Category Archives: Monday Morning Mentor

seasons changing

How to Make Choices that Better Design your Life

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Good Monday Morning. During the dog days of winter, it’s easy to feel like life is about toughing it out until things get better. Well it’s true! The weather does get better. Spring, summer and fall always come. That doesn’t change. Life has a similar, but different twist. The difference in life is that you can sometimes make choices that better design your life. Of course, you ...

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Hack: How to Advance your Career

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What’s missing to advance your career and be worth more in the market place? You’re normal if you’re up for your success and happiness more than anyone else’s, even your organization’s. As a matter of fact, research says only 37% of Canadians are engaged in their company. Their hearts and minds aren’t in it. So what are they engaged in? Their lives – ...

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Are you just Settling?

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You wonder where the time went. Life just goes by doesn’t it? Who would think that you are where you are in life? The great, the good, the bad, and the ugly. You and I forget about the choices we made along the way and it wasn’t all circumstances. Somehow we give too much credibility to the past and circumstances. Yesterday is gone. The past can do nothing but teach us what’s ...

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So What’s Your Story?

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It seems that everyone and every entity has a story and it’s made up. Most times, if they’re repeated enough, even those that are a myth are believed. Cultures are made up from stories. It lives and is spread by conversation and they can control our destiny if we allow it. Let’s look at Canada’s story. Our history shows that we were never trying to be anything, rebel ...

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The Power of Enthusiasm

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Over the holidays I attended a 50th anniversary party for some friends. I had a conversation with my old friend Terry. Terry has been retired for seven years. He misses his old business buddies and the thrill he got from building his customer accounts. Over the years, he became disoriented. He was unhealthy, drank too much, and became overweight. He was frustrated with all of it. Life ...

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Time to Press the Reset Button

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Happy New Year! News Years can be the time to take advantage of that important reflection, and time to press the reset button to create the meaningful life we want. At least once a year at New Years, many people determine what it is they want, how they want to improve and set some goals. Maybe it’s to be healthier and lose ten pounds by working out more and eating better. We all know that ...

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Who or What Really Matters?

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Recently I had a conversation with a young man who wanted to interview me for his book. He got me into serious reflection and thinking.  I don’t mean having the same old thoughts, but real authentic reflection. His own story is interesting and inspiring. He was a young man going through a higher education when he got really sick and eventually lost everything and had to live in a car with ...

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How Positive Are You?

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Is it just me, or do you notice more negativity in the world? It’s on social media, television, and even in conversations around the office and with friends. Do you relate to any of these questions? Do you see people putting down others and their views and enjoy doing it? Do you find it harder to stay positive in a complex world where a lot of old rules and success principles don’t ...

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Just Keep Swimming

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Many years ago, I remember saying to my young son, after he had a bad day, “It really doesn’t matter”. I repeated, “It really doesn’t matter”. As a father I was concerned about how he was affected by disappointment, things going bad as they sometimes will, and how he would handle it in the future. After years in my business of coaching business teams and ...

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What is Engagement Anyway?

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Last week a funny fellow said to me, “Things are so bad, I have no one to blame anymore – I’m running out of excuses.” I laughed but the more I thought about what he said, the more real that thought is to many others. Maybe business people will accept a little of the responsibility, for now they can get on with engaging a team to create a new future. I’ll bet ...

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What Holds you Back From Success?

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What is it that holds people back from: Doing what they want or should do in life? Seeking out new opportunities? Being at their best in difficult situations? Being comfortable with people problems? Standing up, speaking out, especially in groups? Performing at a high level?     Answer: FEAR Fear is more dangerous to your success than any one thing. How do you explain people stopping ...

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How to Improve your Leadership

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How do you attract, build, and retain leaders so that you can compete successfully in the marketplace? How do you invigorate your leadership training and development initiatives? These were a couple of key questions our worldwide organization asked human resource professionals and managers recently, as part of our research project. The following is a small taste of what we uncovered. * ...

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