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Ideas@Work! - Strategies for Success

April 4, 2006

In this issue...
Point to Ponder
Welcome to our April Advance issue
Thinking Like a Farmer
Recommendations for your success library
We'd like your feedback on our format
Last minute thoughts and notes
Thanks for reading this issue...

Point to Ponder

The Secret of The Seed!

As some of you already know, I moved out into the country north east of Edmonton a few years ago for a more creative and casual lifestyle.

When I'm home, I frequently have coffee with my ol' buddy Steve (my 93 year old neighbor) and his two 'younger' farmer friends (Mike, 79 and Peter, 77 respectively). In fact I headed out this morning at 7:30AM for one. Over the past few years I've learned a lot about farming that is directly applicable to what we do in life and business. I've grown to appreciate the effort and challenges our farmers go through to help feed us. They are amazing, hardworking and productive people.

Mike and Peter rotate their crops based on their 'best guess' at what will be the best offering in the market for the coming year. They plant canola, wheat, barley, or peas, as selected, each year.

When they plant wheat in the spring, they expect to harvest wheat that fall. There is an 'expectation' that the seeds they plant will produce the crops they expect. They would be very surprised to plant canola and get barley, for example. This is the secret of the seed!

Interestingly enough, I see people planting seeds for failure and then expecting successful or different results in their business or life.  They are surprised when things fail or don't work to their misguided expectations.

Here is the secret of the seed: You get what you plant, nurture, and harvest.

  • Plant the seeds of creative, personal leadership and responsibility;
  • Plant the seeds of continuous encouragement, to dream and stretch;
  • Plant the seeds of equipping your team with the tools and the motivation to win;
  • Plant the seeds of personal discipline and long-term focus;
  • Plant the seeds of co-operative innovation and competition;
  • Plant the seeds of high standards and personal excellence in customer service;
  • Plant the seeds of creating value-added products and superior services we (customers) actually need;

...and harvest abundance and success at the end of your labours.

Have a great April, as you continue to advance your career, leadership or company.

Bob 'Idea Man' Hooey,

Creative CatalystIdea Farmer 

© 2006 Bob 'Idea Man' Hooey All Rights Reserved.


Welcome to our April Advance issue

"The highest reward for a person's work is not what they get for it, but what they become because of it." 

John Ruskin

This statement certainly rings true for me in relation to creating and editing this monthly piece of myself for our clients, friends, and our Ideas At Work! family.

Amazingly enough, this is our 12th consecutive monthly issue. We published our first Ideas At Work! e-zine, in this new format, last May (2005). Next month (May 2006) we move into our second year. Wow! My mom (a former English teacher) would 'truly' have been amazed to see this result.

  • I have become more focused and creative during our time together.
  • I have become more disciplined in working to deadlines, as well as in advance for the best use of my time.
  • I have become more observant of the little details that make a difference in my life, my business and my publications.
  • I have become inspired and humbled by your responses and positive reaction to what we create and share together each month.
  • I have become more grateful for the opportunity to serve you, our readers.

Thank you so much for helping us successfully publish over the past year. Without readers our words would be like wasted seeds. Your comments, forwarding to friends and colleagues, and encouragement have helped us grow by almost 400 percent since we began. Please keep spreading the word and planting seeds for success in the lives of those you wish to impact.

Many of you have written or called to tell us where we've been instrumental or inspirational in helping you advance your career, leadership, or business.  Many of you have let me know how an article or idea impacted or inspired you. That makes the effort more than worthwhile. I'm humbled by your kind words and gracious praise. Thanks!

Bob 'Idea Man' Hooey,

The accidental author


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Thinking Like a Farmer

by Jim Rohn

One of the difficulties we face in our industrialized age is the fact we've lost our sense of seasons.

Unlike the farmer whose priorities change with the seasons, we have become impervious to the natural rhythm of life. As a result, we have our priorities out of balance. Let me illustrate what I mean:

For a farmer, springtime is his most active time. It's then when he must work around the clock, up before the sun and still toiling at the stroke of midnight. He must keep his equipment running at full capacity because he has but a small window of time for the planting of his crop. Similarly, he faces this same challenge when it is harvest time. Eventually winter comes when there is less for him to do to keep him busy.

There is a lesson here. Learn to use the seasons of life. Decide when to pour it on and when to ease back, when to take advantage and when to let things ride. It's easy to keep going from nine to five year in and year out and lose a natural sense of priorities and cycles.

Don't let one year blend into another in a seemingly endless parade of tasks and responsibilities. Keep your eye on your own seasons, lest you lose sight of value and substance.

To Your Success,
Jim Rohn

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Recommendations for your success library

Each month I suggest a few additions for your success library. Spring is a good time to plan and plant for your future. Here are a few good reads for April.

Growing your company's leaders

Strategic Partnerships

Career Warfare

Enjoy your reading and use this time in April to advance your knowledge, skills and desires in moving your career or company to the next level.


We'd like your feedback on our format

I try to vary the format each month with some months being a tad longer reads (eg. March) and some like (April) more reasonable in length. We've also gone away from having our readers need to click to a landing site to read the complete article.

Would you take a moment and email me with your comments and feedback as we prepare to move into our second year. Give me your feedback about the length of our articles and e-zine.

It could be as simple as emailing me with the word "Long," "Shorter," or "Varied" in the subject line. I appreciate your assistance we continue to tweak and fine tune what we publish each month.

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Last minute thoughts and notes

MARCH 2006:

Over the March 24th weekend, I had the personal pleasure of sharing some thoughts and ideas on 'Building the Leaders of Tomorrow' for a Skill Sets for Success conference organized and hosted by the University of Lethbridge, Management Students' Society. What a wonderful group of young people. What an amazing leadership team, who created this shared weekend of exploration and learning for us. This picture is their success team along with myself and David Demian (a UofL alumni who shared some great pointers on networking). I have the pleasure of traveling across North America to speak and participate in events. These students gave me increased confidence in our future by their example and their enthusiasm.

Had two great media encounters this month, in addition to the great people where I spoke. Was interviewed by GLobal TV's Dallas Flexhaugh and did a phone interview for an article being written for the CPSA magazine with Lisa Bendall, who is a writer working from Toronto.

Earlier in March I was one of 6 speakers invited by The Business Link to film a mini session which they had professionally filmed and edited for their website. They will also be syndicating it across Canada. My session is called:  How to leverage your time for productivity and profit. They have it on the Govt. of Canada site now if you'd like to take a peek.

Click here to be directed to that page and then click on the various clips. Linda Maul and Jim Ewing are good friends and also CAPS members. Somewhere along the line I will get a copy of the clip for inclusion on my Ideaman website.

APRIL 2006:

April is going to be primarily a writing month as I work on the book I've been commissioned to write. Am still working on some of the background research and interviews, but have started on some of the writing. This will be a fun adventure. More as it comes alive. Also continuing the work on pulling together all the guest articles and creating Quantum Success which we hope to have completed this month.

I'm doing a Brown Bag session for Edmonton's Business Link on Thursday, April 6th. I'll be sharing a few ideas on creating a mini commercial or elevator speech called: Going up... 3rd floor business success. It will be webcast across Alberta to a number of locations, perhaps to one near you.

I'm observing the "__" anniversary of my 25th birthday this month

MAY 2006:

I'm going to be in Sioux City, Iowa for the 1st weekend in May. I mention it here as our May issue may not be out before I return. This is a chance for me to give back to a wonderful organization and a supportive family called Toastmasters International. I would not be doing what I'm doing now without the encouragement, patience and example of so many great TM friends. Visit for more information. If you're in the neighborhood, why not sign up and come on over. If you have a Toastmasters Club in your area, check them out and say hi from me. To find a club near you visit the Toastmasters International website.

I remember Sioux City well. It is almost as if I'd been there before. Actually I haven't, but my garment bag went there a year or so back on a return flight from Washington, DC. But, that is another 'customer service' denied story.


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