All posts filed under: Gratitude

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

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

The Power of the Introvert

In a culture where being social and outgoing are prized above all else, it can be difficult, even shameful, to be an introvert. But, as Susan Cain argues in this passionate talk, introverts bring extraordinary talents and abilities to the world and should be encouraged and celebrated. The Power of the Introvert For those of you who manage people or at a minimum collaborate, work and support peers who are introverts, this is a great TED Talk to watch and learn about how you can leverage the power of their creativity and the quiet revolution! Colin

5 Ways To Your Most Productive Day Ever

“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the ax.”  – Abraham Lincoln    My wife was out of town this weekend, so I had the house to myself. I really wanted to get a lot done and have a super productive weekend.   So I thought through the best way to do that.  I started with a good question.   What does success look like this weekend?   I already had some things written down that I wanted to get done. I knew in that list were a few important items.  But how important and was the list complete?   So I created I list.   Then I prioritized it!   I resisted the urge to start working!   I spent an hour on the process. Writing down all the things I wanted to get done.  I prioritized and reprioritized until it was crystal clear and noted why each one was important. I also created an aspirational column at the end of it. This gets all the ideas out of your head. …

The ONE thing to focus on when times get tough

  When you look back on the accomplishments you are most proud of, what were the most challenging moments when you had to find that extra gear in order to overcome?   Here is an example for me.  Night sky Patagonia Argentina – November.  After running four marathons back to back over four days and operating on little sleep and temperatures dropping we had 75 Km ahead of us in one day to complete the race. Sleeping was uncomfortable, it was cold and getting out of your sleeping bag in the middle of the night to water the flowers was not ideal.    Sometimes when you least expect it you find the motivation and opportunity for gratitude – in the middle of the night.    The most incredible stars and night sky over Tronador in the Andes mountain range.    How did I capture this essence going forward?  NOTHING YOU FACE TODAY WILL BE TOUGHER THAN THE PHYSICAL AND MENTAL ANGUISH OF DAY 5 IN PATAGONIA.   NOTHING.   What is your leverage moment you can focus …

Seeing Our Addictions

“We must give up many things to which we are addicted, considered them to be good. Otherwise, courage will vanish, which should continually test itself. Greatness of soul will be lost, which can’t stand out unless it disdains as petty what the mob regards as most desirable. – Seneca, Moral Letters, 74.12b-13   A friend shared this passage from the book the “Daily Stoic” by Ryan Holliday this week and I thought it was appropriate for the time of the season.   A summary of their interpretation of Seneca’s quote.   What that addiction is can vary: Soda? Drugs? Complaining? Gossip? The Internet? Judgement? Sweets? Self Control? But you must reclaim the ability to abstain because within it is your clarity and self-control.   Harmless indulgences can turn into full-blown addictions It can start with coffee in the am and soon you can’t function without it We are hooked on checking email, iPhone, the buzz, and beeps, and can’t sleep It chips away at our freedom Are we in control? Let’s focus on reclaiming our freedom   January is a …