Punishment By Love

Weird title, isn’t it? My friend, Darrel, shared a story about a nomadic tribe of people in Africa. In many circles, this tribe would be labelled “uncivilized.” They live in a harsh environment, hunting and gathering much as they have lived for centuries. Uncivilized? Maybe in some ways, because the modern conveniences you and I… Read more »

When Life Sucks …??

Ever felt stuck in your life, not sure what to do or where to go? Maybe even now? I don’t mean that you don’t have things to do. Most people I know share with me that they are incredibly busy. What I mean is that what you’re doing just doesn’t feel meaningful, purposeful and contributing in… Read more »

100% Responsibility + 0% Excuses = Accountability. Doesn’t It?

Responsibility and accountability are more than Interesting words; they are principles of life, whether it be in your professional or your personal life. You might be thinking, “Principles? What d’ya mean by principles, Dan?” I invite you to read on because there is a link to a great video that ties this together with an… Read more »

Bragging? Maybe, But The Point Is…

I feel extremely humbled. At the recent Gathering Of Alberta Co-ops 2014, there was an awards ceremony at the Gala.  Although I was not in attendance, I was declared the recipient of the Cooperative Visionary Leadership Award.  This award recognizes demonstrated leadership in a co-operative or credit union, at any level, that: Inspired others toward… Read more »

Where Is That Wascally Wabbit (aka Happiness)?

Do you remember the Bugs Bunny cartoons? If so, what pops into your mind with the name, Elmer Fudd? The picture in my mind? I see a short, pudgy character with his hunting cap perched on his head, gun over his shoulder, marching through the woods like a soldier, and with a slow deep voice… Read more »

Get-Out-A-Town? Isn’t It Time For You?

OK, be honest with me.  When was the last time you and your mate took the time to get away from home for a few days – just to reconnect? It is so important to leave your regular distractions, and also to make the time to just have some fun. Check this out. When are… Read more »

Reflections of Gratitude

Ever stopped to notice the amazing things that happen, and to really appreciate them? Examples: I arrived at the manicured and decorated farmyard about an hour prior to the wedding ceremony. As a Marriage Commissioner in Alberta, I like to be early and to help with any last minute details. The bride’s parents were fretting…. Read more »

Reframe Your Thoughts? Here’s How and Why

Ever had it happen in a conversation where you ask a totally benign question and your get a barrage of less-than-pleasing-or-positive words and feelings? And have you found yourself pondering, “What could I do differently so I get different results?” This video gives you a tool to reframe your thoughts, which leads to different words,… Read more »

Justin Trudeau On Working Together

With my good friend, Jeff Senger, and a few other co-op representatives, I had an amazing opportunity to attend a meeting in Edmonton with about 30 members of the Federal Liberal Caucus. They wanted to know what’s shakin’ in the co-op sector in Alberta.  And they wanted to know about our concerns regarding the regulatory… Read more »

How To Be More Productive: It’s About People, Isn’t It?

My son, Jamie, once said, “Work is highly overrated.” Although his comment was in jest, there is some truth to those wise words for many people. Sure, most of us are required to work in order to keep wieners and beans on the table. Let’s face the facts: most of us invest a large percentage… Read more »