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Achievement Orientation

One to Won: Making your personal stories ones of triumph

– Posted in: Achievement Orientation, Adaptability, Emotional Intelligence, Emotional Self-Control, General, Positive Outlook, Self-Awareness
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Taking things personally can often mean a painful story arises when you're hurt, insulted or upset. It's definitely not a good feeling. Yet, we all have a chance to choose what we make things mean. Humans are born storytellers, one of our most distinguishing characteristics in the animal kingdom. When it's just our internal monologue, [...]

“I’ve never done it, but I can do it.” An attitude to build a career — and a life — on.

– Posted in: Achievement Orientation, Adaptability, Coach and Mentor, Emotional Intelligence, Empathy, General, Inspirational Leadership, Leadership Skills, Organizational Awareness, Positive Outlook, Self-Awareness, Teamwork
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A 50th Birthday party is a big milestone, both personally and career wise.   Our good friend had a party in his home, and I caught up with his parents, and how they were doing in their retirement. I heard a story that I hadn't known in the twenty-one years of knowing them. I listened to Brian, [...]

Follow Your Dreams – It’d be Foolish Not To

– Posted in: Achievement Orientation, Adaptability, Emotional Intelligence, Inspirational Leadership, Positive Outlook, Self-Awareness, Teamwork
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Today is April Fool's Day. A day of traditionally pranking others in the name of fun.  Sometimes it means getting people to believe something that is not true and the fun is seeing them believe it, and then revealing - shockingly-  how untrue that belief was. I think most of us don't want to have [...]

If… you could feed 2 wolves within, which one would you feed?

– Posted in: Achievement Orientation, Adaptability, Emotional Intelligence, Emotional Self-Control, Positive Outlook, Self-Awareness
Reflection - Choose Well

"If" is a poem written by Rudyard Kipling in 1909, 2 years after accepting the Nobel Peace Prize for literature.   Rudyard Kipling wrote the Jungle Book and notably declined honours several times such as being knighted, the Order of Merit, and the British Poet Laureateship. Kipling was called on later in the 1920's by H. [...]

Brain Drain to Brain Gain

– Posted in: Achievement Orientation, Adaptability, Positive Outlook, Systems Thinking
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Today, I had the privilege of meeting Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper and hearing him announce the Canada First Research Excellence Fund at the IBM Software Lab in Markham, Ontario. I also met some students from Victoria Park School who are in First Robotics.  They told me they are planning on going to University of [...]