"I must create my own system or be enslaved by another
man's. My business is not to reason and compare; my business is to
create." William Blake
I think, deep down, each of us wants to be
'creative' and to bring our dreams into
reality. We were naturally curious and creative as kids and sadly
many of us put that creativity away as we get older. Or, worse, we
have our role models drain it from our souls by their negativity and
I don't know about you, but I love seeing something come into
being that was only an idea. For example:
...and the list goes on.
I admit I love to create, whether it is an article that is
published in a publication; our monthly ezine; an interesting,
engaging presentation or training session; a new publication or
style of publication like our Pocket Wisdom series; a fun trip with
my wife, Irene; working on our place in Egremont creating multilevel
decks and flower gardens; and of course, creating a loving
relationship with the most important woman in my life, Irene.
What I truly enjoy is being a creative partner in helping
people succeed. I have to admit that revs my engine big time. When I
see someone succeed and know I had a small part in directing,
coaching, or cheering them on, I get a sense of satisfaction that is
hard to express.
If you can envision it , you can create it! It
takes discipline and sometimes persistence to overcome obstacles,
including your own doubts, but you can make it a reality.
Until next year, create the most wonderful holiday season
possible for you and your family. Invest the time with the most
important people in your life. Create time to work on your business
and career, not just in it. Create time to dream and let
those dreams inflame your passion for living life as an adventure.
This has been an amazing year for us: here are a few
Touring Australia for 3 weeks with Irene and meeting our
- Presenting at PSA
Holland with some amazing speakers.
- Celebrating my birthday
in Mexico with Irene.
- Traveling to
Seoul, Korea enroute to presenting in Vladivostok, Far Eastern
Russia. I made so many new friends while in Russia, and
hopefully I will be going back in 2012.
- Presenting at
CAPS Edmonton twice during this year.
- Attending NSA's
Orlando Convention and being recruited to serve on their
Chapter Leadership Council.
- Being part of
the facilitation team for Camp NSA.
- Working with
some amazing colleagues and clients over the year.
- Spending time
with my speaker colleagues and friends at various events.This
is the real joy of this business.
- Working on the
Just for CAPS Cabaret... putting
the fun back in fundraising event for the CAPS
Foundation (I serve as a trustee)... this will be an amazing
evening in Montreal and we trust will help us put the Foundation
over the top. Check out some of the amazing auction items up for bid.
Bob 'Idea Man' Hooey
Archives of past issues are available on our
One of the joys of being
on the NSA Chapter Leadership Council was facilitating at the annual
CAMP NSA training for incoming presidents. Ever since the year I
attended in 1999, NSA has graciously opened its doors to my fellow
I had the pleasure of
surprising and welcoming them as they got off the bus at NSA
Headquarters. We had leaders join us from Singapore and South Africa
as well. Pictured here are leaders from our Ottawa, Toronto,
Winnipeg, Edmonton, and Calgary Chapters as well as our incoming
CAPS National President and our Chapter Liasion director. Joining us
was Kristen Arnold (front row on the right) who is the current NSA
President and also an honorary member of CAPS Halifax (as am I,
Miracles Happen When You Care
by Roz Usheroff
Your Personal Best
As I watched the 33 miners being
rescued from what seemed like their tomb below the Chilean desert, I
felt like I was watching the most riveting TV reality show ever
produced. After 69 days, viewers were mesmerized by the climax of
The lessons are yet to unfold, but what
became clear to me was that you didn't need to understand the
language to experience the miracle of watching true teamwork at its
best. Miraculously the world came together to witness people working
together for a common purpose to save the lives of the miners 2000
feet underground. We felt the kinship with the miners and learned
that anything is possible when people give unconditionally, embrace
hard work and share a common goal. Although I did nothing personally
to contribute to this miracle, I believe that I am better for the
experience because I learned what can happen when failure is not an
This article is a dedication to the heroes in Chile
and the realization that whatever your role in your team or company,
collectively we all count. We all have an
opportunity to make a difference in the work we do daily. Combining
expertise and an unrelenting focus on giving of yourself will make
your work more meaningful and give you a reason to celebrate.
In these challenging times, your success will depend on the
attitude you choose daily and how you decide to embrace change. The
success you experience in your career will depend on the choices you
make every day. You don't get to vote on how you are perceived. How
others see you is their reality, no matter what you might have
intended. As I have explained to my clients, how others respond to
you as a team member will depend entirely on their experience of
Below are strategies to help you demonstrate the kind
of personal leadership that will serve you in your career. As we
witnessed in Chile, looking at what's really important and having
the courage to do what is right can make anything possible.
Take ownership of others' perceptions of
First, have the courage to be
self-reflective. You can't strengthen your personal brand if you
don't take a good, hard look in the mirror and do it continually.
be proactive and conduct market research to learn what people
say about you when you leave a room. Seek feedback from trusted
colleagues so you'll know your own blind spots. Ask how you
are perceived and see if it matches your own vision.
Don't stretch yourself too thin
Are you investing time in the right things? I've often observed
talented individuals becoming derailed in their careers due
to pressures to speed up, overly achieve, and win at all costs.
Yes, we are often caught up in "Catch 22" situations. We want
a balanced life, but can get overwhelmed with the pressures
to produce and the emails that continue to stream throughout
the weekend. If you are stretching yourself too thin, you are
probably diluting your brand.
Learn to pace yourself and take the time to rekindle your energy.
Negotiate what you can do well in the time that you have available
because when you are stressed out you are probably no joy to
work with. Walk away from issues that are none of your business.
Keep your eye on the road
Make conscious decisions on the values you will honor. Do not
put on the backburner your people skills and the necessary time
to show that you care about others. Ask yourself: What did I
do to make a difference? How am I adding value to my colleagues?
Looking to the future, what can I do more of to honor others?
How can I make my workplace better for my direct reports?
Start treating everyone like a guest in your home. You will
always showcase the best of who you are when you assume "host
Manage your reputation by choosing a positive disposition
Manage your personal brand to comfortably fit in, but also naturally
stand out so that you will be noticed. Through word of mouth,
your brand creates your reputation which attracts the best projects.
Your personality attracts the best people to work with. Your
expertise attracts sustaining recognition. Your reputation is
defined by your disposition. Don't treat your disposition like
a force of nature -- something you only think about when it's
a disaster. Being upbeat one day and moody the other is a choice,
so honor consistency.
Show that you care
Everything you do counts. Don't underestimate the power of acknowledgements
and a caring gesture. Return to the basics of writing personal
notes to recognize others. Send letters (not emails) of appreciation
to internal/external customers to express your pleasure in working
Remember special days; not just birthdays, but also milestones
for people working in the company. You will be appreciated just
by remembering with the smallest gesture.
Be available and dependable, even if you deem your customers
or colleagues as "high maintenance." If you put yourself in
their shoes, you might just find that their problems are just
situations to manage.
Become a champion of others
Do you make yourself available to others without making them
feel as if they are imposing? Do you share your wisdom with
those who aren't necessarily in your chain of command?
Create opportunities for others to shine. This will help you
to build a reputation for spotting the right talent for the
organization. You begin to set an example of the kind of behavior
you expect from others because you model it yourself.
Find meaning in what you do every day
The attitudes, courage and optimism of the Chileans have inspired
me and refocused my priorities. I know I have a long way to
go, but I am sold on the power of teamwork and the power of
human kindness. As my mother often says, you get out what you
put in. So give unconditionally. Miracles do happen.
(c) 2010 Roz Usheroff,
All rights reserved. Used with the kind permission of the author.
Visit Roz's website
for more information on this amazing friend and lady.
Last Minute News
sees one more trip to the Edmonton International Airport enroute
to our 14th annual CAPS Convention in Montreal. Wow, has time
flown. Going to be a great weekend reconnecting with speaker
friends and collegues, meeting new friends, and learning a few
things which will help me serve my clients more effectively
and fun a few more trips.
will also be Michael's first trip outside of Western Australia.
Michael is Amanda's finance and an amazing young man who is
traveling way north to meet the rest of the family and experience
his first real 'winter'.
will be a time to work on the business with new writing projects,
web site redesigns, and working on applying some of the ideas
I learned in Phoenix and Montreal.
will also be a time to spend time with Irene and our new 'kids'
who are growing in leaps and bounds and exploring more than
we like at times.
will also be a time to reflect on the amazing people, like yourself,
who have enriched our lives this year.
Remember the reason for the
season, don't get too caught up in the commercialized version.
Give the gift of yourself to your family and
is a time for family, friends and for sharing gifts.
As we move
into December we see our retailers whipped into a selling
frenzy. This is the time they see spikes in their sales as
people frantically search for gifts for friends and family.
There are times
when shopping is actually fun, but for the most part it can
become just another a chore.
As I finish
edits to this last e-zine for 2010, I am reminded of some of
the valuable gifts I have received this year:
So, from myself
and Irene, and of course my long time friend (my whole life!), the
very merriest of Christmas seasons and an amazing New Year.
Let's make 2011 a year to marvel at when we look back over
what we have accomplished.
- Your continued friendship and support
over the year.
- A wife who loves me and is my
partner and greatest cheerleader.
- The privilege of being able
to travel the world sharing ideas and challenging people
to move out of their comfort zones into their winners zone.
Bob 'Idea Man' Hooey would be pleased
to be a part of your success team and to work with you to help
make your conference, meeting, or training event a
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I belong to the NSA-Arizona chapter,
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meeting to accomodate the CAMP NSA event and I was able to visit.
Membership bonus for that evening was having a professsional
photographer on site if you wanted to update your profile. I took
advantage of this offer and he made me look good.
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Bob actually sitting outside on the
patio by the pool during CAMP NSA in Arizona. It was so warm
compared to the minus 22C that same day back home in
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