Category Archives: Inspiration

Your Brain Craves Vacation Time

Spring is here, and summer is around the corner. During these longer days of light and warmer seasons, it is a pleasure to take time away from the office and unwind.

You’ve been working hard, so now is a good time to recharge your batteries. Get out in the fresh air, enjoy some recreation, read a few books, get together with some friends, and just relax in general. Your brain needs the rest. Because, science. 😎

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GrapeJuice Wine Auction & Tasting. Our 10th Anniversary!

We’re excited to announce the 10th anniversary of GrapeJuice , the wine auction & tasting benefiting Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland. Aston Martin Vancouver & Bentley Vancouver is the exclusive venue sponsor for this year’s event taking place on Wednesday, April 26th.GJ--logo
Since its inception, GrapeJuice has raised over $608,000 in support of Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland’s (BCLM) mentoring programs!

Founding sponsors McNeill Nakamoto Recruitment Group and MLA Canada invite you to GrapeJuice. Exclusively presented by Capital Direct, guests will enjoy a fun-filled evening and magnificent wines while supporting a great cause.

If you are a wine connoisseur or simply enjoy wine and a great social event, then this event will certainly appeal to you! GrapeJuice has been known to sell out.  Purchase tickets here. For information on how to donate wine or contribute to Grape Juice contact Jessica Rozitis.

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How to Choose Your Career

What do want to be when you grow up?

We’ve all been asked this question. And throughout our lives, the answer can change as our skills refine and our interests shift.

I am the parent of a pre-teen and a teenager. They have many questions about their future, and are figuring out their interests along the way. They both know that they want a career that interests them, and will sustain them.  I look forward to showing them this infographic below, as many of the points are ones that come up in our thoughtful and thought-provoking conversations about choosing a career.

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source: Jobacle

Be Fearlessly Authentic

Originally posted on Practical Practice Management

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If you are a manager, team leader or business owner there is one facet of your character that must stand out to those you lead and that is “authenticity.”

Your people want to know who you really are.  Many times when a person is put into a position of “leadership” they feel they must act the part (whatever that means to them).  It’s not long before their people realize that they are not being authentic and this is where problems will begin.

In the book The Go-Giver The authors teach the “Law of Authenticity.” The following is an excerpt from the chapter.

“As long as you’re trying to be someone else, or putting on some act or behavior someone else taught you, you have no possibility of truly reaching people. The most valuable thing you have to give people is yourself.”

Here are a couple of tips to practice in being authentic.

  • Realize no one is perfect, be yourself.
  • Be present when you are with others.
  • State your values and then live them out loud. “Walk the talk.”
  • Be aware when you are not being authentic and change it quickly.

Being authentic is one of the greatest gifts you can give to yourself and to those with whom you encounter, live and work with.

“I know of nothing more valuable, when it comes to the all-important virtue of authenticity, than simply being who you are.”-Charles R. Swindoll

Get Ready for the Week Ahead

Every Monday gives us a chance for a fresh start.

 

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Rise and Shine!

“So sit up, put your feet on the floor, and don’t look back because we’ve got work to do.”

Find your Greatness.

– Nike

The Only 3 Productivity Tips You Need

Are you really being as productive as you possibly can?

video: Fast Company

3 stretches for better posture

Are you sitting at your desk all day?  Check out this quick video below which shares tips about stretches we can do for better posture, plus how often we should stand up from our desk. Walking around the office would help too. You know what they say, “Sitting is the new smoking”.

Bring Your Passion To Work

Originally posted on Practical Practice Management

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We have all heard the saying “If you love what you do you will never work another day in your life.”  That may be true, but how many people can do what they love every day and make a living at it?  Probably very few.  Even though I would like to pursue my passion full time I cannot get upset that it is not possible at this point.

There is a way that you can make your everyday job one that you enjoy, possibly even love and can cultivate the passion for it at the same time.  It that possible?  It is, by finding the simple daily ways to ignite your passion while doing what you need to do to earn your paycheck.

Let me give you an example of what I am talking about.  In the town where I live, there is a physician who loves to act and sing.  He is part of the city theatrical players, and opera is his passion. Throughout the day, during his visits with patients he will break out in a song in the treatment room or as he is walking down the hallway.  He is known as the “singing doctor.”

It seems he has successfully combined his “passions.”  He is a physician, participates in community theatre, and sings.  Not need to choose on passion over the other.

Is there a way that you can bring more of your passion into your day job to make you happier?  Not only would you be happier, but it would bring new life into your job and you would probably be a more successful employee.

Timing is Everything

When dissecting what makes a company successful, Bill Gross, founder of Idealab discovered what factors accounted for success and failures of many startup companies.

Factoring in a company’s business model, funding, timing, team/execution, and idea, Bill states in this TED Talk video below that “execution matters a lot, but timing might matter even more.”