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How many of you are learners?

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What percentage of employees in an organization would improve on their own? What I mean is who would take a course or coaching, or even study from a book without it being mandated by the company? How many take notes, write down what it means to them, what they are going to implement, how and when? Well the old stats I have say about 13%. What is the percentage today? Are employees more or less ...

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We Might Forget This Skill

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Have you noticed what people talk about the most? It’s the day to day, little details of life and business – as if that’s all that matters. These things seem to take our mind away from what gives us meaning, is most important, and motivates us. Yes, motivation – remember that! Find out what a person’s motivations are, and you’ll find out how to get along with and influence them. And ...

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8 Important Entrepreneurial Skills

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Whether you’re a business owner, a future one, or work for one, what are the skills you need to constantly develop to succeed? I mean constantly succeed, because for some reason, we tend to stop growing at the things that got us there. Our motives change (usually money or ego), we get satisfied, or just get lazy. These skills apply to any group, in large or small companies but it just seems ...

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Are financial success principles forgotten?

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There is no such thing as a free lunch. Our province is saddled with enormous debt. Our youth and my grand kids will pay the price. No matter what a government does to continually redistribute wealth, wealth runs out. Money has to come from somewhere. It comes from creating more wealth by investment in Ontario, and more successful businesses that create it. Governments just spend it. And boy ...

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The #1 trait to be happy and successful

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Recently I got an email from a young professional asking me to mentor him on our marketplace and how he could serve it. Serve! I pressed reply and asked him to elaborate on ‘serve’. Although I liked it, it seemed to be an unusual concept in our world today. He said he concluded that to be effective and happy he had to serve others because it gave him peace and professional satisfaction. I ...

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Are we doomed?

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What you read and see over and over on television, on-line and on social media can make you believe that we are doomed, that things are bad everywhere and change isn’t probable. For example: Less than 20% of diets work. (Headline yesterday) 50% of North Americans are overweight or obese. (Three days ago) Vicious, bad drugs are killing people all over the world. (We are lost) Most gyms are ...

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How to win an argument

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At a dinner party a year or so ago in Florida I watched two good friends and neighbours go at it over politics. One was actually screaming at the other person over one simple comment and she never got to explain what she meant. That was a terrible and awkward evening. These two friends never talked to each other again for another couple of months. How dumb you might think, but you have probably ...

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Who is your hero?

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Within minutes of walking into a crowed room at a wedding or other casual events, people are laughing because of my older brother Eddie, who is legendary in Windsor. He is the kindest, most likeable, most practical, funny Irishman you will ever meet. Everyone loves Eddie. I really do. He is my hero. He was raised in the factory town in a big Irish family. The culture was to have fun, work hard, ...

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The Biggest Problem We Face

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If I asked the people I know, “What do they worry about?”, at the top of their list would be their kids or grand kids. They want things to go well for them in their careers, jobs, relationships and lives. We all say that it just comes with being a parent or grand parent because we love our families so much. We want to influence them and help them succeed. That’s our job and it can be a ...

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If it’s too simple…

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…let’s complicate it so nothing changes! Recently I witnessed some unhappiness in the lives of others. You probably have too. Maybe even in your own. Being unhappy seems to be the new norm in a lot of places. There seems to be people that have an Orwellian negative and stressful view of the world. Too many alternate realities are being promoted to us by bad leaders. Nothing seems normal ...

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Who is your boss?

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There is only one real boss in your company. They can fire everyone from the chairman on down. The customer – because they may not come back or they may go somewhere else.  Peter Drucker, the biggest management consultant of all time, said in his writings that the only purpose of an enterprise is to please customers. In my work with executive teams and their organizations, that insight often ...

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A skill we should never forget

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Have you noticed what people talk about the most? It’s the day to day, little details of life and business – as if that’s all that matters. These things seem to take our mind away from what gives us meaning, is most important, and motivates us. Yes, motivation – remember that! Find out what a person’s motivations are, and you’ll find out how to get along with and influence them. And ...

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