Observations

Here are some observations Dune has made over the years.


LEADERSHIP & MANAGEMENT

  • Leadership is needed at all levels of any organization that wants to thrive.
  • Success can be maximized by harmonizing leadership and management.
  • Great managers lead as well as manage, while delegating effectively.
  • Understanding is a key pillar of influence, which is the essence of leadership.
  • Everyone has the potential to be a leader; leadership capabilities can be developed.
  • Each of us has more influence in our world than we realize.
  • Never underestimate the impact you can have on another person.

EFFECTIVENESS & PROFESSIONALISM

  • To be more strategic, spend less time being busy.
  • Pursuing excellence is more productive than obsessing over perfection.
  • Learn all you can about your craft, but don’t inflict it all on your customers.
  • One way to earn respect is to show respect.
  • If you want better conversations, ask better questions.
  • During an interview, take them for a test drive through what it would be like to work together.
  • There is a time for critical analysis, and a time for keeping it really simple.
  • Quality improvement requires a constant focus on understanding who our customers are, and how we can improve their lives.
  • A successful journey has many progressive milestones to be celebrated and reflected on.
  • Decide to be happy, then let the world support your decision.

CHANGE & GROWTH

  • To be happier and more successful, be more selective of what you care about.
  • Be kind to people, not because of who they are but because of who you are.
  • Our circumstances don’t define us; our persistent thoughts and actions do.
  • Great transformations are best launched from a compelling shared vision.
  • Gratefulness is the ticket to ongoing happiness.
  • To be happier and more successful, be more selective of what to care about.
  • Confidence is more powerful when mixed with the right dose of humility.
  • To embark on a transformational journey, we must leave known shores.
  • Life takes on a new meaning when our commitment to compassion is stronger than our drive to prove we are right.
  • Difficulty quitting something? Start something else. 
    Difficulty starting something? Quit something else.
  • Treat people in a way that reflects who you want to become.
  • When hearing a person talks badly about other people, I learn much about the person who is talking.
  • Technology gives us easy access to information that can prove we are right. Let’s not ignore evidence that can prove we are wrong.
  • Don’t compare your progress to another person’s progress, if you’re on a different journey.
  • Don’t mistake kindness for stupidity – that would be foolish.
  • The quality of our lives can be measured by the quality of our contributions to others.

LEARNING & TEACHING

  • Fun is fundamental to efficient learning and effective teaching.
  • Transformational learning can be accelerated by suspending disbelief.
  • Teaching is not about content delivery; it is about perspective shifting.
  • One great way to get to know someone is to observe how they treat those who are not in their circle.
  • Don’t let what you know prevent you from learning what you need to know.
  • The skills and lessons we learn at work apply well to our home life, and vice versa. Wherever you go, bring your whole self.
  • The more questions we have, the more we learn. The more we learn, the more questions we have.
  • Reflect on not only what you’ve learned, but also how you’ve learned.

MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT

  • Music is a powerful force. It can be used to unite or divide. Handle with care!
  • Music is not free – it has a cost, but it also has immeasurable benefits.
  • Most people love music. Most people take musicians for granted.

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REVIEW: “He has a knack for engaging his students to learn by using a variety of communication methods and by offering personal insight that you can only learn over time and through experience.”

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Business Analyst, Business Planning & Central Operations
City of Edmonton


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