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Stu-Pendous Blog - Archives for February 2009

These are the thoughts of speaker, author and camp director Stu Saunders.
For Stu’s original blog, you may still access his archives here.

  • Doctors orders

    Feb 19, 2009

    I am a baseball fan, not obsessed, but a fan. My team is the Toronto Blue Jays.

    Roy Halladay is one of the best pitchers in all of baseball. Won the highest honour a pitcher can get, the Cy Young. Won 20 or more games twice. Was part of 5 all star teams. Good at what he does.

    A.J. Burnett, another pitcher, left the Blue Jays this year to sign a BIG deal with the New York Yankees - 86 million dollars. He was asked about his time in Toronto, he said he learned a lot from the Ace Halladay. He learned from one of the best.

    Halladay was asked what he thought of the compliments that Burnett showered him with… here’s his response;

    “It’s nice to hear those compliments, and I’m glad to be a part of that…but I think I learned things from him as well,” said Halladay. “And that’s the great part about baseball, if you keep your ears open and pay attention, you’re always going to learn something from somebody.”

    Roy hit the nail right on the head… except that statement isn’t only true in baseball it’s true in life.

    Keep your ears open. Listen. Learn. Lead.


    Posted by Stu Saunders in Leadership on Feb 19, 2009 at 12:27 pm | Permanent Link | Comments (3)

  • Lesson’s from a tea cup

    Feb 17, 2009

    Sitting in a Starbucks, just finished interviewing a great young man for a possible job with our organization. I asked him what his passion was… great question.

    I was looking around the coffee house and saw a tea cup for sale, it has a tag attached to it that read…


    I love that. Aren’t those powerful words and actions. I like how each word is followed by a period. Which means that each one is singularly important. We need to SIP. We need to TALK. We need to WRITE. My favourite is BE, because we need to sometimes stop pushing for tomorrow and BE in the moment. Live in the moment now, do what you love now, cherish the moment now.

    It was a beautiful night this past Sunday and the sky at my home was incredible, millions of stars. My daughter suggested that we put on our winter gear and grab the sleds and enjoy the night. So much laughter… beautiful. My favourite moment, my BE, was when we lied down in the snow and looked up… magnificent. That was a time to not think about the next day, week or month, but to BE in that moment.

    Write down each of those words and then write a little after each word. Sip - Who do you have coffee with? Talk - Who do you have conversations with, are you spending enough time in good conversations? Write - Do you journal, write letters (real letters, cards, notes)? Read - What are you reading? Gossip rags or great books? Eat - What do you eat? Good food, bad food, healthy food? Listen - Are you listening to yourself, your body, to what matters (two ears, one mouth for a reason). Be - Are you in this moment. Enjoy it!

    Write your list, in your journal and perhaps share it here on STUpendous BLOG. Maybe you will inspire someone else with your list.

    Posted by Stu Saunders in Leadership Family Life Learning and Growing Motivation on Feb 17, 2009 at 5:15 pm | Permanent Link | Comments (3)

  • There is a difference

    Feb 12, 2009

    I am sitting in the Apple Store at The Eaton Centre in downtown Toronto. I am so excited about the vibe… I want to buy three more Macs. Here’s why Mac is SO successful, they take customer service to a completely new level. There are more then a dozen Apple reps walking the floor, but not so much to sell, but to help. I do mean help.

    Yesterday we came in to just make some inquiries about Mobile Me and ended up having a 30 minute chat with Scott “our” guy. He spent so much time with us. Answered every question, calmly. Then Angela mentioned that she was having some issues with her iPhone. Next thing you know Scott had made us an appointment to get her phone looked at. No charge, no hassle.

    All the staff wear t-shirts that say different cool sayings like, “I could talk about this stuff for hours.” or “Not all heroes wear capes.”, there are other fun cool sayings. I am sitting across from a man who is about… 60. A young man from Apple, wearing a shirt that says, “No pain, all gain.” is spending tons of time with him, no frustration, no time constraints. It’s not like when you go into a Future Shop or Best Buy and everything is password protected and they hover over you like you’re a thief. It’s friendly, it’s… cool. That’s the what a leader is… different then the mass, friendly, helpful and a hero.

    Oh, I just had to add this. Angela just met with Matt our “Apple Genius”, explained her challenge and then Matt said… “Ok, let’s get you a new phone.”.

    Done, no other questions. Awesome.

    Posted by Stu Saunders in Leadership on Feb 12, 2009 at 1:05 pm | Permanent Link | Comments (4)

  • Cani

    Feb 9, 2009

    I am a lover of learning. I love to learn it’s that simple. A true leader is in constant evolution. If someone says they “know it all” then they have stopped growing, growing is all about who we are as humans. I was listening to an audio program yesterday while I was running (great time to learn) and was hit with an awesome idea. The idea of CANi. I put the I in small case because that’s what you do (iPhone, iPod). Here’s the HUGE Idea… CANi stands for Constant And Never ending Improvement. That’s what life is all about, constant improvement. If you stay the same and do the same stuff and live the same routine eventually you will get left behind, depressed, stagnant… you get the idea.

    The greatest leaders, organizations, companies are committed to CANi. In everything they do, every single day! So here’s the question, are you committed to CANi? The answer should be a resounding YES! Ask yourself these three questions before you fall asleep at night, write it in your journal or simply tell someone.

    1. What did I learn today?
    2. What made me think today?
    3. What do I want to learn tomorrow?

    I would challenge you that if you don’t have an answer for number 1… you need to think about CANi!

    Posted by Stu Saunders in Goal Setting Leadership Learning and Growing on Feb 9, 2009 at 10:14 am | Permanent Link | Comments (4)

  • It all matters

    Feb 2, 2009

    Just read an article today about Michael Phelps the multi gold medal winning US swimmer. It seems that he was photographed at a party with a hash pipe, smoking… drugs. Ok, I know it’s not a big deal, an elite athlete, millionaire now, what’s a little puff between friends. I can tell you how BIG of a deal it is. He has now lost over 2 million dollars in corporate endorsements, with many more looking at contracts with a fine tooth comb… for a way out of their relationship.

    I googled Michael Phelps today and found over 51,000 images relating to the story, 285,000 web links and a new Facebook group. What we do every day, in an instant can ruin a lifetime of hard work. I am always worried that I will make a mistake and be wrongly labeled or maybe properly labeled. What we do in today’s world is and can be placed on the internet so quickly that, like a tattoo, it can be hard and costly to remove. Take time today to think about what you say, do, how you act, who you associate with, where you find yourself and what situation you put yourself in. If you know that something you are going to do could cause you possible ramifications then maybe you should just say no… Think twice act once, it may cost you more then 2,000,000 dollars. Here’s a great question to ask yourself… “Is what I am about to do going to make me, my family, my current or future kids proud?” If not, maybe reconsider!


    Side Note: I never add on to my blogs but I did want to add on a thought due to some of the comments. I want to be clear that I am not judging Mr. Phelps, we all make mistakes. What I am saying in 2009 we no longer can live as life care-free as we once did. One mistake can possibly be broadcast to the world almost immediately. It is important again to think twice and act once.

    “It may take 30 years to build a reputation. It can take only 30 seconds to destroy it.”
    - Jim Collins

    Posted by Stu Saunders in Leadership Learning and Growing on Feb 2, 2009 at 2:20 pm | Permanent Link | Comments (3)

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