The first module in the Engagement Series that I am delivering for the University of Saskatchewan Edwards School of Business is already sold out with a waiting list.
There may, however, be a few spots left in modules two and three. Check here for details on the programs and registration info.
Travel Cost Savings:
In addition to speaking at programs in and around Saskatoon, I now know that I will be presenting at events in these locations in the months ahead:
Toronto (late April)
Edmonton & Regina (June)
If you might be needing a speaker for an event or a professional development program in one of those locations around those times, give me a call (306-934-1807). I’m always happy to save on travel time, and share travel costs between clients whenever possible.
PAUSE – 15.37 – Me & Fred & A Date With TED
December 2, 2015
My Thoughts: Well, truth be told, there is no Fred. It just rhymes so well, I couldn’t resist!
My gift to you today, is the link to that message. A click of either the image or the title will take you to the video.
What’s it about? Causes of malaise, common responses, a three-step process to help you navigate your way through life’s transitional fog, and examples of others who are making their way to what comes next.
Grab a coffee. Take a look and give a listen.
Your Thoughts: I hope the ideas in the video help you think more deeply about rekindling your own spark when your fire grows dim.
I welcome your comments, reactions and insights. Fire away!
News Notes: Since delivering this 17-minute TEDX talk, I’ve expanded the message into a 60-90 minute keynote. With more time, I’m able to explore how this issue plays out in organizations, how we can support others as they attempt to rekindle their sparks, and to share more real life examples of ways that people restore excitement and engagement to their lives. (more…)
PAUSE – 15.33 – Not Every Task Is Yours To Do
November 4, 2015
Peer pressure can be a formidable force through childhood and the teen years. And, it continues to be a presence as we move into our careers and through our adult lives.
As colleagues deliver webinars, package on-line learning, crank out manifestos and e-books, and travel hundreds of thousands of miles a year … I find myself pressed to join in the frenzy.
Then I remember to listen to the voice of my own longings, and realize that I don’t really want to do all those things. I remind myself that I can pick and choose the ones that fit, and let the rest flow by. Not every task is mine to do.
Are there things you find yourself grasping for that you know at your core you don’t really want? Could you make a different choice? (more…)
PAUSE – 15.32 – Let Life Flow When You Don’t Quite Know
October 28, 2015
Reflection: One of the most frequently referenced sources of advice about how to live your life is Stephen Covey’s book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. ‘Start with the end in mind’ is one of those habits.
It’s a laser-beamed and focused approach that’s not without its challenges. Most notably you have to come up with the ‘end’ – the big idea or the grand life purpose – depending on the scale you’re working on. And, you risk overlooking opportunities of iinterest that lie closer at hand.
There’s another approach we could take as well – that of simply being more aware of our current state and the call or appeal of the opportunities that sit directly in front of us.
Those choices are echoed in author Stephen King’s observation that there are two ways to write a book. You either start with your outcome in mind and write in that direction, or you come up with a situation that has tension and see where your imagination takes you. You let the characters respond and the plot unfold. (more…)
PAUSE – 15.30 – Your Contributions Truly Make A Difference
October 14, 2015
Reflection: I’ve long been a fan of Daniel Pink’s work on motivation (and have occasionally featured his ideas in previous Pause messages). So, it was a great thrill for me to meet him and hear him speak when I served as MC for last week’s Saskatchewan Human Resource Association Conference.
It’s not often that you hear an author tell you to skip a chapter in his previous book, because his thinking has changed. But, tell us he did!
If you’re not familiar with Pink’s model of motivation, here’s a recap.
Pink believes that we are intrinsically motivated (from the inside out) by three things:
Purpose (participating in something meaningful and larger than ourselves)
Autonomy (being in charge of our choices)
Mastery (desire to get better at something that matters)
My Thoughts: “It only takes a spark to get a fire going; and soon all those around will warm up to its glowing.” That’s the opening line of a tune by Kurt Kaiser that may be familiar to many.
Once upon a time, in a life long ago, I adapted those lyrics in the form of a friendship song for a summer camp that I directed. From time to time, that tune still shows up as an earworm in my brain. I don’t mind. The words still ring as true today as they did back then.
When you are excited about something in your world, when you have a light in your eyes and even a most modest fire in your belly, the impact (on you and others around you) is both positive and contagious.
Your Thoughts: What’s lighting up your life these days? And if things are feeling just a tad dark and chilly, where and how might you find a way to strike a spark? (more…)
PAUSE – 15.16 – Are You Tending To The Tugs?
May 20, 2015
Reflection: Seaports are fascinating places.
What I most enjoy watching are the tiny but powerful tug boats as they guide the larger Mother Ships in from and out to the sea.
Tugs are built for action not for show – rarely shiny nor streamlined in shape or finish. But despite their lack of polish, the port would be a mess without them. They’re essential in moments of transition.
Watch them at work and you’ll see they apply pressure in different ways. Some nose in at a right angle to the ship and nudge from the side. Some work in tandem from both sides at once.
Some tugs latch on up front and tow the ship in the desired direction. Some push from the rear – adding power from behind to guide the ship through the water.
Tugs help ships avoid collisions, come safely to mooring, navigate through tricky channels, and head confidently out to the open sea.
Action: As we navigate the murky waters of our everyday lives, we too rely on tugs. They may not be as visible as those in port, but they are present nonetheless. (more…)
PAUSE – 15.11- Can You See It Now?
April 15, 2015
Kazantzakis suggests we already have at hand what we need to create a more ideal future.
Could it be that our own lack of vision or lack of action are all that may be holding us back?
What’s your vision of Paradise? What’s already at hand that could move you in that direction?
What’s your next step? And, when will you take it?
Uninspired. Unsettled. Uneasy. Lifeless. Restless. Joyless. Stuck. Have you been there?
I’m talking about malaise – that generalized feeling of being ‘out of sorts’. It grinds away and wears us down, robbing our lives of spirit, energy and joy.
As I mentioned in last week’s Pause, I’m doing some writing and programming on the subject of malaise.
Experience tells me that the more deeply I understand a phenomenon, the stronger my work, and the more helpful it will be to others.
To that end, I’m inviting you to weigh in with your thoughts and experiences. This link will take you to an online Survey on Malaise that will take 5-10 minutes to complete.
I’m most grateful for your help. A thousand thanks for sharing your insights and wisdom.
PAUSE – 15.05 – What’s Waiting For You?
March 4, 2015
My Thoughts: This week I’m saying goodbye to the self-created expectation (and 14 year practice) of publishing a ‘full featured’ Pause message every single week.
Every second week, I’ll be alternating the traditional version with a simpler more visual message like this. Makes me wonder what’s around the corner waiting to greet me.
What do you think about Coelho’s observation?
To what might you be ready to say goodbye?
What might be lingering around the corner waiting for you to make more space for it in your life?
News Notes: I’ve had a couple of clients ask me recently, “Pat, with all the traveling and painting that you are doing these days, are you still speaking?” (more…)
PAUSE – 15.03 – Are You Bringing Your True Self to The Table?
February 18, 2015
Reflection: On our recent cruise vacation, Dave and I shared dinner each evening with the same three couples.
All came from different parts of the world, all were congenial and good humored, and all had interesting backstories to their lives.
Over the course of the trip, we looked forward to the nightly connection – swapping tales about our day’s excursions and life in general.
As our adventure drew to a close, I wondered how best to let them know how much we appreciated their company. In the end, I sketched a postcard for each couple. Each sketch was different and each one represented a unique aspect of that couple’s interests.
I signed them, added a personal note to the back of each card, and presented them at our last dinner together. The postcards were a colossal hit.
I was actually surprised at how deeply they were appreciated. To me, the ideas for the cards came easily, and I enjoyed making them. It felt like no big deal. I found myself curious about what prompted the strength of their reactions.
It occurred to me that one of the reasons could be that creating and sharing the cards was a direct expression of a few of my strengths: appreciation, creativity, and thoughtfulness. There seems to be an authenticity, an ease, and a deep connection that arises when we’re acting from the core of who we are.
Action: So what’s to be gleaned from this experience at sea? (more…)