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    September 26, 2012

    Live Your Full Potential with "What" and "How"

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    If you focus on "What" you accomplish without paying attention to "How" you achieve it, you are creating unnecessary risk. Pay attention to both "What and How" to live your full potential.

    Those who like getting awards and acknowledgments are driven by "What" and probably carry more than a little bit of the goal-oriented Masculine Energy.

    Those who on focus on "How" something gets done are operating from their Feminine Energy. Unfortunately, women tend to make their "How" as safe as possible.

    Before they take on a challenge most women want to be 100 percent ready but that's limiting. It is important to stretch and learn while working in a new position. That's what can catapult you forward.

    When I was a Senior VP I had many "mentoring" positions in my department. Hoping to promote women I kept my eyes peeled for "up and comers" in the company. Inevitably, when I would post a job opening there would be a flood of resumes from men but seldom was the woman I had identified in the pile.

    I remember once dropping by the office of a promising young woman to ask why she hadn't applied. She told me she was comfortable where she was, that she knew her job. My department was one that had lots of interaction with the CEO and she was afraid of being put under this spotlight while she was learning-on-the-job.

    One of the values of being on the radar screen of senior management is there is more chance for vertical promotions, I explained. Additionally, every one of the guys who applied were ready to stretch. Why not her? It was Smart Risk.

    Ultimately, she applied for the job and has never looked back. By using her Feminine Energy she conscientiously developed all the new skills that she needed. She didn't discard the important "How" focus she needed to do the job but for the first time she looked ahead at "What" and set some goals for advancement.

    Rather than shirking from risk my protege took Smart Risk and found that she thrived on it. By paying attention to both "What and How" this woman is a good example of how to live your full potential. "What" can you achieve and "How" will you accomplish it?

  1. August 22, 2012

    Dancing Alone Amid The Tribe

    1. Awareness
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    Each of us needs to learn to dance to our own drummer. Sometimes that feels like we are completely out of sync with the rhythm of our tribe but it is an important step in our personal choreography.

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  2. July 3, 2012

    Being Present with Mountain Gorillas

    1. Awareness
    2. Global
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    It was early morning when we followed our Rwandan guide and climbed slippery slopes up into the mist to see the Mountain Gorillas. Full of awareness, we felt electric with anticipation but little did we know how much we'd learn about being present.

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  3. June 26, 2012

    Self-Reliance is Rwanda’s Answer

    1. Awareness
    2. Autonomy
    3. Global
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    I have just returned from Rwanda, a country that has changed its destiny by developing self-reliance. Fewer than 20 years ago, it was in the throws of civil war with people being slaughtered in a senseless genocide. Today, it is clean, peaceful and full of possibility for the future. How did this small, land-locked African nation come so far in such a short time? Many believe that it is due to their leader, Paul Kagame. He not only preaches self-reliance but, has made it a cornerstone of his vision for the future.

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  4. December 20, 2011

    Wrestling Down Time At Christmas Time

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    At Christmas, it's easy to feel like you are constantly in motion. With all the things that demand time and attention, you may feel like you have earned a gold medal in multi-tasking. But recent research…

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  5. December 13, 2011

    Have A Mindful Christmas

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    Christmas, with all its hustle and bustle, can be a stressful time. And, when our stress goes up, our insight goes down. That can cause you to overreact and hurt someone’s feelings exactly when you want…

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