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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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  • Do what you love. Know your own bone; gnaw at it, bury it, unearth it, and gnaw it still. — Henry David Thoreau

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Leader ToC with Stephanie Staples

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

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

INTRODUCING STEPHANIE STAPLES

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

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

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

 

Engage the Leader ToC™

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

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

STEPHANIE STAPLES

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

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

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

STEPHANIE STAPLES

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

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

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

STEPHANIE STAPLES

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

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

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

STEPHANIE STAPLES

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

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

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

STEPHANIE STAPLES

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

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

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

STEPHANIE STAPLES

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

 

Leader ToC™ out…

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

Until next month…

Peace, passion and prosperity.

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy™

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

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Emphasize the Empathize

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

YOUR TURN

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

THOUGHTS on ROI

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

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

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

Peace, passion and prosperity.

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy™Educator

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

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Some other resources, if you like:

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Keeping It REAL in 2017

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

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

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

9 Perspectives on Setting Goals

Thoughts on Dignity and Focus

Ideas around Open and Creative Thoughts

Some Leader Talk from 2016

and…

Some 310 LinkedIn Articles from which to choose.

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

Peace, passion and prosperity.

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy™Educator

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

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

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broadCAST January 2017: Some New Year Thoughts

The broadCAST™ is a monthly weigh in by members of The CAST™ of Epic Engage™.  Independent experts in their own right, members of The CAST™  are asked to answer a question of simple but possibly profound nature. We wholeheartedly encourage you to connect with these experts on their respective expertise and how it might be of service to you.  They each bring great value in service to their work.  With that in mind, we wish you a Happy New Year and offer that the question for the month is:

What is one piece of advice you have regarding setting and achieving goals for 2017?

FIRST OFF, we humbly, proudly and excitedly introduce our newest member of The CAST™…

CHRIS SPURVEY SAYS…

I work very hard over the Christmas break to take the lid off my subconscious mind. I try to look at what I would like to achieve in 2017 through a fresh lens and not hold myself back based on past achievements. I will write out a list of 30 things I would like to achieve (Be, Do, Have). This is a lot harder than it seems. But, once I have the 30, I then categorize them into three buckets… A, B and C … based on their importance to me. I force myself to put 10 in each bucket. Once I have the three buckets I take each and I rank them 1-10. The #1 goal in bucket A becomes my #1 goal for the year. I reflect on that #1 goal to ensure I feel the energy from it.  I make very sure it lines up with my purpose. I then go to work on writing a vision for the achievement of the goal.  A vision is me in the present tense already in possession of the goal. I carry around that vision in my pocket and reflect on it as often as possible. I fall in love with the goal and force myself to act as though I already have it. What I have personally found is most other goals on the list happen as a result of focusing on the #1.  I hope this helps.   If you like, you can contact me for a series of worksheets designed to help with this process.
 
Chris Spurvey is all about the sales mind-set.  Chris is the author of It’s Time to Sell: Cultivatingchris 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

Thank you Chris, and WELCOME!  Now…

 

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RAY HOLLISTER SAYS…

What is one piece of advice I have regarding setting and achieving goals for 2017? My advice for setting and achieving goals is simply stated with this mantra: Dream Macro, Plan Micro. This very simple mantra has helped me immensely and will be the guiding force for me again this year. This means that my Goals (Dreams) will be big, sweeping, and inspiring. My actions will be small, specific, and purposeful. My analogy for this is inspired by my Sister-In-Law who has been running marathons for years and just recently completed a 50 MILE ‘Fun Run’; when you start your marathon (Goal), know where the finish line is. Then take your first step and begin (action)! One particular resolution that seems to be very popular this year coming year is Simplify. May I suggest, if this will be one of your resolutions, that you use the very simple mantra Dream Macro, Plan Micro to set and achieve your goals this year.

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

JAMIE McCABE SAYS…

One piece of advice for setting and achieving goals would be to, first of all, take time to reflect on all of your past goals and accomplishments from the previous year. I enjoy doing this as we can often be most hard on ourselves and I always find, in taking this time to look back, that I have accomplished WAY more than I give myself credit for. This gets me excited about the year to come and puts me in the state of mind of doing and achieving. Take some time to set out your goals and intentions for your New Year. I love to use a goal setting calendar to help me with all of my ideas. There is something about a pen and paper that gets me most excited about setting goals. Be sure to set different goals both personal and professional, always celebrate your victories, big or small… either way they are a win… and always be kind to yourself.
 
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

JOEL SWEENEY SAYS….

I have opted to offer, in video format, my message for the New Year on goals.   Enjoy!

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

MARK BLACK SAYS….

After you brainstorm a list of goals, go back through them and ask yourself one question: why? Why do you want to achieve that goal? If you have an immediate answer, it’s a good goal. If you can’t come up with an answer, leave it off of your list.

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….

When it comes to setting goals for 2017, I suggest carving out some personal time where you can detach from the business of life, put down your phone and clear your schedule… and allow your highest intentions for the year ahead to speak through your vision.  Write some pages in your journal about how you want to feel when you achieve your goals, and what it will look like when you do.  Give yourself a chance to visualize achieving your goals even before you set out to do the work.  It will help you stay focused and aligned with your intentions.  Once you’re clear on your goals, the key to actualizing them is breaking them down into small, manageable steps that you can check off when accomplished.  This will help you keep track of your progress… and it makes for an easy recovery if you ever temporarily lose connection with your intentions.

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…

When working with students and adults, an effective strategy for goal-setting is the identification of individual support systems and resources. Doing an inventory of your personal ‘safety net’ can be quite an empowering exercise for many reasons: it increases thoughts of positivity, gives you opportunities that you may not have otherwise considered, helps you to identify those individuals that may not be supportive of your ventures, and provides quick contacts for you when you may need them most.  A subsequent exercise is to connect with these identified human resources once you have made ‘your list’, inform them of your goals, and request their assistance (or potential interventions if needed). Having ‘morale boosters’, ‘a cheering section’, or a ‘listening ear’ can do wonders in successfully attaining your goals.  Best of luck and ‘chin up’ in 2017…

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 Trent for Sitefamilies, and communities.  Trent works on behalf of his colleagues to build identity, protect professional roles, and to give teachers ‘a voice’; currently completing his 2nd term as a member of the Provincial Executive Council of the Newfoundland & Labrador Teachers Association (NLTA) and now as a 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

 

MAJEED MOGHARREBAN SAYS…

When setting a goal, start with the words “I will” and end with the words “no matter what!”.  Then, once the goal is set, focus on the ACTIVITY, not the goal. For example, if the goal is to make $100,000, the activity might be to make 3 phone calls every day. If the goal is to write a book, the activity might be to write 1000 words per day. Focus on the activity so that achieving the goal is inevitable.   To expand on this… choose one goal and really dig into it. Get ultra clear on that one goal. Get clear on why you have set that goal. Turn that goal into a commitment by starting with the words “I will…” and ending with the words “…no matter what.” For example, instead of saying “My goal is to write a book in 2017”, make your goal be “I will write a 25,000 word book about youth entrepreneurship training in high schools, completing my first draft by May 2017 and having a published, printed book in my hand by November 2017, no matter what.” Be specific. Be committed. And get started today!

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

 

BARRY LEWIS GREEN SAYS…

First of all , my wish for you in 2017 is always peace, passion and prosperity.  Secondly, and like Joel, I have opted to offer my message on goal setting and achievement in video style on Facebook Live, rough, raw and real.  Thirdly, you can find a PDF for GREAT Goals here.  I hope you engage and enjoy.  🙂  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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  • Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment. — Jim Rohn
  • What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals. — Zig Ziglar
  • Everybody has goals, aspirations or whatever, and everybody has been at a point in their life where nobody believed in them. — Eminem

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Be Moderate

First, I invite you to read this post on Moderation.

Moderation is the mother of all virtues.  It is not about the even keel.  To me, we are defined not by some self-annointed description of who we are intending to be. We are defined by our actions; by our deeds. rock-the-message-003We are defined by our decisions to do and be in the face of life; one brick of action at a time. There is leadership. There is strength of character. There is your rudder; not your even keel.

So, how will you sharpen the blades on building and practicing Moderation in family or at school, work, business, or community?

Peace, passion and prosperity.

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy™

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A SaD Day Indeed

This morning there are many awaking who are feeling sad and even scared. Indeed, the feelings being expressed by many are palpable and historic; and not as expected maybe some 24 hours ago.

But my post is not political.  Indeed, in my Facebook Live WHATSUPWITDAT broadcast last night on bullying, I addressed whatever thoughts I have on the possibility of a Trump presidency … and you are welcome to engage them.  I am not a political partisan, though I will admit to sharing in many of the rock-the-message-003sentiments of Mark LeBlanc last night on Facebook where he said…

Still awake and watching. It appears that Donald J. Trump will become President Trump. I stand with those who feared but never imagined this day would come. I will not blame the Russians, the FBI, or the rigged system. He ran the most divisive and disrespectful campaign I am aware of. And the majority spoke loud and clear. We will have a Republican senate, house and leader. As a moderate Republican and never Trump citizen, I am genuinely afraid. My positions would fall along the fiscally conservative and socially inclusive way of being. Independent analysis of his proposals project another $6 trillion will be added to our national debt. Compassion, acceptance and inclusion of our brothers and sisters who may not think, act, look or love a certain way are seriously at risk. Our nation will never be the same. Our place in the world will never be the same. We will survive. Keep your faith. Hold someone’s hand. Hug your children and keep your loved ones close.

And fight against the wall.
And fight against deporting 12,000,000 immigrants.
And fight against bullying.
And fight for freedom of the press.
And fight for liberty and justice for all.

I am not political, and deeply I do not fear.  I do believe in the fight to which he speaks.  That being said, I am also a Baha’i and I read this last night for guidance.   It grounds me.

“[Baha’is] will not affiliate themselves with political parties, become entangled in partisan issues, or participate in programmes tied to the divisive agendas of any group or faction. At the same time, Bahá’ís respect those who, out of a sincere desire to serve their countries, choose to pursue political aspirations or to engage in political activity. The approach adopted by the Bahá’í community of non-involvement in such activity is not intended as a statement expressing some fundamental objection to politics in its true sense; indeed, humanity organizes itself through its political affairs. Bahá’ís vote in civil elections, as long as they do not have to identify themselves with any party in order to do so.” — The Universal House of Justice

and then…

“The betterment of the world can be accomplished through pure and goodly deeds; through commendable and seemly conduct.” — Baha’ullah

So, where am I going with this?

Earlier this week, I introduced the notion of SaD is Good on LinkedIn.  In it, I offered up for contemplation and reflection… the virtues of Simplicity and Decisiveness.  Simplicity demands of (and offers to) us…

  • satisfaction with what we have, where and when we have it
  • a true knowing of what we care most about
  • a clearing of material, emotional and spiritual “clutter”
  • a staying true to purpose, on course… and…
  • an appreciation and enjoyment of life and the little things.

Decisiveness demands of (and offers to) us:

  • courage to decide and act
  • confidence in our choices
  • the time and wisdom to discern our best decisions
  • trust in our deepest truths … and…
  • commitment to carry out our decisions.

What would that look like in waking this day, however and wherever we awoke?  What would satisfaction and contentment look like and where would be its focus right now?  What would knowing of what in which we truly believe look like?  What would it look like to be unfazed and focused on that for which we have control (devoid of all forms of clutter) … staying on course with the courage, confidence and commitment to what we know is our best and most true decisions and purpose?  What would it look like in our classrooms, schools, workplaces, businesses and communities?  What would that look like in our conversations with others who might wonder of the future as well?  Defining and answering these questions manifests and advances Simplicity and Decisiveness.

When I ponder…

When I ponder, “The betterment of the world can be accomplished through pure and goodly deeds; through commendable and seemly conduct.” … I think of Simplicity and Decisiveness.  I think of that to which I am committed, personally and professionally.  I think of that which burns within, regardless of the direction of the winds of change.  I think of that which provides my best rudder.  I think of my sing-300x200commitment at heart to advance  character leadership and build inspired strength,  unity, resourcefulness and excellence at school, work, business and community.  I think of my love for speaking, dialoguing, training, facilitating, coaching, writing, singing, dancing, cartooning, gaming, and creating.  I think of the fact that I still have that; and I still believe.

So, given the winds of change, how can Simplicity and Decisiveness best help you find your true rudder, in service and in joy.  For me, I have my faith, my teaching, my work with Epic Engage™ and my love for music… and they are pure and goodly.

No Surrender

This is not about surrender (or even victory, if your vote was for Mr. Trump).  It is about using what you got, being resourceful and strong.  It is about finding yourself and your service or cause and your tribe, 1453404_10151988961536291_1339682863_nand riding it.  What do you still have this morning, for you, that is pure and goodly?  Find it.  Embrace it.  Follow it; and use it to serve, in joy.  Make this, whoever or wherever you are and however you voted or did not, your SaD Day.

We will all get there.

Peace, passion and prosperity.

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy™

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Simple Strength

On October 3, we began an examination of Simplicity as a strength on LINKEDIN.  I encourage you to have a read or re-read.  In it, we suggested that…

Simplicity leads to purposefulness which, in turn, leads to excellence, service and joyfulness. And it begins with Simplicity.

We suggested you consider the work of Laurie Beth Jones, Joe Calloway and Greg McKeown.sing-300x200

Finally, we offered a practice exercise for the week; one that would sharpen the lens on decisions necessary to advance Simplicity as a leader.

Simplicity gets us to our best song, sung well and clear.  That being said, today, I am filled with questions… for me and for you.

FIRST OFF

What would be the benefits of Simplicity in the classroom, regardless of resources or supports even lacking?  What would Simplicity in the classroom and delivery of curriculum look like?  What daily and weekly practices might have to receive your commitment in order to better manifest it?

What would be the benefits of Simplicity in your business or place of work, again regardless of resources or supports even lacking?  What would Simplicity at work and enterprise look like? Here, what daily and weekly practices might have to receive your commitment in order to better manifest it?

What would be the benefits of Simplicity in your community, yet again regardless of resources or supports even lacking?  What would Simplicity in community building and development look like? And here, what daily and weekly practices might have to receive your commitment in order to better manifest it in your community?

SECONDLY

What does Simplicity do for our “brand”; our reputation?  I ask this somewhat rhetorically.  For me, and based on years of observation, Simplicity sharpens clarity of image.  It builds trust and trustworthiness… exceedingly valuable commodities that are not easy to duplicate.  Hence, they can be become significant competitive advantages.  If we keep it simple, we can keep it consistent.  If we keep it consistent, people know what to expect and we can meet those expectations more effectively.  Simplicity can advance excellence because we stick to and ever advance the knittin’.  Our students better understand what is expected and the culture that they can expect in the classroom.  Our colleagues and ourselves have a stronger sense of the culture of our work.  This goes for communities as well; so very well.

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Recently, I conducted a community building session around zeroing in on the essential character of the community.  Many leaders attended, from across the spectrum of age, gender and background.  We virtueswanted to connect the dots and gets clear on the reputation and BEING of the community.  The session was engaging, rich, honest and charged.  At the end of the process, upon a flipchart, we had some palpable and simple clarity.  I found myself looking at the chart and the room full of resident leaders and said, “Now that is a freakin’ community in which I want to live!”.  Simplicity does that.  It sharpens the lens.  It forces us to practice detachment from all the superfluous.  It forces us to practice decisiveness in order to get clear.  It opens the door for consistency, trust, trustworthiness and excellence.

NEXT UP

Tomorrow, Thursday October 6, at 7:30 pm EST…

… on AFTER SCHOOL on Facebook Live at Barry Lewis Green

… we engage a conversation on Simplicity.  I so hope you join us.

Until then and beyond…

Peace, passion and prosperity.

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy™Educator

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Leader ToC™ with Joe Calloway

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

INTRODUCING JOE CALLOWAY

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

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

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

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

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BARRY LEWIS GREEN

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

JOE CALLOWAY

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

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

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

JOE CALLOWAY

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

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

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

JOE CALLOWAY

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

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

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

JOE CALLOWAY

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

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

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

JOE CALLOWAY

Optimum performance and the realization of potential.

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

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

JOE CALLOWAY

Always, a pleasure Barry.

Leader ToC™ out…

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

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

Until next month…

Peace, passion and prosperity.

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy™Educator

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

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

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Character: Today, Tomorrow and Beyond

Earlier this week, on LINKEDIN, we shared this post on Character Everyday.  I invite you to have a read.

Tomorrow, September 22 2016, is Character Day, and we will indeed be running an AFTER School on Facebook Live at 7:30 pm EST (@ Barry Lewis Green or @ Epic Engage on Facebook) where we will explore 5 strategies for advancing strength of character and leadership at school, work and community.  This weekend, I share more still and live at the NL wellness Expo 2016.  I speak to all of that here.

That all being said and shared, I offer this as a thought.  Consider the virtues. Identify your true aaeaaqaaaaaaaaf0aaaajdayyzhiymexltq1njatndcyzi05zjblltdkn2fhotiwndmyzastrengths of character; the strengths that seem to be hard wired for you… natural for you.  Then, consider which strengths of character you most need to truly work on in order to best support your goals and plans.  Develop a simple learning plan for developing them.  Knowing your strengths is powerful.  Shoring up your challenges of character can save the day.

Here are some simple suggestions:

  • Identify the strengths of character that you most need grow and develop.
  • Identify 3-5 consistent actions or projects that will advance same for you, in real time and real world.
  • Establish a self assessment on a 1-10 scale to honestly measure your progression.  Ask yourself daily, “Where am I on that strength right now”. Do it daily and do it honestly.
  • Resolve to keep pushing the needle.

So, as we enter Character Day tomorrow, resolve yourself to identify your most strategically needed virtues for growth and development and get clear on a plan for doing so.  The ROI for your leadership will be noteworthy.

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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Check out this post on starting up… a great read with 8 perspectives on starting up at school, business or community.  Consider the virtues being identified as strengths of start up.

And this one on leadership and character.

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