Point to Ponder
My friend Kelly
Falardeau is just finishing her second book,
"Self Esteem doesn't Come in a
Bottle" She kindly included this contribution in her
How do you 'really' see yourself? How do
you value 'You'? How do you determine your own
a term used in psychology to reflect a person's overall evaluation
or appraisal of his or her own worth. (Wikipedia)
Like many of you, I struggled with these
issues for many years, from my childhood well into my adult life.
Still do for very short times. There were times I wondered if I
would ever amount to anything or accomplish anything of value. Then
somewhere along the way things changed in how I valued myself and
how I saw 'ME'.
Somewhere along the way I stopped
worrying about what others thought and minimized how I compared to
others or even to that 'ideal' picture of myself. I have worked
diligently to close the gaps between my visualization of myself and
where I really am at any given time.
I realize, I have room for improvement
and strive to do so. I am learning to stop and savour the wins (even
small ones) along the way. I am learning to graciously accept and
evaluate the opinions and observations of others, whether positive
or constructive. I am learning to allow myself to make a mistake or
two along the way and to leverage those mistakes into greater
Here are a few quick ideas to
help you create and maintain a healthy self
1. Celebrate your
achievements or wins, however small. Create a scrapbook (print or
online) or a wall of fame where you display them. Then, revisit them
from time to time. I did this with my hallway in my country place by
providing a place for the plaques, awards, and designations earned.
When I am assailed by self-doubt I look at them and re-affirm I have
accomplished some amazing things and I can do it
2. Create a warm fuzzy file
where you store the nice things, the compliments, and the positive
reinforcement people have given you. As a writer and speaker I get
notes and emails from people who appreciate what I have done. I put
them in my warm fuzzy file and re-read them when
3. What do you do to feed
your self esteem? In addition to the above, what books (like this
one) what tapes, CDs, or DVDs do you view? If you feed your self
esteem, you will grow stronger. Please remember to give yourself
lots of love and positive self talk to help build a healthier
Self-esteem is a
build-it-yourself project. I am blessed to have a
wife who loves me, a career that challenges me, friends and
colleagues who enjoy me, and audiences and readers who
appreciate what I say. As I see
Bob 'Idea Man'
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with Kelly and her first book. It should be out next
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Theodore Roosevelt said: "The
best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men (or
women) to do what he wants done and self-restraint to keep from
meddling with them while they do it."
This just might be your biggest
leadership challenge. (It has been mine on occasion!) Part of your
larger role as a leader is equipping those you lead to
succeed. This means giving them opportunities to fail or succeed
without your 'constant' supervision. So make sure you pick
good people, give them good direction and instruction and then, give
them room to find their own unique way of handing it. You just might
learn something new and they will often amaze you.
As many of you know, I have agreed to
be the President of the CAPS Edmonton Chapter in 2012. This will be
a good reminder to me as I guide my fellow leaders in serving our
chapter and our colleagues.
Thanksgiving is coming... good time to reconnect
with clients, colleagues, family.
What are you
I'm thankful for each of
you, my clients and colleagues. I am most thankful for the wonderful
woman who shares my life and makes it richer.
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Just back from Toronto, Ontario where I
attended our annual CAPS Leadership Summit with Presidents and
President-elects (like me) from our 10 chapters who met with our
CAPS National Board to keep up to date with what is happening and
what needs to happen.
Great group of
leaders. Definitely worth the trip and the time.
I'm currently working on
CAPS activities as well as client materials. Going to be a
busy rest of September. At our place in Egremont, lots to do for
fall including spreading gravel and re-organizing the garage so we
can park in there this winter. I am also going to be in Calgary next
week for Shawne Duperon's Media Mastery Boot Camp for two days... it
will be fantastic.
Tuesday evening on return
from Toronto my friend Linda Maul hosted a
gathering of the current and new CAPS Edmonton boards. What an
emotionally charged and connection based meeting. We have
effectively doubled the size of our board for 2012 which should
allow us to divide the workloads more equitably and allow our
creativity to flow. We have some challenges to share ahead, but I am
confident that with these great people on our team we will be
My amazing friend
Toni Newman will be speaking at our CAPS Edmonton
meeting on Sat. October 1st. She and her team created the best CAPS
National conference in our history last year in Montreal. This is a
value added program for anyone who is interested in being a better
speaker and building a better business. Visit the CAPS Edmonton website for information and to
register. If you register on line you will save
We are creating
social media for our CAPS Edmonton Chapter.
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