Friday, September 30, 2016

You Can Make A Difference...Gladys De La Mora

"Making a difference is always possible, especially with persistence and dedication."

--Gladys De La Mora

Monday, September 26, 2016

Living Your Own Best Selling Story...Ruby Garcia

"We can choose to be a character in a story written out by someone else or we can choose to be the author of our own story."

--Ruby Garcia

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

#LeadershipTuesdays: Are You A Go-Getter?...Mary Barra

"'I'm reminded of a plant manager who asked his lead engineer to explain her hiring process. She said, 'Well, we fill a bathtub with water and we offer the applicant a teaspoon, a teacup, or a bucket. Then we ask him or her to empty the tub.' 'I get it,' the manager said. 'A go-getter would use the bucket because it's faster.' 'No,' the engineer said, 'a go-getter will pull the drain plug.'" 
--Mary Barra, CEO, General Motors
(Kettering University commencement address, 2013)

Every other Tuesday, WOMEN AT LIBERTYprovides Leadership Tuesdays, a platform for a variety of voices and resources to develop, encourage and strengthen women leaders. Today we are featuring a quote that will make you laugh out loud and think, "what would I have done?".

A person who is interested in bettering themselves and their employees is always seeking opportunities to develop their staff. 
Mary Barra's quote provides us with a comical view of a leadership test. More so, it causes us to examine our own ability to think critically and solve problems. So often we get caught up in using a "bucket" approach to solve a problem because that's the tool we have been given. But sometimes you have to allow yourself to think outside of the box and envisioned a solution that does not utilize your current tools, but it actually solves the problem in a more efficient way.

Good leaders want their employees to think critically because in the end, the employee is engaged in the organization through their contribution, the organization reaps the benefit of the contribution and the leader is recognized over time for his influence and ability to make great hiring decisions.

Read the quote again and let it inspire you  to think how you can develop a similar test that encourages go-getters in the organization. And by the way, how would  solve the problem of the bucket, the spoon and the tub full of water?
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Monday, September 19, 2016

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Us vs. Them

If you do the same things that they do, you are just like them. The end does not justify the means. You are just like them.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Live Your Truth...Steve Maraboli

Live your truth. Express your love. Share your enthusiasm. Take action towards your dreams. Walk your talk. Dance and sing to your music. Embrace your blessings. Make today worth remembering.

--Steve Maraboli, "Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience"

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

#LeadershipTuesdays: Personal Leadership...Ursula Burns

Who you are is about your character, it’s about the amount of energy you put into things, it’s about how much control you take of your whole life.

--Ursula Burns

Every other Tuesday, WOMEN AT LIBERTYprovides Leadership Tuesdays, a platform for a variety of voices and resources to develop, encourage and strengthen women leaders. For more information on Leadership Tuesdays and WOMEN AT LIBERTY, click here.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Conquering Fear Through Action...Dale Carnegie

Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.

--Dale Carnegie

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Choose To Live!

September 10th was World Suicide Prevention Day. Six-time Tony award winning actress Audra McDonald is a living testimony of why you should choose to live and live on purpose. She attempted suicide during her college years, but thank God she did not succeed. Look what was waiting for her on this side of life.

Life teaches us that the sun will shine again, but you have to keep living and being intentional to see it. Baby steps at first, then bigger steps, and pretty soon your on your way.

Reach out for help because you can not be replaced.  And just like Audra, if you keep living, your life and your story are going to touch someone.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline,
call 800-273-8255 or
go to:

Friday, September 9, 2016

Characteristics Of A Good Team

Team work is: 
  • Trusting in other team members 
  • Partnering to accomplish goals 
  • Sharing resources 
  • Harmonizing for the good of the team 
  • Networking to increase influence 
  • Collaborating with others 
  • Supporting each other 
  • Working for a common goal 

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Healing Your Soul Through Love and Trust ...Julie Lessman

Trust is not an obsession, it's an extension of love. When we truly love someone, we give them our heart to hold in their hands. And when that love is returned, that very trust is balm to our souls.

Julie Lessman

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

There Is Beauty In Truth...Jose Harris

There is beauty in truth, even if it's painful. Those who lie, twist life so that it looks tasty to the lazy, brilliant to the ignorant, and powerful to the weak. But lies only strengthen our defects. They don't teach anything, help anything, fix anything or cure anything. Nor do they develop one's character, one's mind, one's heart or one's soul.

José N. Harris

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Leadership Tuesdays: Building Trust...Joel Peterson

But building an enduring trust is rooted in facts, in truth-telling, in delivering on promises. Though trust is earned a conversation or transaction at a time, its durability flows from a lifetime of promises kept. In a fast-food-for-thought culture of instant gratification, many don’t recognize that real trust is derivative of intentionality, discipline, and effort – saying what you intend to do and working hard to do what you say.*

--Joel Peterson, Author of The 10 Laws of Trust, Robert Joss Professor of Management at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and Chairman of Jetblue Airways.

Joel Peterson

Every other Tuesday, WOMEN AT LIBERTY provides Leadership Tuesdays, a platform for a variety of voices and resources to develop, encourage and strengthen women leaders. 

Today's quote is from a Fortune magazine article talking about Americans lack of trust in our current presidential candidates. Current polls state that Americans' trust in our political system is at an all time low.(See Pew Research article here.) 

As stated in the quote above, trust is the currency that enables us to do business with each other, build safe communities, establish meaningful relationships, and provide nurturing and supportive environments for ourselves and our families. At the root of trust is truth-telling and commitments based on facts. Trust that took years to build can be destroyed in a moment of deceit and betrayal. Conducting oneself in a way that builds and sustains trust is essential and the currency for success in life and business.  

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--Nona O.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Serving A Higher Purpose...Angelina Jolie

"I have so much in my life. I want to be of value to the world."

--Angelina Jolie, Actress, Filmmaker and Humanitarian