Taking Charge

Posted by Tom Locke on January 18th, 2020 filed in Business, Education, General, Life
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Nobody tells your story better than you do.

Following up on my previous post on The Power Of The Present, we must realize the following, “If it is to be, then it is up to me”. And what better time to make things happen then the present.

And it does not have to be a chore. With a small change in our mindset, it can be fun. Plus, being your own advocate allows you to control the creativity, marketing and promotion of what you have committed to achieve. As an offshoot, there no room for blaming others and a better focus on solutions/results.

This approach can be of great value both in business and in your personal life.

The Power Of The Present

Posted by Tom Locke on December 30th, 2019 filed in Business, Education, General, Life
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One of most sharing authors, creative consultants and workshop presenters is Lee Silber, who lives in San Diego.

Over the years, I have referenced his books and articles in my course on creating your competitive edge and relationship management.

One of the fundamentals for creating your competitive edge is to not only know yourself but to be at peace with yourself – especially as you move forward. It makes the journey all the more worthwhile.

Supporting the above is a recent one pager by Lee about “Every Breath You Take – The Here And Now”. Lee proclaims that we all must let go of things from the past that impact/plague us in the present. More importantly, he advises that we must forgive ourselves and others for things that happened in the past … and then forget them, allowing us to move forward with a clean slate. Hence, if we are 100% focus on what’s happening in the present, we will be better at what we’re doing and we will be doing things more attentively and with less stress.

We make better choices when we are attentive and stress free … and that correlates to shaping and controlling a brighter future.

If this has been of value to you and you would like to read this whole article, get in touch with Lee at leesilber@leesilber.com. He would be happy to send a complimentary copy to you.

Gut Instinct – On The Way Out?

Posted by Tom Locke on December 7th, 2019 filed in Business, Education, History, Life, Technology
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Michael Eisner, former CEO of Walt Disney, described gut feeling “as the sum total of all of your past experiences, from the time you were a child to where you are today”. According to Eisner, “that sum total enables you to make reasonable decisions”.

According to Forbes, ask any executive whether they study data before making a key decision and almost all will say they do, but what’s fascinating is that only one out of ten executives will then do what they data says is the right path, if it contradicts their gut feeling. According to executive staffing firm Crist Kolder Associates, the average age of a Fortune 500 CEO is 58 which may explain why there is still a reliance on instinct above data when making pertinent decisions.

Per the latest Wifi Hifi newsletter, it is guestimated that by the time millennials reach an age where they are sitting in the CEO chair, they could be driven 90% by data and 10% on instinct.

Undeniably, massive streams of data from web analytics and social media stats play a huge role in influencing decision making. It should come as no surprise that data analytics is one of the hottest areas to find a job. Data Scientists will tell you that by extrapolating the numbers, you remove the emotion and subjectivity out of a decision and well, you move forward, based on objective rational analytics.

In other words the numbers don’t lie. That may be why, according to Forbes, only 20% of CEO’s trust the competence of their Chief Marketing Officer (creative) compared to 90% of CEO’s who trust their Chief Financial Officer (numbers).

So, as to future decision making … time will tell.

Moving On

Posted by Tom Locke on November 16th, 2019 filed in Business, General, History, Life
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If you’ve been offended by someone – forgive them. If you’ve offended someone – apologize. Don’t drag around resentment with you. It only serves to make you sad and bitter. It doesn’t matter who was right. Someone once said: “Holding a grudge is like taking poison and expecting the other person to die.” Don’t take that poison. Forgive, forget and move on with your life.

Life is not about getting even … it’s about getting ahead, making your life count and positively impacting others.


Posted by Tom Locke on November 5th, 2019 filed in Business, Education, General, History, Life
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Call me old school but it is sure disappointing witnessing how people treat one another today. Whatever happened to the golden rule of treating others like the way you wish to be treated?

In the history of the world, no one ever went wrong by being polite. In fact, many people will tell you that life is better when we treat each other with respect. Unfortunately, this form of common decency does not appear to be that common today.

But it doesn’t mean it has to stay that way. All it takes is a few consistent gestures of kindness and respect and you will see a positive change in those you interact with. Hopefully, it becomes contagious.

During my upbringing my parents constantly kept me on tract with the use of two phrases – “Please” and “Thank you”. They echo respect, dignity and harmony and open a lot of doors.

A Lasting Moment In Time

Posted by Tom Locke on October 23rd, 2019 filed in General, History, Life, Sports ... All Sorts
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Back in 1993 I commissioned a young, up-and-coming artist to do a painting of elite mile distant runners, England’s Sir Roger Bannister and Australian John Landy, to commemorate their historic race at the 1954 British Empire & Commonwealth Games held in Vancouver; a race that would for ever after become known as the Miracle Mile.

With only 90 yards to go in this legendary race, John Landy glanced over his left shoulder to check his opponent’s position. At that instant Bannister streaked by him to victory in a Commonwealth record time of 3:58.8. Landy’s second place finish in 3:59.6 marked the first time the four minute mile had been broken by two men in the same race.

The Miracle Mile painting and prints originally signed by Bannister, Landy and the artist were introduced at the 1994 Commonwealth Games held in Victoria, BC. The original painting hangs over the my fireplace at home and over the last 25 years, I have had a number of runners, sports enthusiasts and professional speakers reach out to me for a signed print.

It’s truly amazing what this moment in time has become a metaphor for – from breaking barriers to achieving goals to dedication/commitment to a sport. Case in point, this past August I was contacted by Phredd Evans, a high school Assistant Principal in Jones, Oklahoma.

Phredd has a saying he shares with his students, “What’s behind you doesn’t matter”. To support this, he reached out to me for a print so he could place it in his office as a reminder to students that looking back can be costly.

Phredd Evans and Miracle Mile Print

Kudos to you Phredd. May this legendary moment in time continue to inspire your students – new and old.

Fraternal Spirit Forever

Posted by Tom Locke on October 17th, 2019 filed in General, History, Humour, Life
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On Friday October 11th, I attended the 150th anniversary reunion of my high school fraternity, Gamma Sigma Fraternity International. It was held in Niagara Falls, Ontario and I am so glad I went.

Many of the “Brothers” attending I had not seen in 40+ years. But that didn’t matter. A quick handshake and smile and we were right back in the saddle reminiscing about our times together. It could best be described as “old home week”.

The memorabilia on display and the stories told made it seem as if time had stood still. Yeah, we may be a little heavier and follicly challenged but our fraternity spirit remained present in spades.

One common theme, echoed by many, throughout the course of the evening, was the pivotal role our active days in Gamma Sigma played in shaping who we are today.

It was also fascinating in seeing the positive reactions shown by our spouses and significant others during the festivities.

And the laughter … it was infectious. Any of my fellow Brothers could be the poster child for the axiom of the legendary Danish comedian, pianist and conductor, Victor Borge, who said, “Laughter is shortest distance between two people”.

The committee of Brothers who put on this event did an exceptional job and had many of the attendees hoping for and committing to future alumni-like get-togethers.

It was the epitome of “Why Fraternity”.

Tom “Dudley” Locke, SHA, Gamma Nu ’68

A Healthy Outlook

Posted by Tom Locke on October 6th, 2019 filed in Business, General, Life
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At a recent film conference in Dublin, Ireland, I had the pleasure of attending a presentation by motivational speaker, Georgie Crawford.

A cancer survivor, she shared her life changing story with us.

She readily agrees that life isn’t fair.  However, she is quick to point out that self pity is a dead end road and is a proponent of Tony Robbins’ axiom that “Life happens for you”.

In her dissertation, she pointed out how she, like many of us, was totally career-oriented, taking her health for granted and falling into the trap of letting stress run her life.  Needless to say this caught up with her.

On her road to recovery, she did three things:

  • Made a commitment to developing and maintaining healthy habits
  • Adopted a daily exercise routine
  • Focused on becoming aware of herself and her surroundings

She soon took to heart what Gerry Hussey, a performance psychology consultant, preaches:

“If we don’t make time for our health one day, we will be forced to make time for our illness.”

After her recovery from cancer, Georgie Crawford left her hectic journalist career position and started podcasting.  To hear her, check out her Good Glow Podcast – she has quite a following.


Liking Yourself

Posted by Tom Locke on August 22nd, 2019 filed in Business, General, Life
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Are you the kind of person you would want to be friends with? Spend time with? Work with? Work for? At the end of the day, we have to at least like ourselves.

So, how can we achieve all the above?  Well here are 3 easy steps we can all practice:

  1. Do The Right Thing – this requires you to be authentic by being honest and loyal with your actions and words in such a manner that garners respect from others.
  2. Be Positive – this focuses on you being nice to yourself as well as others.  Heck, if we talked to others the way we often talk to ourselves, we’d have no friends at all.
  3. Make Time For Yourself – it is a noble thing to live our lives and/or take care of others.  However, we should also put some time aside to indulge in ourselves  – we earned this time and should enjoy it.

In following the above, there is a good bet that you will expose yourself to a couple of by-products:  happiness and contentment.

Letting Go

Posted by Tom Locke on August 1st, 2019 filed in Business, General, Life
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Want to reduce your stress level?  Then, let go of stuff.

What plagues too many of us in the present is usually regret from the past or a concern about the future – things we can’t change or control. If you let these things go, you will live with less stress and anxiety.

Respect and appreciate the past, be excited about the future – but, live in the now.  Make your next decision your best one.