the Guild - Skilled Trades and Apprenticeship

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How to Structure Your Calendar in Time for Trades School

  Check out my YouTube Video for some pointers on How to Structure Your Time for Trades School.

the Guild Podcast – Jeff Dickson – Langley High School ACE-IT Program

Jeff Dickson – Langley High School – Millennials, Plumbers, and the ACE-It Program Both Dads are tradesmen Red Seal Plumber – TQ’d Gasfitter TTED Graduate – High School Shop Teacher Pioneered the ACE-IT program with BCIT and Langley High School… Continue Reading →

Weekly Book Review -Servant Leadership

Introduction to the Series – Servant Leadership I wanted to start a new series on servant leadership and I thought what better way to do a series than to actually go through the book on Servant Leadership (SL) written by Robert… Continue Reading →

5 Keys to Building Dysfunctional Teams

5 Keys to Building Dysfunctional Teams Satirical point of view – just in case there are any peeps out there who might mistake this post as an attempt to actually help build a successful team. Key #1 – Don’t Communicate… Continue Reading →

Half-Way-There

YES! Half-Way-There! Welcome to our half-way point! I’ve officially done 10 episodes now…amazing! And I’m having a blast doing these podcasts. Some things to note about this episode; Going back to school soon? Get Financially Ready Set Yourself Up for… Continue Reading →

Making Teamwork Safe

Sometimes you just want to throw the towel. Not a “throwing in” the towel so much as just throwing the towel. It’s not about resignation. It’s more about frustration. A throwing it with power and purpose. I remember thinking to… Continue Reading →

A Sea-Turf Approach to Buy In

I can still remember the exact jobsite, the heat of the day, and the conversation like it happened yesterday. “You can’t be the lead hand on this job, you’re not even a journeyman yet”. The words came with heavy sarcasm… Continue Reading →

the Guild Podcast – Tamara Pongracz – from Librarian to Welder to Chief Instructor

Tamara Pongracz – IP Red Seal Certified Plumber – From Librarian to Welding to Plumbing Tamara is the Chief Instructor for the Trades Access / Trades Discovery Program at BCIT. Tamera talks about her transition from those “typical girl’s jobs”… Continue Reading →

Working in Teams

I love working in teams. Most likely it goes all the way back to my younger years when I played soccer and football.  The practices were awesome, I loved learning how to play my position and how I fit into… Continue Reading →

What do you do for rest?

What do you do for rest? What do you do to get rest? Almost sounds like an oxymoron – what do you do. Yet it seems that most of us look forward to a period of rest. Rest from our… Continue Reading →

Book Review – Execution: the discipline of getting things done

Want to more about how to elevate with excellence the execution of your plans? In this short review, I’ll give you my thoughts about Bossidy and Charan’s book, Execution: the discipline of getting things done. I also wrote a blog… Continue Reading →

Special Episode – Canadian International Conference on Education

Canadian International Conference on Education University of Toronto (Mississauga) Key Note #1 – Changing Mindset in a Changing World Levels of poverty are increasing The “Middle Class” is disappearing Poverty reaches across all demographics A need to change mindsets –… Continue Reading →

Legacy Series pt -V – Common Grace

In this last installment in the Legacy Series, I reflect upon how Common Grace should be a crucial concept for leaving a lasting legacy. Two events that happen within weeks of each other key me onto this question. The first… Continue Reading →

Legacy Series pt IV – Courage

Say the word courage to ten people and ask them to define it you will most likely receive back ten different definitions of courage. You will also discover ten different stories about courage. Different people, different circumstances yet all the… Continue Reading →

the Guild Podcast – So, You Want to Work up North?

Rick Lindberg – Steamfitter – So, You Want to Work Up North? In this episode, “so, you want to work up north?” I interview Rick Lindberg. Rick’s a new steamfitting instructor with us here at BCIT. Before he embarked upon… Continue Reading →

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