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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

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

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

When you see someone you know approaching, do you say “hello” first?  Or do you wait for him/her to initiate the salutation?  If you walk into a busy store and spot someone you knew in high school, do you pretend not to see them? Or do you act surprised when they greet you?  If you said yes to either of these statements then I challenge you to consider breaking out of that comfort zone.  Start saying “hello” first. Here’s why: Confidence Even if you do not feel confident, being the first to say

Comparing my young life to that of my 11 year-old son, Ethan’s,  I am struck by the parallelisms between the two.  After finishing grade 3, my family had moved.  Permanently changing schools gave me the fear and the excitement of leaving behind the familiar and journeying into the unknown at such a young age. Likewise, at the end of Ethan’s grade 3 year, we moved.  He too, had to adapt to life in a new school. When I changed schools, I went to a school that was so new, it was only

Life, Lessons, Leadership I keep a journal (several actually) where I record thoughts, ideas, memories and dreams. On one page, I jot down lessons that have been key to keeping me centred and grounded. Here are three lessons that I want to pass on to future generations of leaders: Keep your chin up I don’t mean this in the proverbial way of getting through tough times (although that is great advice too). I mean it literally. When walking or sitting, look up. Show people your eyes, look at the world,

When I am researching for articles, posts or material for VNC Image & Etiquette, I have many words that I will use in my search that are related.  I’ve included them here.  Let me know of words that you might think of and include them in the comments below. Etiquette Manners Image Wardrobe Style Fashion Look Leadership Career Success Civility Kindness Courtesy Mentorship Career Politeness Positivity Optimistic Friendliness Thoughtfulness Respect Self-esteem Confidence Congeniality Social Grace Charm Protocol Butler Poise Elegance Class

  I’ve been working for many (many, many) years towards getting a business off the ground. The vision began with a joke between a friend of mine and myself. We were both career counsellors at an employment agency and were commenting on the need for some of our clients to understand the importance of their attitude, wardrobe, manners and behaviour choices. We thought it would be funny to have our own etiquette business to teach these necessary but absent skills. After some time and several clients later, I began to

Some people just stand out. At the grocery store, maybe it’s that one cashier that you always go to, or the guy in the suit standing next to you in line at the bank machine. For whatever reason, some people just “catch our eye”. What is about them? Are you one of those people? Not sure? Here are some things to consider if you want to “get noticed”: 1. Posture – Memorable people walk, stand and sit with their heads up and shoulders back. They are looking forward and don’t

When I was first making the transition  from high school to university (many years ago now), I signed up for a summer “warm-up” program to help ease the anxiety of moving to the next stage in my life.  One of the workshops I attended was an overview of what to expect in a university class versus a high school class.  There were some valuable tips I picked up in the seminar that helped me survive as a student and I wonder what would have happened if I didn’t take it.

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