Career Aviators On C2 Montreal: About Aithan Shapira


On C2, is a daily post which pulls out interesting aspects of C2 Montreal, May 22-24,2019 — The most forward-thinking business event in the world

One of the interesting speakers: “Aithan Shapira is the founder of Making to Think, a company that advises executives at complex, global organizations on how best to foster company cultures that enable innovation and change. Drawing from his experience as a professional artist, Aithan’s strategies and techniques are doing more than guide corporate incubators of talent — he’s also shaping international governments’ innovation initiatives, business and arts education curricula, and coaching leaders on how to “see and listen differently” in the tectonic shift from building tools to creating cultures as their competitive advantage. Aithan is currently leading three international university initiatives integrating their arts colleges and business schools, and he’s pioneering progressive curricula at the edge of leadership, skills retraining and the future of work at MIT Sloan, Harvard iLab, Stanford and the Berklee Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship” (C2 Montreal 2019 - Commerce and Creativity)

Are you considering a career transition? Wayne Greenway is Senior Partner with Career Aviators, a Certified B Corporation® that directs all profit to innovative youth leadership initiatives in Guelph, Ontario, Canada. He is proud of a 93% success rate in helping helps clients from across Canada to find jobs in which they will excel, value highly and love to do. Helping clients to get unstuck and move forward in career and business decisions is a regular part of his work, He is becoming known as a thought leader in this area.

Wayne was recently selected as a speaker accompaniment/support volunteer for the internationally renown C2 Conference 2019 and the Movin'on Summit in Montreal (May/June 2019)

You Can Always Take Another Route ....But First You Need To Get Unstuck


First in a series of articles on “getting unstuck” in business and life

 In March of last year, Jordan Peele was the first black person to win an Oscar for best original screenplay for Get Out, which he was also nominated for directing. In his acceptance speech, he described how he almost did not finish the screenplay for the movie:

"This means so much to me. I stopped writing this movie about 20 times, because I thought it was impossible," he said during his acceptance speech. "I thought it wasn't going to work. I thought no one would ever make this movie. But I kept coming back to it because I knew if someone let me make this movie, that people would hear it and people would see it. So I want to dedicate this to the people who raised my voice and let me make this movie." 

 Like Jordan, each of us has two choices to make with any life decision. We can choose to act on our values of safety and security and be less than we want to be.  It's easy and requires less discipline and is often immediately pleasurable . The result is life with little purpose, happiness, and  increased self doubt. 

Alternatively, we can act on what deeply matters to us to persevere through our self doubts and our fear. We can choose to grow  through failures and many challenges to accomplish as much as we can, in the direction of our strengths.  The result will be life with purpose, meaning, accomplishment, strong relationships and happiness. 

In the case of the first choice, the voice inside your head  will be saying   "What if my business idea fails?” "What if my feedback makes the situation worse?" “I am such a fraud . What am I doing in this role”

Can you hear the fear, self doubt, or hesitation in any of these voices? It leads to excessive hesitation or sometimes giving up on your plan before you have even begun . Fear and self doubt defeat more good projects and optimal moments in our life than failure ever will.   It often feels safer to choose to give up or delay than to risk the shame of failure. These kind of thoughts come from what is called our "thinking mind" .

It turns out that we can only get minimally unstuck by trying to push down our thinking mind thoughts, thinking positively  or by analyzing why we have them. Research from Acceptance and Commitment therapy offers some of the best advice on getting unstuck -- in a way that lasts. Practicing these principles or steps give us the freedom to take another path if the one we are on does not work out.

 At Career Aviators, we take a seven step approach to getting unstuck:

One of the most important steps is to realize that in day to day life we have two minds, a thinking mind which is driven by the oldest part of our brain and an observing mind. Our thinking mind is perfectly designed to help us with practical planning and problem solving but its not built to solve emotional or relationship problems. It is set up to protect us. It’s the part of the brain that holds us back from starting that business, giving staff  feedback, or moving forward when we feel like we are a fraud.

Once we separate the two minds, we can use our observing mind to watch our thinking mind in action. Just noticing that one's thinking mind is trying to  “run the show”  is often enough to reduce its influence over us, freeing us to act on our strengths and in the direction of our values. We then take steps to  move forward In the face of our fear or doubts. Each time we do, we become stronger and more successful.

In our work with clients, we find that getting unstuck, in a lasting way, happens when this is regularly practiced together with the other steps in the process: being present, creating a new story, getting clear on our happiness and renewal and firmly acting on our strengths in the direction of our values.

Learn more in Guelph, ON on May 3, 2019 or Toronto ON on June 15,2019


Wayne Greenway is Senior Partner with Career Aviators, a Certified B Corporation® that directs all profit to innovative youth leadership initiatives in Guelph, Ontario, Canada. He is proud of a 93% success rate in helping helps clients from across Canada to find jobs in which they will excel, value highly and love to do. Helping clients to get unstuck and move forward in career and business decisions is a regular part of his work.  He is becoming known as a thought leader in this area.

10 Characteristics of A Rapid Effective Job Search

its often the time of year when people think about career and job transitions. Our coming celebration of sustaining a consistent 93 % success rate over 5 years has led me to explore the difference between those who rapidly find positions in which they will excel, value highly and love to do and those who have not experienced this kind of success prior to our work together.

Some clients have spent a year or more searching with few replies to their applications. Others have transitioned but the position is just “okay” and they want to find something that truly fits.

I reviewed over 100 clients who have used our services and 10 characteristics came up repeatedly in how they planned and executed a rapid effective job search:

1.       They created a career destination that will mobilize their chosen strengths, in the direction of their deepest values and what they are most curious about.

2.       They took the time to understand themselves, what they wanted and what they chose to bring to their next position.

3.       Their search was driven by a powerful career statement which they continually sharpened and focused as they zeroed in on the job titles they are seeking.

4.       80% of their job search was spent on field research and 20% all other strategies.

5.       Their resume was accomplishment oriented and highly targeted to the qualifications the employer was seeking.

6.       Their entire process was directed at “finding offers: not “looking for a job”.

7.       Each application was written to get the interview and not the job.

8.       They recruited and managed a team of at least 15 lookouts who helped them to find positions before they were posted.

9.       They negotiated between offers with their career statement as guideline.

10.   They had once or sometimes twice a week with a career management consultant  

It only makes sense to integrate these ideas as you begin planning your career transition or job search


Cuernavaca, Mexico: Just Leave Your Worries At Home!

Cuernavaca, Mexico: Just Leave Your Worries At Home!

Coming to Cuernavaca, Mexico? Just leave your worries at home! There is no denying the online statistics that indicate that Cuernavaca, Mexico is a violent city, but this is my second visit to Cuernavaca in the last year and I have not seen anything that looked like violence. Instead, I have met some of the kindest, most helpful and happy people I have ever met in my life.

I am learning Spanish at CETLALIC , the most progressive Spanish language immersion school in Mexico, but I still have a long way to go to learn the language and I just know a little Spanish at the moment. If I listened to the media, though, I should be at great risk because I don’t know the language and I am a senior travelling alone, all over the city on local transportation. I also walk throughout the downtown area and I have yet to see any violence. In fact, I hear less sirens than I do in Toronto. I see kids playing outside and travelling to school and adults going about their daily business just like at home. I have been completely lost three times now while exploring the city. I had to ask people I have never met before in another language for help. One person walked me to where I wanted to go; the other person called the Spanish speaking family with whom I am staying to get directions; and a shop keeper took the time to draw a map on a piece of paper showing me exactly where I needed to go.

As a point of comparison, I first visited Cuernavaca 10 years ago and I feel as safe now as I did then. The change I have seen, which is sad, is the disappearance of several language schools. I think that Canadian and USA news, in a desire the select the facts that get the most listeners have managed to scare those responsible for language and cultural education in our countries into discontinuing programs that sent students to Cuernavaca.

It is sad for the students to be denied the experience to come to Cuernavaca. It is also sad because one of the most important principles in managing risks for social and educational programmes is to gather the facts. While reviewing general statistics and listening to the news is one method of gathering such information. I think that a closer analysis of the data and a site visit might have revealed that students staying with host families and coming to Cuernavaca do not fit the common profile of those who have been victims of violence. I have a feeling that students might be at far greater risk walking to school in their own cities!

CETLALIC offers programming that promotes dialogue between Mexico and the people of other cultures as well an excellent language learning program. I am having an incredibly rich and valuable experience learning Spanish at CETLALIC.

I hope those responsible for organizing language, social justice and cultural programming for students will reflect on their decisions and give students the opportunity to learn from and experience this precious city.

And… if you are travelling or be sure to visit Cuernavaca and leave your worries at home!