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Frozen By Fear: The Bystander Effect

Take a second and think about the greatest threats facing the world today. If you watch the news, you probably have some ideas. Pictures of war and environmental devastation overwhelm the television while the economy and climate change dominate the headlines. But,...

Feng Shui: A Methodical Approach To Happiness

In less than 200 years, our society has evolved from agricultural, to industrialized, to today’s knowledge-driven civilization. The Internet makes information about anything available to everyone and yet we know less about ourselves than ever before. The new world...

Innate Audacity and Entrepreneurship

Audacity – which the Free Online Dictionary defines as “bold insolent heedlessness of restraints, as of those imposed by prudence, propriety, or convention” – is something that many people associate with entrepreneurship. In popular perceptions, at least,...

Life Lessons

“Bad days have a scientific value. They are occasions a good learner would not miss.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson Frustrated.   Irritated.  Annoyed. Sometimes I feel this way when I’m in a hurry and I’m stuck in traffic. Have you ever felt like it? Have you ever felt this...

Jumping On The Social Media Bandwagon

A misunderstanding appears to have arisen among many businesses – that social media is a technology best left to adolescents to update (Facebook), text (smartphones) or tweet (Twitter) their friends about what TV show is being watched or who should win a Grammy. In...

Teamwork: Less Me, More We

I love hockey. I mean, I r-e-a-l-l-y love hockey. I love hockey more than snow days, summer, or even Halloween candy! I love hockey so much that I wanted to play after my brother’s funeral because I knew it would make me feel happy. I wanted to score a goal for him. I...

8 Keys to Becoming A Top Producer

Ever since I was 16, I've been directly responsible for my own income based on commission sales and my entrepreneurial endeavors. The limit of what I could earn was directly related to how hard I worked. And I found that what mattered most was production. Being a top...

Canadian Values: A Silent Revolution

Is there such a thing as “Canadian values”? According to Professor Emeritus Geerte Hofstede, of Maastricht University, the answer is “yes”. Hofstede’s study measures and compares how values in the workplace are influenced by culture. His landmark study revealed that,...

Success Comes By Doing What You Love

I had a Perfect Moment today. It wasn’t a standing ovation in front of a thousand people. It wasn’t a phone call from a publisher sharing some good news. It wasn’t a Fortune 500 company calling to book a leadership presentation or coaching engagement for their team....

Would Your Business Pass The Passion Test?

Not enough passion in your organization? It’s costing you. Gallup estimated that the 22 million workers who consider themselves either actively disengaged or extremely negative in their workplace costs North American organizations $300 billion dollars a year in lost...

Protecting Your Passion

I received an email a couple of weeks ago containing the generous invitation to write an article about passion and its association with success. Passion is an element in my personal and professional success, so I was keen to explore this topic. I began by asking other...

Forgiveness: A Gift You Give Yourself

In the early 1980s, I was working in the Boston area as a psychotherapist and conducting stress management seminars in corporate settings, health care, and for the U.S. Army. Time and again, I found that the most stressed out people I encountered, that is, the most...