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.
You don’t have to be naturally creative to drive an environment of innovation in your company!
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 at Work
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.
Vote for your favorite Canadian Trucks in the Wowtrucks® Facebook Contest
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.
Helping You Assess Importance in any Situation
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.
Mind, Heart or Feet: Which do you value most as a leader?
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.
Dealing with Your Boss: Download your Free Guide Here
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.
The Ultimate Plan to Dealing with Difficult People: A Free PDF Download
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.
You tell me what makes a Great Truck Photo – Congrats to Alain LaCharite for making it into the 2012® Wowtrucks Calendar!
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…
Get off the Bench and into the Game!
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.
2 Success Tools for Everyday Life: If you want to be an A-Lister, these B Lists will get you there!
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.
The Incredible Power of Authenticity for Business & How Social Media can help you find it
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.