What happened To The Work Ethic?

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As a manager that seems to be constantly recruiting for salespeople, I find myself asking the question “What happened to the work ethic that was so predominant years ago?”  Is it just me, or does it seem that people want to find the ‘easy way’ out…. and more importantly, could this be another reason, (other than greed) that played a role in our economic down-turn!

Let’s take a look.  AIG, after receving billions of tax-payers dollars in a bail-out, still want to pay out 165-million in bonuses.  Bonuses for what?  Putting the company close to bankruptcy?   The CEO’s of the auto industry showed up in private planes the first time they went asking for money.  Is life so rough when you can travel by private plane?   The only reason they showed up driving hybrids the next time they went asking for money is because the media had a field day.  And here in Canada the CBC is asking for money out of one side of their mouth, and paying out bonuses out of the other side.  This just goes to prove the mind-set has not changed, and they will continue to make the same greedy mistakes that got them in this situation in the first place.  Aghhh!

On the home-front 82,600 people lost their jobs in February here in Canada, pushing the unemployment rate to a high of 7.7%  Yet, when I interview people I get asked questions like “What time is my coffee break?” and “Can I have 2 months off my first year”?  I am not making this stuff up.

I believe one of the things that is going to turn this economic recession around is hard work.  Batten down the hatches people…. It’s time to go to work.  There are jobs out there, but because the cost of doing business is increasing, we have to work harder right now.  Guess what?  That’s OK! 

Here’s my final thought on this subject!  “Out of choppy waters, true leaders will emerge”!  Be a leader!  Let’s get working!

I have been travelling much more for work reasons during the week, so I only get a chance to blog on weekends.  Please keep reading,,, I enjoy all the comments very much.


Shanneyganock Volume VII

Shanneyganock Rocks!   If you haven’t already got this CD, then run out to your nearest music store and get it.  It is fabulous.

This CD is Shanneyganock at its best.  It was hard to narrow down a few favorites… but here goes..

“Heart and Soul” – Love the beat – this is music for driving… when I am in my truck, I have to turn the volume up on this song.  Same thing goes for ‘Blow Ye Winds’… get ready to crank the volume.

But my favorite on the CD  is ‘Poison Lovers’.   Usually I am not a big fan of remakes, but they kick it out of the ballpark with this Steve Earle remake.   Awesome duet. 

Shanneyganock performs constantly and if you want to check out if they are coming to a location near you, check out their website at www.shanneyganock.ca



To the Family & Friends of the Cougar 911!

A helicopter made an emergency crash landing off Newfoundland en route to Hibernia oil field on Thursday.

On Thursday, March 12th, a terrible tragedy struck off the coast of Newfoundland.  A tragedy that affected every Newfoundlander.   A Sikorsky S92 chopper, known as Cougar 911, crashed and so far only 1 survivor have been found in the frigid waters of the Atlantic and one fatality.

Every single person who lives on this island, surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean has felt an impact from this tragedy.   The 18 people on board the chopper were from all over the province, and once again we are reminded of the sacrifices Newfoundlanders continue to make to enable them to make a living.  From fisherman, to sealers to oil workers, the Atlantic Ocean has taken the lives of Newfoundlanders for years, as they try to make a living and provide for their families.   A person’s thoughts go back to 1984 when Newfoundland’s waters were the scene of tragedy in February 1982 when 84 people perished when a huge oil drilling rig, the Ocean Ranger, tipped over and sank in a storm with 70-foot-tall waves. 

I just wanted to take a moment of quiet thought and reflection for the families and friends of those aboard that Cougar helicopter.   We pray the love of every Newfoundlander enfolds you during your journey through grief.
We send you thoughts of comfort.

Will You Dance With Me?

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As I am about to venture on to a new and exciting work journey, I think of my 6 year old nephew Riley, doing the penguin happy dance, after seeing the movie.  I thought I would share the following words someone sent me!! 

Too many people put off something that brings them joy
just because they haven’t thought about it, don’t have it on their
schedule, didn’t know it was coming or are too rigid to depart from their 
 I got to thinking one day about all those women on the 
Titanic who passed up dessert at dinner that fateful night in an effort to 
cut back. From then on, I’ve tried to be a little more flexible.

 How many women out there will eat at home because their 
husband didn’t suggest going out to dinner until after something had been 
thawed? Does the word ‘refrigeration’ mean nothing to you?

 How often have your kids dropped in to talk and sat in 
silence while you watched ‘ Jeopardy ‘ on television?

 I cannot count the times I called my sister and said, ‘How 
about going to lunch in a half hour?’ She would gas up and stammer, ‘I 
can’t. I have clothes on the line. My hair is dirty. I wish I had known 
yesterday, I had a late breakfast, It looks like rain.’ And my personal 
favorite: ‘It’s Monday.’ She died a few years ago. We never did have lunch 

 Because Canadians cram so much into their lives, we tend 
to schedule our headaches. We live on a sparse diet of promises we make to 
ourselves when all the conditions are perfect!

 We’ll go back and visit the grandparents when we get Steve 
toilet-trained. We’ll entertain when we replace the living-room carpet… 
We’ll go on a second honeymoon when we get two more kids out of college.

 Life has a way of accelerating as we get older. The days 
get shorter, and the list of promises to ourselves gets longer. One 
morning, we awaken, and all we have to show for our lives is a litany of 
‘I’m going to,’ ‘I plan on,’ and ‘Someday, when things are settled down a 

 When anyone calls my ‘seize the moment’ friend, she is 
open to adventure and available for trips. She keeps an open mind on new 
ideas. Her enthus- iasm for life is contagious. You talk with her for five 
minutes, and you’re ready to trade your bad feet for a pair of Roller 
blades and skip an elevator for a bungee cord..

 My lips have not touched ice cream in 10 years. I love ice 
cream. It’s just that I might as well apply it directly to my stomach with 
a spatula and eliminate the digestive process The other day, I stopped the 
car and bought a triple-Decker. If my car had hit an iceberg on the way 
home, I would have died happy.

 Now…go on and have a nice day. Do something you WANT 
to……not something on your SHOULD DO list. If you were going to die soon 
and had only one phone call you could make, who would you call and what 
would you say? And why are you waiting?

  Have you ever watched kids playing on a merry go round or 
listened to the rain lapping on the ground? Ever followed a butter fly’s 
erratic flight or gazed at the sun into the fading night? Do you run 
through each day on the fly? When you ask ‘ How are you?’ Do you hear the 

When the day is done, do you lie in your bed with the next 
hundred chores running through your head? Ever told your child, ‘We’ll do 
it tomorrow.’ And in your haste, not see his sorrow? Ever lost touch? Let a 
good friendship die? Just call to say ‘Hi?

 When you worry and hurry through your day, it is like an 
unopened gift….Thrown away….. Life is not a race. Take it slower. Hear 
the music before the song is over.

The ECMA Gala!

 Hey Rosetta by Mr. Scotto   Hey Rosetta by Mr. Scotto   Hey Rosetta by Mr. Scotto   Hey Rosetta by Mr. Scotto

Sunday night I had the privilege to attend the ECMA awards show Gala!  What a fantastic show.  The Pepsi Centre in Corner Brook was transformed to a professional looking stage.  Damhnait Doyle and Jian Ghomes did a fabulous job of hosting.  They were entertaining, funny, smart and intelligent.  Great job!

Hey Rosetta won a few awards and what a great performance.  The young up-and-comers, who earned their musical chops playing on George Street in St. John’s, N. L., walked away with three trophies for their album, “Into Your Lungs (and around in your heart and on through your blood).”   That quote came from the Peterborough Examiner and you can read it here.  http://www.thepeterboroughexaminer.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1457923&auth=TARA%20BRAUTIGAM,%20THE%20CANADIAN%20PRESS

The only let-down of the night was Newfoundland’s own Tara Oram.  What an embarrassment she turned out to be when she stole Kate Winslet’s Oscar Acceptance Speech.  Can you say TACKY!  For God’s sale, you are supposed to be a ‘performer’… go out and get yourself an original speech.   You’re an embarrassment to the provice,,, I was ashamed we were from the same island.

Moving on…. other great performers included Jill Barber, Ron Hynes, interesting Acadian Rappers and the wonderful Damhnait Doyle herself. 

What a weekend, capping off with this wonderful event.  I enjoyed the ECMA’s in Corner Brook so much, and I may just have to make a trip to Cape Breton next year, to take it all in.  Way to go volunteeers and staff!