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Open It Up!

I invite you to take in this AFTER SCHOOL Facebook Live on Openness.  It references the following blog aaeaaqaaaaaaaaf0aaaajdayyzhiymexltq1njatndcyzi05zjblltdkn2fhotiwndmyzaposts:

… and more.  I and we contend that they are all worth the viewing and the read… especially in these times.  Openness breeds adaptability and adaptability breeds surviving and thriving in times of trial and triumph alike.  We invite you to open heart and mind to the discussion and dialogue.

And next week, we are taking it to Level 2.0.

Peace, passion and prosperity.

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy™Educator

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Open and Creative Thoughts

Earlier this week on LinkedIn, we introduced a discussion on Openness.  Upon doing some reading up STROon Openness as a virtue or strength of character, I came across this article on Openness to Experience and Creative Achievement… connecting Openness and Creativity.   In it, are identified four factors for Openness to Experience, including:

  • Explicit Cognitive Ability: This factor consisted primarily of traditional measures of intelligence (i.e., IQ tests), including fluid reasoning, mental rotation, verbal analogical reasoning, and working memory. 
  • Intellectual Engagement: The essence of this factor was a drive to engage in ideas, rational thought, and the search for truth. 
  • Affective Engagement: The essence of this factor was a preference for using emotions, gut feelings, and empathy to make decisions. 
  • Aesthetic Engagement: The essence of this factor was a preference for aesthetics, fantasy, and emotional absorption in artistic and cultural stimuli. 

The article goes on to explore Openness to Experience and its relation to Creative Achievement.  It is worth more than a read; but a considerable munch.  For now and for me, I suggest you might want to consider the behaviours associated with Openness as a strength of character.  At school, work, business or community…

  • What could honesty and transparency look like in our direct and candid conversations and sharing of perspectives … sincerely wanting to communicate?
  • What would Openness look like in our actions, free of hidden motives?
  • What would appreciating new ideas and opportunities look like?
  • What would caring about others’ viewpoints look like?
  • What about being open to life and work… how would that look?

How would these be practiced and manifested?  How could they be advanced through Explicit Cognitive Ability, Intellectual Engagement, Affective Engagement and Aesthetic Engagement?  What would be their impact?  How would they advance Creativity?  How would they advance both Trust and Trustworthiness?  How would that impact your culture at school, work, business and community?  Points and practices to ponder, in a world that seemingly challenges us to be closed.

Think about it.  Act upon it.  The return on investment is high.

Peace, passion and prosperity.

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy™Educator

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Barry is ultimately a strength coach and educator. His work is about exploring, identifying, practicing and mastering our strengths and building upon them through practical and powerful unity and resourcefulness. That is why Barry is The Unity Guy™. EPIC Engage™ is an extension of The Unity Guy™. The Epic work is all about building strong, united and inspired cultures lead by character… at school, work and community; where everyone matters and contributes everyday.

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Leader Talk 2016

SpearLEADER ToC (Thoughts on Character) is our EPIC Blog series of quick and cool conversations with experts and leaders around leadership and character, and more.  To date in 2016, we have produced six, including:

… and we invite you to engage and enjoy the perspectives from these 6 remarkable contributors to thought around leadership and character.  During December, we will be lining up and engaging a diverse and powerful slate of new contributors to add to the dialogue in 2017; and we invite you to stay tuned.

Until next month…

Peace, passion and prosperity.

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy™Educator

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Check out this post with The CAST™ weighing in on some important things to remember at work and life.

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What to Do with IT

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

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

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

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

Now, moving on…

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

So what is my point this morning?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Peace, passion and prosperity.

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy™

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Facing fear, can be a road to both Thankfulness and Integrity alike.  Some perspectives on same.

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A simple musical message on thankfulness.

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

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broadCAST October 2016: A Good Scare

The broadCAST™ is a monthly weigh in by members of The CAST™ of Epic Engage™.  Independent experts in their own right, members of The CAST™  are asked to answer a question of simple but possibly profound nature. We wholeheartedly encourage you to connect with these experts.  They each bring great value in service to their work. With that in mind, we welcome a new member of The CAST™.

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

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

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

RAY HOLLISTER SAYS…

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

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

JAMIE McCABE SAYS…

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

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

JOEL SWEENEY SAYS….

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

Joel Sweeney is all about effective communications. He has been speaking, training, coaching and writing about it for over 20 years. He is the author of The Wedding MC Handbook and Little Helpings of Food for Thought. His third book, The Speaker’s Tool Box – Perfecting the Craft of Speaking, was released in the 2015. He is the owner of Professionally Speaking (established in 1995). Joel helps entrepreneurs and business professional become effective, engaging and confident speakers. www.JoelSweeney.com

MAJEED MOGHARREBAN SAYS…

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

Majeed Mogharreban is all about entrepreneurship.  He owned and sold five successful businesses and traveled to 24 countries before he was 21 years old.  After early success in business, now his mission is to support the next generation of entrepreneurs to make a difference doing what they love. With clients ranging from the United Nations, to start-up businesses, to an Olympic gold medalist, Majeed helps you discover your strengths and your passions so that work is meaningful and fun. His book, Winning At Life, is a guide for young people to make a plan and win at life.  www.majeedm.com

 

TRENT LANGDON SAYS…

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

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

SHEENA GROBB SAYS…

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

Sheena Grobb Singer/Songwriter and Speaker… is humbly amazing. “It is without a doubt a masterpiece of songwriting and soundscape. Really incredible, soulful music. She will definitely get a huge audience in time, trust me.” Alex Wharton, Abbey Road Studios. A songbird from the age of two, songwriter at ten, with 3 albums under her belt, a nomination for the Western Canadian Music Awards, and over 500 tour dates across Canada, the US, and the UK, Sheena Grobb (one of Canada’s best kept secrets) is spilling over. With the release of her newest album, The Breakless Heart, mastered at Abbey Road Studios in London, and a life changing music video created by Lindsey Nelko (past choreographer with So You Think You Can Dance), Sheena is embarking on her most meaningful project yet – The Living Compassion Project™ – inviting others to “unlock their lives” through sharing their stories… as she begins to share hers. www.sheenagrobb.com

BARRY LEWIS GREEN SAYS…

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

Barry Lewis Green is ultimately a vocalist, strength coach and educator. His work is about voicing, exploring, identifying, practicing and mastering our strengths and building upon them through practical and powerful unity and resourcefulness. That is why Barry is The Unity Guy™. EPIC Engage™ is an extension of The Unity Guy™. The Epic work is all about building strong, united and inspired cultures lead by character… at school, work and community; where everyone matters and contributes everyday.www.epicengage.com

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

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The Why and How of Gratitude and Thankfulness

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

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

So, my question to you is this.

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

In other words…

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

GratitudePeace, passion and prosperity.

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy™

Barry is ultimately a strength coach and educator.  His work is about exploring, identifying, practicing and mastering our strengths and building upon them through practical and powerful unity and resourcefulness.  That is why Barry is The Unity Guy™.  EPIC Engage™ is an extension of The Unity Guy™. The Epic work is all about building strong, united and inspired cultures lead by character… at school, work and community; where everyone matters and contributes everyday.

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

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

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

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

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broadCAST September 2016: Starting Up!

The broadCAST™ is a monthly weigh in by members of The CAST™ of Epic Engage™.  Independent experts in their own right, members of The CAST™  are asked to answer a question of simple but possibly profound nature. We wholeheartedly encourage you to connect with these experts.  They each bring great value in service to their work.  That being said, and for September 2016, we ask The CAST™:

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

RAY HOLLISTER SAYS…

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

Ray Hollister is all about resilience and potential. He works with organizations to reveal extraordinary resilience and unlimited potential in everyone.   His powerful presentations will not only energize and inspire you, but also reveal how YOU can make radical, immediate changes to how you perceive, handle, and experience adversity resulting in experiencing life in a new and thrilling way.  www.rayhollister.net

JAMIE McCABE SAYS…

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

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

JOEL SWEENEY SAYS….

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

Joel Sweeney is all about effective communications. He has been speaking, training, coaching and writing about it for over 20 years. He is the author of The Wedding MC Handbook and Little Helpings of Food for Thought. His third book, The Speaker’s Tool Box – Perfecting the Craft of Speaking, was released in the 2015. He is the owner of Professionally Speaking (established in 1995). Joel helps entrepreneurs and business professional become effective, engaging and confident speakers. www.JoelSweeney.com

MAJEED MOGHARREBAN SAYS…

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

Majeed Mogharreban is all about entrepreneurship.  He owned and sold five successful businesses and traveled to 24 countries before he was 21 years old.  After early success in business, now his mission is to support the next generation of entrepreneurs to make a difference doing what they love. With clients ranging from the United Nations, to start-up businesses, to an Olympic gold medalist, Majeed helps you discover your strengths and your passions so that work is meaningful and fun. His book, Winning At Life, is a guide for young people to make a plan and win at life.  www.majeedm.com

LAURIE PINHORN SAYS…

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

Laurie Pinhorn is all about nutrition and whole health.  She is a registered social worker, holistic and therapeutic nutritionist, an Orthomolecular Health Practitioner and a member of The Academy of Naturopaths and Naturotherapists (ANN). She is a passionate speaker, educator and service provider on the subject of nutrition and its connection to mental and physical health.   She works with individuals, families, groups and corporations to design and deliver nutrition and wellness programs to optimize health and performance.  With a diverse 20 year background in clinical social work, holistic nutrition and physical fitness; Laurie’s hybrid of expertise is very unique.   Laurie holds a Bachelor of Science (Psychology and Biology), Bachelor of Social Work, and a Masters in Holistic Nutrition from the Edison Institute of Nutrition, focusing on the nutrition and mental health connection as it specifically relates to Autism, Anxiety and ADHD.  www.lauriepinhorn.com

TRENT LANGDON SAYS…

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

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

SHEENA GROBB SAYS…

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

Sheena Grobb Singer/Songwriter and Speaker… is humbly amazing. “It is without a doubt a masterpiece of songwriting and soundscape. Really incredible, soulful music. She will definitely get a huge audience in time, trust me.” Alex Wharton, Abbey Road Studios. A songbird from the age of two, songwriter at ten, with 3 albums under her belt, a nomination for the Western Canadian Music Awards, and over 500 tour dates across Canada, the US, and the UK, Sheena Grobb (one of Canada’s best kept secrets) is spilling over. With the release of her newest album, The Breakless Heart, mastered at Abbey Road Studios in London, and a life changing music video created by Lindsey Nelko (past choreographer with So You Think You Can Dance), Sheena is embarking on her most meaningful project yet – The Living Compassion Project™ – inviting others to “unlock their lives” through sharing their stories… as she begins to share hers. www.sheenagrobb.com

BARRY LEWIS GREEN SAYS…

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

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

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

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broadCAST for July 2016: Challenges to Face

The broadCAST™ is a monthly weigh in by members of The CAST™ of Epic Engage™.  Independent experts in their own right, members of The CAST™  are asked to answer a question of simple but possibly profound nature. We wholeheartedly encourage you to connect with these experts.  They each bring great value in service to their work. 

That being said, and for July 2016, we ask The CAST™:

Related to your area of expertise and way you serve, what is one common challenge that you find people facing that needs addressing sooner rather than later?

LAURIE PINHORN SAYS…

One of the first things I help my clients understand is the emotional and psychological process of making behavior change. I want people to understand that setbacks are part of their learning process. We are experts at seeing our struggles and focusing on our deficits. To keep moving forward in a positive direction, we need to stay focused on the positive things we are doing. It is necessary to retrain our brain to see the positives and then give ourselves the credit for all of our successes, no matter how small.  We all have low motivation days and that doesn’t mean that we are losing our capacity for health improvements. It just means that some days are easier than others. Days like this teach us that we can Lauriepush through. Then the next day you need to push yourself you will have the evidence that you can do this! Each time you push through you are victorious!  The internal work such as adjusting all or nothing thoughts, reducing anxiety, taking time for mindfulness activities and mindset work are important parts of our success stories. It takes time to do this work and people are often just looking for numbers to move on the scale or fitting into a smaller pants size. The work-in is often more important than the work-out and it lays down the foundation for long term health and wellness.

Laurie Pinhorn is all about nutrition and whole health.  She is a registered social worker, holistic and therapeutic nutritionist, an Orthomolecular Health Practitioner and a member of The Academy of Naturopaths and Naturotherapists (ANN). She is a passionate speaker, educator and service provider on the subject of nutrition and its connection to mental and physical health.   She works with individuals, families, groups and corporations to design and deliver nutrition and wellness programs to optimize health and performance.  With a diverse 20 year background in clinical social work, holistic nutrition and physical fitness; Laurie’s hybrid of expertise is very unique.   Laurie holds a Bachelor of Science (Psychology and Biology), Bachelor of Social Work, and a Masters in Holistic Nutrition from the Edison Institute of Nutrition, focusing on the nutrition and mental health connection as it specifically relates to Autism, Anxiety and ADHD.  www.lauriepinhorn.com

RAY HOLLISTER SAYS…

What a fantastic question! And the answer is the same for both areas I serve. Self-Absorption is the biggest issue that needs to be addressed sooner rather than later. When students are too self-absorbed, they tend to fall into the ‘blame game’ regarding failure, difficulties, challenges, and rules. If something doesn’t go the way they want, blame is immediately assessed, and rarely – if ever – does the blame fall on them! Self-absorption gives them false certainty of their innocence; this invariably leads to ‘victim-hood’. Interestingly, the same can be said for those going through traumatic experiences. In this case, self-absorption is a spiraling whirlwind of ‘why me?’ and deep introspection where blame is foisted Ray-300x294upon their shoulders alone. This leads many to simply shut down or break down under the strain of the vicious loop of reliving the trauma and trying to cope with what it all means.  Self-Absorption is not necessarily selfishness, though it can be in many circumstances. Self-Absorbed individuals tend to be intently focused on themselves – what they want, what they need, what is fair to them, how they will benefit, how they will suffer, etc. By addressing this natural tendency early on, it becomes easier for students to recognize that to be successful AND happy, they’ll need to recognize that their individual wants, desires, and ‘rules’ are NOT the driving force of their education. Only their RESULTS are the due to their personal efforts. Likewise, with those going through traumatic experiences, Resiliency becomes a driving factor; recognizing that remaining mired in self-blame, shock, or denial will only prolong suffering, whereas accepting the support of others, moving forward, and overcoming are due to personal choice and effort.  Though it is often unpleasant, changing the characteristic of self-absorbed to self-aware, can make HUGE strides in a more successful and enjoyable educational experience. And though it is often bitter sweet, changing the characteristic of self-absorbed to self-acceptance can turn a broken individual into beacon of light and hope for everyone else.  What state are you in today?

Ray Hollister is all about resilience and potential. He works with organizations to reveal extraordinary resilience and unlimited potential in everyone.   His powerful presentations will not only energize and inspire you, but also reveal how YOU can make radical, immediate changes to how you perceive, handle, and experience adversity resulting in experiencing life in a new and thrilling way.  www.rayhollister.net

MAJEED MOGHARREBAN SAYS…

I help my clients have more freedom, and most people think that freedom is a matter of abundant time and money, which certainly helps… but is not the main barrier to freedom. True freedom is the confidence to be your authentic self. It has nothing to do with time or money, really. The real barrier to majeed-square-web-ready-300x300freedom is the lack of clarity of who you really are at the core and who you really want to be, despite external pressures.

Majeed Mogharreban is all about entrepreneurship.  He owned and sold five successful businesses and traveled to 24 countries before he was 21 years old.  After early success in business, now his mission is to support the next generation of entrepreneurs to make a difference doing what they love. With clients ranging from the United Nations, to start-up businesses, to an Olympic gold medalist, Majeed helps you discover your strengths and your passions so that work is meaningful and fun. His book, Winning At Life, is a guide for young people to make a plan and win at life.  www.majeedm.com

TRENT LANGDON SAYS…

I often hear families and individuals comment on the pace of life, the ‘rat race’, and the impossibility of the multiple roles we are expected to fill (that of employee, parent, spouse, care-giver, volunteer,…). Significant research has gone into the impacts of the roles we assume (and those we are forced into) as quotewell as the benefits of having a strong relationship with ‘yourself’. The concepts of ‘work-life balance’ and ‘self-care’ have become cliché in many respects but do we truly know and reward our personal selves accordingly?  Creating therapeutic ‘alone time’ with your thoughts, emotions, and feelings, and intentionally creating opportunities for self-reflection, renewal, and re-generation can be extremely cathartic. The nice thing is…it does not require a huge monetary investment nor a plan to escape into a globe-trotting introspective journey – those Tibetan monks can be a handful! ;). It can simply mean, a dedicated hour for yourself at the local book store, a private walk along your favorite beach, or playing your music, when and where you want…     It’s about intentionality and ensuring these events make it into your schedule.  I strongly believe that an investment in effective personal time can reduce the shock of losing love ones, maintain strong mental health, and truly enable you to enjoy what it means to be ‘you’.  After all, you have so many people competing for your time, what’s one more?

Trent Langdon, M.Ed, Canadian Certified Counsellor is all about legacy and building yours by Trent1-296x300rewriting your ‘game plan’ or rejuvenating your organization’s foundations.  Trent is a strong believer that success and contentment is achievable through actions of integrity and character; for an individual or an organization. With more than 20 years of experience as a CHANGE AGENT for children, adolescents, families, schools, communities, and professionals, Trent can walk with you toward Personal Development and Discovery, Organizational Review and Renewal, and A Career / Life Plan for Teens.  www.epicengage.com

JOEL SWEENEY SAYS….

I help entrepreneurs and business professionals become confident, engaging and effective speakers.  The most common challenge I experience with my clients is that they are looking for a quick fix to their speaking anxieties. They are not ready to do the work necessary to acquire the level of confidence they desire.  The real ‘secret’ to managing your speaking anxiety is commitment: commitment to yourself and Joel-Sweeney-291x300to the process. You don’t learn to become an effective speaker by simply listening to me speak.  I provide insights, feedback and coaching to help my clients create their own unique speaking style. I help them recognize their strengths and work with them to develop strategies to address areas that need improvement. It is up to the client to apply this information. I can’t do it for them. He/she has to take advantage of every opportunity to speak and apply the guidance I provided.  Over and over again I see the person with true commitment achieving the most success on their journey to manage their speaking anxiety. They are committed to themselves and the process.  There is no ‘silver bullet’ solution or ‘magic pill’. It all comes down to how committed the client is. That ultimately determines their level of success. If you don’t have the commitment that you will do what is necessary then you are not ready to take on the challenge of managing your speaking anxiety.

Joel Sweeney is all about effective communications. He has been speaking, training, coaching and writing about it for over 20 years. He is the author of The Wedding MC Handbook and Little Helpings of Food for Thought. His third book, The Speaker’s Tool Box – Perfecting the Craft of Speaking, was released in the 2015. He is the owner of Professionally Speaking (established in 1995). Joel helps entrepreneurs and business professional become effective, engaging and confident speakers. www.JoelSweeney.com

SHEENA GROBB SAYS…

One common challenge I see with others I work with – particularly women – is that so often we wait until we are in crisis to give attention to our emotional wellness. Making real time to properly process and integrate our feelings should be a regular part of healthy balanced living.  Prevention is key, as many of us are aware.  But not everyone knows how to do this in terms of our emotional health.  Learning to takeSheena 10 minutes a day to tune into our bodies and our emotional states can be one way of overcoming the first challenge I see… learning to finally put ourselves first.

Sheena Grobb Singer/Songwriter and Speaker… is humbly amazing. “It is without a doubt a masterpiece of songwriting and soundscape. Really incredible, soulful music. She will definitely get a huge audience in time, trust me.” Alex Wharton, Abbey Road Studios. A songbird from the age of two, songwriter at ten, with 3 albums under her belt, a nomination for the Western Canadian Music Awards, and over 500 tour dates across Canada, the US, and the UK, Sheena Grobb (one of Canada’s best kept secrets) is spilling over. With the release of her newest album, The Breakless Heart, mastered at Abbey Road Studios in London, and a life changing music video created by Lindsey Nelko (past choreographer with So You Think You Can Dance), Sheena is embarking on her most meaningful project yet – The Living Compassion Project™ – inviting others to “unlock their lives” through sharing their stories… as she begins to share hers. www.sheenagrobb.com

BARRY LEWIS GREEN SAYS…

Related to my area of expertise and the way I serve, what is one common challenge that I find people facing that needs addressing sooner rather than later?  Everything everyone else said lol.  Truth.  Still there is something screaming out to me in a whisper.  Focus.  We are constantly running around Focuschasing obligations, responsibilities and dreams.  We need to be thoroughly reminded that multi-tasking is ultimately both a myth and a way to distract us from what is truly important.  Being strategically focused, with our eyes on the prize and our commitment in hand does not mean we cannot have fun.  We can and must, along the way. But busy-ness is not the same as truly taking care of business.  LP Jacks spoke to the idea of the master in the art of living as one who “draws no sharp distinction between his work and his play; his labor and his leisure; his mind and his body; his education and his recreation. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence through whatever he is doing, and leaves others to determine whether he is working or playing. To himself, he always appears to be doing both.”  The quote from ‘Abdu’l-Baha says it all, for me.  Focusing our strengths of character can produce the best and even most healthy results.

Barry Lewis Green is an educator.  He is a dynamic motivator.  Yes, he is a motivational speaker of substance.  He is an expert who speaks.  Barry is The Unity Guy™. BLGEPIC Engage™ is an extension of The Unity Guy™. It is a team with a mission born of Barry’s work.  He is about epic and noble leadership and wholehearted communities at work, school and everywhere; advancing together in thought, will and action. He is about uniting diverse talent to create cultures of growth. www.epicengage.com

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broadCAST February 2016: What’s Love Got to Do with It?

The broadCAST™ is a monthly weigh in by members of The CAST™ of Epic Engage™.  Experts in their own right, members of The CAST™  are asked to answer a question of simple but possibly profound nature.  For February 2016, the question is:

For you personally, what is the importance of love in your work?

MAJEED MOGHARREBAN SAYS…

Love is everywhere–ESPECIALLY in your work. Love for what you do is the passion and dedication you put into your life’s work. Love is the empathy you have for your customer’s pain. Love is the community you create around your brand, your mission, and your purpose. At some point in the Majeed Mogharreban- lovepost-industrial revolution work world, management gurus thought it would be more efficient to treat workers like machines instead of human beings. As such, the rise of the logical, analytical, leave-your-messy-feelings-at-the-door, worker drone became the archetype to follow. Now, we are in the middle of a shift. This shift is part of a collective tipping point in human consciousness, and it is a call to come back to love. People crave to work with people they love. That includes co-workers, customers, owners, shareholders, community members and beyond. Love attracts love.  When you love your customer and you love your work, life is good. Love, Majeed.
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SHEENA GROBB SAYS…

It was really hard for me to add to what Majeed wrote… he captured my thoughts so well!! Here’s a little more to go along…  At one time I believed that finding or creating our dream job… something we REALLY love… was an essential part of our happiness.  I still believe that we each have a Sheena Grobb- loveunique gift to nurture and give the world… and when we find it, a natural love for our work is present.  But I’ve also learned that allowing love to flow into whatever it is we’re doing… from the exciting to the mundane… is a life practice worth exploring. WE are love.  When we give ourselves to everything… everything changes.  When we allow ourselves to BE love in all that we do, what we DO takes on a quality of beauty, creativity, and transformation for others.

Sheena Grobb Singer/Songwriter and Speaker… is humbly amazing. “It is without a doubt a masterpiece of songwriting and soundscape. Really incredible, soulful music. She will definitely get a huge audience in time, trust me.” Alex Wharton, Abbey Road Studios. A songbird from the age of two, songwriter at ten, with 3 albums under her belt, a nomination for the Western Canadian Music Awards, and over 500 tour dates across Canada, the US, and the UK, Sheena Grobb (one of Canada’s best kept secrets) is spilling over. With the release of her newest album, The Breakless Heart, mastered at Abbey Road Studios in London, and a life changing music video created by Lindsey Nelko (past choreographer with So You Think You Can Dance), Sheena is embarking on her most meaningful project yet – The Living Compassion Project™ – inviting others to “unlock their lives” through sharing their stories… as she begins to share hers. www.sheenagrobb.com

WILLIAM C. MURRAY SAYS…

As a teacher, I think that the idea of ‘love’ in my work comes from my absolute desire to help every student that wants to learn; to help them develop and grow to become the best they can be and see versions of themselves they never thought possible. When this passion is alive, it pushes away my William C. Murray- lovebarriers to teach well, including my ego, so that I can do anything to help someone else understand an issue. You want to write your business project on cows instead of hotels because you grew up on a farm and right now the only way you understand the topic is by referencing cows?  Cool – love it! I need to talk about buying toilet paper for 5 minutes to craft a link in your head with economies of scales? Done – love it! I also find that, as a learner, when I’m listening to someone who shows love for what they do, my barriers to learn, including fear and doubt, are pushed aside, opening new pathways of discovery.

William C. Murray is all about humanizing our business in two core ways: providing amazing service and building strong relationships. His passion for service excellence comes from years of hands-on experience in the hospitality, tourism and retail sectors. William is an author, story teller, an occasional painter, and a full time teacher with over 15 years of experience. He holds a PhD in management with a focus around meaning creation, language, and sensemaking.  www.williamcmurray.ca

TRENT LANGDON SAYS….

The more I processed this month’s question, the more I began to realize that “love in my work” and “love for my work” were one in the same for me. I Trent Langdon- lovewas attracted to the teaching role (and eventually that of a school counselor) for the humanistic approaches and opportunities to make a practical and real difference for my students, their families, and the community. I have been fortunate to witness genuine and unconditional displays of love by people of all ages as well as work with those who struggle to see the love that exists in this world or require immense support to find a basic love for themselves.  It is the subsequent satisfaction and reward from my daily activities that drive the “love for my work”. Care-giver and community outreach roles continue to be quite rewarding for me and lovedrive my passion to instill values of mutual respect and empathy within my own children and my students.

Trent Langdon, M.Ed, Canadian Certified Counsellor is all about legacy and building yours by rewriting your ‘game plan’ or rejuvenating your organization’s foundations.  Trent is a strong believer that success and contentment is achievable through actions of integrity and character; for an individual or an organization. With more than 20 years of experience as a CHANGE AGENT for children, adolescents, families, schools, communities, and professionals, Trent can walk with you toward Personal Development and Discovery, Organizational Review and Renewal, and A Career / Life Plan for Teens.  www.epicengage.com

RAY HOLLISTER SAYS…

Love is the keystone of a blessed life.  Love is a critical element to my work; so much so that it is more accurate to say that love is infused with everything I do.  For many – me included – this principle is rooted in faith. For me, ‘Love’ takes center stage in Scripture that resonates very deeply for me: “…And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”, and “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and Ray Hollisterwith all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.“  Clearly, the key to this is infusing my faith in my daily walk; I see no commandment to separate my ‘private’ life from my ‘work’ life, so Love becomes the centerpiece – the guidepost – for my actions. Thus, Love is of the utmost importance in my work. Let me end with how I started: LOVE is the keystone of a blessed life.

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JOEL SWEENEY SAYS….

There is an old expression: “If you love what you do you never have to work a day in your life.” I love what I do. Because I love what I do I am excited about starting every day. I am excited about what the day holds for me. I am excited about what I can accomplish. I am excited about the people I’ll connect with and the impact that I will have on them. This excitement makes me passionate about my work. That passion allows me to put all my Joel Sweeneyenergy into what I am doing. There is another expression that comes to mind: “You get what you send out.” This is sometimes referred to as the “echo effect”. I am blessed to be surrounded by good friends and supporters. They are a source of inspiration. I know that if I want to sustain that support and inspiration I need to provide them with a similar experience. I love the people I engage with every day. It is a great feeling to realize that you have made a positive impact on those you interact with. When you love what you do you are energized. When you realize that you are making a positive impact it is gratifying. Loving what you do and who you do it for means you are doing something that you want to do, not something that you have to do.

 Joel Sweeney is all about effective communications. He is a professional speaker, trainer, facilitator, personal coach and author of The Wedding MC Handbook and Little Helpings of Food for Thought with his third book, The Speaker’s Tool Box, just released in the Fall of 2014. Through his focus on communications training and his keynote speeches, Joel helps individuals and organizations maximize their potential. His messages are thought provoking, entertaining and laced with connection, humor and enthusiasm. www.JoelSweeney.com

 

BARRY LEWIS GREEN SAYS…

The contributions this month are diverse, deep and rich.  What can I add?  Some years back, I read Stephen Covey’s take on love as an action.  In so doing, I thought that if it was an action (and I believe it is; what we do for others with joyful excellence and our work results in the feeling of love) then it requires a process which I then coined as LOOKING inside ourselves for our strengths, seeking OPPORTUNITIES to apply those strengths where needed, having a VISION of how applying them might make the world or our corner of it better, and then ENGAGING to do it.  I still hold to this being how we might Barry Lewis Greenapproach our work, studies and life; bringing our best to whatever we do.  Still, as a Master Facilitator with The Virtues Project™, I know that LOVE is also a virtue, pre-existent.  Without ever saying the words, I had a father who taught by example that love was an action at work and in life.  I had a mother who did so in teaching me it as a virtue.  Bottom line, I contend that love of work is the building block for excellence.  We will invest the time, attention and diligence to give it our best, and become better in the doing.  With my speaking, teaching, writing, cartooning and singing, I love what I do.  I strongly suggest we all find that expression of love in our work, whatever it might be.

Barry Lewis Green is an educator.  He is a dynamic motivator.  Yes, he is a motivational speaker of substance.  He is an expert who speaks.  Barry is The Unity Guy™. EPIC Engage™ is an extension of The Unity Guy™. It is a team with a mission born of Barry’s work.  He is about epic and noble leadership and wholehearted communities at work, school and everywhere; advancing together in thought, will and action. He is about uniting diverse talent to create cultures of growth. www.epicengage.com

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