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An “August” Trilogy

Recently, we posted the broadCAST for August, on magnificence.  It is worth a read, we contend.  In it, and at its beginning, we say “The word august references ideas such as deep respect, reverence, awe, dignity, wonder and magnificence.”

With that in mind, and the Benny and Jarry blogs to date… we begin a trilogy of sorts; three blog posts for August 14, 21 1nd 28.  The first is simple, short and hopefully sweet.  Here, we will briefly chat on a friendship retreat we and another great friend, Karen, are taking over the coming few days.  The second will be a deconstruct on thoughts and even revelations after such.  The third will be a launch into a whole new era with the Benny and Jarry blog, around which we are very excited.

So and first, yes over these next few days, we engage a full on retreat, as great friends.  There promises to be music and fires and food and great conversations with so very little planning.  There promises to be soulful conversations and laughter.  There promises to be a retreat and advance.  The retreat is physical and mental, getting away from the patterns of life we all find ourselves in to one extent or another.  The advance is in advancing deeper, cooler friendship and dreams.

That is the beautiful promise of this time ahead.  Stephen Covey once asked, “Have you ever been too busy driving to stop for gas?”  We suggest that this is a poignant, powerful little question.  Life is life, and we must live it at life’s speed.  It is the ultimate role play and impromptu.  Still, it is vital to disconnect and step outside of the play that we are in… to almost become an observer… to connect soul to soul.  Why? Well, there are many thoughts on sameWe suggest, therein, we find a deeper joy.  We can get real and raw.  Therein, we connect with our dreams.  Therein, we find our gas stop.  Therein, we get to Soul; the spiritual odyssey understanding life.  🙂

For us, this gas stop will probably involve singing and dancing, soulful and beautiful conversations around the fire, (God willing ) starry nights, good food, wonderful smiles, dreams, lots of laughter, the odd (or maybe more) selfie, and the best of friendships.  It will not involve agendas and itineraries nor excessive expectations.  It will involve three friends being friends, trusting in the safety, synergy and simplicity of our friendship.  We look forward, but will live present.  And, we will share on the memories created and ideas born.

Our question to you is “When is the last time you truly retreated with great friends?”  A follow up might be “When and how can you plan your next?”

See you soon, and after.  🙂

Peace, passion, prosperity, and a whole bunch of Love

Benny and Jarry

Peace, passion and prosperity…

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Benny and Jarry

Jenny Dearing speaks to love in action.  She brings talent, experience and learning around love, trauma and care.  With a passion for Child and Youth Care and Addictions, and a background in same, she connects, and memorably so.  Her work spans children and youth care with addictions, personal and senior care, respite work, and business leadership; delivering on all.  Jenny is a Certified Virtues Project™ Facilitator, with professional training in child and youth care with addictions support and home support services.  With certification in ASIST Suicide First Aid, Autism Awareness and Understanding, Trauma Information Care and Child and Youth Care Practice, Jenny brings it, with zeal. On top of all that, she loves singing, and is an accomplished multi-media artist … and brings both to her work.  Artistry is a path to love and healing.  Jenny knows it.  She believes in it.  She drives it.

Barry Lewis Green moves the needle on character leadership and unity building with joyful ferocity and thoughtful zeal.  Barry helps leaders forge strong, united cultures at school, work, business and community.  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.”  With 39 years in education and leadership training and development … and work in the private, public and community sectors across Canada… and as a speaker, educator, master facilitator, coach, writer, singer, dancer, and cartoonist, Barry stokes the fire on together strong.

 

 

The Practice of Love

We have started a new chapter with Benny and Jarry.  With that, we have already shared on From Jenny, with Love and then Love and Character.  Indeed, and over the coming months, we intend to expand into PODcasts of what we are affectionately calling the Benny and Jarry Show, exploring real and raw on love and character and how they make for better living, working and playing.  Stay tuned.  🙂

As a conclusion to the opening 4 rounds of this new blog adventure (with much more to come), and for this week, we thought to share on practice.

Jenny on Practice

With practicing self-love comes health benefits. You will see that self-love is simply about owning our own power and acting from a place of kindness toward ourselves. It helps us let go of blame, shame, and anger. We invite ownership and power into our lives, while becoming completely responsible for our own lives; along with recognizing that we are the source to our happiness… the source to the power to change our futures, careers, relationships, passion, compassion, empathy, and authenticity.

It’s then that we begin to believe in our power. What matters is how we feel about ourselves, rather than others’ opinions. Practicing self-love puts us at peace. We accept our strengths and weaknesses. Unconditionally. All the self-love that we are now providing ourselves, allows us to show up and live our destined purpose… thus allowing us to let go of loneliness and embrace a deeper connection with the world… and attracting harmony, peace, spaciousness, and significance in relationships.

The more we look at ourselves with love, the more we practice love and acceptance towards others; accepting mistakes and failure and inviting vulnerability into our lives. We accept that we are enough. That there is no room for comparing ourselves to others.

When we love ourselves, we give birth to creativity, inspiration, and openness. Reality is accepted rather than blaming and fighting it, while, accepting failure knowing that it is one step closer to growth.

Allowing ourselves to grow gives us more energy to spread love and joy. Your positive love for yourself shines naturally and good things gravitate towards that energy. Lastly, we feel safe knowing that we will always be there for ourselves (Cynthia Belmer, Mind Body, Jan 2014).

Jenny Dearing speaks to love in action.  She brings talent, experience and learning around love, trauma and care.  With a passion for Child and Youth Care and Addictions, and a background in same, she connects, and memorably so.  Her work spans children and youth care with addictions, personal and senior care, respite work, and business leadership; delivering on all.  Jenny is a Certified Virtues Project™ Facilitator, with professional training in child and youth care with addictions support and home support services.  With certification in ASIST Suicide First Aid, Autism Awareness and Understanding, Trauma Information Care and Child and Youth Care Practice, Jenny brings it, with zeal. On top of all that, she loves singing, and is an accomplished multi-media artist … and brings both to her work.  Artistry is a path to love and healing.  Jenny knows it.  She believes in it.  She drives it.

Barry on Practice

Character is about practice.  We are not born with Patience.  We practice it.  We are born with all virtues, in potential.  Potential becomes practical when practiced.  Courage and Confidence can be practiced.  Empathy and Compassion can be practiced.  Discernment and Creativity can be practiced.  Love can be practiced.  Indeed, in our last post, I suggested:

  • … that L.O.V.E. is about the practice of character.  LOOK inside yourself for your strengths of character.  Identify them.  Name them, Claim them.  Then, seek out OPPORTUNITIES where they are most needed.  Discover what work, jobs, careers and vocations require them.  Discover what services and hobbies demand them.  Yes, identify your strengths of character and to where they are most called.  Then, have a VISION in your head and heart as to how the world, or your corner of it, will be better when you do apply your strengths to those opportunities.  Then, simply ENGAGE.  Do it.  That is how we L.O.V.E. our work.  That is how we L.O.V.E. our service, and play and school and community and life.  We look inside for our strengths of character, seek out opportunities where they are needed most, have a vision of their impact, and engage.

The late, great Stephen Covey suggested that love is an action.  I suggest that it is a virtue, accessible to us all; and that it is accessible to us in our actions, through practice.  When we look inside ourselves for our strengths (virtues, knowledge, skills, abilities) and then find opportunities to serve the world (or our corner of it) with those strengths, while having that vision of service in our head and heart… and we engage the process… we LOVE.  We LOVE our work, our business, our school, our family, our friends and ourselves.  We LOVE our life.  And it is a practice.

Jenny provides examples of that above, and the benefits of doing same.  I suggest that practice makes permanent.  The more we practice, the better we get.  The more we practice any virtue, the more body memory we create in knowing how to live it.  In the days and weeks and months to come, I will continue to share on the art and science of character, and it’s relevance to L.O.V.E..  And I will be practicing, for life.  I need it.

Barry Lewis Green moves the needle on character leadership and unity building with joyful ferocity and thoughtful zeal.  Barry helps leaders forge strong, united cultures at school, work, business and community.  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.”  With 39 years in education and leadership training and development … and work in the private, public and community sectors across Canada… and as a speaker, educator, master facilitator, coach, writer, singer, dancer, and cartoonist, Barry stokes the fire on together strong.

To You, Our Friend and Reader

Jenny and I (and Benny and Jarry) are so excited about the conversations and content ahead.  We hope you are too… and we thank you for joining us on the journey.

Peace, passion, prosperity, and a whole bunch of Love

Benny and Jarry

Peace, passion and prosperity…

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Love and Character

In our last post, From Jenny, with Love, we commenced a journey; a new chapter with Benny and Jarry (aka Barry and Jenny lol).

Going forward, we will write on character, love, unity and excellence as it relates to living and working and serving and playing our lives away; whether as educators, entrepreneurs, emerging leaders or anyone looking to get more out of life by giving more to the lives of themselves and others.

Each week, we will offer up thoughts on the journey of Love and Character.  We suggest that Character + Love = Unity = Excellence.  We contend that Love and Character combine to produce palpable, powerful, practical Unity at school, work, business and community… that advances Excellence.

And we share thoughts here.

JENNY says

As I sit here tonight, with my freshly washed face and hair in a ponytail, I reflect on this beautiful, life changing week. My heart is happy. Although it has been for a couple years now. That being said, it has been a journey. A journey of awareness, of self-acceptance, of hardcore, no pussy footin’ around kind of honesty with myself and others. It has been joyous, and raw and real. And I continue to see the world through different lenses… the more I love myself, the more I am loving everyone else.

Don’t get me wrong, there are times I want to lay a smackdown on some people, but guess what??? This new and improved Jenny 2.0 has patience and awareness that I never thought I would be armed with. I am unstoppable.

Ok, let’s get down to the nitty gritty here.

I WAS NOT always this way, believe me. I never knew what it was to love me completely. Until these past few years. It took a swift kick in the ass for me to see who I am and all I have to offer. I guess what I am getting at is that I would ideally love to say that it only takes a few easy steps, but no I am not going to pussy foot around with you either. It is tough.

It is tough.  Your self-doubt and self-loathing will test you. Will scream loudly the moment you begin to think “Hell ya, I am worth it.” It may even kick you down and throw dirt in your face time and time again. But that is just a small little piece of what will make you the kick-ass warrior that you will become.

I have no doubt that if I can achieve this love within myself, anyone can. I want to share my journey with you, I want you to share yours with me. I want you to know how damn important that you are in this world. That YOU are worth all of your own love.

We give so freely to others. And it is a beautiful thing. Don’t ever water that part of yourself down. But start loving yourself the same way. Be empathetic towards your life experiences. Don’t judge yourself in such a harsh way. Be gentle with your heart. You are so precious.

And I hope that this blog that I am just starting helps guide you to that place somehow. This is a journey, for not only me, but for all you beautiful souls reading this. This may not flow, each week I might have a different topic. But there will always be a taste of self-love, appreciation for yourself and others, notes on how to work on becoming more in tune with all your loving qualities, and just random messages on love in general.

What we so desperately need in the world.

So, join me on this journey of falling in love with everything life has to offer, including ourselves <3

Jenny Dearing speaks to love in action.  She brings talent, experience and learning around love, trauma and care.  With a passion for Child and Youth Care and Addictions, and a background in same, she connects, and memorably so.  Her work spans children and youth care with addictions, personal and senior care, respite work, and business leadership; delivering on all.  Jenny is a Certified Virtues Project™ Facilitator, with professional training in child and youth care with addictions support and home support services.  With certification in ASIST Suicide First Aid, Autism Awareness and Understanding, Trauma Information Care and Child and Youth Care Practice, Jenny brings it, with zeal. On top of all that, she loves singing, and is an accomplished multi-media artist … and brings both to her work.  Artistry is a path to love and healing.  Jenny knows it.  She believes in it.  She drives it.

Barry says

I love the message Jenny brings.  I love the fact that we are writing together going forward.  I love who Jenny is and for what she stands.  I love our incredible friendship and the work and play and life that unfolds from it.  Indeed, I love my life.  I get to teach business at the college level. I get to do this beautiful work with Epic Engage™.  I get to speak, teach, facilitate, coach, consult, create, sing, dance, write, blog, vlog and more… and with Jenny.  I love it, all.  I love my #bestlittledogintheworld Panda, and my modest beautiful little home I call The Greens.  I love my life.

We just completed an incredible retreat centering on the work of The Virtues Project™… exploring the 5 Strategies for building lives and cultures of character (I will share more as the weeks and months go by).   I often suggest that Love is a virtue.  It is an emotion.  And it is action.  I suggest that L.O.V.E. is about the practice of character.  LOOK inside yourself for your strengths of character.  Identify them.  Name them, Claim them.  Then, seek out OPPORTUNITIES where they are most needed.  Discover what work, jobs, careers and vocations require them.  Discover what services and hobbies demand them.  Yes, identify your strengths of character and to where they are most called.  Then, have a VISION in your head and heart as to how the world, or your corner of it, will be better when you do apply your strengths to those opportunities.  Then, simply ENGAGE.  Do it.  That is how we L.O.V.E. our work.  That is how we L.O.V.E. our service, and play and school and community and life.  We look inside for our strengths of character, seek out opportunities where they are needed most, have a vision of their impact, and engage.  Indeed, that is the Epic Engage™.

I have been in this work of leadership training and development for 39 years.  I have earned my stripes the great, good, bad and ugly ways.  I have L.O.V.E.d every minute of it.  The errors have been teachers, getting me to consider what strengths of character I better needed to practice.  The successes have been teachers in celebrating those I have practiced.  Character has its teachable moments and L.O.V.E. requires character.

In times of trial, I have asked myself what strength of character were either missing or not being practiced, with the notion of putting them into practice.  In times of triumph, I have asked myself what strengths of character were present in order to replicate, going forward.

Character is the soil from which the tree of behaviour grows.  Pay attention to the soil and the tree will take care of itself.  Ask yourself, in any given situation, what virtues were present or what were not.  Ask yourself what do you need to continue practicing or start to practice.  Character is about practice.  Practice makes permanent.  Challenges teach us when we practice character.  Successes celebrate our best selves when we practice character.

My life has not been easy.  Very few of us can say life ever truly is.  Life has its challenges.  It also has its growth, resulting from same.  It has joy and love and so much more.  It certainly has for me.  Going forward, I will be sharing examples of L.O.V.E. in action.  I will be writing, with Jenny, on love and character and their twin powers to advance real, raw and results driven living.  This will be a sincere and simple exploration of the role character plays in our lives.  I am excited to explore.  Hope you are!

Barry Lewis Green moves the needle on character leadership and unity building with joyful ferocity and thoughtful zeal.  Barry helps leaders forge strong, united cultures at school, work, business and community.  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.”  With 39 years in education and leadership training and development … and work in the private, public and community sectors across Canada… and as a speaker, educator, master facilitator, coach, writer, singer, dancer, and cartoonist, Barry stokes the fire on together strong.

Peace, passion, prosperity, and a whole bunch of Love

Benny and Jarry

Peace, passion and prosperity…

CHECK OUT OUR COACHING

and our MULTIVERSE of online forums and offerings

 

From Jenny, with Love

In our last post, A New Chapter with Benny and Jarry, we announced just that… a new chapter with Benny and Jarry (aka Barry and Jenny lol).  Going forward, we will write on character, love, unity and excellence as it relates to living and working and serving and playing our lives away; whether as educators, entrepreneurs, emerging leaders or anyone looking to get more out of life by giving more to the lives of themselves and others.  But first, let us introduce ourselves for this next chapter.

Jenny Dearing speaks to love in action.  She brings talent, experience and learning around love, trauma and care.  With a passion for Child and Youth Care and Addictions, and a background in same, she connects, and memorably so.  Her work spans children and youth care with addictions, personal and senior care, respite work, and business leadership; delivering on all.  Jenny is a Certified Virtues Project™ Facilitator, with professional training in child and youth care with addictions support and home support services.  With certification in ASIST Suicide First Aid, Autism Awareness and Understanding, Trauma Information Care and Child and Youth Care Practice, Jenny brings it, with zeal. On top of all that, she loves singing, and is an accomplished multi-media artist … and brings both to her work.  Artistry is a path to love and healing.  Jenny knows it.  She believes in it.  She drives it.

Barry Lewis Green moves the needle on character leadership and unity building with joyful ferocity and thoughtful zeal.  Barry helps leaders forge strong, united cultures at school, work, business and community.  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.”  With 39 years in education and leadership training and development … and work in the private, public and community sectors across Canada… and as a speaker, educator, master facilitator, coach, writer, singer, dancer, and cartoonist, Barry stokes the fire on together strong.

This week, Jenny offers up…

The reality of self-love is very important to our living our best lives. Our body is our home; we simply can’t live in it peacefully if we continue to destroy it. We need to be openly accepting our flaws because the reality is at the end of the day, the only person you truly have is yourself. And we need to be stronger for ourselves (Alyssa Lexine. Thought catalog. Aug 2016).

We need to be kinder to ourselves, allowing room for growth and error. Giving ourselves permission to mess up and make mistakes without chastising the person that matters the most; You, your own self.

We are beings of light and love. We so often freely love others, but we hardly take the time to recognize it for ourselves.

We are so quick to say when someone doesn’t love us the way we wish to be loved. Why are we waiting for them to step up and love us? When in all reality we have the power to do it on our own. We get to set our own standards on how we deserve to be loved, and by doing so we don’t have to accept anything less from others or ourselves.

Now to start this journey of falling completely in love with ourselves; realizing the importance of self-love is the first step to bettering your life. Here are just a few tips to get you started.

First and foremost, define your own beauty. Love yourself now by first accepting yourself the way you are. Change your focus to the thing that is most important. Start with one small thing about yourself and decide to love it. You don’t need to be perfect, but it’s uniquely you. Maybe begin with your eyes because you have seen so many beautiful things, while enduring all the tears you have cried.

Next, change your self-talk. That little voice in your head that drags you down needs to be changed. You wouldn’t speak that way to someone you love, so what makes it okay to say it to yourself? Replace that negative self-talk with something uplifting. When you make a mistake, try an encouraging phrase like, “It’s ok! I’ll try again.”

Also, don’t forget to pamper yourself. When your feet get wet, go home and put dry socks on. Be more aware of your physical condition and do things to comfort yourself. Warm up the water before washing your hands. Sit down when you are tired.

These are small ways to let yourself know that your comfort and well- being are important (Wendy G, Brookhaven, April 2017).

Don’t forget to spoil yourself regularly. Have a bath, do your nails, put on a face mask, wear your sexy underwear for yourself, or take yourself on a date. Act as if you are completely in love with yourself. Speak, eat, drink, dress and treat yourself as if you were your most loving fan, best friend, and lover all at once. Finally, take things lightly. Don’t be too serious. Make sure to laugh and have lots of fun. Even if you just fake it in the beginning, you will reap benefits. Fake it till you make it. (Lea, Life Coach, Feb 2015).

In the end (and the beginning, and throughout), love matters.  Love directed to others matters.  Love directed to ourselves matters.  Going forward, I will be sharing thoughts on perspectives on the who, what, why, when and how of practicing the strength that is Love.

Peace, passion, prosperity, and a whole bunch of Love

Benny and Jarry

Peace, passion and prosperity…

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A New Chapter with Benny and Jarry

Last week, I posted on My Summer CAMP.  In it, and among other things, I suggested that, “My thought to you is four-fold.

  • Cleansing of mind, body and spirit requires honesty, openness and courage.
  • Doing so is an investment.
  • Doing so requires us to be open, adaptive and relentless (your OARs in the water).
  • The return is high, on Clarity and Confidence.”

Such as been born out this past week, with changes coming to Epic Engage™ and how and why and with whom we work it.  One of the first changes is to this blog.  Going forward, much of my own work will be with my best friend and comrade in arms, Jenny Dearing.  You will learn more of Jenny in the days and weeks to come but our work together is driven by the advancement of character, love, unity and excellence.  What does that mean?  You will find out soon.

For now, let me suggest that I am personally more clear than ever on what Epic Engage™ stands and works and serves for, going forward.  Here, the blog will be known as Benny and Jarry, to represent the combined work of two best friends with passions and capacities for work that matters to both of us.  More important for now, it is a reminder that my question to you last week still stands.

How can you see yourself cleansing and getting to the essentials How can do CAMP?  How can you have those cool, meaningful conversations with those you deeply trust… to explore who you are and what has most meaning. How can you take actions needed to align in accordance?  How can you meditate on such, nay even pray?  I am thinking July and August will continue to be CAMP, for me…. as I get ever more clear on the work, service and play ahead.

Stay tuned for the first of Benny and Jarry, and look forward to a fierce and fun mission and service as we move forward together, stronger.

Peace, passion and prosperity…

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy

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A Beautiful Thing

This coming weekend, I engage my 30th year volunteering for The Janeway Telethon and the Children’s Miracle Network.  It is a beautiful thing.

Starting with the BC Children’s Hospital in 1988-89, and returning home for 1990-present, I have seen this beauty up front, real, full on and personal.  Here is what I have seen.

  • On average, each and every year, The Janeway Children’s Hospital Foundation has raised $4-6 per man, woman and child in the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador for the Hospital and it’s kids.
  • Each year, hundreds of thousands of donations are made by campuses, companies and communities… by individuals and organizations alike.
  • Each year, hundreds of volunteers converge for two days to put off a live Telethon that reaches and rocks.
  • Each year, those hundreds of volunteers leave egos and differences aside to support a common cause; our children whether we personally have them or not (I do not).

>>>>>>> It takes everyone.

That is beautiful.

It is so beautiful that, while my mother was alive, I pretty much missed every one of her birthdays on June 5 (since 1988) because the Telethon was on… and she understood.  I help coordinate and train a team of individuals that both supervise and serve on the phone banks; the front lines, if you will.  These are remarkable people with their own stories of connection to the Janeway.  We all have our stories; and they fire us up to engage and commit… and have fun doing it.

Capturing some of that over the years is this fun video from a few years back…. Please, Whatever Your Name Is….  Whether it is the staff of the Foundation, or NTV, the hundreds of Telethon volunteers or the thousands and thousands of donors… this is a beautiful thing.

This week, we have been writing and recording on the virtue that is Beauty.  We blogged on it on LinkedIn and went live on Facebook.  It is all in the link.  The bottom line is that Beauty is the capacity to see the good.  When we see the good, we can work with the good.  It is strength centered leadership; working with what we have to do amazing things, together.  The Janeway Telethon is such an amazing thing.

It is beautiful.

God willing, I will enjoy many more opportunities to serve.  For now, 30 years in, behind the scenes and bringing zeal, honor, love, unity, idealism, wholeheartedness and more… I am sincerely humbled by this initiative of service and the opportunity to serve.

To all involved, here is to a wondrous, productive and beautiful Telethon.

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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Leader ToC with Sheena Grobb

This month, with our fifth in the series of Leader ToC™ Blog Posts for 2017, we interview the wonderful Sheena Grobb.  Sheena is a colleague in CAPS, with an incredible talent for songwriting and messaging on what matters most in life; living.  She is also a friend.  I am truly excited to have her join the conversation around leadership and character at Leader ToC™.

That being said, Leader ToC™ (Thoughts on Character) itself is our monthly series engaging leaders around the world on character, leadership and more.  Before we actually get started this month, here are:

… if you wish to catch up.  This is our eleventh issue, with more to come.  We are thankful, and look forward to continuing the learning journey; and having you with us.  We hope you engage and enjoy.

INTRODUCING SHEENA GROBB

Sheena is one of the members of The CAST™… and always brings considered and mindful thoughts to her contributions with the broadCAST™, our monthly collective blog post.  We are blessed to have her perspectives.  Here is just a little of what we know of Sheena.

Sheena Grobb is about compassion.  A songbird from the age of two, songwriter at ten, with 3 albums under her belt, a nomination for the Western Canadian Music Awards, and Sheenaover 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 shares hers.

So, let’s get at it to …

Engage the Leader ToC™

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

Hi Sheena.  It is wonderful to have you on board with Leader ToC™.  Thank you so much for joining us.

SHEENA GROBB

Hi Barry!  I’m grateful to be chatting with you.

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

Fantastic!  So, let’s get started.  For our readership and for me getting an even better sense… who are you and what is it you do?

SHEENA GROBB

Essentially, I am a Singer Songwriter, Speaker, and Health Coach.  I use music and emotional processing to help people connect more deeply with themselves so they can feel more authentic, heart centered, and present in their work and relationships.   I would say I’m a caring and compassionate person… who has been through the lessons I teach… and I love to see others find a deeper fulfillment in the way they’re living their lives and interacting in their relationships.

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

That was certainly my first impression and experience when I first saw and heard you perform.  I still remember the presence of that moment.  You captivated a room full of leaders with your authenticity and insight.  With that in mind, for whom do you do this work best?  In other words, who is your best audience?

SHEENA GROBB

My best audience tends to be teachers and other professionals in emotionally complex work environments.  I’m also dedicated to supporting individuals struggling with stress related illness, as well as anyone looking to feel more connected in their relationships at work and at home.

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

Fabulous and very focused.  There is such clarity in that.  Then, how do you best serve them in doing so?  How do you offer your services?

SHEENA GROBB

As a speaker, I now offer seminars to share a bit about my personal story and what influenced me to begin looking seriously at my emotional health… how not having the tools to understand, express and resolve my feelings was impacting my health, my work, and my relationships.  For anyone interested in working more closely, I offer a 6 month intensive program where they can develop the tools – and learn the skills – required to interact in an emotionally healthy and fully integrated way… tools and skills we all should have been taught in school!

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

Oh, I hear that!  As an educator, I surely do.  That work is much needed.  With that in mind. and based on your work over the years… in these times, what are the challenges and opportunities of leadership… from your perspective and experience?

SHEENA GROBB

One of the biggest challenges I see is how developed and outwardly successful many people can become – financially, academically, etc – WITHOUT tending to their emotional health.  But then through illness, divorce, significant loss, stress at work, or other natural life occurrences we all ultimately face, they don’t have the tools to deal with it all in a healthy or authentic way.  But we can all learn to pick up some of those pieces… we all have the capacity to learn and strengthen parts of ourselves we were never taught to nurture.  There is great opportunity for each and every one of us.

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

That is so incredibly important in these times; to find our best and most healthy balance.  So, when considering the strengths of leadership as they might relate to character… what virtues do you consider to be paramount as strengths and why do you believe them vital?

SHEENA GROBB

I see the virtues of Courage and Compassion to be essential.  Courage to look at ourselves with honesty and vulnerability… and Compassion for what we might find.  We are all human.  Some people will spend a lifetime running away from who they really are… because of some impression they took in very young, or because they’ve forgotten themselves.  It’s one of the most inspiring things I’ve ever seen to witness another person remember who they really are.  It’s why I do what I do.

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

I love that… I sooo love that…. two wings… courage and compassion.  The courage to explore and the compassion to accept what we find.  Given that, what is one piece of advice you might have for our readership on developing leadership and strength of character in these times?

SHEENA GROBB

Sit quietly with yourself often.  Develop an awareness of your body and what you feel. Find a way to be truthful and honest with yourself always… your feelings follow a different set of rules. Acknowledging them doesn’t necessarily make them true, but your experience is worth honouring.  For a fully integrated and healthy human existence, it’s essential.

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

Indeed, it is the good and noble cause; our humanity.  I love the work you are doing.  So, how can someone connect with you for more information on your work?

SHEENA GROBB

The best way to get more information is to book a free 30 minute phone consultation with me.  In that time, I can hear a bit about you, I will explain a bit about what I offer… there’s never any obligation to work with me, and we can decide together what options might work best moving forward.  Email me directly at sheena@sheenagrobb.com.

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

I encourage anyone to connect with Sheena.  She is the real deal.  Real compassion and courage.  Thank you so much Sheena.  This chat has been wonderful.  I am so glad we had the chance.

SHEENA GROBB

Thank you so much Barry!!

 

Leader ToC™ out…

Folks, check out Sheena’s workand her music.

You will be glad you did.

And, we continue on.  Yes, continuing through 2017, 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 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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SPRING BREAK: 12 Weeks…

… to Healthy and Happy Habits.  Listen in and have a look.

I am 303 pounds, down 7 from 310.  But, my highest was 316 several years back.  I have been, in the last 19 years, as low as 260.  Still, in the 90’s, I was 220-240 pounds (convert to kilos, if you will) and in the best shape of my life.  Now, it is time for my own version of back to the future.

244, 40″ Waist… Here I Come.

But first, 264 and 42″ waist by June 3… 12 weeks; 3 months.  That is my goal and fierce intention.  Liza Burt and I are on parallel journeys with different goals.  She will engage and share her journey; I… mine.  We are motivators and we are motivated; and we invite you to join by:

  • cheering us on
  • sharing your insights
  • joining in with your own goals

This is my big challenge, but it is time.  Watch the video.  Decide for yourself.  My decision is made.

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 February 2017: Love What You Do?

Loving what we are hearing, seeing or doing… being immersed.  What is that?  How do we find it?  What is the value of it in our lives?  These are intriguing and big questions.  Happy February and welcome to The broadCAST™.  This is a monthly weigh in by members of The CAST™ of Epic Engage™ Independent experts in their own right, members of The CAST™  are asked to answer a question of simple but possibly profound nature. We wholeheartedly encourage you to connect with these experts on their respective expertise and how it might be of service to you.  They each bring great value in service to their work.  Oh, and we welcome our 10th and newest member of The CAST™, Krista Walsh!

For February 2017

With that in mind, the question to The CAST™ for February is:

“From your perspective, is it important to love what you do?  If so, why?  And how do you find it?

Actually, there are 3 questions. 🙂  Onwards, let us see what The CAST™ thinks.

KRISTA WALSH SAYS

I choose to share my message via video today… my two cents or more on loving what you do.  Enjoy.  🙂

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

RAY HOLLISTER SAYS

I have had this discussion numerous times, and I find that people can be quite divided on this issue. From my perspective, it is not important to love what you do per se; however, it IS extremely important to be committed to what you do. I believe that loving what you do makes your life not just easier, but much more fun as well. But commitment, not love, is a better indicator of success. As far as how to ‘find’ loving what you do, I genuinely believe when you give 100% commitment and effort, results follow. And as the results pile up, love of what you do may not be far behind. With that concept in mind, I feel it is important to point out that most entrepreneurs I have run across don’t go into business for themselves in an industry that they don’t like! Far more often, the love is already there, and that love helps propel and fuel their commitment to succeed. The same holds true for students I work with. I can count on one hand how many students I come across that love taking tests! Yet, with commitment and effort, any student can get A’s and even ace any exam. And, as described above, the more success a student has with getting excellent grades on tests, the more they enjoy school. And yes, some even come to love education!  It is my sincere hope that you genuinely love what you do, and even more so that you remain committed to it.  Ray 🙂

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

SHEENA GROBB SAYS

When you love what you do… it’s as they say… you’ll never “work” a day in your life.  The sheer act of loving what we’re doing fulfills a deep need we each have to express our highest purpose.  Fulfillment is then as inevitable as an exhale following an inhale. When we love what we do, our state of wellbeing is heightened and the impact of our actions on others and our environment is magnified.  We each have a unique set of gifts and skills that lend perfectly to our life’s work.  There is no one else who can offer exactly what we can…. or in the same way.  Looking for what makes us unique is often a key towards finding what we love. We often love what we’re good at, and what sets us apart.  We feel natural attractions to activities, memories, or events connected to our childhood, when we were free from judgments and open to our inner guidance more fully.  One exercise worth exploring might be to make a list of cherished childhood activities or memories. From this, you may derive a sense of your natural passions and even calling.  If nothing pertinent arises, make a list of 10 activities you’ve always wanted to try, no matter how far fetched it may seem, and carve out some time to explore your interests.

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

CHRIS SPURVEY SAYS

I share my message video this month… on loving what you do.  Hope you find value.
Chris Spurvey is all about the sales mind-set.  Chris is the author of It’s Time to Sell: Cultivating the Sales Mind-Set.  After consciously choosing the sales profession as a means to create a better life for his family, Chris realized that negative images of sales were holding him back. By shifting his mind-set, Chris was able to transform his “inner game” and use his innate values and talents to become a top sales professional. Chris inspires entrepreneurs and sales professionals to deal with the paradigms that hold them back. www.chrisspurvey.com

MARK BLACK SAYS

When we love what we do it is beneficial for everyone. You enjoy your work more, those who work with you do as well. And if you serve clients or customers, they will benefit as well.  I think it’s important to distinguish what we mean by loving your work however: it’s often said that if you love what you do, you never “work” a day in your life. I don’t buy that. It implies that loving what you do is a passive act – you love or hate your job because of the job and not because of you. Rather, I believe how much you love your job is the result of how much love you put INTO it.

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

JOEL SWEENEY SAYS

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

MAJEED MOGHARREBAN SAYS

Should you love what you do in work? If you want to enjoy it, yes. If you want to get better at it, yes. If you want to attract great customers, yes. If you want to impact lives, yes. In short, if you want to be world class at anything, you must love it. That said, you can learn to love it if you don’t love it now. Find something about it that challenges you. Connect with the people around you and learn to love the people you work with and work for. Finally, how do you know what you love? Pay attention to how time speeds up with you are “in the zone” or “in flow”, and an hour feels like five minutes. When you are doing something you don’t love, five minutes feels like an hour. Pay attention to those cues. Do more of what you love and less of what you don’t love.​

majeed-square-web-ready-300x300Majeed Mogharreban is all about entrepreneurship.  He owned and sold five successful businesses and traveled to 24 countries before he was 21 years old.  After early success in business, now his mission is to support the next generation of entrepreneurs to make a difference doing what they love. With clients ranging from the United Nations, to start-up businesses, to an Olympic gold medalist, Majeed helps you discover your strengths and your passions so that work is meaningful and fun. His book, Winning At Life, is a guide for young people to make a plan and win at life.  www.majeedm.com

TRENT LANGDON SAYS

It became glaringly obvious to me as I pondered this question that we typically think in terms of our ‘career choice’ when discussing “a love of what we do”. But life is filled with options that need not be solely dictated by the letters after our name or our workplace. So many have invested great time and effort into career paths that have panned out to be far less than what they had hoped; but should this be a life sentence? With career change and mobility being increasing difficult, it is essential that we create a lifestyle through extracurricular, recreational, and voluntary means that will lead to “loving what you do.” It is our responsibility to invest in our social and emotional lives such that we can live outside the confines of our work experience and not be defined by the same. We will benefit individually and as a community with such a mindset.

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

I believe it is super important to be in love with what you do. I will start off with an example. My husband recently switched jobs for a short term position. While in that position, I saw he was driven, inspired and he was always to work 1 hour early and was always willing to stay late to help answer any student questions and volunteered to fill in for staff when they were absent. He was actually doing work at home on his off time. This is how I knew this was something he loved! Despite this sounding like WOW that’s a lot of work, where is the balance? When you love what you do, it doesn’t feel like work at all. You are happy to go the extra mile and it fills your heart and gives you a sense of real purpose. How do you find that love? Make a list of all the things you enjoy in life. What are your passions and your purpose or goals in life. Go with your gut and don’t be afraid to try new things and when you find that love, hold onto it. We are human beings after all and we are full of love to give and receive. May you find a love that fills you up every day of EVERY month.
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

First, off… if you are truly looking to finding what you love to do… I would strongly and emphatically recommend What Color is Your Parachute? by Richard Bolles.  I have loved and applied the material for years, since my first exposure in 1982; and it is updated annually!  With that said, for me, loving what you do is such an incredibly important notion to explore.  The late great Stephen Covey wrote of love as an action.  In some ways Steven Pressfield wrote of such action in The War of Art.  I certainly concur and see the action in love.  I also understand love to be a virtue that can be accessed and practiced by us all.  With that in mind, some years back I developed an acronym for L.O.V.E.™ that I find useful… particularly when deciding to love what we do…. or find that work.  The exploration, I contend, is vital, crucial, imperative… even.  Indeed, I love the perspectives shared by The CAST™ this month.  I think it is “all of the above” for me.  Still and ultimately, I think finding it is about truthfulness.  It is about looking at our lives and seeing where we most joyously have experienced life, in the doing and being.  When Lawrence Pearsall Jacks wrote…  “A master in the art of living draws no sharp distinction between his work and his play; his labor and his leisure; his mind and his body; his education and his recreation. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence through whatever he is doing, and leaves others to determine whether he is working or playing. To himself, he always appears to be doing both.” … I think he was speaking to the love of what we do in life.  With that in mind, I think love has two primary facets… love as liking something very much and love as committing to excellence.  These facets have been dear to my heart and mind for a long time and I decided, just this morning amidst rising and getting on with the day, to share them right here.  ?  blg-sing

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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The Heroic You

This past week or so, we have been diving into the idea of heroism.  So often, we think of it in terms of physical danger faced and life sacrificed.  I understand that and acknowledge it; thoroughly.  That being said, we can have heroes in our lives by other means… family members, friends, teachers, entrepreneurs and more; people who inspire us… people with whom we see their role as a hero in our lives.

First, I invite you to engage what we have posted thus far… and it is considerable.  You can access all the links through this one on Calling Out the Heroic.  You can read up on a Recipe for Heroism here too.  Take some time to munch on it all.

Second, once done… ask yourself for whom and how you can be a hero in these times we live at home, school, work, business or community.

Third, be it.

That is all.

Peace, passion and prosperity.

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy™

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

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Singing of Malala.

A song for the hero.

The words of Tauriel on the necessary fight.

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