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Thought I'd managed to get away with
it, but no, too many people reminding me that it's my birthday.
There's all that 'twaddle' that says, "Don't feel bad about growing
older, it's a privilege denied to many."and "Youth is wasted on the
young." but frankly when you get up and the bones creak and various
parts don't work quite as well as they once did - it just
I could think of it like my husband
Bob does - as my "Personal New Year" - and that's a
kind of cool idea, but that requires a little thought re-wiring.
Frankly, re-wiring old structures has always seems a bit of a risky
proposition to me. Never know what sort of a mess you might run into
when you expose the foundation!
But, to tell the truth though,
I can't think of any other age I'd rather be right now
- cause then I'd have to give back all this
hard-won knowledge and experience!
Wouldn't want to be 16 - no way -
too much going on, too many life decisions to make, too many
hormones! Wouldn't want to be 21 - with all that worry - will I get
a job, should I get married, should I have kids? And as much as I
love my kids, wouldn't want to be any age with small kids or, heaven
forbid, teenagers - because it was just way too tough, especially as
a single mom. I wouldn't give back any of those times, but neither
would I want to relive them!
So, I guess that leaves me here - and to tell
the truth,it's a pretty good here. I have two wonderful children who
mean the world to me. I have a wonderful husband who is also my best
friend. I have wonderful, special friends, and a few close family
members who enrich my life and occasionally give me that
'kick in the butt' when I need it! I still have
both my parents who constantly remind me of who I am and what is
important. I have a husband who demonstrates his love and care for
me and challenges me to move outside of my comfort zone. (Actually,
he is sometimes just a challenge...lol.) I have a career that I love
and a web-design business that excites me.
I guess that is what a personal new
year is about - you take stock of your life, find the good, resolve
to work on the 'not as good as I would like' and move forward.
Robert Browning has
always said it best: "Grow old
along with me! The best is yet to be, the last of life, for
which the first was made.Our times are in his hand who saith,
'A whole I planned, youth shows but half; Trust God: See all,
nor be afraid!'"
PS: Irene pictured here enjoying an ice cream in
Puerto Vallarta early in March '09.
Note from Irene's husband:
Very smart woman I
married! And very well said.
I do take my birthday as a Personal
New Year as that makes so much more sense than January 1st. A time
- on how well I lived up to my
intentions during the previous year;
- on how well I accomplished my
business, life, and career goals;
- on where I have grown and the lessons I've learned along the
- on the many friends, clients and
colleagues who have blessed me;
- on what I want to accomplish during the next year;
- on what updated intentions will
create my focus;
- on how I can enhance my abilities
and skills to better serve my clients, and more profitably build
- on how I can be a better friend and
encourager to my friends, colleagues, and family;
- and, on how I can be a better
friend, lover, encourager, and husband to my wife.
"Grow old along with me! The best is yet to
on a antiqued wall plaque, Charlene (one of Irene's closest
friends from work) gave us for a wedding present. It hangs
above Irene's work area just to the right of mine, and catches
my eye on many occasions.
Have a great month... I know I will!
Finding a Link Between Recognition and Longevity
When Kate Winslet and Sean Penn collected their Academy
Awards in Hollywood earlier this year, they may have received more than a golden
statuette. They may have also received the gift of four more
Researchers at the
University of Toronto medical school found that Oscar winners live
an average of 3.9 years longer than non-winners...79.7 years versus
75.8 years. And the
benefits seem even greater for multiple winners, who lived an
average of six years longer. Four-time winner Katharine Hepburn
lived to age 96.
Dr. Donald Redelmeier
suggests that this recognition has a powerful impact on a person's
health."Once you've got that statuette on your mantel place, it's an
uncontested sign of peer approval that nobody can take away from
you...it leaves you more resilient. The normal stresses and strains
of everyday life do not drag you down," he told CBS
What does this
mean for the rest of us?
It could be that being
recognized is good for one's health. Staff members who are told
regularly that they are appreciated for what they do may be more
able to deal with the stresses of everyday work and be more
resilient when faced with challenges than others who work in an
environment characterized by an abundance of negative feedback.
Or, suppose for a moment
that the researchers got it wrong. It's not that the winners live
longer; it's that those who are not recognized die sooner. Staff
who go for weeks, months . . . even years . . . without
receiving any positive feedback or no feedback at all may be
uncertain about whether or not they are meeting expectations. They
may interpret a lack of feedback as evidence that they are failing
and that it is only a matter of time until their supervisors
overcome any reluctance to deliver the bad news. They become preoccupied with not
knowing how they are doing. Their productivity drops. Stress-related
absences increase. They worry themselves into early
It doesn't matter which
of these interpretations we apply to this data. The message is the
same: well delivered recognition is likely one factor in extending a
person's lifespan. Recognition may also increase how much of those
longer lives people spend working for your
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Power of Peer Recognition
What every workplace needs
is more of the most powerful recognition of all...peer recognition.
You can unleash the power
of peer recognition in your workplace by joining the movement
to observe the third Tuesday of each month as Peer Recognition
Day. Use this day to remind staff of the importance of recognizing
co-workers... on this day and as well every other day of the
No one understands better
what's involved in doing a job well than another who does the
same job. Co-workers know what skills are required and the challenges
that must be met to be successful. Knowing that peers understand
adds credibility to their positive comments about a co-worker's
contributions and achievements. Peers trust peers. This is what
makes peer recognition work.Clearly
peer recognition is important enough that it deserves its own
day... at least once a month.
Last Minute News
March has been
an 'extremely' productive month starting with
a relaxing week in Puerto Vallarta doing some sailing, reading,
relaxing with a good book, and generally enjoying spending time
with my wife in a warm climate.
Upon our return I did more
filming to increase our video series for Secret Selling Tips
and cleaned up our various Speaker joint promotional sites.
We also worked on the Foundational Success e-book for a projected
release later in April.
be a wonderful month, starting with a week end vision,
strategic planning retreat with the staff and council from Bon
Accord, dog sitting for my sister in St. Albert (will be able
to have coffee with friends to get out of the house), back in
the studio (morning of April 30th) to do some more filming,
and finishing up Foundational Success. ...and then off to Cuba
for my birthday. On my return co-hosting a Wild Rose Advanced
Toastmasters meeting (30th) with my friend Audrey Kotelniski
entitled, "So, What's your story?" The theme
of the meeting is signature stories and keynotes.
I did an educational session
for CAPS Edmonton Chapter in March sharing some stories of recent
travels to India and Iran. I created a webpage with some of
the travel pictures as well as two video clips. One of the clips
shares my commitment to 'not' participating in 'this' recession.
The second is an 8 minute clip from the beginning of my keynote
in Mumbai, India.
just put them on YouTube: Mumbai ; Recession. We have quite a few videos in
our collection. Irene is going to upload at least one a week to
Late breaking news
believe in learning as an on-going life activity. When
Irene and I were in Paris this January for her birthday, she told me
it as a 'Ukrainian tradition to celebrate for a week'. We did and it
was great! (Irene's note: "I figured traditional
Ukrainian weddings last a week, so why not a birthday, especially a
So, I turn
60 on April 18th this year. I know many of you would say I don't
look a day over 58; but hey, would I lie about being this
So, taking a lesson from my wife, Irene and I
plan to celebrate my 60th birthday for a whole week enjoying the sun
and surf.We leave early (6:30AM) on the 18th to Toronto and later that
day, south to the Blau Costa Verde Beach Resort in Holquin, Cuba.
We'll be able to have a 'late' birthday supper when we
These two pictures were taken recently by a tourist
from their magnificent beach. I can already picture myself sitting
there enjoying this view. And my floaty is still packed.(www.floatybob.com)
Now, where is
my snorkel stuff?
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6 months and still having lots of
fun as a married couple. Who knew?
Foundational Success is now in
the production and editing stage. Look for its release next
month (May 2009)
Cuba for my 60th birthday week...
how great is that!
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