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The Lollipop Moment

My daughter is in grade seven and just made house captain. She’s thrilled by this honor. Her teachers and peers say she was chosen not for her outstanding popularity or nor her ability to influence others by extroverted behavior. Her most outstanding leadership characteristics have been demonstrated every year since Kindergarten in her ability to take her own initiative and to lead by example.  Today, she showed me this TEDx video that truly resonated with me on the theme of leadership. My daughter is totally inspired by the concept that leadership can take light in the everyday, ordinary world.

It’s in the small stuff where one can make the biggest differences.  Leadership can thereby be found in every individual. It is in the art of these small, lollipop moments that the biggest impacts on people can be made. This is a good challenge for us all to regularly have our lollipop moments by giving them naturally without premeditation or agenda.






5 quotes on corporate culture

Corporate culture is a term used to describe the beliefs, values, and processes that provide a company with its own unique flavor and attitude. It’s really about the attitude of everyone involved with the organization. Here are some nuggets of wisdom to share with your team.

“To be an enduring, great company, you have to build a mechanism for preventing or solving problems that will long outlast any one individual leader.” ― Howard Schultz

“A company’s culture is often buried so deeply inside rituals, assumptions, attitudes, and values that it becomes transparent to an organization’s members only when, for some reason, it changes.” – Rob Goffee

“If every day at work feels like a Friday, then you are doing what you were meant to do.” 
― Alan W. Kennedy

“The word attitude doesn’t mean you should be committed and loyal to your supervisor. Attitude means dedicated, committed and more clinical to the work you do and the company you’re doing the work for.” 
― Vivek Thangaswamy

Company cultures are like country cultures. Never try to change one. Try, instead, to work with what you’ve got.” – Peter F. Drucker

Take a Break! You Need it!

Gen Y Girl


I’ve been struggling with a really annoying problem lately and I don’t know what to do.

I’m tired… ALL THE TIME.

And I hate it!

Someone please explain this to me…

I’m a CrossFit junkie three times a week.

I eat pretty healthily (I hope that’s a word).

And I’m 22 years old!


So where’s all my energy gone?

I see people twice my age going out and having a great time and me…all I want to do is take a nap.

That can’t be normal.

In the three years that I’ve been working full-time, it’s almost like all the life has been sucked out of me.

I kind of want to cry.

But it’s not an unusual feeling, really. Research the negative affects of work and you’ll find the following:




And then we wonder why so many people are dropping dead from heart attacks.


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Corporate Giving

Does your company’s philanthropic efforts complement your corporate culture?

Without our attachment to community and, in particular, offering brighter futures for young people, we would be missing such a key piece of our corporate soul. Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland is McNeill Nakamoto’s primary philanthropy and active focus.

“We wanted to help young girls make good choices and give them a chance to succeed” ~ Sarah McNeill

The December 2012 issue of BCBusiness magazine interviews McNeill Nakamoto co-founder Sarah McNeill, on the subject of corporate philanthropy.

Together with our employees, McNeill Nakamoto is committed to ensuring that the legacy we create is not just for ourselves but for the improvement of our community and the world around us.

What if Money Didn’t Matter

After watching this video, think about it thoroughly and share in the comments what you would want to do with your life if money didn’t matter.


The Olympics produce a lot of great stories of inspiration.  I’ll never forget the moment in Barcelona 20 years ago when British athlete Derek Redmond tore his hamstring during the 400 metre semi-finals. Not willing to give up, determined to finish the race, he continued.  His father broke through security to help Derek complete the race. Even in undoubtedly one of his son’s most difficult moments, he was there to give strength and support him, along with a standing ovation of over 65,000 fans.

This is the Olympic spirit that we love.


8 Secrets of Success

Richard St. John, author of “The 8 Traits Successful People Have In Common:
8 To Be Great” condenses his 7 years of research about achieving success into this 3 minute TED Talk. Enjoy.