“It’s funny when you think of how one seemingly not that important a decision can affect someone else’s life."Read More
Our company had enjoyed a consistent stream of revenue from a long standing customer for over 20 years. While we were not a single sourced supplier, we were a preferred one, being highly trusted and favoured. I was reminded of that special relationship when I assumed the role of President. To the shareholders and management, the margins we collected on the products we sold to this one specific customer provided significant bonuses and dividends, increasing our company’s and individual standard of living considerably.Read More
The story is told of a group of 12 members of a support group who were all suffering from the same life-threatening health issue. Conventional treatments were failing, so they decided to follow the advice of a friend to visit a doctor who used unconventional methods to heal incurable diseases. To their surprise, the doctor’s unusual treatment was successful. After travelling some distance, two of the groups’ members realized they had not thanked the doctor for his help and for saving their lives. The two decided to travel back and see the doctor who upon their arrival was not only shocked, but also thrilled because these two were humble and honest enough to say “thank you.”Read More
The time arrived for me to lead a workshop on “Building a High Performance Organization,” the second element of my agreed upon participation in the American Society for Training & Development – Middle East North Africa Conference. I was well prepared, quite anxious to start and confident my audience would be engaged. However, a few minor preparations were required before I could begin. The AV team had to attach the lapel microphone. I had to switch from the previous presenter’s computer to my own and test the visuals.Read More
"Who do you say that I am?" If you or I were to ask that question to our friends, family and professional colleagues, how would they answer?
I find interesting the various approaches used to answer that seemingly simple question. How do you take a 37-year professional career and summarize it in a one-page biography? Or record it properly on LinkedIn? Or provide the relevant details in a CV or résumé? Or communicate history to impress the listener in a 60-minute interview?Read More
In a few weeks 2013 will come to a close and a new year will begin. We are always encouraged to set new goals. But what about taking some time to reflect back on the past year. Did I finish stronger than when I started?
To help answer that question, there are four aspects of finishing strong we can examine.Read More
There are a number of various cultural, religious and secular celebrations at this time of the year. Some of these include:
National American Indian Heritage Month – November
All Saints' Day (Christian, Roman Catholic) – November 2
Dia de los Muertos "Day of the Dead" (Mexico, Latin America) – October 31-November 2
All Souls' Day (Roman Catholic) – November 2
Birthday of Baha'u'llah (Baha'i) – November 12
Diwali (Buddhist, Hindu) – November 3
Hijri New Year – November 4-5
Day of Ashura (Islamic, Muslim) – November 10
For most babies, the first two words out of their mouths are “Mama, Dada.” I believe for me it was “I forgot.”
Merv, did you pick up your toys? I forgot. Merv, did you brush your teeth? I forgot. Did you make your bed? I forgot. Merv, did you have your parents sign your grade report? I forgot.
As I got older, matters didn’t improve. Merv, did you call your mother? I forgot. Merv, did you pick up the laundry? I forgot. Did you put out the garbage? I forgot. Did you buy milk? I forgot. Did you sign those cheques? I forgot. Do you know what day it is today? It’s our anniversary. Oops . . . I forgot.Read More
At 38 years of age, Sheik Mohammed was the Chief Operating Officer of a family-owned company with 100,000 employees and more than $30 billion in assets. Yet, with his immeasurable wealth, significant business influence and political favour, his approach to life and leadership caught me by surprise.Read More
Most of us have heard the phrase, “The pen is mightier than the sword”. These words were never spoken more effectively than by 16-year-old Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager shot by the Taliban for promoting education for girls. In her first public speech since the attack, speaking to world leaders, she demanded that all countries provide free but compulsory schooling for every child.Read More