David Benjatschek is a professional business speaker/trainer, motivating audiences across North America. His 15 year career in Oil & Gas primarily focused on the transportation sector. Also an accredited photographer, David is the driving force behind wowtrucks.com and the Wowtrucks® Calendar: Canada's Big Rig Calendar.
Since 2008 the Wowtrucks® Calendar has celebrated 13 Canadian drivers and their rigs. For the past two years a contest on the Wowtrucks® Facebook Page has helped select some of the winners into the calendar. This year’s voting just started…
As a leader it is critical to realize that you control no one else. You don’t control your employees, your boss, your spouse and/ or your kids. The more you try the closer to burnout you’ll get. You can have…
A couple Fridays back, I attended the funeral of a good friend’s father. Bill Stokes was clearly a man that will be remembered fondly for what he gave to others. He has left a legacy of enhancing the lives of…
Are you surrounded by people with negative attitudes? Are slipping into one yourself because you aren’t happy with your current work situation? It would be hard for most of us to go through life without at one point, succumbing to…
This past week I’ve covered Western Canada teaching a “Thinking Outside the Lines for Leaders and Manager’s Course” Creative thinking is a cornerstone to drive the innovation necessary to help companies thrive in an ever changing competitive marketplace.
Authenticity is so crucial for leaders and managers to understand. I love to open up my leadership workshops with the following challenge to the leaders in the room:
“You don’t control anyone. You can have tremendous influence on those around you by controlling the only person you can which is you”
Some people get into trouble by marrying someone for their “potential”, thinking they can change them over time. Usually that doesn’t turnout well!
Great teams don’t evolve by changing people. They evolve from creating an environment that motivates them.
The 2013 Wowtrucks® Calendar will be the 6th annual Canadian Big Rig Calendar. Traditionally I’ve taken all the trucks from the 4 major Show N Shines across Canada. This year I’m opening up 4 spots in the calendar to be won through a Calendar Facebook Contest which is currently running until June 30.
Click on the link below and you’ll be taken to the Contest Tab on the Wowtrucks® Facebook page where you can browse the approx 70 trucks entered and place one vote for your favorite truck each day.
Some Words of Wisdom I’ve learnt over life:
If everything is important you will go insane!
We all know co-workers that always attach the urgent flag to their emails. You know, those emails you’ve learnt to ignore :O)
Unfortunately, most all of us have been, and continue to be guilty of seeing everything as important at times in our lives and we do pay a cost.
Happy New Year to each one of you! I always get excited in the early months of each new year for the opportunity it represents. An opportunity to fail more, learn more, win more, grow more, do more.
For example in two weeks I’ll be facilitating my first workshop in the beautiful language of French in a remote northern community of Quebec.
Many people come into my leadership workshops more interested in strategies for dealing with their boss and management then they are for strategies to deal with their team.
When it comes to “Dealing Up” many people shy away, not having the courage to ‘risk’ that conversation.
Ironically backing away is the only reason that their frustrations just continue to grow.
Whiners, Lazies, Bullies, Passive Aggressives, Stubborns and the list goes on. How to Deal with Difficult People is frequently a top request in many of the workshops I do. While it may seem there are unique solutions to each type of difficult person, I’ve found there is an underlying general approach that will give you power in most every situation.
I’ve put it on my website for you to download and use.
Alain Lacharité and his 2006 Kenworth earned their way into the 2012 Wowtrucks® Calendar while attending the Fergus Truck Show. I had the pleasure of spending a couple hours getting to know Alain, his story and taking photos in and…
In High School, I had to read the “classic” existentialist piece by Samuel Beckett entitled: Waiting for Godot. The read was as dry as a scorcher on the Arizona Desert.
The storyline, in case you haven’t read it is simple: Two guys on a park bench waiting for someone who never shows up.
A-listers is a term commonly used for those elite Hollywood stars that make over $15 million per film. While I want each one of you to be an A-lister, I don’t share the Hollywood definition of what it means. I think that the Hollywood definition is dangerous to us all because it defines success by monetary income/wealth or the “Stuff” we’ve accumulated.
For me an A-Lister is someone who is simply happy with their life because they are meeting the goals they set for themselves no matter what they are.
Authenticity. Freedom to be yourself. YOURSELF …. complete with all your glorious strengths and weaknesses.
To place yourself in your authenticity is a powerful place for both corporations and individuals. I’d like to spend a bit on why it is so important for companies and how Social Media can be an important tool in finding it.
As an example, let me brag on a favorite restaurant of mine in Calgary called Marathon.