Sep 12, 2018
Charmaine Hammond has been in the business of changing lives for more than 25 years. She is a former Corporate Dispute Resolution Expert that now travels the world teaching the principles of leadership, business success, and collaboration. In business 21 years, she has owned several businesses in Canada and the US. She is a co-founder of the Evolutionary Business Council whose collective reach exceeds 140 million. She is also co-founder and co-host of the Global Influence Summit. As a bestselling author and Certified Speaking Professional she has had tremendous success in finding corporate sponsors to fund her printing, graphic design, venues, travel, media, technology, hotels, even her pet food and dog poop bags! Her recent speaking and book tour, Million Acts of Kindness, involved a 14,000 KM tour in a 32-foot sponsored motor home, hotels sponsored for the team, and more than 40 businesses and retail chains raising funds in their stores/businesses to support this movement: A Million Acts of Kindness.
One of the things Charmaine appreciates about conflict is that it allows people to see situations from other perspectives. It’s part of the challenge when people come together to collaborate on projects and ideas—they all have their own agendas and interests. Seeing the same problem from all those angles helps you to open up and accept different ways of thinking, which are often the right solutions to problems you couldn’t solve on your own.
Charmaine talks about being vulnerable when it comes to achieving your big dreams. Often times we hold our dreams close to our chest. We believe we have sole responsibility when it comes to making them a reality, and let me tell you, that’s a one way ticket to burnout. You really have to open yourself up—let your colleagues, partners, and loved ones know what you are working one. When you do that you give them the opportunity to help you, and to not do that is selfish on your part.
With the Million Acts of Kindness tour Charmaine met people who resisted her idea. But she was grateful for those conversations, as they helped her find out how to engage others in different ways, how to broaden her audience. And that is exactly what you need to do to build community, help yourself and others, and make your dreams and the dreams of those around you come true.