Category: Leadership

Could this be my next new career? Thumbs up to all the great men and women in the Canadian Armed Forces

Meeting with CORPORAL NADINE WAITR. She is the only female combat engineer in Canada and only female heavy equipment operator. She joined the CAF at 33 and spoke highly of the interesting work which she has done as an engineer and also of her experience in assisting with the earthquake in Nepal. The machinery below was what she used to clear the roads in Nepal after the earthquake!

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An awesome networking event – ConnectOtt

This year I set a goal to have 10 speaking engagements where I could hopefully inspire or motivate or help others to reach their goals. Within days of setting this goal, I started receiving opportunities to speak. I am a strong believer that we must put out what we want to achieve to the great universe. We must be clear about our intentions. I know that and I try to practice it regularly.

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“You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.” Plato

I enjoy listening to children’s perspectives on life. Adults make lots of rules for kids but kids also have opinions on some of those rules – most times, they can’t express those opinions! I have raised three kids and taught elementary school kids and to be honest, for the most part, I simply applied the rules to keep order. Who wouldn’t when you are trying to manage your life, their lives and get things under control, including getting them to learn skills to be a successful adult? However, as an older adult now, I find myself intrigued by children’s views and perspectives (because I don’t have to manage them anymore!) but also, I have had many questioning moments about, “who is a successful adult, anyway?”

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The huge cost of ingratitude…

“I would have felt so much better if he had only acknowledged my contribution.” she said. She shrugged her shoulders with a slight shake of her head. “I don’t understand why he would treat me like that.”

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She started with one student – today, she has taught over 500 students to dance!

Her words, which inspired me the most were: “When I started, two students registered. Only one showed up but I decided to work with this one student, and together we created a masterpiece choreography.”

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Don’t be afraid to invest in yourself.

Last week I posted on my new program, ‘Coaching through Transitions’, which I implement mainly on the evenings or weekends. It has been such a pleasure working with two young women who are already making progress after a couple of weeks. Last night, when I…

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New Release: Soulful Encounters, 2nd Edition of Mags Magazine

“I am delighted to register my Congratulations to Magdalene Cooman on the 2nd Edition of Mags E-Magazine titled ‘Soulful Encounters.’

This edition of Mags Magazine presents bold, deep, engaging content which covers the inner personal dimensions of life with which most if not every person can identify. The motivational content is written in a manner that is candid and reader friendly, engaging the reader in a soul searching journey.
The sketches of life stories echo the human experiences that serve to give significance to life. Additionally, they redirect the course of life, create resolve for purposeful living and very importantly, they provide introspective reflection for many struggling with similar encounters and feelings in finding their way. The producer’s own life story of twists and turns, challenges, soul searching and where she is today because of her quiet strength, deep spiritual exploration and self-determination, is a living testimony of what diligence and a purpose driven life can achieve.
Soulful Encounters is a delightful and thought-provoking reading from which everyone can benefit. I recommend Mags Magazine as a good investment not for the shelf but as a motivator for achieving self- fulfilment.”

Celene A. Gyles (Dr)

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