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The Joy Thief – An Important Lesson for High Performance Leaders

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You want to be relaxed, confident and happy at home and at work, right?

Happy, healthy workplace cultures are challenging to find and take work to create.

Take a couple of minutes to read and contemplate on this life and emotional intelligence hack.

I’ll start with a story.

One spring morning while I was out riding my bike I noticed what a fabulous morning it was. Beautiful.
All the fields I rode past were lush green and the road was a beautiful ribbon. I thought to myself “This is really a beautiful moment. I am having fun!”

Then it happened.
I got scared.
I thought, “What if a car hits me?
What if I get hit in the head with a rock?”
Fear struck.
I wanted to get off the highway. I became flooded with thoughts of my demise.

This time I noticed.

This time I didn’t let fear steal my joy.

This is not an unfamiliar conversation I’ve had in my head. I feel joy and then I feel fear. What is going on?

This is really counterintuitive thought and took me months to wrap my head around. This time I noticed it and stopped the thinking process.

I’m not alone in this. Can you relate?

Joy is one of the most vulnerable emotions we feel…. so, we “dress rehearse tragedy” #BreneBrown to try to prepare for it. The trouble with that is that we give up being in the moment. We trade joy for fear.

Fear is sometimes helpful. It can keep us safe.

However, fear also keeps us from enjoying the things that bring joy.

Think about it….
You’re at work and you feel the exhilaration of being productive, motivated and effective. Then a co-worker asks you a hard question. Instead of seeing the question through the lens of joy, you experience the question as a threat. You move into fear and become defensive. Instead of having an opportunity to connect, fear can initiate disengagement, acting out, separation and blame.
And this undermines your joy and your effectiveness.

Appearing cool, rather than expressing the fullness of joy is another way that we disengage. We’re more concerned with what others think than experiencing the fullness of the moment. Fear robs us of joy.

When this happens, we’re no longer mindful and in the moment, we are living in the future, a future we don’t know exists…. and that can spark anxiety.

Staying present is so important to effective leadership. And most of us don’t have a clue that we’re jumping into the future when this happens.

Joy is essential for our resilience.

When do you experience joy?
When have you dress rehearsed tragedy?

The alternative is to stay in the moment, to embrace the joy, as beautiful and as vulnerable as it is.
Check out the upcoming workshop on February 6 to learn more.
https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/a-counter-intuitive-exploration-of-joy-an-emotional-intelligence-workshop-tickets-53892125799

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One Eleven Grill shows off new renovations and some new menu creations

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One of Red Deer’s favourite restaurants has put some major effort into updating their space and creating some new menu items. One Eleven Grill opened its doors in 2011 with as a fresh and innovative entry into the local dining scene.

They’ve recently completed renovations and spent considerable time and effort developing some tasty new menu items. Watch the video above to get an idea of what you’re in store for next time you head down to one of the city’s finest restaurants.

About One Eleven Grill: An inviting and stylish restaurant tucked into the heart of Red Deer just waiting for you to discover or rediscover.

Opened on the first day of November in 2011, One Eleven has been thoughtfully and skillfully preparing delicious food and drinks for Central Alberta for years.

Our passion is STEAK! We are committed to quality, serving only the very best locally-owned, grass fed Alberta Triple AAA Beef in both classic and unique cuts.

Our warm, inviting ambiance is the perfect backdrop for everything from a romantic evening, a gathering with friends and family and even a quiet business lunch during the week. We even feature live jazz every Friday and Saturday. Add in one of the best selections of wine in the region, and One Eleven will set the perfect tone for your weekend.

At One Eleven we’re committed to your total satisfaction and we celebrate the people and food of Red Deer and Central Alberta every day.

For amazing food, great music and good times with family and friends, keep One Eleven in mind.

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Red Deer Chamber of Commerce accepting nominations for Business of the Year

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Now Accepting Nominations for the 2019 Business of the Year Awards

The Business of the Year Awards are organized by the Red Deer & District Chamber of Commerce and held annually in conjunction with Small Business Week.

The Business Awards are presented, in five categories, to exceptional businesses within the Red Deer area. All companies, Chamber members and non-members, are eligible for nomination for an award in their respective category.

“We have organizations doing extraordinary work in our community and far too often their accomplishments and charitable activities go unrecognized. Our entrepreneurs and businesses are incredibly humble so it gives of great pleasure to be able to recognize them” said Rick More, CEO of the Red Deer & District Chamber of Commerce.

The Red Deer & District Chamber of Commerce is now accepting nominations for the Business of the Year Awards in the following categories: 1-10 employees, 11-20 employees, 21+ employees, Young Entrepreneur and Non-Profit. Nominations can be submitted from the online nominations form. The deadline for application submission is July 26, 2019 at 4:30pm.

The Business of the Year Awards will be held on October 16, 2019 at the RDC Arts Centre & Foyer.

The Red Deer & District Chamber of Commerce is a collaborative leader in building a vibrant community and fosters an environment where businesses can lead, be innovative, sustainable, and grow.

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