Meskanaw

Today I am in Meskanaw, Saskatchewan, speaking to farmers.
I pulled over to take this picture of an old abandoned farm yard. Doesn’t it look like a painting?
I slowly walked around that yard and stood in the sun on a beautiful Saskatchewan day. I felt emotional as I wondered what it was like for the farmer who first started this farm. Did they come to Canada with nothing? Someone paid a price to give you and I the life we have now.
Thank you to all of you farmers who work so hard to feed us. Thank you Philip Mansiere for caring about your customers and hiring me.

Cornerstone Credit Union

Wow, just arrived at the hall for the Cornerstone Credit Union event and look at this hall!!

For all of you who are blessed with a company who cares enough about you to decorate a hall, bus you in, feed you and hire a speaker – you are so fortunate!!!

Mel update

Mel has just celebrated his birthday which is also the 12 year anniversary of being diagnosed with Glioblastoma Brain Cancer. So I wanted to share an update on this amazing man we have been following.

Mel has good days and bad days as he has seizures every day – sometimes many and sometimes few. However he still chooses to celebrate the 90%. Mel greatly appreciates the village that makes up friends and family who support him and his children through his cancer journey. He appreciates people’s visits, hugs and when they bring new foods for him to try! Every week Mel finds new opportunities to share his words of wisdom to help others. Just last week he helped a family in Brazil to make a communication board for their brother who is fighting the same cancer. Every day we have a choice of how to live our life no matter the challenges. Mel is a great example of someone who makes every day count!

Speaking of incredible young people…

I hired College Pro painters and want to give a big shout out to Jacob their leader. What an exceptional young man! I am committed to encouraging and promoting youth.
Know a great young person? Tell them that they are great.

Christina Colyn

Heading home from the best morning ever with 50 simply amazing young leaders in the Alberta credit union system. If I was not feeling blessed already for a wonderful week of week I arrive at the Calgary Alberta to hear the talented Christina Colyn filling this busy airport with her talented voice!

Alberta Young Leaders

I am speaking to the Alberta Young Leaders group in Calgary today. When people say (which they do!) “Our youth don’t know how to work.” I always respond, “Well who is teaching them?” Don’t know how to work? Huh? Yes, they do. I have two teenagers in my house who grew up working our business and have had jobs of their own for years.

Everyone starts good then they work with people who say things like “give it time”, “you don’t have to work so hard – you’ll make us look bad” or “quit being so happy, people will want to slap you”.

What do you say when the youth come into your company? Do you say “give it time” or “welcome to the team, this is awesome job and I am here to help if you need.”

There is nothing better than speaking a half day with young energetic people at the beginning of their career. I love nothing more than reminding them, they all have choice. They can show up focused on the 90% and be the example of who they want their staff to be. OR they can show up and only see the 10%s and become tired and old. The choice is theirs.

Saskatoon Co-op

I spent today in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, at the Co-op Brand Day. Spending the day with 400 of Co-op’s finest.

Co-op is by far one of my top three favorite clients. No one like them. They are focusing on the customer experience and I personally am a huge Co-op fan. I will drive five towns out of my way to find a Co-op Gas Bar! Co-op people are second to none.

We motivational speakers are billboards for what we do. The greatest way I show my brand of being a positive person is in every interaction that I have with others, 90% and 10% people.

Does your “brand” extend beyond the walls of your business?

Great Idea

The mirrors in the Saskatoon airport have nice sayings on them. This one says, “Wherever you are headed make it a great day!”