Singularity U in Canada is something to celebrate

On October 11, 2017, Singularity University kicked off its Canadian movement with the inaugural SingularityU Canada Summit. What I'm most encouraged by is that more and more people are having the opportunity to attend Singularity University events. As I was listening to stories of people who attended in Toronto or via the webcast, I was reminded of the day I spent at Singularity in April this year and how fortunate I was to have that experience. I took a lot from that day including the concepts of abundance instead of scarcity, carrying a growth mindset, and embracing exponential thinking. I re-read my notes and a number of things stand out that I think are worth sharing: People Firmly establish your purpose in the minds and imaginations of people Crowdsource ideas…
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The result in front of us

One of my leaders shared what a former leader of his told him: if you’re happy with the result in front of you, then it must be the one you’re willing to accept. This statement cuts right through all the bluster and BS we tell ourselves as to why something didn’t land or turn out. You know the truth when you look in the mirror and ask, in your heart of hearts, if this is your best. Those who are always striving for better will know it’s time to head back to work; the rest will shrug and move on. I read the article, Mediocrity Is A Virus, by Benjamin P. Hardy and it reminded me of how easy it can be to shrug and move on. Take these statements from the…
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What’s one day?

At one point or another, someone (a person, a team, or an organization) has done something that's diminished the trust you have in them. I'll use an example of funding a mortgage where, from the outside, it seems straightforward: transfer money from the financial institution's account to the lawyer's account on this day and time so the customer can take the first step into their new home. Ask around and, no matter who a person banks with, these organizations have missed on hitting the date. Another example is you've ordered something and been promised delivery the day before you're leaving on vacation. In the Amazon Age, this has become an expectation of online retailers. But the delivery day comes and goes and you have to set off without that item…
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Greatness cannot be undone by one person

My heart and prayers go to the families affected by the events of last night in Edmonton. As more of the story unfolds and I read comments and reactions, I’m reminded how great our city is and know this cannot be undone by any one person. Life continues and our communities thrive because we refuse to succumb to fear and hatred. We will always be stronger together.
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Power of Traditional Chinese Medicine

Since the fall of 2016 I've been dealing with an extreme and worsening case of eczema/dermatitis on my legs. In April 2017 I was desperate for anything to stop the red, itchy, scaly inflammation. My friend recommended I see Jian (Joseph) Wang at Vital TCM Acupuncture Acupressure Herbal Inc. because he'd done wonders for her daughter's eczema. Thank goodness I found him. In 8 weeks, my skin has completely turned around and is nearly back to where it was last summer. The combination of acupuncture and Chinese therapeutic massage has restored my skin and given me more energy; I feel better, I sleep better, and I'm more centred day-to-day. When we first met, Joseph said to me, "Your body may be physically strong but there is weakness. We can fix…
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Do more by narrowing your focus

A meeting once a week (with no end in sight) to make improvements will result in two things: 1. No timely progress. 2. Frustration and annoyance by people who are in the habit of getting shit done. Instead of having 20 things on the go at the same time - each with their one hour weekly meeting - let's focus on 2 or 3 in a month and drive them out to release or completion. Then onto the next iteration or the next thing. Clear your calendar for a day or a week, get in a room, and get it done. We can't afford to wait for a year to go by and see the first (and only?) iteration of 20 things finish at about the same time. Better to…
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Declaring “work” dead

It's time to list out everything we've got on our plates and declare a bunch of "work" dead. A possible litmus test: the project or initiative has stalled, doesn't deliver on our strategy, fails to create value for customers, or does little to enhance the team member experience. If any (or heaven forbid all of those) criteria are met, declare it dead and over. Tell the sponsor or person who asked you to do the work that it's dead. If they want to start it back up in the future and brings resources, great. Until then, there are a tonne of other things to work on.
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