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Day of Hope and Leadership Save the date: October 3, 2017 This year's Day of Hope and Leadership was another success. Sold out with over 250 guests in attendance who were inspired by the theme "What Is Your Next...

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Body Plus Nutritional Products Team at the Briars Dan was very happy to be tonight's keynote speaker for the Body Plus Nutrition Products team. His message that "Ones Add Up" was delivered to an engaging...

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Dan Carter Talks About Leadership on SiriusXM Radio   Check out Dan on  SiriusXM Radio - Dan Carter talking about leadership on the show "What She Said" with Kate Wheeler and Christine...

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Week 28 Pull Up - Pull Out - Pull Down "Average is over" - either we understand that we become a lifelong learner or we can no longer be competitive or exist. The...

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Week 27 The Web and Your Company According to StatCounter, Dublin - 20% of web browsing is now conducted on mobile devices; compare that to 2009 when mobile...

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Week 13

Posted by Dan Carter | Posted in One Idea a Day | Posted on 24-02-2014

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I just love this statement, “One person can make a difference, and everyone should try” by John F Kennedy. It’s been over 50 years since JFK has left his impact on the world.  Many leaders debate his presidency and the words that he used to create a vision of a better world; with more peace and less war, a vision of a world that could dream big and go places we never thought of.  More importantly, he challenged his nation by this statement “Ask not what your country can do for you, but ask what you can do for your country”   – words that many of us will remember for a life time.

Can you share your impression of those words from JFK that every man can make a difference and every man should try? Do those words challenge you as a leader and how do you teach this message?

Do we now find ourselves in a time where we need to ask what we are willing to do for our country? Is this a time when we need a bigger vision and commitment from all of us?  If so, what steps can we take or what steps have you taken?

Week 12

Posted by Dan Carter | Posted in One Idea a Day | Posted on 17-02-2014

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Ronald Heifetz is the senior lecturer and co-founder of Public Leadership at John F. Kennedy School of Government – Harvard University.  He says, “Leaders, it’s not your job to actually solve their problems, it’s your job to develop their capacity to solve their problems.” 

As a leader do you agree with the statement that your role is to create the capacity to solve problems? If so, how have you supported those actions in your own leadership role or in your professional role as a leader?

As a leader, what steps have you taken in the past to help someone find a solution?

Week 11

Posted by Dan Carter | Posted in One Idea a Day | Posted on 10-02-2014

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Play can be a profound way to engage with the world and the self. Artists have always known that a playful mind can unlock the richest secrets. Picasso talked about remaining child-like in order to paint. Henri Matisse noted that a tremendous spirit of adventure and love of play is the hallmark of creative heavyweights. Albert Einstein put it more pithily “To stimulate creativity, one must develop the childlike inclination for play. Steve Jobs’ personal motto was Stay hungry, Stay foolish.  (The Slow Fix)

Based on those findings do you think that play helps your creativity and problem solving skills? Have you ever discover the answer to a problem that you have been trying to solve during play? Do you use play in your work environment? If so, how has it helped in areas of problem solving, creativity, employee engagement?

Have you used it to create a company culture? What kind of play have you engaged in at work?

Week 10

Posted by Dan Carter | Posted in One Idea a Day | Posted on 03-02-2014

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Harvard psychologist, Robert Rosenthal and Lenore Jacobson of South San Francisco Unified School District conducted a very interesting study in the 1960’s that was designed to find out what happens to students when teachers believed they had high potential. Rosenthal randomly selected 20 percent of the students in a few class rooms and labelled them “Bloomers- High Potentials” and the other 80 percent were in a controlled group. The bloomers weren’t any smarter than their peers – the difference was in the mind of the teacher. The teachers’ beliefs created self-fulfilling prophecies. When teachers believed their students were “Bloomers” they set higher expectations, engaged more and supported behaviours that helped boost the students’ confidence.  All of this in turn, boosted the students’ grades.

From this study what can we learn from the results; have you ever seen one person with your perception of high potential and another you though had low potential?  On reflection, did you invest in them differently; did they live up to your own self- fulfilling prophecies?

What do you think is a great lesson about the way we see people? How can we change the way we see people?