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Three areas of reflection:  give, grow and receive.

Three areas of reflection: give, grow and receive.

In my recent article called The Readiness Factor.   I talk about three keys areas of reflection: GIVE, GROW and RECEIVE.    I liken growth to running.  “It would be difficult for a non-runner to wake up one morning and run a marathon. Growth is a process similar to running, or preparing to run, a marathon. It’s something you have to be ready for, mentally and physically, for it to be meaningful. ”...
Dogtopia is hiring

Dogtopia is hiring

HAS YOUR JOB GONE TO THE DOGS? OURS HAS AND WE LOVE IT! – ENTRY LEVEL MANAGERS NEEDED  Calgary, AB Dogtopia, the fastest growing dog daycare, boarding and spa chain in Canada is now accepting applications for entry level management Shift Leaders for the brand new, soon to open Douglasglen location! Required Experience: -Minimum of 1 year directly supervising 3+ employees. This can include Department Manager experience, shift supervisor, key holders (service industries a PLUS) -MINIMUM of 18 years or older -Excellent Verbal and Written Communication Skills -Detail Oriented and organized Responsibilities Include but not Limited To: 1. Direct Team Management- Shift Leaders will be the manager on duty in the absence of other management. Proven ability to offer verbal and written feedback and to hold team accountable to standards and practices. 2. Client Experience Focused- Delivers excellent customer service both with clients and with the team. 3. Financial Accountability- Responsible for reporting revenue, maintaining accurate deposits, taking payments of clients as well as selling services.  4. Expense Management- Lowers controllable expenses including monitoring supply levels, loss prevention, and reporting any opportunities to managers . 5. Procedures Driven- Safety and Health guidelines consistently upheld and surpassed to ensure that the safety level of dogs and team are the highest priority.  6. Must LOVE Dogs- Shift Leaders may also be required at times to fill in for playroom attendants and need to lead the way in maintaining safe play as well as teach others to do so. As part of the management team, it is expected that shift leaders may be assigned special projects, duties and responsibilities in addition to the...
Attitude of Gratitude: great thoughts equal great actions.

Attitude of Gratitude: great thoughts equal great actions.

Life is not all roses. The work we do at times can wear us down.  As entrepreneurs we often work in an environment where there is uncertainty and uncertainty can create stress.  Let’s face it, some days it feels like we are carrying a piano on our back. It’s important that we stay mindful of our feelings and recognize when external factors are the culprit in creating this undue pressure. Typically these external factors are not in our control but how we choose to deal with them IS.   Choose to stay focused on things that are within your control. I wake up each morning and consciously choose what kind of day I will have. It’s not a perfect system but the majority of the time you will see someone driven and positive, and happy. I choose my attitude to be grateful, positive, motivated, and optimistic. I choose not to give up on my goals and ambitions no matter what the consequences are. I choose to not compromise my values, and I choose to experience the day so not to feel as though it was waste of precious time. My coach, Dave LaRue, is always reminding me that great thoughts equal great actions.  Are you mindful of the attitude you’re choosing or the thoughts you keep? Check out how James describes his way of dealing with those days where giving up seems like an option.  What do I do when I feel like giving up? Chad  ...
We do not get to keep what we do not give away

We do not get to keep what we do not give away

Volunteering plays a significant role in our society producing a variety of positive results. It can be a catalyst for change, a solution to a basic need, or a subtle sign of hope. It often transforms the lives of those who participate in the act as well as those who receive it. It’s a wonderful thing. Volunteering of time is not always an easy thing to do with time being such a periods commodity these days, but I continue to be amazed by the commitment to giving of personal time by those in my close circle. Between friends, mentors, peers, family, and colleagues, the time these individuals spend cumulatively on giving back through volunteerism is really significant. Most recently I was invited to attend the CAPLA awards where two of my colleagues received an award today for their volunteer acts within the association. Congratulations to Devra McCoy of LandSolutions for her award and her commitment to volunteerism at such an early time in her career shows a lot of maturity and care for her profession. We feel very proud to have her a part of our team. Congratulations to Ron Vermeulen Founder of LandSolutions who was also recognized.   Ron has spent years dedicating his time to numerous land associations among many others and is one of the best role models I know relative to giving of his time. We continue to be proud to have such an influence within our organization. I believe we all have a unique genius that differentiates us from one another and this holds true at a personal level as well as a corporate one....
The Extra 10%

The Extra 10%

I recently recalled a conversation where a meaningful perspective on achievement was shared with me. The perspective shared suggested that being successful wasn’t complicated, and that often times its those who are willing to go an extra inch or try that extra 10%, that are often the ones who will realize their goals or stand out. It doesn’t take much to be more successful than the average, you just need to be willing to try a little harder than the average. Think about the next routine task or complicated matter for a customer; or the soccer field, ice rink, or gym; or maybe its a birthday party or mentorship opportunity with your child; perhaps its some thoughtful moment with your spouse. What about some dream you have, or an idea you have been pondering but haven’t yet pursued making a reality. How could that extra 10% change your destiny, and the destiny of those around you? Check out how this young lady demonstrates that extra 10% (well maybe 100%) to land her dream career with Airbnb. Much to learn from her willingness to invest in the opportunity and go above and beyond what the majority would ever consider. http://http://notable.ca/nationwide/yp-life/This-Womans-Creative-Resume-for-Airbnb-Might-Be-the-Best-Job-Application-Weve-Ever-Seen/ Thanks to my associate Wendy Hyman  for sharing the above link with...
Social Impact Award GSEA – Wangechi Mwangi, CEO of Valuraha, Strathmore University (Kenya).

Social Impact Award GSEA – Wangechi Mwangi, CEO of Valuraha, Strathmore University (Kenya).

I want to take a moment to highlight a very special woman, Wangechi Mwangi, CEO of Valuraha, Strathmore University (Kenya).  She was given the Social Impact Award at The Entrepreneurs’ Organization’s (EO) Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA) for leveraging her business to improve her community and the world at-large. The idea for Valuraha was created to open up access to financing, financial education and trading competence in Kenya and Africa using its virtual trading platform.  Her passion and commitment to helping others are values we also bring to our own businesses. Its inspiring to see what she is doing in the global community to help educate and inspire young investors. Some of Valuraha’s initiavies are: A high school program, that deals with investor education and financial literacy across different high schools in Kenya. The mission: To Create a Generation of Market Movers, Starting Now! Part of the club activities include analyzing some of the listed companies on the Nairobi Securities Exchange and competing in managing a virtual portfolio. We ran the first edition of the club in Alliance High School, Kenya High School and Precious Blood Secondary School. Some of the companies that were analyzed by the students in this first edition included: Britam, Centum, Safaricom, Equity Bank and Home Afrika. This is what happened in 2014. A University Program in collaboration with Strathmore University School of Finance and Applied Economics aids students from the different schools to come together and get to meet the faces behind the companies that they spent weeks researching on. It is also a day of inspiration and networking for them as we kickstarted...