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  • - Three years later shareholder value is still BS to me
    our jobs got a great bounce in our stocks and cashed out making the company we were about to leave a sitting duck for takeover We ate our own tail and another great employer bit the dust a travesty really as so few of this caliber seem to exist anymore In our quest for happiness I think we ve lost sight of what matters good honest relationships based on trust that lead to mutual benefit and replaced it with what doesn t more money more power more stuff at the expense of others and our planet We all know this isn t sustainable and most of us abhor at some level the consumer culture it s created We buy stuff we don t really need and can t really afford we eat or drink too much we take too much from others and give too little in return We do this in order to fill a hole that s growing inside of us and it s not working That hole gets deeper every day we give another 8 to 12 hours to a job we don t love working with people we don t like or trust who don t like or trust us either Isn t it time to step back from this brink The world s problems are huge corruption poverty obesity environmental degradation We ve seen this epidemic and he is us Fix ourselves and these very serious issues become easier to manage Address what we re doing to feed the beast and we sap its velocity we might even reverse it The best news of all is we don t have to be scientists economists or politicians to do it We just need to be human caring compassionate honest trustworthy honourable humans We need to make

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  • - Sage advice
    do to fix it I don t wanna know What ever happened to class Recent Comments Mel on I don t wanna know Kiran on Let me go Archives March 2015 February 2015 January 2015 November 2014 July 2014 May 2014 March 2014 February 2014 November 2013 October 2013 September 2013 August 2013 July 2013 June 2013 April 2013 March 2013 February 2013 January 2013 December 2012 November 2012 October

    Original URL path: http://www.pivot.ca/sage-advice/ (2016-02-13)
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  • - No room to mince words or actions
    do dreams actually mean Help us fight human trafficking and then you realize you re a liar too and what to do to fix it I don t wanna know What ever happened to class Recent Comments Mel on I don t wanna know Kiran on Let me go Archives March 2015 February 2015 January 2015 November 2014 July 2014 May 2014 March 2014 February 2014 November 2013 October 2013

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  • - My you look lovely today Mrs Cleaver
    the important people are focused on developing the go forward strategies structures and processes not checking in on your attendance In change as in normalcy ingratiation is annoying If you re a leader it suggests you re a little low on self confidence and worse telegraphs you don t trust your people or you re a poor succession planner who hasn t developed an emerging leader who can take your place should you get hit by a bus If you re an individual contributor it tells us you re insecure So just stop it Don t tell us how important you are show us If you re good people already know And if you suck no amount of ass kissing is going to save you anyway Don t cancel your vacation or call into every meeting to micromanage from the cottage Shut off your smart phone and hit the beach Give your team a chance to shine in your absence you re confident enough to do that right Sacrificing your personal life to keep your work one never works and can destroy the relationships that are supposed to last forever like marriages In change it s natural to act a little twitchy but being an ass isn t going to save your job So don t be an ass That alone should increase your chances of survival by 50 Or maybe just 10 but at least people won t write snarky blogs about you too Mel Leave a Reply Cancel reply Comment Spamcheck Enabled Recent Posts What do dreams actually mean Help us fight human trafficking and then you realize you re a liar too and what to do to fix it I don t wanna know What ever happened to class Recent Comments Mel on I don t wanna

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  • - Lessons on change from the humble chickpea
    new things but it s the thought that counts My mom embraced change and now she makes food I could never imagine being on our dinner table as a kid Too bad she lives too far away for me to drop in unannounced to take advantage of it Recently I read an article about how hummus is poised to overtake ketchup as the condiment of choice on North American tables Seems the humble chickpea with all its amazing flavour when infused with olive oil lemon garlic and cayenne of course and antioxidants is winning the hearts and minds of beer swilling chip eating traditionalists everywhere Ketchup about as American as apple pie and Nascar is still beloved but more and more people are opening their fridges and wallets to this delicious Middle Eastern delicacy My point if we can learn to love hummus I mean one bite and you re hooked can t we learn to love other things that are good for us too like exercise going caffeine free or embracing that new system at work that will eventually make things easier for everyone Hummus can make even broccoli delicious All it takes is an open mind and a willingness to tuck in Try it You may just love it And apply this thinking the next time you re faced with a change especially one that at first glance looks pretty pasty and gross As hummus has taught us looks can be deceiving Mel Leave a Reply Cancel reply Comment Spamcheck Enabled Recent Posts What do dreams actually mean Help us fight human trafficking and then you realize you re a liar too and what to do to fix it I don t wanna know What ever happened to class Recent Comments Mel on I don t wanna know

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  • - What we learned at Vimy Ridge
    s how we took it that is the kicker Up to this point battle plans were strictly guarded from the average soldier The military had hierarchy for a reason and only the guys at the top had access to the details Vimy was different It relied on precision formation and advancement Before Vimy troops would blast fortifications with artillery then advance shortly thereafter That gave the enemy plenty of time to set up their positions and start shooting The battle of Vimy used a creeping barrage consisting of concurrent bombardment and advancement with immediate repeat If they were off by seconds the Canadians would be blown to bits by their own artillery To pull off this precision timed strategy leadership fully briefed all involved Each platoon leader had a clear picture of how their piece of the attack fit with the larger picture Each man received a detailed trench map They drilled relentlessly ensuring each man knew the job above and below him so he was prepared to take on that role if his compatriot fell The plan ensured the troops could carry out the attack as planned regardless of what happened on that ridge It was the democratization of battle and it was brilliant By ensuring everyone knew their role and how it fit into the bigger picture Currie avoided the chaos that plagued combat during the first world war and succeeded where many had failed and died All because he had the good sense to trust his troops and communicate transparently I hope you took some notes Mel Leave a Reply Cancel reply Comment Spamcheck Enabled Recent Posts What do dreams actually mean Help us fight human trafficking and then you realize you re a liar too and what to do to fix it I don t wanna

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  • - Ray Don
    the episodes I watched with her one sticks in my mind the one with Ray Don Watch it here And watch Julia Sugarbaker s dripping condescension Admittedly Ray Don deserved it Clearly he was a cad who couldn t take no for an answer I m not sure those on the business end of some poison pens in the last few weeks do though Check out the Insurance Bureau s open letter to Andrea Horwath leader of the Ontario NDP As soon as they inserted her first name in their letter it changed the whole tone of the message didn t it Substitute Andrea with you poor dumb woman and you catch the drift I don t necessarily agree with Horwath s position on this issue myself but I wouldn t articulate it like that Or CultureRX s open letter to Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer the morning after her now famous veto of the work from home law I agree 100 with their position I think people are more productive when they have the freedom to deliver results in their own best way I m not sure I agree with the mean spirit of their letter however Wouldn t it be better to suggest Mayer s strategy doesn t align with her internet business I mean wouldn t Yahoo benefit from more people working from home than less than getting all personal about it Sure there s lots to get twisted about right now But when we re all worked up over something let s not let condescension be our guide We re better than that Let s stick with the facts There s no need to go all Ray Don on their asses Mel Leave a Reply Cancel reply Comment Spamcheck Enabled Recent Posts What do dreams actually mean

    Original URL path: http://www.pivot.ca/ray-don/ (2016-02-13)
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  • - Life lesson
    more often waist deep into snow But forward we marched We were sturdy Canadian girls and we could handle this About two hours in I d had enough That frozen lake with its tantalizing snow mobile tracks was calling to me Just bail Mel It s easy Just walk across me The legislative building it s just meters away So against what could in retrospect be described as better judgment I bid adieu to my fellow travellers and headed out on my own across Frame Lake We ve all heard stories about desert mirages where desperation tricks the brain into believing that solace in the form of water or in my case a warm fire is just around the corner Frame Lake was my mirage Those snowmobile tracks lied to me The snow on the lake was as deep if not deeper than the snow we d encountered on the trail I slogged for at least another hour before I made it to shore often crawling on my hands and knees And once I was there I couldn t get out Every time I tried to get off that lake I d slide off the rocks on the shore and land on my face I had visions of them finding me in the spring thaw How did I get myself into such a predicament I didn t see the big picture As my luck would have it I d bailed on the trail mere meters before it exited back into civilization While I was struggling across Frame Lake my compatriots were enjoying a much deserved hot chocolate and warming their toes by the fire Obviously I survived or I wouldn t be here 18 years later in my warm slippers writing this blog post But I also learned a valuable

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