Saturday, November 30, 2019

Recommended Resources


Recommended Resources

Today, I'll be offering 3 more incredible non-profits for our readers to check out:

Bird Studies Canada - the largest national bird conservation organization to advance and encourage knowledge, appreciation and conservation of birds and their habitats. Using public engagement, science-based advocacy, citizen scientists and partnering with major organizations, such as BirdLife International... visit their site to see how you, your kid's classroom, seniors and your family can participate.

BirdLife International - is the world's largest alliance for natural bird habitat and scientific knowledge databases. with more than 10 million members and supporters, working with over 4,000 community groups and helping out more than 1,000 important bird habitat reserves... staffed by over 8,000 and supported by many more volunteers.

Brandon Humane Society - operating for 60 years in Brandon, MB (Canada) this is a no-kill, non-profit shelter for abandoned and surrendered companion animals:


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Friday, November 29, 2019

reducing consumerism

Buy Nothing Day 

Did you know that Buy Nothing Day was founded by a Canadian artist based in Vancouver back in 1992... it is now an internationally celebrated awareness day, with it's own website:

It challenges us to evaluate shopping and spending habits, to reduce consumerism, increase the ability to "make-do" and avoid trips to the grocery store, or corner store... So, no sudden dashes for ice cream treats or to buy gas. 

Buy Now

Some participants will go the extra mile and avoid driving, turning on unnecessary lights, cutting up plastic cards, using a computer or TV or phone... just for the day. It is actually quite the challenge!

Buy Now

This awareness day helps us consider what we are doing every day and offers advice on the best ways to save money from cooking at home and making repairs to cutting coupons. 

It is a good time to remind everyone of our award-winning waste, water, energy -wise book series: Trash Talk - helping you save money, reduce waste, help your community and make a real difference for the planet... with easy, simple tasks and daily actions. 


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Thursday, November 28, 2019

quote of the day

Quote of the Day

"The only courage that matters

 is the kind that gets you 

from one moment to the next. "

 ~ Mignon McLaughlin; The Second Neurotic's Notebook


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Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Innovative leader skills and strategies (part 2 of 2)

The Innovative Leader Skills and Strategies 

(Part 2 of 2)

*Written by: Donna Stevenson is the owner of Boomer Match to Business (BM2B). She is an expert in leadership development and employee engagement, working effectively with all types of industries and businesses. She also designs and delivers leadership training courses. In her business, she specializes in matching business experts with business needs. Contact Donna at

Look for Part 1 of this article on November 19th; the author explained the skill-set side of being a leader. 

Challenging circumstances and complex issues face every leader today, no matter the organization or environment. These circumstances and issues give rise to ever-increasing demands for leaders who have the capability to innovate.

Leaders who innovate see the bigger picture, grasp the entire situation including all the variables that may come their way. This means they have the capacity to think differently about their organization, they have the skills which allow them to bring new ideas and energy to their role, to address challenging situations and find solutions to complex issues. As a result, they bring more innovation into the entire organization.


Innovation is about implementation. Without implementation, innovation is creativity - the generation of new ideas, something new without the application - non quantifiable, minimal risk, and no investment. Kouzes and Posner, in their book, The Leadership Challenge, encourage leaders to challenge the status quo by searching for opportunities, experimenting, and taking risks. They suggest leaders ask themselves:

  • What can be challenged?
  • What needs to be improved?
  • What can I learn?
To drive innovation in your organization, consider applying the following five strategies.

1. Increase your knowledge from a variety of sources.

Innovation is based on knowledge. Therefore, you need to continually expand your knowledge base. Read things you don't normally read. Think about your personal experiences. Is there knowledge or skills you can apply to being innovative at work? What are your interests, hobbies, or volunteer activities? Do you play the piano, are you a gourmet chef, do you write short stories? Thinking about personal experiences may help you to tap into other knowledge and expertise and leverage them at work.

2. Treat patterns as part of the problem.

Sometimes we rely on previous experience to determine our next steps and we fall into a pattern of behaviour. Reach out to team members, colleagues, and bosses to test out your innovation plans. Are you relying on previous experience only to develop your solution? Are you spending time to reflect on the justification of your assumptions, beliefs and values?

3. Turn off idea generation and work on implementation.

Creativity is the process for generating ideas, lots of ideas. But at some point, you need to stop, step back, and decide on which idea to implement. Innovation is about actually working the idea, implementing and executing in order to bring the idea to life.

4. Foster an innovative environment.

Involve your team in your innovation decisions. Communicate and collaborate with them. Part of your role as a leader is to encourage the creativity of those who report to you. Make sure they have the tools they need to create and adapt to change. You do not need to, or should you, do this alone. That is why you have a team. Be a courageous change agent by trusting yourself to trust and lean on others. As you build your innovation skills and expertise, your team should be building theirs as well.

5. Evaluate, revise, repeat.

As with any change, it's critical to evaluate the result. Ask yourself, and your team, what has been learned from the experience? Did anything occur that was not expected? What would we do differently? What could we have done better? Document your findings and apply them to the next situation that needs innovative thinking.

Innovation is not about the past but rather, visualizing a desired future state.

The goal of innovation is to find a better way.


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