Spring Newsletter

Servant Leadership

A legend tells of a French monastery known throughout Europe for extraordinary harmony due to the leadership of a man called Brother Leo.

Several monks from another monastery began a 5-day pilgrimage to visit Brother Leo to learn his leadership secrets so they could bring peace and harmony to their own monastery, which was a place of some bickering.

As they began their journey, almost immediately, they began to bicker about who should do various chores each time they made camp or packed and unpacked.

On the third day they met another monk who was also going to the monastery, and he joined them. When it came to chores, this monk never complained or shirked a duty, and whenever the others would fight over a chore, he would gracefully volunteer and do it himself. By the last day, the others were following his example, working together smoothly.

When they reached the monastery and asked the gate keeper if they could see Brother Leo, the man laughed and pointed at the extra monk. “But Brother Leo is right there among you!”

Today, many people seek leadership positions, not so much for what they can do for others but for what they can do for themselves: for status, connections, perks, advantages. They do service as an investment, a way to build an impressive resume or earn favors.

The parable about Brother Leo teaches a service model of leadership, where leaders are preoccupied with serving rather than being followed, with giving rather than getting, with doing rather than demanding.

I don’t know if that’s practical in today’s corporate or political world, but it’s worth thinking about.

“In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.” ~ Margaret Atwood

Approved For April

April seems to have more than a fair share of memorable days, including:

April Fool’s Day. Sometimes referred to as All Fools' Day, April 1 is internationally recognized as a day when people play practical jokes and hoaxes on each other. Talk Like Shakespeare Day, April 23, is for celebrating the birth of one of the greatest playwrights in history. Hint: Instead of cursing, try calling your tormenters “jackanapes,” or “canker-blossoms”.Tax Returns Due Day is Tuesday, April 30 in Canada. Earth Day, Monday April 22. This day many school children create conservation-related crafts, and many adults focus the spotlight on green living.

Spring Quiz Question

Q: How much dirt is in a 3’x5’x2’ hole?

Everyone who texts, emails or calls in the correct answer by the last day of April, will be entered into a drawing for a $50 gift certificate to Georgian Mall


Winter Quiz Question

Q: The person who makes it, sells it. The person who buys it never uses it. The person who uses it doesn't know it. What is it?

A: A coffin

Congratulations to:

Rob Newman, on winning a $50.00 restaurant gift certificate



Think Before You Compliment

As a professional photographer, Julie took a lot of pride in her work. One evening she was at a dinner party with a master chef. The chef asked to view some of Julie's images, and afterwards complimented her. “These are really good," he told her. “You must have a great camera to get shots this nice.”

After dinner, Julie complimented the host on his wonderful food. “That dinner was excellent,” she said. “You must have some high quality pots and pans to get food this good.”


“People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing.”       ~Dale Carnegie

Want to move Your Career Forward?

According to an online survey of 972 people conducted by corporate trainer Vital Smarts (Provo, Utah), many people recognize what’s keeping them back in their careers. 97% in the survey identified at least one career-limiting habit that prevents them from reaching their full potential at work. The top five bad habits:


The “It’s not my job” syndrome Procrastination Resistance to change Negative attitude

In addition, survey participants noted other behaviors limiting their careers, including disrespect, short-term focus, passive/aggressive tendencies, and avoidance of risk. You can overcome your self-sabotage with this advice:

Get feedback. Sometimes you don’t know what to do to improve the situation because you don’t know exactly what’s wrong. Ask people you trust to give you candid input. Create a personal motivation statement. Think about where you want to go in your career and what you want to accomplish. Seek professional development. Look for training programs, conferences, and books that will help you learn the skills you need. Invest in these yourself if your employer won’t pay for them. Associate with positive role models. Hang with people who have habits you admire. Get a mentor. An experienced pro can help you learn to make better decisions about work and career. How better to learn than from someone who’s already been there!


Passion for Learning

Socrates was once approached by a man who asked the great teacher to help him to learn. The master took the would-be student into the water and suddenly pushed him under and held him there.

Surging to the surface, out of breath, the young man gasped, “Why did you do that?”

Socrates answered, “When you want to learn as badly as you wanted to breathe, you will.”

“Learning is the beginning of wealth.

Learning is the beginning of health.
Learning is the beginning of spirituality.”       ~Jim Rohn



                                                Mortgage rates are holding at record level lows

Bank of Canada March 6th., no change in the Bank of Canada with prime remaining at 3%.

Residential property sales recorded through the MLS® System of the Barrie & District Association of REALTORS® Inc. was 294 in February 2013. In line with five and 10-year averages for February, it nevertheless resulted in a sizeable (-21 per cent) year-over-year decline due to the strength of activity in the same month last year. Within the City of Barrie sales fell 19 per cent from a year earlier. The City of Barrie saw 197 residential sales in February.

“It’s important not to read too much into February’s big year-over-year decline in sales, it’s really just retelling of the story about an unusually strong month of February last year,” said the President of the Barrie and District Association of REALTORS®. “Looking past that one aberrant data point, everything else is still looking pretty good. Save for last year, it was the best month of February for sales since 2008. At the same time, the market remains very well balanced, with the average home price continuing to see modest growth.” The year-to-date average price for all homes sold via Association’s MLS® System in February 2013 was $299,661, up one per cent from the same period in 2012. Year-to-date average price for homes sold within the City of Barrie was $287,583. A two per cent increase compared to the average selling price in the same period last year.

The dollar value of all home sales in February 2013 was $90.1 million, down 19 per cent from year-ago levels. New residential listings declined 19 per cent from a year earlier to 535 units in February 2013. Overall supply remains at lower levels compared to much of the past decade. Active residential listings on the Association’s MLS® System numbered 1,214 units at the end of February 2013, down 11 per cent from the end of February 2012. There were 4.1 months of inventory at the end of February 2013. This was up from 3.7 months at the end of February 2012 but stood below the long-run average for this time of the year. The number of months of inventory is the number of months it would take to sell current inventories at the current rate of sales activity. Sales of all property types in the Barrie region numbered 299 units in February, down 21 per cent compared to February 2012. The total value of all properties sold in February 2013 was $91.4 million, down 19 per cent on a year-over-year basis.

Looking forward to a great year of stability in the Barrie and District real estate market for 2013.


Dave’s Home News

Century 21

B.J. Roth Realty Ltd. Brokerage

100 Lakeshore Road, Suite 300

Barrie, On L4N 0B4

Office (705) 735-2525

Direct (705) 794-9400      



Dave Olston

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