“Spruce Up” for the Mustard Seed

Come Join Us… To celebrate the 1 year anniversary of the radical renovation of the Mustard Seed I’ve organized a short “spruce up” event on Sat June 8th. But we still need a bit of help. Click to see more on this blog post.

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Wahoo! Completing the Long Path of Preparation

After many months of work Phase 4—HeroWork’s regional expansion—is almost ready to be made public. This will be the ramp up phase in preparation for a national program that will see radical renovation events in towns and cities across the country, igniting a community revitalization movement in the hearts of Canadians.

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Leading with Courage and Purpose

Do you want to live your life with courage and purpose? Do you want to be able to look back at your life and say, “I rocked that!” Then give this video a look. In it Paul Latour gives some key insights on how to lift your life up to a whole new level.

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Keynote on Feb 28th

In this 2 ½ hour session I’ll first talk about how to develop business and professional partnerships: best practices, strategic approaches, and common pitfalls. Then I’ll go into how to generate deep “buy-in,” illustrating the difference between the “hard skills” and the “soft skills,” and digging into 5 key practices.

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Wounded Warriors Run

Jeremy Buckingham was a key figure in organizing the military component of the Convoy of Awesome.  He’s a great guy who helped make a big difference.  Well, he’s at it again… Along with 4 of his Canadian Armed Forces comrades, Jeremy will relay run the entire length of Vancouver Island for six consecutive days, from…

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Open for More Keynotes

I’ve been loving connecting with youth and performing keynotes for professionals, which is why I’m starting to pursue more public speaking gigs.

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The Secret is Out–HeroWork is working with the Victoria Humane Society

For three weeks now I’ve been working with Penny Stone, founder of the Victoria Humane Society, helping her to get this new charity up and running.

Kent McFayden introduced her to me. Immediately I could tell Penny is a woman with heart, vision, and passion. She deeply cares about animals and can’t help but save as many animals as she possibly can. Even without a current location Penny has more dogs under her wing than the SPCA! That’s dedication. That’s hutzpah.

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New Website is Up and Running

New mobile-ready HeroWork website is up and running. It’s got a new structure, a new look, and a fresh direction that reflects the subtle shifts in HeroWork.

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My Award is Your Award

Paul talks about how all the awards he’s received are really the property of the entire team.

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How to Create Your Own Community Event

  Have you ever wondered how I’ve been able to generate over $700K in value in 4 community events without funding?  Have you ever wanted to do your own community event? Or help a group or friend take their event to a whole new level? Now is you chance to get all of the goods…

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Navigating the Way Forward

Paul Latour describes his journey of deciding the best business model for HeroWork. Will it be a non-profit or a social enterprise? The answer is close but still unfolding.

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Royal Roads Students Helping with HeroWork

Thirty business/commerce students from Royal Roads University are doing their final project on HeroWork, looking into the possible business models, pitfalls, and opportunities. This partnership is thanks to Neville Grigg, president of Agenda Office Interiors, who offered to team me up with Lane Sherman, the professor of the class.  Neville helped develop the business case…

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Nationwide Convoy of Awesome?

You might want to take note of this date: Monday Sept 16th, 2013.  Why?  Because that was the day I had a meeting with Gina Pecorelli, the Senior Community Investment Manager from Telus.  (She was my main contact for Telus’s participation in the makeover and the Convoy.)  She contacted me to arrange meeting so that…

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Coming Online Sponsor Directory

Many people have asked me, “Who are these companies that have helped the Mustard Seed and inspired our community?  I want to give them my business.” It is part of HeroWork’s ongoing mandate to promote and support our event sponsors.  Without them nothing would have happened.  Local and community-orientated companies strengthen our society. And as…

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The Next Phase for HeroWork?

The next major task for HeroWork is to create sustainability for the program.  This means creating revenue.  So far I have spearheaded three pro bono community-based extreme renovations with a total value of over $650,000.  Now that the program has proven results it’s time to develop a revenue generating model.  The key here is to…

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What Did We Achieved for the Mustard Seed?

Sustainability  We wanted to make the Mustard Seed building sustainable for years to come.  Done! Their utility bills will have decreased thanks to more environmental lighting, improved electrical wiring, and higher quality toilets. We brought the entire building up to code, repairing the safety hazards that could have potentially shut down the organization. We repaired…

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The Power of Independently Generated Happiness

Whether by childhood conditioning or by personality, I’m a fixer.  I want to fix things.  I want to make them better. To this end I would focus on my problems, both internal and external.  I figured that if I could get super clear on them, and find a way to fix them–fix myself–then I’d be…

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Gobsmacked!

[Here is an article by the Mustard Seed executive director, Chris Riddell, talking about his reaction to the extreme makeover…] Gobsmacked! It’s an expression you don’t hear or see in print that often but it is the exact one I could find to describe our reaction to the recent Hero Work renovation of the Mustard…

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Balance is bonkers; harmony is heathy.

“Was I or much of my team in balance? Certainly not. Was it the right thing to do? Certainly was.”

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The Power of an Introvert…

You may be surprised, but I am an introvert. I love spending time by myself. Left to my own devices, I’d rather be the guy at the back of the room, the guy who is quite, unassuming. Which is why it surprises me that I’m doing what I’m doing. But when I look at it,…

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