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The Leaders Challenge: Fear of Failure
Published 11/7/2018 in Kyle Kalloo
Author Kyle Kalloo
Note: This article contains 1,365 words and 1 image, with an estimated read time of 5 minutes.   “My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure.” - Abraham Lincoln   Sometime ago I came across a portrait taken on the morning of the D-day landings. It pictures an army Regimental Sergeant Major standing courageously while those around him cowered in fear as they try to find cover from the bullets raining down on them. Undoubtedly, he was fearful, but his body language portrays something else entirely. He is seen calling his troops to come with him into battle; without knowing what the eventual outcome will be, and with the odds clearly against them. The aura of confidence around this leader, bravely leading his troops on showed that for him failure is not an option. He made a decision to keep moving forward, regardless of the uncertainty of... read more ❯
LEADERS: Stop Obsessing Over Loyalty, focus on Team Envy and Cohesion Instead
Published 11/6/2018 in Christopher Lawrence
Author Christopher Lawrence
Each year organizations lose billions of dollars due to employee turnover. Quite surprisingly, most of it is actually voluntary, and one starts to wonder, what has happened to employee loyalty. In a workforce survey conducted recently, more than 91% of the respondents agreed that they can’t stay with their current organization for more than three years. The definition of employee loyalty has changed in recent years. More and more employees now define loyalty as it relates to the job at hand. The workplace has become transactional for the employee. Once hired to perform specific tasks, they give their very best. And after mastering it they seek out new roles and opportunities in order to earn more and/or have more responsibility. Whether this opportunity comes from within their current organization or they have to make a move, they have loyally fulfilled their obligation. Employees generally expect to get much more than just... read more ❯
Why Leaders Should Focus on Job Performance Instead of Cannabis Usage
Published 11/2/2018 in Kyle Kalloo
Author Kyle Kalloo
Note: This article contains 988 words and 1 image, with an estimated read time of 4 minutes.   The Canadian government recently announced the legalization of cannabis for non-medical use. This significant and rapid change to the legal status of cannabis raises new challenges and questions for Canadian employers. It is expected that there will be a major increase in the consumption of cannabis for non-medical purposes post-legalization. A survey conducted by Deloitte revealed that an estimated 22% of the Canadian adult population consumes recreational cannabis on an occasional basis while about 17% will be willing to try it out if it were legal. This brings the figure to about 40% of the adult population. Furthermore, a significant increase in the number of cannabis users in some states in the United States where recreational use is legal indicates that there’s a possibility that the number of Canadians using cannabis will increase after full legalization. There... read more ❯
Making Weight Loss Stick
Published 10/24/2018 in Healthy Transformations
Author Christopher Lawrence
Lots of people have successfully lost weight with a number of different weight loss techniques. Losing weight in the short term is actually straightforward. If you are disciplined and committed and can adhere to the right eating plan, you can expect to lose a few pounds from your waist.  The truth is that it takes the body time to adapt to the new low-calorie intake.  It’s later on after losing a few pounds that you start experiencing lower energy, cravings, slower metabolism and general lethargy. We all know of people in the past that wanted to lose weight and actually did, but gained it all back in few weeks or months. Scientific research shows that the recidivism of weight loss is close to 98% in clinical studies. So the real challenge is not about losing weight, it is about sustaining the new healthy and lean body you've acquired. What then... read more ❯
What if All I Want is a Mediocre Life
Published 10/23/2018 in Christopher Lawrence
Author Christopher Lawrence
“What is the meaning of life? To be happy and useful. ~ Dalai Lama Recently I read a beautiful piece titled “What if all I want is a mediocre life”.  The writer emphasized that the world is always pushing us to be better, to hustle, to improve, strive for excellence. The mandate we so often follow in our, social media inundated, everything is always happy, I am amazing, look at me, world is go big or go home. It was a good read. But I disagree with her concept of mediocrity. The life she described is not mediocre in any way. I believe the kind of life described is really full of envious accomplishments. The mediocre life she describes could be the ultimate goal that many people are striving toward. Maybe it’s even the ultimate sign of a purposeful life. As a Life Coach I usually encounter clients who want to... read more ❯
4 Important Questions to Ask Yourself Before Eating ANYTHING
Published 10/17/2018 in Healthy Transformations
Author Christopher Lawrence
Our hectic daily schedules often make it challenging to focus on mindful eating. Most times we often fill our belly with the quickest, easiest options at our disposal. Whether you’re trying to lose weight, maintain your current weight or simply practice mindful eating, it’s important to bring more consciousness to your eating habits. It’s in your best interest to pause before mindlessly reaching for that bowl of yogurt or the beef jerky. This article will consider 4 revealing questions that will help you to take control of your eating habits.  These are the questions you can ask yourself before you put anything in your mouth that will most definitely slow you down and consider what you are doing! 1.    Am I hungry? This may seem like a pointless question at first because you’re eating — so you must be hungry, right? Wrong. The aim of this question is to help you separate... read more ❯
How Reiki Changed My Life
Published 10/11/2018 in Catherine Munro
Author Catherine Munro
When I was experiencing a most difficult time in my life, I was introduced to Reiki.  It was 15 years ago, and I was going through a divorce, my Mom was in the early stages of dementia and all of the challenges and heartbreak that goes with that, my brother was extremely ill with a mysterious condition, my car was stolen, my house broken into …. all happening over a span of about 12 months. As you can imagine, I seemed to be in a constant state of worry, with my stomach in knots.  The stress was playing havoc with my body – sleepless nights, headaches, body aches, compromised immune system (catching lots colds).  A friend highly recommended Reiki, and even though I was a bit skeptical I was anxious to feel better and relieve the stress!  But after experiencing that first Reiki session I felt my body tension and overwhelm... read more ❯
The Failure of “Good-Enough” Cultures in the Workplace
Published 10/11/2018 in Kyle Kalloo
Author Kyle Kalloo
Note: This article contains 1067 words and 1 image, with an estimated read time of 4 minutes.   Leaders are bombarded daily with choices; a choice to do right or wrong; a choice to do nothing; a choice to do the right thing or to do the barest minimum required to get the job done. Unfortunately, people have become comfortable with working in cultures where mediocrity and low expectations are the norm. Some leaders have learned to tolerate bad things happening in the workplace because to them "it's has always been that way." They have adopted a hopeless and disinterested attitude and operate with mediocrity as the standard. Sometimes the leader takes the path of least resistance, with the hopes of holding on to their position and employment longer. In time of mistakes, there’s no thorough investigation on the part of leaders to find out how to change processes to prevent further recurrences.  The concept... read more ❯
The Anti-Inflammatory Food Model
Published 10/10/2018 in Healthy Transformations
Author Dr. Michael Breen
The nutrition model used in the Healthy Transformations Program is called the Anti-Inflammatory Diet.  In a previous blog I outlined the confusion that exists in what appears to be competing nutritional approaches.  It is discouraging for many consumers to be caught in what seems to be a “war of words” between these approaches.  All too often, consumers fall into a phenomenon of “believing” that what they are doing is correct instead of “knowing” that what they are doing is correct.  Please read the blog titled Confused About What To Eat – You’re Not Alone! to come to an understanding of how we ended up where we are. The Anti-Inflammatory Diet is driven by recent advances in the field of biochemistry, particularly as it relates to how food influences the chemical and genetic function of our body.  It has been known for a number of decades that inflammation is the underlying basis of... read more ❯
The Five Best Questions to Ask Yourself During Personal Conflict
Published 10/9/2018 in Christopher Lawrence
Author Christopher Lawrence
We all deal with conflict at some point in our lives. Whether it be at work, home or school. Conflict can happen with anyone, it can be with family, friends, coworkers, bosses, teachers, students or even the person on the street that cut you off and gave you the finger. And conflict can be about anything what-so-ever, no topic is safe from conflict in our world. Conflict can not be avoided; however, it can be managed and it can be productive.  There are a lot of different ways to deal with conflict but why not start by asking yourself these powerful questions before, during or even after you are in conflict to ensure that your conflict is productive. All of the questions are introspective. Meaning, we cannot control what anybody else does but we can control what we do, so we always want to start with us? What am I hoping... read more ❯
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