In honor of Mother’s Day, CNN asked some of the world’s remarkable leading ladies: “What is the greatest lesson your mother taught you?” Here’s a few responses:
Happy Mother’s Day to all the wonderful Moms and wishing you an awesome day! xoxo
Happy Birthday Dr. King. Here’s an excerpt (2:38) from the last speech given by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee the next day on April 4, 1968. Martin Luther King’s Last Speech: “I Have Been To The Mountaintop”.
I love this episode. TEDxKC talk synopsis: In our anxious world, we often protect ourselves by closing off parts of our lives that leave us feeling most vulnerable. Yet invulnerability has a price. When we knowingly or unknowingly numb ourselves to what we sense threatens us, we sacrifice an essential tool for navigating uncertain times — joy. This talk will explore how and why fear and collective scarcity has profoundly dangerous consequences on how we live, love, parent, work and engage in relationships — and how simple acts can restore our sense of purpose and meaning.
Speaker: Dr. Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work where she has spent the past 10 years studying courage, shame and authenticity. She is the Behavioral Health Scholar-in-Residence at the Council on Alcohol and Drugs and has written several books on her research.
Growing up with a competitive spirit and a demanding mom and dad gave me the edge to always want to be the best and excel at everything I do. I’ve always been passionate about living, setting goals, overcoming challenges, getting results and celebrating the victories I worked so hard for. I guess some may say it is one of the reasons I am so successful. I always have to be the person that makes my time worth while and if I’m going to do something no matter what it is I’m going to do my best.
Throughout the early years of my banking career a strong manager named Stacy (also my mentor) taught me everything I know, to be determined and proactive in everything I do. Although she has passed on, her spirit is always with me. While I’ve made some accomplishments, I am nowhere near where I envision myself to be in the future. Everyone always asks me, “are you satisfied with where you are in life” and the truth is, there’s always room for personal and professional growth. Our potential is limitless, we must continue to explore all possibilities and live our life to the fullest. Here are a few ways to living a life of greatness.
Follow your passion. The only way to live is to do what you truly love. Don’t let others steal your dreams, find what you love and the money will follow. Don’t just pursue a hobby; turn it into a career.
Remember to do what you love, and love what you do!
(Reuters) – Denise Morrison says early-career guidance from the right mentor made her who she is today: the chief executive officer of Campbell Soup Co.
In the 1980s, Morrison was a director of sales planning for the U.S. arm of food company Nestle SA. Her work ethic and performance in the White Plains, New York, office caught the eye of President C. Alan MacDonald.
MacDonald would check in with Morrison, make himself available for questions and even ask her about customer feedback. Before long, he had recommended her for a promotion to business director.
“That was a defining moment,” says Morrison, who is now so dedicated to mentoring that she spends as much as 20 percent of her time advising and supporting others.
Although few people have the company president as a personal advocate, Morrison’s experience demonstrates how valuable mentors can be.
Mentors can help you navigate sticky office politics, teach new skills or even put your name forward when new positions arise.
In a modern twist, mentors are also relying on their protégées. Older employees often depend on younger staff for technology guidance. As employment security wanes, laid-off bosses may need to turn to former subordinates for job leads. So the relationship may be more symbiotic and less paternalistic than in the past.
Also new is the role of social media, which encourages workers of all seniority levels to advise each other, at all hours.
“The role of the mentor has continued to evolve,” says Julie Nugent, senior director at Catalyst Inc, a nonprofit research and advisory group focused on advancing women in business.
One-on-one mentoring was named the second-most-effective career development program for employees below director level, after “traditional training,” according to a 2012 survey of 320 human resources professionals by talent development consulting firm Insala.
But only one in five companies offer formal mentoring programs, according to a 2012 Society for Human Resources Management poll of about 550 human resources professionals.
That means you are probably on your own when it comes to getting the right mentor.
IT TAKES A TEAM
Forget the idea that one adviser can do all things.
Identify different mentors for different needs. Do you need help using your company’s technology? How about someone to coach you through a challenging relationship with your boss? What about a mentor who can find opportunities for you at other companies?
To build what Morrison calls a “personal advisory board,” check your university alumni groups for possible mentors. Ask someone you respect – inside or outside your company – to meet for coffee. Use social technology to post work-related questions and find the most knowledgeable people.
Next, identify a “sponsor.” This is usually a more senior executive who can use his or her influence to advance you for promotions.
How do you get a sponsor? Some companies offer programs. Citi, for one, matched 62 women managing directors with advocates in 2009. Within 18 months, 22 percent had expanded roles, and 15 percent were promoted.
If your company does not help, reach out to senior executives yourself. Send them an email, or ask them to meet with you for 10 minutes.
Feeling awkward? Get over it.
“People need to be in charge of their development plan,” says Morrison. “They need to seek out their sponsors and their mentors and be very strategic.”
Morrison, like many in top positions, is no stranger to requests for guidance. She gets at least an email a day from people seeking a professional alliance.
“Networking is working,” she says.
NEVER TOO OLD
You are never too old or too important to be mentored, and a good mentoring relationship can pay off for both parties.
Liz Davidson, 42, took a chance on recent college graduate Danielle Perry in 2009, hiring her to help with marketing and press for her start-up company, Financial Finesse, a provider of financial education programs for the workplace.
At first, Davidson trained and guided Perry. These days, she relies on the 28-year-old to keep her abreast of the latest trends in marketing.
“She got promoted two or three times, and now I consider her an adviser to me as well as the rest of the team when it comes to marketing and positioning,” says Davidson. “She really manages everything. She manages me.”
Mentors and mentees alike must set objectives and determine how much time to commit.
For a new parent, goals could include discussions on how to balance work demands with family stresses. A mid-level executive might need help identifying her next step within the company.
Assistance can come not only from people but also from technology, as Dennis Agusi discovered.
In January, the internal communications officer of Royal Philips Electronics faced the nerve-wracking job of giving a talk before 100 communications professionals in the Netherlands. So he used a company application called ConnectUs to request public-speaking advice.
Some 25 volunteer mentors responded, and Agusi found one who agreed to coach him. The talk was so successful that he was ranked the top speaker out of the almost dozen who presented, he said.
The next time around, he may find himself paying it forward and being the mentor himself.
Adapted from Chelsea Emery ~ Reuters
Roland suggests beginning with some warm-up questions. Use them to spark a meaningful conversation between you and your husband. Be sure to listen to your spouse’s responses without judging him. Remember, the goal is to understand where he’s coming from. Try these sample questions:
The Bigger Picture
After you’ve used the warm-up questions, try these:
You may be able to start a conversation, but don’t become too frustrated if your husband doesn’t completely open up immediately. Sometimes, just expressing your interest can be the beginning of bigger communication.
Do you have a spouse communications tip?
Tomorrow is Father’s Day, and today I’d like to dedicate this post to all the wonderful fathers, father figures, and male mentors out there who have touched the lives of people out there: be it your own kids, others’ kids, your family, people you’ve mentored, people you’ve coached, and the world at large. Thank you for all that you do. Thank you for being you. We appreciate your existence and the often times silent but impactful role you have played in our lives.
Today, I invite you to share a tribute surrounding your father and your relationship with him.
My father (Charlie Perkins, Sr.) passed away 15 years ago and I miss him dearly. There are so many times I’ve wanted to share successes, to seek his council and advice and to simply get a hug from my dad. He was always encouraging me to be the best in whatever I was undertaking. He was proud of me and never missed an opportunity to brag on his eldest son. My dad had a way of easing my fears when I didn’t think I could succeed at something. He was caring and a great listener. He had my back. I remember he would go without, to ensure we had what we needed to survive.
Father is a person who
Lets you experiment life in your own way and pulls you up when you fall.
Lets you get angry on him and loves you more after that.
Lets you see things your own way and then gives his view point.
Is with you always,
Specially when you need him !!!
I love you dad!
What do you love about your father? Leave a comment below. As you read the beautiful tributes, know that these can well be the very things that your children (if you have any) and the people you have touched have to say about you; just that they don’t actively articulate these thoughts all the time.
For the rest of you, this tribute is get us to actively celebrate our love for our fathers (and mothers) by way of words and actions. Whatever gratitude and love we have for them does not get received if we don’t express them in the first place. Show your dad (and your mom) some love today, tomorrow, and every day. Give him a card. Take him out for dinner. Give him a hug. Share your joy with him. Celebrate the kinship you have together.
I’d like to end with this lovely quote image from Personal Excellence Quotes
Happy Fathers Day to all the dads in the world!!
At age 5, Andrea Peterson was rescued from a fire in her family’s Los Angeles home. “I thought it was a great adventure,” she recalls. “I told the big firefighters that I wanted to be a fireman, too, and they laughed and said that little girls could not do that.” Still, when a car crashed on her front lawn several years later and burst into flames, Peterson trained the garden hose on the blaze. “The instinct was there, so I just did it!” she says.
Pressured by her parents to choose a more “gender appropriate” career, Peterson became a flight attendant. It wasn’t until 2008, after her husband passed away, that she finally started volunteering at a local fire station. At 107 pounds, she spent a year lifting weights and watching her diet before being approved for fire academy coursework. And when she began training in 2010 alongside men in their teens and 20s, she was ready. “At one point the department’s fitness officer asked me to pull him through the station in full gear and equipment—he weighed about 300 pounds,” she says. “I did as he requested, which perhaps surprised both of us!” In May 2011 she graduated, becoming the only woman on the department’s staff of 27 firefighters.
Peterson has now responded to more than 350 emergency calls, helping cardiac arrest patients, homeowners beating back a fire in frigid temperatures, and more. “The high point is the relief on people’s faces when we arrive,” she says. “I’ve always known that this was the job for me. It doesn’t matter how hard I had to work or how long I had to wait.”
Adapted from —Roxanna Font
Today I embark on a mission to lose weight. This is my goal for the next 28 days. I have no target in mind except a year ago, I was 17 pounds lighter. This is day one. My Day 1 meal plan is listed below. I will blog each day’s meal plan. Any encouragement will be much appreciated : )
1 cup unsweetened corn flakes
1 cup fat-free milk
¼ cup roasted or raw unsalted sunflower seeds
4 ounces (½ cup) unsweetened applesauce
Glass of Sassy Water
4 ounces deli turkey
1 pint fresh grape tomatoes
1 low-fat string cheese
Glass of Sassy Water
Blueberry Smoothie: Blend 1 cup fat-free milk and 1 cup frozen unsweetened blueberries in a blender for 1 minute. Transfer to a glass and stir in 1 tablespoon cold-pressed organic flaxseed oil or serve with 2 tablespoons sunflower seeds, without the shell.
4 ounces grilled tilapia
drizzled with 1 teaspoon olive oil
1 cup steamed green beans
½ cup cooked brown rice
Glass of Sassy Water
2 liters water (about 8½ cups), 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger, 1 medium cucumber, peeled and thinly sliced, 1 medium lemon, thinly sliced 12 small spearmint leaves. Combine all ingredients in a large pitcher and let flavors blend overnight. Drink the entire pitcher by the end of each day.
Here we go!