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broadCAST August 2017: Have an August Month!

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

The broadCAST™ is a monthly weigh in by members of The CAST™ of Epic Engage™.  Independent experts in their own right, members of The CAST™  have an opportunity to share their earned insights right here, for you, each month. 

With that in mind, we wholeheartedly encourage you to connect with these experts on their respective expertise and how it might be of service to you.  They each bring such great value in service to their work in communications, youth engagement, education, compassion, business, health, leadership and more

August 2017

The question for The CAST™ in August is…

What inspires you with awe or reverence?

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

RAY HOLLISTER SAYS

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

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

KRISTA WALSH SAYS

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

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

JOEL SWEENEY SAYS

See what Joel has to say, in video…

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

LIZ BURT SAYS

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

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

MARK BLACK SAYS

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

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

SHEENA GROBB SAYS

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

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

TRENT LANGDON SAYS

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

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

JAMIE McCABE SAYS

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

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

BARRY LEWIS GREEN SAYS

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

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

 

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Leader ToC with Trent Langdon

This month, with our seventh in the series of Leader ToC™ Blog Posts for 2017, we connect with a friend and colleague in education, Trent Langdon.  With his background and passion, I am thrilled to have him join the conversation around leadership and character at Leader ToC™.

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

… if you wish to catch up; there is your baker’s dozen. 🙂

And, we do indeed encourage the reads.  This is Issue 13, 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 Trent Langdon

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.  You can email Trent at trent@epicengage.com and find him on Twitter or LinkedIn (@TrentLangdonNL ).

And now, on to …

Engage the Leader ToC™

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

Hey Trent; glad to have you on board with this month’s Leader ToC™.  We typically start with the big question… “Who are you and what is it you do?”

Trent Langdon

Glad to be here Barry.  Well, I am an educator / school counselor, and an advocate for teachers, public education, human rights, and mental health.  In addition to my daily experiences as a teacher, I have contributed to the governance and leadership of my professional affiliations since the start of my career.

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

That is no small order and track record; so you are working with those you serve in students and teachers and the profession of teaching alike.  With that in mind, for whom do you do this work best? In other words, who is your best audience?

Trent Langdon

I work directly for my students, families, and teacher colleagues within the education system… however I fundamentally champion character development, actions of integrity, and humanistic leadership (through the work of Epic Engage™ and my own social media communications).

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

Tell us a little more about that.  How do you best serve them in doing so? In other words, how do you offer your services?

Trent Langdon

When a group or an individual is interested in connecting to explore any of the themes / areas mentioned above, I work directly with them (either in person or online) to create an action plan that addresses their specific needs (whether it be group work, a speaking engagement, etc.); supports and services are then delivered with a personal approach.

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

So you do personalized programming around your body of work and audience.  Excellent.  Based on your work over the years… in these times, what are the challenges and opportunities of leadership… from your perspective and experience?

Trent Langdon

Here is a thought that encompasses a challenge and an opportunity.  A challenge is maintaining that ‘human’, personal component as part of daily interactions.  The opportunity is to maintain that ‘traditional’ human approach by ensuring time is set aside to send that ‘store-bought’ card of condolence, ensure that you meet for coffee at least once per week with a friend / colleague, or send a hand-written message of thanks to a person that has inspired you in some capacity.

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

I like that… the challenge and opportunity as two sides to the coin, so to speak.  So, in the face of that, 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?

Trent Langdon

Hands-down, my personal ‘go-to’ virtues are INTEGRITY, HUMANITY, & THANKFULNESS. These three give me an opportunity to look inward (integrity), outward (humanity), and simply acknowledge (thankfulness) the Source / God / Creator of all things good.

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

Love it.  Given that, what is one piece of advice you might have for our readership on developing leadership and strength of character in these times?

Trent Langdon

Investigate those virtues that are your foundation; those virtues that guide and strengthen your personal and professional efforts.

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

I hear you.  That is core, in my opinion.  To thine own self be true.  And you do work ultimately around that.  So, how can someone connect with you for more information on your work?

Trent Langdon

Well, you can email me directly at trent@epicengage.com and connect with my Blog or on LinkedIn and Twitter (@TrentLangdonNL ).

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

Trent, that is it… for now.  🙂  I really appreciate the time… and your work my friend.  Thanks for joining us on Leader ToC™.

Trent Langdon

Been a pleasure Barry.  Thanks for the opportunity.

 

Leader ToC™ out…

Folks, check out Trent; I encourage you.  You will be glad you did.

And, yes indeed, we continue on.  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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The Leaducator Experience: Volume 1

Welcome to…

The Leaducator Experience™

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. To sign up to receive it monthly, go to the right and see the side bar… and the SIGN UP TODAY.  This is Volume 1.

From Barry

Character Matters

Consider this piece on The Character of Leadership from The Ivey Business Journal.  Within… are two quotes to anchor the piece.

“I have a dream today . . . I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. I have a dream today.” —  Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

“When I went to management school 20 years ago, I thought it was about personality, desire, determination, and a little bit of technique. I didn’t actually realize it was about character, and that struck me more as I have gone along . . . The leaders whom people respect and will follow have the characteristics of being themselves, of being passionate about what they are doing, communicating that in a heartfelt way that touches hearts.” — Theresa Gattung, CEO of Telecom NZ

We also invite you to consider Developing Leadership Character from the Ivey Business Journal.   Within it, you will find the following, amongst a great deal more.

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

We believe and contend that character matters; and character is not about simply being someone’s definition of morally good.  It is, in essence, about what Simon Anholt refers to as being good.

And so….

From Trent

A Collective VISION

The success of your team (and the individual players within) is contingent on having a ‘presence’ on the local, regional, and global field of play. Though your practice may be based locally or regionally, a global awareness (or moral ‘presence’) provides a foundational strength to enhance your impact.

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In September 2015, 193 world leaders agreed to 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development.

If these Goals are completed, it would mean an end to extreme poverty, inequality and climate change by 2030. Our governments have a plan to save our planet… it’s our job to make sure they stick to it.

The Global Goals are only going to work if we fight for them and you can’t fight for your rights if you don’t know what they are. We believe the Goals are only going to be completed if we can make them famous.

www.globalgoals.org

In recent months, I have valued following the work of the Global Goals Educator Task Force. Their mission is as follows:

We, the Global Goals Educator Task Force, in partnership with the United Nations, aim to strengthen the voice of the Educator in their sessions, meetings, and events pertaining to the Sustainable Development Goals. We seek a world where every child learns about the inspiring Global Goals — and we welcome any and all partners and opportunities that move us all closer to this objective. We recruit teachers, gather data, cherish ideas, and submit recommendations directly to the UN annually. Passionate about policy, advocacy, innovation, design thinking, and best practices in global education, we bring diverse perspectives and deep commitment to the SDGs and the children of our world.

You can explore the Sustainable Development Goals at www.teachsdgs.org and on Twitter @TeachSDGs (A global movement of teachers pledging to #TeachSDGs; a Task Force of volunteers partnered with the UN to serve @TheGlobalGoals & @TheWorldsLesson).

Within my own scope of practice as an educator and school counselor, I have adopted these SDGs to keep my efforts focused and effective:

#3. Good Health & Well-Being

#4. Quality Education

#10. Reduced Inequalities,

#16. Peace & Justice.

I challenge you to become a part of this growing online community by taking the SDG pledge and to incorporate the SDGs into your school’s objectives, your business’ / organization’s blueprint, or your personal leadership goals.

LINK UP

Please check out this LinkedIn Article by Harriet Marshall (April 24th, 2017).

Teaching the SDGs – 17 Goals to Transform Our World and Our Classrooms

AHEAD and HEART

In the coming volumes of The Leaducator Experience™, we will explore and offer additional resources, videos, links and thoughts around character leadership and achieving lasting impact at school, work, business and community.  Subsequent volumes will be offered monthly, and around the third week of the month.  Sign Up to automatically receive The Leaducator Experience™ by going here at our home page In so doing, you will also receive our Purpose Pack™ as a gift.

We look forward to sharing with you, and invite submissions for short guest blog pieces around character, leadership and impact.

We do so, wholeheartedly.

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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Cheering Ourselves On

Earlier this week, we shared this post on Cheerful, Humble Charisma … to open up the conversation around Cheerfulness as a virtue; a strength of character.

Then , last night, this happened on Froude Avenue in our fair city of St. John’s.  Since then, the rising up  of help has been phenomenal.  People are cheering on with material and emotional support.  Amidst the loss, Cheerfulness has it’s place to cheer those in need.  And Froude Avenue Community Center is a source of Cheerfulness.  Keep helping.  It is a manifestation of Cheerfulness.

That being said, Cheerfulness does indeed play a role in cheering ourselves and others on.  When we offer ourselves, out of a generous spirit, we are practicing Cheerfulness. Dale Carnegie himself once said that one of the greatest ways to reduce stress in our own lives is to focus our attention on the needs of others.  Cheerfulness and Helpfulness go hand in hand.

This coming Thursday, June 29… CAPS Cares is offering an opportunity to practice both. Bottom line, it is all about advancing public conversations around healthy minds and wellness… a slant on Cheerfulness, if you will.  Here is our latest update on the event, free and open to the public.

That all being said…

here is a three-step exercise we suggest you practice…. around manifesting Cheerfulness.

  • STEP ONE:  Think of 5 things that cheer you up, especially when you might not be feeling such instinctively.  They need to be powerful.  Thoughts of a certain vacation, specific memories with children, an accomplishment that brings a healthy humble sense of pride, an activity that brings a genuine smile to your spirit, a song that does the same… and so on.
  • STEP TWO:  Then consider what artifacts you might have that remind you of same… pictures, souvenirs or the like.  Determine what visuals serve as anchors to remind you.
  • STEP THREE: Create a space at your desk where those artifacts can reside… a go to mini oasis of cheer, so to speak.  In moments of being “off”, take one of them up and spend some quick, cool reflection time.  Do not just glance at it.  Pick it up, savour the memory.  Taste it.  Munch on it, until it ignites Cheerfulness.  Go there.

Cheerfulness, like any virtue, is practiced.  We must sharpen the blades on it to build the muscle.  We will explore some more later this week… but if you are in the St. John’s area, get out to CAPS Cares.

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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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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Awareness is Awesome

This week, we started to examine AWE as a strength of character and leadership.  This post takes a more targeted focus on this virtue by examining one often under appreciated capacity we humans have… and the dangers that come from such under appreciation.

But first, I invite you to read this article from the New York Times on We Aren’t Built to Live in the Moment. Martin Seligman speaks to that aforementioned capacity we humans have and both its promise and peril.  Awareness.  I personally and humbly suggest that it is the message of the story of Adam and Eve.

As with all great sacred and scriptural writings from all faiths, it is written as allegory… a symbolic narrative.  Eating of the Tree of Knowledge speaks to our once dormant but now existent capacity to reflect and ponder.  Intelligence exists in all animals to varying degrees and types.  I would suggest that Adam and Eve are an ancient understanding that once we were unable to comprehend “meaning” or “possibility”… knowledge… and then we were.  The Devil, so to speak, was in the peril and temptation of such awareness.  This does not deny the story of Adam and and Eve but it recognizes the inherit wisdom of that story.  Once we became truly aware of our existence and understood things and constructs beyond that existence, we took on a new capacity.  We became more, and less.

We have the incredible capacity to ponder, plan and imagine.  But we can imagine the worst or the best, in the past or the future.  That imagination can inspire us or scare us.  It can advance us or cripple us.

Our work suggests that character lives in the present.  You cannot be of courage or compassion tomorrow.  You can be of them today.  The practice of character is, indeed, a practice of presence and mindfulness.  We cannot be of courage, zeal or strength in the past nor future because BEING implies the now.

It is important to note that we have the incredible capacity to plan; and worry.  From the Bible itself we are told to “Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself.”  My understanding of this is that we are not being told to avoid planning.  We are being told to avoid the worrying.  As someone once told me, worry is a waste of imagination.

So, how do we plan without needless worry?  Here is our suggestion.

Character has many faces; the virtues.  By practicing them, we are BEING.  The practice of all the virtues requires BEING and that implies the NOW.  In any given situation, we can practice acceptance, compassion, detachment, loyalty, strength, understanding and zeal.  In any given situation, we can choose to practice any of the virtues.  They require presence and the PRESENT.  Just yesterday, I wrote of 3 we seem to need collectively right now.

Look at any situation you are facing at home, school, work, business or community… right now.  Ask yourself, “What virtues are demanded of me, now?”

Answer that question.

Practice the answers.

Practice requires presence of mind, body, spirit and soul.

And, practice makes permanent.

So often we hear, almost as cliche now, that we must live in the now.  But what does that look like?  Is it simply about sitting or standing there?  How do we BE in the NOW?  I suggest that we be of courage and confidence in the now.  We be of compassion and caring in the now.  We be of discernment and wisdom in the now.

There is a quote from Baha’u’llah that I truly love.  “Noble have I created thee yet thou hast abased thyself.  Rise then unto that for which thou wast created.”  Our nobility of spirit is in the now, yet we have abased ourselves with unnecessary fears and worries of the future, and past for that matter.  We have distracted ourselves with WHAT IF and it has caused us, too often, to act out in ways counter productive.  We are being called to something more; our best.  That best can only be lived by BEING and in the NOW.  That is how you build one great foundation; one great brick at a time.

Awareness is a gift.  Awareness is awesome.

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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Introducing Humble Swagger

On our website, you will find us saying…

In these times, an assured step is vital.  We call it Humble Swagger™; that genuine and healthy confidence that is grounded in both certitude and humility. 

Indeed, it is grounded in faith, trust and confidence of the deepest and healthiest kind.  Here is an introduction to that notion, via video.  Ultimately, Humble Swagger™ is grounded in character and the nobility of spirit… and it results in great and inspired leadership.  In our own humble opinion and observation, it is a vehicle for heroic character leadership.  So, upon viewing the video above and reading the linked and aforementioned post, we have but two questions, for now.

  • What virtues or strengths of character define your own Humble Swagger™?
  • How do or can you best own them?

‘Abdu’l-Bahá once said “As ye have faith so shall your powers and blessings be. This is the balance – this is the balance – this is the balance.”  We submit that Humble Swagger™ has absolutely nothing to do with arrogance.  It has everything to do with finding the balance; for each of us.

We will be exploring this idea in many ways throughout our writing and our work… going forward.  Walk with sure step and your own Humble Swagger™.

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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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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Character and Behaviour: Up a Notch

Character and leadership in times of both trial and triumph are inextricably linked. Munch on this piece from the Ivey Business Journal… if you will.  With that in mind, and with the approach of Spring 2017 some 10 days in the distance, we offer this piece of news for a new series of targeted videos on behaviour and character at school, work, business and community.

I have heard it said that character is that part of us that enables others to truly believe in us.  We might be unconditionally loved, but character defines others’ belief and faith and trust in us.  This new series will be all about exploring practical applications of organizational behaviour, grounded in character.  It (character) builds trust and faith in us … and our organizations.  It builds our very own trustworthiness.

The videos will be short and fiercely focused with simple but useful take-aways. But, make no mistake, they will speak to the message of JFK; building character as a consistent state of being for when it is most and especially needed. (Thanks to Trent Langdon for the quote on graphic from our recent broadCAST™ too… JFK is a hero of mine.)

We also invite you to subscribe to Epic Engage™ on You Tube, a site filled with hundreds of videos around motivation, leadership and character.  It can serve as a resource for all including educators, coaches, entrepreneurs, leaders, parents and youth alike.

Join us on the journey.

Peace, passion and prosperity.

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy™

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

PS

Here are some additional resources that may be of use and\or interest:

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Leader ToC with Ray Hollister

This month, with our second in the series of Leader ToC™ Blog Posts for 2017, we interview the stupendous Ray Hollister.  Another longtime colleague and friend, I first experienced Ray at a CAPS Convention in Toronto back in 2010.  His talk was mesmerizing.  I knew, one day, that I would want to interview the man because Leader ToC™ is all about that kind of heroic leadership.

Leader ToC™ (Thoughts on Character) is our monthly series engaging leaders around the world on character, leadership and more.

Before we truly get started this month, here is last month’s edition with Stephanie Staples and a compilation of the first six in the series from 2016.  Enjoy.

Now…

INTRODUCING RAY HOLLISTER

We are humbly proud to say Ray is a contributing member of The CAST™.  Here is just a little of what we have come to know of Ray.

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

Ray is Stupendous Man.  So, let’s get at it to …

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BARRY LEWIS GREEN

Hey Ray.  🙂  I am so glad you could take the time to connect on Leader ToC™.  I have been wanting to do this for a while.  So, let’s just get at it.  The first question I typically ask is “Who are you and what is it you do?”

RAY HOLLISTER

My pleasure Barry.  Well, my name is Ray Hollister and I share with others how to develop, cultivate, and utilize resilience in their lives.

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

That is so powerfully succinct and says a lot.  So, with that in mind, for whom do you do it best?  In other words… Ray, who is your best audience?

RAY HOLLISTER

Well, my best audiences are actually comprised of two groups.  First, I serve students (of any age!) who desire and are committed to getting GREAT grades and averaging over 90% on any exam.  Second, I serve people who are facing traumatic/dramatic events in their lives and are looking for help, understanding, or simply ideas to apply to their life.

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

I have certainly experienced your impact myself.  It still resonates these 7 years later.  Well then, how is it you best serve them?  How do you offer your services?

RAY HOLLISTER

Well, first… for students… (again, of any age), I offer live events (seminars), webinars, and online courses. My website, www.truestudyskills.com, contains links to upcoming webinars and will also be the portal for my online courses as they roll out.  Secondly, for people who are dealing with traumatic events in their lives, I offer both live events in seminar format, as well as individual consultation for those who desire privacy or prefer one-on-one counseling.

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

I like the balance.  So Ray, with all that you do and serve in mind… in these times, what are the challenges and opportunities of leadership, from your perspective and experience?

RAY HOLLISTER

Great question.  The major challenges of leadership from my perspective in these times is understanding the value of strong mentorship. After all, a mentor is indeed a leader… and understanding the value of following well, leads to leading well. The biggest opportunity I see for leadership in these times is expanding and exploring the value of servant leadership. In these times, learning to serve your community is the glue that will hold everything together.

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

As an educator and community guy, I could not agree more.  That being said, and given our own work around character and leadership… 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?

RAY HOLLISTER

At the risk of sounding self-serving, I believe that Resilience and Reflection are paramount to strong leadership. Our ability to rebound from tough times and unforeseen events are seen and viewed by everyone around us. Whether or not you believe you are a leader, people WILL see how you respond to tough situations. Reflection upon what you’ve learned through the tough times – and how to implement what you learned – is also a key element of leadership. I believe both these traits are vital and truly shape the strength and effectiveness of leadership skills in any individual.

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

I love it.  It speaks to me of resilience, mindfulness, discernment, and more.  I like the take you have on it.  So, what is one piece of advice you might have for our readership on developing leadership and strength of character in these times?

RAY HOLLISTER

I think one fantastic piece of advice is also one that causes people the biggest challenge; “Act and speak at all times as if your mother was right behind you.” There are so many actions taken and words spoken that we would most certainly have avoided if our mothers had been with us at the moment! Though the thought of this may bring a smile to your face, it may also cause you to cringe – may I suggest that if it causes you to cringe, you should reflect on your current ‘path’ of leadership behavior.

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

That metaphor is strong.  I heard it said, be the person your dog already believes you to be.  In many ways, it is about thinking upon your hero and asking what would they do or expect.  So, we are almost done (for now).  How can someone connect with you for more information on your work?

RAY HOLLISTER

There is my website.  I am also on Facebook (a simple search for Ray Hollister will bring me up), I am on twitter -@ray_hollister, and my email address is hollister.ray@gmail.com. Lastly, I happily accept phone calls/texts to 210-692-4141.

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

Ray, I admire your approach to life and leadership.  It has been a pleasure to connect with you on these questions and answers with Leader ToC™.  Thank you so much.

RAY HOLLISTER

I have enjoyed it my friend.  Truly.

 

Leader ToC™ out…

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

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

Until next month…

Peace, passion and prosperity.

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy™

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

PS

Here are some additional resources that may be of use and\or interest:

PPS (Other Resources)

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

 

 

 

 

 

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