Olympic moments will leave big impact on community in Rio favelas

I wanted to get outside the fence and ended up watching the opening ceremony in the Vidigal Favela. I was looking for a rawer view of the Olympics and wondered how deep into the favelas the Olympic movement would reach. We arrived at the community celebration in our VW taxi van. A few girls were practicing their … Continued

Olympic Professionals: Find your grit, Be a Pro

Amateur ˈ|amətər| A person who engages in a particular activity simply for the love of it, and is not paid for their work. – Professional |prəˈfeSHənl| A person who is competent and skilled in a particular activity, and is paid for their work.   Are you a Professional? When the modern Olympic Games were founded … Continued

Goals that Boost Well-being and Productivity

Toxic – ˈtäksik Poisonous. Relating to or caused by poison. Very bad, unpleasant, or harmful. In finance, denoting debt that has a high risk of default ORIGIN: Greek: toxikon (poison for arrows) from toxon (bow) Are your 2016 goals toxic? Of all places, it was a yoga workshop. Maybe the scene shouldn’t surprise me. Many Yogis … Continued

Why Curt Harnett believes volunteering is key to success

When I asked the celebrated track cyclist what he planned to do after volunteering as chef de mission for the Toronto 2015 Pan-Am Games, his answer revealed what many pee-wee hockey coaches, board members and charity event organizers already know. “Protect my lifestyle!” he replied with a smile. He was noticeably exhausted, and he swore … Continued

Middle-Age Fitness Boosts Mind, Body

Countless studies trumpet the long-term health benefits of physical exercise. But David Ford provides all the proof that I need. Canada’s most successful slalom canoeist is about to turn 49, but he’s still actively competing at an international level. The 1999 slalom world champion and five-time Olympian has paddled for our country for a mind-blowing 32 … Continued

Sleep can be secret weapon to gain competitive edge

Weekly sleep average more important than daily number By Adam Kreek, CBC Sports  Dec 08, 2015 4:27 PM ET One of the keys to overcoming challenges I’ve faced — rowing across the Atlantic, raising two young children, overcoming an addiction to Dragon’s Den — has been some well-planned shut-eye. As an Olympic rower, I knew that quality sleep would help me … Continued

5 Steps to Strengthening your Team

Not innovation. Not finance. Not strategy. In a disruptive marketplace, it’s teamwork that will give you and your organization the advantage. Why? Because excellent teamwork is incredibly rare. In a world of disruptive technologies and business models, excellent teamwork sets your team apart from competitors by empowering both ambition and engagement. Envy, mistrust, sabotage and … Continued

The Key to Success in a Disruptive Marketplace? A Powerhouse Team

With the NBA season ready to kick into gear, I thought that I would post a quote from one of the sport’s most successful coaches. It’s no surprise that Phil Jackson delivered the above quote on teamwork. By ensuring a culture of engagement, Phil found regular and repeated success as a player, coach and executive. … Continued