What do technology and grandparents have in common?

servant leadership Mar 09, 2018

Last week I asked several young leaders a simple question: What are the two most essential values you've learned from your grandparents?  

Everyone responded quickly and most people gave more than two values. But as I listened to their answers, a theme emerged.

The values that the young people learned from their grandparents that they cherished the most were based on two things: forming strong connections and showing leadership.

One young person told me that his grandparents attended 43 of the 45 hockey games he played while growing up. By being in the audience, his grandparents connected with him in a way that goes beyond support. They participated in his life and that's what connecting is all about.People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.

Connecting increases your influence in every situation. This is crucial whether you're trying to lead a child or a nation. In his book, “Everyone Communicates and Few Connect”, John Maxwell...

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Spotting Leadership Potential

potential Feb 22, 2018

Leadership is not just about ourselves. It's about spreading the word and bringing new leaders into the mix. But how can you spot leadership potential in others?

As John C. Maxwell says in his book titled, "What Successful People Know About Leadership", the single-most powerful way to achieve success is to find good people and help them grow.

This is true whether you're concerned with non-profit leadership or leadership in the for profit world.

Based on his forty years' of experience, John has learned to recognize leadership potential. As he reminds us in his book, people with leadership potential share seven exceptional characteristics:

  1. Leaders are catalysts: They make things happen. If you notice exceptional results, look for the person behind the effort and chances are good you'll find a leader.
  2. Leaders are influencers: Leadership is influence. It's not just about assigning tasks. Talented leaders inspire others by sharing their vision.
  3. Leaders are relationship builders: Behind...
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The Greatest Asset Anyone Can Have

personalities Feb 16, 2018

Being able to understand people is the greatest asset anyone can have. In their book, "Becoming a Person of Influence", John Maxwell and Jim Dornan remind us that being able to understand others can have a positive impact on more than just your success in business. It can impact every area of your life.

How can we become better at understanding the people in our life?

It starts with communication. Often when we think about communication, we focus on talking. Yet the most powerful aspect of communication is not talking. It's listening. More than anything, most of us yearn to be really heard.

When we feel that the person we're with is really listening, we feel respected. If you listen with care and ask questions to make sure you understand, you will develop a greater understanding of the people in your life. By listening with care you can learn what motivates a person. You can even anticipate how they may react to a situation. You can influence them in a positive way.

Many of the...

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Catching the Moves of a Servant Leader

servant leadership Feb 08, 2018

Picture this. It's early morning and I'm making my way through the airport to catch a flight. The weather is -26 C and that's without the wind chill. I go through security and everything moves along smoothly. As I settle into a seat to wait for boarding, I dig into my purse to check my cell phone. I wouldn't want to miss anything important. I'm sure you know the feeling.

I happen to look out the window for a minute.

The sun is rising bright and clear. We have a truly beautiful northern morning in spite of the cold. Out of the corner of my eye, I catch a movement on the blustery tarmac, drawing my attention to a bundled-up lone figure. It looks like he's dancing, but I can't be sure without getting out of my seat for a closer look. Yes, there goes a leg and an arm and a hip wiggle. I'm really seeing this.

Like a child at play, I start to giggle right there in the airport during the hushed early morning hours. People notice. I've piqued their interest.

Soon I'm not alone at the window...

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Talent Is Cheaper Than Table Salt

potential Jan 26, 2018

“Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.”  - Author, Stephen King

Many years ago, a person that I know said something about talent that has stuck in my mind. He said that all of us have been created with equal ability to become unequal.

The truth is, we are not all created with the same level of talent. Some of us have a sharper ear for music. Some of can add columns of numbers in our heads. As individuals, we all have unique abilities. But there’s one thing we all have in equal measure. We all have the ability to use, or not use, the talents we’ve been given.

There’s an old story about a wealthy ranch owner and talents. Although talents in this story actually represent an ancient unit of money, the story works equally well if we use the modern meaning of the word. 

As the story goes, the wealthy ranch owner was preparing for a business trip. He knew he’d be...

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Pursuing the Greatness Within

potential Jan 19, 2018

Many of us take the start of a new year as an opportunity to consider where we've been, where we are, and where we'd like to go. We think of success as a destination. But what if it's less about a place than a person? What if success is about something we already have--our own inner potential?

I like to call this pursuing the greatness within. By greatness I don't mean awards on the wall, things that other people give to us, although those are meaningful in a different way. In this blog, I'm referring to what happens when we place the onus on ourselves.

The pursuit of greatness is not a matter of destiny. It's a matter of choice. Each of us decides whether we'll work to discover and share our unique greatness. Pursuing greatness leads to living a life of significance. As Henry David Thoreau said, “One is not born into the world to do everything, but to do something.”

Many of us are still working to discover, develop and share what that something is. Some of us may not...

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Do you like what you’re doing right now?

potential Jan 04, 2018

Do you like what you’re doing right now? Is this your passion? If not, why are you doing it?

In order to find our purpose and passion in life, we must become aware of who we are. Finding our passion helps us reach our potential.

It starts with knowing yourself. This includes your strengths and blind spots, your interests and opportunities. You must be able to gauge not only where you have been, but where you are going. Otherwise, you are liable to get lost.

John Maxwell tells us, “You have to know who you are to grow to your potential. But you have to grow in order to know who you are.” To grow, he suggests we focus on what is REAL: relationships, equipping, attitude and leadership.

His passion and self-awareness helped John Maxwell become an internationally recognized expert in leadership development. Fortune 500 companies, international government leaders and many other organizations rely on John Maxwell for inspiration and advice.

Living your passion gives you...

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Wishing You Success In 2018!

awareness Dec 30, 2017


Happy New Year 2018!


With a new beginning and fresh start,
Full of inspiration and positive thoughts,
Let's begin this year with an optimistic thought.

Gone are the days of regret and guilt,
Those rooms full of darkness.
It's time to move with courage,
Full of confidence and hope.
Let's begin this year with an optimistic thought.


Published by Somya

  At familyfriendpoems.com


All the best in 2018

Your friends,


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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

truth Dec 21, 2017


Snowball Poem
  by Shel Silverstein
Fun Poem


I made myself a snowball,
As perfect as could be,
I thought I’d keep it as a pet,
And let it sleep with me.

I made it some pajamas,
And a pillow for its head,
Then last night it ran away,
But first - it wet the bed!


All the best in 2018!

Your friends,


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If you don't learn from your mistakes, why make them?

mistakes Dec 14, 2017

No one likes to make a mistake. I know I certainly don’t. But it happens to all of us. Some mistakes are the result of a poor choice.

Other mistakes are just dumb. They happen during a temporary lapse of attention, and afterwards we can see how easily they might have been avoided.

A few years ago in the early weeks of December, I made a dumb mistake. For a moment, I did not pay attention. As a result, a person I value might have felt uncomfortable and just as he was starting a new role.

Lucky for me, the person in question has a great sense of humour.

It was my job to organize a gathering of board members from across Western Canada. We began with a networking dinner, which was to be followed by meetings the next day.

I selected an appropriate restaurant and arranged for the menu in advance.

People arrived in cabs I'd organized. The networking was great, the dinner was delicious, and the atmosphere was fun.

Everyone thanked me as we were heading out the door. I hailed some cabs...

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