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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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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 …
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Are You Certain?

This week, we started both a recap on what virtues we have thus far explored and an examination of the virtue of Certitude.  With such a strength of character, we:

  • have faith in what we believe
  • define our values for ourselves
  • live and lead our own lives
  • reflect, meditate and/or pray on assurance
  • have the will to act with certainty
  • and persevere in our purpose

For today, an exercise.

Consider your life in one of the following arenas… family, school, work, business or community.  Consider of what beliefs and values you find yourself truly certain.  Sharpen the blades and do the work on carving down to that which you truly practice Certitude.  Erode way the simple hopes and wishes and get to what I call the knowings.  The sand is nice but the challenge is to get to the bedrock.  Ask yourself what do you truly and deeply and knowingly believe.  Ask yourself what values are at your core.  Reflect and dig deep.  Discern.  Detach from the softer assumptions.  Decide upon that for which you are truly certain.  In essence, who are you?  What are your absolutes?

Make an inventory at home, school, work, business and/or community.  Write it out.  Rip it down.  Cut and edit.  Consider your life to date and what you now know to be true, for you.  For me, I am certain of the man and I want to be and the work I want to do… and the kind of people I most want in my inner circle.  As I consider my 57 years and counting, and my moments of absolute and infinite clarity experienced over that time… I can ascertain common and united themes of my being.  I can rediscover what has always been important to me and the knowing that comes from track record.  For instance, upon reflecting on my life and the defining moments and common themes…

  • I know that virtue and character and the nobility of the human spirit are core to me.
  • I know that perfection is a myth, and perfecting is reality.
  • I know that unity and humanity are held in the highest of regards, for me.
  • I know singing infuses and releases my spirit.
  • I know that I love the magic that is true education.
  • I know that I believe in what, as a child, I called Tu’uck Ma’ah; Honor and Love in powerful combination.
  • I know that I believe in the future of humanity.
  • I know that humanity is our highest standard and inhumanity our lowest.
  • I know that any gifts I possess are truly gifts.
  • I know that there is a still, small voice inside… if I but listen.
  • I know that when I have listened, wisdom arrived.
  • I know that when I haven’t, pain arrived.

I could go on, and I will… on my own time.  This time is yours.  Indeed, there are aspects of our lives that shift and change over time.  That is natural and healthy.  Still, I contend that there is also a core to us; something around which we are healthily (A word?  It is now.) certain.  That is no mere line in the sand.  It is our bedrock.

Dig deep.  Discern.  Detach.  Decide.  Then hold on for the ride and a life authentically lived.

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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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.

Unscattered Thoughts

“So long as the thoughts of an individual are scattered he will achieve no results, but if his thinking be concentrated on a single point wonderful will be the fruits thereof…” — `Abdu’l-Bahá’.

Earlier this week, we started to explore the Point of Caring.  We suggested that part of practicing the virtue that is Caring is “knowing where we truly need and want to practice our Caring. Some things are not worthy of it. Others are wholly so. It is not about whether we care… but about for what we care. That is the real question.”

So, now… therein lies the question.  What matters most to you?  Who matters most to you?  At school, work, business, community and life… what and who are your priorities?  In other words:

  • What people matter most to you, in terms of serving and having impact?
  • What ideas, work or service matters most to you, in terms of making both a living and a life?
  • What joys matter most to you, in terms of play and recreation?
  • What is your fierce and fundamental focus?

These are not questions we spend much time on and we often go around spreading ourselves so thin because of it.  But what would discernment, detachment and decisiveness look like around getting clear on what our highest priorities are and practicing our Caring with those?  As I write this, I am personally and professionally embarking on a process of cutting away to sharpen the blades and intensify the focus… to give the most and best care to what matters most, for me.

This path will take mindfulness, discernment, detachment, decisiveness and courage.  It will take honesty, integrity and truthfulness.   But, it will be worth it.

How about you?

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

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.

 

broadCAST June 2017: Those Summer Writes

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

June 2017

With the above in heart and mind, the theme for The CAST™ in June was:

What is one tip, idea or thought you have for the broadCAST™ community as we head into Summer?

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

RAY HOLLISTER SAYS

Ah summer…  In my youth, summer was filled with outdoors activity like swimming, camping, summer camps, and the like.  In my ‘other youth’, my favorite way to relax and enjoy summer is a mixture of lazy reading, early morning golf, and spending time with my wife. And I am very lucky and excited that I’ll be combining my favorite way to relax and enjoy summer from my youth and now … when my wife and I spend my birthday camping out on the beach this June. Summer in my youth was spent in Arizona in very hot and dry weather. In my younger years, I was frequently shirtless and tanned very easily. Nowadays I still have hot summers in Texas, but they are a bit more humid and I always stay covered up, preferably with sunscreen to help protect my skin. I’ve had a skin cancer scare in my family, (Melanoma), and I’d like to strongly encourage all of you to take care of your skin – PROTECT YOURSELF THIS SUMMER! Relax and enjoy, but be safe and smart as well.

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

With Summer coming, I recall… I found myself in tears sitting across from my business mentor and I was extremely uncomfortable. His interrogation and bluntness regarding my business made me feel vulnerable and exposed.  One of the key questions he asked was “What is your goal?” Much to my surprise, my answer – “to make more money”- was not sufficient and he was not going to accept it. Being new in business ownership, I had never considered the need to develop a specific, attainable goal. With my mentor’s guidance and direction, I began to set goals and develop my business.  Here are the tips I still use when strategic goal setting:

1- Write

This may seem like a trivial task, but it works. Writing things down keeps us accountable and focused. It confirms our intentions.

2- Define

Make sure your goals are well defined. Being vague will lead to deterioration. Devise a path that you can implement into action. Research, ask questions and devise a plan that is specific to your needs.

3- Track

Periodically review your goals and re-evaluate your plan. Detail all accounts of failures and successes so you are able to make adjustments as needed.

Being able to recognize a failure and grow from it takes maturity and builds character.

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

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

Personally, I am thinking of the perfect summer day.  That perfect summer day for me would be to wake up and enjoy a coffee in the morning sun on the patio, and head out for a run along the Bow River. Afterwards I’d meet friends for brunch on a sunny patio and then go play Frisbee in the park. A perfect evening would involve making a healthy meal, followed by an outdoor concert and an evening stroll. I’m all about outdoor activity, good eats and sunshine!  I had a day pretty similar to this today actually and feel very fortunate to be surrounded by great friends and for the warm sunny weather here in Calgary.

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

For me, I am thinking of my own version of a great summer day.  A cup of coffee, sunshine, patio and a good book for a few hours, and then spend time in the backyard playing with my kids.  That sounds like a pretty great summer day to me!

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

A thought for Summer, hmmm.  My perfect summer’s day would include a bike ride in the country… sun shining… a gentle breeze blowing. A meditation near water would mark my journey’s end, and I would likely get to indulge in a book that I’m currently enthralled with (does anyone get to read an actual book anymore?). I would end the day with a concert/potluck where I am fortunate enough to play music and connect with other like-minded folks. My dream brought to life!! We’d prepare and swap delicious raw, vegan dishes… laugh a lot… hug with meaning and intention. If it was truly my dream day… there would also be wine… and my Love by my side. Happy summer everyone!!

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

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

My favorite way to relax in the summer months is spending time outdoors. Reading a book, a good BBQ, a walk around the pond or doing yard work is very relaxing for me. Anything that has to do with spending time with my family outside, is my perfect summer day…with sun of course. The fresh air and sun always makes me feel alive and rejuvenated.

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

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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Technology is notorious for engrossing people so much that they don’t always focus on balance and enjoy life at the same time.— Paul Allen

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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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  • 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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Leader ToC with Sheena Grobb

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

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

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

INTRODUCING SHEENA GROBB

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

Sheena Grobb is about compassion.  A songbird from the age of two, songwriter at ten, with 3 albums under her belt, a nomination for the Western Canadian Music Awards, and Sheenaover 500 tour dates across Canada, the US, and the UK, Sheena Grobb (one of Canada’s best kept secrets) is spilling over. With the release of her newest album, The Breakless Heart, mastered at Abbey Road Studios in London, and a life changing music video created by Lindsey Nelko (past choreographer with So You Think You Can Dance), Sheena is embarking on her most meaningful project yet – The Living Compassion Project™ – inviting others to “unlock their lives” through sharing their stories… as she shares hers.

So, let’s get at it to …

Engage the Leader ToC™

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

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

SHEENA GROBB

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

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

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

SHEENA GROBB

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

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

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

SHEENA GROBB

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

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

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

SHEENA GROBB

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

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

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

SHEENA GROBB

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

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

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

SHEENA GROBB

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

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

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

SHEENA GROBB

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

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

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

SHEENA GROBB

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

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

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

SHEENA GROBB

Thank you so much Barry!!

 

Leader ToC™ out…

Folks, check out Sheena’s workand her music.

You will be glad you did.

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

Until next month…

Peace, passion and prosperity.

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy™

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

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.

News and Views, Volume 3

News and Views is a new initiative for 2017.  We always open by saying that… on a more random and periodic basis, we will do a short post with some links to read and ponder.  In some ways, it is a catch up.  In other ways, we might bring the mustard; and a little relish.  ?

BE HUMBLE

This third issue examines the idea of 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.  And, it is our work; advancing the needle on the kind of sure step that builds strength, unity, resourcefulness and what we call joyful excellence.

Humble Swagger™ cuts through the distractions, drama and doubts to get to the daring, decisiveness and deeds.  It is the countenance of Aragorn, Neville Longbottom and Coach Boone.  It is the presence of Malala and John F. Kennedy.

THE HOT DOG

The HOT Dog™ is our lead piece.  Just this week, we posted this YouTube video on Humble Swagger™.  In 90 seconds, we get clear on what it is and is not.

THE MUSTARD

In support and addition, we also offer this post on To Think or Not to Think. It begins to explore the power of instinct, which is a notable piece in the notion of Humble Swagger™.

THE Ol’ RELIABLE CATCH UP

As a regular and reliable compendium of sorts, we offer this link to over 340 LinkedIn posts to date around character and leadership and education… and this link to our EPIC Blog.  You will find literally hundreds upon hundreds of posts addressing matters of walking the sure step and more… ideas around character and leadership pertinent to school, work, business and community.

THE RELISH

Last issue, we offered this video on the power of promise.  It so speaks to Humble Swagger™ that we offer it again; as well as this song of hope and strength.  ?

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.

PPS

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.

Leader ToC with Krista T Walsh

This month, with our fourth in the series of Leader ToC™ Blog Posts for 2017, we interview the inimitable Krista T. Walsh of KC Collect and beyond.

Krista is a rising star in the speaking community and a good and new friend and colleague.  I am excited to have her join the conversation at Leader ToC™ .  That being said, Leader ToC™ (Thoughts on Character) is our monthly series engaging leaders around the world on character, leadership and more.

But still… before we actually get started this month, here are:

That means… this month makes our tenth issue!!!  We are truly thankful, and look forward to continuing the learning journey; and having you with us.  We hope you engage and enjoy.

INTRODUCING KRISTA T. WALSH

We are indeed proud to say Krista is one of the newest members of The CAST™.  Here is just a little of what we know of Krista.

KRISTA T. 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.

So, let’s get at it to …

Engage the Leader ToC™

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

Hey Krista!  Thanks so much for joining us on Leader ToC™.  Glad you agreed to be part of the conversation.  To start, I typically ask “Who are you and what is it you do?”

KRISTA T. WALSH

My pleasure Barry.  Bottom line is I am Krista T. Walsh, an Entrepreneur, Speaker, Author, and Fitness Instructor. Essentially, I am driven and direct, yet humorous and easy going.  🙂
BARRY LEWIS GREEN
 
Indeed. 🙂  I have come to know and see this in the time we have known each other.  For our readers, I would like to offer up some video selections that speak to this.  You offered this up on adding a spring in the step and this on loving what you do.  Very funny, direct and real… and brings a smile to my face.  Can’t wait to see your entry for May.  🙂  Still… with all of that that in mind… given who you are and what do you… for whom do you do it best?  In other words… who is your best audience?
KRISTA T. WALSH
Thanks Barry.  I enjoy doing those videos.  Essentially, my best audience includes aspiring entrepreneurs, small business owners, and accounts receivable managers.

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

And how is it that you best serve them?  How do you offer your services?
KRISTA T. WALSH
Well, within my collection agency, KC Collect, we assist in creating cash flow for businesses. I am also a certified accounts receivable trainer, so I offer seminars in order for businesses to learn specific procedures and practices on efficient credit management.

BARRY LEWIS GREEN
 
I admire your clarity and focus.  It shows such discernment and decisiveness; both powerful virtues in this field of training and development for sure.  Then, with your work and audience in mind, what are the challenges and opportunities of leadership, from your perspective and experience?
KRISTA T. WALSH
For me, I see the balancing and managing of various businesses and schedules. Taking time to relax. One of my friends compared me to a tornado – always moving and never still.

BARRY LEWIS GREEN
 
I can relate and I can see that.  🙂  Given that, 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?
KRISTA T. WALSH
Extremely organized, driven and goal orientated. They are paramount in developing success. And don’t have kids. 🙂

BARRY LEWIS GREEN
 
Lol, I don’t and probably won’t now. 🙂  So, I am hearing orderliness. zeal and mindfulness.  I am hearing devotion and decisiveness.  I am hearing commitment and simplicity.  I am also witnessing in your work joyfulness and excellence.  That is quite the mix; powerful.  So, what is one piece of advice you might have for our readership on developing leadership and strength of character in these times?
KRISTA T. WALSH
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. 🙂
BARRY LEWIS GREEN

Wooooonderful.  Krista, that is all there is to the questions this day.  This has been a treat and joy.  I want to thank you so much for joining us on Leader ToC™.

KRISTA T. WALSH

I enjoyed it too.  Thanks Barry.

 

Leader ToC™ out…

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

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

Until next month…

Peace, passion and prosperity.

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy™

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

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.

Thoughts on Thoughtfulness in Leadership

Thoughts on thoughtfulness are found in this video.  42 minutes on a diverse and daring day… but I suggest worth the watch and listen, IMHO.

Thoughtfulness is not simply about being kind and considerate.  It is about being thoughtful… thoughtFULL.  It is about giving thought to our deeds and our words; and to the big questions… and small actions.  My heroes in life have each manifested the quality.  It is, indeed and in deed, core to powerful and engaging leadership.

Here are some other thoughts on thoughtfulness:

What do you think; really think?  Give it some thought.

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 …
  • our buffet of FREE services and resources here.
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