Category Archives: Inspiration

Walk the Talk

Business innovator Nilofer Merchant explains…

“Walk and talk. … You’ll be surprised at how fresh air drives fresh thinking.”

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I always thought that golf was invented for this reason. Some of the best conversations can be found on the golf course. Not counting all the cursing for missing a good shot, though. Enjoy this brief TED Talk.

From the archives: Summer Reading

Looking back at past posts of this blog, we still find value in this post from 2 summers ago, and the timing couldn’t be better. These books are timeless,  fast reads – perfect for summer.

I’ve chosen two books that I believe are perfect for summer reading. Both books are not your typical heavy business or career read;  and the best thing – they  can be read in a very short space of time. Isn’t that what summer reading is all about?

For the Manager:  The Little Book of Coaching – Motivating People To Be Winners

Ken Blanchard, Author of the One Minute Manager, co-authored the Little Book of Coaching with Don Shula, former coach of the Miami Dolphins.

This is the perfect beach side book as it’s written  so you can easily navigate through it and pick up at any point. It’s a series of key quotes and statements that associate with their acronym: C.O.A.C.H.  This book has many inspiring ideas and stories that can be applied to both personal and business. I believe it is an essential read for anyone in a leadership or management role.

Career Reading: Johnny Bunko – The Last Career Guide You’ll Ever Need

New York Times best-selling author, Daniel Pink  wrote this book in Manga format, so end to end this book should take no more than an hour. It’s visual format and strong messaging serves as the ultimate guide to take charge of your career that may actually help you get unstuck and start doing what really makes you happy and fulfilled.  This book carries a universal message applicable to both those deeply into their career as well as for those just beginning.

Happy reading!


Office Stretches to Do at Your Desk

Feeling tension in your shoulders? Are you hunched over your keyboard?

Take care of yourself and give your aching body a break with these recommended office stretches to do at your desk from the team at hiredmyway.

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Working Hard

I recall one time being in the passenger seat of a friend’s really nice car. We pulled up to the curb at our destination, and as my friend handed the valet the car keys, the valet asked, “Wow, what do you do to drive a nice car like that?” My friend’s answer was simple and to the point. “Work hard”.

“I learned the value of hard work by working hard.”                                     ~ Margaret Mead

“Working hard is very important. You’re not going to get anywhere without working extremely hard.”       ~ George Lucas

“I think that my biggest attribute to any success that I have had is hard work. There really is no substitute for working hard.”                    ~ Maria Bartiromo

“You really have to work hard and apply yourself and by applying yourself and working hard and being diligent, you can achieve success.”
~ Julie Benz

“The only way to get people to like working hard is to motivate them. Today, people must understand why they’re working hard. Every individual in an organization is motivated by something different.”
~ Rick Pitino

“Nobody in life gets exactly what they thought they were going to get. But if you work really hard and you’re kind, amazing things will happen.”
~ Conan O’Brien

GrapeJuice raises $105,000 for Big Sisters

We are happy to announce that this year’s Grape Juice event at Ferrari Maserati of Vancouver raised over $105,000 for Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland.

Since 2007, the GrapeJuice wine auction has raised over $349,000 for Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland.

Special thanks to up and coming recording artist Asha Diaz for performing a couple of songs for the crowd on a beautiful Fazioli piano.

MAC Marketing Solutions and McNeill Nakamoto created Grape Juice to raise much needed funds to facilitate the matching process for over 100 at risk young girls on the Big Sisters waitlist. Big Sisters of BC lower Mainland matches volunteer mentors with young girls who face a multitude of challenges.

A big thank you to all of our generous GrapeJuice sponsors , donors, guests and volunteers!

Enjoy the slideshow below:

The Myth of Work-life Balance

Work to live. Live to work. We’ve heard that before.

Nigel Marsh is the author of “Fat, Forty and Fired” and “Overworked and Underlaid.” In this TED Talk video, Nigel has an interesting approach to the concept of work-life balance, and really gets down to the core of what is really important.

Ferrari Maserati of Vancouver presents GRAPEJUICE wine auction

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Join founding sponsors  McNeill Nakamoto Recruitment Group and MAC Marketing Solutions for the 6th annual GrapeJuice Wine Auction for Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland.

“GrapeJuice” is the social wine event and auction tailored for wine aficionados both casual and serious. And most importantly, it’s all for a great cause – Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland.

Once again, GrapeJuice will be a terrific, fun, after work function – it will take place on Thursday, March 7th, 2013 at the gorgeous 3rd floor showroom of Ferrari Maserati of Vancouver between 5:30 and 8:30 pm.

Tickets are $100 (a tax receipt is available for a portion of the ticket price) and attendees will be able to sample top wines from both BC and around the world, and bid on a wide selection of wines. If you are a wine connoisseur or simply enjoy wine and a great social event, then this event will certainly appeal to you!

To purchase tickets complete the online web form. For information on how to donate wine or contribute to Grape Juice contact Jessica Rozitis.

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See you Thursday March 7th at Ferrari Maserati of Vancouver!!!

Cheers!