Live2Lead Ottawa – John C. Maxwell

On Friday, November 17th, 2017, LIVE2LEAD Ottawa returns for its fourth year as a premiere simulcast leadership experience! Presented by Mark Nesbitt Training and Consulting, L2L is an inspiring and life-changing event for leaders in all fields and everyday life!

We are thrilled to announce that John C. Maxwell will once again be a featured speaker at L2L. John C. Maxwell is a bestselling author, coach and speaker. He was identified as the World’s Most Influential Leadership Expert by Business Insider and Inc. magazines in 2014.

Through his company, The John Maxwell Company, 6 million leaders have been trained worldwide! He is also the mastermind behind Live2Lead!

“You want to live a life that matters. You’re ready to go the journey, but every new adventure need a trustworthy guide. Everybody needs a friend to go with them and a mentor to show the way. Let’s go the journey together.” – John C. Maxwell

Don’t miss your chance to hear John C. Maxwell speak; tickets for LIVE2LEAD Ottawa are on sale now!

Live2Lead Ottawa – Warrick Dunn

On Friday, November 17th, 2017, LIVE2LEAD Ottawa returns for its fourth year as a premiere simulcast leadership experience! Presented by Mark Nesbitt Training and Consulting, L2L is an inspiring and life-changing event for leaders in all fields and everyday life!

This year we are thrilled to announce that Warrick Dunn will be one of the speakers for L2L. Warrick Dunn is certainly best known for his career as a running back in the NFL. He played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Atlanta Falcons and was a three-time Pro Bowl selection. His accomplishment on the field were then followed by successes off the field.

His work with “Homes for the Holidays” honors his late mother and has assisted 152 single parents and 409 dependents in the United States with achieving home ownership. In 2002, Warrick Dunn found Warrick Dunn charities to improve lives through innovative programming inspired by his mother.

Warrick Dunn understands the importance of community and has an inspiring story to share from both his experiences as a pro athlete and his life afterwards.

Don’t miss your chance to hear Warrick Dunn speak; tickets for LIVE2LEAD Ottawa are on sale now!

Live2Lead Ottawa – Cheryl Bachelder

On Friday, November 17th, 2017, LIVE2LEAD Ottawa returns for its fourth year as a premiere simulcast leadership experience! Presented by Mark Nesbitt Training and Consulting, L2L is an inspiring and life-changing event for leaders in all fields and everyday life!

This year we are thrilled to announce that Cheryl Bachelder will be one of the speakers for L2L. Cheryl Bachelder is the former CEO of Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen and she states her purpose is to “Develop purpose-driven leaders who exhibit competence and character in all aspects of their lives”. She is a passionate restaurant industry executive who transformed the Popeyes chain of restaurants.

Cheryl is known for her crisp strategic thinking, franchisee-focused approach, as well as the development of outstanding leaders and teams, and superior financial performance.

Her servant leadership culture was adopted by Popeyes and continues to be part of their guiding principles.

Whether you own, manage, or work in a restaurant or retail location, her talk at Live2Lead will help your company grow while improving the culture within.

Don’t miss your chance to hear Cheryl Bachelder speak; tickets for LIVE2LEAD Ottawa are on sale now!

Live2Lead Ottawa – Dave Ramsey

On Friday, November 17th, 2017, LIVE2LEAD Ottawa returns for its fourth year as a premiere simulcast leadership experience! Presented by Mark Nesbitt Training and Consulting, L2L is an inspiring and life-changing event for leaders in all fields and everyday life!

This year we are thrilled to announce that Dave Ramsey will be one of the speakers for L2L. Dave Ramsey is a personal money-management expert and popular radio personality. He offers many great tips for getting out of debt and improving your financial standing.

Dave Ramsey focuses on the importance of strong leadership and focused intensity on setting and reaching individual goals. His talk promises to be both inspiring and motivating and will offer something for anyone, no matter their age or stage in life.

Dave’s company, Ramsey Solutions, offers a message of hope, through various means, to anyone who wants to better understand the principles of proper money management. As a radio host, his life-changing message is heard by more than 12 million listeners each week.

Don’t miss your chance to hear Dave Ramsey speak; tickets for LIVE2LEAD Ottawa are on sale now!

Leadership Events in Ottawa!

You don’t have to wait for Live2Lead in the fall, Ottawa hosts many great leadership opportunities throughout the year! Like Live 2 Lead Ottawa, Leadercast and The Global Leadership Summit are simulcast events that features many great speakers and an opportunity to network with industry leaders in business, not-for-profit, and government from our great city.

Coming up quickly on May 5th, Leadercast aims to strengthen the community and has contributed over $36,000 over the past 4 years, with this year’s net proceeds going to the Ottawa Mission. The theme for this one day event is Powered by Purpose: “Purpose is what defines us, drives us, and empowers us. Every detail of the experience is purposefully crafted to inspire and engage you in surprising and meaningful ways. Discover the steps you can take to uncover your purpose .… to reconnect to your organization’s why … and to truly live, work and play in this world, Powered by Purpose.”  The speakers include: Molly Fletcher, Daniel Pink, Henry Cloud, Suzy Welch, Andy Stanley, Jess Ekstrom, Tyler Perry, Don Miller, and Jim McKelvey. There are still tickets available so act quickly!

The Global Leadership Summit is scheduled for October 19th and 20th.  This 2 day event is telecast live from Willow’s Campus near Chicago to 675+ sites in 125 countries and 59 languages. It promises “a unique blend of vision, inspiration and practical skills you can immediately apply”.  As the event approaches, more information will be available.

I am excited to announce that Live2Lead Ottawa will held on Friday, November 17th. Live2Lead is an extremely informative leadership event that is hosted every year in Ottawa. It provides its attendees with an array of new perspectives on how to lead your team toward the growth and development of a successful business. Live2Lead provided its Ottawa audience with many practical tools and key takeaways. In the words of John Maxwell, it left us wanting to “think different and think forward”. Stay tuned for more information on this year’s speakers and tickets.

Please click the links below for more information on these great events!

Live2Lead Ottawa

Leadercast Ottawa

The Global Leadership Summit Ottawa

Upcoming Workshop with the West Ottawa Board of Trade

Mark is offering this workshop to all members of the West Ottawa Board of Trade free of charge; he would like to extend his knowledge and experience to fellow business owners and colleagues in order to help them with their personal development and professional success.

HOW TO RETAIN EMPLOYEES – MEMBER WORKSHOP

Finding and keeping good and skilled employees is a challenge facing many industries these days. New employees need to be trained and mentored and this is where we tend to falter. We need to take the slow cooker approach with training rather than the microwave. Companies need to invest in their employees. All too often, a company will spend thousands on maintenance of equipment but never consider the operator. Build your farm team and pass on your knowledge. And remember, we rarely leave the company, we usually leave the leaders.

WHEN: March 28, 2017

TIME: 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM EDT

WHERE: Community Employment Resource Centre, 415 Hazeldean Rd, Kanata, ON K2L 4C6

ADMISSION: Free for members; $30 for Future Members

REGISTER: Here

Upcoming Workshops with OCA

I am very excited to announce that I will be doing two full day workshops for the Ottawa Construction Association (OCA) this Spring! I look forward to seeing many of you there!

Construction Leadership 101 – Friday, May 19th, 2017

Success is knowing your purpose in life; growing to your maximum potential; sowing the seeds that benefit others. It is a rather simple recipe yet requires awareness, study, practice and mentoring to achieve. The Four Elements of Success are REAL (Relationships, Equipping, Attitude and Leadership) To be a REAL success it is imperative to RELATE to others better, to take others to a higher level by EQUIPPING them for success, to understand the affect your ATTITUDE has, and to improve it through daily practice and LEADING others to where you have gone and beyond.  Join Mark and hear how easy it is to be a REAL success in your business.  Success is found in our daily agenda.

Everyone Communicates, Few Connect – Friday, June 2nd, 2017

There is only one thing that stands between YOU and SUCCESS. It isn’t experience. It isn’t talent. If you want to succeed, you must learn how to CONNECT with PEOPLE. And while it may seem like some people are just born with it, the fact is anyone can learn how to make every communication an opportunity for a powerful connection. Success can be found in our daily agenda.

 

 

OSSGA Presentation Recap

Time and time again I’ve expressed my thoughts on the importance of building your business through the successes and growth of its people – your people. With a strong team, comes a strong company; and this doesn’t just simply happen overnight – no – we must work at it in order to see results. In fact, attaining and retaining employees is a topic of interest of mine that I had the great pleasure of speaking upon at a recent Operations, Health and Safety Seminar for the OSSGA in Toronto.

 

I started my speech with a simple question, “How do you want to be remembered?” Nobody will be talking about the car your drove, the house you lived in, or the toys you had, but we will all remember what a great leader you were. For many years, while working in the aggregate industry, I was more concerned with making profits than developing people until one day I realized: the harder I worked developing the people, the more money we made.

 

Finding good and skilled people is a challenge facing many industries these days. You need to go out and find them; don’t let anyone tell you that the great ones will just come to you. Paint a picture of what you want and carry business cards to hand out to someone who fits that picture. Don’t be afraid to hire young workers if you see something in them; it’s easier to grow boys than it is to change men. And don’t forget, we don’t attract who we want, we attract who we are.

 

New employees need to be trained and mentored and this is where we tend to falter. We need to take the slow cooker approach with training rather than the microwave. Companies need to invest in their employees. All too often, a company will spend thousands on maintenance of equipment but never consider the operator. Build your farm team and pass on your knowledge. And remember, we rarely leave the company, we usually leave the leaders.

 

I would like to conclude by thanking the OSSGA for having me speak about the importance of team building, the significance of hardworking employees, and the followed success of such companies who abide and/or are inspired by these guidelines. I will leave you with the wise words spoken by a true friend of mine, George Tackaberry, as mentioned in my speech at the Seminar: “we are nothing without our people”.

Piling Canada Article

In the article written by Lisa Gordon entitled “Changing with the Times”, Piling Canada spoke with three business coaches across Canada (Mike Draper from Toronto, Mark Nesbitt from Ottawa, and Cheryl Dyck from Calgary), gathering tips from each on behalf of the many contractors in the construction industry who feel as though they are stuck in a rut when it comes down to taking chances and making changes in their businesses. What was learned, however, was that “positive change is within reach of any company, providing the leader is willing to roll up their sleeves and make a plan”.

 

Mark Nesbitt, 30-year veteran of the aggregate construction industry and founder of Mark Nesbitt Training and Consulting, spoke seamlessly of inspiration, interaction, and clarification. His philosophy? Communicate, communicate, communicate – your strategy for change must first stem from a clearly outlined plan of action that speaks to your employees, your customers, as well as to your suppliers. After all, according to Nesbitt, “the number one thing people want from their leader is clarity”. Moreover, leaders must be the first to change, says Mark, “and then it’s a matter of explaining your plan to employees and asking for their feedback and ideas … it’s pretty hard to beat face-to-face conversations. People very rarely remember what was said, but they always remember how you made them feel”. This said, it’s crucial to level with your employees. Hear them out. Ask them what they would do differently. “Obtaining their buy-in is essential”.

 

It’s important to recognize your teammates above all else. This will nonetheless make you a leader that is heard among others. Nesbitt strongly believes that “the best investment any company could ever make is in their people … People appreciate whereas equipment depreciates”. You are encouraged to trust in your team, to believe in your people, to communicate within your company, and to watch as your business furthers itself away from any known rut.

Who are you sending to your Leadership Training Camp in the Off Season?

It’s that time of year again – the end of season for most construction and aggregate businesses. Having spent over 30 years in the seasonal industry, I’m very well-versed in the challenges that come with working in this particular trade. For example, one of the most prominent hurdles that the industry faces at this time of year is deciding which employees will be kept on board over the winter months, and who, unfortunately, will have to be laid off due to the inoperativeness of the off season. In all honesty, I have seen mixed reactions from many employees with respect to both circumstances; some people can’t wait to get laid off, whereas others dread it. Unfortunately, we don’t necessarily get much say in the matter as these conditions are primarily based on where we live; and whether we agree with these circumstances or not (no one likes to see anyone leave for Christmas), we must abide by them as it comes with working in this industry.

 

Moreover, if you are someone who is working for a progressive, forward-thinking company – be it in a management role or not – this is the time of the year when you’re asked to submit your budgets for major repairs as well as for capital purchases. We never seem to skip a beat when it comes to spread sheet preparations and requirements (i.e. the facts and figures that are essential to keeping the equipment running for one more year). Yes, the equipment will run better if and when we maintain it, and we all know it needs to be maintained, but how often do you hear the equipment thank you as you prep these forms? Or better yet, how often do you get funding from the government in order to help with a major overhaul on a tired, yet very valuable piece of machinery?

 

For many years, prior to where we stand now, the topic of investing in our team’s people was never really mentioned. In fact, the attitude was more or less: they’ll be back when we need them, where else will they go? I’m not so certain that this attitude will fly anymore, especially with your key people; let’s face it, the Hot Dogs are the first to go because they embrace a similar aforementioned attitude, thus have strong feelings that they can get a job very easily somewhere else. However, our people tend to grow on a far greater scale than our equipment. You look at an excavator with 10,000 hours on it, for instance – from the outside, they tend to look a little tired, but the operator is only just starting to gain value.

 

With respect to your leadership team, it is your front line leaders who are quite often attracting these Hot Dogs, or repelling them. After all, we rarely leave the company we work for, but rather the leaders who stand at those front lines. In other words, it is your front line supervisors who are the face of your company; and if your goal is to grow your company, you must first grow your people.

 

Now, more than ever, it is much easier to grow your supervisors thanks to the funding from the Canadian Ontario Job Grants. As a matter of fact, supervisor training often qualifies for this type of funding – and one of the most amazing parts about the COJG funding is that they have made it extremely easy to apply (with payment usually completed within 30 days of the training’s completion). I have been privileged enough to receive this type of particular funding and have used it to train several supervisors, both on location as well as at varying designated facilities agreed upon by the employer. From my experience, I know at first hand that the entirety of this training is extremely user friendly and will be beneficial to your team as a whole. This said, I have yet to work with the supervisor of a business that has been invested by a company, that didn’t finish the training with a new attitude. When companies care enough to complete such training with heart, other companies will care enough to invest in them. To learn more, please contact me and we can discuss such funding options that will suit your needs.


Good afternoon Employers and Community Members, you are invited to the upcoming session:

CANADA-ONTARIO JOB GRANT (COJG) INFORMATION SESSION AND EDUCATION/TRAINING FAIR FOR EMPLOYERS
Are you an employer who is interested in learning more about funding available to help offset some of the costs for training your workforce? Please join us for a 45 minute Information Session followed by an Education/Training Fair to learn more about the COJG and to meet education and training providers to learn about the programs they offer!
WHEN: Thursday, December 1, 2016 from 4:30pm—6:00pm
WHERE: Community Employment Resource Centre (CERC), 415 Hazeldean Road, Kanata, ON
REGISTER: Please EMAIL RSVP and sign up to attend the event

In addition to this session, we also offer a variety of other free services to employers. Please see the attached details and let us know how we can be of assistance to help with your recruitment needs.

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