I love positive people. I spend a great deal of my time and energy trying to help people launch and grow their businesses while trying to make the most of their skills. In general, I like to focus on the positive. I think that deep within most people there is an idea or a product or a skill that is very valuable and I do my best to try to help them discover or unleash those talents. But there is a huge difference between positive thinking and butt rainbows. I know what you’re thinking. Butt rainbows isn’t exactly the most mature of business phrases. So what exactly am I talking about when I use the term?
Let’s talk politics.
Over the last few days, there has been a story circulating in Halifax about a certain politician and his social media habits. Here’s the basic story.
An RCMP officer ticketed a citizen for using their ATV to plow a driveway. Their ATV was, at some point, in the road and they were ticketed $406 for this violation of the motor vehicle act. The city councilor who represents that citizen (and in fact also represents the RCMP officer) took to social media to express his displeasure with this ticket and used some choice hashtags, including #GetaLife and #PowerTrip to describe his opinion of the officer’s actions.
I’m not going to get into who was right or who was wrong. I’ve established my opinion pretty clearly on social media. Instead, I’m going to take this opportunity to discuss Matt Whitman’s actions purely from a business perspective because when it comes down to it, that’s what being a politician is. It’s a job. You might do it for the right reasons or you might do it for the wrong reasons but you have duties and someone pays you. That is a job.
What the hell does a coach do?
This is a question a few people have had since I announced my foray into the field. It’s a good question. I won’t be standing behind you yelling through gritted teeth that hold a whistle between them, wearing a monogrammed golf shirt that’s two sizes too small. Well, let’s not rule anything out. The real question that most of you are asking is not “what does a coach do” but rather, “why would I or someone I know need a coach.”
Five years ago I really thought I had it all figured out. We were going to have a baby. I was going to take paternity leave and upon my return I was going to be named general manager for the computer shop I was working at. I really enjoyed my job. It was the first job that I can really say that I pretty much always enjoyed. I can’t say that about my time with as a federal or provincial government employee. I can’t say that about my gig with a national stationary retailer. I can’t say that about my gig as a manager and trainer for global leader in call centers. I couldn’t say that about any of the little jobs I worked here or there in between, but I really, truly enjoyed going to work every day. I was really excited when I went to dinner with the owner of the business one night because the current manager had all but assured me that I was going to be named the new manager. And that’s when he told me that he was closing up shop and shutting down the business.