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Being Mindful of Feedback with Snowballs

December 7, 2016

It’s tough to be mindful of the feedback we give and receive. We’re humans, and humans are fallible – even mild feedback can seem harsh if it’s perceived to come from a place of hostility, or if we feel like we’re somehow threatened by the person giving it. However, feedback is inevitable, so it’s our duty as compassionate human beings to make sure that it’s taken and received as best as possible. The Snowball Imagine you’re standing at the top of a snowy hill holding a…

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Entrepreneurship

Leading Meetings

November 24, 2016

Leading meetings can be tough if you have a group of analytical minds around the table. People who like to process what they hear thoroughly can sometimes refrain from speaking until they’re totally ready. This can lead to a meeting dominated by a few vocal team members, which can dissuade others from adding their valuable input. This can be a problem when you need your whole team creatively thinking around solutions. Leading Meetings with Purpose Approaching every part of a meeting analytically and with purpose…

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Entrepreneurship X Life

Serendipity

November 16, 2016

The story of the CEO of my current venture and I meeting seems almost unbelievable in retrospect. Kaela, the CEO in question, is an Australian who’s been living in Toronto running in-school experiences for the last ~10 years. She decided to ask a freelance website developer she had working for her, Zeshan, if she knew any young technologists who needed a job. Zeshan is an aspiring developer from India who did schooling in Nigeria before coming to Toronto. Also, as…

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Personal

Beginnings

November 13, 2016

I’m currently working on a product called X Life, a daily self-regulation and key life skill tool for school communities. It’s my third serious foray into the worlds of startups and education. My introduction to the company was unnaturally serendipitous, and the job feels like a culmination of everything I’ve learned over the years – startups, technology and working with children. When I began studying computer science, I stopped working as a swim instructor/lifeguard at camps and began hanging around the Digital Media Zone, a startup incubator in…

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Blogging Into the Wind

November 10, 2016

Hi, I’m Dan Max – a professional entrepreneur and developer based in Toronto, Canada. My work is based around using technology to easily bring mindfulness and other life skills into school communities. I decided to begin blogging in order to share good tidbits I learn, and maybe find a focus for my voice. A friend I coach in life-related-things recently mentioned that I have a knack for giving off energy, and I decided to try my hand at sharing what I find works to create discussion…

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