHARACTER DAY is COMING

September 17 is Character Day.  Character is an everyday matter and the stuff of leadership indeed and in deed.  But there remains a need to celebrate the notion of character and dig deeper on it.  Enter. among other things, Character Day.  From the site…

Join us and millions around the globe for the fourth annual Character Day on September 13th! There are already over 100,000 groups signed up to participate in this global conversation about the importance of developing and improving character (qualities like empathy, curiosity, grit, humility, bravery, social responsibility, and many more). We provide short engaging films on the science of character (including a new film that will premiere on Character Day!), robust printed Discussion Kits, an online Character (Every) Day resource hub and mobile app, and a Global Q&A featuring amazing leaders and educators talking about the importance of character from all different perspectives.

You can join as a whole company or a department, an entire school district or individual classroom, a library or museum, a family or even an individual. Everyone is invited, and participation is free! It takes 2 mins to sign up and you can join in on the conversation via social media using the hashtag #CultivatingCharacter.

As part of 2 Strategic Management classes and 1 Organizational Behavior class I will be teaching that day, I will be facilitating discussion and dialogue around character, beyond the warm and fuzzy… and towards the strength that is character.

WEDNESDAY MORNING 7:00 am EST

Beyond the classes that day, we are looking at another simple project to engage that morning via video on Facebook Live @Epic Engage… and we invite you to join us that day.  Details to follow.

In the meantime, how can you engage deeper. cooler conversations around the importance of character at home, school, work, business and community?  We constructively challenge you to join the conversations.  With that in mind, here are some resources on character.

That’s it for this month.  We extend an invitation to sign up to receive The Leaducator Experience™ directly and monthly.  Go to the right and see the side bar… and the SIGN UP TODAY.

Thanks for your gracious consideration and thoughtfulness.  Virtues indeed.  🙂

CONTRIBUTORS and AUTHORS

Trent Langdon is all about building legacy through character education 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’; recently elected 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 serves as a member of the CCPA Ethics Committee (Complaints Division).  And last but certainly not least, Trent is a proud contributor to the Epic Engage™ team 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™.

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broadCAST August 2017: Have an August Month!

As we begin this broadCAST™, we are reminded that august means “inspiring reverence or admiration; of supreme dignity or grandeur; majestic”

The broadCAST™ is a monthly weigh in by members of The CAST™ of Epic Engage™.  Independent experts in their own right, members of The CAST™  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 expertise and how it might be of service to you.  They each bring such great value in service to their work in communications, youth engagement, education, compassion, business, health, leadership and more

August 2017

The question for The CAST™ in August is…

What inspires you with awe or reverence?

The responses were varied and cool.  Engage and enjoy. 🙂

RAY HOLLISTER SAYS

Simplicity has always inspired me. It has always amazed me when I hear someone take what is commonly believed to be a ‘difficult’ topic, and explain it simply and profoundly. Truthfully, I was first exposed to this as young boy sitting in the church pew with my parents. Listening to a preacher expound on Scriptural principles was perceived by many to be difficult for children to understand, but I was very lucky to have a preacher who believed we were ALL children of God, and he expertly crafted his sermons to be understandable, relatable, and practicable to all of us – even the children. Later in life, I became fascinated with Physics and Fluid Dynamics (don’t ask, I’m just weird that way). Most people would argue that Physics is difficult to understand. But take a few moments and listen to Neil deGrasse Tyson; you will be mesmerized AND you’ll learn something about Physics (Astrophysics specifically). I developed early on in my life a core belief that anything can be simplified – and therefore, understood. That one inspiration has led to a love of learning, a love of life, and a love of simplicity! So how can you apply this to your life? SIMPLE! (see what I did there). 🙂  Whatever goals you may have, it is highly likely that others have achieved what you aspire to do. And it is almost a certainty that among those who have achieved what you aspire to achieve is someone who can simplify the process for you in a way that you will understand, relate to, and be able to put into practice. May I be so bold as to suggest that there are contributors to this newsletter that may be able to do this for you even now?  🙂  Simply yours…

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

KRISTA WALSH SAYS

I like to think that I am driven and direct, yet humorous and easy going.  One of my friends compared me to a tornado – always moving and never still.  Whatever you are, I think it comes down to this.  Identify your skills early and choose a career that is going to challenge and inspire you.  Love what you do – make your own schedule and take naps. ?

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

JOEL SWEENEY SAYS

See what Joel has to say, in video…

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

LIZ BURT SAYS

I think what I have been most inspired by in my career is simply hard work and effort. I have been lucky to meet a few unsung superstars in my career who really kick ass and work hard, and these people inspire me big time. They haven’t been CEOs or the flashy type of people who would ever draw attention to themselves. They have been regular hard-working women who I have worked side by side with, who just dedicate themselves and produce amazing work. They can accomplish an incredible amount of work in what seems to be a very short time and remain humble and never seek praise for it. They have really inspired me with their work ethic as well as their ability to make it look so easy! Inspiration from hard work and effort inspires me outside my career as well. I am inspired by athletes who dedicate themselves to their sport, push their bodies to the max and train for hours on end to be their best. I’m inspired by people who take their education to higher levels and by the entrepreneurs who hustle for years and turn their dreams into realities. I am inspired by the tireless, tenacious pursuit of being one’s best and that applies to many areas of life!

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. www.soundbodysoundmind.wordpress.com

MARK BLACK SAYS

Essentially, and for me, I am inspired by these words.  St. Theresa once said that she was “a pencil in the hand of God writing a love letter to the world.”  We are all “tools” in the hands of the Creator, building a better world.

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 SAYS

One thing that inspires me in my life and my work is creative problem solving… when a solution or an idea comes through us that presents a whole new level of possibility we never thought of before.  It’s deeply energizing when perceived road blocks dissolve into new door ways through an open mind.  I am also continually inspired by the people in my life who absolutely blow past fears and obstacles put in their path…  courage and perseverance is something I admire most.

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

TRENT LANGDON SAYS

Dodging the Cows, Memes & Quotes in the Social Media Tornado. Anyone who has spent any amount of time within the social media realm has experienced the tornado of historic quotes, touchy-feely messages, and deep thoughts that stream across your screen of choice. In a matter of seconds, your thought processes shift from appreciating the forward-thinking of Abraham Lincoln, to saving an endangered species, to stopping and enjoying a kitten sleeping in a mug.  Prior to utilizing social media, I very much valued stumbling upon that special quote or idea that grabbed my attention and motivated for days to come. Now with the search of one key word, your screen is flooded with a vast array of options for your perusing pleasure. I now find that my thoughts can often be scattered and fleeting with any amount of time spent online.  Thanks for sticking with me on this one… here is my line of thinking. 🙂 It is important to intentionally stabilize our thinking patterns as a way of controlling stress, ‘tornado thinking’, and preventing anxiety; an online presence can sometimes become invasive to your well-being.  In terms of your own personal mission statement, choose to hold true to those perspectives and ideas that represent your values. Your online footprint can become quite blurry with overuse of that ‘share’ button.

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

JAMIE McCABE SAYS

What inspires me is helping others. I love seeing people smile and enjoying life. I enjoy talking with our customers and getting to know them and creating a connection. The little moments that pass us by so fast; they inspire me to take a break and smell the flowers from time to time. My family inspires me to the be the best version of myself and that I am destined to do great things… and my desire to do so is for them. Family, friends and creating connections is what makes my heart feel full of love and that is what inspires me most.

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

BARRY LEWIS GREEN SAYS

I have two videos to share on this… one shot live and this morning from Facebook Live and one You Tube video running through what inspires me… click on the red button for that one.  Bottom line, three things occur to me.  First, character inspires me.  Second, the wonderful people in this monthly blog inspire me with their work and commitment and lives.  Third, I humbly suggest that you take the time to inventory and get abundantly clear on what inspires you.  Having the ability to articulate that for yourself can get you through those tough slog days… and moving to better ones.

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

 

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“Let parents then bequeath to their children not riches but the spirit of reverence.”— Plato

 

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Consider It? I CAN

This week, we are exploring CONSIDERATION as a virtue… a strength of character of leadership at school, work, business and community.  Before we go further, CONSIDER THIS.

  • To think about the needs of others, thoughtful of feelings, speaking gently and tactfully… being a joybringer with thoughtful acts… this is Consideration.
  • BUT, it is also to make and hold our decisions with care and discernment, being thoughtful and mindful… considering all factors, and options.

In our work around character, leadership and getting results, we use an 8-step, 4-phase process called ICCCCCAN™

PHASE ONE.  Know Your Battleground.

  • Identify the ISSUE, at hand.  Get abundantly clear on what the problem actually is, as opposed to symptoms.  You are attempting resolution, not a band aid… so you need to know the real and core issue.
  • Determine the CAUSES that have brought you to this issue or situation.  Make a clear list of the factors that have brought this issue to bear.  Know thy enemy here implies knowing what caused the matter… helps you solve the matter.
  • Inventory the specific CONSEQUENCES, if you do nothing.  This is your motivation.  Be very descriptive in terms of what will happen if you do nothing to resolve the issue.  Get clear on the pain.  This is your leverage.

PHASE TWO.  Prepare Your Base Camp for Battle.

This phase is about knowing your realities.

  • Get clear on the CRITERIA for making any decisions.  What are your real world parameters in making decisions and taking action?  In other words, what would truly limit your capacity to respond… time, money, other?  Be truthful here, so that you identify legitimate and real criteria… and not simply excuses.
  • What is your COMMUNITY of support and resources available in addressing the issue?  Who has your back?  Who can you call on?  What resources are available going forward?

PHASE THREE:  Battle Cry!

This is the heart of your solution.  Character is fundamental to great responses.  Character leadership matters at the heart of any issue.

  • What is the CHARACTER demanded by the matter at hand?  What strengths of character are demanded to address the situation fully and effectively?  Character is the basis of great and consistent and needed action?  Get clear on the virtues you need bring to the table?

PHASE FOUR: Engage the Fight!!!

Now, and action!

  • What are the ACTIONS and behaviours to be manifested and demonstrated, born of the character to be practiced in making a difference?  Make your detailed action plan.
  • What is your first step, NOW?  Be specific.

These 8 steps in 4 phases demand diligence, discernment and decisiveness.  So, maybe you might consider this process.  It is one wholly characterized by CONSIDERATION.

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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Encourage Confidence

This week, we started looking at Confidence in a LinkedIn post called In Confidence.  Within that post, we suggested “The strength to face what life brings, to act with self-assurance, appreciating our mistakes as lessons; this is Confidence. To practice patience and mastery; this is Confidence. To fully express our talents, capacities and ideas… this too is Confidence. Maintaining a positive outlook and trust in others is Confidence. The virtue that is Confidence goes beyond simple notions of perceived self-confidence. It reaches for a confidence in life itself.”

We introduced thoughts from L.P. Jacks and Max Ehrmann that spoke to the manifestation of Confidence as a virtue; a strength of character.

We also noted that “With Confidence, there is no shame or blame… only moving forward.”

IMAGINE

  • Imagine this in the classroom and on campus.   What would Confidence look like in students and educators and counselors and administrators… and in support staff?  How could Confidence be encouraged?
  • Imagine this at work and in business.   What would Confidence look like in teams, staff, management and leadership?  How would it be engaged and practiced with colleagues and clients and customers? How could cultures of Confidence be encouraged?
  • Imagine this in our communities.   What would Confidence look like in community teams and staff, management and leadership?  How about citizenry?  How would it be engaged and practiced with colleagues, clients, customers, and constituents? How could communities of Confidence be encouraged?

I say this because a wise and ex Vietnam Vet in 1987 shared an insight that has remained with me for these 30 years… and will continue to do so.  “Mike” once told me “Courage first, confidence second.”  By that he meant that Confidence grows from Courage.  Courage is the soil from which Confidence grows, like a great tree.  The more you pay attention to the soil, the stronger the tree grows.

In my wide ranging and years of work with youth, I see this truth.  In the classroom and in training sessions I see this.  In my work with educators, entrepreneurs and emerging leaders, I see this.  We encourage to foster and forge Courage, with the intention of building Confidence.

I have seen great examples of this in my career within the private, public and not-for-profit sectors.  I have experienced great examples of this in finance, marketing, sales, HR and education.  I have also witnessed poor examples.  Encouragement is to give courage, in order to build Confidence.  Cultures of fear do not encourage… they build fear, doubt, anxiety and even apathy.

Now in the face of fear and hate and discouragement, we can find encouragement from others as Michelle Obama shares.  But it is not the fear that encourages the strength, but the seeking out of encouragement and heroic examples.  Michelle says that she is “a strong woman because of other strong woman,” and “You don’t mother alone, you don’t grandparent alone, you don’t struggle alone. You find your community.”

Communities and cultures of encouragement build Confidence.  Confidence advances the strength to face what life brings and to act with self-assurance, appreciating our mistakes as lessons.

Confidence gives us the capacity to practice patience and mastery.  It engages us to fully express our talents, capacities and ideas.  It emboldens a positive outlook and trust in others.

Consider the how and why to offering words of encouragement.  Imagine practicing Confidence ourselves and drawing it out in others at school, work, business and community.  Imagine it in our homes and circles, with family and friends.

Imagine… then do it up and get it done.

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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Come Passion, Come…

This week, we are looking at Compassion as a strength of character and the role Responsibility plays in practicing it.  We invite you to explore these two posts and consider the importance of Compassion and Responsibility for you now… at school, work, business and/or community.  Maybe check out THIS video on the Ultimate Compassion and Responsibility even.

In practicing both, we actually start to build a reputation of consequence and a simplicity of living.  We are focused on what matters most to us and how we can best live and serve it.  We know where we will best bring our passion.

With that in mind, we also invite you to consider the launch of the Leaducator™ Experience in service and response to world embracing educators, entrepreneurs and emerging leaders.  That is for whom we choose to be most responsible, going forward.

How about you?

  • Professionally, to whom do you choose to be responsible?  How might you best serve them? How might Compassion serve you in that choice?
  • Personally, to whom do you choose to be responsible?  How might you best serve them?  How might Compassion help in that respect?

Ponder that.  Reflect on it.  Make it so and see where it goes.

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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