Friday, January 23, 2015

How To Value Your Life...Toni Simone de Beauvoir

"One's life has value so long as one attributes value to the life of others, by means of love, friendship, indignation and compassion."

— Simone de Beauvoir, author of "The Second Sex"

Thursday, January 22, 2015

We Will Be Remembered...John F. Kennedy

"We, too, will be remembered not for victories or defeats in battle or in politics, but for our contribution to the human spirit." 

John F. Kennedy

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Think For Yourself & Be Who You Are...Margaret D. Nadauld

The world will try to make you think that being good is outdated and old-fashioned and that popularity comes from breaking the rules and lowering your standards. Don't buy into that way of thinking. As you watch TV or read magazines, you might be made to feel abnormal when, really, you are the one who has it figured out.

--Margaret D. Nadauld

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Leadership Tuesdays: Be Optimistic...Patricia Ireland

I don't think you lead by pessimism and cynicism. I think you lead by optimism and enthusiasm and energy.

--Patricia Ireland

Every other Tuesday, WOMEN AT LIBERTY provides a platform for a variety of voices and resources to develop, encourage, and strengthen women leaders. Today's Leadership Tuesdays' post features an article in Wall Street Journal by Eric Morath, "Double Standard Holding Women Back From Top Business Jobs".

Women have come a long way with regard to reproductive rights, ability to work outside of the home, choose a career, and having the opportunity to seek leadership positions at work. But when it comes to leading at the highest levels of an organization, there is still considerable room for improvement. Women account for only 26 of the Fortune 500 CEO positions. Not every every woman desires to be CEO of her organization. However, women should feel that they have equal opportunity to seek executive leadership positions if they are qualified and are willing to put in the time and work required to ascend to these lofty positions. In other words, their gender (and/or race, for that matter) should not be a barrier to their development or chosen career path.

Today's article references research by Pew Research Center that states that women are held to a higher standard than men when it comes to judging their leadership ability.  Thus, they are not given the same opportunities as men to become senior executives.  

It takes courage and optimism to continue to progress and persevere in the face of less than favorable conditions or an uneven playing field. I hope that the quote above by Patricia Ireland, former President of the National Organization of Women, inspires you to continue to seek to achieve your dreams, whether they are in the C-Suite, Boardroom or wherever they may be. To read today's article, click hereFor more information on Leadership Tuesdaysclick here. 

Monday, January 19, 2015

The Dream...Martin Luther King, Jr.

I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.

--Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Have Some Enemies? Use This Wisdom...

Love of enemy does not mean denying that people are hostile toward those weaker than themselves and acting as if there were no enemies of life. The starving children of this world, the fish, the trees, have real ‘enemies’, …’Evil has an address. It has a telephone number.’ Love of enemy also means attributing to the enemy a capacity to repent, to change his or her mind, to behave differently. Love does not ignore hostility but makes people capable of overcoming it.

--from the Book, “Jesus of Nazareth” by Dorothee Soelle & Luise Schottroff, page 78

Friday, January 16, 2015

Dreams To Action...Julie Cannon

“When you streamline your schedule by making deliberate decisions about tasks and activities that are crucially important you and identify your most important priorities, you give yourself permission to make choices that excite and interest you. You also grant yourself permission to exercise your right to say, “No, thank you.” 

--Julie Cannon, Dreams To Action Trailblazer’s Guide