Tag Archives: TED Talk

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.






Walk the Talk

Business innovator Nilofer Merchant explains…

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


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.

Leadership is over-glorified

This short and concise TED Talk video beautifully breaks down the definition of leadership.

Derek Sivers encourages us to have the courage to follow, and show others how to follow.

“The first follower is actually an underestimated form of leadership in itself. … The first follower is what transforms a lone nut into a leader.”

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.


Most popular McNak blog posts of 2012

‘Tis the season for reflection, so in that spirit, here is a quick snapshot of our most popular blog articles for 2012:

Co-founder of McNak, Sarah McNeill was smileyfacecaptivated by this TED Talk video of Shawn Achor’s about the happy secret to better work. Check out Happiness Inspires Productivity.

A guest post written by one of our friends at MAC Marketing Solutions, The Importance of Teamwork and Positive Energy in the Workplace was one of our most viewed posts of 2012.

At this time of year, we think about making some changes in our lives. Perhaps What you do first thing in the morning matters will inspire you.

The subject of onboarding proves to be a popular one. McNak co-founder Cheryl Nakamoto describes What went wrong: a lesson about onboarding in this notable post.

And one of the favourites among our team at McNak is Does Your Culture Create a Legacy? – a guest post written by the eloquent Matt Corker.

This year the McNak blog has attracted more followers, likes, and comments. We’d like take this opportunity to thank you all for taking the time to read, comment and share our articles.

Happy New Year!

What are you thankful for?

CEO, therapist and life coach, Dr. Laura Trice shows us in this 3 minute TED Talk video below that genuine praise is what we all need and should not be shy to ask for.

We can all learn to apply this in the workplace, as Laura has done in her own company. The following is how she praises her employees into three categories:

1) Verbal praise, recognizing a job well done. This is also effective with vendors and customers;

2) Compensation-based praise happens here twice a year; and

3) Individual spontaneous gifts or benefits based on exceptional performance, so long as they are not overused.

I think we can all benefit when we take the time to thank someone for the work that they do.

Thank you.

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.