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TDYP Goes to Canada!

By Teejay Dowe – Talent Dynamics for Young People

I am really excited to be back from Canada where our program, Talent Dynamics for Young People,  is being integrated in to a very high profile government backed initiative called ‘From Education into Employment’ being led by Celestica Inc. and Ryerson University.

This 13 week extra-curricular program will teach 12-14 yr old’s Talent Dynamics, Business Development Concepts and how to bring a product to market.

Through a series of coaching and workshop programs we will teach young people from who they really are and where they fit in. Our program bridges the gap between education and employment by giving young people soft skills, a sense of identity, and the ability to know what they are naturally talented at so that they can find the best roles in life, teams and business.

For one week,  16 of the most amazing minds from Talent Dynamics for Young People, Business Development, Technology and Academia were locked in a room in Celestica’s Head Offices in Toronto to put together the program that will be launched in September 15. I had many ‘pinch me’ moments as I taught the team Talent Dynamics and shared in the brainstorming and creation of our vision.

“Giving young people the courage, confidence and skills to take risk, embrace innovation, defy the status quo and create their own futures!”

I get goose bumps every time I read that! I am passionate about making a difference in the confidence and self-worth of our young people and empowering them to discover their hidden talents so that they can reach their true potentials.

And, whilst I am thrilled that I get to be a big part of this in Canada, what I really would love to do is bring this home to the UK and then to be instrumental in its spread through Canada, America, Australia, South Africa, Europe and around the world through our sponsors and Talent Dynamics for  Young People Consultants – so watch this space!


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Success and Being in Flow

By Helen Thomas

“Success is doing something you love, which gives you satisfaction, fun and in business, the income you need to achieve to live the life you are happy to lead.”

Sometimes we lose sight of this from failing to being in the moment, present and knowing why.

We often think we know ourselves really well, but in today’s world we have often learned new behaviours – things which, yes we do well, but can often drain us of energy.

If we know more about our natural strengths, those things which, when we are doing them, life seems to zip by, we have a great day and the sense of achievement is amazing – and if we do these more often, then success will be just that bit closer!

This is when we are truly in flow, the image below denotes the 4 different energy types if you are acting in one of you’re “learned behaviours” you step into another energy zone and this is where you will feel drained.

There will course then be gaps and challenges for us, but recognising and acknowledging these will give us the opportunity to tackle them more effectively.

Some thoughts for consideration include

  1. Know yourself well enough to use your talents wisely, ensure your role plays to those talents or delegate or outsource those tasks that don’t
  2. You are great and unique! Have the self belief which allows you to be confident and your authentic self.
  3. Ensure your style engages others authentically whilst adapting to their expectations and needs
  4. Make sure you are focusing on what you love doing and not getting tied up with what others want you to do, this is especially pertinent when looking to change roles and are experienced. Ask those questions in the interview, or if you run a business don’t swap time for time in these tasks.

When we know who we are, allow our thinking processes to follow a natural path and present ourselves to others from this perspective, confidence will grow and success will follow.

Featured image used with thanks to Neil Walters


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