The other night, Brian and I attended a seminar on Social Media. It’s one that I had been to before, but Brian had not, and I saw value in going again. I knew that the material was expected to be similar, but the presenter was different this time.
And it showed. What a difference!
In both cases, the presenters were clearly experts in their fields. They each had a wealth of knowledge about the topic. They both spoke clearly, they were animated and easy to understand. There was absolutely nothing wrong with HOW either of them presented the materials. They were both skilled and confident speakers and virtually all the same information was there...and yet, given my experience with the original presenter, the second presentation paled in comparison. The impact was dramatically different.
To most people, acceleration means a pedal-to-the-metal, full-on effort to push forward more quickly. The actual act of accelerating, the moments during which you unleash your potential, is indeed just that, but that's not the half of it...
Acceleration is a cycle that starts with conserving energy ('standing still'), then moves into observing and assessing before reaching a decision point regarding what action to take. Only then do you actually accelerate.
This month's recommended book is The Leader Who Had No Title by Robin Sharma. Robin Sharma is one of the world's most highly respected leadership experts. He is devoted to the mission of helping organizations develop people who Lead Without a Title so that they win in this period of intense change. His clients include Microsoft, GE, FedEx, IBM, Nike, NASA, Yale University, and The Young Presidents Organization. Sharma's books, such as The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari and The Greatness Guide have topped bestseller lists across the globe and have sold millions of copies in more than 70 languages.
On May 7th, Brian and Michèle attended the Women of Worth Event at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. It was a wonderful event full of exemplary examples of women who are making a difference and taking on leadership roles.
The highlight of the night for Transformation Catalyst was when Michèle won the award for "Mompreneur of the Year". A picture of Michèle holding her reward can be seen to the left. A simple lesson in motivating others - rewards and recognition like this go a long way. Michèle is more excited than ever to help others achieve Success, Differently.
"A master in the art of living draws no sharp distinction between his work and play; his labor and his leisure; his mind and his body; his education and his recreation. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence through whatever he is doing, and leaves others to determine whether he is working or playing. To himself he always appears to be doing both."
- Francoise Rene Auguste Chateaubriand
This is such a great quote. I love it because it captures the essence and fundamentals of true success. We believe that the definition of success has narrowed and gone off track and has come to be measured solely by financial wealth and lifestyle trappings.
That’s not success. That’s just plain rich. And we don’t have to look too far to find example after example of rich people who are unhappy, and arguably, not successful either.
True success is so much more. It has dimension and depth, and, we believe that it has 4 critical components: Mastery, Meaning, Contribution and Significance.