Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Mimi Donaldson on Necessary Roughness

Necessary Roughness:

New Rules for the Contact Sport of Life

Prevailing in challenging times is not a question of ability – people are able.

Success hinges on opportunity and intention.

Opportunity and intention are what football is all about.

Over the years, many football coaches have written books that teach life lessons from the game. Sports figures and sports newscasters have written books teaching leadership lessons. An NFL wife wrote a book as a fan and insider of the professional league. But until now, there has never been a funny and profound take from a lifelong football fan with a team building background. Mimi Donaldson is about to change that.

Women have gained a great deal at home and at work. We are assertive, but now it’s time to step up the game. No longer are we expected to play nice all the time. Sometimes, a certain roughness is necessary: we need to talk straight, stand our ground, say no, and negotiate everything. As in football, we need to hunker down and get our knuckles in the dirt.

In this laugh-out-loud, insightful and practical book, you’ll discover a new appreciation of football strategies. After all, they are the same strategies you have used to get ahead in business and be successful in your personal relationships. In this female-friendly book, Mimi shares the secrets of capitalizing on opportunity and intention, so you can become the ultimate coach for yourself and your team. Then nothing will stand in the way of your win.


Thursday, March 18, 2010

David Harder on Becoming Engaged!

Here are three ways you can create full engagement with your own work:

1. Define and Find the work that makes you happy

You are never too young or too old to begin this process. The payoff is extraordinary for you and everyone around you.

2. Learn the skills necessary to succeed

Many of us don't define & pursue what we want because we don't get someone to help us develop the skills to succeed.

3. Build a community to support your ongoing success
Why do we have to drag winners from the Oscar podium? Because so many people helped them get there. Success isn't attained on our own.

Here are three ways you can create full engagement with your workers:

1. Attract, Train & Develop Great Bosses
The best job in the world becomes the job from hell if the boss isn't great. Build and develop engagement by developing leaders who tell the truth, praise people for their contributions and who continually develop talent to be the best they can be.

2. If you don't have full engagement, create an intervention
Check in with your own truth. If you don't have full engagement with your company, bring in help. Your business will realize more profit by addressing this issue head-on.

3. Develop an Employer Brand Identity
An employer brand is as important as the product or service brand of your business. The purpose of a brand is to create unshakable faith. If you develop an extraordinary and aspirational brand as an employer, people will want to become part of it. If you live up tothat brand, the competition will not be able to touch you.



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Friday, March 12, 2010

Dianne Gubin on Increasing YOUR Value and Your Paycheck

One of my favorite career resources is Dianne Gubin,
She always share wide words and has many valuable connections.
Dianne is a woman who walks her talk and I highly recommend her firm.  Patty DeDominic

Here are 5 Ways to Leverage Your Value in the Workplace
by Dianne Gubin

1) Make new friends. Join several professional networking groups in your industry.

2) Proactively develop and maintain a network of contacts outside of your core business. The best time to develop a professional network of people who will take your calls is before you need one.

3) Master your job to the expert level. Be known as the “go to” person. Be generous with your time and expertise.

4) Continue your education. Attend and finish college if you haven’t done so yet. For the duration of your career, take classes toward certifications and specializations, even if your company doesn’t pay for training.

5) If you’re seeking a position or greater status in your industry, attend the annual tradeshow in this space. Pay to play. Stay in the conference hotel, go to the seminars, and attend the gala dinner event. Be visible.

Most important, the connections you make and maintain today will be invaluable tomorrow.

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Sunday, March 7, 2010

Leadership Tips from the International Women's Festival 2010

Emerging Leadership

By Dr. Astrid Sheil
At the 3rd Annual International Women's Festival Santa Barbara, California

The day has arrived and the Festival is a beehive of activity with women talking, learning, sharing, buying, and oh, did I mention talking? The energy is palpable in the convention hall. The opening plenary panel on leadership really delivered great information and tips on leadership to the attendees.

Betsy Berkhemer-Credaire, the president of National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO-California), which represents 1.4 million women entrepreneurs in the state of California, was the facilitator for the kick-off panel. Betsy, who has had a stellar career in public relations, executive search, and broadcasting, offered some powerful data from national research on women leaders and entrepreneurs. “All the data indicates our leadership is different from men,” she stated. “Women are more persuasive in their leadership. We use more nurturing ways to accomplish our goals. We are more willing to take risks and ignore the rules. There is a sense of optimism that women share.”

As Victoria Colligan, the founder of Ladies Who Launch, noted in her opening remarks, “There is no one way to do this, no one way to be successful. The best way to learn is to share our stories.” Victoria knows from which she speaks. As the founder of the first new media company to provide resources, inspiration and community to women entrepreneurs, Victoria has been instrumental in helping women realize their entrepreneurial dreams. Her advice to women, “Find someone to model. Find a mentor—someone who can help you collaborate and build relationships. This will help you move your business forward.”

Denita Willoughby, the vice president of AT&T, talked about how inspirational her mother has been throughout her life. Her first job in high school was as a bagger at Ralph’s Grocery store. Her mother told her, “No matter what you do, be the best you can be. If you approach it with passion and pride, you will be successful and doors will open for you.” Denita went on to be promoted quickly to several leadership positions before she even graduated from high school and later graduated from Harvard University. She is a mentor, a leader and member of the board of directors of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce.

Margo Day, vice president for small and midmarket solutions for Microsoft Corporation, told the crowd that the keys to success are having a passion for what you do, creating a strong brand, keeping your word, and being authentic with your customers. She said, “Be true to yourself and genuine with others. People will naturally gravitate to you and will want to follow you.”

The tips for successful leadership came fast and furiously. Betsy summed up the panelists’ comments by saying, “The gem of leadership is inside every woman. The key is finding it and getting others to recognize it.” To do this, she concluded, “Get involved, volunteer, and accept responsibility.”

Astrid Sheil, PhD is the president of Sheil & Associates, a public relations consultancy. She is also associate chair of the communication studies department at Cal State University San Bernardino, where she teaches public relations and social media.  She is a member of the board of directors of the AndreSobel River of Life Foundation.