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Leader ToC with Stephanie Staples

This month, with our first in the series of Leader ToC™ Blog Posts for 2017, we interview the fabulous Stephanie Staples of Your Life Unlimited.   A longtime colleague and friend in CAPS, Stephanie is all about “helping busy professionals bring their “A” game to work and life”.  And Leader ToC™ loves that.

Leader ToC™ (Thoughts on Character) is our monthly series engaging leaders around the world on character, leadership and more.  Before we get started this month, here is a compilation of the first six in the series from 2016.  Enjoy.

INTRODUCING STEPHANIE STAPLES

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

Stephanie Staples is a recovering burn-out nurse and a serial entrepreneur. She has founded three businesses (two successful – one a nightmare, you can’t win them all!) and is the 2014 Manitoba Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Contribution to Community award winner. This award is especially meaningful to her as giving back to the community locally and globally is equally important as building a successful business.  She is the author of two books (soon to be 3), When Enlightening Strikes: Creating a Mindset of Uncommon Success and Your Life, Unlimited: A Guided Journal and a regular expert columnist for both print and online periodicals including nursetogether.com.  She has also produced two CD’s (don’t worry, she’s not singing!) – The Well-Nurse Initiative: Burnout Prevention that Works and Bring Your ‘A’ Game to Work & Life  and a mobile app. called Life Support for Nurses.  Oh and did you know she is also a … take a big breath it’s a long title …  ‘Specialized psycho-social employee-wellness & workplace-health services consultant’ for Health Canada, yeah, she’s not quite sure what that is either?!  Her kids just think she’s ‘pyscho’ period.  As a consultant, she works with hospitals, working with everyone from front line staff to physicians to the CEO’s, to help them grow themselves strong and serve their patients and colleagues with excellence.

Steph does great work, so let’s get at it to …

 

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BARRY LEWIS GREEN

Hi Steph (I keep wanting to say Stephanie, what is up with that?).  So glad you could come on board for Leader ToC™.  Let’s start with the most fundamental of questions… for those who do not know what you do.  Just what is it that you do? 

STEPHANIE STAPLES

I know right.  🙂  Great to do this Barry.  To get right down to it… I work with busy professionals who want to bring their ‘A’ game to work and life!

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

I love that… it is crisp and resonant for me.  It speaks to what I call joyful excellence.  With that in mind… in doing so, who do you best serve? 

STEPHANIE STAPLES

I best serve those in helping, care giving or social service type professions. Those folks are my sweet spot, having said that I have worked with groups from The Royal Canadian Mint to Mercedes Benz.  Basically, if you have room for improvement in your life, are still breathing and have a desire to change, I have tools to help.

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

Indeed.  I appreciate both the clear focus and the reach that you have.  So, what are your thoughts on what makes for great leadership?

STEPHANIE STAPLES

I believe great leadership starts with self-leadership. Lead yourself well; others will follow.

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

Absolutely; it is foundational.  Personal responsibility and accountability are virtues of character that are powerful in setting example.  So, what is one challenge you feel requires engaging leadership at this time? 

STEPHANIE STAPLES

Great question.  I actually feel like we need to take a more pro-active role in our lives as leaders at home. I believe many professionals are already doing a great job at work, and many are at the top of their game.  Most handle issues, problems, and challenges competently. When these same capable people go home they have relationships that are suffering, children that are disengaged and an overall lack of purpose, direction and focus for their home life. (Yes, I’m generalizing here.)

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

Generalizing but accurate, I would think.  And what do you see as the return on investment in facing that challenge, for you? 

STEPHANIE STAPLES

When I work with leaders who make small changes and see big rewards personally and professionally by putting the plan we created together, this is a huge win! Sometimes it is something as simple as not bringing their cell to the dinner table that starts the ripple change because it’s not about the exact little thing that we change, it’s about the concept around it – the bigger message and when people get that… that’s ROI for me!

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

I love the emphasis on the fundamentals; and excellence in practicing them.  Incremental is powerful.  I think your notion of simplicity is practical and impactful (is that a word? It is now. lol).  Steph, I want to thank you for the opportunity to explore some thoughts on leadership with you.  I also want to encourage our readers to connect with you.  It has been a joy. 

STEPHANIE STAPLES

I enjoyed doing it Barry. Thanks for the opportunity to connect.

 

Leader ToC™ out…

Folks, check out Stephanie’s work.  You will be glad you did.  And… over 2017, around the third or final Friday of each month… we will continue to engage and explore with experts and leaders around the globe.  We invite you to join us.

Until next month…

Peace, passion and prosperity.

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy™

PS

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

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Emphasize the Empathize

Let us connect.  Let us explore the power of Empathy in connecting.  To start, I invite you to read this LinkedIn article on Empathetic Leadership.  Review and reflect upon it, muriel4if you care and/or dare.  Then, following on that, have a view and listen to:

YOUR TURN

What do you think?  How might these speak to the power and importance of empathy for living, learning and leading?  What are some ideas you might take away in practice to strengthen empathy at home, school, work, business or community?  How might it impact your engagement in interpersonal dialogue and on social media?  What might be the impact of listening with empathy on collaboration and constructive problem solving?  How might you foster conversations in your life that encourage its practice?

THOUGHTS on ROI

What is the Return on Investment of Empathy?  Bottom line, this Virtue has the power to positively impact listening and learning because we are more open.  It can foster greater dialogue and discernment and wisdom.  It can engage for higher quality interaction and ideas.  It can build bridges and even impact buy in.  It can advance synergy and collective strength, unity, resourcefulness and excellence.

Get clear on the ROI for you in the classroom, company or community in which you spend your time.  Then, borrow the ideas from this collective classroom of posts and videos to help forge cultures of empathetic listening, learning and leadership.

The world and our corners of it are demanding that we emphasize the empathize.

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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Some other resources, if you like:

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Keeping It REAL in 2017

First of all, Happy New Year!  As we embark on 2017, I and we at Epic Engage™ hope that your Season of Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa (or however you celebrate it) was wonderful.blg-sing

This week, I find myself preparing for the new College of the North Atlantic semester with courses in Entrepreneurship and Human Resource Management… and I am so looking forward to same.  I love the classroom… the realm of exchange and learning (the REAL™) … I call it.  Engaged searching and dialogue to explore, acquire and synthesize knowledge and wisdom; that is education and learning.  Our world and lives are a classroom.

With that in mind, I am also preparing for a new series of blogs and other online engagements for the virtuesyear; as well as sharpening the blades on the content of our website and the delivery of our work.  This is a brief time of consolidation, before the expansion.  Growth requires both processes… periods of consolidation and expansion.  We consolidate by reflecting and processing and strategically deciding.  It is filled with openness, truthfulness, discernment and decisiveness.  We then expand through initiative, creativity and confidence… to name but a few.  As we start the year, here are some reads that might help garner your own consolidation, prior to the expansion.

9 Perspectives on Setting Goals

Thoughts on Dignity and Focus

Ideas around Open and Creative Thoughts

Some Leader Talk from 2016

and…

Some 310 LinkedIn Articles from which to choose.

Yes, as we enter into 2017, amidst trials, triumphs, changes and challenges alike… we contend that character is the rudder to navigating these waters.  It is true strength of character that rides the waves; masters them.  We will be expanding services to help with such development for individuals and organizations in 2017… at school, work, business and community.  We hope that you join us.

Peace, passion and prosperity.

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy™Educator

PS

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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Our work is all about character. We work hard and joyfully to help build character driven, united and resourceful organizations and communities around the globe. As part of that work, we offer you …

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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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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 ToC™ with Joe Calloway

This month, with our fifth in the series of Leader ToC™ Blog Posts, we interview the person I loosely, affectionately and accurately call my “unofficial mentor”, Joe CallowayLeader ToC™ (Thoughts on Character) is our monthly series engaging leaders around the world on character, leadership and more.  Before we get started this month, here is a LINKEDIN post that will catch you up on the series to date.

INTRODUCING JOE CALLOWAY

From his own site, here is some of what I know of Joe.  He is …

  • Executive In Residence at Belmont University’s Center For Entrepreneurship, which has been named as a national Top 25 Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Program by the Princeton Review (for five consecutive years). The program was featured by Fortune magazine as one of five schools to consider when studying entrepreneurship.
  • Author of seven books on business performance, including Becoming A Category of One, Be The Best At What Matters Most, Magnetic: The Art Of Attracting Business, and the soon to be released Keep It Simple.
  • Consultant and advisor to business leaders, owners, and entrepreneurs.
  • Real estate investor/developer in projects throughout the mid-south.
  • Investor in and advisor to start-up companies which presently include Gilson Boards and EVAmore.co.
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Joe has presented at business conferences and events in countries around the world including Italy, Sweden, South Africa, England, Swaziland, Canada, Mexico and throughout the Caribbean. Although Joe has been inducted into the Speakers Hall of Fame, he doesn’t do traditional “speeches.” Instead, Joe actively engages people in highly interactive keynotes and workshops that challenge assumptions and create new ways of thinking.

Joe lives in Nashville, Tennessee with his wife, Annette, and their daughters, Jessica and Cate.

Personally, this I know and have experienced.  So, let us …

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BARRY LEWIS GREEN

Hi Joe, and thank you for graciously agreeing to share your thoughts through Leader ToC™.  To get us started, let me ask this.  Though I have long known of your work and we have had opportunities to chat over the last 5 years… for the benefit of those reading here, and myself… what is it that you do?

JOE CALLOWAY

A pleasure Barry.  Through books, presentations, workshops, and consulting, I help leaders in high performing companies maximize the potential of their organizations.

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

Joe, I have to say that I love the clarity and certitude of that statement.  Succinct and says it.  So, who do you best serve?

JOE CALLOWAY

Barry, I serve CEOs, entrepreneurs, owners, and senior level leaders in business, education, government and non-profits.

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

Personally, that validates my own choices; not that I sought validation lol… but it does.  I like how you have a broad but clear and focused audience.  It shows discernment and integrity.  So, in doing so, what are your thoughts on what makes for great leadership?

JOE CALLOWAY

In my experience, great leaders, above all, remind everyone of “who we are” and “what is important here.”  By “who we are,” I mean the culture of the organization, the way we have decided to behave with each other and with everyone with whom we interact.  Great leaders take the culture of the organization very, very seriously, and are diligent in protecting it.  By “what is important here,” I mean the goals of the organization and the strategies and tactics necessary to achieve these goals.  A great leader helps his or her people get absolute clarity on what is most important, thus enabling them to focus on what matters most in their actions.

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

I could not agree more, and it is indeed part of the reason I love your work and the books you are producing.  It and they speak to this powerfully; and simply.  I am hearing simplicity, excellence, responsibility, clarity and accountability in what is needed.  So, what is one challenge you feel requires engaging leadership at this time?

JOE CALLOWAY

Thanks Barry.  I believe that the great and constant challenge today, more than ever before, is the challenge to continuously improve and innovate.  If that seems like a cliche’, well, there’s your challenge.  The constancy and speed of changes in the marketplace and the world today demand that we continuously adjust and rethink what we do and how we do it.  But most people only give lip service to the “cliche’” of constant improvement.  We all say we do it, but few of us do.  Leadership must actively engage people in the often uncomfortable process of letting go of what has worked up to this point, in order that we might discover what will work next.

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

Absolutely.  In working with my own business students, I say that embracing change is a prerequisite… not putting up with it… embracing it.  So, what do you think is the return on investment in facing that challenge?

JOE CALLOWAY

Optimum performance and the realization of potential.

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

Drop.  The. Mic.  I love it.  Joe, I admire the integrity, clarity and confidence of your work.  I have since I first encountered you and it.  The answers you have provided today have reinforced for me both what I love about the work you are doing and the need for it in the world today and going forward.  I want to sincerely thank you for your time.

JOE CALLOWAY

Always, a pleasure Barry.

Leader ToC™ out…

Folks, check out Joe’s work today.  You will be glad you did.

Also, note that we are moving.  Over the coming months, around the third or final Friday of each month… we will continue to engage and explore with experts and leaders around the globe.  We invite you to join us.

Until next month…

Peace, passion and prosperity.

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy™Educator

PS

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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Check out this post on starting up… a great read with 8 perspectives on starting up at school, business or community.

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Today, September 22 2016 is Character Day, and we will be Facebook Living it tonight on AFTER SCHOOL at 7:30 pm EST.  We will be exploring 5 strategies for advancing character at school, work and community.  Hope you join us on Facebook @ Barry Lewis Green or @ Epic Engage.

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The Study of Character Leadership, Part 3

Of late, we have been diving into some work put out by the Ivey Business Journal.  In our last post, we virtueslooked at an element of that work that questioned the strengths of leaders with respect to:

Do they have the character to be a good leader and strive to be an even better one?  Do they have the values, traits and virtues that others – shareholders, employees, customers, suppliers, regulators and the broader society within which they operate – will use to determine if they are good leaders?”

And we suggested setting a personal Trustworthiness Mission Statement,  looking at an example:

I serve my colleagues, customers, clients and all constituents by earning their trust every day through:

  • Honesty, honor and timeliness in my responses
  • Excellence and reliability in the quality of my work
  • Joyfulness and enjoyment in conducting our business.

We finished by saying…, Most importantly, use language that you know you are prepared and committed to honoring every day.  Every Day.  EVERY. DAY.  Then set some clear and measurable actions that you will take daily to make it so.  Trustworthiness is indeed the “means of attracting confirmation and prosperity”. 

BUT WHY?

In the original article, it addressed why this even matters.  To quote the piece…

In any bookstore you will find dozens of books on leadership style, far fewer on leadership competencies, and fewer still that address leadership character.  For some reason we have lost sight of character. Perhaps this is because our educational system and organizations are so competency focused; perhaps because we just don’t know what to think about character; perhaps because character seems such an old-fashioned word; perhaps because we are reluctant to discuss examples of poor character with our colleagues in the workplace, or because we believe we cannot assess character objectively.

Yet character is such a central, important element of leadership — particularly for the kind of cross-enterprise leadership that is essential in complex, global business organizations — which it should not and cannot be ignored.  Character fundamentally shapes how we engage the world around us, what we notice, what we reinforce, who we engage in conversation, what we value, what we choose to act on, how we decide…and the list goes on.

Our own research on the failures of leadership points to issues around character as a central theme[3].  Nowhere was this more obvious than in the financial crisis of 2008 – 2009, in which boldness or instant gratification triumphed over temperance.  People who knew that bad risks were being taken did not have the courage and/or confidence to speak up, and people without integrity sold mortgages to those who could not pay them.  They then bundled these mortgages into securities that were fraudulent and sold to others.  People with large egos, lacking in humility, oblivious to the harm they may have been be doing to others or the societies in which they operated, became very rich at the expense of millions who were the victims of the financial crisis and subsequent recession.  Yet, to this day, these same people seem unable or unwilling to accept any degree of responsibility for their actions.  Leaders of large, global companies knew about these types of practices yet did nothing to stop them.  Still others were unable to create the honest, transparent corporate culture that would enable them to be in touch with what was happening deep down in the organization.  All these behaviors and activities were, essentially, failings of character.

When Dale Carnegie first researched for his book How to Stop Worrying and Start Living in the first half of the 20th Century, the story goes that he went to the New York City Public Library and found no books on worry, but plenty on worms.  We are almost at that place with character.  Almost.  There is growing attention to the topic but in many ways… it still appears adjunct in nature.

We, at Epic Engage™, hold that character is at the heart of great strategy, capacity and creativity.   We contend that “in times of prosperity and adversity alike, strength of character and unity lead to resourcefulness”.  We contend that character is about going deeper than behaviour.  Character is foundational.  It builds advanced capacity and, in turn, creativity.

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So, here is our next bit of homework.

What is the clear and certain return on investment of building character in your school, workplace, business or community?  Make a grocery list of the tangible reasons for advancing character as foundation to your culture.  How would it impact sales, revenues, effectiveness, efficiencies, excellence, academics, quality, trustworthiness and more amongst your colleagues, classrooms, clients and all constituents.

Get clear and real on this, and we will pick up the study next week; examining some strategies for building same.

Peace, passion and prosperity.

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy™

Barry is ultimately a strength coach.  His work is about exploring, identifying, practicing and BLGmastering 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.

PS

As before, here is a post on asking better questions that might be useful too.

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Our work is all about character. We go beyond behaviour to help build character driven, united, and resourceful organizations and communities around the globe.  As part of that work, we offer you …

our FREE buffet of services here.

The Study of Character Leadership, Part 2

Last week, we introduced The Study of Character Leadership, Part 1.  We invite you to refresh here andthe-epic-leader now.  Then upon doing so, let’s dig in some more.

In the Ivey School post referenced, in Part 1, it was noted:

“In assessing leaders at any level in an organization, we must always ask three questions:

  • Do they have the competencies to be a leader?  Do they have the knowledge, the understanding of key concepts, facts, and relationships that they need to do the job effectively?
  • Do they have the commitment to be a leader?  Yes, they aspire to be a leader, but are they prepared to do the hard work of leadership, engage with others in fulfilling the organizational mission, achieve the vision and deliver on the goals?
  • Do they have the character to be a good leader and strive to be an even better one?  Do they have the values, traits and virtues that others – shareholders, employees, customers, suppliers, regulators and the broader society within which they operate – will use to determine if they are good leaders?”

This third element or question conjures up a memory of a sage piece of advice given to me my one Peter Johnson in 1997.  On a trip to New York to meet senior management with Dale Carnegie & Associates, Inc. on July 1, 1997, I was picked up at the hotel by Peter.  It was my first time meeting him, and he extended his hand to greet.  Upon doing so he said, “Can I give you a piece of advice?”  I, in turn, said “Absolutely”.  Then, he said it…

“People like doing business with people they like doing business with.”

It struck me.  It reminded me of growing up amidst the work of my father in the construction industry.  It reminded me of my own body of work and experience up to that point… and now since; the lessons learned.  The wisdom was and is palpable; and it speaks to the third element above.

Do they have the character to be a good leader and strive to be an even better one?  Do they have the values, traits and virtues that others – shareholders, employees, customers, suppliers, regulators and the broader society within which they operate – will use to determine if they are good leaders?”

In pondering the value of character, consider that “trustworthiness is the chief means of attracting capacitiesconfirmation and prosperity”.  Then consider how you build that.  Do you have the character to be a good leader and strive to be an even better one?  Do you have the values, traits and virtues that others – shareholders, employees, customers, suppliers, regulators and the broader society within which they operate – will use to determine if you are a good leader?  Indeed, do you practice the strengths of character that will invoke Peter’s wisdom?

Then, consider variations on the questions from the last post.

  • On a scale of 1-5, how important is character leadership in building trustworthiness?
  • On a scale of 1-5, where are you with this right now?
  • What would advance the needle on the previous question?
  • What are 3 practices you could engage to build it?
  • What would be the impact of doing so?

Set a Trustworthiness Plan in Place. 

In getting where you need and desire to go with this. how would responsibility and reliability factor in to the equation?  What about consistency of experience and excellence?  Where would fun and enjoyment play a part?  Think about your shareholders, employees, customers, suppliers, regulators and the broader society.  Indeed, create a personal Trustworthiness Mission Statement.

I serve (my colleagues, customers, clients and constituents) by earning their trust every day through (and name three ways you do that).

For example…

I serve my colleagues, customers, clients and all constituents by earning their trust every day through:

  • Honesty, honor and timeliness in my responses
  • Excellence and reliability in the quality of my work
  • Joyfulness and enjoyment in conducting our business.

Most importantly, use language that you know you are prepared and committed to honoring every day.  Every Day.  EVERY. DAY.  Then set some clear and measurable actions that you will take daily to make it so.  Trustworthiness is indeed the “means of attracting confirmation and prosperity”. 

In taking on this work, you might want to consider the body of work of Joe Calloway who speaks and writes to consistency and excellence.  You might want to read this recent LINKEDIN post I shared.

With all of that in mind, and set in motion, the results will lead to more…

Peace, passion and prosperity.

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy™

Barry is ultimately a strength coach.  His work is about exploring, identifying, practicing and BLGmastering 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.

PS

Here is a post on asking better questions that might be useful too.

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Our work is all about character. We go beyond behaviour to help build character driven, united, and resourceful organizations and communities around the globe.  As part of that work, we offer you …

our FREE buffet of services here.

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The Spectrum of Leadership

Introversion and extroversion are a spectrum but, in my humble but observant opinion, we have too long focused on the extroversion end of that spectrum.  Here are two great sources to stimulate thought and discussion… a brief article from You Inc. … and this great TED Talk.

Virtues on BlackWhich is better in leadership? I contend we need both and (indeed) gradients throughout the spectrum.  So, questions.

  • What virtues do you associate with introversion?
  • What virtues do you associate with extroversion?
  • How are they related to leadership?
  • How can we encourage them in others, youth and adult alike… at school, work or beyond?

Just some thought, this day.

Peace, passion and prosperity.

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy™

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Our work is all about character. We go beyond behaviour to help build character driven, united, and resourceful organizations and communities around the globe.  As part of that work, we offer you …

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A Study of Character Leadership, Part 1

Ivey Business Journal offered this great article on Character Leadership.  First and above all else, we invite you to have a good read.  There is quite a bit to munch on here.capacities

That being said, and given our work at Epic Engage™ all around character leadership, we are choosing to explore this article over the next few Epic Blogs.  To start, we pose some questions to engage thoughtfulness around the subject.

THE CLASSROOM and SCHOOL

  • On a scale of 1-5, how important is character leadership in the classroom?
  • On a scale of 1-5, where are you with this in the classroom right now?
  • What would advance the needle on the previous question?
  • In the classroom, what are 3 practices you could engage to build it?
  • What would be the impact of doing so?

THE WORKPLACE and BUSINESS

  • On a scale of 1-5, how important is character leadership at work or business?
  • On a scale of 1-5, where are you with this in your workplace right now?
  • What would advance the needle on the previous question?
  • At work or enterprise, what are 3 practices you could engage to build it?
  • What would be the impact of doing so?

IN COMMUNITY

  • On a scale of 1-5, how important is character leadership in building community?
  • On a scale of 1-5, where are you with this in your community right now?
  • What would advance the needle on the previous question?
  • In community development, what are 3 practices you could engage to build it?
  • What would be the impact of doing so?

WITH YOUTH

  • On a scale of 1-5, how important is character leadership in engaging youth?
  • On a scale of 1-5, where are you with this in your own efforts right now?
  • What would advance the needle on the previous question?
  • In authentic youth engagement, what are 3 practices you could engage to build it?
  • What would be the impact of doing so?

Amidst the 4 areas addressed, there may be overlap and their may be distinctiveness.  We offer these questions to start the conversation.  In coming blogs, we will surgically examine aspects of the article and provide some additional thoughts and strategies over the Summer.  We invite you to engage and enjoy the ride.

Peace, passion and prosperity.Educator

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy™

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In addition, we are engaging a 60-Day Challenge around character leadership and invite you to check it out here.

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Our work is all about character. We go beyond behaviour to help build character driven, united, and resourceful organizations and communities around the globe.  As part of that work, we offer you …

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broadCAST 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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