Wednesday, December 29, 2004

More Women (and People of Color) Are Occupying the Top Seats At Big Companies?

In Computerworld

Interesting ...

"What's more, the few minority executives who are ready to step into top-level roles have other choices. Early retirement or entrepreneurship often is more appealing than joining the senior ranks of a corporation that's trying to diversify. "Why work twice as hard to get half as far?" is a common refrain among many highly paid minority managers in their 40s and 50s. "

To read the entire article, visit: Recruiters scout minority talent to help their clients diversify

Thursday, December 23, 2004

A Simple Year-End Tribute To Women Entrepreneurs Who Have Escaped From Corporate America With Much Success

In The Salem News

Anyone NEVER had a desire to own a business? Then I am surprised you are reading this blog but since you are, let me reassure you that some day, you just might become an entrepreneur. Particularly after you read this short but "sweet" story about a woman who promised herself never to own her own company because her parents did (must have been a struggle). Fast-forward twenty-five years and this same woman runs a $3 million chocolate candy company!

Find out how longtime women entrepreneurs built their businesses to success and overcame obstacles in the process: Working women: Longtime entrepreneurs reflect on their experiences

Friday, December 17, 2004

Celebrating Women's Achievements and Possibilities

In Knowledge at Wharton (K@W)

Wharton Women in Business celebrated its 25th anniversary in November with a conference that focused on "Celebrating Achievements and Possibilities." While a keynote presentation by Andrea Jung, chairman and CEO of Avon Products, confirmed the (alleged) success that women are having in corporate America, panels entitled "Walking the Leadership Tightrope" and "Navigating through Interpersonal Conflict" suggested the challenges women still face in today's tough business environment. In this special section, K@W covers Jung's speech, the "Leadership Tightrope" panel and a second panel on "Building a Brand and Making Your Mark in the Luxury and Retail Sectors." In addition, they include coverage of a talk on leadership given earlier this fall by Sarah Nash, vice chairman of investment banking at J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.

To read the special report, visit:
Women in Business: Report from the Trenches

Tuesday, December 14, 2004

A Warm Reception For Female Execs

In BusinessWeek online

An excerpt from this fabulous article:

Karen Bressler, one of five CEOs to take the speaker's podium, talked about the work-life balance that has historically been the biggest hurdle for women in business. "Running a business is like being a kindergarten teacher sometimes," said Bressler, who runs Agar Supply, a $350 million food service outfit (No. 4). She advised her peers to take advantage of all facets of their personalities -- both the nurturing side and the tough side. Each of those qualities, "gives us an incredible edge."

To read the entire article, visit:
A Warm Reception for Female Execs

Tuesday, December 07, 2004

They Have A Dream: To Own Their Own Business

In Wisconsin's Business News Source

Who is Henry Ford? Why do they call it Disneyland? What did Mary Kay do? Virtually everyone knows that these dreamers turned their ideas into realities through good, old-fashioned entrepreneurship.

To find out more, visit:
Entrepreneurship: More than Fame and Money

Thursday, December 02, 2004

"Pursuit of Passionate Purpose" and it begins with starting a company ...

Posted in Jack Covert Selects,

"Pursuit of Passionate Purpose: Success Strategies for a Rewarding Personal and Business Life" by Theresa M. Szczurek, John Wiley & Sons, 304 Pages, $24.95 Hardcover, December 2004, ISBN 0471703249.

According to a December 2002 USA Today Poll, 30-million people are dissatisfied with their careers. This means that all those millions are not only unhappy but aren't reaching their full potential. The author found HERSELF in the same boat a few decades ago; after climbing the CORPORATE LADDER at a ferocious pace, she learned that her boss was sent to announce a new product that she (the author) had worked on for three years. She was conflicted. In her own words:

My head, the rational thinker had dominated decisions to this point. Now my heart, the creative feeler, cried out: What you really want is balance in life -- deep connection with people and meaningful work in an environment where people can contribute and be rewarded to the fullest. Make changes. Follow your heart, in harmony with your head. Pursue passionate purpose.

But she doesn't just use her own experiences as the premise for her book. She has interviewed 80 people and her findings are extraordinary. This is more than just a self-help book. This book has proven steps for successfully pursuing passionate purpose:

The ongoing process has four stages of development that are called:

1. Know and Nurture the Person (exploring who I am and what I value).
2. Find Passionate Purpose (determining what I want and do not want).
3. Pursue Purpose (establishing how I get it).
4. Assess Progress (evaluating how things are going and what is next).

She also has six success strategies that are applied throughout the above-mentioned process namely:

1. Polarity (integrating different parts of the self and the outside world).
2. Attraction (visualizing attainment of goals and taking action to reach goals).
3. Persistence (dividing and conquering big goals piece by piece).
4. Allowing (surrendering to the process).
5. Connection (establish a support system).
6. Pack (attending to the energizers and reducing impact of discouraging factors).

It obviously worked for her. The author started her own communications company that increased the efficiency of telephone computer transactions. She has since sold that company for $40 million. All this in just six years. The strategies in this book are tried and tested. See for yourself.

[Laurel here ... sounds like she got the entrepreneurial bug beyond belief! Has anyone else read this yet?]