Unleashing the Power

Unleash Your Power Unleashing the PowerMy wife and I were recently in England at the time the Paralympics were being held. The athletes were people with obvious physical impairments, but who chose to exercise other gifts they had been given, and achieve world recognition. It was really inspiring to see a girl with no arms win the 100 metre backstroke in world record time; or a girl suffering from a form of dwarfism win two gold medals, a silver medal and a bronze medal. These people all had decided to focus on the gifts they had been given – rather than succumb to their obvious handicaps.

There are other examples of leadership in action from the non-athletic field. Dr. Stephen Hawking is probably one of the best known examples.He is a man who cannot speak except with the aid of a mechanical device, can’t get out of his wheel chair, except with the aid of a helper, yet is one of the most respected scientists of our time. Against incredible odds this man is fulfilling his destiny, and is just one example of many who are proving that the power is within you, when you choose to exercise the gifts that have been given to you.One of his many quotes is, “I notice that even people who claim that everything is predestined, and that we can do nothing to change it, look before they cross the road.”
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Procrastination – There Is Always Tomorrow

If you were asked to choose one word to describe disorganization, not getting the work done, lack of achievement, or lack of self-fulfillment – that word would have to be “Procrastination”!

Procrastination Procrastination – There Is Always TomorrowThe problem is that we put things off, and they never get done. Or when we finally get around to doing them, we are under so much pressure, that quality simply flies out the window! I believe that all of us procrastinate occasionally. For example, when we decide to check our emails, rather than do that report that is due tomorrow; or when we avoid playing with our children, or making time for our wives or husbands, because of something we perceive to be more urgent?

Procrastination is part of human nature! But when it becomes a habit,or a consistent pattern in the way we act, it can have disastrous consequences. Tasks take on urgency they do not merit and you spend more time – not less – on them; rather than the higher priority tasks that will take the most thought, concentration and energy, and pay the biggest dividends.

Probably the main reason for procrastination is fear of failure. We want to succeed and we are afraid that we won’t do the task right – so we simply postpone it, leading to a rushed job, and increased risk of reduced quality because of time pressures.
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The Power of Vision- the 2012 Olympics

olympic torch The Power of Vision  the 2012 OlympicsWe have all come into this world with gifts, or abilities, which we can use or not use as we see fit. Those who succeed will establish a vision, and a plan for achieving that vision, which they then will faithfully execute. The recently completed 2012 Olympics provide plenty of examples of people who have done just that -established a vision and pursued that vision relentlessly. They may not all succeed in claiming a medal, but they all will achieve success by simply being there, and competing with the world’s best.

During these Olympics there were many outstanding examples of individuals, and teams, who pursued their vision, and succeeded, whether or not a medal was achieved. They were Olympians, and their success was in competing with the world’s best. Of course each wanted to win, as a culmination to their vision of competing. But doing their best was what counted most! As someone once said, “The honor is in competing. The joy is in winning!”
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Am I Too Old?

(Note: This post was written by my wife and business partner, Doreen.)

Am I Too Old Am I Too Old?    Recently I heard a minister speaking about his reaction to his retirement. He questioned himself, “Am I really retired?” He then asked, “At this time of life- am I too old?”

Do you find yourself saying “I am too old?” Is age your excuse for not doing things?

Edward Smith, motivational speaker, and author wrote,

“Don’t use “I am too old” for an excuse. People that were “too old” have accomplished many of the greatest achievements in the world. If you say you are “too old”, you are giving up growing and living, and it is just one more excuse for not doing something. Usually being at the point where you are “too old” means you have an incredible base of knowledge and experience and at the very least you have discovered the many ways NOT to do something. It would be a real waste not to use this for you and share it with others. You are never “too old” to be your best.”

Look at:

  • Frank Stronach, the 79 year old Austrian-Canadian businessman. As the founder of Magna International in Aurora, Ontario, and Magna Entertainment Corp., he is still receiving many accolades for his contributions to technological education, technical skills training and entrepreneurship.
  • Betty White, the 90 year old American actress, comedian and former game show host, was recently a guest host for TV’s Saturday Night Live. Now, 6,000 fans on Facebook have put forward the idea of her being the next host for the Academy Awards.
  • Bob Crossley, author, painter, and a 93 year old friend of mine (now deceased), still skied each year in Switzerland into his 90’s, because he believed he was able, physically, mentally and emotionally.  His style and technique might not be as great as in earlier years, but that did not stop him.

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Getting Your Dream Job: The Three Keys

Last week we talked about Hiring Winning Talent. This week I would like to focus on the object of that exercise – the applicant!

Find a Job Getting Your Dream Job: The Three Keys Any organization wants to hire the person with the best skills, knowledge and personality, that will mesh with their goals and objectives. The applicant, on the other hand, wants an organization in which he/she can develop their skills and knowledge and reach his/her peak potential. They want to succeed, and they are looking for a position that will help them realize their potential.

In planning your approach to any job search, there are three key areas, to consider:

  • The research: This is yourpreparation. What do you have to offer the organization, and what can the organization offer you in terms of your life’s goals.
  • The interview: presenting yourself in the most favorable light.
  • The post interview: following up on the interview.

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NorQuest Weekly Round-up 3/30

bills blog 3 30 228x300 NorQuest Weekly Round up 3/30Our weekly round-up of the best articles and blogs for leaders.

Forbes: 6 Keys to Becoming a Trusted Leader

Forbes writer Henry Browing outlines specific steps you can take to earn a personal reputation for being a trusted, accountable leader.

Forbes: Are You Using the Most Powerful Leadership Skill? 

What is the best asset a leader can? Listening intently is the top skill, according to this author.

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Five Keys to Building Stronger Relationships

Building Relationships Networking Five Keys to Building Stronger Relationships When groups of people gather together, there is often dissension. Even in couples or small groups, simply getting along is often a problem.  And that problem is one that must be addressed if we wish to be effective in relating positively to one another. Super relationshipsare built on a super-strong foundation.  And that takes effort!

To build strong relationships requires five key concepts, which are embodied in the acronym – R.A.I.S.E.

  • R stands for reliability: I do what I say I will do.
    Reliability is probably the most obvious attribute in building a relationship. People, teams, and organizations are continually being assessed on their reliability. Do they do what they say they will do? Can you count on them to keep agreements or commitments? Do they achieve the standards they claim to, or that you expect? Is it a “most of the time” effort, or an “all the time” effort? An ‘all the time” effort is essential!

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