October 22, 2020

Quick. Name 3 things that you loved doing when you were 12.Chances are that you haven’t done any of them in a long time. Turns out that most of those things weren’t just random things that happened to fall in your path. When you are young your conscious mind is less cluttered which allows your subconscious mind to better reflect the current moment. So when you woke up in the morning and couldn’t wait to pick up your guitar and play, you did just that. These days not so much. Life gets in the way. Find a way to

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October 19, 2020

I lay on my back in the living room. The dog was laying next to me. We were both tired out after going across the road to get the paper. The dog was 12 years old and his back was seizing up. We had him on pain meds for a couple of years and he was a trooper but the end was nigh. I was in my early 50’s and was starting to think that I might not be far behind.“an estimated 80% of people will seek medical attention for back pain at some point in their lives.”It had

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May 17, 2020

1.   Have a StrategyProactive is the key here. Show your team that there is a future and that you are thinking about it and planning for it. This link will take you to Tom Wright Cascade Strategy where he outlines some critical steps to follow when developing your strategy.2.   CollaborateDon’t try to develop everything on your own. Include as many of your team as possible and this will completely provide payback in the sense that they will own the strategy from the start and feel that it is theirs. Working directly with your team will ensure that they aware

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May 17, 2020

Who in a contracting firm is responsible for making change happen? Is it up to the C.E.O. to instigate improvements and innovation? Is there really only one person per company charged with this task? What about the bright new minds of young managers and apprentices? These are people who view the company through eyes that have not been influenced by years of doing things “the way they’ve always been done.” It is important to bring these fresh ideas and new thoughts forward. The people who are most likely to come up with creative and innovative changes are the people

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May 16, 2020

You can’t manage it if you don’t measure it. Gut feelings and intuition are often cited when leaders are asked to provide insight into their past successes, but that very often boils down to good luck and being in the right place at the right time.When I worked in the roadbuilding industry, if anyone had asked me how many tonnes of hot mix we laid or how many meters of curb the crew poured that day and I didn’t know the answer, it would have been the end of me. You lived and died by matching the actual production

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May 11, 2020

Who is the best at remote working?Companies are made up of diverse groups with various levels of talent and experience. Normally, all of these people also have a range of work habits with the majority working in a group setting. Obviously that has changed. Working remotely is not a simple thing and yet it can be done simply. A lot of it comes down to your company identity and culture. A lot comes down to how your company normally communicates and how your people manage accountability individually and collectively. Are your team used to dealing with issues individually or

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May 9, 2020

Getting ready can mean many things. For some it could be as simple as putting on your shoes and coat and heading to the shop. For others it would involve going through the fridge and the cupboards and making a list. Then checking the bank account, making sure you’ve got the wallet and the shopping bags in the car. And don’t forget your face mask. The difference in results isn’t always that great on any one trip but over time it can grow.They are less stressed and enjoy a genuine feeling of preparedness. The first individual forgets things and has

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May 9, 2020

I tell everyone these days that I plan to live to be 120. The responses I get say a great deal about the person I happen to be speaking with. I usually follow up with the comment “The worst that could happen is that I don’t make it”. Certainly, the likelihood of making it to 120 would be reduced greatly if I wasn’t planning on it. Back to the responses. ‘You’ll never make it.” This misses the point. It has nothing to do with whether I succeed or not. I may well die trying. Literally. “Good luck with that.”

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May 7, 2020

The current reality for a many people is stark. The situation is global. The traditional fixes no longer work. Governments have run out of bullets. Economic policy is exhausted. Entire economic sectors have been rendered nonviable. Standard quarterly economic KPIs such as the unemployment rate, GDP, etc. have all been so skewed as to become meaningless. Credit rating agencies will be now shown to be the sham that they have always been. When such a large part of the population start to miss payments and begin to reach out to renegotiate loan payment terms what weight does a low

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May 6, 2020

I’ve always been a bit of an oddball. Square peg round hole kind of stuff. I’ve always had a few friends and some family that had no choice but to put up with me, but I’ve never really been part of the crowd. Even playing hockey for so many years where I have met so many extraordinary people it has generally been confined to the ice. My college class was quite small and I have some contact with a couple of classmates but again, not so much. I tend to move around quite a bit so I am always

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