Friday, July 31, 2015

Respect For The Truth...U. Thant

”Respect for the truth comes close to being the basis for all morality.”

--U. Thant

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

#LeadershipTuesdays: I Can...Wilma Rudolph

"When the sun is shining I can do anything; no mountain is too high, no trouble too difficult to overcome."

Wilma Rudolph (1940-1994), US Olympic-winning Athlete

"My doctors told me I would never walk again. My
mother told me I would. I believed my mother."

--Wilma Rudolph

Every other Tuesday, WOMEN AT LIBERTY provides a platform for a variety of voices and resources to develop, encourage, and strengthen women leaders. Wilma Rudolph was a gold medal-winning athlete for the United States in Track and Field. In the 1960's she was considered the fastest woman in the world. But, if you know her story, you know that she overcame great odds to become one of the greatest athletes of all times.

Wilma Rudolph was born prematurely and at the age of four she contracted polio which left her paralyzed for a time. She eventually walked on her own, but she had to wear a brace. In her tween years, she shed her brace and became active in basketball and track. Defying the early prognosis of her doctors, Wilma Rudolph became a world class athlete in Track and Field winning a bronze medal for the 4x100 relay in 1956 and two gold medals in the 100-meter and 200-meter dash in the 1960 Olympics. As the quote above reflects, Wilma believed she could do anything; her mother, family and coach also believed that she could do anything. Her belief and their support took her to greatness.

Today's Leadership Tuesdays' article, "How The Impostor Syndrome Helps You Find Your True Self" by J. Clara Chan, is about how women specifically deal with self-doubt and how they differ in how they perceive their abilities when they are successful versus how men perceive their own abilities under the same circumstances. Everyone at one time or another deals with that familiar "negative voice" in their head that leads to self-doubt. I'm sure Wilma Rudolph, given her early childhood health challenges, also had to deal with that voice. However she did not believe or give in to that voice. The author of the article says that a healthy amount of self-doubt can lead you to "work harder, learn more, and ultimately become better at the task or skill at hand". And that's what Wilma Rudolph did.

And frankly, that's what we all must do. Speak to that negative voice in your head just like it is speaking to you and say what Wilma Rudolph said, "I can do anything!"

To read today's article, click here. For more information on Leadership Tuesdays or WOMEN AT LIBERTY, click here. 

To learn more about Wilma Rudolph and view a short video on her life, go to:

Nona O.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Friday, July 24, 2015

Starting A Movement...Derek Sivers

“If you really care about starting a movement, have the courage to follow and show others how to follow. And when you find a lone nut doing something great, have the guts to be the first one to stand up and join in.”

--Derek Sivers, Founder, CD Baby

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Finishing At The Top...Catherine Pulsifer

"We all need to plant seeds in order to spring to life. Similarly, you can't climb a mountain starting at the top. It takes preparation, tools, skills and a set path to follow one step at a time."

--Catherine Pulsifer

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

#LeadershipTuesdays: Leadership Is...Peter F. Drucker

"Leadership is not magnetic personality, that can just as well be a glib tongue. It is not "making friends and influencing people", that is flattery. Leadership is lifting a person's vision to higher sights, the raising of a person's performance to a higher standard, the building of a personality beyond its normal limitations."

--Peter F. Drucker

 Every other Tuesday, WOMEN AT LIBERTY provides a platform for a variety of voices and resources to develop, encourage, and strengthen women leaders. Peter Drucker is one of the world's most respected authorities on management and business. We have him to thank for "MBOs" or management by objectives, the process of tying the employees' performance objectives to the organization's goals. In the quote above, Peter Drucker says that leaders in an organization should be focused on people and helping them to develop and see themselves as achievers.

That brings us to today's article: "5 Reasons You Need To Make A Connection Culture Your Highest Priority". Michael McKinney states that:
"A culture that connects people would seem to be a high priority to leaders. Building a sense of community would seem to be a necessary first step before a leader does anything else. But a connection culture is not as common as you might expect.

Perhaps this [is] largely because our human nature still leads us to believe that we can always default to command and control when we have to. Or perhaps we just get so busy that we have no time for relationships. We just need to get the work done."

How successful we will be as leaders depends on how we are able to motivate and empower the people we lead to accomplish the organization's goals. Common sense would tell us that people who see themselves as an integral part of and connected to the organization will work hard for the organization. Leaders have the job of helping employees see themselves as an important part of what it takes for the organization to succeed. They do this by investing in the development of their people and establishing a shared vision.

Today's featured article gives us five simple reasons why creating a culture where people feel connected should be the highest priority. To read the article, click here.  For more information on Leadership Tuesdays or WOMEN AT LIBERTY, click here.  

Monday, July 20, 2015

Choose The Best Everyday...Phillippa Gregory

“You have to choose the best, every day, without compromise...guided by your own virtue and highest ambition.”

--Philippa Gregory


Sunday, July 19, 2015

Holy Wars...All In The Name Of What?

“Christians have their own Jihads - holy wars. Instead though of killing people physically, they kill them with their words, with their rejection, with their hatred, with their hypocrisy. All in the name of what? Religion?”

― Unknown

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Friday, July 17, 2015

Dreams Into Vision...Toni Morrison

“As you enter positions of trust and power, dream a little before you think.”

--Toni Morrison

President Barack Obama; Charles H. Ramsey, Police Commissioner--Philadelphia,
PA; and Brittany Packnett, Executive Director-Teach For America, St. Louis, MO

Thursday, July 16, 2015

The Life Changing Power Of Love...Larry Dossey

The power of love to change bodies is legendary, built into folklore, common sense, and everyday experience. Love moves the flesh, it pushes matter around.... Throughout history, "tender loving care" has uniformly been recognized as a valuable element in healing. 

--Larry Dossey

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Bridging The Gap...Mozah bint Nasser Al Missned

The right to a quality education is, I believe, the perfect path to bridge the gap between different cultures and to reconcile various civilizations. Without such a right, the values of liberty, justice and equality will have no meaning. Ignorance is by far the biggest danger and threat to humankind.

--Mozah bint Nasser Al Missned

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

#LeadershipTuesdays: Awareness Is Not Enough...Mellody Hobson

Regarding problem of minorities not being represented at the highest levels of senior management and in management positions in certain U.S. industries like technology,  Mellody Hobson said:

“Awareness is not enough. What are you going to do about it? We've admired this problem for long enough!” 

--Mellody Hobson, President, Ariel Investments
Being Color Brave, A PwC Talk with Bob Moritz, PwC US Chairman and Senior Partner

Mellody Hobson speaking at Being Color Brave,
A PwC Talk with Bob Moritz
Every other Tuesday, WOMEN AT LIBERTY provides a platform for a variety of voices and resources to develop, encourage, and strengthen women leaders. On July 13, 2015, Mellody Hobson, President of Ariel Investments,  sat down with the U.S. Chairman of PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC), Bob Moritz, to talk about the lack of diversity that exists for minorities in the senior leadership and workforces of U.S. corporations. Mellody Hobson first spoke on this topic in March 2014 at a TED Talk entitled, "Color Blind Or Color Brave".

Although Mellody Hobson has broken the glass ceiling and achieved success and respect in her field, she recognizes that other minorities and women are not being given the same opportunities to excel in their fields and reach the highest echelons of corporate power. With an authentic and courageous voice, she told her story of humble beginnings and her climb to corporate success as one of the most respected women of color in Corporate America. 

This talk between Mellody Hobson and Bob Moritz is important because they openly talked about race and some of the problems that America is having because of its racial issues. Both Mellody and Bob gave advice on how we each can make changes within our own environment to improve relations between the races and and provide more employment and leadership opportunities for women and minorities.  
To view this very important conversation between Mellody Hobson and Bob Moritz, click here. For more information on Leadership Tuesdays or WOMEN AT LIBERTY, click here.  

--Nona O., Founder, WOMEN AT LIBERTY 

Monday, July 13, 2015

Always Believe In Your Possibilities...Richelle E. Goodrich

“You may be the only person left who believes in you, but it's enough. It takes just one star to pierce a universe of darkness. Never give up.” 

--Richelle E. Goodrich,
Smile Anyway: Quotes, Verse, & Grumblings for Every Day of the Year


Sunday, July 12, 2015

God Can Do Anything!

God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us.

Ephesians 3:20 The Message Bible

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Opening Your Heart...Kirstie Alley

“It's funny. No matter how hard you try, you can't close your heart forever. And the minute you open it up, you never know what's going to come in. But when it does, you just have to go for it! Because if you don't, there's no point in being here.”

--Kirstie Alley

Friday, July 10, 2015

Go For It...Susane Colasanti

“And I just think that if you believe in something and you want it so much and you're not hurting anyone else, you have to go for it. Which sometimes means taking a risk, even if it's scary. But the thing you want most to happen doesn't stand a chance unless you give it one.” 

  --Susane Colasanti,
Take Me There


Thursday, July 9, 2015

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Creating Community...Barbara Jordan

How do we create a harmonious society out of so many kinds of people? The key is tolerance -- the one value that is indispensable in creating community. 

--Barbara Jordan

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

#LeadershipTuesdays: The Responsibility Of Leadership...Farooq Kathwari

"I strongly believe that the responsibility of leadership is to shape the debate—to practice and project the right attributes—whether in a business enterprise, in our society, and even in our religions."

--Farooq Kathwari, CEO Ethan Allen

Every other Tuesday, WOMEN AT LIBERTY provides a platform for a variety of voices and resources to develop, encourage, and strengthen women leaders. To see today's featured article from Inc. entitled, "Are You a Traditional or Collaborative Leader?", which includes an infographic, go to the Women Making History Facebook page.  

For more information on Leadership Tuesdays or WOMEN AT LIBERTY, click here. 

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Securing Our Freedom...Ralph J. Bunche

"The well-being and the hopes of the peoples of the world can never be served until peace - as well as freedom, honor and self-respect - is secure." 

--Ralph J. Bunche

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Can't Keep Doubting Myself...Mary J. Blige

By Mary J. Blige
(see video below)

You said I'd never be a leader
You said I'd never wear a crown
If I wanted to be someone
I should learn to settle down

(You should know better) I tell myself
(You'll never go further) I warn myself
(You'll never be better) Don't know me that well

I made it to the end
I nearly paid the cost
I lost a lot of friends
I sacrificed a lot
I'd do it all again
'Cause I made it to the top
But I can't keep doubting myself anymore

No! No
I can't keep doubting myself no

Now you're looking at a leader
Now you're staring at a queen
You said I'll never be someone
But now I'm pulling all the strings

(You should know better) Won't let me back down
(You'll never go further) Can't turn me around
(You'll never be better) So no-one's stopping me now

I made it to the end
I nearly paid the cost
I lost a lot of friends
I sacrificed a lot
I'd do it all again
'Cause I made it to the top
I can't keep doubting myself anymore

No! No, no, no, no, oh no no, oh no

You think you know
But you don't know the half
You think you beat me down
But I'll have the last laugh
I'll keep getting up
'Cause that's what I'm gonna do yea
I'm gonna be the best me
Sorry if it kills you

I made it to the end
I nearly paid the cost
I lost a lot of friends
I sacrificed a lot
I'd do it all again
'Cause I made it to the top
But I can't keep doubting myself anymore
No, oh no no no no,
I can't keep doubting myself no, no no oh no oh no oh no

Friday, July 3, 2015

The Struggle For Justice Is Continuous...Philip Randolph

Justice is never given; it is exacted and the struggle must be continuous for freedom is never a final fact, but a continuing evolving process to higher and higher levels of human, social, economic, political and religious relationship.
--Philip Randolp

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Meeting Difficulties...Phyllis Bottome

"There are two ways of meeting difficulties: You alter the difficulties or you alter yourself meeting them." 

--Phyllis Bottome

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

If You Look For Truth...C.S. Lewis

“If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end; if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth only soft soap and wishful thinking to begin, and in the end, despair.” 

― C.S. Lewis