Embracing Your Fear

FearBlogPicThis is a great time to reflect on the amazing things that happened over the past year and set our sights for the year ahead.  As we took a nostalgic look back, one of the most fascinating observations that we made at EDGE 3 was how embracing fear can sometimes catapult us into the next level of accomplishment.

On May 13th of 2013, we witnessed Chris Hatfield return safely to our planet after clocking 62 million miles and spending 146 days in space.  The last thing that we expected to hear was that this brave astronaut had a fear of heights!

After 129 days at sea, capsizing 10 times and facing waves of 10 meters, Mylene Paquette became the first North American woman to row solo across the Atlantic Ocean.  After completing the journey on November 12th of 2013, she spoke openly about her fear of the water.

Inspiring stories, but what does that mean for the rest of us?  The first step is to take a good, close look at what makes you fearful.  Step two is to consider what opportunities are available to you, and which ones you want to take advantage of.  The third step – and most importantly! – ask yourself what strengths can you leverage that will both combat your fear while taking advantage of the greatest opportunities.

Perhaps Nelson Mandela said it best, “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it.  The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”

What would happen if YOU were to embrace your fear?

How would it change things?

How would it empower you to take on other challenges in your life?

Step bravely into the New Year, Friends!  Stay curious, focus on your strengths and never doubt your ability to surprise yourself by accomplishing things you never thought imaginable.  To our clients at EDGE 3, we would like to thank you for stepping bravely to the EDGE of your comfort zone; we look forward to another remarkable year.

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THE SEARCH FOR SUCCESS

iStock_000023870302LargeBefore we can find success we must first define it. For some of us it’s money in the bank, while for others it’s measured by the moments that take our breath away!  Perhaps it’s moving up the corporate ladder, starting your own business, achieving a physical goal, or hitting a landmark birthday in a state of utter fulfillment.

The fact of the matter is, there’s only one person that can define your success…YOU!

We spend countless hours focusing on how we are going to improve things, fix things, make things better, and crossing things off our “to do list”, but what would it feel like if you were to focus on your “what I’ve done list”?

One of the most effective tools that we’ve been using with our clients is our little “Book of Success”.  Quite simply, it’s a book to log the things that make you proud, and the things that you have done particularly well.  Upon reflection, you may notice a pattern that will clearly highlight your strengths, which can in turn serve as a road map to your future.

Analyze/Audit/Inventory your successes and build on your momentum!

At EDGE 3, we are committed to helping you illuminate blind spots, build your confidence, and help you reach your ultimate potential.  The first 50 people to send an email to: success@edge3.ca will receive a FREE copy of our EDGE 3 “Book of Success” along with a ½ hour of coaching to get you started.

It’s time to chart your course!

EDGE3PicDAVID GRAHAM is a Certified Executive Coach and The Founder of EDGE 3.  He offers one on one executive coaching, team building workshops and adventurous company offsites.

LIFE OVER THE EDGE in Hollywood

“…Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build’em up with worn-out tools…”

I’ve always loved this line from Rudyard Kipling’s poem, IF. A framed copy of the poem hung in my nursery as a child, and it remains my own personal manual for how to live a life. I was able to put the above words into practice a year ago. Like many people, I was hit very hard by the Great Recession. In fact, I lost everything: all of my possessions (well, I did manage to hang on to my old guitar), sources of income and savings, and my closest relationship.

But in losing everything, I was inspired to step over the edge and do with my life what I knew I’d been designed for: writing for television. I committed myself to the daunting act of wrapping up a life in one country and moving to another. A year later, I have a cop drama in development with a Los Angeles production company… a team of people who believe in my talent…. and I am nearing completion on my first novel. I am still rebuilding what was broken, but I feel a sense of purpose I have not felt before.

As the Hollywood Contributor to EDGE3, my words of inspiration for my first official blog are this: losing everything is a traumatic experience. It feels more like being pushed over the edge than stepping over it. But, when the sun rises the next day… and it will… why not focus on the fact that you now have the freedom to start over and do with your life what was always intended.

Grahame Wood, EDGE3 Contributor

Grahame is a writer/producer/actor based in Hollywood, California.  For more information, contact Grahame@EDGE3.ca

TriAdventure 2012

It all started back in the winter of 2011. when I decided that I needed a good physical challenge, and a friend told me about theTriAdventure: a challenge to conquer a 3 km swim, 15 km run, 15 km canoe and 140 km bike over a weekend in August. It sounded like an arduous feat, but when I discovered more about this awesome charity, I was pumped! Since then, I have been competing in triathlons and my life has never been the same.

Roughly fifty 50 athletes & and a team of dedicated volunteers commit to this event in support of African youth living at the NikibasikaLearning and Development Project in Uganda whose lives have been impacted by HIV/Aids or civil war. This triathlon is the primary source of funding that covers their food, shelter and education. I’ve always loved to swim, cycle and run, but adding a deeper purpose has helped me to train that much harder.

What I wasn’t prepared for was how much of an influence that this sport would have on my personal and professional life.

  • With every fearless stroke, I breathe deeply and stay the course: swimming has given me the courage to dive in and take risks.
  • You never know what is around the next corner, so stay in the moment; my bike has taught me the value of focus and precision.
  • Lastly, the only way to finish the race is with sheer determination; the triathlon’s culminating run has taught me the importance of moving forward, one foot in front of the other.

I am excited about the TriAdventure this year.  It will be grueling at times, but when I look at the passion in the eyes of my fellow triathletes and think about the people that believe in me, it will fuel me to forge ahead and celebrate the children that we are helping with this journey.

If you’d like to contribute to my fundraising, you may do so copying this web address into your browser:

http://www.canadahelps.org/GivingPages/GivingPage.aspx?gpID=18807

Planning The Perfect Event

We’ve been to events that make us yawn and yearn for the comforts of our sofa and a glass of wine in hand. On the flip side, events that are planned and executed with great attention to detail make an impact, with the guest walking away with a lasting impression of your brand.

HAVE A VISION. It is important to really be able to picture the event; walking through it one step at a time will give you the clarity you need. Once you are comfortable with each event element you can confidently communicate your vision to your client and suppliers.

THE PERFECT TEAM. On the night of the event, put someone in charge of each individual event element. This will free you up to float the event and trouble shoot where necessary. The people you trust and who truly understand your vision will ultimately make your event a success.

IT AIN’T OVER TILL IT’S OVER. Planning the event is one step to a successful event; a seamless execution is another. Even after your guests have arrived, the music is playing, and everyone is ready to have a great time, don’t get too comfortable. The show isn’t over until the curtain falls on the final act.

GET YOUR HANDS DIRTY. With a great event comes hard work, and sometimes dirty work. Get ready to challenge yourself and lead the team by example. The job will get done faster and you will gain respect from your colleagues and clients in the process.

PROBLEM SOLVING. Any seasoned event planner will tell you that not every detail goes as planned. With those inevitable hiccups, it is critical to keep a calm demeanor, and be ready to react quickly. Have the problem solving part of your brain activated and ready to be thrown into action. There is a solution to every problem!

CELEBRATE! After all the preparation and attention to detail, it’s important to reflect on the experience. Thank your event team and suppliers for their hard work and dedication and give yourself a well-deserved pat on the back.

DEBRIEF. Complete a post report on the event detailing key learnings and improvements. This tool will help prepare you even more for your next event and can serve as a report that you can proudly present to future clients.

FINALLY. Thank your client for the opportunity to bring their event to life and as a special touch, share pictures to leave a lasting impression.

Emily Gondosch, EDGE 3 Contributor 

Emily is a freelance Event Planner and Marketing Professional, based in Toronto.  For more information, contact Emily@EDGE3.ca

Onboarding. It’s Like Raising a Baby.

“Diaper backward spells repaid. Think about it.”
~ Marshall McLuhan

You might have heard the popular sentiment among child-rearing experts that “the years before five last the rest of their lives.” The theory is that a baby’s earliest experiences of their upbringing and environment is a major determinant of how actualized, happy, and effective she ultimately becomes.

The first weeks and months for a hire in a new job are similarly formative. Those of us who’ve worked at a company for a while forget how disorienting and even challenging a new job can be. Who’s in charge of timesheets? How do I set up email? When does the ruthless keeper of the office fridge dispatch orphaned Tupperware to the trash? There’s a lot to learn – and that’s just the superficial stuff.

Onboarding is an afterthought at many companies – if it’s a thought at all – and it’s usually applied in a scattershot way. More often than not, new hires arrive to a hastily assembled stack of handouts, a mess of disorganized digital files, and the expectation that whatever else they need to get up to speed they’ll “pick up” along the way. It’s an approach that squanders a major opportunity to engage, energize, and empower the very people whose contributions are essential to the success or failure of your projects.

When thoughtful onboarding processes are employed, everybody wins. Startup tools and guidance make new employees feel valued and motivated, and allows them to achieve success faster, which in turn provides greater value and success for your company. Applying even one or two of the following onboarding techniques with your new hires will deliver tangible rewards:

  1. Employ a “buddy system” where new employees are paired with an experienced staff member who can orient them to company culture and processes. Identify people at the company with the best mix of knowledge and personality to take on these mentoring roles.
  2. Work with your employee to inventory strengths, challenges and interests. Find out what is driving him and what he wants to accomplish. This can lead to powerful synergies between what he’s passionate about and what the company needs.
  3. Outline clear, quantifiable objectives. Where possible, identify individual steps toward achieving them.
  4. Schedule regular meetings to monitor her progress and provide actionable feedback.
  5. Devise a system for relaying institutional knowledge and best practices throughout the office, so that everyone – including new hires – benefits from the best templates, methods and ideas.

If you apply the principle of nurturing a child to the way you receive and develop employees, you’ll be astonished – just like new parents are – at how much they learn, grow, and contribute.

– Chris Williamson, EDGE 3 Contributor