FIGHTING PROSTATE PROCRASTINATION

November 14, 2017

My friend Jim has the right idea as far as health care is concerned. He has a full medical check-up every year like clockwork. “I always go on my birthday. That way I always remember to do it, and when to do it.

This would be a great system for almost everyone except him. Jim’s birthday is December 25, so I doubt he’s had a check-up yet.

Men have finally got their healthcare act together. They march into their doctors’ offices to get examined to get digital rectal exams for prostate cancer. They take opportunities to take charge of their own health care. They have hope that if they have prostate cancer, it can be detected early. The earlier it is detected, the greater the chance of survival.

Men rented space on their upper lips to grow moustaches to raise money for prostate cancer awareness: and to improve the quality of life for men and their families living with and surviving the results of treatments. Those moustaches have raised $550 million to fund 800 worthwhile programs during these Movember campaigns[1] Men have been doing good.

Prostate cancer is the most common one among Canadian men. It begins when some of the glandular cells don’t behave normally and may lead to non-cancerous prostatitis, precancerous conditions, or cancerous conditions –  a malignant tumor that starts in the prostate’s cells and moves to the rest of the body. [2]

There are genetic and environmental causes. Some things in life that you cannot control: genetics, age and taxes. You may be able to control some environmental causes.

The Canadian Cancer Society has outlined the symptoms. These include:

  • Frequent urination – especially at night
  • Difficulty in starting or stopping the urine flow
  • Inability to urinate
  • Weak or decreased urine stream
  • Interrupted urine stream
  • A sense of incompletely emptying the bladder
  • Burning or pain during urination

Symptoms at later stages include:

  • Bone pain in the back, hips, thighs and neck
  • Weight loss
  • Fatigue
  • Low red blood cell count (anemia)
  • Weakness or numbness in the legs or feet
  • Loss of bladder or bowelcontrol[3]

 

Prostate-Specific Antigen  (PSA) testing has been used to detect prostate cancer, and to monitor the recurrence or progression of the cancer. The problem is that the presence of PSA in the blood does not necessarily mean there is a cancer. And may yield a false positive result.[4] As a result, the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care recommends forgoing the test for men of all ages..[5] The digital rectal examination, where the health care provider inserts a gloved hand into the rectum and feels the prostate for hard, lumpy or abnormal areas.[6]

Environmental causes, the ones you can do something about, include.

  • Diet: Avoid heavy reliance on fats from animals and less reliance on vegetables and fruits
  • Latitude: Men south of the 40 degrees latitude have lower incidence of prostate cancer indicating a need for vitamin D
  • Smoking:
  • Being sedentary: Get some exercise.[7]
  • Stress: Group mindfulness may have a place managing prostate cancer[8]

Doing something about your condition means taking action. There is no room for putting it off.

Tackling prostrate Procrastination:

If you have some of the symptoms, or have gone to the health care provider and have been advised to make some changes, here are some actions you can take to make those changes

Diet is an environmental factor that can influence prostate cancer. For prevention, and limiting further cancerous growth, avoiding meat has been recommended , particularly grilled, fried and broiled meats, as well as limiting dairy products. Stick with fruits and vegetables.

Foods and Supplements Sidebar[9]

Lycopene, an antioxidant in tomatoes found to have some benefit in prevention of prostate and other cancers, and inhibiting cancer growth. It is also found in found in guava, apricots and watermelon.10

Calcium is required for many body functions, and is found in dairy products as well as (in smaller amounts) kales etc. Tests show that substituting dairy for cashew or soy milk.

Green tea may have a protective effect against cardiovascular disease and against various forms of cancer, including prostate cancer.

Citrus pectin in the peel and pulp of citrus fruit and can be and may have effects on cancer growth and metastasis through multiple potential mechanisms.

Pomegranate juice and extract inhibit various prostate cancer cells.

There may be an inverse relationship between selenium supplementation and cancer risk.

Studies have researched the relationship between vitamin D and prostate cancer.

Exercise

Recent studies show that exercise – both pre- and post-diagnosis  is important to a good treatment outcome. Good results could come from brisk walking to more rigorous exercises. These should be planned in consultation with your doctor.10

Are you getting enough sleep?

Men who sleep well at night may be at less risk of developing advanced prostate cancer. They have increased levels of the sleep hormone melatonin in their urine, and less instances of advanced cancer.11 To get better sleep move the television out of the bedroom. That blue light it emits can lead to sleeplessness. Daytime blue light is crucial for getting stuff done, but not at night when our biological clocks say we should sleep. In the dark, our bodies produces melatonin that causes us to sleep. In the presence of blue light blasting out of our television screens, melatonin is supressed, suppressing deep sleep. Supressed sleep has been linked to a variety of health problems including obesity and cancer.12

[1] The Movember Foundation (2014) “The Movember Foundation Puts Its Money Where Its Moustache Is to Launch True NTH.”  http://www.marketwired.com/printer_friendly?id=1951423

2 Canadian Cancer Society (n.d.) “Prostate Cancer: What Causes Prostate Cancer?: http://www.cancer.ca/en/cancer-information/cancer-type/prostate/prostate-cancer/?region=on

3 Canadian Cancer Society (2015). “Prostate Cancer: Signs and symptoms of prostate cancer.” http://www.cancer.ca/en/cancer-information/cancer-type/prostate/signs-and-symptoms/?region=on

4 Canadian Cancer Society (2015) “Prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test.http://www.cancer.ca/en/cancer-information/diagnosis-and-treatment/tests-and-procedures/prostate-specific-antigen-psa/?region=on

6 Canadian Task force on Preventive Health Care (2014) “Screening for Prostate Cancer” (2014). http://canadiantaskforce.ca/ctfphc-guidelines/2014-prostate-cancer/

7 Prostate Cancer Health Centre (n.d). “Digital Rectal Exam for Prostate Problems.”. http://www.webmd.com/prostate-cancer/guide/prostate-cancer-digital-rectal-exam

[1] Healthline, “What are the causes of prostate cancer?http://www.healthline.com/health/prostate-cancer-risk-factors#Overview1

9Chambers SK, Foley E, Galt E, Ferguson M, Clutton S. (2011)” Mindfulness groups for men with advanced prostate cancer: a pilot study to assess feasibility and effectiveness and the role of peer support.” http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21625914

-10  National Cancer Institute. (2015) Prostate Cancer, Nutrition, and Dietary Supplements–for health professionals (PDQ®)” http://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/treatment/cam/hp/prostate-supplements-pdq#section/_357

11 Prostate Cancer Foundation, (2014). “Exercise and prostate cancer – The evidence stacks up for benefitshttp://www.pcf.org/site/c.leJRIROrEpH/b.8968717/k.695D/Exercise_and_Prostate_Cancer8212the_evidence_stacks_up_for_benefits.htm

 

12 Markt, Ss. (2015) “Sleep may protect against prostate cancer” Harvard School of Public Health. http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/hsph-in-the-news/sleep-and-prostate-cancer/

12 Gunnars, Chris. (2012). “How Blocking Blue Light at Night Can Transform Your Sleep.” http://authoritynutrition.com/block-blue-light-to-sleep-better/

 

[1] The Movember Foundation (2014) “The Movember Foundation Puts Its Money Where Its Moustache Is to Launch True NTH.”  http://www.marketwired.com/printer_friendly?id=1951423

[2] Canadian Cancer Society (n.d.) “Prostate Cancer: What Causes Prostate Cancer?: http://www.cancer.ca/en/cancer-information/cancer-type/prostate/prostate-cancer/?region=on

[3] Canadian Cancer Society (2015). “Prostate Cancer: Signs and symptoms of prostate cancer.” http://www.cancer.ca/en/cancer-information/cancer-type/prostate/signs-and-symptoms/?region=on

[4] Canadian Cancer Society (2015) “Prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test.http://www.cancer.ca/en/cancer-information/diagnosis-and-treatment/tests-and-procedures/prostate-specific-antigen-psa/?region=on

[5] Canadian Task force on Preventive Health Care (2014) “Screening for Prostate Cancer” (2014). http://canadiantaskforce.ca/ctfphc-guidelines/2014-prostate-cancer/

[6] Prostate Cancer Health Centre (n.d). “Digital Rectal Exam for Prostate Problems.”. http://www.webmd.com/prostate-cancer/guide/prostate-cancer-digital-rectal-exam

[7] Healthline, “What are the causes of prostate cancer?http://www.healthline.com/health/prostate-cancer-risk-factors#Overview1

[8] Chambers SK, Foley E, Galt E, Ferguson M, Clutton S. (2011)” Mindfulness groups for men with advanced prostate cancer: a pilot study to assess feasibility and effectiveness and the role of peer support.” http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21625914

[9] National Cancer Institute. (2015) Prostate Cancer, Nutrition, and Dietary Supplements–for health professionals (PDQ®)” http://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/treatment/cam/hp/prostate-supplements-pdq#section/_357

10 Prostate Cancer Foundation, (2014). “Exercise and prostate cancer – The evidence stacks up for benefitshttp://www.pcf.org/site/c.leJRIROrEpH/b.8968717/k.695D/Exercise_and_Prostate_Cancer8212the_evidence_stacks_up_for_benefits.htm

11 Markt, Ss. (2015) “Sleep may protect against prostate cancer” Harvard School of Public Health. http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/hsph-in-the-news/sleep-and-prostate-cancer/

13 Gunnars, Chris. (2012). “How Blocking Blue Light at Night Can Transform Your Sleep.” http://authoritynutrition.com/block-blue-light-to-sleep-better/

 

 

Mike Broderick , a one- time archaeologist, is a Vocational Rehabilitation Counsellor with the Fraser Health Authority in Port Coquitlam where he helps people with mental health disabilities find and keep full or part time employment .

 He WAS the Employment Specialist for the Neil Squire Society in Burnaby where he found employment for people with physical disabilities, A Supported Employment Coordinator at THEO BC (now the Open Door Group), and a case manager at Community Fisheries Development Centre where he helped people move from the fishing industry to something else because there, “Aint no fish.” This means he is VERY familiar with how a modern day resume should look.

 He is a newly retired ambassador with the Vancouver Board of Trade and a former member of the Labour Task Force of the Burnaby Board of Trade He does some work as a field Archaeologist, is a fitness instructor and frequent contributor of fitness humour articles to Alive Magazine. He is always saying, “If you can’t be fit, you can at least be funny.”

 He lives in Port Coquitlam with his spouse Cecelia. You can reach him at home at michael_broderick@telus.net  or at 604-464-4105. If you’re looking for a career change, he is the Spin Doctor and can give you a resume makeover at competitive rates.

 

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WHY WORK IN 2017

September 25, 2017

About 25 years ago I interviewed for a vocational rehabilitation counsellor position at for an insurance company. The owner of the company had a PhD in Psychology while my undergraduate degree was in Archaeology. I thought that put me a decided advantage. His first, and as it turned out, last question in the interview was, “Why would anyone who is being paid disability  benefits, which can be quite generous, be interested in giving It all up and go to work?”

“They have a need to improve their economic situation.” I answered. “They want to pay more taxes and contribute to their RRSPs. With each embellishment of this theme I dug myself deeper and deeper into my self-excavated hole of despair. Finally, he ended the interview. Come back when you find the answer.

The bastard never gave me the satisfaction of answering the question. What a show off.

Over the next 25 years I developed a career for myself as a vocational rehabilitation counsellor. Luckily, no one ever asked that question again. Nevertheless, it haunted me. It was a riddle that demanded an answer.

That’s why last fall I was thrilled to be asked to speak to a group of people in Burnaby to try out some of the answers I thought might at least open a discussion on why a person with a disability might want to work a part of their recovery. I was also asked to do it again this Wednesday for Mental  Health Week

My original answer still stands. It’s good to have money. Money lets you do things beyond survival. But there is more to it than that. The good doctor was right after all.

Here are some other reasons for work that I have ferreted upt over the past decades:

  1. Workplace Comradery:

When you find a job, you’re thrust into a position  of relating to strangers. You begin to form relationships with them. You may even find yourself socializing with them, which is probably better for your wellbeing than hanging around the house watching reruns of Hogan’s Heroes on the cable network. Having relationships means gaining support, expanding your network, and generally getting yourself into trouble.

  1. Identity:

The holidays are coming, and holidays  means parties. One of the first questions peole get asked. “What do you do for work? If you aren’t working, it might be kinder to ask, “What do you eat for breakfast?”

But they don’t.

They ask you to justify your existence  by talking about work. “I don’t work because I have depression,” You might think of saying, but that’s a show stopper. Wouldn’t it be better to say.”I’m helping deliver the mail. That may lead to some serious dog talk.

 

  1. Workplace Language:

I once had a job as a longshoreman on the docks of New Westminster. A foreman told me. Bring that lazy guy and attach him to that cleat. I spotted a guy leaning on a bulkhead. “If he looked any lazier he would br growing moss on his north side,”  I thought.  As I dragged him to the cleat, I looked for something to attach him with.

The foreman could barely control his mirth as he explained that  guy was a rope that helped hold a mast. A lazy guy isa rope that is just hanging there not supporting anything

  1. Teamwork

During the height of the last Ice Age, there was a whole collection of critters that we sometime called mega fauna because they were big. There were sabre-toothed tigers and American lions to contend with. The short-faced bear that was roughly the size of an elementary school that could rip apart bison the size of box cars, and gigantic camels, ground sloths woolly mammoths and, of course, horses.

All of these animals became extinct during the last  Ice Age about 15.000 years ago. These included the horse and camel who may have migrated across the Bering Land Bridge into Asia and Europe. Some of the camels went to South America to be llamas. There were no horses in North America after the ice age until the arrival of the Spaniards – Particularly Columbas who brought them on his second voyage in 1494

Horses kept heading West just as the First Nations people headed East. Apparently their paths never crossed. In any event, it took 5 – 10 thousand years for the horse to become domesticated. The date for this was learned when traces of mare’s milk was recovered from a flask. The date of 5000 years has to be the early date for this because you can’t milk a wild horse.

First Nations people on the Great Plains developed a tradition of hunting bison using teamwork. The would find a herd and dress up a team member in bison skins and have him mingle with the heard. Other members would make piles of rocks and hide behind them. The piles of rocks would outline a passageway that would decrease in breadth – ultimately leading to the edge of a cliff.

When everything was in place, the guy in the skins would begin to overact, causing a small stampede, As the heard headed for the rock piles, team members would pop up and focus the herd to their ultimate demise at the bottom of the cliff.

When the Spanish came, the horse made this operation easier. In fact, the team skills they developed hunting translated to the teamwork they developed to defeat Custer at the Little Big Horn.

Another example of team work may come from some of the nursing homes. A Care Aid spots a resident on the floor and deduces that something has to be done. She notices that the resident outweighs her by a significant amount. If she does it herself, she will hurt herself, and likely drop the resident again. She assembles a team, “You two take the knees, you two take the hips, and I’ll take the shoulders.” She says. “Okay, one, two three lift.” The problem is solved, and everyone got to feel they were a contributing team member.

I believe there are three skills that let one become a member of a team: listening (for the bison hooves and for the count in the care home), problem solving (applying the team) and negotiation. (You wear the bison skins this time).

You can only learn this stuff at work, but once you have, put it on your resume.

  • Possess the communication skills (listening, problem solving and negotiation) to be an effective team member

5: Leadership

Leadership is the final skill is attainable through employment – if you want it. The problem is you have to want it. If one wants a management job, one generally has to apply for it. By contrast, leaders grow into the job by taking on responsibility and inspiring others to do so as well.

My old man was a tug boat captain. He was responsible for the command of a ship that was all engine. There was only room aboard for five crewmembers.  He never applied for the position. He came up through the ranks. He began as a deck hand, then a second mate, then a first mate, then a captain.

“I could never figure out how he did it.” said his first mate at the old man’s funeral. He was talking about his skill at docking the boat regarded as a critical part of seamanship.  A mistake could mean hundreds of thousands of dollars in dock and hull repair. “He took the walkie-talkie and scampered to the stern.” The mate continued.  “Then he started telling us to increase or decrease the RPS of either the port or starboard engines. We would just walk the boat in then tie her up. It was like our hands became extensions of his brain.”

“I never could figure out how he did it.” He said.

“You mean he didn’t tell you?” I asked.

“Tell me what?” The mate asked. “You mean there was a trick to it?”

“You could call it that,” I said. “Do you want me to tell you?

“Sure.” He said. “I might want to be a skipper some day.”

As I told the mate, the old man came up through the ranks, just like you did. That means he learned how the boat ‘felt’ when it was running smoothly under command. That means that he knew what the crew felt like when running smoothly under his command. That’s 90% of the work. The 10 % comes from a problem – such as docking.

He could have had all the controls moved to the stern and conducted the whole operation by himself, but he didn’t want to do that. He wanted the crew to be active participants.  “After all,” he used to think to himself, “If the company finds out that the first and second mates were redundant, they wouldn’t have jobs, and if they didn’t have jobs, where on earth would the supply of skippers come from?”

The fact was that he really didn’t have a clue what the changes in RPMs of the engines would do, but he had to do something. He used to start off far enough from the wharf that if he didn’t like the direction the boat was going after he gave his first order; he had time to change it. He just had to do it in such a way that it didn’t appear he made a mistake, because the captain is never wrong. He might be misinformed, but he’s never wrong.

Therefore, there are three rules of leadership:

  1. If there is a problem, you have the distance from to the wharf to make a remedial decision
  2. You need to involve the crew – not so much to help, but so they can witness leadership
  3. You have to be prepared to take responsibility for your action. If the ship sinks, you need to go down with it.

 

Mike Broderick , a one- time archaeologist, is a Vocational Rehabilitation Counsellor with the Fraser Health Authority in Port Coquitlam where he helps people with mental health disabilities find and keep full or part time employment .

 He WAS the Employment Specialist for the Neil Squire Society in Burnaby where he found employment for people with physical disabilities, A Supported Employment Coordinator at THEO BC (now the Open Door Group), and a case manager at Community Fisheries Development Centre where he helped people move from the fishing industry to something else because there, “Aint no fish.” This means he is VERY familiar with how a modern day resume should look.

 He is a newly retired ambassador with the Vancouver Board of Trade and a former member of the Labour Task Force of the Burnaby Board of Trade He does some work as a field Archaeologist, is a fitness instructor and frequent contributor of fitness humour articles to Alive Magazine. He is always saying, “If you can’t be fit, you can at least be funny.”

 He lives in Port Coquitlam with his spouse Cecelia. You can reach him at home at michael_broderick@telus.net  or at 604-464-4105. If you’re looking for a career change, he is the Spin Doctor and can give you a resume makeover at competitive rates.

 

 

 

 

THERE’S A REASON I’M NOT A NURSE

September 4, 2017

In my neck of the woods there is a crisis in the use of opioids. Hundreds of people in Metro Vancouver have died so far this year from opioid poisoning. It is so serious that my health authority has been teaching all of its staff how to recognize opioid poisoning by administering intermuscular injections of naloxone to reverse the effect of opioid poisoning.

This is how I had the opportunity to learn how to give intermuscular injections of naloxone with:

  • A real needle
  • Real naloxone
  • A real sponge mounted on a plastic stand that is sufficiently hard to simulate real flesh of a real thigh or deltoid muscle.

The object was to show us what it was like to inject the medicine into a real poisoning victim.

The instructor passed out the Naloxone kits. Each contained 3 sterile needles wrapped in packaging like a screwdriver from Home Depot that are impossible to open without a power Swiss army knife, 3 ampules of naloxone , and a small polyethylene thimble to “snap” open the ampule of naloxone.

“We’ll start with the ampule,” said Scott, the instructor. “Stick the thin end of the ampule into the snapper and snap it off. It should be fairly easy,” Scott said.

“Grrrrr,” I said

“Mike, you have it in the wrong end of the snapper.”

“Oh,” I said

“Snap,” the ampule said.

I put it on the table and it leaked naloxone all over the satisfaction questionnaire.

I cracked open another. “Snap,” it said. I set it on the questionnaire next to the first one. This time I didn’t spill it.

Now, the needle, Said Scott. Hold the package from the top and peel the backing off the package just like a banana. Mine was some banana. That backing wasn’t coming off without a fight. Luckily I had my Swiss Army knife on my key chain, and after a few strategic stabs I was able to peel it out – just like a banana.

“Now the needle is really sharp,” said Scott. Be careful it to stab …

“Ouch,”

“… yourself with it.

We were then taught to put the needle into the ampule, squirt a little out of it to prevent air embolism, jab it into the sponge, and press the plunger to discharge the payload or naloxone.

“Keep pressing the plunger until you hear a click,” said Scott. “That will be the sound of the needle retracting.”

Unfortunately, I was more interested in process than language, and I thought I heard ‘detaching ‘ rather than ‘retracting.’ That had me crawling around the floor looking for a detached needle.

If was able to perform artificial respiration at the same time. My sponge would be well on its way to recovery. Maybe I can give injections after all.

Mike Broderick , a one- time archaeologist, is a Vocational Rehabilitation Counsellor with the Fraser Health Authority in Port Coquitlam where he helps people with mental health disabilities find and keep full or part time employment .

He WAS the Employment Specialist for the Neil Squire Society in Burnaby where he found employment for people with physical disabilities, A Supported Employment Coordinator at THEO BC (now the Open Door Group), and a case manager at Community Fisheries Development Centre where he helped people move from the fishing industry to something else because there, “Ain’t no fish.” This means he is VERY familiar with how a modern day resume should look.

He is a newly retired ambassador with the Vancouver Board of Trade and a former member of the Labour Task Force of the Burnaby Board of Trade He does some work as a field Archaeologist, is a fitness instructor and frequent contributor of fitness humour articles to Alive Magazine. He is always saying, “If you can’t be fit, you can at least be funny.”

He lives in Port Coquitlam with his spouse Cecelia. You can reach him at home at michael_broderick@telus.net  or at 604-464-4105. If you’re looking for a career change, he is the Spin Doctor and can give you an effective resume makeover at competitive rates

 

 

 

ARCHAEOLOGY SCHMARCHAEOLOGY – I SHOULD HAVE MAJORED IN MARKETING

July 24, 2017

Two or three times a month, I attend networking sessions at a couple of Boards of trade. I go there to tell success stories and to give the other members information on how they the positive business cases that result from hiring people with mental health disabilities.

At one of the meetings, I met a fellow from a local marketing company who offered to send me some information on his company. I said that I would love that because I have a fellow on my caseload who had been doing some fundraising for a number of non profit organizations, and he has a imaginative writing style.

We agreed that we would speak after I saw my client and after I looked at the information on his company.

A day or so later, I received the information. It had a video of one of their marketers doing a spectacular job of explaining how her company worked to develop the brand of a mining supply company. Before I go on, I should let you see the video at https://www.crownsmenpartners.com/the-crownsmen-marketing-show
I think that you’ll agree that she gives a very intelligent explanation of what she did and how she did it.

Next time I go to a Board of Trade networking session, I think I’ll skip the shirt and tie and wear a sports bra.
Mike Broderick , a one- time archaeologist, is a Vocational Rehabilitation Counsellor with the Fraser Health Authority in Port Coquitlam where he helps people with mental health disabilities find and keep full or part time employment .
He WAS the Employment Specialist for the Neil Squire Society in Burnaby where he found employment for people with physical disabilities, A Supported Employment Coordinator at THEO BC (now the Open Door Group), and a case manager at Community Fisheries Development Centre where he helped people move from the fishing industry to something else because there, “Ain’t no fish.” This means he is VERY familiar with how a modern day resume should look.
He is a newly retired ambassador with the Vancouver Board of Trade and a former member of the Labour Task Force of the Burnaby Board of Trade He does some work as a field Archaeologist, is a fitness instructor and frequent contributor of fitness humour articles to Alive Magazine. He is always saying, “If you can’t be fit, you can at least be funny.”
He lives in Port Coquitlam with his spouse Cecelia. You can reach him at home at michael_broderick@telus.net or at 604-464-4105. If you’re looking for a career change, he is the Spin Doctor and can give you an effective resume makeover at competitive rates

 

DR. BROAD-DICK AND MR HUNK

July 17, 2017

Most people on the planet have a name. Like it or not, one’s name is the first tool one has to begin to develop their personal brand. People in the real world will associate your name with all the good and the bad stuff you do while telling everyone who you are. For the most part, I have been blessed with a good name – Mike Broderick. That’s the one I use most of the time when I deal with the public. I am Mike Broderick, the Spin Doctor, the Vocational Rehabilitation Counsellor, the once world famous archaeologist.

I do have an option, however. That option is used to tell people that I really screwed up this time. That’s right. I could be Michael. Michael is a name that is usually spit out in the form of an announcement that Michael has made some sort of an indiscretion. Did you leave the seat up again, Michael? Did you leave those drops of pee on the toilet seat again, Michael? I can take a map into the field and come back to the lab and use it as part of a final report. I give a map to Michael, and he uses it to clean his windshield, then wipes his ass with it.

Needless to say, I prefer to spend the day as Mike rather than Michael. My day is more thoughtful, exciting and fun. Michael, after all, was the kid in Grade four that was accused of making, “Another one of your Wild Guesses,” about the multiplication tables.

Then there’s my family name Broderick. One would think that would be relatively easy to deal with. I’m willing to bet that at least 20 percent of the guys named Rod in the English speaking world use Rod as the short form of Roderick. My name is pronounced the same way only with a ‘B’ in front of it. It should be easy. Mispronunciations are pronounced loudly, often followed by a snicker.

A few years ago, in an effort to discover more about my buying habits, a local supermarket signed e up for a loyalty card. Coincidently, they made all the cashiers say, “Thank you Mr. … and then they’d stare at my name … Borderwacker, … Borderich, … Bordahumper … etc.”

That was the year I self-published my book, “Awakening the Hunk Within.”

After ringing up my order, the cashier, who has the enormous mental capacity to memorize the numeric codes for all of the exotic and domestic fruits and vegetables in the place, said, “Thank you Mr. Broad-dick.”

“It’s a good thing I wasn’t buying condoms,” I said.

Then I had an idea. I walked over to the Customer Service desk and asked for a loyalty card application card. I filled it out using the name, ‘Mike Hunk’

Now I get, “Thank you Mr. Hunk. … Is that really your name?”

So I tell them the story of Dr. Broad Dick and Mr. Hunk. I can usually sell a book on shopping day.

Mike Broderick , a one- time archaeologist, is a Vocational Rehabilitation Counsellor with the Fraser Health Authority in Port Coquitlam where he helps people with mental health disabilities find and keep full or part time employment .

He WAS the Employment Specialist for the Neil Squire Society in Burnaby where he found employment for people with physical disabilities, A Supported Employment Coordinator at THEO BC (now the Open Door Group), and a case manager at Community Fisheries Development Centre where he helped people move from the fishing industry to something else because there, “Ain’t no fish.” This means he is VERY familiar with how a modern day resume should look.

He is a newly retired ambassador with the Vancouver Board of Trade and a former member of the Labour Task Force of the Burnaby Board of Trade He does some work as a field Archaeologist, is a fitness instructor and frequent contributor of fitness humour articles to Alive Magazine. He is always saying, “If you can’t be fit, you can at least be funny.”

He lives in Port Coquitlam with his spouse Cecelia. You can reach him at home at michael_broderick@telus.net  or at 604-464-4105. If you’re looking for a career change, he is the Spin Doctor and can give you a resume makeover at competitive rates

 

THEY CALL ME LIGHTNIN’

April 3, 2017

THEY CALL ME LIGHTNIN’

The other day a co-worker asked me whether I’d ever been pulled over by the police. She wanted to know whether she did the right thing by handing over her license and waiting while she finished processing it.

I told her that I had, and I also told her she did the right thing. “Remember” I said. “They have guns.”

“When was the last time you were pulled over?” She asked.

“It was over the weekend. “ I said. It was just after midnight  on Sunday night. I was coming back from Royal Columbian Hospital and I turned left off the Mary Hill Bypass onto Coast Meridian Road. As I drove past Industrial Avenue an RCMP squad car pulled onto Coast Meridian to join me. He was travelling at the speed limit –  50 kph.

So was I.

He sped up a little so he was abeam of me in the left lane.

I held my speed.

He passed me and pulled in front and held the speed limit.

So did I.

I always thought it was not a good idea to pass a cop in the flow of traffic. It would be an invitation for a speeding ticket. I say this happen once to a woman in New Westminster. She got a ticket.

I was determined not to get a ticket.

He went back into the left lane and we both stopped at the red light on Kingsway. We glanced at each other. I gave him a serious nod – the type pf nod workmen give each other at the punch clock.

He glared back.

We both proceeded over the Coast Meridian Bridge over the Port Coquitlam railway yard. We both drove at the speed limit. As we crossed the bridge, he slowed down and crossed into the right lane behind me. As we drove off the bridge, his red and blue flashing lights came on. I held my hand up and indicated where I was going to stop. It wasn’t going to be a bus stop even if it was after midnight.

I pulled out my license as I waiter for him to do his John Wayne walk up to my opened window.

“How come you’re driving so slow, partner? “ he asked.

“I wasn’t.” I said. “I was going the speed limit, just like you.”

“Most people would have passed me. How come you didn’t? Have you been drinking?”

“If I passed you, you would have given me a ticket, and no I haven’t been drinking.”

“I smell booze.”

“It must be hand sanitizer from the hospital –although it all should have evaporated by now. You have a real nose for detail, constable.”

He glared at me as he took my license back to his car. ”I’ll be right back.” He said.

When he returned he told me that he wasn’t going to write me a ticket. He wasn’t going to be the one to ruin a perfect driving record.

“Try to drive more carefully next time,” he said.

I told my co-worker that it was too bad I didn’t get a ticket. I would have enjoyed the prospect of telling the judge that they were trying to fine me for driving the speed limit.

 

Mike Broderick , a one- time archaeologist, is a Vocational Rehabilitation Counsellor with the Fraser Health Authority in Port Coquitlam where he helps people with mental health disabilities find and keep full or part time employment .

He WAS the Employment Specialist for the Neil Squire Society in Burnaby where he found employment for people with physical disabilities, A Supported Employment Coordinator at THEO BC (now the Open Door Group), and a case manager at Community Fisheries Development Centre where he helped people move from the fishing industry to something else because there, “Ain’t no fish.” This means he is VERY familiar with how a modern day resume should look.

He is a newly retired ambassador with the Vancouver Board of Trade and a former member of the Labour Task Force of the Burnaby Board of Trade He does some work as a field Archaeologist, is a fitness instructor and frequent contributor of fitness humour articles to Alive Magazine. He is always saying, “If you can’t be fit, you can at least be funny.”

He lives in Port Coquitlam with his spouse Cecelia. You can reach him at home at michael_broderick@telus.net  or at 604-464-4105. If you’re looking for a career change, he is the Spin Doctor and can give you a resume makeover at competitive rates

 

 

 

THE BUSINESS CASE

February 27, 2017

I belong to a group of job developers who meet monthly to network and to have various employers tell us what would solve all their HR problems. Somewhere in the last two months, I agreed to give a talk at the meeting to a larger bunch of employers. Apparently they want to me to tell them about the secret life of job developers: what we do, what we eat for breakfast, and why can’t we get real jobs for ourselves.

I thought that it I were an employer, I wouldn’t want to hear any of this. It would be dreadfully boring and would confirm their suspicion that we are only in business for networking opportunities. If I could read minds, I could hear the employers thinking, “What have I done to deserve a time wasting meeting like this? He’s not solving any of my problems and he’s not telling me why I should hire his clients.

Thanks employer. I’m glad you’ve given me the opportunity to consider the business case for hiring a job developer’s clients.

Generally a client has a job developer for a number of reasons:

  • They may be unemployed
  • They may have a physical, mental health or developmental disability
  • They may be older workers
  • They may have been in prison
  • They may be immigrants
  • They may be youths
  • They may be people in an industry targeted to receive help because there is little work in that industry
  • They may have been unemployed for years and now find they are in a position of not having a clue how to get back in

Each job developer has representatives of most of these clients on their caseloads at any time. It is incumbent on the JD to present their clients in the best light possible, and the best way to do this is to describe the business case for hiring them.

  1. They will prove to be loyal.

Our clients know what it is like to be unemployed, and on becoming employed, they will do anything to stay on the job.  They will work hard, be punctual, and be well behaved.

  1. They might be flexible.

Employee flexibility usually means two things. They are able to work part time or full time, or they are able to work night shifts.. Some clients who have mental health disabilities may not be able to offer work at night as it may have an negative effect on their medication. They may however, be getting financial support from the government, and able to earn a living wage by working part time and not having their disability cheques docked.

  1. They may be eligible for a wage subsidy or training allowance.

Wage subsidies help employers cover the high costs of training any employee. It is money paid to the employer on the promise that the position will result in long=term employment.

  1. They may already be trained.

Many job developers work at agencies that provide funding to train people who are unemployed or underemployed. Training  is a strategy to get people working in areas where they have interest and skills.

  1. They can help with your company brand.

People actually feel good about dealing with your company if there is someone with a disability cleaning your lot or pushing buggies around your grocery store. When people feel good, they spend more money

  1. They can help enhance your company culture

I once had a client who trained to be a legal secretary, but she could only type 35 WPM, but she did this by putting the keyboard on the floor and typing with her toes because she didn’t have any arms.  When I finally placed her in a law office, my occupational therapist found something that would make her life in the office better – an automatic hole puncher she could operate with her toe. When I came to deliver the machine, the whole company was in the lunch room having a chicken wing party, and there was my client in the middle of it all with her toes in the bowl of wings.

  1. Job developers can help you access new employees.

Suppose your company wants to hire a fabricator and you come to a job developer because you wish to capitalize on all of these benefits. Suppose again that that that job developer is me. I don’t think I have had a fabricator on my caseload for years, however, I can take your posting and distribute it amongst the forty or so job developers. There is a strong likelihood that we, as a team can help you with that placement.

  1. We can help with job retention.

Job developers are not going to place a client and run away. We have an obligation to help our clients keep their jobs after placement. We follow up with the client,  and we follow up with the employer. One strategy is to meet with the employer and the employee during the three month performance evaluation. Are they doing what they said they were going to do in the interview. Is there any friction to be smoothed out.

Is there anyone out there that can help me during my performance review?

  1. The bottom line.

There are over 300,000 people in our province that have declared they have disabilities. There are probably more immigrants and lots of older workers. They all have friends and families. They also communicate with each other, and if it is learned that your company has hired a person with a disability, that can open up a floodgate of new customers to access your goods and services.

The next time your company is in a recruiting position, consider using a job developer to help you access our clients.

Mike Broderick , a one- time archaeologist, is a Vocational Rehabilitation Counsellor with the Fraser Health Authority in Port Coquitlam where he helps people with mental health disabilities find and keep full or part time employment .

He WAS the Employment Specialist for the Neil Squire Society in Burnaby where he found employment for people with physical disabilities, A Supported Employment Coordinator at THEO BC (now the Open Door Group), and a case manager at Community Fisheries Development Centre where he helped people move from the fishing industry to something else because there, “Ain’t no fish.” This means he is VERY familiar with how a modern day resume should look.

He is a newly retired ambassador with the Vancouver Board of Trade and a former member of the Labour Task Force of the Burnaby Board of Trade He does some work as a field Archaeologist, is a fitness instructor and frequent contributor of fitness humour articles to Alive Magazine. He is always saying, “If you can’t be fit, you can at least be funny.”

He lives in Port Coquitlam with his spouse Cecelia. You can reach him at home at michael_broderick@telus.net  or at 604-464-4105. If you’re looking for a career change, he is the Spin Doctor and can give you a resume makeover at competitive rates

 

 

MAKING THINGS GREAT AGAIN

January 29, 2017

Last week, one of my resume writing colleagues and LinkedIn group contributor John Sattler commented that he noticed a bit of a slowdown in work to mark the first month of 2017. While I haven’t noticed it myself, as I keep myself busy by doing value added work for my existing clients (such as updates and web profiles etc.), I can see where an issue like this could be blamed on Donald Trump.  Everyone is procrastinating and waiting for America (and every other Western country by default) to be great again.

Job seekers are waiting to return to the days when they won’t need a resume to get a job. America was great when all one had to do was write their names on a paper shopping bag or the inside of a cigarette package to score that dream job. Now only plastic bags exist, and nobody smokes.

In short, if there is a slowdown in work, it is due to client procrastination as clients are guilty of lazy career management. Lazy career management will ultimately hobble Trump’s greatness imperative. More proactive career management involves frequent updates. People should be showing employers new resumes almost weekly to avoid hearing the words that made Trump famous in the first place. “You’re fired.”

If you want to advance in the company rather than being thrown under it, people will need clean and fresh resumes that itemize all the great work they’ve been doing. These should be taken out at annual reviews just in case the boss has other ideas of your performance.

Greatness will mean constantly looking over your shoulder to see who will be coming after your job next. I predict a lack of old fashioned scruples as they are replaced by alternative facts and other truthiness stretches. Facts can only be stretched so far when they appear as if they have fallen into a black hole.

To hold a job in this era of greatness, you will need a permanent spin doctor.

As far as your resumes are concerned, everyone will need several updates, because while those little orange hands on the wheel of the economy, there may be rough roads ahead. You’ll want to make sure your well stocked with versatile resumes with lots of alternative facts and lo lies.

Meanwhile, if you are a resume writer, it’s time to diversity those skills as well. You’ll need to add some tricks to your trade to stay on top of your client’s needs. Here are a few things to add to your portfolio:

  • Rather that write resumes for clients to get a job, think on a more grandiose scale. Think branding where you use the resume to get people to develop emotional attachments to your client
  • Learn the difference between a resume on an employer’s desk and a LinkedIn profile on the internet, and start writing them
  • By a camera and learn to take photos of your clients. Honestly, don’t trust your clients to take brandworthy pictures of themselves. They’ll be sitting at their desks and holding their heads up with their hands under their chins. Employers search for signs of strength in LinkedIn profiles. There is nothing strong about holding your head up
  • Or they’ll photograph themselves with a selfie stick and not smile. A smile evokes trust and truth. It is better to show some teeth in the smile. There is both trustiness and truthiness in toothinsess
  • Or they’ll take out-of-focus cell phone photos with their phone on a selfie stick clearly visible in the picture
  • Or they’ll fit the picture into the desired space by pointing the curser on the edge and moving the border’s edges around making their heads contort to amoebic shapes
  • Or they’ll use pictures of the dogs or their cats to stand in for their integrity. These are probably ones you should drop. They might be animal abusers.

Mike Broderick , a one- time archaeologist, is a Vocational Rehabilitation Counsellor with the Fraser Health Authority in Port Coquitlam where he helps people with mental health disabilities find and keep full or part time employment .

He WAS the Employment Specialist for the Neil Squire Society in Burnaby where he found employment for people with physical disabilities, A Supported Employment Coordinator at THEO BC (now the Open Door Group), and a case manager at Community Fisheries Development Centre where he helped people move from the fishing industry to something else because there, “Ain’t no fish.” This means he is VERY familiar with how a modern day resume should look.

He is a newly retired ambassador with the Vancouver Board of Trade and a former member of the Labour Task Force of the Burnaby Board of Trade He does some work as a field Archaeologist, is a fitness instructor and frequent contributor of fitness humour articles to Alive Magazine. He is always saying, “If you can’t be fit, you can at least be funny.”

He lives in Port Coquitlam with his spouse Cecelia. You can reach him at home at michael_broderick@telus.net  or at 604-464-4105. If you’re looking for a career change, he is the Spin Doctor and can give you a resume makeover or a profile overhaul at competitive rates.

 

IF AN IQ DOESN’T GET YOU THAT JOB, WHAT WILL?

December 27, 2016

An article by reporter Faye Flan in the Vancouver Sun this morning questions the role of IQ in being successful in landing a job.  Citing James Heckman, an Economics guru from the University of Chicago, “Many people fail to break into the job market because they aren’t measured on intelligence tests. They don’t know how to behave in job interviews. They don’t  understand how to behave in job interviews. They may shoe up late or fail to dress properly.”

Heckman proposes that personality may be a greater factor, where a candidate shows signs of diligence, perseverance and discipline. Other factors may include good study habits in school, the ability to collaborate, and, of course, luck.

In my practice of helping people with mental health issues, I like luck as an overriding factor to success in job search. The best part about luck is that there is absolutely no way to measure it. John Forbes Nash tried this in developing the fundamentals if Game Theory, and he got himself into real trouble. (His story is documented through Russel Crowe in the movie “A beautiful Mind.”

I have had several examples of people who found work who, by modern standards of so-called job readiness, should never have been hired.

These include:

  • A fellow who was in the middle of a 10 year sentence for bank robbery who began a career in social work by first volunteering with me, then working for me helping people in emotional crises in the community. These days they would be weeded out through a criminal record search. In this person’s case, I, as the employer, wanted him, and I got him. Thus, a new career was born.
  • A teenaged fellow, who, mid-way through his interview for a warehouse job, pulled out a bag of chips and a pop and had his lunch. I suppose that was in response to the question, “Tell me a little bit about yourself.” The HR person  phoned me and said she liked his originality and decided to hire him.
  • A middle aged man who lives aboard a fishing vessel who always smelled of deasil fuel and usually showed up to meetings with me with popcorn woven into his hair who successfully landed a position in a training program to be a set decorator in the motion picture industry.
  • Me! I came in late for my interview at Fraser Health, and afterwards I noticed I had my shirttail hanging out my fly. I got the job, and I still have it.
  • Me! After 13 years as a professional and world-famous archaeologist, I found a job as a street worker working with runaway teenagers. My chances of scoring that job would be akin to my landing a position as a surgeon.

For these reasons, I consider a major variable in achieving success. Your job, as a job seeker, is to try to find creative ways to lure luck out of hiding. I won’t say that it would be advisable to show up late with your shirt tail hanging out your fly, but as Popeye once said, “I am what I am.”

Instead of relying on wardrobe mishaps, here are some other things you can do to lure lick out of hiding.

First, Go into your interview prepared to ask some important questions about your prospective position. This means research. Start by googling the company or agency.

  • Find out the key members of the management team. This will make it possible to answer questions such as:
    • Is there anything  you wish to know about us. This will give you the opportunity  to ask:
    • What factors make you the top 10 agencies/companies?
    • What would be the qualities pf the best person for the position?
  • Are there any theoretical or philosophical aspects to the work? I learned that the job I do follows a model developed at Dartmouth Psychiatric clinic in New Hampshire. That was useful in answering questions about what would be my practice
  • Go there before the interview and scout out what people are wearing . Try to dress a little better at the interview
  • After the interview, make sure you have the name and email address of your interviewer, or the names and email addresses of everyone on the panel that interviewed you. Compose and send a thank you note for them. Timing for this is critical. Ask whether there is a timeline they are following for interviews. If they say they hope to make a decision on Friday, send it by Thursday. Often employers interview the also-rans last. This is a good time to remind the employer of you.
  • Feel secure in the fact that probably nobody else will write to them probably.
  • Make sure your shirt tail isn’t hanging out your fly.

Mike Broderick , a one- time archaeologist, is a Vocational Rehabilitation Counsellor with the Fraser Health Authority in Port Coquitlam where he helps people with mental health disabilities find and keep full or part time employment .

He WAS the Employment Specialist for the Neil Squire Society in Burnaby where he found employment for people with physical disabilities, A Supported Employment Coordinator at THEO BC (now the Open Door Group), and a case manager at Community Fisheries Development Centre where he helped people move from the fishing industry to something else because there, “Ain’t no fish.” This means he is VERY familiar with how a modern day resume should look.

He is a newly retired ambassador with the Vancouver Board of Trade and a former member of the Labour Task Force of the Burnaby Board of Trade He does some work as a field Archaeologist, is a fitness instructor and frequent contributor of fitness humour articles to Alive Magazine. He is always saying, “If you can’t be fit, you can at least be funny.”

He lives in Port Coquitlam with his spouse Cecelia. You can reach him at home at michael_broderick@telus.net  or at 604-464-4105. If you’re looking for a career change, he is also the Spin Doctor and can give you a resume makeover at competitive rates.

 

FOLLOWING RULES

December 12, 2016

The other day I was listening to an interview with an insurance guy on the radio. He mentioned that if you have an extra non-related person staying in your house, you should tell the insurance company. It should only cost a few dollars more. It’s better to do that, because if you have a fire, and there is an undeclared person staying at the house, they could and probably will cancel the insurance.

Cecelia and I have been trying to try to add to our coffers by taking in an older woman who has a physical and developmental disabilities for this we get rent, also an allowance to look after her. The money is good, and because she is from the government, she is tax free income – or so I thought.

It must have been an omen. In the day I had a nightmare that I was leading a mindfulness class that happened to have Donald Trump in the front row. I told the insurance broker about this. The company we were with, for $1500 per month and $500 deductible withdrew coverage. They said I was not allowed to have Donald trump in my class.

So much for following rules. The broker found us another company that agreed to underwrite us for double the premium and double the deductible. I don’t think I can even claim this on Income Tax, because the whole business of fostering a person with disabilities  is supposed to be free from taxes.

… Or so I think.

… Or so I’ve been told.

Just watch. I’ll claim the insurance difference then go to jail for 20  years for tax evasion.

At least that way I can stop wondering what to do in retirement

Mike Broderick , a one- time archaeologist, is a Vocational Rehabilitation Counsellor with the Fraser Health Authority in Port Coquitlam where he helps people with mental health disabilities find and keep full or part time employment .

He WAS the Employment Specialist for the Neil Squire Society in Burnaby where he found employment for people with physical disabilities, A Supported Employment Coordinator at THEO BC (now the Open Door Group), and a case manager at Community Fisheries Development Centre where he helped people move from the fishing industry to something else because there, “Ain’t no fish.” This means he is VERY familiar with how a modern day resume should look.

He is a newly retired ambassador with the Vancouver Board of Trade and a former member of the Labour Task Force of the Burnaby Board of Trade He does some work as a field Archaeologist, is a fitness instructor and frequent contributor of fitness humour articles to Alive Magazine. He is always saying, “If you can’t be fit, you can at least be funny.”

He lives in Port Coquitlam with his spouse Cecelia. You can reach him at home at michael_broderick@telus.net  or at 604-464-4105. If you’re looking for a career change, he is the Spin Doctor and can give you a resume makeover at competitive rates