I had a  healthy discussion today with a high school student about the cost and benefit of going on to post-secondary education after high school.  His perspective was that if he could get a job on a construction site without a post-secondary education he would be better off.  He explained that he would be paid well and save himself the cost of tuition and books.   As a result, financial freedom would be in his grasp long before most others his age, graduated from college or university.  Not-to-mention he would not

If you recall from a couple posts ago, How Mice and Zorro Led to Smaller Goals for my “Side Hustle” I’ve set some “mouse” goals for myself.  These are small goals that I aspire to give approximately 10 minutes to  each day.  I’m not at 100% achievement everyday but I’ve certainly made gains.  One of my goals was to read 10 pages of a personal development book each day. Because of this goal, I completed the book The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor.  I started the book over a year ago.  I never

With the weather showing signs that spring is here to stay, I’ve spent much of my day cleaning and taking care of clutter.  I am always amazed at how much more energy I have for this kind of work when the sun is out.  It’s not my favourite thing to do but it’s a good feeling when things are in their place.  For many other reasons, cleaning, tidying, purging and organizing is important.  Here are a few: Therapeutic Cleaning brings a sense of order to a space and to the mind.  This

A few weeks ago, I wrote a post about how failure is necessary to move forward in life.  At the present time, I feel like a bit of a failure.  I’m still in the process of building so I really shouldn’t call it that but I haven’t found the success I’ve set for myself.  I’m talking about the “side hustle” I officially communicated to the public in July of 2015; VNC Image & Leadership.  I’ve had many individuals connect with me to say things like “I love what you’re doing”, “there

Do you know yourself? Great leaders know who they are. They know their strengths, weaknesses, preferences and capabilities.  If I asked a leader what his/her greatest accomplishment was, he/she would be able to answer me right away.  This is because s/he spent time considering things like this about himself/herself.  It could be because s/he practices intraspection (the act of self-examination or reflection according to FreeFactFinder.com).  Perhaps she/he takes self-assessments or questionnaires regularly.  It may even be because he/she makes a habit of asking others for input on things that are noticed about

My cat, Kipsy, has my respect. In fact, most cats have my respect. We can learn a lot from the feline world to help us become better leaders. Here are some of the leadership skills I learned from my cat: 1.Clear boundaries There are certain times I can interact with my cat and times when I can’t. These moments are completely determined by her.  If she is receptive to cuddles or petting, she purrs and rubs her face against my ankles to signify it is okay to touch her.  If it is

Today, I found myself talking with a 34-year-old man who was looking for career direction.  He explained that he saw himself going to college despite not having his high school diploma.  We discussed interests and pre-requisites he already had.  After some discussion, we came to an understanding that it was fear that kept him from taking steps towards his goals.  He shared: “What if I get into the program and it’s not what I want?  What if I waste my money?  What if I’m not successful?  What if I can’t do it

A close friend of mine is a flight attendant.  She was asked for some interview tips from a young person who was about to attend her interview for the same airline.  As I was going over her response text, I thought the ideas she was sharing would be great for anyone embarking on a job interview.  Her text went as follows: This industry is very competitive.  Look the part.  Wear a professional outfit.  No jeans or low-cut tops.  If you have long hair, wear it up and out of your face.  Your make up should

VNC is offering another set of leadership workshops in February.  This series is offered at the beautiful Chateau la Motte on Vansittart Ave. in Woodstock, ON.  I had the privilege of meeting with the Guest House’s owner, Alida Joubert before Christmas and she gave me a tour of the magnificent facility.  Facilitating leadership in such a breath-taking setting is very exciting! I am also thrilled to announce that I will be appearing on the Lainger & Shelby show Monday morning (January 16) to discuss my workshops and offerings.  Make sure you tune

  Imagine there was no such thing as failure.  Would that be a world you would want to live in?  The fear of failure can be overwhelming for many.  Some will limit their goals because of their expectation of it.  They go through life making safe choices to avoid it at all costs. Isn’t that failure in itself?  Have you ever attempted to answer the question “what would you attempt if you knew you could not fail?”.  If not, it is a great exercise to make you think about your potential.  It removes the barrier of failure

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