Have Difficult Conversations (like a Real Human Being)

Have Difficult Conversations (like a Real Human Being)

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20 Feb 2018

[Dave] I have struggled my entire life with having difficult conversations. I grew up in a loving and supportive family, but we didn’t have a lot of constructive debates about challenging subjects around the dinner table. People have a remarkable capacity for avoiding discomfort, so when Dad got upset and raised his voice, we all…

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I Taught Him About Scuba, He Taught Me About Life

I Taught Him About Scuba, He Taught Me About Life

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20 Feb 2018

Some friends and I started a scuba diving store when we were in our early twenties. It was a great life, during the day we’d sell equipment in our store and evenings and weekends were occupied by teaching scuba in a local pool and in nearby lakes and rivers. Like many entrepreneurs, initially we were…

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Networking – a new lifestyle!

Networking – a new lifestyle!

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20 Feb 2018

Everyone tells us the best way to find a dream job is to network – but I’ve always found that most folks people dislike the concept of networking. They’re not certain why, but they believe it comes across as insincere or ineffective. The reason is that most folks treat networking like dieting. We use it…

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The Hockey Player Who Taught Me and the Coach a Few Lessons

The Hockey Player Who Taught Me and the Coach a Few Lessons

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20 Feb 2018

To be truly effective, a philosophy should be a simple concept, applicable to many situations and It must be able to be retaught by others. A while back I received a phone call. The high-pitched voice at the other end sounded like a young boy. Now I’ve got a few male friends who like to…

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The Man Who Planted a Tree

The Man Who Planted a Tree

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20 Feb 2018

I once connected on Twitter with April Hawkins, an archivist at the Royal Ontario Museum. I often employ the RHB Code networking strategy and so I asked her about her biggest challenge. Dr. Hawkins responded “It would be transforming interest about ancient/historic objects into ethical curation.” That caught my ear as 3rd gear intention is…

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Iron Out Your Nervousness

Iron Out Your Nervousness

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20 Feb 2018

I am currently training for my 10th Ironman competition this summer (a 3.8 km swim, a 180-km bike and a 42.2 km run.) Whenever I start to fixate on the outcome, I always go back to some great advice from my family doctor before my very first Ironman race in 2003. During my annual medical…

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