Coming in MAY
Get Caught Reading
1 Intern'l Workers' Day
1 Intern'l Civility Day
2 World Tuna Day (UN)
2 World Asthma Day
3 World Press Freedom Day (UN)
5 No Pants Day
10 Donate a Day's Wages to Charity Day
12 Intern'l Nurses Day
14 Chicken Dance Day
15 Intern'l Day of Families (UN)
18 Museum Day
21 World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development (UN)
22 Intern'l Day for Biological Diversity (UN)
24 Tiara Day
25 Tap Dance Day
29 Intern'l Day of UN Peace Keepers (UN)
31 World No-Tobacco Day (WHO)
A big thanks to some who made my life better in
Jenny & Adesh Narine
"Associate yourself with people of good quality, for it is better to be alone than in bad company."
Birth of the PPCLI (Interesting article w/video) Click here
When You're Stuck on Plane by Someone You Don't Want to Talk To (from Crucial Conversations blog) Click Here
Metropolitan Museum of Art Images (Open access to many free images!) Click Here
Significance of The Beatles' Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band Album Cover (So fascinating!) Click Here
Golden BC is in the Heart of 6 National Parks (If you're using your Canada 150 Parks pass, check out Golden's promo)
Bombay Peggy's Cat Show
(Dawson City, YT even has something for cats)
Non-Profit With Balls (You're going to love this site) Click Here
LUE-42 Enterprises (Mine)
Heard in the
Shiny Penny Answer (latest fad)
Intrigrate (an intriguing way to integrate?)
Spray and pray (a type of marketing campaign)
8 Ways to Sunday (inflation affects everything)
JFK Effect ("As a situation progresses it becomes increasingly difficult to be the first person to question something which is viewed as successful by a wonderful boss -- i.e., Bay of Pigs")
Always interesting, thank you! AD
The @LUE42Enterprise newsletter was super informative (again!) but the link to the Teletubbies performing "Get Ur Freak On" was awesome. JF
Awesome as usual! EG
Made me laugh. TE
Contributors to this issue: Tracy Cooper-Posey, Brian Edwards, Janna Jorgensen, Karen MacKenzie, Wanda Stephens, Laureen Regan
Wish I'd said that...
"A new day: Be open enough to see opportunities. Be wise enough to be grateful. Be courageous enough to be happy.
-- Dr. Steve Maraboli
"Diplomacy is the art of letting someone else have your way."
"The difference between can and cannot is only three letters. Three letters that can shape your life's direction."
-- Remez Sasson
"If I had nine hours to chop down a tree, I'd spend the first six sharpening my axe."
-- Abraham Lincoln
"The only thing standing between you and your goal is the bull$h1t story you keep telling yourself as to why you can't achieve it."
-- Jordan Belfort
"You never know what worse luck your bad luck has saved you from." -- Cormac McCarthy
Books by Moi
Understanding Bylaws: A Guide for Directors of Not-For-Profit Organizations
(NOTE: There is good stuff in 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)
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Board meetings and AGMs, AGMs and Board meetings. That's what spring brings in my world. I am so fortunate the the organizations I am involved with "get it" and while the meetings take time, they are (for the most part) painless. (NB: Hope I didn't jinx it).
In the latest
Corporate Governance Quarterly
, John T. Dinner FCIS, referenced
which, as you know, is a thing I care deeply about and try to live. He said, "There is a role for boardrooms to play in countering the lack of civil exchange in the broader public arena." I agree with him -- we can always strive for civility in the board room, and then let those actions spread out into the greater world. May 1st starts the
31 Day Civility Challenge
. Maybe you'd like to play along?
One AGM I attended was especially painless because we held it at
Rig Hand Distillery
in Nisku, catered by
, also in Nisku. The folks at Rig Hand gave us a great tour and tasting and it was an evening well spent. If you're looking for something interesting to do with your work group or friends, go check out these local businesses and their interesting and tasty products.
I am sad to report that one of my boards lost a member in April. Rest in Peace,
(CFL Alumni Association, Saskatchewan Roughriders Alumni Association).
May 14 is the anniversary of my mom's passing and I finally got around to sorting her last four (big!) boxes. These contained thousands of
of family, holidays, work, hobbies, and cats. I touched each one before it was relegated as one to keep, one to pass along, or one to toss. Throwing out photographs was a new and difficult challenge, but I do feel lighter having done it.
May 14 is also
Chicken Dance Day
. My mom loved
and never missed a chance to do the Bird Dance. I couldn't find a photo of her doing it, but am grateful the image is forever etched in my memory.
I finally read about the KonMari method of clearing clutter, and while I've been on this downsizing trajectory for a long time,
's book "
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
" is a game-changer. I am digging waaaaaay deeper in my culling. Helping me for the last year or so is my friend
. If you need a little nudge to get you going, you really should get in touch with her. She'll never make you feel like a big loser for having all that crap in your house. She'll just calmly help you with it. What a gift!
I attended the
Womanition BizBrigade Leadership Conference
where 16 women gave interesting presentations on a wide variety of topics. I managed to get at least one good idea or tip from each speaker, so it was a day well spent.
I was privileged to be invited to stage manage
's play "
Bed Bug Bossa Nova
" at the StageStruck Festival. Rehearsals were an absolute blast and the performance was an audience favourite. Hopefully that was just the push I needed to get back to working on my own plays.
I want to give a
to another friend for a recent accomplishment. While I am throwing out mountains of paper, he was literally climbing in the Himilayas. After many visits to Nepal and his third attempt to summit
(6,470 at the top) was successful. Way to go
! You inspire me!
YES YES YES"Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world."
Q: WHOSE JOB IS STRATEGIC PLANNING?
A: THE CEO AND THE BOARD
Don't you just love when you read an article that is completely consistent with your own opinion?! In Corporate Governance Quarterly (Winter 2017), Fay Booker FCIS tackled this subject while I read along and checked all the boxes.
This is important because the question often arises whether the board's role in planning is passive or assertive. Here are some highlights of Booker's article "An Overall Vision."
The Canadian Coalition for Good Governance (CCGG) says "The board is responsible for setting the overall vision and long-term direction of the corporation...The board reviews, questions, discusses, and ultimately approves management's recommended strategy."
The National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) says "Boards should be constructively engaged with management to ensure the appropriate development, execution, monitoring, and modification of their companies' strategies...boards need to become continually and proactively involved in strategy formulation."
Booker reminds us of the actions in the planning process:
- informing deliberations
- deliberating the information
- implications and options
- deciding on strategic direction and goals
- developing plans to achieve goals
- monitoring progress
Booker goes on to raise an interesting question: Does management recommend the strategy which it is most capable of delivering rather than the strategy which will be most beneficial to the corporation? As a former Executive Director and a current board member, this question is a head-scratcher. Do you agree?
Just in case you do agree, the NACD recommends that once the direction is decided, the board should go in camera to discuss whether they have the management team to deliver on it.
Sounds like an important question to introduce, don't you think?
A Bit On
On her blog
Own It, Live It, Love It
talks about 10 characteristics of people with
Audacious Emotional Intelligence
. I was pretty interested in these, and a couple really stood out (that I either have nailed or are miles from nailing!).
, EI is "the ability to identify and manage your own emotions and the emotions of others". Emotional intelligence affects our physical and mental health, work performance, and relationships.
1. They don't believe in perfection.
2. They live a balanced life.
3. They enjoy change.
4. They stay focused.
5. They're empathetic.
6. They know what their strengths are.
7. They motivate themselves.
8. They live in the present.
9. They have a positive attitude.
10. They set limits.
for the article and full descriptors. How do you line up with audacious EI?
Busy People Need
In a Harvard Business Review article "The Busier You Are, the More You Need Quiet Time" (March 17, 2017) Justin Talbot-Zorn and Leigh report on studies which show that "taking time for silence restores the nervous system, helps sustain energy, and conditions our minds to be more adaptive and responsive to the complex environments in which so many of us now live, work, and lead."
This is supported by various medical studies that show the benefit of silence on developing new brain cells, improving cardiovascular and respiratory systems, and increasing morale and productivity.
A person needs both inner and outer silence in order to "increase[s] your chances of encountering novel ideas and information and discerning weak signals."
Talbot-Zorn and Marz share some practical ideas:
1) Punctuate meetings with five minutes of quiet time. Retreat/
close the door and reset by meditating or reflecting.
2) Take a silent afternoon in nature
. Immersion in nature can be the clearest option for improving creative thinking capacities.
3) Go on a media fast.
Turn off your email for several hours or even a full day, or try "fasting" from news and entertainment.
4) Try a meditation retreat.
Even a short retreat is arguably the most straightforward way to turn toward deeper listening and awaken intuition.
Talbot-Zorn and Marz conclude that even though the world is getting louder, silence is accessible. We just need commitment and creativity to cultivate it.
Here is a link to the article
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