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Ellen Melis

Ellen Melis

Ellen Melis is a Certified Executive Coach and Facilitator who delivers her services in English and French. She brings her energy and enthusiasm to her coaching and facilitation. Results-driven, she will ask her clients to step out of their comfort zone to get to where they want to be. She will be a trusted partner along the way, holding clients accountable to their own action planning and growth. Health and Leadership are life-long passions and her personal mission is to empower others to live the life they want to their optimal potential.

The kids watch it, so I wanted to make sure they get some teamwork lessons out of it....

Sure, it takes talent to make it on American Idol.

But how does teamwork figure in this talent show?

You take individually talented singers and make them sing as a team. Based on their team performance, you judge contestants individually. Interesting. Sounds perhaps a little like your job environment?

Here are some lessons I learned from watching tonight:

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Can you remember the first time you truly felt connected to your job?

I can.

I was fresh out of school and working as a physiotherapist at a large teaching hospital in Montreal. My colleagues and I felt young and invincible, and life was beautiful. On the neurosurgery floor, I worked with post-surgery patients, helping them become active again with intense one-on-one sessions. On this floor I met many patients who had terminal brain cancer. This was where I learned my first lessons about living in the moment and it is also where, for the first time, I felt truly inspired and connected to my work. This experience touched me to my core and anchored my true passion.

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If you were like me during the World Junior Hockey final between Canada and Russia, you were pretty confident that Canada would win after the second period. I was so certain of the victory that I took a call from a friend. She asked if it was a good time to talk and I replied, “sure, Canada is ahead 3-0. We know who’s going to win this game”.

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Has anyone ever asked you what your values are?

The first time someone asked me, I was dumbfounded. What do values have to do with achieving results, excelling in your work, inspiring others, and leading great teams?

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In my office, I have the words Dream it, Plan it, Do it hanging on my wall where I can see it. These words serve as a constant reminder that, in order to make anything happen, you have to dream it first. You need a clear vision of what you want to happen.  When you put your dream into words by saying it out loud or, better yet, by writing it down, you lay the foundation for the plan that will make your dream come true.

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