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The Pursuit of Happiness

My father is happiest 66 year old alive because 3 times a week he gets to help people in need.

He could be telling me about his life as an entrepreneur, which he was been for well over 30 years. But he chooses to share with me all the interesting people and their stores he comes across while giving out food working for a charity on the side.

He tells me it’s hard work. Picking up food from major donors, unloading trucks, packing and preparing food for those in need. But he knows it’s also purposeful work. And purposeful work is the most fulfilling work.

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Imposter Syndrome

“I have written 11 books but each time I think ‘Uh-oh, they’re going to find out now. I’ve run a game on everybody, and they’re going to find me out.’” – Maya Angelou

If you’ve ever suffered from Imposter Syndrome – a thought pattern when you’re in constant fear of being found out as a ‘fraud’ which makes you doubt yourself or minimize your accomplishments – then I’m happy to tell you that you’re in good company.

There are two traits about people with imposter syndrome that make them great. One, you’re more likely a high performer given an opportunity in a new environment and two, you’re not quick to look back and take victory laps at past accomplishments.

You might see imposter syndrome. Others see humility and hard work. You might think lack of experience. When really it’s the road less travelled that you’ve decided to venture out on.

The inner conflict of imposter syndrome is evidence you’re continually chasing a goal or purpose that’s bigger than yourself. And that’s always a good thing.

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Just Start Your Own Holiday

December 26th is Boxing Day. The day after Christmas when we decide it’s time to do something for ourselves by waiting in line for hours for the door crasher deals we’ve been eyeing.

Like so many other events, COVID-19 lockdown precautions took away our Boxing Day experience forcing the closure of most retail businesses.

Where many other businesses prepared for lost sales, LEGO saw an opportunity to fill the void by officially declaring December 26th as LEGO Build Day – a celebration of creativity, imagination, and togetherness.

If families weren’t out shopping, they could be home doing something together. Like building LEGO sets. More likely ones that were unwrapped on Christmas. Which, we’re probably the sets bought in anticipation for LEGO Build Day in the first place.

The biggest times of crisis can bring out the genius we never knew we had. Whenever you get stuck always remember LEGO actually created their own holiday for the win.

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The Right Way to Build Intrigue

KFC, formally Kentucky Fried Chicken, is planning to release a gaming console.

No, really. This isn’t fake news.

The KFConsole is a real console with real specs. KFC partnered with tech company Cooler Master to deliver gaming power in the form of 240fps on select titles at 4K resolution and 2TB SSD based storage solution with Seagate BarraCuda SSDs.

Oh, and it also has a built in warmer to keep your chicken hot for those late night weekend gaming sessions.

Whether or not the KFConsole will compete with market leaders Microsoft and Sony remains to be seen. For now KFC’s risky investment into the gaming industry has put their brand back on the pop culture radar. A place KFC hasn’t been since the launch of Toonie Tuesday back in the 90’s

All this from the fast food giant who arguably doesn’t currently offer the best fried chicken in the market today. But the idea is too intriguing to not pay attention. And that’s exactly the point.

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Leadership: Creating a Culture of Play

One of the best organizations I’ve worked for was a privately owned company where the owners made it their mission to create an employee first culture.

They would create company sponsored events for each holiday that would include department competitions for prizes, catered bbqs, fun interactive games and more.

But the most memorable events during my time there were the employee field trips. One of the owners (let’s call him Dan) would take about 15 employees from different departments on a full day excursion he called ‘Dan’s Day Out’.

It was a paid day away from the office to have fun doing a number of creative and fun activities around our city. With lunch included! Having a culture of play remained a priority for the owners. That ultimately lead to revenue growth year over year from increased employee productivity.

The world is in a different place when it’s comes to creating and maintaining healthy and effective company cultures, but it’s more in need now than ever before. The dynamic of remote work shouldn’t minimize how leaders engage in a culture of play with their teams.

With work from home mental health issues on the rise, companies will need to work with their managers to keep engagement levels high with employees and be creative when developing remote connection points that trigger feelings of positivity and fun.

Establishing a remote company culture of fun and human interaction isn’t just about separating managers and their team from daily work. It’s an investment in cultivating a happy and healthy work environment that ultimately will have a positive impact on the company’s success.

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Who’s Your Successor?

When you take a bite out of a Snickers chocolate bar do you realize you’re eating a product manufactured by a brand that launched over 100 years ago?

In 1911 Frank C. Mars started selling butter cream candy from his kitchen in Tacoma WA. From there he eventually grew that small start up in to what we know today as Mars Inc. Home of iconic confection brands like Twix, Snickers, M&Ms and of course the Mars bar.

But Frank C. Mars wasn’t there to see the entire journey. Sadly Frank passed away in 1934. But as we can see from the success of the Mars company today his vision didn’t go with him.

To this very day his descendants, the Mars family, oversees the privately owned global organization that employs 80,000 plus associates in over 180 countries.

In the process of building we can’t forget that succession planning may be the only way our dreams and visions actually come to fruition. Not naming a successor will consequently lead to our blueprints being buried with us.

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2021 Metamorphosis

2020 has changed many things.

It’s changed how we shop. How we connect with others. How we do our daily professional work. Even how we practice our faith.

Live concerts have shifted to parking lots with attendees sitting in their cars. Schools have found ways to administer education remotely and continue to make improvements in the area of connecting kids with teachers.

Everything I’ve said above is not surprising and is a result of the Covid-19 restrictions set in place across our countries.

The IOC announcing that breakdancing will be an official Olympic competition in the Paris 2024 summer games is a change we didn’t see coming. But it’s indicative of the way of the world is turning currently.

The point is what we all thought we knew to be true is being challenged. The world as we know it is going through a metamorphosis. Change is taking place with the likely and the unlikely. The expected and unexpected.

The question is, what do we do about? What happens next will continue to shape society going forward. Which means our actions can no longer remain in a vacuum.

The most significant change that will need to take place is within us. 2021 will give us that opportunity.

Happy New Year!

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Follow-Through

In sports following-through is the range of motion from the beginning of a movement all the way to the complete end of the action.

Any slight change or tweak during the motion can disproportionately affect how on target an athlete is.

In an article for GolfDigest.com Tiger Woods briefly explains the follow-through in his swing:

“I like to think that my follow-through determines how high the ball is going to launch. In reality, my follow-through is a result of my angle of attack.”

We get excited about ideas, plans and the initial concepts we draft. But only having the right ‘angle of attack’ in planning our follow-through will determine how far those plans will come to be when all the excitement passes.

Zig Ziglar sums this up nicely:

“It was character that got us out of bed, commitment that moved us into action, and discipline that enabled us to follow through.” – Zig Ziglar

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What’s in Your Playbook?

Maps. Navigational systems. Playbooks.

Getting to our destination requires using one of these tools to make it happen. So what’s in your playbook?

What books do you have listed to read next year that will get you to the next level in your career, or help you expand you business? Or how about books for being a better spouse, parent or friend?

What courses are you planning on taking to learn a new skill or sharpen an old one? Maybe a course on health and wellness?

Do you have a mentor or coach that can help you see the blind spots in your life or push you become a high performer in your life and career?

What tools have you invested in to track your progress? (Note: investing could mean just downloading an app)

You rarely get to your desired destination by chance. Setting up your playbook in advance is the prerequisite for ensuring you get there.

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You Sound Ridiculous

We feel crazy sometimes talking about our big dreams with others. It’s due to our left logical side of the brain always trying to give us a reality check.

So we end up doing the same to others. Good thing Lavar Ball wasn’t listening.

Ball dared to say on a consistent basis that all 3 of his sons would play in the NBA. We called him crazy. Loud. Obnoxious. Overzealous. He just kept saying it would happen.

As of this week Liangelo, the last of the Ball brothers signed an NBA contract making it official.

Our big dreams will never happen until we start talking about it and believe it enough to sound as ridiculous to others the way Lavar Ball sounded.

Turns out he wasn’t as ridiculous as we all once thought.

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