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Thankful to be Canadian!

This upcoming weekend is Canadian Thanksgiving, a time of the year when so many of us north of the 49th parallel gather with friends and family to gobble roast turkey and stuffing, and sip luscious libations. At some point during the raucous revelry, most of us pause to express the many things we are thankful for. I am thankful for many things – my incredible husband, my amazing family, a successful leadership development practice, great clients, awesome friends – but it occurred to me as I put my list together that I am thankful for one more thing – that I am Canadian! As a first-generation immigrant to Canada (I came to my adopted land thirty-one years ago), I am so proud to call Canada home. I appreciate that Canadians are relaxed and laid-back, tolerant of others who are not like them, willing to welcome strangers without wanting to change them, quick to laugh at ourselves and not take the world too seriously. And as if luck was just waiting to prove my point, I stumbled across this video titled “Canadian Dance Moves”, set to the lyrics and music of “Canadian Please”. Not only is it catchy and fun, but I really think it’s so “Canadian”.

So, what are your favourite Canadian dance moves? Mine are Cold as Ice and Tap the Syrup. Skip the Goose Poop made me laugh!

And oh yes, what are you thankful for this Thanksgiving?

Help us find the errors in our new site. And win prizes!

We just launched our brand-new, completely renovated from top-to-bottom, website and we’re very excited!  We’ve spent weeks trying to make sure that we’ve ironed out all the wrinkles.  But as in all things new, we know that we’ve missed a few!  Whether it’s typos, links that take you unexpected places, or just plain ol’ errors, we know that despite our best efforts, they’re out there!  So we’d like your help … and for your time and trouble, we have prizes!!

For each dead link, typo or website error that you find, the first two people who send us an email ([email protected]) with the details will receive their choice of one of Merge’s downloadable audio Leadership Series programs (a $197 value). See what you can choose from at the Marketplace tab on the new site.

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We’ve already awarded prizes to eagle-eyed Sharon Williams and Geoff Cox, so jump in and get your share.  Just give us the details through the Contact Us link on the website.

We’ll be back on January 9

It’s that time of the year … holiday parties, time with friends and family, taking some time off, continuing old traditions and starting new ones! In the spirit of the season, we’re taking a hiatus at the Turning Managers into Leaders blog, but I’ll be back, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, on Monday January 9, 2012.

My best wishes to all of you and your loved ones for a festive, joyous, rejuvenating holiday season, and I can’t wait to see you all again in the new year!  I look forward to another fantastic year of sharing tips and exchanging ideas, starting conversations and perhaps even some arguments, all in the pursuit of becoming even better leaders than you already are!

We’ll be back on January 11

It’s that time of the year again … holiday parties, visiting friends and family, taking some well-deserved time off.  And that’s exactly what I’ll be doing.  So I’m taking a short break from the Turning Managers into Leaders blog, but worry not, dear readers.  I’ll be back on January 11, full of vim and vigor, and ready to go with lots more tips, ideas and dialogues on becoming an even better leader than you already are!

I wish all of you the very best of the holiday season, may all your dreams come true!  I look forward to meeting up with you again in what promises to be a fabulous and fantastic 2011!

Televison memories from 17 years ago!

As the holiday season kicks into a flurry of parties and time away from the office, I am taking a short hiatus from the Turning Managers into Leaders blog.  But fret not, I’ll be back, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, on January 7.

In the meantime, just for fun, watch this video showing some of the television commercials that aired in December 1992, seventeen years ago!  If you’re in my age bracket, you’ll actually remember some of these, perhaps with some nostalgia.  If you’re younger than me, then at least you’ll get a laugh!  My two favourites – the Coca-Cola Santa Claus at 3:16 because it made me reminisce, and the McCain Crinkle Fries “Cassette Offer” at 3:46, because who still has a cassette player? 😀

Until we meet again in 2010, I wish each of you an absolutely delightful and entertaining holiday season, and my very best wishes for great success in the new year!