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Highly Effective Teams: Team Models and The Avengers

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March 26, 2014

In two weeks the next chapter in The Avengers saga will continue with the release of Captain America – The Winter Soldier. One of my childhood friends called to talk about the movie and we reminisced about our childhood. We used to read his older brother’s comic book collection once a week. It is hard… Read More ›

Divergent and Psychometric Profiling

My little sister Katie gave me Divergent for Christmas. I finished reading yesterday. I really liked and with the movie coming out this weekend I am sure it will be a big hit. It was interesting to read an interview with the author, included at the end. One of Veronica Roth’s favourite books is Ender’s… Read More ›

80 Awareness: Video Games and Leadership (5 Levels)

There is a 80s Awareness Kevin Bacon video that went viral last week. It is a funny video but there are some good points there. The main idea is that anyone born after 1985 has no idea how hard life was for people living in the 80s in terms of technology. Here is the video:… Read More ›

The DNA of a Top Performer: Is “Greatness” hereditary?

This past weekend the family gathered at my parents for lunch. My sister said she is reading Gladwell’s David and Goliath. I decided to pick it up. His chapter on the difficulties faced by wealthy families raising their kids really made me think about a course I took last year called “The DNA of Top… Read More ›

Simon Sinek: Leaders Eat Last

First impressions are important. Everybody knows that. In books, writers tend to rewrite and rework their first ten pages until they achieve perfection in their eyes. I cannot recall the last meal my wife prepared for me… both comment on my bad memory and the frequency in which she cooks… but I remember “Call me Ishmael“,… Read More ›

John Wooden: The Wizard of Westwood

I grew up with a Michael Jordan poster hanging on my bedroom wall. Before moving to Canada I gave that poster to my school coordinator, Hudson Ventura Teixeira. He was my first mentor. Most of our talks were rooted in our love for the game of basketball.  Back then my signature move was the superman… Read More ›

Psychometric Assessments: The MBTI

A guest lecturer came to my latest class and talked about the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator I am going to try to address the following questions that came up in class: Why isn’t this assessment used more often? Would results change over a lifetime? How come this is not administered in High Schools? How accurate is it?… Read More ›

The Golden Circle. Why do we work?

The Golden Circle, Apple products, The Law of Diffusion of Innovations and The Simpsons. Last year I gave three presentations at work outlining our corporate values and giving my employees a chance to come forward with their core values. One of the things I asked during that presentation was, “Why do you come to work?” Take… Read More ›

Podcast Recommendation: School of Greatness

This is a firm recommendation for a free podcast called “The School of Greatness“. It was recommended to me by a friend who was studying social media management at the time. It is hosted by Lewis Howes and every week he interviews successful people to talk about their path and their definition of greatness. Episode… Read More ›

My Best Speech: Fear of Failure

There are three speeches I have given so far in my life that really meant something. The first was during the eulogy to your mom’s grandmother. I wasn’t asked to speak in advance. I had nothing prepared and it was a room full of people I had never met. It was before your mom and… Read More ›