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It’s natural to be motivated by compassion

Shortly after buying my first house, I discovered that my next door neighbour tended to overreact to any dilemma.His name was Joe, and I started thinking of him as Overkill Joe, and later simply Joverkill.For example, Joverkill found that he had squirrels living in his attic. It was no surprise to me that he had more squirrels in his yard than anyone else on the street. He had two lovely nut trees growing at either end of his house. In his front yard was a beautiful oak tree. A perfect shade tree, if I ever did see one; and in the fall it was laden with acorns. In his back yard was a huge pecan tree that I was particularly fond of because it would drop about a half bushel of pecans on my...

Posted: Dec 4, 2018

Losing a job can be an opportunity to start fresh

As an executive for many years, and like many of you who are executives, my philosophy was always to work hard, often until late at night, show up for work early in the morning and do everything I could to uphold the vision, mission and values of the organization.Another strong belief I held was that just as every child in school has a gift that we as teachers must find and nurture, so too every employee has a positive strength that we must try to find and maximize.Whenever a problem arose it was important to sit with each side separately, listen, listen, listen and then when enough information had been gleaned, sit the two parties together and try to arrive at a win-win solution that would...

Posted: Dec 4, 2018

When did you quit believing everything you heard?

A recent spate of fake  news has gotten everyone in a tizzy. But, this isn’t news – phony stories have been around forever.It’s just that the internet is delivering them faster, in greater quantities, and to more people than ever before. Fake news is a virus of the information age. We inoculate ourselves with skepticism. The net result is that people have lost their trust in authority. And, I believe this is a good thing.The opportunity to deceive people online began almost immediately. On July 5, 1993, The New Yorker magazine published Peter Steiner’s cartoon of a dog sitting in front of a computer with the now famous caption: “On the Internet, nobody knows you’re a...

Posted: May 2, 2018

Venture outside your comfort zone, try something new

“Throughout history, poverty is the normal condition of man. Advances which permit this norm to be exceeded – here and there, now and then – are the work of an extremely small minority, frequently despised, often condemned, and almost always opposed by all right-thinking people. “Whenever this tiny minority is kept from creating, or (as sometimes happens) is driven out of a society, the people then slip back into abject poverty. “This is known as ‘bad luck.” So said Robert Heinlein.Your boss, your coworkers, your friends, and even your family don’t want you to be creative. They resent your trying to change the methods, practices, systems, and rules they are...

Posted: Apr 1, 2018

Soft skills to rule future jobs

Over the next decade, the job market is going to change dramatically. Old jobs will disappear because of the rise of automation and new ones will arise from new technologies. This change has already begun in Canada, with experts pointing to the “quiet crisis” currently affecting our young people that makes it increasingly difficult for them to find meaningful work.According to RBC Economics, these changes have led to a growing importance of what were once known as “soft skills”.Soft skills are the things we don’t learn in school but are invaluable in the real world, including communication, collaboration, leadership and problem solving. According to RBC, employers should...

Posted: Apr 1, 2018

Freedom, like everything else, comes with a price tag
Posted: Mar 7, 2018

Even in adverse situations there’s the silver lining of valuable lessons learned
Posted: Feb 3, 2018

The luckiest people are often bold enough to go after what they want
Posted: Nov 30, 2017

Envy can be a good thing when you use it to drive change
Posted: Nov 1, 2017

Four ways to exercise your creativity
Posted: Oct 2, 2017

How you interpret what you see is limited by our worldview
Posted: Sep 6, 2017

How far has your imagination taken you?
Posted: Aug 2, 2017

There’s no such thing as stubborn
Posted: Jul 1, 2017

Is motivating with fear a bad idea?
Posted: Apr 30, 2017

The scoop on a failed franchise
Posted: Apr 3, 2017

Where’s your motivation switch?
Posted: Mar 2, 2017

13 ways to boost the way you view yourself
Posted: Jan 31, 2017

The pursuit of pure joy
Posted: Jan 2, 2017

Don’t fret over a wrong assumption
Posted: Dec 1, 2016

When someone criticizes you, don’t take it personally, it’s not always about you
Posted: Oct 4, 2016

In every moment, you have a choice of whether to feel good or not
Posted: Sep 1, 2016

How to start a business of your own
Posted: Aug 7, 2016

Stuck in a worry loop? Here’s how to break the cycle and free your mind
Posted: Jul 4, 2016

Innovators are open to new experiences
Posted: Jun 1, 2016

10 things you can do to snap back from setbacks
Posted: May 4, 2016

Don’t raise your children to be victims of bullies
Posted: Apr 1, 2016

Authentic leaders don’t need power to rule
Posted: Feb 29, 2016

Good leaders are authentic, innovative and motivational
Posted: Feb 2, 2016

Talent, opportunity and stuff: How to finish with no regrets
Posted: Jan 5, 2016

Setting boundaries helps maintain integrity
Posted: Dec 1, 2015

See where your imagination can take you
Posted: Nov 1, 2015

Focusing too much on results may come in the way of taking the first step
Posted: Sep 30, 2015

Bullies and victims are two sides of the same coin
Posted: Sep 1, 2015

Innovation is all about finding the right the problem to solve
Posted: Aug 1, 2015

Discover the source of pain and move on
Posted: Jun 29, 2015

When in pain, use it to your advantage
Posted: Jun 2, 2015

Don’t empower bullies at work
Posted: Apr 28, 2015

Have you cast yourself as the victim, the villain or the hero?
Posted: Mar 30, 2015

Reinvent yourself, outsource innovation
Posted: Mar 2, 2015

Fear is a great motivator
Posted: Feb 3, 2015

Time spent on innovation is an investment in your future
Posted: Jan 4, 2015

Experience is the best teacher
Posted: Dec 3, 2014

Don’t let your fear of embarrassment keep you from trying new things
Posted: Sep 30, 2014

Believe you’ll succeed and you will
Posted: Sep 1, 2014

Get creative with the What If game
Posted: Jul 29, 2014

Newcomer, challenge yourself to be all you can be
Posted: Jun 30, 2014

Lessons from the locker room
Posted: Jun 2, 2014

Immigrant Success Award winners highlight the value of entrepreneurship
Posted: Jun 2, 2014

Music is a powerful motivator
Posted: Apr 30, 2014

What is driving you to succeed?
Posted: Apr 1, 2014

Will you be ready when opportunity knocks?
Posted: Mar 5, 2014

Who is pulling the strings in your personal success story?
Posted: Feb 4, 2014

When the going gets tough, the tough get creative
Posted: Jan 2, 2014

How to move forward
Posted: Dec 4, 2013

Step forward, try something new
Posted: Oct 30, 2013

Solve a mystery, gain an insight
Posted: Oct 2, 2013

Adversity is a great teacher
Posted: Sep 5, 2013

Arrive in Canada and turn challenges into opportunities
Posted: Jul 31, 2013

Not just hope, but a keen desire for success motivates newcomers
Posted: Jul 3, 2013

Newcomers, try humour while you try to find your feet
Posted: Jun 5, 2013

Plug into the network!
Posted: Apr 3, 2013

Good stuff also comes in threes
Posted: Mar 3, 2013

Empathy on empty
Posted: Jan 31, 2013

The rewards of being bold
Posted: Dec 4, 2012

Lessons from a shattered dream
Posted: Oct 31, 2012

Life lessons from my cat
Posted: Oct 2, 2012

What’s keeping you awake?
Posted: Sep 4, 2012

What’s the point of competing if you know you cannot win?
Posted: Aug 1, 2012

It is better to let the other person get away with it so that you can get away from it
Posted: Jul 4, 2012

Accept change and embrace life
Posted: May 30, 2012

What sheer determination can achieve
Posted: May 2, 2012

The first million is the hardest to make
Posted: Apr 2, 2012

Success: You’ll know when you’ve arrived
Posted: Feb 29, 2012

Honour in the age of expediency
Posted: Feb 1, 2012

I used to pretend to be Tom Hanks’ brother
Posted: Jan 3, 2012

Compelled by a great idea
Posted: Dec 1, 2011

Sometimes you have to rip the cover off the book
Posted: Nov 2, 2011

The reward is in the eye of the beholder
Posted: Oct 6, 2011

Posted: Aug 31, 2011

The buck starts here
Posted: Aug 31, 2011

What gives you the power to be more and do more?
Posted: Aug 5, 2011

How cool are you?
Posted: Jul 1, 2011

Are you leader material?
Posted: Jun 2, 2011

Canadians shake hands firmly when they meet
Posted: Jun 2, 2011

Lynda Goldman's Business Buzzwords
Posted: Apr 30, 2011

Thrown into the driver’s seat
Posted: Apr 30, 2011

A few words of praise can go a long way
Posted: Mar 31, 2011

Are you the head of the pack?
Posted: Mar 4, 2011

Is there a secret recipe for success?
Posted: Jan 6, 2011

How to build a successful online brand
Posted: Jan 6, 2011

The secret for people who don’t believe in voodoo
Posted: Dec 4, 2010

Are You On YouTube?
Posted: Dec 4, 2010

Maximizing your Canadian experience
Posted: Dec 4, 2010

Sometimes, an emotional pitch is much more powerful than a logical appeal
Posted: Nov 14, 2010

How to use Facebook as an effective business tool
Posted: Nov 14, 2010

Keep the ball rolling
Posted: Oct 16, 2010

So many social networks, so little time!
Posted: Oct 16, 2010

Unleash your latent creativity
Posted: Sep 3, 2010

Tweet your way to success!
Posted: Sep 3, 2010

Brand consistency – a cliché or a necessity?
Posted: Jul 25, 2010

The Pleasure Principle
Posted: Jul 2, 2010

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