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My Summer CAMP

Last week, I published Summer Cookin’ with the AL’s.   I am holding true to it.  I have met with Felicia Newell and Jon Butler on plans for my health this Summer and into the Fall of 2019.  And, I am excited about same.  In a nutshell, and drawing on my last post, I reiterate my vision:

  • SpirituAL … I am a spiritually connected man, and Baha’i
  • EmotionAL… I am a Simple Man, best friend to my #bestlittledogintheworld Panda
  • PersonAL… I am a singer, dancer, cartoonist, writer, archer and storyteller
  • PhysicAL… I am a man of 36″ waist and 100 kilos
  • MateriAL… I am a man of simple beautiful home and car, with new bed, telescope and wardrobe
  • FinanciAL… I am a man of healthy WEALTH, not extravagant but allowing me to do the work I love and love the work I do, to live the life I love and love the life I live, and support the causes and people in which I believe most
  • VocationAL, ProfessionAL, OccupationAL… I am an educator, for life
  • EntrepreneuriAL… I am The Unity Guy™ of Epic Engage™, the global Character Leadership Company
  • EducationAL… I am a master student and teacher on character leadership, education and unity building, able to speak in English, Mandarin and French

And, now, I am taking 6 days to disappear and cleanse.  I will get more clear, with a much deeper dive.  Some niggling things demand such.  I will pray and meditate.  I will pray and meditate, and act. I will be that spiritually connected man, Baha’i.

I will pray and meditate on what it means to be that Simple Man, and best friend to my #bestlittledogintheworld Panda.  I will pray and meditate on what is speaking to me about singing, dancing, cartooning, writing, and more.  I will pray and meditate on my physical vision; a man of 36″ waist and 100 kilos.  I will pray and meditate on my simple beautiful home and car, with new bed, telescope and wardrobe.  I will pray and meditate on being a man of healthy WEALTH, not extravagant but allowing me to do the work I love and love the work I do, to live the life I love and love the life I live, and support the causes and people in which I believe most.  I will pray and meditate on my work as educator and entrepreneur.,, as The Unity Guy™ of Epic Engage™.  And, I will pray and meditate on being a master student and teacher on character leadership, education and unity building, able to speak in English, Mandarin and French.

Yes, I will pray and meditate; and be open.  Shoghi Effendi once said that there are 5 suggested steps to prayerful problem solving:

  • Pray and meditate about it. Use the prayers of the Manifestations as they have the greatest power. Then remain in the silence of contemplation for a few minutes.
  • Arrive at a decision and hold this. This decision is usually born during the contemplation. It may seem almost impossible of accomplishment but if it seems to be as answer to a prayer or a way of solving the problem, then immediately take the next step.
  • Have determination to carry the decision through. Many fail here. The decision, budding into determination, is blighted and instead becomes a wish or a vague longing. When determination is born, immediately take the next step.
  • Have faith and confidence that the power will flow through you, the right way will appear, the door will open, the right thought, the right message, the right principle or the right book will be given you. Have confidence, and the right thing will come to your need. Then, as you rise from prayer, take at once the fifth step.
  • …lastly, ACT; Act as though it had all been answered. Then act with tireless, ceaseless energy. And as you act, you, yourself, will become a magnet, which will attract more power to your being, until you become an unobstructed channel for the Divine power to flow through you.

You can find more, here.  Most importantly, I will act on that clarity that comes from such prayer and meditation; as the advice is given above.  I will enter such with open mind and heart.  I will be relentless.  I will carve out my own best truth.

My thought to you is four-fold.

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

How can you see yourself cleansing and getting to the essentials?  For me, I have done much of such this past year, but, of late, I have come to see that I need this one big push… to truly get back to me.  It may not radically change things (or it may).  But, it is always best to get on your best path.

So, I am disappearing for a week.  I will have conversations with those I deeply trust.  I will take actions needed.  I will meditate.  I will pray.

It is CAMP, for me.  🙂

See you on the other side.

In the meantime, and in related news, consider the latest Leaducator July 2019.  It has relevance, resonance and links worthy of consideration I humbly offer.  Engage and enjoy.

Peace, passion and prosperity…

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy

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My Best Contract

Some time ago, I referenced the notion of dealing with the ducks.  So many things can grab our attention and disrupt and distract… and more… taking our eyes off the prize.  Of late, I have been experiencing the culmination of a strategic reflection over the last year or so in particular; a reflection intended to get a sharper focus on the most important path for me.  A manifestation of that culmination is found in Manifest, Oh!.  In so getting to this space of late, I have been exploring patience in posts on:

The journey has had a last minute spurring from a reading and reflection on:

I offer these up for two reasons.  First, I humbly suggest each is worth a read and reflect as stand alone.  Second, the value in my own going back on what I have written is not lost on me.  When we record, we must always remember that there is value in the review and reflect.  Record, review and reflect offer a powerful, simple process for learning.  I might suggest that record, review, reflect and re-engineer are a powerful foursome.  I guess I just did.  🙂

That being said, in Manifest, Oh!… I stated that:

A manifesto is a published declaration of the intentions and motives. Mine now goes something like this.

  • I believe in humanity and its future and I am prepared to stand for it in faith, thought, will and action. It is my best birthright. I believe it to be all of ours. I unapologetically believe in the nobility of the human spirit and choose to explore and celebrate humanity and the best and truest of heroism, humility, helpfulness and humor. Yup, there is a bunch of H factors worth hoisting and honoring. In so believing…
  • I teach business leadership at College of the North Atlantic, in class and online; and love my global work with Epic Engage™.
  • I work with noble minded and hearted leaducators, communitrepreneurs and emergents in advancing character leadership and unity building.
  • I deliver in English, Mandarin and French to bring that work to the world. 
  • I have also engaged a deepened level of spiritual studies and practice through The Ruhi Institute, and more. 
  • I am living a life filled with love, song, dance, cartooning, writing, epic stories, archery and more of what and who I love. My #bestlittledogintheworld Panda is by my side in enjoying it all. 
  • I am 110K in weight (slim for my body structure) and benching same; healthy and strong. And, I am financially ready, willing and able to support special projects in which I deeply want to invest and contribute.
  • I am loving it! All!

My 90 day strategic plans for 20022020 as referenced in 2019, Here We Come… they remain, and aligned.  Having a powerful set of 90 day plans aligned with a truly resonant vision is a powerful thing as well.  This is why I suggest some rereads of the above, on and of your own.  But, the core of this blog is truly around an a-ha for me this morning.

My Best Contract

Years ago, I discovered this prayer by Abdu’l-Bahá.  I fell in love with it, and then, after a time, took it for granted somewhat.  In saying it this morning, I realized that it is a contract between God and myself. Let me explain.

What I ask of God is this:

O God!  Refresh and gladden my spirit.  Purify my heart.  Illumine my powers. 

What I promise to God is this:

I lay all my affairs in Thy hand. 

What I expect of God is this:

Thou art my Guide and my Refuge. 

What I commit to God is this:

I will no longer be sorrowful and grieved; I will be a happy and joyful being.  O God!  I will no longer be full of anxiety, nor will I let trouble harass me.  I will not dwell on the unpleasant things of life.

What I accept from God is this:

O God!  Thou art more friend to me than I am to myself. 

What I give to God is this:

I dedicate myself to Thee, O Lord.

As a Baha’i, I see God as no “man in the sky”, but an unknowable and truly sentient force that is in ultimate control.  Maybe, the ultimate mathematician. 🙂

That being said, I have my free will, or I would not be choosing to offer up what I do in this prayer.  I could chose not to do so.  That is my right, and responsibility.

So, why is this important?  For me, I now see that the path towards my Vision 20022020 with its 90 day strategic plans, and the living of my manifesto, must needs be best guided by this contract in the form of this prayer.  As I walk resolute towards, I need to remember what I ask and what I promise.

I Ask, Expect and Request

  • I ask to have my spirit refreshed and gladdened, my heart purified of questionable motives, and my powers illumined.  I ask and expect that God be my Guide and Refuge.  I ask and recognize that God be my better friend.

I Promise

  • I promise that I will lay all my affairs in the “hand of God”.  I promise, in so doing, that I will no longer be sorrowful and grieved and that I will be a happy and joyful being.  I promise that I will no longer be full of anxiety, nor will I let trouble harass me.  I promise that I will not dwell on the unpleasant things of life.  Full of anxiety and dwelling on the unpleasant is my promise to avoid.  It does not imply that I will be free of same but that I will not dwell there.  That is significant.  I will have my moments but I will not stay there.  Most of all it means that I promise myself to my best understanding of God.

Whether this resonates for you or not, it does for me.  Whether prayer and God resonate for you or not, there is value in understanding that:

  • a powerful and resonant vision is important
  • 90 day strategic plans are very useful in getting there, and
  • a “spiritual” contract or commitment to guide the walk is advisable.

I have my vision, my plans and now my contract.  Time to up the work and business.

Peace, passion and prosperity…

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy

 

 

 

 

Pre-Flight Check

Back on October 10th, I posted this on An Invitation to Bucket. In it, I suggested that I would focus on 5 “buckets” going forward:

  • Educational, which will include my MBa, Mandarin, French and even spiritual
  • Joyful… which will include emotional, and inspirational
  • Work and Service… including vocational, and social
  • Physical… my health
  • WEALTH… including material and financial

First, I suggest you might find it of value to read that post.  The notion of buckets is particularly of value to me.  From that, I developed my “five buckets statement” to be filled by 20022020 (my 60th birthday)… an application of Ikigai for me personally:

It is 20022020, and I am a master and lifelong student of the global body of work around character leadership and unity building.  I have learned conversational Mandarin and French to bring that work more global.  I have also engaged a deepened level of spiritual studies and practice through The Ruhi Institute, and more.  I am living a life filled with love, song, dance, cartooning, writing, epic stories, archery and more of what and who I love.  My #bestlittledogintheworld Panda is by my side in enjoying it all.  I am teaching business leadership at College of the North Atlantic, in class and online; and doing my global work of Epic Engage™. I am loving it!  I am 110K in weight (slim for my body structure) and benching same; healthy and strong. And, I am financially ready, willing and able to support special projects in which I deeply want to invest and contribute.

Since then (and if you want to follow the journey), I have written on:

The learnings and evolution continued on this sense of vision.  Then, it heated up with this on GREAT Goal and the Hunt… whereupon I set my 90 Day Snapshots as building blocks for my vision.  I do suggest a good read of that post.

Since then, I documented and developed on:

,,, further “sharpening the blades” on this path of commitment.  To date, it has culminated in last week’s post on THE EPIC ENGAGE … wherein I asked “Who are you? Who do you want to be?”

So What?

All of this is to offer up a path upon which to reflect in possibly reading these posts, and to say that this morning I see them as a boarding of the plane, if you will.  You see, yesterday was a day that started with intense challenge and yet a focus on getting up and at it.  Through it all, I called upon Courage and Certitude, a deep sense of Faith and Trust in what I know… of me and my Commitment to my vision.  I was not going small.  By day’s end, much had changed… had been accomplished, and even re-evaluated.  The getting at it had gotten me to it.  It had revealed nuanced but important realizations.  Yesterday was my pre-flight check, having spent the last few weeks boarding the plane.

What did it reveal?  Well for SNAPSHOT 1: November 15, 2018 through February 12, 2019… 90 days…. it revealed success and otherwise.

  • I am walking as a daily student of the practice of character, unity and spirit
  • I am learning the first basics of conversational Mandarin and French
  • I am continuing my education studies, completing my current course
  • I am prayerfully engaged in my Ruhi studies, Books 1 through 7
  • I am singing, writing and living daily, with my #bestlittledogintheworld Panda
  • I have re-launched the new Epic Engage™ in January, with:
    • Project Black Wing™ for launch January 1, 2019
    • DELIVER™ sessions November 2018 and January 2019
    • Thinking CAPS™ national chats December 2018, and January and February 2019
    • NLAWS™ and Speakernet officially launched January 1, 2019
    • new blog-comic strip called Aukwords™ launched in January 2019
    • momondays St. John`s December 10, 2018
    • Speakeasies™ starting in January 2019
  • I am sharing epic stories, via video and momondays
  • I have strong connections with the business development community, including:
    • MBO
    • Futurpreneur, and
    • NLOWE
  • I have successfully completed the Fall term, teaching business leadership at college
  •  have completed and constructed my 20022020 462-day W.E.A.L.T.H.™ Plan.

I am successfully on track and even ahead on most of these items (the blue).  There is but one that is currently “woeful”.

  • I have a 38 inch waist, eating “more than right”, walking daily

Actually, it is more “whoa-full”.  I had to go whoa and realize that something was not quite right.  The  systems check has found an issue.  Yet, that has changed in the last two weeks too.  With the pre-diabetes warning of my doctor (a new piece of news as past tests have never show such a sign) and the promise that it can be thwarted in its advance… I am now eating so much better; so very much better.  I am not on track with the snapshot goal, but I have found the track.  Success!

THE BOTTOM LINE

I offer all of this to say that my pre-flight check and its revelations have demonstrated and reinforced to me that:

  1. having a clear and palpable vision is powerful
  2. having snapshot goals as building blocks towards that vision are equally so
  3. systems checks on the validity of both are vital… and are more productive than shaming.

As you get clear on your vision for 2019 (and I hope and suggest that you do), and identify your snapshot building block goals in getting there… please approach them and evaluate them not as pass or fail, but as learnings to help ready for flight.  See the “glitches” as gifts.  See them as teachers.  For me, there have been real successes with the practice of character, unity and spirit, Mandarin and French, education studies, Ruhi studies, and singing, writing and living daily with my #bestlittledogintheworld Panda.  In addition and over this Christmas Break that I have just started, it will see me finalizing on the new Epic Engage™ in January, and constructing my 20022020  W.E.A.L.T.H.™ Plan.  These are successes for me.  But so is my learning on health.  There is no shame in learning, only strength.  For me, what I have learned on that front is that I needed to get deeper on my sense of commitment.  The pre-diabetes warning was just that.  It has galvanized me, not shamed me.  As an educator, I understand that tests are not meant to fail us but to teach us what we know and need to get better knowing.  I am learning.

I wish you a year of vision, goals, learning and growing.  I will share more in a few days.

Peace, passion and prosperity.

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy

Being You is Not a Science

The past couple of weeks or so, I have been exploring strategy; particularly that of being you.  It was explored in:

And then, this morning, I came across this on HIRE ME.  IMHO, brilliant.  🙂  Yet, I see some of the comments saying that others would try this.  Creativity is not copying.  Individuality is not mimicking.  Being you is not hitching a ride on the coat tails of someone you admire.  It is a courageous and truthful exploration of who the hell you truly are, at your best.

Prince knew it.

He sung of it.

Being you is not a science, but an art.  It is an exploration of the now.  Our best branding, personally and professionally, is grounded in it.  As we do, we are known.

This Monday, I speak on it.  At MoMondays, I share the stage with Krista Walsh, Jon Butler, Christa Steeves and Suzanne Bloodworth.  I am looking forward to the messages of these wonderful and talented people.  My own message will be a deep, cool and even fun dive into finding that clear focus of you.  I hope you join me and us for a fun evening of exploring inspiration.  Tickets are apparently online ’til this evening… then $20 at the door.  It will be a great evening.

Ultimately: Be you, and see where that takes you.

Peace, passion and prosperity.

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy™

Barry is ultimately a vocalist, speaker, coach and educator. His work is about exploring, identifying, practicing and mastering our strengths of character and building upon them. As a business educator and Master Facilitator with The Virtues Project™, Barry is The Unity Guy™ and his work is focused on character education and leadership … and its impact on build powerful, practical unity that moves us forward together. 

EPIC Engage™ is an extension of The Unity Guy™. The Epic service is all about working with educators, entrepreneurs and emerging leaders to help build strong, united and inspired cultures lead by character… at school, work, business and community. It s about building campuses, companies and communities where everyone matters and contributes everyday.

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And I invite you to check out these posts on:

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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 Bruce Templeton

Leader ToC™ is back with a special interview (but they all are special truthfully).  Still… this month, with our new iteration of editions about to launch in 2018… and now 14 in the series of Leader ToC™ Blog Posts:

… we are thrilled to have Bruce Templeton contribute to the conversation around leadership and character at Leader ToC™.  We hope you engage and enjoy.

INTRODUCING Bruce Templeton

Bruce is a special, humble and generous man.  He knows Santa Claus very well; much better than most.    Here is a little on Bruce.

Bruce Templeton has assisted Santa Claus in St. John’s, Newfoundland for 39 years and has had more than 1500 visits in a red suit. Those visits have generated some amazing memories for the children, the families and yes, for him.  Bruce is the only living Santa in Canada, of the 20 in the world, to be a member of the International Santa Claus Hall of Fame. He has also been knighted as a Knight of St. Nicholas. Bruce has written three books and, through those efforts and with matching funds from Rotary and the Gates Foundation, he has bought polio vaccine for 300,000 children.  Now Bruce would like to stand in front of your group and talk to you. He would like to tell you a few stories and take you on a journey with him. Join him in the parade, on the Flight to the North Pole and in the children’s hospital on Christmas Eve.  Check out his TEDx Talk. You can also connect with Bruce directly at Man in the Red Suit.

So, let us…

Engage the Leader ToC™

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

Hi Bruce.  I am so glad that you agreed to contribute because I know that you can bring a special perspective to the dialogue.  We typically start with two questions in one … “Who are you and what is it you do?

BRUCE TEMPLETON

Thank you Barry.  I am Bruce Templeton and I have the privilege of assisting Santa Claus for more than 1500 visits over 38 years. Some of these visits are happy, some are very sad but what turned out as an “act” has become a ministry.

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

A ministry?  Fascinating, and I love it.  There is a deeper level of Service in that.  With that in mind and heart, for whom do you do this work best? In other words, who is your best audience?

BRUCE TEMPLETON

There are many “audiences” for my work. I start with the Santa Claus Parade were there are 60,000 people. I finish holding tiny children in the Neonatal Unit of the Children’s Hospital on Christmas Eve. My “best audience” comes in the broad smile of an enchanted child when we keep the dream alive.

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

I can only imagine.  And, I can feel it as you say it.  There is a sense of real “magic” in it.  Then, how do you best serve them in doing so? In other words, how do you offer what you do?

BRUCE TEMPLETON

I serve best when I can bring hope and reassurance. When I can make the “not-so-normal” seem “normal”  again; then I know that I have met the challenge.  Some of the questions are not easy at all. The answers require careful thought.  “Santa, my daddy died last month. Was it my fault and will  you see him in heaven at night?”

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

Wow, and that is an understated wow.  That takes such Service and Courage and Empathy.  I admire your Strength in such work.  If we look at it from another angle… based on your work over the years… in these times, what are the challenges and opportunities of leadership… from your perspective and experience?

BRUCE TEMPLETON

When you portray one of the most trusted figures in the world, the greatest challenge is simply living up to the responsibility for 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Everyone in my community knows what I do. It is not enough to have police screening done each year. It is how you behave and conduct your daily living such that your reputation never is tarnished. It takes a lifetime to build a reputation and you can tear it down in 5 minutes.

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

Indeed, and in deed.  I hear that, loud and clear.  Trustworthiness is such a valuable “commodity” in the world… at home, school, work, business and community.  And character matters.  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?

BRUCE TEMPLETON

I don’t think that any course can teach “integrity” and “doing the right thing.” Always tell the truth, always put the other person first. Always do what is in their best interest.

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

Indeed, and agreed.  My own work with The Virtues Project™ for years is premised on the reality that all matters of character are sourced inwardly.  We all have access to practicing character and it is our choice.  All that anyone can do is encourage it.  Given that, what is one piece of advice you might have for our readership on developing leadership and strength of character in these times?

BRUCE TEMPLETON

We do seem to live in uncertain times. My own experience is teaching me that our value systems are all developed before we are 18 years old. So I believe that the memories for children are what determines those values and they can only be formed through family experiences. What do you remember about your Christmas? I’ll bet you can’t remember one thing you got under a tree.  Go sliding, roast marshmallows, make cookies, go and visit an elderly relative. Quietly, give Thanks.  Just do some random act of kindness with a child and feel the warmth you will receive from your priceless gift.

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

The only gifts under the tree I remember have special meaning in their giving.  The joys of the memories are not grounded in the “stuff”.  I could not agree more.  I am hearing the importance of presence, not presents.  I am hearing the importance of time over toys.  I am hearing much we need to hear; and I truly appreciate your perspective.  So, with that in mind and appreciative of your time, how can someone connect with you for more information on your work?

BRUCE TEMPLETON

Barry, I can be reached through the website   https://manintheredsuit.wordpress.com/… or you can read one of my three books. Start with “The Man in the Red Suit.” (Find a quiet corner for an hour. Get a box of tissues and a cup of tea or a glass of wine!)

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

Love it.  I am sincerely thankful that you took the time Bruce… and encourage anyone to connect with you.  It has been a pleasure.

BRUCE TEMPLETON

Thank you Barry, and Merry Christmas.

Leader ToC™ out…

Folks, please check out Bruce. I very much encourage you.  Very much.  And, yes, we continue on.  Continuing into 2018 … we will engage and explore with experts and leaders around the globe.  We invite you to join us.

Until next month…  Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!!!

Peace, passion and prosperity.

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy™

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

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Some other reads, of note…

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 Jamie McCabe

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

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

We hope you engage and enjoy.

INTRODUCING Jamie McCabe

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

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

So, let us…

Engage the Leader ToC™

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

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

JAMIE McCABE

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

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

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

JAMIE McCABE

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

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

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

JAMIE McCABE

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

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

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

JAMIE McCABE

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

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

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

JAMIE McCABE

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

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

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

JAMIE McCABE

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

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

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

JAMIE McCABE

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

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

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

JAMIE McCABE

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

 

Leader ToC™ out…

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

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

Until next month…

Peace, passion and prosperity.

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy™

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

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broadCAST November 2017: A New Life

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

November 2017

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

 

THE CAMPUS CORNER

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

TRENT LANGDON SAYS

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

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

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

RAY HOLLISTER SAYS

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

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

BARRY LEWIS GREEN SAYS

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

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

 

CREATION CORNER

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

JAMIE McCABE SAYS

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

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

COMMUNICATIONS CORNER...

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

JOEL SWEENEY SAYS

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

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

 

CRAZY COOL CORNER…

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

LIZ BURT SAYS

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

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

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

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

KRISTA WALSH SAYS

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

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

MUSIC and MESSAGE…

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

MARK BLACK SAYS

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

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

SHEENA GROBB SINGS

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

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

QUOTE of the MONTH

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

VIDEO for the MONTH

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The Strength of Courtesy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Peace, passion and prosperity.

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy™

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

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And We’re Off

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

EDUCATE. LEAD. UNITE. INSPIRE.

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

COURAGE and FOCUS

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

CHARACTER DAY

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

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

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

Peace, passion and prosperity.

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy™

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

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  • 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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The Leaducator Experience: September 2017

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

FOR SEPTEMBER

FROM TRENT

THE CLOSER

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

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

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A case study for your thoughts…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

So what can be taken away?

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

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

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

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

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CHARACTER DAY is COMING

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

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

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

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

WEDNESDAY MORNING 7:00 am EST

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

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

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

CONTRIBUTORS and AUTHORS

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

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

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