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Remember Your Future, Not Your Past
Published 4/5/2018 in Christopher Lawrence
Author Christopher Lawrence
Dr. Patrick Gentempo sends out an email once a week called "Flash Friday's". These usually have a thought provoking quote written by him.  Here is one of his Flash Friday's that really impacted me: Achievement as a byproduct of a specific purpose, requires a vivid memory... not of the past, but who you are in the image of a future you choose to create. If you can clearly remember who you are in that future, you will set attractors there and bring it into reality. This quote is profound in the sense that Gentempo is asking us to create a future that is so vivid in our minds that we can remember it as if it were the past.  A memory of our own future, if you will. And by doing this, when you may feel lost you can draw upon this memory, rather than a fantasy or a wish that may... read more ❯
Why Behavioural Styles Matters for Future Leaders
Published 3/26/2018 in Kyle Kalloo
Author Kyle Kalloo
Note: This article contains 1,539 words and 1 image, with an estimated read time of 6 minutes.   The evaluation of behavioural styles plays a crucial role in the selection process of effective leaders including CEOs and top executives. In the 21st century ― and especially for the future―we want leaders who can manage people, engage the workforce, and inspire innovation and collaboration. Therefore, there is an urgent need to understand leadership behaviours, because it influences the effectiveness of a leader. Leaders make business decisions and implement strategies based on their innate drives and their behavioural style. Our priorities also affect how we react to the people we work with. It is no longer sufficient to select leaders based on their prior successes or capability alone. It is true that previous successes and experience remain vital, but more is required from today’s leaders. Today’s leaders must contend with global diversity in the workplace, new technologies,... read more ❯
3 Golden Rules for Mastering the Art of Workplace Feedback
Published 3/22/2018 in Kyle Kalloo
Author Kyle Kalloo
Note: This article contains 1,311 words and 1 image, with an estimated read time of 5 minutes.   In the workplace, feedback comes in many forms. Quarterly reviews, big client reviews, and most importantly: daily feedback between team members. More often than not, this process has the potential to create animosity between business owners, employees, and clients. As a leader, you don’t have the luxury of not giving feedback – it’s important that employees know how they are doing. The common practice of “no news is good news” needs to change. No matter what industry you call home, much of our working world revolves around performance and growth in the workplace. It’s that reason alone that has every business looking to give and receive feedback, no matter what format they choose to facilitate feedback with. It’s inevitable. So, stop trying to escape the inevitable. Instead, transform your approach and remove the negative connotation associated with... read more ❯
You Are Being Manipulated: Tony Robbins and Other 'Information Sellers'
Published 3/22/2018 in Christopher Lawrence
Author Christopher Lawrence
Let me start by saying I have a tremendous amount of respect for Tony Robbins and other Information Sellers. I believe that much of what they do can work, if it is applied correctly over a sustained period of time. In fact, I have purchased three Information Sellers products and seen value in them. So this article is intended to be a "Buyer be ware" and keep your emotions in check! Information Seller: A professional who is selling you information, usually on how you can make more money in an easy way. Examples include: "Buy my program and you will sell even more houses", "Invest in this three day course and you will change your life forever", "My marketing program will teach you how to avoid the 10 biggest mistakes every consultant makes", etc. But here is the problem. Information Sellers get you into their program and then they want to keep you... read more ❯
5 Ways People Pleasing Can Affect Your Leadership
Published 3/15/2018 in Kyle Kalloo
Author Kyle Kalloo
Note: This article contains 1,006 words and 1 image, with an estimated read time of 4 minutes.   Are you a people pleaser? Difficult to really tell? If you hurriedly came to the answer you most likely ended up saying no. However, think back to the last time someone put you down over something you did or were responsible for. Did it feel great? Most of us who believe that we are nothing close to being a people-pleaser can also feel the need to want to be nice and please people most times. Many leaders tend to not be aware of their tendencies to please people. People pleasing can undermine your ability to effectively lead. To be candid, people pleasers hardly reach the peak of their leadership potential. Although most people do not intentionally set out to be people pleasers, they slip into the behaviour innocently and albeit unknowingly. Most cases, in a bid to please an aggrieved... read more ❯
The New Currency for Millennials
Published 3/8/2018 in Christopher Lawrence
Author Christopher Lawrence
Millennials are a generation influenced by Reality TV, ad YouTube stars. They are used to seeing fame and purpose come in short periods of time. What is a Millennial? I suspect you know this by now; however, an article written by Dr. Jill Novak, University of Phoenix, Texas A&M University has a good description of them on her article called The Six Living Generations in America (as well as good descriptions of the other generations). This is how Dr. Novak describes the generation. Born between 1981* and 2000*. Aka “The 9/11 Generation” “Echo Boomers” America’s next great generation brings a sharp departure from Generation X. They are nurtured by omnipresent parents, optimistic, and focused. Respect authority. Falling crime rates. Falling teen pregnancy rates. But with school safety problems; they have to live with the thought that they could be shot at school, they learned early that the world is not a safe place. ... read more ❯
Overwhelm and The Distracted Mind
Published 3/7/2018 in Catherine Munro
Author Catherine Munro
Every day we are bombarded by information and distractions. It can feel like our attention is being pulled in a million different directions at once. What can we do to enjoy, sort out all of the incoming information while maintaining our focus, productivity and well-being? In my pursuit of the answer to that question, a lightbulb has come on. In the article below it explains so clearly that our brains simply do not have the processing capacity needed to simultaneously receive and interpret all the information we are exposed to at every moment. “We have come to believe that the human brain is a master navigator of the river of information that rages steadily all around us. And yet we often feel challenged when trying to fulfill even fairly simple goals. This is the result of interference—both distractions from irrelevant information and interruptions by our attempts to simultaneously pursue multiple goals. Many... read more ❯
The Most Fatal Month in the Year: Leaving a Legacy of Meaning
Published 2/22/2018 in Christopher Lawrence
Author Christopher Lawrence
This is the time of year when we lose so many that we love. For some reason, so many people die between December and March, with most deaths being in January. It is astounding to me, when I look at my past, how many people I know who have passed away in the month of January. Because of this, during this time of year, I begin to contemplate my own mortality. Looking at the end of your life can sometimes be a scary task. There are the logical things you can do to take care of business like getting your Wills, Enduring Power of Attorney, and Personal Directive up to date and in order. We often see our financial situation at death as our legacy, but after recently speaking at a Rotary Club in Calgary about this subject, I was reminded that leaving a legacy of meaning is what is most important. Leaving... read more ❯
Today Is The WORST Day for New Years Goals
Published 2/8/2018 in Christopher Lawrence
Author Christopher Lawrence
Did you know that today is the worst possible day for your New Years Goals? Let me tell you why... but first, some interesting stats: Top 11 New Years Goals According to Statistic Brain, here are the Top 11 New Years Resolutions (as researched on January 1, 2017) Look at #1... did you know that according to anecdotal research, today, the second Thursday in February, is one of the best days for fast food restaurant sales! 1 Lose Weight / Healthier Eating 21.4% 2 Life / Self Improvements 12.3% 3 Better Financial Decisions 8.5% 4 Quit Smoking 7.1% 5 Do more exciting things 6.3% 6 Spend More Time with Family / Close Friends 6.2% 7 Work out more often 5.5% 8 Learn something new on my own 5.3% 9 Do more good deeds for others 5.2% 10 Find the love of my life 4.3 11 Find a better job 4.1% — Other 13.8% Here are a few more interesting stats: Percent of Americans who usually make New Year's Resolutions 41 % Percent of Americans who infrequently make New Year's Resolutions 17 % Percent of Americans who absolutely never make New Year's Resolutions 42 % Percent of people... read more ❯
Some Keys to A Happy, Healthy Heart
Published 2/8/2018 in Catherine Munro
Author Catherine Munro
Recently I had a health scare involving my heart.  Much to my relief, with excellent care and lots of loving support, I am back on track But through and after this experience I’ve had much time to reflect and I’m keenly aware of my heart.  As a result, I’m taking much more tender care of myself. Changing lifelong habits and navigating the path to ideal heart health can seem overwhelming.  There’s loads of information to wade through out there, but here are a few articles I found especially beneficial.  Success is the result of the many tiny—but important—steps you take each day. I have learned all sorts of new and important information and am taking this advice “to heart”. With February being “Heart” month, I’d like to share these tips so that you can give your heart some TLC. 9 Simple Tweaks to Make Now for a Healthier Heart Simple lifestyle tweaks from cardiologist Tara Narula,... read more ❯