The social media giant LinkedIn is offering any registered LinkedIn user the opportunity to expand their Business Education at no cost. In an effort for LinkedIn to promote their quality content from Lynda into their new learning platform LinkedIn Learning they are extending Free Access to hundreds of courses through the remainder of this week, ending on October 30, 2016.

There are literally hundreds of courses ranging from beginner to advanced levels with a range of subject matters. Subject matters range from Financial Planning, Business Finances all the way to Marketing coursework.

Take this opportunity to expand your Business Education utilizing LinkedIn Learning.


As always I invite you to share with me your experience through your favorite social media channels. Connect with me on twitter, LinkedIn or facebook. Our team at Drive Planning would love to further your learning one on one at any time.


Challenge The Process TB


Every so often organizations should step back and be disruptive. By disruptive I mean challenging the status quo or as the title indicates our normal processes. Is this a good time for your organization to take a good look at your mission and the way that you go about facilitating your mission? Has your team drifted into just plain ol’ plain ol’ boring?

As with any group or organization you stand on the shoulders of the hard work and dedication of those that have come before you. Many times as organizations grow, they rely on a “the way that its always been done” mentality. Other times organizations can even drift from their original intentions. I never want to be disrespectful to those who have created the systems and processes that are currently in use. However, we need to make sure that we are always looking forward and continuing to be relevant. Often times that means being a little disruptive.

So, I would like to challenge each of you to think hard about your company, church, team, division etc. and ensure that you are doing a great job of building on top of what already exists. Below are some ground rules to consider as you embark on disrupting the status quo.


Rules of engagement


As you begin, here are a few ground rules that I believe to be important for organizational growth and unity.
  • Think Big!

    Bigger than you’ve ever previously thought about your job, company team etc. Lets make sure that we approach this without any limiting beliefs.
  • Publicly

    Be a “Raving Fan” of all that we are doing as an organization. Our fans or clients will be attracted to an organization of people who are positive.
  • Privately

    Be “respectfully critical” Lets be open to blowing up old and new ideas about the way we are approaching our business.


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The Origin of Labor Day

September 1, 2016 — 1 Comment


We live in the greatest country ever… Fact! As much as we hear political rhetoric and fighting amongst ourselves, fact remains that we are the greatest country ever. Our country was founded on the idea of self-reliance and individuals that work. They work to create for themselves, their families, community and country. So did you know that the day that we set aside to recognize the economic and social impact of those who work in our country was originally a Canadian idea?


Many argue that Labor Day was first proposed by Peter J. McGuire of the American Federation of Labor in May of 1882, after witnessing the annual Labor Festival in Toronto, Canada.  In 1894, President Grover Cleveland signed into law this day as a National Holiday. Since that date we have set aside this 1st Monday in September to recognize the economic and social contributions of workers in our country.

As we celebrate the day with picnics, barbecues, and parades with friends and neighbors; let us not forget the reason that we celebrate. We celebrate the ingenuity, diligence and the hard work that continues to make our country the best in the world.

So, how will you celebrate Labor Day and why…..? Share with me on Facebook, twitter or LinkedIn


Read more detail regarding Labor Day and its history

Labor Day 2016 is on September 5, 2016