The Power of Giving

By |2021-07-03T12:30:46-04:00May 20th, 2021|The Power of...|

I often reflect on this quote: "We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give." I have noticed the profound and powerful truth of these words. In my 35 years as an executive, corporate director and entrepreneur, I have observed that one of the most powerful forces in the world is the power of giving. Giving motivates, delights, inspires and moves people. I have learned never to underestimate the value of giving with a generous heart. In this blog, I will discuss: Giving and taking in business Doing well by doing good Principles for giving generously and receiving graciously Giving and taking in business In Adam Grant's landmark book, Give and Take, he explores the power of giving in the context of the business landscape. Grant breaks the world down into three categories of people: Givers, Takers, and Matchers. Takers are people who prioritize wealth, power, and pleasure. They like to win, and they take what they need to succeed. Matchers operate according to the principle of fairness; they give [...]

Network Mapping Your Way onto a Board

By |2018-01-06T12:16:19-05:00January 6th, 2018|Corporate Board Journey, Getting Board-Ready, The Power of...|

Joining a board is about fit and style. The Board wants to make sure that your style will fit in. To help them decide, think about your network and how you might be connected to any one of the Board members. This is what I call “network mapping.” Use your network to map how you might be connected to members of the Board. The more connections you have to the Board, the more comfort they can get on how you will fit in. Don’t be afraid to ask for introductions! To help you map your network, it is important to understand who can help connect you to a board opportunity. Your network can be broken into the following groups: Decision Makers: these are individuals that will make the final decision on who will join their board. These include: board members, in particular, the Chair of the Board and Chair of the Nominating Committee. Connectors: Connectors make change happen through people. These are individuals that will connect you to board members, CEOs and Executives of a company you [...]

Are You a Connector?

By |2015-09-15T15:38:38-04:00June 18th, 2015|The Power of...|

Connecting people is an art. Connecting opens up a world of potential opportunity for yourself and others. All of us are connected in some way, but many of us don’t use our networks. Are you a connector? I ask this question as there are a few people that I know who are great connectors and I wonder what makes them unique. According to Malcolm Gladwell in his book Tipping Point there are three types of people, Mavens, Connectors and Salespeople: "Connectors make change happen through people. They galvanize people. They’re natural hubs. That’s just the way they’re oriented to the world. These are people who, every time you ask a question, start flipping a Rolodex in the back of their mind, saying, “Who do I know who knows this? Who do I know who has done this? Who do I know that I need to connect you with?” They love connecting you with people, because they’re all about the people." When the topic of networking comes up in conversations a lot of people say, "Oh, I don't [...]

The Power of Sponsoring

By |2015-05-26T10:59:34-04:00May 26th, 2015|The Power of...|

I am often asked what the difference is between mentoring and sponsoring. There seems to be a good deal of confusion between the two since both are centered on asking people to help you advance in your career.  So what is the difference between mentoring and sponsoring? Mentoring is about advising and sponsoring is about acting. In a New York Times op-ed article by Sylvia Ann Hewlett, she explains the difference between sponsors and mentors this way: “Mentors act as a sounding board or a shoulder to cry on, offering advice as needed and support and guidance as requested; they expect very little in return. Sponsors, in contrast, are much more vested in their protégés, offering guidance and critical feedback because they believe in them.” Sylvia has also written a book on the topic titled Forget a Mentor, Find a Sponsor  that I highly recommend for anyone who is looking to get to the next level in their career. Sponsorship over my career I have benefited from sponsorship over my career. And I am grateful for all [...]

The Power of Mentoring

By |2015-03-30T14:32:09-04:00March 30th, 2015|The Power of...|

The concept of mentoring is a 20th century term. Thirty years ago mentoring on a business level didn't even exist. It wasn’t mentioned or promoted as a way to network or learn from people who had the positions that you aspired to.  So what did we did we do before mentoring came in vogue in this highly competitive market place? We chose and emulated people who inspired us to help us reach our goals. My first mentor was father. He inspired my business career and in the last 15 years I’ve had the opportunity to be a mentor and a mentee. Look for a mentor outside of your organization. Choose someone who inspires you. I have been fortunate over my professional career to have great mentors. Some I would reach out to on a very informal basis like meeting over a lunch, where I would seek advice and guidance on career choices and specific topics.  On a formal basis, I was sponsored to be a Mentee of the Women On Board, a Catalyst Initiative Mentoring Program. My [...]

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