This month we are featuring Senior Athletics Director, Gilles Lepine as our Thriving Thunderbird.
Thriving Campus features testimonials, contributions and personal experiences linked to health and wellbeing from UBC staff members.
What are your top three things for thriving in life?
Finding and respecting myself and my values.
My mirror is my best judge. If I can look myself in the mirror and be completely honest with my convictions and myself, I am on the good path. I always say to my children, “Listen to your little voice”, your passions; your interest will drive you where you are supposed to go.
Discovering new persons and new cultures.
I love to discover new natural sceneries, but where I find the most satisfying is to encounter new people, new cultures. To see how much we are different and so similar. I can understand their reality and it helps me to understand my reality.
Having and creating stimulant challenges.
I once heard that happiness is out of our comfort zone… Where some are seeing problems, I try to see challenges. Having challenges is more stimulating than having problems.
Sport is in my DNA. I heard that when we practice a physical activity, it could be compared to meditation. I have to admit then when I’m playing beach volleyball I’m very focusing on the ball coming to my face.
What is your top tip for thriving at work that you want to share with others?
Try to work smarter, not harder.
Could we take the time to stop swimming and look where we are going? Could we do things differently? Do we have the courage to ask others or ourselves “Why we doing this? Could we have some help?”
Think like an entrepreneur.
A budget is a mix of Revenues and… Investments (not expenses). I am always looking for a win-win situation. In a perfect world, every colleague feels they are running their own business. Accountability bring creativity.
Having fun. Life is too short. Humor is a social lubricant…
Is it possible to work hard and have fun? I am convinced the answer is yes.
Injecting some humor make everybody more comfortable and open to collaborate.
Gilles Lépine is the Senior Athletics Director for the UBC Thunderbirds. He was the former Director of Excellence for Laval University’s Department of Athletics for 12 years and now leads the Thunderbirds Athletics program. Some of his past experiences as a student athlete, coach, administrator, and builder of championship varsity program makes him well-suited to lead the Thunderbirds to further excellence. He has played multiple sports competitively and dedicated his time to introducing sports to athletes of all ages through charities and volunteer work.