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Tear Down The Wall

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If you’re a fan of the Beatles, you should listen to The Beatles Channel on Sirius XM. Some of the Lennon/McCartney lyrics are timeless, with life lessons that are relevant to all of us. In Eleanor Rigby, the lyrics, “Leaving her face in the jar by the door” got me thinking about all the times we appear brave on the...


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Enough with Fake News. Get Back to Issues That Really Matter

Fake News

“Fake news” is the latest buzzword sliding into our lexicon. The term is no longer limited to exchanges between President Trump and the media, and you can now hear it in day-to-day conversations. When comedians start incorporating fake news into their jokes, you know the phrase has become part of the fibre of the nation. I used to be an avid...


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Time To Reframe The Essential Question Of Our Life Time

find something you're good at

Perhaps the most difficult question we can ask ourselves is, ”Are you already doing what you are really good at?” If we did a poll, I am willing to bet, the first two answers would be - 1) I do not know what I am good at and 2) how would I measure my outcome? Those two answers combined would...


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The Time Has Come

Business Productivity

Most people have heard of the 80/20 rule, which is used in many different ways. In business, 20% of your clients generate 80% of your profits. The reality might be closer to 20% of your clients generate 120% of your profits, and the rest cost you so much money to service them that they actually reduce your profits below 100%. Is...


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The White Wedding Dress

Dennis Yanke Wedding Dress

While driving past one of the Goodwill donation boxes I noticed that the side door was open and a wedding dress was spilling out. I am certain that if the reason why the wedding dress existed, the marriage, the dress would not have been un-ceremonially dumped into a bin. The dress would be at the back of a closet in...


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How Will People Remember Me

How Will People Remember Me

Are you doing what you are good at? In Jim Collins business management book “Good to Great”, he summarizes the results of several real companies and points out how they made the transition to great. Coaching relationships I ask this question in a different way, “how will you be remembered?” and “how do you want to be remembered?” In our...


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Free Yourself From Mental Slavery

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  YouTube is a tremendous medium, at least most of the time. Recording artists must love it and hate it in the same breath.  They love that their videos can live on forever but hate that there’s no revenue stream. I became reacquainted with Bob Marley’s Redemption Song as one of The Voice contestants covered it brilliantly.  One of the...


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Loving on Purpose: It’s Your Turn

Loving on Purpose: It’s Your Turn

  What are you waiting for? When I was hungry you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me, I had no home and you sheltered me....


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Is Love All You Need?

Is Love All you need?

Growing up in the generation where the Beatles told us, "All you need is love", I cannot help but wonder, what went wrong. From 1967 when this song was released, until now, there have been more wars, murders, racism and ethnic cleansing around the world then anyone from 1967 could have contemplated. Even the Olympics, the athletic games which are...


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Healthy Relationships, Happy Employees

Healthy Relationships, Happy Employees

The goal of every business is to maximize profits. For most companies the salary/compensation line is at the top of the list of expenses. Economists will argue that we need to annually increase the productivity of employees, or their processes. All of these points lead us to the major dichotomy every business faces, how do I let my employees know...


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21 Days

Happy Couple

  My nephew was offered a job by a major bank and he called me to let me know. He was a little nervous and wanted some advice.  Craig is a very bright guy and occasionally tells everyone within earshot. I suggested two simple rules, the first is, people do not want to know how much you know, they want...


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Have You Ever Had An Ear Worm?

Have You Ever Had An Ear Worm?

    For a musician, an ear worm is when a song or a phrase repeats through your mind even after it’s no longer playing. Tori Kelly’s song First Heartbreak is my current ear worm. Channel 13 on XM plays this song frequently. I really like the music, the way Tori delivers a brilliant performance, even though I hate the...


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What is "Loving on Purpose?"

What is loving on purpose

Frequently I am asked about "Loving On Purpose." The questions (mostly from the male sex) I am sorry to say, have a similar theme. “Do I have to do this all the time?” “Everyday?”, ‘How do I make it new?” “Won’t she get bored?" So it goes. The simple truth about "Loving On Purpose" is that all you have to...


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The "Love, Productivity and Economic" Theory

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In all of the recent business press, from low tech newspaper to high tech apps on your latest I-phone or Blackberry, there is a constant barrage of "what the problem is with restarting the economies in North America". While ones political orientation suggests different issues, from too much taxation to tax the rich more, there is a common cause which all...


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Families who are divorcing do not buy! They liquidate!

Families who are divorcing do not buy! They liquidate!

Each of us has seen the changes in attitude of friends family or co-workers when love dies. Hope becomes despair, the glass is always half empty instead of half full with anger and thoughts of getting even dominate their conversation. The occasional mention of the partners imperfections, which used to be told with humour, are now a litany of hateful transgressions which seem...


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Remembrance Day Reflections

 The National War Memorial in downtown Ottawa

My Grandfather volunteered and fought in WWI. My Father volunteered and fought in WWII. As a Canadian, I did not have to go to Vietnam. Both my boys were the right age to have fought in Afghanistan. Now that my first grandchild has been born, I cannot help but wonder, is there ever going to be a generation where war is...


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