7 Areas of Top Expertise: Ideas for Serving Your Network Together

Dear RumBloggers,

I am passionate about Personal Growth and Professional Development experiences.  Here are some ways I team up with people to serve them and their people.  I believe people and groups in your sphere of influence might benefit from these services so take some time to reflect and then pass this along to decision makers in interested parties. Maybe someone you know is going through something that I can help them walk through because of my education and experiences? Maybe a group need some training to go to the next level and a workshop or seminar could do the trick? Please add comments below and share your experiences with these subjects in your personal and professional life.  What have you learned in these areas and what difference did it make to you and yours?

7 Areas of Top Expertise containing Topics of Special Interest:

  1. Self-Assessment of the 7 BIG areas of life: This is a powerful tool from EQCommunications takes a current snap shot of your life through meaningful exploratory conversations.  This is a good starting point for getting to know each other and finding out which areas of life you can priorities improving in order to attain your vision of victory.
  2. Mental Health Support Facilitation:  This group of topical services I offer all seek to (1) reduce social stigma and (2) increase personal resilience for various populations who come from diverse backgrounds of society.  Participants could have friends, family or work associates with first or second hand experiences with mental health recovery challenges and they want to learn how to relate and support them. Everyone has valuable experience, important perspectives and may be at various points on the journey towards mental health recovery.
    1. Developing Your Personal Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) – Workshop/Group Facilitation.
    2. Bouncing Back: Building Your Personal Resilience and Avoiding Burnout.
    3. Help, Hope and Healing: Finding These 3 in Your Grief and Suffering.
    4. How to Make and Keep Good Friends.
    5. Personal Standards and Life Choices.
    6. Anger Management.
  3. Tackling Transitions like a Champion: Circumstances do occur that change the stable status of our relationships, roles, responsibilities, health and employment in ways we may not have anticipated or planned for.  Now that those circumstances are upon us and they present powerful opportunities for innovation, resilience and adaptation if we learn to tackle transitions like a champion, not a victim.
  4. Coaching Couples and Wedding Officiation: Facilitating communication and mutual discovery through Enrich Canada Marriage Preparation and Enrichment. I can help the couple discern and develop their vision for a meaningful wedding and a mutually fulfilling marriage.
  5. Spiritual Discovery and Pastoral Direction: People have thoughts that prompt their spiritual search and they need trusted experts to discern and discuss them with.  As a Gospel-Centred and personally devout Christian and an Ordained Baptist Pastor, I am comfortable having delicate spiritual conversation about what people have experienced/believe and sharing my experiences and beliefs with them in a way that allows them the space to explore their spiritual convictions in a safe, trust-based and non-directive learning environment.
  6. Leadership Lessons and Skills Training:
    1. Passion-Mapping: Finding Meaning at Work.
    2. Confident Communication: How to Share Your Most Important Ideas Effectively.
    3. The Athletic Advantage: Developing the Attributes of High Performance People.
    4. Recruiting Resources for Your Vision and Mission.
    5. Emotional Intelligence at Work.
    6. Conflict Resolution Strategies for Teams and Task Forces.
  7. Hobbies and Entertainment Training:
    1. How to Watch Sports (Workshop): Basics to Enjoy the “Big Game” with Your Group.
    2. How to Plan A Vacation in Europe, Canada and Asia.
    3. How to Foster Community Outreach, Social Activism and Personal Engagement.

Creating Complete Champions for High Performance in Real Life

I believe in the importance of personal growth and spiritual development in order to become complete champions who can reach high performance in our personal and professional lives.

Hi I’m Adam.  I believe in creating complete champions.  I believe in the importance of personal growth and development in order to be a high performance person.   I believe that the hardships we go through will either make us or break us; and it is how we game plan that makes the difference.  I believe your greatest tests can be your greatest testimony.  I believe the transitions, challenges and changes that we face, are opportunities for unprecedented growth.  Capturing the momentum of transitions and changes can be a great way to become a complete champion and to get to the next level of what your vision of success is.

I have served Olympians as an inspiration and advisor to help them become complete champions.  I have served federal correctional inmates as they try to transition out of the institution into “normal life” and get jobs, and friends, and an apartment…I helped them game plan for that.  I have served people at various level of mental health recovery and helped facilitate their personal recovery game planning.  I have served churches and helped them rediscover their corporate and individual identity – their mission, vision and values – through strategic planning.  I have also served “at risk youth”; and helped them try to define some personal standards for their navigation through this world of competition and distraction.  I have also helped student athletes to develop a purpose for their life during those formative university years so they can develop a vision of success, purpose and meaning for their lives and work towards achieving it.  I have served members of the Toronto Blue Jays Organization, helping them become complete champions.  High performance people know the importance of being a complete champion.  Giving adequate attention to all areas of life is very important. Quite often, however, high performance people are neglecting other major areas of their lives, such as the spiritual or the social.  I have worked with the Toronto Blue Jays and helped them to become complete champions.  For example, helping them strike the balance between work and life and family.  I helped them to think about the importance of giving back; and leveraging their platform to give back; and make a positive difference in the world.  Also, I’ve helped them focus on the importance of their spirituality and their relationship with God.  I did this through motivational speeches as well as one-on-one meetings where I got to listen to them describe their vision of victory, and their dream success in life and encourage them to become complete champions.  Now, you may not be a Toronto Blue Jay, but in your life; whatever your cause; being a complete champion and reaching high performance is equally as important.

How can I help you become a complete champion? Let’s team up!

Coaching Sessions: 2 Minute Video and 3 Frequently Asked Questions


FAQ 1: How is coaching different from counselling or psychotherapy?

Generally, coaching focusses on the impact of the present on your future, while counselling focusses on the impact of the past on your present.  My coaching process assesses your present situation and empowers you to use your resources to attain your future goals in life.

FAQ 2: Can we do virtual/online sessions?

Yes.  This option of works best for many people’s lifestyles.  Virtual/online coaching allows for efficient face-to-face communication.  I’m able to do “virtual” coaching sessions with great people like you from around our globe through efficient video chat programs (Skype, iChat, etc).  It is simple and smooth to arrange a video session for settings such as: at home after dinner (and maybe the kids go to sleep), on the train, at the office, in a coffee shop or airport lounge.   Let me know if “virtual” sessions work better for your lifestyle. Let’s set something up using the form below. :)

FAQ 3: How does it work financially?

There are two service packages available.  Both can be customized to fit your personal strategy, passion and vision. The first offers a bundle of 5 to 10 sessions.  The second is an upgrade on the basic bundle of 5 to 10 sessions, which adds supplemental support services by voice and writing for an additional monthly fee.  Both packages include a free e-subscriptions to adamrumball.com. I do not want financial strain to be an obstacle to your success and I do offer a negotiable fee scale depending on your circumstances.  Let’s talk about building a “win-win” game plan! :)

Book your first assessment session now to start realizing your vision of victory.

Inspirational Communication: 1 of 31 Skills for Successful Leadership

Successful leaders skillfully communicate inspiration.

The inspirational communication of a successful leader to their people is like the wind in the sails of a fleet of racing sailboats.  I feel most like a leader when I connect with people in an emotional word picture.  Emotional word pictures can powerfully engage our heads,  hearts, hopes and hands.  The best example that I can think of for this skill is Jesus Christ’s ability to inspire a global movement of faith, hope and love through his words.  Have you read the Gospels? He casts the most inspiring and passion producing vision of life as it could be through his use of words and deeds.

Inspirational communication is an important skill because many people’s sails are not pregnant with the possibilities of vision. However, they are in the boat with sails up and want to move, but just need “word-wind” to move ahead.  Now, I realize that some people do not have their sails up. Some people’s sails are in need of repair.  Some people’s sails are bundled up and tied down.  Their sailboat may even be docked or stored in a slip.  Next time you have an audience of any size, ask them to put their sails up and then speak motivating wind into their sails with an emotional word picture. Paint them a picture of the possibilities with your words and deeds.  Try this: Speak motivating and spirited words into your people’s open sails.  Watch what happens when you speak motivating and spirited words into your people’s open sails.

Successful leaders are skilled at putting wind in people’s sails through inspirational communication.  To be a successful leader, you must become skilled at harnessing the power of words.  Now, successful leaders understand that communication dynamics involve more than “just words” and yet are skilled at maximizing the power of words for inspiring people. The study of effective inter-personal communication certainly involves awareness of verbal, non-verbal, para-verbal features. Inspirational communication happens in formal and informal setting of various group sizes all over the world through diverse mediums and forms. Successful leaders can customize and contextualize their words and deeds to maximize the inspiration.

“Vision is a picture of the future that produces passion in people.” – Bill Hybels

Contact me for further coaching, counselling, communication or consulting on this skill. :)

Working With Adam

 Coaching, Communication, Consulting: I am an inspirational communicator and encouraging educator who is always seeking new opportunities for challenging and rewarding service. I am an active listener and personal coach who connects well with people as they meaningfully engage their past experiences, present reality and future potential. I am a motivational speaker and group facilitator who effectively shares heart-felt stories, value-based principles and results-oriented advice for life and leadership with motivated individuals and groups. I love working towards “light-bulb” or “eureka” moments. I had a successful athletic career in team sports, such as football at Western University. I have a B.A. in Sociology and an M.Div. in Pastoral Leadership. I have served many people and organizations as a “Minister of Morale” during my 12+ years of leadership and management in the social sector. I serve all people: the spiritual, the secular, the skeptical, the seeker, etc.  Now, how can I serve you and yours? :)

Topics of Special Interest: Tackling Transitions like a Champion, Passion-Mapping: Finding Meaning at Work, Enrich Canada Marriage Preparation and Enrichment Facilitator, Spiritual Growth, Leaving a Living Legacy, Confident Communication Skills, The Athletic Advantage: Attributes of High Performance People, Emotional Resilience: Recovering and Developing Your Personal Wellness, Conflict Resolution Strategies, Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) Facilitator, Advice on Successful Transitions, EQCommunications Assessment, Recruiting Resources for Our Vision and Mission, Hope and Healing, How to Make and Keep Good Friends, Personal Standards and Life Choices, Anger Management, Skills for Success, Leadership Lessons, Go For It!

Groups and Individuals: Toronto Blue Jays Organization, Under- or Unemployed People, At-Risk Youth, Correctional Services of Canada Clients, Leaders and Managers in both the private and social sector, Community Organizers, Social Service Workers, Sales Forces, Management Teams, Church Congregations, Men’s Groups, Student-Athletes and Olympians.

Service Packages: 1. Personal Coaching Sessions. 2. Group Training Workshops. 3. Motivational Speeches. 4. Strategic Project Guidance Contracts. 5. Wedding and Funeral Event Planning and Officiation.

Fee Structures: 1. Private sector clients. 2. Social sector clients. 3. “Pay What You Can” clients.

Current Office Location:

Office #9 – 240 Roncesvalles Ave. in the Village Healing Centre.

Service Inquiries and Requests to “Set Something Up”:

My List of Top 31 Skills for Successful Leadership

1. Inspirational Communication
2. Keen Observer
3. Competitive Focus
4. Personal Resilience
5. Courageous Heart of A Champion
6. Grace Under Fire
7. Leadership Development
8. Foster Loyal Friendships
9. Have Happy Hobbies and Holidays
10. Intruiged Interviewing
11. Celebrate Our Wins
12. Conflict Negotiation
13. Value-based Standards
14. Delegate Assignments
15. Navigate Transitions and Changes
16. Recruit Resources
17. Stewardship Attitude
18. Identify Walls
19. Triaged Options
20. Time Management
21. Self-Awareness
22. Value-Added Feedback
23. Cultural Sensitivity
24. Decision Making
25. SMART Goals
26. Public Speaking
27. Community Service Orientation
28. Respect for History
29. Motivate with Meaning
30. Encouragement Coaching
31. Faith, Hope and Love

Assisting with Adjustments After Afghanistan: Wounded Warriors, Chaplains and you.

The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) Afghanistan Mission was closed today after over 12 years and over 40,000 members deployed.  To acknowledge this milestone day, I dedicate my 180th blog post to:

(1) raising awareness for the Wounded Warriors Canada (Phil Ralph and his team).

(2) expressing admiration for the vital work of our  CAF Chaplains – nicknamed “Padres”.

(3) equipping Canadians with a simple and supportive questions to ask military service members they care about.

A day like this highlights the need and importance of us all assisting CAF members and their friends/families with adjustment after Afghanistan!  This blog post is not a military insider’s perspective, but rather a compassionate clergy person and community member who is concerned about the care of Canadians, in the military and civilian life.  I have posted 6 informative links at the bottom as well as inserting them throughout the post, as blue hyper-text.

People are not flags.

There is a flag lowering ceremony at the end of a military mission.  Our Canadian flag is lowered with reverent care, folded up tight and tidy, then flown home safely.  Simple and important symbolism.  However, people are not flags.  People should be handled with more reverent care than a flag, yet they do not transition home from war as easily! People who have returned/will return from serving on active deployment, who have experienced combat, are not simply folded-up tidy and flown home to be quickly run up the pole again at home – crisp and bright – snapping in the wind.  It is easy to understand that there are some very difficult adjustments to life during and after a member’s deployment.  Obviously, Kabul is not Canada.  A recent learning experience brought that truth hope in dramatic fashion.  My mother took me to see The Two Worlds of Charlie F, as a birthday present.  It was an authentic, powerful and informative theatre production that depicts the experiences of military service people (and their families) before enlisting, up to and during deployment and then after return to home soil.  Warning:  It is shocking and messy at times.  It graphically reinforced what I knew already: injuries sustained are not just physical, but also mental, social, emotional, spiritual, financial, etc.  Sadly and tragically, many people cannot adequately cope with the new normal.  Social problems and issues like addiction, mental health, suicide, grief/loss, anger/abuse, separation/divorce, PTSD, etc are possible outcomes.  Circumstances can be improved with the right kind of care. These issues listed do occur in all Canadian populations, but the media has raised awareness of tragic rates in the military. Self-destructive ways of coping with distress in military life may be common knowledge, but it in December, General Lawson made a 2 minute video statement about suicide and mental health challenges in the Forces. View it here. He is right when he says, “Care is available to each of us!”

Chaplains have a vital role in successful strategies for resilience and recovery.

War, like other dramatic distresses in life, can break people: physically, socially, emotionally, ethically and socially.  Transitions can be tough.  Social support and spiritual care are precious and essential parts of the transition towards resilience and recovery.  Care can come from formal and informal channels.  We can all care for our friends, families, colleagues and neighbours.  We can all assist with the adjustments after Afghanistan.  One formal way that CAF support is provided is through Chaplains.  You can read this quote about their vital role below and/or watch a video here:

The Chaplain Branch contributes to the operational effectiveness of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) by supporting the moral and spiritual well-being of military personnel and their families in all aspects of their lives, during conflict and peacetime. Chaplains minister to the needs of all members of the CAF and their families, whether they attend church or are of the same religion – whether they have any spiritual beliefs at all.

CAF chaplains have dual accountability, to ecclesiastical and military authorities. As faith group leaders, chaplains come under the ecclesiastical jurisdiction of their denominations and faith groups. As commissioned officers, they are subject to the code of service discipline and are responsible to their military superiors. The Chaplain Branch is headed by a Chaplain General who advises the Chief of the Defence Staff and reports administratively to the Chief of Military Personnel.

All Canadians can assist CAF members with the adjustments after Afghanistan.

You don’t have to be a trained professional to express care!  You can help as an interested friend, family member, colleague or neighbour who wants to help.  Immediate family may be desperately motivated and hoping for changes.  Check out the link below for CAF support services.  What do you say to open up a caring conversation with a service person?  Everyone is different in how they cope with distress and transition, but here are safe and simple questions I recommend when getting-to-know anybody.  Try something like, “What is it like being you?” or “What about your personal experience do you think I could understand?” See what they say?  Repeat as needed.  Training helps, but it is not mandatory! I imagine we can all recount stories of support  we received from people who simply cared enough to honour our journey of life by creating a safe space to be real, without judgement, and really listen to us.  You may also be able to recall expressing care for people and seeing their positive receptivity.  In my life, I have found care and support from formally and informally trained care-givers.  Also, as I try to care for others, I believe a little love and listening goes a long way these days! :)  Do you agree? You can do it!

Commitment to Continual Care
Afghanistan is not the first or the last armed conflict for Canadians.  The need for remembrance, reflection and  care will continue! Wounded Warriors, Chaplaincy and you are all part of a successful strategy for caring for our service people and, for that matter, all our neighbours in general.  I pray for hope, help and healing in all individuals in our world.  As it relates to our troops, may the expectations and hopes expressed by General Lawson echo through the Canadian neighbourhoods and communities that we all seek to serve and shape together.

“Today, after more than 12 years and the deployment of over 40,000 Canadian Armed Forces members, our mission in Afghanistan has come to a close. This mission has had a profound impact on the generation of soldiers, sailors, airmen and women who contributed to it, and to their families who supported them throughout. Together with all Canadians, we will commemorate our fallen and we will care for our ill and injured. As our flag comes down today, we look back on our mission with pride, knowing that through our efforts we have helped Afghans to gain the hope of a brighter and more secure future.”- General Tom Lawson, Chief of the Defence Staff in the March 12, 2014 Press Release.

6 Informative Links:

Mar 12, 2014 Press Release: CAF Completes Military Mission in Afghanistan

Video Statement by General Lawson on Mental Health in the Forces

Two Worlds of Charlie F

Wounded Warriors Canada

CAF Support Services Page

CAF Chaplaincy Job Description VIDEO