I guess I could feel sad about this upcoming week with all the advertising and restaurant discounts and sports related events that’s catering to Father’s Day however I’m not. Fathers could use alot of recognition even though some of them lately have been misbehaving very badly!

For the record this day is meaningful for me because my father was a hardworking and great Coal Miner from West Virginia who assisted in raising 15 brothers and sister (and yes my mother plays a huge role in our lives even today.) I know you have a story to tell but I don’t think I will have enough neither space nor time to mention it here. Sorry about that but I had better let you know why I chose to talk about Father’s Day and Infertility in the same sentence.

Did you know that…?

“Infertility is a disease, and if you have been diagnosed, you are not alone. According to The Center for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 7.3 million Americans, or 1 in 8 couples of childbearing, age are infertile.”

I have chosen to direct my energy and focus towards those silent individuals who suffer from infertility and/or presently experiencing the inability to procreate due to physical, physiological, genetic issues, or some unknown cause.

I am proud to be a professional member of such an organization as Resolve who advocates, supports, and educates communities and members about infertility.

We can all do something for the men and women and families across our country who
find it difficult to pay out-of-pocket for infertility medical treatment…

“Have the men in your life taken action? Ask them to support the Family Act of 2011, S965
More than 2,000 women and men have contacted their Senators to urge them to co-sponsor S 965 — a bill to create a tax credit for the out-of-pocket costs associated with infertility medical treatment. Introduced in the U.S. Senate by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (NY), this bill will potentially help thousands of people seek medical treatment that otherwise would be out of reach for them. ”

Secondly, take a moment this week to visit http://www.RESOLVE.ORG to learn more about Infertility and what you can do to support such an important Cause!

Happy Father’s Day

Curt Canada MSW is a leadership, career, and life coach who also provides early intervention communications coaching w/couples experiencing infertility.

I guess I could feel sad about this upcoming week with all the advertising and restaurant discounts and sports related events that’s catering to Father’s Day however I’m not. Fathers could use alot of recognition even though some of them lately have been misbehaving very badly!

For the record this day is meaningful for me because my father was a hardworking and great Coal Miner from West Virginia who assisted in raising 15 brothers and sister (and yes my mother plays a huge role in our lives even today.) I know you have a story to tell but I don’t think I will have enough neither space nor time to mention it here. Sorry about that but I had better let you know why I chose to talk about Father’s Day and Infertility in the same sentence.

Did you know that…?

“Infertility is a disease, and if you have been diagnosed, you are not alone. According to The Center for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 7.3 million Americans, or 1 in 8 couples of childbearing, age are infertile.”

I have chosen to direct my energy and focus towards those silent individuals who suffer from infertility and/or presently experiencing the inability to procreate due to physical, physiological, genetic issues, or some unknown cause.

I am proud to be a professional member of such an organization as Resolve who advocates, supports, and educates communities and members about infertility.

We can all do something for the men and women and families across our country who
find it difficult to pay out-of-pocket for infertility medical treatment…

“Have the men in your life taken action? Ask them to support the Family Act of 2011, S965
More than 2,000 women and men have contacted their Senators to urge them to co-sponsor S 965 — a bill to create a tax credit for the out-of-pocket costs associated with infertility medical treatment. Introduced in the U.S. Senate by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (NY), this bill will potentially help thousands of people seek medical treatment that otherwise would be out of reach for them. ”

Secondly, take a moment this week to visit http://www.RESOLVE.ORG to learn more about Infertility and what you can do to support such an important Cause!

Happy Father’s Day

Curt Canada MSW is a leadership, career, and life coach who also provides early intervention communications coaching w/couples experiencing infertility.

A recent rash of improper behavior (amongst our elected officials) has significantly diminished the definition of the word leadership and its expected role.

Good leaders must lead by example. Through their actions, which are aligned with what they say, they become a person others want to follow. When leaders say one thing but do another, they erode trust, a critical element of productive leadership. Here are 10 of the dozens of ways to lead by example.

1. Take responsibility. Blame costs you your credibility, keeps team members on the defensive and ultimately sabotages real growth.

2. Be truthful. Inaccurate representation affects everyone. Show that honesty really IS the best policy.

3. Be courageous. Walk through fire (a crisis) first. Take calculated risks that demonstrate commitment to a larger purpose.

4. Acknowledge failure. It makes it OK for your team to do the same and defines failure as part of the process of becoming extraordinary.

5. Be persistent. Try, try again. Go over, under or around any hurdles to show that obstacles don’t define your company or team.

6. Create solutions. Don’t dwell on problems; instead be the first to offer solutions and then ask your team for more.

7. Listen. Ask questions. Seek to understand. You’ll receive valuable insights and set a tone that encourages healthy dialogue.

8. Delegate liberally. Encourage an atmosphere in which people can focus on their core strengths.

9. Take care of yourself. Exercise, don’t overwork, take a break. A balanced team, mentally and physically, is a successful team. Model it, encourage it, support it!

10. Roll up your sleeves. Like Alexander the Great leading his men into battle, you’ll inspire greatness in your company.

Curt Canada MSW provides external coaching in leadership, career,and personal development at FindingYourZenith in Washington DC.

Author’s content used under license, © 2011 Claire Communications

How much is conflict costing your organization, department, team, relationship, and family? What happens when conflict isn’t resolved?

Unresolved conflict in the workplace results in….Loss in sleep, absenteeism, loss of productivity, strained relationships, stress and frustration and anxiety, sick leave, and sometimes workplace violence.

Like taxes, conflict in the workplace is inevitable. This isn’t all bad. Handled well, conflict can strengthen communication, spark new ideas and generate new levels of performance. Handled poorly, however, workplace conflict can damage important relationships and drag down productivity. In fact, many agree that the ability to manage conflicts can make or break a career. Take this Self-Quiz to discover how well you handle conflict in the workplace.

 True or False

1. If the conflict is escalating, I offer to set the subject aside and address it later, possibly in a separate meeting.

2. Defining the problem—and making sure that everyone agrees on this definition—sets me well on the way to solving the problem.

 3. I avoid attacking or criticizing, and I control my language. It doesn’t help any situation to be offensive or raise people’s defenses.

 4. Because good decisions are sometimes reached when everyone gives a little, I keep myself flexible and open to compromise.

 5. I do all I can to NOT get defensive. I listen to what others have to say and honestly evaluate whether their opinions might be valid.

 6. In any conflict, I keep my focus on a positive, solution-based outcome in which all can win.

 7. Even if it feels uncomfortable, I look the other person in the eye, showing respect for that person and for myself.

 8. I try to listen to and understand the feelings and needs beneath the spoken statements of others.

 9. My attention and activities are focused on what I can influence and control, and how I can make a difference.

 10. I explore with myself how my actions might have contributed to the conflict situation.

 11. Taking a bigger view is often all it takes to resolve for myself the smaller problems and irritations.

 12. I recognize that not everyone will live up to my expectations all the time.

 13. Maintaining a sense of humor is an important “tool” in my conflict toolbox.

 14. I work to establish ground rules for how to resolve the conflict.

 15. In conflicts, I take the time to deal with people face-to-face rather than by email. 

 16. I challenge myself and others to be creative about the possibilities for conflict resolution available to us.

 17. I try to deal with regularly occurring conflicts and those that negatively impact my productivity before they escalate to a bigger conflict.

 If you answered true to fewer than 10 questions, you might benefit from learning new communications skills. Please don’t hesitate if you would like to work together to develop these.

Remember, when confronting office conflicts, it’s best to keep the focus on work-related issues, not personality. Doing so can help you keep a cool head—and your career on track. 

 Email me at curtcanada@verizon.net  What’s your story?… Let’s find your Strengths…..Conflict doesn’t have be negative and painful….Take the TKI Conflict Assessment  and a 45 Minute Coaching Feedback session.

 Curt Canada is an Executive, Career, and Leadership Development Coach at FindingYourZenith in Washington DC.    Visit our website at  www.curtcanada.com

Author’s content used under license, © 2008 Claire Communications