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All blog posts by Kevin Dee, Chairman at Eagle — Canada’s premier staffing agency, related to Kevin’s general interests.

Make People Smile!

Be the reason someone smiles todayWouldn’t it be nice if someone did something to make you feel good?

It wouldn’t need to be big … they might go and get you a coffee, bring you a cup cake, tell you a joke, give you a sincere compliment … there are many ways that someone could bring a smile to your face.

Well what if YOU were that someone bringing a smile to other people?

“It costs nothing to be nice.”

What if those kind actions were contagious?

I think that we could create a “NICE Movement” … maybe a National Day of Nice Actions?

“A few nice words can help a person a lot more than you think.”

There is an awful lot of hate and negative BS in the world … let’s try to make life just a little NICER.  Be consciously NICE to strangers, co-workers, family and friends … and see how that works!

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Do You Have a “Happy List”?

Happiness quote by CarnegieA “Happy List” is just a list of things that make you happy, cause you to smile or for which you are thankful.

10 thoughts on what to have on the list …

  1.  If you were born in a first world country with access to all of the amenities of a modern civilization, then really think about how many things you take for granted, for which you should be TRULY thankful!
  2. Do you have friends, family and/or nice acquaintances?
  3. Do you have good health.
  4. Do you have a good education?
  5. Do you have a job?
  6. I LOVE riding my motorbike … what do you love?
  7. I get a kick out of sunsets, nice scenery, nature etc.
  8. I love to read a good book or watch a good movie.
  9. I have access to technology and all that the internet has to offer.
  10.  I live in a free society.

“Most of us are just about as happy as we make up our minds to be.” William Adams

There are SO many things to put on that list and each of the above items could create 10 others.  Let your imagination run free.

3 Reasons to create your “Happy List”

  1.  Just creating it will lift your spirits.
  2. Revisiting it when you need a boost will lift your soul when you most need it.
  3. Reading it, and adding to it, on a regular basis will make you a more positive person.

“If you start to think the problem is ‘out there,’ stop yourself. That thought is the problem.” Stephen Covey

It is an easy way to have a positive impact on your own life … just do it!

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Kevin Dee is the founder and Chairman of Eagle (a Professional Staffing Company)
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Appreciate What You Have!

Thankfulness quote from OprahIt is easy to take things for granted!

Four examples ….

  1.  On a grand scale we take our situation for granted with our “first world” problems.

We live in an instant-everything kind of world.  Instant information, music, sports, food, entertainment, friends … you name it, you can get access to it instantaneously.

Yet more than half the world’s population, more than 3 billion people, live on less than $2.50 a day.

2.  Even living in the “first world” environment, there are “haves” and “have nots”.

We take our situation for granted working in modern companies.  We work in jobs that provide us with an ever growing list of benefits … guaranteed income levels, flexible working conditions, additional health benefits, extra time off, social events, special recognition of work achievements and on and on.

At the same time many, many people work multiple jobs to make ends meet, earn minimum wage or live hand to mouth.  Homelessness and poverty are abundant even in our rich society.

3.  At a personal level we take the people in our lives for granted.

It is often the people closest to us that we take for granted.  Our immediate family, for whom we would “walk on hot rocks”, yet we also mistreat them for trivial arguments.  We often forget to tell people how we feel about them, generating regret when the relationship sours or worse, they are no longer here!

4.  Also at a personal level we take our health for granted.

We don’t get regular check ups, we don’t work out enough, we eat poorly, and adopt poor lifestyle habits.  At some point it all catches up and again we are left with regrets.

  1.  DON”T take your life for granted, appreciate what you have!
  2.  Be PROACTIVE in driving your life to be a life with few regrets.
  3. LIVE life, enjoy life and be kind to others.

“No matter how good or bad you have it, wake up each day thankful for your life.  Someone somewhere else is desperately fighting for theirs.”  Marc and Angel

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Kevin Dee is the founder and Chairman of Eagle (a Professional Staffing Company)
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Focused People Find Success

Zig Ziglar quote about using time effectivelyMost people want to enjoy some success in their life.

Some might define success as having a balanced life, enough money, a challenging job, good relationships and a manageable amount of stress.  OR they could define success any way they like.

NOTHING comes without a price.  You need to EARN that success.

It IS worth it!  However there will always be things that will distract you …

  • Your personal life when you are at work.
  • Your work life when you are at home.
  • Video games, pokemon Go, excess TV and other such distractions.
  • Facebook, Twitter and the 101 other social media sites.
  • Your smart phone, with warnings about emails AND texts AND news AND sports scores etc.
  • Your colleagues latest drama.
  • Anything that looks remotely interesting that might distract you from real, hard work.

What do you NEED to do?

Focus on what you should be focused on!

“Never confuse motion with action.”   Ben Franklin

  • When at work … work!
  • When with your family … focus on them.
  • When out playing … play!

It is NOT easy.  It should not BE easy.

It is VERY manageable if you are prepared to put in the work.

It is all in your hands.!

“Work is hard.  Distractions are plentiful.  And time is short.”  Adam Hochschild

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Kevin Dee is the founder and Chairman of Eagle (a Professional Staffing Company)
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Voting Day in Canada

Election 2015Here are 10 reasons why YOU need to get out and vote:

  1. This is a privilege of our democracy that people in other parts of the world would love to have;
  2. This is a privilege of our democracy that our parents and grandparents fought and died to preserve;
  3. This is your chance to influence the government that affects you;
  4. If you are reading this then likely you are intelligent, we NEED intelligent people voting;
  5. If the wrong people are elected they might spend YOUR money unwisely;
  6. The wrong people elected might represent YOU in a way you do not want to be represented;
  7. Voter turnout in Canada is generally low  … don’t let a few voters decide who will govern;
  8. Some people don’t like what the elected government have done, for them it will be important to vote for change;
  9. Some people are concerned that a change will not be in Canada’s best interests and for them it will be important to vote the current administration back;
  10. If you want to set an example for the future generations, then demonstrate that democracy is a good thing by voting.

There are probably 100 good reasons to vote, but hopefully the 10 mentioned make you think.

Understand the issues and don’t get caught up in the rhetoric.

Understand what the parties really offer.

Vote with your head, and be a part of Canada’s democratic process.

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Kevin Dee is CEO of Eagle (a Professional Staffing Company)
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People are Awesome

give until it hurts by mother teresa jpegOur world today moves at an incredible pace … and it is all too easy to be swept along in our own importance.

We run from task to task, from appointment to appointment and forget to appreciate the people around us.

“We make a living by what we get.  We make a life by what we give.” Winston Churchill

It doesn’t take much, and if you look for the good you will find it.

Here are some recent examples of awesome people that I have seen.  Any of these could be your colleague or your next door neighbor … or you!

  • This Saturday ten (10) awesome people will participate in a white collar boxing event called the Fight to End Cancer. People who have never boxed before, who endured months of grueling training and will box in front of 500 people.  Totally awesome! (PS that is them in the picture above!)
  • The young lady who bought a meal for a homeless person.
  • The business lady who was rushing to an appointment but took time to help an elderly man across a busy street.
  • The many polite people who take time to hold a door open for those coming behind them.
  • The people serving in cafes and restaurants who have a big, infectious smile!
  • The receptionists who actually make you feel welcome when you walk into the dentist, an office, the bank etc.
  • The person in the elevator with a smile and a cheery word first thing in the morning.

If we take a few minutes we can see them every day, ordinary people who make us smile or feel good.

“What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us.  What we have done for others and the world, remains and is immortal.”  Albert Pike

If everyone could do some small (or big) thing every day to make people smile then we could make this world just a little better than the “awesome” that it already is!

Are you up for the challenge?

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Kevin Dee is CEO of Eagle (a Professional Staffing Company)
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10 Thoughts About Measuring Success?

Mark Twain on SuccessSociety talks about success all the time … and for many people that might be the old “American Dream”.  Having a good job, a nice house, 2.5 kids and decent health, with perhaps the family dog and a white picket fence … or the 21st century equivalent.

I think it is also fair to say that success is a somewhat foggy concept for many people, who live their lives day to day hoping that “things will work out”.

The reality is that we are all different, and success might look different to each of us, so it is important to understand what that looks like.

“Stop chasing the money and start chasing the passion.”  Tony Hsieh

I also think that many people accept other’s ideas about what success should be.  Their parents, their peers and others around them influence what success should look like.

“If you are willing to do more than you are paid to do, eventually you will be paid to do more than you do.” Anonymous

Here are my thoughts on success …

  1. As I already mentioned, success is personal and should be specific to the individual.
  2. Success embraces all areas of your life, so it is possible to achieve success in one part of your life at the expense of another, and if you are OK with that, then that is your call.
  3. If you don’t have some kind of goals then it is difficult to know if you have achieved success.
  4. If it is important to you that others recognize your success, then you need that success to be in line with their vision of success.   The opposite applies too, if you do’t care what others think then your success goals are somewhat simplified.
  5. No level of success comes without effort.
  6. I try to achieve goals (success) in my professional life, with my health, with my relationships and in non-work activities.  If I am “successful” in my career aspirations but it costs me my health then I don’t value that “success” very highly.
  7. If I am healthy, have strong relationships, achieve my personal goals AND have career success then THAT is how I would define success.
  8. To achieve MY type of success I need to know what “healthy” looks like; what relationships are important to me and what a strong relationship looks like; what those personal goals are, and what “career success” looks like.
  9. It is possible to be very successful in the eyes of others … but not feel that way.  And vice versa!
  10. Very often your views on success move, as you achieve more.  That is a good thing!

“Whenever you see a successful person, you only see the public glories, never the private sacrifices to reach them.”  Vaibhav Shah

What do you think? Are you successful?  Are you heading in the right direction?  Do you make a difference?
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Today We Should ALL Remember!

Kevin Dee in his Royal Navy uniformOn November 11, 1918 hostilities ceased, marking the end of “the Great War” … World War I. November 11th was chosen as the day we should all remember those who served, so that our way of life could be maintained.

Today we remember not only those men and women who lost their lives or were injured in two world wars, in Canada Remembrance Day remembers “the men and women who have served, and continue to serve our country during times of war, conflict and peace”.

The day has a special significance for anyone who have served in the forces. I spent seven years in the Royal Navy, but never had to experience the terror of war.  However, most people who have spent some time in the military will have an understanding and sympathy for those who did fight.  It is not soldiers or their Generals and Admirals that start or cause wars … that would be politicians and other leaders of nations.  Remembrance Day is to remember the sacrifices of those who fought, and I like to think that we live in a far better world because of what our fathers and grandfathers did.

Christy Dee Army picture circa 1940My dad fought in the Second World War.  He was a tank gunner who  “joined up” in 1939 at the age of 18    My dad wasn’t killed (or I would not be writing this) but he represents a generation whose lives were changed by war.

Only those who have done it can know what it is like to go into battle … can you imagine what it might be like to know you could be killed at any moment?  My dad was in a tin can called a Sherman tank which was severely limited in the armor it carried … and a direct hit, even on its best armor could kill everyone inside with the shock.  When they faced the German Panzers they were out matched in size, armor, range and gun size … imagine a middleweight wrestler taking on a Sumo wrestler!

He was trained for desert warfare, saw action in the Middle East and hot countries like Italy yet he was also sent to the jungles of Burma (today known as Myanmar) and my dad had opinions on that move!  My dad didn’t give a lot of details about the war … he liked to tell the stories of when he and his buddies got into trouble, which apparently was not rare and resulted in a demotion or two!  The following however is an indication of a part of my dad’s war, an excerpt I found about the history of the 7th Queen’s Own Hussars (the tank regiment my dad served in).

In 1942, the Regiment was sent to Burma where it covered the long retreat to India. Fierce fighting along the jungle tracks took a terrible toll, but the Regiment never failed to do all that was asked of it. and fought tooth and nail to save the Army. General Alexander said of the 7th Hussars – “Without them we should never have got the Army out of Burma ; no praise can be too high for them”.

poppyMy dad and I are not the only members of family with a military connection.  My Uncle Davy was a boy sailor on the HMS Exeter in the Second World War.  The Exeter was sunk in the Java Sea in 1942, and he was captured by Japanese forces and held as a prisoner until the war ended in 1945.  We have all seen the movies about conditions in those camps and the stories I was told of his captivity were horrific … can you imagine the affect on that 17 year old boy?

My dad was young when he died, just 56 years old and my Uncle Davy was only 47 years old when he passed away.  I can’t say they died young because of their war experiences but I can say their lives were changed by those experiences, and it would surprise me if their life expectancy were not affected.  They both missed the formative years of their early careers, and certainly my dad did not get the chance to pursue the career he wanted.  They both lost friends during the war, and the psychological scars that brought, and they both saw the absolute terror of battle … which has to change a person.  Uncle Davy suffered terribly in that camp and spent many months recovering in an Australian hospital after the war, again I found a description of conditions at the camp he was held in Macassar.  He was never the same.

These are the reasons why I buy poppies and remember the soldiers, sailors and airmen together with their families who have all sacrificed … and they should never be forgotten.

I will wear my poppy … and I will remember!

In Flanders fields the poppies blow

Between the crosses, row on row,

That mark our place; and in the sky

The larks, still bravely singing, fly

Scarce heard amid the guns below.

 

We are the dead. Short days ago

We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,

Loved, and were loved, and now we lie

In Flanders fields.

 

Take up our quarrel with the foe:

To you from failing hands we throw

The torch; be yours to hold it high.

If ye break faith with us who die

We shall not sleep, though poppies grow

In Flanders fields.

— Lt.-Col. John McCrae (1872 – 1918)

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Kevin Dee is Chairman and founder of Eagle (a Professional Staffing Company)
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10 Reasons to Vote!

Municipal election 2014In a weeks time, voters across Ontario will elect their municipal candidates (Manitoba is later this week, PEI and BC vote in November).  Across Ontario there will be 2,800 council members plus 700 school board trustees elected.

These people have a big impact on all of us … as an example here are the general responsibilities of municipal government:

  • water
  • sewage,
  • waste collection,
  • public transit,
  • land use planning,
  • libraries,
  • emergency services,
  • animal control, and
  • economic development.

So if you have an opinion about any of these services, the transit system, economic development in your area, waste collection or how your municipality is dealing with developers … then you need to vote.  If you don’t like what your mayor and council are doing then vote for change.  If you think your elected representatives are doing a GREAT job you still need to vote, because someone else might not like what they are doing and vote them out!

Here are 10 reasons why YOU need to get out and vote:

  1. This is a privilege of our democracy that people in other parts of the world would love to have;
  2. This is a privilege of our democracy that our parents and grandparents fought and died to preserve;
  3. This is your chance to influence the government that affects you;
  4. If you are reading this then likely you are intelligent, we NEED intelligent people voting;
  5. If the wrong people are elected they might spend YOUR money unwisely;
  6. The wrong people elected might represent YOU and YOUR municipality in a way you do not want to be represented;
  7. Voter turnout in Canada is low, Municipal elections are the lowest (in a 2004 Calgary election voter turnout was 18%!) … don’t let a few voters decide the fate of your municipality;
  8. If you have been embarrassed by your elected officials, vote for change;
  9. If you think your elected officials could do a better job, send a message with your vote;
  10. If you want to set an example for the future generations, then demonstrate that democracy is a good thing by voting.

There are probably 100 good reasons to vote, but hopefully the 10 I mention make you think.

Understand the issues in your municipality.

Understand what the candidates offer.

Vote with your head, and be a part of Canada’s democratic process.

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Kevin Dee is CEO of Eagle (a Professional Staffing Company)
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Inspiration That Works For Me

Poster saying Opportuniy is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work"Quotes and sayings can be a little “hokey” for some people, but I like them. I like it when I find new phrases that resonate, I like it when I come across a quote that makes me smile and I even like it when I re-discover older sayings that still have meaning for me.

I have a tattoo on my arm that says, Carpe Diem.  I got it just before a charity boxing match I participated three years ago.  It was a big commitment to do the training and get in that ring.  I was about the same age at which my dad had died of a heart attack.  I was doing something that not too many people do.  Seizing the day, seemed like a good sentiment, and one of the ways that I live my life.

I have a card over my desk at work.  It is a birthday card my mom sent me quite a few years ago, with a quote from James Dean. You will have heard it many times before, “Dream as if you’ll live forever. Live as if you’ll die today.” That is how I try to live my life.  There is a quote from the movie Braveheart with a similar sentiment, “Every man dies.  Not every man truly lives.” I love it!

When asked about any personal success I might have enjoyed in my career I will often cite Time Management as an area that has been huge for me.  To be able to maximize time, to be as productive as possible it takes a discipline and constantly finding new ways to manage time.  Zig Ziglar said, “Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem.  We all have twenty four hours a day”.   A similar quote from H Jackson Brown says, “Don’t say you don’t have enough time.  You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller,  Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson and Albert Einstein”.  Pretty powerful statement, IF you want to really hear it.

There are many others that have influenced me, affected me, supported my own ideas and helped me to achieve some success thus far in my life.

“Happiness is an attitude.  We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong.  The amount of work is the same.”  Francesca Reigler

“I would rather regret the things I have done, than the things I haven’t done.”  Lucille Ball

“The price of success is hard work, dedication to the jo at hand and a determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.”  Vince Lombardi.

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”  Martin Luther King.

I have always taken pride in my work ethic, believing, like Thomas Jefferson that “Some people dream of success, while others wake up and work hard at it.”

To some people these quotes are just words that may or may not resonate.  To me they are much more than that, they inspire me, remind me of how I got here and what it will take to achieve those next goals.

As a motorbike rider and somebody who tries to squeeze as much as possible into life I particularly like this quote, which has not been attributed to any one person.  “Life’s journey is not to arrive at the grave safely, in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out, shouting ‘What a ride!’’’

I have many more that I could post but I will finish with one of my own … Walk Fast and Smile!  The walk fast meaning attack life ‘with purpose’, and the smile meaning enjoy life and let everyone around you know it!

What keeps you grounded?

What motivates you?

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Kevin Dee is CEO of Eagle (a Professional Staffing Company)
Want to know where Canada’s hot jobs are?   Visit the Eagle Job Centre!
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