Meet Geoffrey X. Lane
When it was suggested to me that I write a ‘meet Geoffrey’ page, it set me to wondering; do I write a typical bio? Business background? Family history? The more I thought about it the less clear I was. So, I did what I normally do when I’m not sure have questions about something, I thought about it. I am quite the MacGyver guy – then I looked it up on the Internet – no help at all.
Because none of the biography models answer the question I have in my mind when I’m looking at somebody’s biography or experience, as I am pretty sure that you and I can research almost anybody today, and find out who they are, what they do and how well they do it (here is my LinkedIn page). What I am interested in is the deeper motivation, and what makes this person tick. The big “WHY”, if I can understand that then it gives me perspective on everything else about that individual.
A quick note from Geoffrey
- +My WHY!
To strengthen the fabric of goodwill….
As I watched the debates of the US election I was struck by the animosity displayed on both sides and I am concerned that the natural goodwill that I have experienced while in the USA will be smothered and a large part of it will be lost forever, I hope not. This was also evident in our own recent federal elections, in Canada – attack ads that stirred fear and hatred.
The goodwill between neighbors seems to be deteriorating rapidly everywhere to me, road rage, wars, clashing cultures and values. We all have been the recipient of goodwill – that spontaneous gesture that has help us in times of need and sadness, and yet it means different things to each person.
- +My Description
Imagine a piece of fabric covering the world and that represents good will. In some places, it is evident that goodwill exists. The spontaneous help after the devastation of hurricane, tornado, flash floods, neighbors helping each other. I am sure you have experienced it, a stranger giving you a hand, a family member giving extra help or time, yourself helping others spontaneously. It exists in small and large measure.
In some parts of the world it is evident that the fabric of goodwill is becoming worn and unraveled, conflicts in Iraq, Israel, Syria and widespread acts of terror. At home, here in British Columbia daily deaths due Fentanyl addiction. Where conflict and its misery exists, the results are self-evident.
Are you part of the problem or part of the solution?
I asked myself this powerful question again recently, it is a question that I first heard in the late 60s when I was taking a self-development program. This is a humbling question and helps me stay on track, out of blame and victimhood.
- +How I Make A Difference
For me, strengthening the fabric of goodwill is expressed in the simple act of coaching and workshops that strengthen the individual and as a byproduct their community. For me the individual represents a single strand in the overall social fabric that makes up the world, and as each person is strengthened we all are strengthened – goodwill grows.
I believe it is important that we stand up for what we believe in and respect the beliefs of others that we help create communities and work places that respect the integrity of our values and those of others.
I believe it is the suppression of all cultures, ideas, values, and beliefs and of the individual that directly decreases goodwill. At ‘thanksgiving’ it becomes evident that goodwill exists, those good feelings and acts of kindness are not always expressed at other times of the year. I ask that you also do a small part in strengthen goodwill, that you show up with love and compassion, try it you might like it, I know those around you will.
- +What I've Learnt So Far...
- When you’re engaged, growing and doing what you love, time flies.
- How to help myself sort out problems and challenges.
- Education and experience is valuable no matter where it comes from.
- I understand the dynamics personal growth and adult education.
- Authenticity and the ability to communicate impacts leadership and results.
- When you put yourself out sometimes amazing things happen.
- The principles in LIFENERGI workshop, and work well
- I am happiest when I am helping others succeed.
- +9 Things You May Not Know About Me
- The first time I got up to speak I was terrified, in fact I threw up backstage, but – it was a new challenge and problem to be solved and I was hooked.
- I worked as a hairdresser in London during the late 1960’s… the stories I could tell!
- I am Dyslexic and this so called ‘dis-ability’ is a tremendous advantage in pattern recognition.
- I wrote for and taught “Presentation Power” and “Sales Talk” for the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia.
- I love science fiction/fantasy movies and books. That’s right, I was a nerd before it was cool!
- I was the speech coaches for the Winter Olympic Bid for Canada in 2003 and we won the right to host the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver and it was brilliant!
- I try to spend as much time as I can ‘being a beach bum’, no tan this year.
- I had a multiple bypass heart surgery August 2014, then ran the Spartan Sprint in June 2015! Yup it’s good to be alive! 72 this birthday 2017.