Author: Colin Nanka

Change = Opportunity

“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change.” – Leon Megginson A quote often attributed to Charles Darwin. Upon further reading, it seems like a business professor Leon Megginson at Louisiana State University delivered this in a speech in 1963.  Who knew?   My experience in 20+ years in the workforce this is true. Those most willing to mold and adapt as change comes upon them and see opportunity rather than obstacles and anxiety will accelerate their own growth and career. Colin

10 Things That Bring You Joy

An old classic from 2010 Many of us do not take time to appreciate what brings joy into our life. We are consumed making a living, paying the bills, taking care of kids/family, obligations, and keeping our head above water.  Have you ever thought, if you could take an unplanned day, what you would do?  There are many successful entrepreneurs/executives and executive coaches that believe the time to rejuvenate the spirit is absolutely essential to their success. Some take personal time every 2nd week, take a 5-day extended weekend every month or take an adventure/relaxation trip once per quarter. Many of us in corporate land may find a challenge in those scenarios, however, there are creative ways it can be done. Think about it for a few minutes, what is it that brings you joy? Take out a pen and write down ten things that bring you joy (or for those of you reading on the blackberry/iPhone, create a task and type it in).  Some will come from times in the past when you were …

Are you “Trust”-Worthy?

We had a leader visit us many years ago in our Toronto office and he made the observation that Canadians use the colloquial words “truly, honestly and quite honestly” often! “If what you say is true or you are honest, you don’t need to say the words! When you say “truly” it makes me think, you are not being truthful on a regular basis!” Once it was pointed out, I started noticing it everywhere…and made sure I took it out of my vocabulary. Trust is the foundation of everything we do. The language you use is critical to expressing how you feel. Colin

Do you know where you are going?

I’ve talked to a few people lately who have been struggling with their goals for 2018. Whether it’s simmering in the afterglow of a job well done or struggling to set the bar as high as you set it in 2017, there is only one way to go. Enter, walk through the door to the new year, dig in and get started.   What does success look like for you in 2018?   Colin 

8 Ways to Nourish The Body In 2018

One of the questions I get often is about healthy eating, vitamins, and supplements. The first thing I recommend when trying to improve a goal or habit….talk to a professional, or a coach! When I was trying to take on a new habit below, a skill or knowledge, this is the approach that worked (after trying many different methods first!): Healthy Eating – I took on a Nutritionist and a Holistic Naturopath Focus on Energy Level – Holistic Naturopath Running Programs – Running Coach Strength Training – Trainer Rehab Programs – Athletic Therapist Flexibility and Balance – Yoga Class or 1:1 Yoga Session The point is, a coach or professional provides both education, inspiration, and accountability. We often lose sight of the last piece. It’s crucial. So here are the recommendations I have been using for the last five years from my Naturopath and Nutritionist for a healthy and active late 30’s to early 40’s individual that have made a significant difference in my health and well being. Caveat – These work for me, please …

Three Reasons Why You Should Be A Caretaker of Others Careers

I remember many years ago talking to an employee who left our company. He hadn’t had a great experience with a previous manager. It just so happened in the new company he had gone to, which he was really enjoying, they were expanding, adding a new team and looking for a new manager. He was thriving in this new company and role and had found a great fit. His VP came over to talk to him about the manager vacancy to get his opinion. He had an application for the job from someone he was connected to on linked in. You guessed it, his old boss! He was professional about his thoughts on his attributes but had to let him know it was one of the reasons he had left his previous role. That was enough for the VP, not interested. As many senior leaders and mentors have shared with me, career progression is messy and you never know when people earlier in your career or junior to you will have an impact on your …

Finding Joy and Meaning in Everything You Do

Image by Getty Images After watching Roger Federer win his 20th Grand Slam title in Australia at the age of 36 this past weekend you have to wonder what keeps him going!? Perhaps his ability to find joy and meaning in almost every aspect of his job. “I enjoy practice,” Federer said, when asked how he maintains his motivation at this stage of his career. “Not minding the travel. Having a great team around me, they make it possible. At the end it’s seeing that my parents are incredibly proud and happy that I’m still doing it. They enjoy coming to tournaments. That makes me happy and play better.” At the end of the day, Federer is just a guy who loves his job, and happens to be better at it than just about anybody is at anything. When you can find the joy in every aspect of your job, you will never work a day in your life. Colin

It’s the Courage to Continue That Counts

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston Churchill   As we turn the corner of a new year at Salesforce, many are upon a momentous finish. Whether you achieved every goal set or it was a year of highs and lows, every experience is valuable in setting up the next breakthrough.   How can you personally finish with no regrets? Colin