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Life, the Universe, and Everything * 
from Linda / LUE-42 Enterprises 

Issue #85; March 2018
Coming in MARCH
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 National Nutrition Month and Cheerleading Safety  Month

1 Zero Discrimination Day (UN)
1 World Compliment Day
3 World Wildlife Day (UN)
3 Canadian Bacon Day
8 Intern'l Women's Day (UN)
9 Middle Name Pride Day
11 World Plumbing Day
11 Daylight Savings Time Begins
12 Fill Our Staplers Day
16 Panda Day
19 Intern'l Read To Me Day
20 Intern'l Day of Happiness (UN)
21 World Poetry Day (UN)
21 Intern'l Day of Forests (UN)
21 World Down Syndrome Day (UN)
22 World Water Day (UN)
25 Waffle DAy


Shout Out!  
A big thanks to some who made my life better in February!

MaryJane Alanko
Nishan Begam
Russ Dahms
Michelle Demers
Liz Garratt
Brian Hahn
Lynn MacAskill
Karen MacKenzie
Dorothy Marshall
Shauna Mason
Sheri McLean
Ernie Paustian
Neil Riley
Val Rutherford
Joan Seath
Michelle Sicard
Daria Taylor
Janna Tominuk
Theresa Tsoukalas
Brian Wawryshyn
Cathy and John Wood
Louis Yu Tim Lun
Isaac at Ekota

"There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up."

Progressivism and "mealy mouthed" language
(Excellent article triggered by Dalhousie's "diversity" recruitment campaign)  Click Here

Keep founding CEO through transition or cut her/him loose?  (Interesting article; surprising outcome)  Click Here

Globe 62 Study (Extensive study/tool on culture)  Click Here

Common driving misconceptions  (Please pay attention to the zipper merging)

How to feel wonder at every turn  (A nice blog post)  Click Here

Board diversity is good  (An article citing more studies)  Click Here

Board's role in protecting employees (Arising from Soulpepper Theatre scandal -- should the board have known?)

School board trustee and board chair have it out  (Good use of conflict of interest procedures)  Click Here 

LUE-42 Enterprises (Mine)  
Northern Sabbatical Productions (Mine)   
Heard at Work
Reader Notes  
Wish I'd said that...
Change Your Life In One Second Flat
     I couldn't resist the invitation! Maya Angelou said we are constantly, unconsciously asking ourselves four questions:

1. Do you see me?
2. Do you care that I am here?
3. Am I enough for you, or do you need me to be better in some way?
4. Can I tell that I'm special to you by the way that you look at me?

     Psychologist Katherine Schafler says if the answer is YES, we feel love. If it is unanswered, we feel distant. If it is NO, we disconnect completely.
      Schafler recommends that looking at the other person -- really looking, even for just 1 second -- will shape the mood of the giver and receiver in a favourable way. It is, she says, not about time but about quality of presence .
     Put a 4 on your screen or phone to remind you to be conscious about the four questions and to take that 1 extra second.

Here is the article  Click Here

Benefit of a Tiny Greeting
     From Nataly at, I really liked the idea of paying attention to how we greet others. She says, " A greeting. It's such a simple thing. Most of us probably don't pause to think about how we greet people we love or interact with.  But like other tiny acts of kindness, it can make a huge difference in how you feel and how the person you're greeting feels.  If you give it your full attention and put your warmth into it, this tiny little moment shifts from being a routine habit to a moment of true human connection."
     It's a simple thing, so I'm going to  try to do more of it. 

Here's the blog Click Here

March 20


what is the greatest lesson a woman should learn?
that since day one
she's already had everything she needs within herself
it's the world that convinced her she did not
-- rupi kaur
March 08 +March 21

Books by Moi   

Understanding Bylaws: A Guide for Directors of Not-For-Profit Organizations

ISBN 978-0-9866030-0-6

 (There's good stuff here, but this book isn't aligned with the Federal NFP Corporations Act or the new BC Societies Act. Email me directly with your bylaws questions about NFPs registered federally or in BC)


 Exceptional Board Members, Exceptional Boards 

ISBN 978-0-9866030-1-3



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     I was due for a new head shot and while Christina Louise does beautiful work and was every bit a professional, I am always astonished at my disappointment when I get the proofs. The photo looks just like me! What's up with that? On the plus side, at least I don't look like my Passport photo (or worse, my Costco pic)!
      I did a little travelling for work and battled a sinus cold that seemed to hit every other person I knew. Three days in Toronto without ever leaving the airport hotel isn't how I like to travel, but I was with a great group so that took away the sting of not getting out and about in Ontario. Throughout the month I met wonderful people and got to work on interesting projects -- next generation leaders, curriculum development, board observations, AGMs, and so much more variety!
     I attended an event at Hansen Distillery in west Edmonton. I really enjoy brewery and distillery tours, and am excited that there are so many entrepreneurs out there making life interesting for us. It's a lovely meeting space, the tour was fun, and the product was excellent. At least, that's what people told me. Ah, who are we kidding? Of course I tried it!
     I got to see a bit of theatre, including Theatre Network's METIS MUTT by Sheldon Elter. This was another powerful play that takes us further into how far we have yet to go in terms of reconciliation and diversity. 
     I got to hang out with playwrights and also enjoy the rehearsal process with my own work.  I had several opportunities to catch up with friends, new and old, and that always does my soul good. To me, there's nothing like food and fellowship. (Wait -- can we say fellowship any more? Is it humanship?)
     Someone commented that I stopped talking about culling my "stuff" and wondered if I finished. I assure you that I am unlikely to ever stop now. I probably fill a box every couple of weeks, and that's without bringing in anything new. I've also stuck to my promise that if something new does come in, then something must go out. As I look around my office, I still see much room for improvement. The thing is, I am really happy doing it now.  
     All this good news notwithstanding, I am glad February was a short month and that we are on to the next. Oh, and on March 31 don't forget to backup your systems (World Back Up Day). 
  "Boldness be my friend."
  William Shakespeare
The Answer   

A: Probably, especially if expectations are unclear or not written down elsewhere

         The last few weeks I've been finding myself down rabbit holes looking at codes of conduct for (corporate) boards. I have looked at dozens of variations on the theme and most of what I found isn't like a code of conduct that deals with behaviours. Rather, these are principles under which to do the work. So for this column, I decided to choose one, distill, and turn you loose with it. 
         These are Main Principles from the UK Corporate Governance Code, produced by the Financial Reporting Council.

  • Every company should be headed by an effective board which is collectively responsible for the long-term success of the company. 
  • There should be a clear division of responsibilities at the head of the company between the running of the board and the executive responsibility for the running of the company's business. No one individual should have unfettered powers of decision.
  • The chairman is responsible for leadership of the board and ensuring its effectiveness on all aspects of its role. 
  • As part of their role as members of a unitary board, non-executive directors should constructively challenge and help develop proposals on strategy. 


  • The board and its committees should have the appropriate balance of skills, experience, independence, and knowledge of the company to enable them to discharge their respective duties and responsibilities effectively. 
  • There should be a formal, rigorous, and transparent procedure for the appointment of new directors to the board. 
  • All directors should be able to allocate sufficient time to the company to discharge their responsibilities effectively. 
  • All directors should receive induction on joining the board and should regularly update and refresh their skills and knowledge. 
  • The board should be supplied in a timely manner with information in a form and of a quality appropriate to enable it to discharge its duties. 
  • The board should undertake a formal and rigorous annual evaluation of its own performance and that of its committees and individual directors. 
  • All directors should be submitted for re-election at regular intervals, subject to continued satisfactory performance.


  • The board should present a fair, balanced, and understandable assessment of the company's position and prospects. 
  • The board is responsible for determining the nature and extent of the principal risks it is willing to take in achieving its strategic objectives. The board should maintain sound risk management and internal control systems. 
  • The board should establish formal and transparent arrangements for considering how they should apply the corporate reporting, risk management, and internal control principles and for maintaining an appropriate relationship with the company's auditors. 

Remuneration (NOTE: This is for corporate boards whose directors are paid, not volunteer)

  • Executive directors' remuneration should be designed to promote the long-term success of the company. Performance-related elements should be transparent, stretching, and rigorously applied. 
  • There should be a formal and transparent procedure for developing policy on executive remuneration and for fixing the remuneration packages of individual directors. No director should be involved in deciding his or her own remuneration. 

Relations with Shareholders

  • There should be a dialogue with shareholders based on the mutual understanding of objectives. The board as a whole has responsibility for ensuring that a satisfactory dialogue with shareholders takes place. 
  • The board should use general meetings to communicate with investors and to encourage their participation.
         I found this not at all surprising and very refreshing. I was also pleased to see how closely -- other than the remuneration section -- the not-for-profit sector strives to parallel the corporate sector in terms of good governance and best/better practices.
         If there is something you can use here, that's great. Just make sure you provide proper orientation on what is expected of your board. Some boards even have directors "sign off" that they have read, heard, and understand. I've softened my position on this, but it's not a bad practice. Just make sure they understand.

The Extinction of Executive Committees

     You may remember that I am not a fan of Executive Committees. If you want to be reminded why, check out my latest article for the Canadian Society of Association Executives.

Corporate Culture Questions

     In, Nithya Das outlines 5 questions a board should ask management about corporate culture. This is in response to all the bad behaviour we are seeing lately by people in power.

1. Is the leadership team operating with a high level of professionalism and integrity? Do they value diversity and inclusion?

2. Do legal and HR have a seat at the table in making key strategy, organizational, and business decisions?

3. Does the company have published policies, processes, and trainings so employees easily understand what type of behavior is unacceptable and what to do if they have a problem?

4. What is the company's strategy to create a diverse and inclusive environment on the board and in the office?

5. Does the board have oversight and access to management, so as to be informed about the company's internal controls and policies and when the same are violated?

Here's the whole article Click Here
10 Minutes of Theatre

     I am so excited to have two new 10-minute comedies being performed in two great festivals. 

Starring Judy McFerran and Laura Raboud
Directed by David Cheoros
                    A women's entrepreneurial aspirations are frustrated when her grandmother reveals a family secret in public.

Theatre Canmore 10-Minute Play Festivus (Theatre for the Rest of Us) 
March 17 9:30pm, March 18 2:20pm, March 19 9:30pm
StageStruck! Festival Edmonton, La Cite Francophone  April 07 7pm

Starring David Cheoros and  Judy McFerran
Directed by Laura Raboud
                  The mandatory psychological assessment of a corporate CEO does not go according to plan.     

Theatre Canmore  10-Minute Play Festivus (Theatre for the Rest of Us) 
March 16 8:40pm, March 18 3:10pm
StageStruck!  Festival Edmonton, La Cite Francophone  April 07 7pm

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