The face of life seems to be constantly changing, and at a very fast rate. The accelerated speed of the changes alone is causing some to resist. Others are quicker to accept but when asked for an honest reply of what’s happening, they often say they’re not sure what they said yes to. Where is the forum where we can safely and honestly ”open up” and dialogue and provoke healthy discussion? Where is the place where we can intentionally shape our tomorrows? I believe one of those key “places” is the annual Day of Hope & Leadership (this year on Monday, October 1st in Durham Region). Our challenging theme for 2013 is BALANCING THE SHIFT: Women in Leadership, Emerging Leaders and Succession Planning (seasoned leaders grooming and transitioning others into their place). What is the “face” of all of this today? While none of us, or very few would be brassy enough to say we know what it all looks like; or, even believe we know what’s best for us, there is a yearning in our hearts to move toward a practical working dream. That’s usually how good and great changes take place. This year our room will once again be filled with those who have big hearts, amazing influence and a sense that we can constantly do better. Years ago it was believed that the human brain was static or unchanging. People would joke and say, “Your mind’s like cement … mixed up and set.” Today, we know that this just isn’t true!! This discovery is called “neuroplacticity” (from neural – relating to the brain & plastic – meaning moldable or changeable in structure). In short, the good news is that our brains change throughout life. The three pieces to our overall theme of Balancing the Shift will require a fair bit of neuroplacticity. Our promise isn’t to answer all of the questions your mind might have for the challenges of your business, family or personal life BUT this day on October 1st will give you numerous insights and keys for navigating the challenging days ahead. Be sure to join us in this journey that literally affects every area of our lives. Be encouraged … your brain is already wired so that you can make the “shift” successfully. Dr Doug A. Schneider
I used to believe that the generational groups that exist today were separate, distinct and forever destined to misunderstand one another. You know, I’m referring to the busters, boomers, consumers, Gen Xers, Gen Y, Echoes … need I continue?? The more I studied their age grouping and unique features, the more disheartened I became. Would this really work better by creating a silo for each group and then simply suggest that all we needed to do was “pass the baton” to the next generation?? How could we learn quicker, instead of perpetually repeating past mistakes? But what would the strategy look like so that we honoured and benefitted from each generation’s strengths? And further, with the changing face of gender in the workplace and shift of leadership authority to women, along with men … how would that play out?
This year’s Day of Hope & Leadership is on Tuesday, October 1st in the Durham Region … our theme is BALANCING THE SHIFT: Women in Leadership, Emerging Leaders and Succession Planning (mature leaders preparing and making room for those transitioning into “top spots”). This promises to be a thought provoking yet very insightful time of dialogue that is sure to significantly impact every area of our lives. While I don’t want to oversimply those three connected pieces of cord: women, young and older … I do need to tell you that I’m not sure that just “passing the baton” is the best strategy for success in 2013.
In my heart some time ago I came to a conclusion: there’s really only one generation. Those who are alive today. We need everyone. Could it be that we’re ALL to hold onto the baton in some capacity as we run forward?? We need to humbly value what each has to offer. With intentionality and openness we want to connect the pieces of the cord, discover wisdom that brings out the best of everyone but doesn’t create “another problem” in your business, family or experience. It truly is a new day, with unusual opportunity and promise. Day of Hope & Leadership is a forum where your voice can be heard. Together, let’s talk, dream and walk into our tomorrows knowing it’s what we chose, and not what we defaulted to. You owe it to your business, family, kids, grandkids and our future to be there. Dr Doug A. Schneider
Join us on October 22, 2013 on our national tour. We’ll be presenting…
Authenticity – Idealistic to Realistic
at Grand Baccus Banquet Hall & Conference Centre
2155 McNicoll Avenue, Toronto, Ontario
Mark the date on your calendar, we’d love to see you!
Mark October 1, 2013 in your calendar for the sixth annual Day of Hope and Leadership! Details will follow, stay tuned for more at www.dayofhopeandleadership.com.
“If you don’t have passion in your life, are you really living?”