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Leader ToC™ with Jamie McCabe

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

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

We hope you engage and enjoy.

INTRODUCING Jamie McCabe

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

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

So, let us…

Engage the Leader ToC™

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

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

JAMIE McCABE

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

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

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

JAMIE McCABE

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

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

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

JAMIE McCABE

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

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

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

JAMIE McCABE

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

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

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

JAMIE McCABE

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

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

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

JAMIE McCABE

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

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

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

JAMIE McCABE

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

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

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

JAMIE McCABE

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

 

Leader ToC™ out…

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

And, yes, we continue on.  Continuing through 2017 and into 2018, around the third or final Friday of each month… we will engage and explore with experts and leaders around the globe.  We invite you to join us.

Until next month…

Peace, passion and prosperity.

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy™

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

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broadCAST November 2017: A New Life

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

November 2017

This month, we are launching a new look, feel and delivery to the broadCAST™.  As we head towards that “magical season” in December, we thought to bring some new sparkle going into 2018.  Focusing on Campus, Creativity, Communications, Life, Music and more… we hope you engage and enjoy.  🙂

 

THE CAMPUS CORNER

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

TRENT LANGDON SAYS

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

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

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

RAY HOLLISTER SAYS

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

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

BARRY LEWIS GREEN SAYS

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

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

 

CREATION CORNER

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

JAMIE McCABE SAYS

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

JM2Jamie McCabe is all about creativity and connection. She is on a mission to bring people together through art and exploring their creative side at Clay Café Avalon. Jamie became an entrepreneur and opened the paint-your-own pottery studio in 2008 and has seen many memories painted there since then. She works with children and schools where she provides after school art programs. She believes we should color outside the lines more and embrace our inner artist. At Clay Café, it’s not about painting the perfect piece, it’s about painting the perfect memory.  www.claycafeavalon.ca

COMMUNICATIONS CORNER...

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

JOEL SWEENEY SAYS

See and hear what Joel has to say on engaging your audience…

Joel Sweeney is all about effective communications. He has been speaking, training, coaching and Joel-Sweeney-291x300writing about it for over 20 years. He is the author of The Wedding MC Handbook and Little Helpings of Food for Thought. His third book, The Speaker’s Tool Box – Perfecting the Craft of Speaking, was released in the 2015. He is the owner of Professionally Speaking (established in 1995). Joel helps entrepreneurs and business professional become effective, engaging and confident speakers. www.JoelSweeney.com

 

CRAZY COOL CORNER…

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

LIZ BURT SAYS

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

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

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

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

KRISTA WALSH SAYS

Krista shares a little, big life lesson and hack… ?

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

MUSIC and MESSAGE…

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

MARK BLACK SAYS

Starting this month, Mark will be offering motivating thoughts in visual form… going to be cool.  For now, Mark has offered…

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

SHEENA GROBB SINGS

Moving forward, Sheena shares in song, and message; and I am ever thankful.  This month she shares a beautiful message on GOOD FORTUNE.  We love it.  Hope you do too.

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

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

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Wayfarer: Ground Zero?

Just yesterday, on LinkedIn, I posted this on Three Thrusts we are introducing in November via LinkedIn, Facebook and You Tube… and going forward.  What I did not note was that… there is more.  As well, and here on our EPIC Blog, we will be offering several additional initiatives.

The Wayfarer Journal™

On Wednesdays and weekly, this will be more of a personal blog; with a personal and professional slant.  For a taste, see more below and shortly.

The Leaducator Experience™

Back on July 4 of this year, Trent Langdon and I published our first teaser on The Leaducator Experience™ …  our Volume 1.   Then, came our second edition in September…. and our third in October.  As essentially noted in that very first offering… The Experience is not simply a newsletter.  It’s intent is to serve educators, entrepreneurs and emerging leaders who hold a world embracing vision.  It is about offering resources to advance peace, passion and prosperity, locally and globally… at school, work, business and community; and we will be doing so one Friday a month.

We invite you to sign up to receive The Leaducator Experience™ directly and monthly.  Go to the right and see the side bar… and you can SIGN UP TODAY… 

Good Business

Here on our EPIC Blog going forward, and monthly one Friday a month, we offer a business-centric blog post around practical aspects of character and leadership connecting to matters of current interest and impact.  Yes, one Friday a month, we will examine matters of business and facets of character leadership important to consider.  It will be real and relevant.

The broadCAST™

We continue our long running broadCAST™, but with changes in format and delivery… following on the heels of our last edition in October around perspectives on fear and lifeThe broadCAST™ is a monthly weigh in by members of The CAST™ of Epic Engage™.  Independent experts in their own right, members of The CAST™  have an opportunity to share their earned insights right here, for you, each month…. again one Friday a month. 

Leader ToC™

Leader ToC™ (Thoughts on Character) is our monthly series engaging leaders around the world on character, leadership and more.  To date, we have delivered on 13 perspectives including:

We are now gearing up for another round starting in November 2017… yup, one Friday a month.

All of this is to say that we invite and encourage you to join us on Fridays, and check out matters around business, leadership and life.  And to that end, this is ultimately Ground Zero for Wayfarer.  Or is it?

The WAYFARER Journal™, 1st Edition

I am a Baha’i.  I say that not with any pride or claim to truth.  My Faith is my very personal owner manual; with my own personal focus on my own path.  I say this as my Faith speaks to me of a journey, not a destination.  A favorite quote of mine in the Baha’i Writings speaks of…

O wayfarer in the path of God! Take thou thy portion of the ocean of His grace, and deprive not thyself of the things that lie hidden in its depths.

This says to me that life is a path; and our lessons come in the living and reflecting upon same.  There is no instantaneous magic bullet event; IMHO.  Faith and Strength and Wisdom are earned, in living… every day.  Perfection is not the goal; but perfecting.  Indeed, if you want to know more about my own motivation and grounding, I invite you to experience this video.  It is not offered to convince or persuade or even influence, but to share the grounding of my own living and working and service… however imperfect it might be.

Why Do I Share?

Why do I share this?  I have been working in leadership development for some 30+ years now, mentored by many talented people across Canada, the USA and indeed the world.  I have been blessed to meet, connect with and learn from people of diverse wisdom over those years.  And with that, I now have:

  • 20+ years in business education and coaching
  • 15,000+ contact hours in speaking, training and facilitating
  • 35+ years in speaking, educating, managing and leading
  • coached 1500+ clients to date
  • delivered to audiences as large as 4,000
  • presented and performed in front of over 200,000 people of all ages and backgrounds
  • been honored to be a Master Facilitator with the Virtues Project™
  • been equally honored to be a Facilitator with Personality Dimension®

This is not a boast; but a deep sense of Gratitude.  All that being said, I continue to learn.  The being of the student is the path to learning, growth and excellence.  It is the process of perfecting over perfection.  My latest and largest area of learning these days is my personal health; and this is the true subject of this first and next leg of The Wayfarer Journal™.

Getting Down to It

Back on October 15, I offered this on 77 Days and Beyond.  Then, on October 18, I shared on GREAT and SLOWER Health.  Since then, I have continued to live, reflect and learn.  This past week, I got rid of 4 pairs of 46″ waist pants; an act of burning my boats, if you will.  I have fortified my home with good food… in taste and sustenance.  I have witnessed a slimming, even today.

And all of that is to say that this journey continues… and, starting in November… weekly on Wednesdays… I will be checking in on my journey around the application and practice of character in this area of greatest and most present challenge; my very own health.  I do invite you to join me as the lessons learned and shared will be applicable across many areas of life, I humbly expect, suggest and contend.

Certainly, I am no health expert but I am a good student, and I will dare to share any learnings here.  Still, Wayfarer will be a continuing journey around the practice of personal and self leadership, grounded in the practice of character strengths.  As noted earlier, it will be a personal blog with a personal and professional focus… and I do sincerely invite you to join me.

On our Home Page, I state that…

In every arena of endeavor, the world is increasingly challenged.  In the face of that, we fiercely and unapologetically believe in the nobility and strength of the human spirit; and its ability to move us forward together at school, work, business and community.  Indeed, we help advance it.  

The Wayfarer Journal™ will be a process of documenting my own experience with this belief and path.  It would be an honor to have you join me here, or with any of our new initiatives.

Until next time,

Peace, passion and prosperity.

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy™

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

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GREAT and SLOWER Health

First, I dedicate this post to the spirit of Gord Downie, who passed this very morning. News of his passing triggers thoughts of his poetry and spirit, including:

First thing we’d climb a tree and maybe then we’d talk
Or sit silently and listen to our thoughts
With illusions of someday casting a golden light
No dress rehearsal, this is our life

Ahead By a Century

This is our life, indeed and in deed.  As far as any of us know, we get one.  And, we know not for how long.   That makes this life a gift, most precious.  It is our very own responsibility to live it as best we can and know how, with the presence and occasional help of those who love us best.

With his spirit and poetry in mind… I am reminded that this past Sunday, I wrote on LinkedIn on 77 Days.  It was a very personal blog post in which I stated…

  • I am going to be taking a journey of 77 days. Yup, 77 days… from today October 15, 2017 through to December 30, 2017. Eleven weeks of pure and utter and fierce focus on finding my best and healthy balance; for going forward. These will be weeks of Honor; a virtue needed to take best care for the longer road.

Amongst other things, I have been reading more on the myriad paths after stroke.  I am constantly reminded that my shot across the bow was just that… but it was a shot; and there are remnants.  Those remnants remind me not that I am not so much limited but that my needs are different.  They are redirecting and re-strategizing my use of personal energy.  Indeed, I am excited to be sharing some thoughts on same at the next CAPS Cares event November 16 at The Learning Commons of the College of the North Atlantic.

With that in mind, I am going back to a process I researched myself some years back when I was dabbling in a road back to slimmer.  In my own reading, I found that there were essentially 6 important factors in any road to health.  Indeed, I wrote a small and free e-book addressing same that you can find right here… called SLOWER and BIGGGER Living that covered points on both health and wealth. I invite you to download it.

Still, everything is in execution; and execution relies heavily on motivation.  All systems will work, if genuinely motivated.  So, today I offer up two learnings that I strongly suggest are of value on any path to health, wealth or elsewhere.

SET A G.R.E.A.T. Goal

S.M.A.R.T. is the oft recognized acronym for goal setting but I have two major concern with it.  The R is too often referred to as meaning Realistic and it’s order in the placement is out of sync, to me.  Let me suggest that a G.R.E.A.T.™ Goal includes:

The GOAL, specific and well articulated.  You can actually see it by naming it.  My goal is not to lose some weight or get healthier.  Right now, my goal is to be 245 pounds (I like the number :-), lean and strong.

RELEVANCE, not realism, is the R.  Relevance is the motivation and needs to be up front.  It is the leverage and it has to be palpable.  For me, the relevance is (a) being on the main stage singing and speaking at CAPS Convention in Ottawa in early December, healthy and strong… and the deep and passionate desire to fend off the chances of another stroke… to valianly defend against same.

Then one must identify how you will EVALUATE or measure your progress.  My me, I have opted for mirror, pant size and weigh scales… plus comments made.  Reflecting on each measurement each day and week… will continue the motivation and momentum.  Evaluation is akin to setting up mini milestones of motivation… steps on your ladder.

The ACTIONS are essentially 3-5 consistent and daily actions you can take to make sure it happens.  This is where my S.L.O.W.E.R.™ acronym comes in… those 6 factors for health.  I will get at least 8 hours SLEEP a day (sleep is one of the best lines of defense for the brain and body, I gather).  I will find time to LAUGH each day by doing one thing in which I find great joy (laughter is one of the best medicines, indeed).  I will breathe more deeply with daily breathing exercises to get more OXYGEN (oxygen is used by the body to burn calories, among other things).  I will drink 1 litre of WATER a day.  I will do one form of EXERCISE of my body each day for at least 15-30 minutes; but it will be something I enjoy.  And, I will only stock REAL food in the house… bye-bye-bye to junk, retraining my the little gang I affectionately call The Taste Buds and that beast I affectionately call Jabba the Gut.  🙂

The T is TIME.  For this leg of my journey, my deadline is December 30.  I gather deadline, the term, was derived from a time when, if a servant did not achieve the task by a certain time, they were killed.  So, I will choose LIFELINE.  🙂

THUS FAR, MY STORY

I have been on this journey for a while.  23 years ago I was in the best shape of my life, 220 pounds of strength and muscle and health; teaching business and dance.  After stopping teaching dance 5 nights a week (it became more like a job), I continued with my high carb diet (nothing wrong with carbs in moderation) and I ballooned up some 70 pounds within a year or so.  Then, after many somewhat successful (in the short term) attempts over the years, I increased another 26 pounds to 316 pounds as my life highest prior to the stroke.

That being said,  I had no high blood pressure or cholesterol; and the reasons for the stroke remain a mystery.  But, what I am realizing is (a) I have not done myself any favors with the excess weight and (b) the problem has been in the motivation and execution, to sustain weight loss and health gain.

No More 

Yes… no more.  I am motivated, like never before.  It is a fierce focus now.  That is the leverage.  These first few days of the 77, I feel good.  I feel good for the deep motivation; the need.  I feel good for practicing Honor, Respect, Detachment and Discernment… and Discipline.  Character matters in any endeavor.  My intent is to be 265 pounds by end of October.  Then 255 by end of December and 245 by December 30.  That would be 71 pounds down from my life high.  That will feel magnificent; healthier, stronger and more.  The Force is with me.  🙂

Yes, I have been making solid choices; but it is the motivation and relevance that matters.  I humbly invite you to follow or join me on your own journey.  Maybe we can help motivate one another; but get connected to your own motivation… and I will see you along the way.

Peace, passion and prosperity.

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy™

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

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broadCAST October 2017: Fear and LIFE

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

October 2017

As we head deeper into the Fall… back at school or work… the overarching theme for The CAST™ in October is about fear, facing it and/or living our best lives.  So, let’s get at it.

Engage and enjoy. 🙂

 

JOEL SWEENEY SAYS

See and hear what Joel has to say on fear, in video…

Joel Sweeney is all about effective communications. He has been speaking, training, coaching and Joel-Sweeney-291x300writing about it for over 20 years. He is the author of The Wedding MC Handbook and Little Helpings of Food for Thought. His third book, The Speaker’s Tool Box – Perfecting the Craft of Speaking, was released in the 2015. He is the owner of Professionally Speaking (established in 1995). Joel helps entrepreneurs and business professional become effective, engaging and confident speakers. www.JoelSweeney.com

LIZ BURT SAYS

I see fear as a motivator.  Lululemon is famous for printing on their shopping bags, “Do one thing every day that scares you”.  I think that this is a great message from this brand. Doing that which we fear can help us grow, and step outside our comfort zones to where the magic happens.  Are we afraid to fail? Afraid to try? Afraid it will be too hard? Afraid of who we will become in the process?

I remember when I was challenged to sign up for the Tely Ten road race for the first time. As a very un-athletic person up until that point, you bet your ass I was afraid. But through the pain that ensued, and the following years of challenging myself through the sport of running, I can honestly say that facing that fear was one of the best decisions I ever made. I learned that through grit, effort, discipline, and consistency, I could accomplish almost anything. One ten mile race lead to another, then a half marathon and then a full marathon and another, and now running is just a part of who I am, a daily practice for body and mind.

When I put my career on hold to go back to school and be a full-time student a few years ago, I was afraid. I was afraid I made the wrong decision; afraid of financial hardships; afraid I wouldn’t get the grades that I thought I deserved. But, yet again, I grew. I not only learned and soaked up knowledge like a sponge, but I grew as a person, more than I ever imagined and in ways I had no idea I needed to grow. I got the grades I needed and I decided to apply for graduate school. I remember crying when I got accepted into a communications program at one of the top universities in Canada.

My examples may have taken a really long time and a hell of a lot of tenacity to finally conquer, but you don’t have to start with the biggest craziest goal first.  It may be easier to start small and let the momentum build. If you start with a small goal, the fulfillment you get from achieving that goal or challenge will propel you forward to the next slightly bigger goal. You will grow, you will gain new confidence and you may even become addicted to challenging yourself.

So, if there’s something you want in life, don’t let fear prevent you from going for it, even if it will take a long time. A wise friend once told me, “Don’t be afraid of the time it will take to get you there, the time is going to pass anyways”. So, with that in mind, what will you do with your time?

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

RAY HOLLISTER SAYS

Ray is busy assisting with relief efforts in Puerto Rico this month; a work of true and ultimate service.  So, I thought to offer a contribution from last year… from Ray… on fear.  Quite the read.

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!

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

KRISTA WALSH SAYS

Krista shares a little, big life lesson… ?

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

MARK BLACK SAYS

Starting next month, Mark will be offering motivating thoughts in visual form… going to be cool.  For now, Mark has offered…

Have you had a hard day? A tough week? Take heart. You are not experiencing anything to be concerned about. It’s normal. That may come as little consolation, but it should.  Life is supposed to be hard. If your life is always smooth and easy, you are probably playing it too safe.  If you can learn to accept the fact that your life is supposed to be difficult, and stop resisting adversity, your life will be much better. Ironically, by straining to make our lives easier, we make them even harder. So rather than striving for easy, learn to thrive amidst adversity.

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

JAMIE McCABE SAYS

Jamie writes on fear…

I have 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 let the excitement of growth, far outweigh my fear and that my friend, was worth all the reward.

JM2Jamie McCabe is all about creativity and connection. She is on a mission to bring people together through art and exploring their creative side at Clay Café Avalon. Jamie became an entrepreneur and opened the paint-your-own pottery studio in 2008 and has seen many memories painted there since then. She works with children and schools where she provides after school art programs. She believes we should color outside the lines more and embrace our inner artist. At Clay Café, it’s not about painting the perfect piece, it’s about painting the perfect memory.  www.claycafeavalon.ca

TRENT LANGDON SAYS

Fear and obstacles often dominate the minds of my students. It is subsequently my role to assist them with forward movement by exploring unused opportunities and challenging current mindsets. It continues to amaze me how this journey can vary with each individual student. The most significant feature however is their willingness (with time) to tackle the challenge at hand and build an offensive strategy. My message is therefore this; utilize your connections (close friends, confidantes, a counselor, a therapist) to process your concerns, bounce ideas off of them, have them challenge your thinking, and have them call your bluff. Progress (to any degree) has a way of breeding progress and reprieve may be around the corner.

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

 

SHEENA GROBB SINGS

Going forward, Sheena shares in song, and message; and I am personally thankful.  This month is one of my fave songs of all time.  Yes, Sheena it is.  🙂  I find such solace and strength in The Breakless Heart.  What a way to face our fears.  Thank you for this gift Sheena.  — BLG

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

BARRY LEWIS GREEN SAYS

I share some thoughts around my deepest fear.

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

QUOTES of the MONTH

  • You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along. — Eleanor Roosevelt
  • I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear. — Nelson Mandela
  • The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time. — Mark Twain
  • We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light. — Plato
  • Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything – all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. — Steve Jobs
  • Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less. — Marie Curie
  • If you want to conquer fear, don’t sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy. — Dale Carnegie

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The Leaducator Experience: October 2017

Way back on July 4 of this year, we published our first teaser on The Leaducator Experience™ …  our Volume 1.   Then, came our second edition in September.  As essentially noted in that very first offering… The Experience is not simply a newsletter.  Well, it is less of a newsletter; and more of one.  It’s sole intent is to serve educators, entrepreneurs and emerging leaders who hold a world embracing vision.  It is about offering resources to advance peace, passion and prosperity, locally and globally… at school, work, business and community.  It is about offering thoughts and resources that might just make life simpler, better and cooler as educators and leaders.   We invite you to have a read of our first two editions.

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FROM BARRY

INESTIMABLE VALUE

September 17 was Character Day. .. and we spoke to same in our last edition.  October 5, was World Teachers’ Day… advanced by UNESCO.  Excerpted from the site:

Held annually on 5 October since 1994, World Teachers’ Day commemorates the anniversary of the signing of the 1966 UNESCO/ILO Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers, which celebrated its 50th anniversary during last year’s edition. The 1966 Recommendation constitutes the main reference framework for addressing teachers’ rights and responsibilities on a global scale.

This year, World Teachers’ Day commemorates the 20th anniversary of the 1997 UNESCO Recommendation concerning the Status of Higher-Education Teaching Personnel. Teaching personnel at institutions of higher education are often overlooked in discussions concerning the status of teachers. Like teachers at pre-primary, primary, and secondary levels, teaching in higher education is a profession requiring expert knowledge, specialized skills, and pedagogical competence.

It goes on…

World Teachers’ Day 2017 will be celebrated under the theme “Teaching in Freedom, Empowering Teachers”, echoing the 2015 theme that followed the adoption of the new Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs) (link is external) in September 2015, when teacher empowerment was reaffirmed as a top priority in all education and development strategies.

And offers a link to a Joint message on the occasion of World Teachers’ Day 2017 in Arabic ChineseEnglishFrenchRussian and  Spanish .

I am a college educator.  I have been for some 23 years now.  One of my favorite spiritual quotes goes “Regard man as a mine rich in gems of inestimable value. Education can, alone, cause it to reveal its treasures, and enable mankind to benefit there from.”  This speaks to me of the ultimate value of education.  It is the most noble of work, and advances civilization.  At its core, it is about growth and development.  Teaching passes on not only knowledge but progress… and the opportunity for wisdom.  Education at school, work, business and community is vital for peace and prosperity, locally and globally.

With that in mind, I am also a Master Facilitator for The Virtues Project™, globally.  The Project focuses on character education and leadership in over 100 countries across the planet.  For 27 years and counting its focus has been to be “a global grassroots initiative to inspire the practice of virtues in everyday life, sparking a global revolution of kindness, justice, and integrity in more than 100 countries through Facilitators, Master Facilitators, Champions and Virtues Connections.”  It engages and “empowers individuals to live more authentic meaningful lives, families to raise children of compassion and integrity, educators to create safe, caring, and high performing learning communities, and leaders to encourage excellence and ethics in the work place.”

The Virtues Project™ was founded in Canada in 1991 by Linda Kavelin-Popov, Dr. Dan Popov and John Kavelin and has been honored by the United Nations during the International Year of the Family as a “model global program for families of all cultures”.  This is all to say that, as we honor World Teachers’ Day and going forward, our work continues to be about character leadership at school, work, business and community.  Character is an everyday matter and the stuff of leadership.  So, in that spirit, we offer the following resources to advance conversations around character in the classroom and on campus especially; or simply as a source of self care and acknowledgement. 🙂

Plus individual and group coaching services…

I hope these serve.  I also hope you had a wonderful World Teachers’ DayAnd, I hope you took or take some time to reflect on the noble nature of education and the powerful potential for legacy, in delivering great education.  Remember that great education is great leadership and great leadership is great education.  Teachers matter.  Teaching matters.  When we realize that, students benefit.   It makes a difference.

Oh, and a wonderful little Teachers’ Day song… after the fact, but good to go forward.

AND, how could I almost forget?  Some thoughts from me and my #bestlittledogintheworld Panda… on teaching.  If you cannot read it, email me to get a copy.  Hope you like. 🙂

Well, that’s it for me… for this month.  I personally and sincerely encourage you to sign up to receive The Leaducator Experience™ directly and monthly.  You just go to the right and see the side bar… and you can SIGN UP TODAY.  Then we can send it directly each month.

Now, onto my good friend Trent…

 

FROM TRENT

STABILITY and FEAR

Anyone who has spent any amount of time within the social media realm has experienced the tornado of historic quotes, touchy-feely messages, and deep thoughts that stream across your screen of choice. In a matter of seconds, your thought processes shift from appreciating the forward-thinking of Abraham Lincoln, to saving an endangered species, to stopping and enjoying a kitten sleeping in a mug.  Prior to utilizing social media, I very much valued stumbling upon that special quote or idea that grabbed my attention and motivated for days to come. Now with the search of one key word, your screen is flooded with a vast array of options for your perusing pleasure. I now find that my thoughts can often be scattered and fleeting with any amount of time spent online.  Thanks for sticking with me on this one… here is my line of thinking. ?

It is important to intentionally stabilize our thinking patterns as a way of controlling stress, ‘tornado thinking’, and preventing anxiety; an online presence can sometimes become invasive to your well-being.  In terms of your own personal mission statement, choose to hold true to those perspectives and ideas that represent your values. Your online footprint can become quite blurry with overuse of that ‘share’ button.  In addition, fear and obstacles (frequently due to online activity) often dominate the minds of my students. It is subsequently my role to assist them with forward movement by exploring unused opportunities and challenging current mindsets.

With all of that in mind…

It continues to amaze me how this journey can vary with each individual student. The most significant feature however is their willingness (with time) to tackle the challenge at hand and build an offensive strategy. My message is therefore this; utilize your connections (close friends, confidantes, a counselor, a therapist) to process your concerns, bounce ideas off of them, have them challenge your thinking, and have them call your bluff.

Progress (to any degree) has a way of breeding progress and reprieve may be around the corner.

With that in mind, here are some suggested Resources:

Until next time, take care of yourself.

CONTRIBUTORS and AUTHORS

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

Barry Lewis Green is all about heroic character leadership and its impact on building cultures of strength, unity, resourcefulness and what he calls joyful excellence.  He is ultimately a vocalist, strength coach and educator. His work is about voicing, exploring, identifying, practicing and mastering our strengths and building upon them through practical and powerful unity and resourcefulness.  Joe Calloway says, “I had the distinct pleasure of being in an audience in Montreal with Barry Lewis Green on the stage. Quite simply, Barry absolutely captivated us with his talent, his message, and his heart.  The feeling of unity that Barry created in the room that day was extraordinary.”  Barry’s book Human Being Being Being Human speaks to that.  and that is why Barry is The Unity Guy™. EPIC Engage™ is an extension of The Unity Guy™. The Epic work is all about building strong, united and inspired cultures lead by character… at school, work and community; where everyone matters and contributes everyday.  Barry is humbly proud to advance this work with Trent and The Leaducator Experience™. Find Barry @ epicengage.com.

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And, given this month is also about focusing on the issue of bullying… here is a video series to advance conversation around the issue…

 

 

 

 

The Strength of Courtesy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Peace, passion and prosperity.

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy™

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

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broadCAST September 2017: Joy, Joy, Joy

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

September 2017

As we head back into a Fall pace… back to school or work at the refreshed groove… the question for The CAST™ in September is…

Why is joy important and how do you find it?

Given the pace of getting back at things and new openings going on… Jamie, Sheena and Mark could not join us this month and we miss them truly, but our 6 other CASTers have something to say on joy.  The responses follow.  Engage and enjoy. 🙂

SHEENA GROBB SINGS

That being said, while Sheena could not join us this month, I personally thought to offer up this amazing song and video called Good Fortune.  The line within … and I am aware of my good fortune, like it is humming in my ear … it powerfully speaks to joy and joyfulness.  IMHO, it speaks to the question of the month.  Listen and ponder for yourself.  Thank you Sheena for your artistry and insight. — BLG

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

RAY HOLLISTER SAYS

I have written before about the power of using a habit you already have to brighten your day. That habit is the ability to worry about an event that hasn’t happened, IN ADVANCE! However, in this case, I am suggesting that you turn this habit into a ‘skill’ by shifting the pattern slightly. The truth is simply, yet profound: it IS just as easy to be happy/joyful/hopeful about something that hasn’t happened yet as it is to be worried/fearful/angry about something that hasn’t happened yet. It is all a matter of your FOCUS. I believe that the importance of Joy is self-evident. What is less obvious is how to consistently bring it into your life. For me, I have cultivated the habit of focusing on all the ways things could go RIGHT. By focusing on the good things, the positive things, the joyful things, and the humorous things, I am far more successful at bringing those things to life, than by focusing on all the ways things could go wrong. I don’t agree with the idea that focusing on the negative is being ‘realistic’. I mark a distinct difference between being prepared and being scared. I strongly encourage you to try this for a full week: deliberately and thoughtfully focus on all the ways things could go RIGHT during your day. Deliberately and thoughtfully focus on all the reasons you could be joyful that day. You may be very pleasantly surprised at how easy it really is to find joy every day!

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

KRISTA WALSH SAYS

Krista shares some joy… ?

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

MARK BLACK SAYS

Going forward and starting in October, Mark will be sharing a favourite and personal quote of motivation for consideration each month… and we will be calling it ON YOUR MARK.    For this month, and missing Mark due to scheduling, we offer this on Want to Be Happier? Forget About This … a thoughtful piece by Mark on happiness and joy.

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

LIZ BURT SAYS

Joy is something I have been thinking a lot about lately actually. For me, joy comes from simple things in life and is a connection to my truest self and inner child. I get huge joy from riding my bicycle, swimming, and having a good hard laugh with my closest friends. Joy comes from sleeping in on a Saturday morning and then enjoying that first cup of coffee in the sunshine on my patio. Joy comes from cruising out in my dad’s fishing boat to have an evening jig at sunset – aka the “salt water joys”! Joy comes from quality time spent with family and loved ones. Pure joy is deeper for me than happiness. It’s a feeling deep inside the soul that cannot be faked or manufactured. Joy is one of the ultimate REAL FEELS!  Joy is so important to me because it has the ability to slow time down a little in my sometimes busy, hectic life and it connects me to simple things that mean the most. Real feelings of joy remind me to be grateful for the little things. True feelings of joy keep me grounded and humble and focused on being grateful for all the good there is in my life.

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

JOEL SWEENEY SAYS

See and hear what Joel has to say, in video…

Joel Sweeney is all about effective communications. He has been speaking, training, coaching and Joel-Sweeney-291x300writing about it for over 20 years. He is the author of The Wedding MC Handbook and Little Helpings of Food for Thought. His third book, The Speaker’s Tool Box – Perfecting the Craft of Speaking, was released in the 2015. He is the owner of Professionally Speaking (established in 1995). Joel helps entrepreneurs and business professional become effective, engaging and confident speakers. www.JoelSweeney.com

TRENT LANGDON SAYS

One piece of advice as we shift back into school, schedules, and routine – strategically allow it to unfold. The expectations that we place upon ourselves and our children, to jump headfirst into the rat race, can be overwhelming for all. There will be summer withdrawal no doubt, but allow the transition to happen by giving plenty of preparation time for events and schedule ample down time. Viewing the start of the school year as a chance to initiate new ideas and opportunities can allow for a positive start for the entire family.

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

JAMIE McCABE SAYS

Jamie is crazy, cool and joyfully busy with the opening of her new location for the Clay Café.   We have already been there and it is awesome!  Last month, Jamie shared… “What inspires me is helping others. I love seeing people smile and enjoying life. I enjoy talking with our customers and getting to know them and creating a connection.”   That, is abundantly clear… we have experienced it first hand.  With that in mind, we congratulate Jamie on the new digs and the joy she brings to her work.   See you next month Jamie!

JM2Jamie McCabe is all about creativity and connection. She is on a mission to bring people together through art and exploring their creative side at Clay Café Avalon. Jamie became an entrepreneur and opened the paint-your-own pottery studio in 2008 and has seen many memories painted there since then. She works with children and schools where she provides after school art programs. She believes we should color outside the lines more and embrace our inner artist. At Clay Café, it’s not about painting the perfect piece, it’s about painting the perfect memory.  www.claycafeavalon.ca

BARRY LEWIS GREEN SAYS

One of my favourite quotes is “Joy gives us wings! In times of joy our strength is more vital, our intellect keener, and our understanding less clouded. We seem better able to cope with the world and to find our sphere of usefulness.” The question is how do we practice the virtue that is Joyfulness.  Joyfulness is a way of being, beyond being happy about something.   In video, here are some thoughts I want to share on that thing called joy…. enJOY. 🙂

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

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  • It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge. — Albert Einstein

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And We’re Off

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

EDUCATE. LEAD. UNITE. INSPIRE.

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

COURAGE and FOCUS

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

CHARACTER DAY

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

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

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

Peace, passion and prosperity.

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy™

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

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The Leaducator Experience: September 2017

Back on July 4, we published our first teaser on The Leaducator Experience™ …  our Volume 1.   As essentially noted in that first offering… The Experience is not simply a newsletter.  Well, it is less of a newsletter; and more of one.  It’s sole intent is to serve educators, entrepreneurs and emerging leaders who hold a world embracing vision.  It is about offering resources to advance peace, passion and prosperity, locally and globally… at school, work, business and community.  It is about offering thoughts and resources that might just make life simpler, better and cooler as educators and leaders.   We invite you to have a read of that July 4th First Edition.

FOR SEPTEMBER

FROM TRENT

THE CLOSER

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

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

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A case study for your thoughts…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

So what can be taken away?

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

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

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

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

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FROM BARRY

CHARACTER DAY is COMING

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

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

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

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

WEDNESDAY MORNING 7:00 am EST

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

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

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

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

CONTRIBUTORS and AUTHORS

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

Barry Lewis Green is all about heroic character leadership and its impact on building cultures of strength, unity, resourcefulness and what he calls joyful excellence.  He is ultimately a vocalist, strength coach and educator. His work is about voicing, exploring, identifying, practicing and mastering our strengths and building upon them through practical and powerful unity and resourcefulness.  Joe Calloway says, “I had the distinct pleasure of being in an audience in Montreal with Barry Lewis Green on the stage. Quite simply, Barry absolutely captivated us with his talent, his message, and his heart.  The feeling of unity that Barry created in the room that day was extraordinary.”  Barry’s book Human Being Being Being Human speaks to that.  and that is why Barry is The Unity Guy™. EPIC Engage™ is an extension of The Unity Guy™. The Epic work is all about building strong, united and inspired cultures lead by character… at school, work and community; where everyone matters and contributes everyday.  Barry is humbly proud to advance this work with Trent and The Leaducator Experience™.

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