Creating Healthy Harmonious Work Teams

Help your team get an A+ by creating a harmonious work team.

Is your team poised for productive and profitable results? How about healthy and harmonious team work?

Maybe you already have a great team, working in harmony, productive and profitable. If so, congratulations. If there’s room for improvement, plan for it and make it happen.

For HR managers leading teams, plan for their success with good relationships training or support to help people play nice in the sandbox.

Plan to give them the tools when things get tough.

Plan to build bridges not silos.

Plan to work together, not separate.

Plan to create an inclusive workplace environment where everyone is contributing their best and feeling valued. None of us is as smart as all of us.

If there is even a slight chance for improvement of your team’s performance, jump on it, and help them get an ‘A’ at being top performers.  There are training grants to help Ontario employers build soft skills like those taught in Play Nice in the Sandbox workshops and keynotes.

For employees, plan to give your absolute best to the commitments you’ve made to your role. We’re in an economy where employers can’t afford anything but your best efforts. Your full engagement is critical to their success. We need employees who are willing and able to give their absolute best, everyday they’re scheduled to work, on-time, focused, clear and clean… and there is a global market competing for those jobs. Plan to follow your leaders with consensus and support, and there’s a good chance you’ll be one of those leaders of an organization in the not too distant future.

Together you can create a healthy and harmonious work team, be competitive and be profitable with good planning.

Best wishes for an incredible new year ahead and remember, your greatest leadership day starts here!

inspirational speaker, self help author

Opening the Soul for Business

Last week I was eating Chinese food in a little restaurant on Spadina Avenue in Toronto with my good friend and fellow author, Barry Spilchuk.  I was speaking to him about being snagged  (previous article explains how to best deal with snags) in my personal development because I realized that I was hooked onto something massive.  I had received some uncomfortable feedback which had created a huge disturbance within me. Because of it I was contracted, uptight and upset, and just really wanted to get through it. 

Being the great friend he is, he listened, understood, and could relate my situation to similar times in his life.  We all need friends like this—people we can lean on when we’re not seeing clearly.  Barry suggested a book to me by writing on a napkin:  The Untethered Soul” by Michael Singer.  I bought it the very next day, an am in the process of reading it. 

The inspiration for my article this month came from the realization of my snag this summer, my encounter with Barry, and the first few chapters of this book; implementing the amazing work of my journey towards inner freedom by staying open to everything.

I’ve realized that a snag is stored energy, no matter what kind of snag it is, and that it’s very hard work to continue to fight against it, work around it, or keep it locked down inside.

I know for sure that being open has made this the absolute best summer of my life. 

I encourage you to take some time to read and contemplate my latest article, Are you open for business?, and remove what’s closing off your ability to receive the abundance that life has to offer.

Invest in this rich information, and be fully open for business.



The Riches of Authenticity

“I believe that communication is the most important leadership skill that one can possess for success in business,” I shared with Robin, the CEO of a successful Canadian-wide franchise.  Robin has experience working in many different companies and countries around the world.

I asked him, “In your opinion, what is the most important leadership quality?”

“Authenticity,” he said.

“Authentic leaders create environments where exceptional performance is nurtured through honest, intelligent and sincere communications.  The very best in people is brought out not through fear of consequences but through a desire to achieve.  This is best accomplished, in my experience, where the leadership agenda is all about engaging with genuine candor.  It’s pretty simple really.  Our goal as leaders is to get talented people totally focused on the work at hand and not waste time with the distractions of politics and  implied messages.  Once leadership authenticity takes root, people stop looking over their shoulder and become energized around moving the business forwards – not looking backwards.”

Authenticity is paramount in personal and professional leadership, and in order to exercise it, communication skills are key.  I learned a deeper lesson in leadership from Robin, and I am grateful to pass it onto you.

You can learn more about The Authentic Leader in my November Leadership Tip at

Best wishes for an amazing November,



Cooperation vs. Competition

Here is another excerpt from my new book, I Give and Grow Rich, An Inspiring Guide to Circulating Abundant Wealth.

Cooperation vs. Competition

People in the workplace environment don’t always want to share their knowledge since they feel threatened. They feel that knowledge is power, and that they become more powerful by withholding all of their knowledge.

Nothing could be more detrimental to one’s career.

Knowledge is not meant to be hoarded. Those that do hoard do so under the false pretense that it makes them a better leader, but in reality, they are actually demonstrating a lack, limitation, and scarcity mentality, based on their fear that there is not enough knowledge for everyone.

How powerful will you be when you can share your information to build other leaders around you?

How important will you be to your organization when you can coach people toward better skills and influence and inspire them to perform to the best of their abilities?

People are often stuck in dead-end career positions because of their lack of ability to lead others.

Don’t hold back or keep secrets that could help someone else. You have experience that you can offer to others. Teach it to them. You have resources that others can use; pass on that knowledge so others can benefit.

Be the company’s biggest cheerleader, encouraging and empowering people to grow. When one person wins, we all do.

Always focus on cooperation versus competition in the workplace and beyond.


Cooperation like love and friendship is something you get by giving. ~Napolean Hill

Honour Our Potential Everyday

The Dragon Boat honours the spirit of the dragon, which in China represents coming together and working as a team toward one common goal. What if you and your team, at work or at home, worked toward one shared goal? Would you be more productive? Read More…

Warriors Of Hope, Dragon Boat Racing Team

Warriors Of Hope, Dragon Boat Racing Team


Optimistic in Turbulent Times

One common denominator that I feel anyone needs despite their status of security in this economic time is OPTIMISM.  In the workplace there are many changes that can leave us feeling apprehensive.  Times change, people change, positions change, downsizing occurs, coworkers leave, people lose their jobs or their health; yet the only thing consistent besides change is the fact that we have the ability to choose our response.  Optimism is key in relationship strategies within the office.  Showing up for your day with a belief that opportunities for great things are everywhere will give your corporate culture or your energy level a huge boost.

During tough times, one of my favourite mantra’s is “everything works out more perfectly than I could have imagined”.  It works like magic for me when I am feeling doubtful.

Here is a video clip that demonstrates your personal weather system, which like optimism, is contagious.

Make it a great May!

Read more on this subject, or about bringing creative workshops or keynotes to your team at

Top 3 Employee Motivators

Top 3 motivators from employee perspective:
According to a recent management study, 46% of employees leave a company because they feel unappreciated; 61% said their bosses did not place importance on them as people and 88% said that they do not receive acknowledgement for the work they do.Whether you are an entrepreneur, manager, parent, teacher, coach, friend or just want to be successful with people, you must master the art of appreciation.The top 3 motivators for employees are: appreciation, feeling ‘in’ on things and displaying an ‘understanding attitude’. That is what our employers want, our customers want and the people in our personal and family lives want.