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March is Women's History Month, the theme is empowerment through education. As I started to consider what I knew about the role of women leaders throughout history, I decided to come up with a list of 75 inspirational female leaders through time, some of these are for fun others are truly admirable women .... Some I knew of, others I got to know while researching this list - ALL are fascinating and brave who have contributed t
Last week during a conversation with a potential client, I was asked what aspect of my business I enjoyed the most - I didn't hesitate a second and answered - COLLABORATION! Working together, as a team with the best people, who are subject matter experts in their fields can make for amazing, and sometimes unexpected results - and I find that fascinating and exhilarating. No doubt this has been an important part of my life, even during my EMBA program at Thunderbird, one of our mantras was "collaborate so you can graduate".
DIFFERENCES BETWEEN TRADITIONAL HIERARCHY AND COLLABORATIVE BUSINESS
I work in a creative business - the business of creativity to be exact, and I see how difficult it is for some business people and academics to understand HOW a creative approach can help a business grow. But in today's business environment, I can't imagine a thriving business that is not looking at their business in a creative way.
The subject of creativity in business has been on the forefront lately, discussed in business blogs and articles in serous publications. There is no question that the term "CREATIVE" is getting some major traction, according to LinkedIn (based on 135 million
A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of. ~ Jane Austen
Money doesn't buy happiness - or maybe it does ???
This is a question that has been on my mind, because I have noticed a widening chasm between the happiness of the "haves, and those that have less". People who are comfortable financially and are financially stable seem to be MUCH happier than those who are not, they seem unscathed from the stress of these difficult times. Is their money like an invisible shield that keeps unhappiness at bay?
As the middle class dwindles, and the overall happiness rating in
Civility in America should be an inalienable right. Americans have a right to defend their names and explain their actions and opinions, but the increasing unruliness in the public square is worrisome and demands attention and new solutions.
~ Jack Leslie, Chairman of Weber Shandwick
This time of year tends to bring out the best and worst in all of us, we are constantly reminded to do good throughout the holiday season, starting with Thanksgiving and ending somewhere around New Year's Day. These holidays remind us that we are ALL humans, sharing this little planet we call earth.
Don’t get a "job", create a life and career you love - why not?
I've done a lot of complaining here, but of all the things I've complained about, I can't complain about my life........ And all this time I’ve been paid to say what is on my mind on television, you don’t get any luckier in life than that.
~ Andy Rooney
One of the things that struck me during the coverage of Andy Rooney’s life and passing, was his resolute claim that he did what he loved professionally for 70 years - and in fact he did it right up to his passing at the age of 92. Some would say that he was one of
You cannot solve a problem from the same consciousness that created it. You must learn to see the world anew.
~ Albert Einstein
Occupy your mind - Attracting and creating opportunity
The global "Occupy" movement has been on my mind a great deal lately, it disturbs me to the core, I understand the anger - at times, I am angry too. I am not a liberal, conservative, communist, a tea partier or a socialist, now that we got that out of the way - my feelings, hopes and dreams about this country, simply do not fit into any of those little categories. Like the occupiers, I want a renewed democ
We should be careful and discriminating in all the advice we give. We should be especially careful in giving advice that we would not think of following ourselves. Most of all, we ought to avoid giving counsel which we don't follow when it damages those who take us at our word. ~ Adlai Stevenson
Passing on good advice to other women is so important, and I have been thinking of what good advice to pass on to my niece Caroline who is now 14, it’s been my job to do this, since her mom passed away. This list of "100 things a woman should know, remember and pass on" is a work in progress
When you are looking for a job, it's important to remember that doing what you have always done is just not enough. Think it through, and then take action. After all, that's what your employer will want you to do when you accept the job anyway.
~ Priscilla Claman, President of Career Strategies, Inc.,
OK I admit it, I don't like looking for a job - does anybody really????
I thought getting an EMBA would be on of the most challenging things I would ever do, well it would take second place to the arduous labor involved in finding a full time job, while career slashing. In fact, my curren
Entrepreneurs are arguably the most important actors in our economy—the creators of new wealth and new jobs, the inventors of new products and services, and the revolutionizers of society and the economy
~ Lesa Mitchell, VP of advancing innovation at the Kauffman Foundation.
I have been reading a great deal recently on how small business and entrepreneurship is the potential savior of our US economy. Economist will agree that older established companies DO NOT hold the promise of job creation or a renewed and revived economy, but instead the next bright new companies.
Attitudes towards this growing phenomenon amongst employers are proving fascinating...... a recent report says that our concepts of work and employment are going to have to change with organizations relying more on a small core workforce supplemented by an army of temporary or project workers. Portfolio workers typically are self motivated, self starters and reliable. They have to be as they will not survive unless they are excellent time managers and organizers. DR BARRIE HOPSON, “And What Do You Do?: 10 Steps to Creating a Portfolio Career”
I'm a SLASHER, are you?
"We're looking at a different paradigm of leadership, and it plays naturally to the strengths of women...... The tide has turned. The leadership skills that come naturally to women are now absolutely necessary for companies to continue to thrive." Regina Sacha, Vice President of Human Resources for FedEx Custom Critical.
What I have learned (and haven't) about female leadership
As a recent MBA graduate, I can confirm that today - leadership is still taught (almost) exclusively from a male perspective, and most case studies presented in Business schools, are based on male leadership st
The business landscape has changed fundamentally; tomorrow’s environment will be different, but no less rich in possibilities for those who are prepared. McKinsey & Company, worldwide (former) Managing Director, Ian Davis
A lesson from the (original) Great Depression - opportunities always exist!
Many years ago, I heard a story of a man who became a millionaire during the (original) Great Depression. This banker had lost his fortune and had watched many of his friends capitulate to the circumstances. Faced with unemployment he learned a trade and became a tile layer, he eventual
"Go home, take a paper bag, cut some eyeholes out of it. Put it over your head, get undressed and look at yourself in the mirror. Really evaluate where your strengths and weaknesses are. And be honest.” Mad Men, Joan Holloway
I am NOT talking about the oldest profession in the world here, (although I am sure that is a profession where there is pay parity for women). I am talking about sexual capital in the workplace, as defined by Catherine Hakim, a professor at the prestigious London School of Economics and author of "Erotic Capital: The Power of Attraction in the B