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

4 Steps to Use Failure as Your Stepping Stone

KreekSpeak Mental Toughness Tip: Are You Letting Go? We’re often told to “let it go”. Bad relationships. Toxic people. Negative feelings. Mistakes. Failure. But how do we actually practice ‘letting go’?   I’m no stranger to failure in my personal, athletic and professional life. I even did a TEDx talk on the power of non-attainment … 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

How Do you Manage Your Stress?

What’s your relationship to Stress? Hans Selye was the man who coined the term “stress”. Most languages have now accepted his concept of stress into the lexicon of most languages. Selye was born in Vienna and raised in Komarno, Slovakia which at that time belonged to the Austrian-Hungarian Empire. He later conducted most of his … Continued

How do you form a new habit? Consider the Power of Patience.

We’ve all heard the statistic. “It takes 30 days to form a new habit”. Yet most of us drop our new habit between days 3 to 8. Why? And what’s the solution? I recently shared Leadership strategies at the Canadian Consulate General in Seattle and spoke with an old friend who attended the event. She … Continued