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Lauren. Accomplishments, Success and Significance

By - Last updated: Thursday, May 7, 2009

I asked Lauren what she considered to be her proudest accomplishments at work. She said they were threefold. The first one was a project in Africa which she described as the most meaningful work she has ever done. I believe her own words allow you to hear the emotion I heard in her voice: "Really. I mean when you think of being able to work directly with the governor of a bank and his people, well educated, University of Chicago PhD's, trying to fix their country. Where the governor said to me, every cent that goes down the drain on that crappy bank doesn't go into education, health care, and everything else, so we've got to fix that bank. That ...

Comparative Advantage

By - Last updated: Thursday, August 21, 2008

In the course of my summer reading, I was reminded of Adam's Smith concept of Comparative Advantage, "Focus on those things you do better than others." I like it because it is a straightforward strategy which can be applied in the corporate world and to one's personal life eg in the course of setting one's career or life goals and I believe it is one which can be easily overlooked or ignored. Just thought I would share it, in case it provokes some thinking on your part, as it has on mine.

A “Stop Doing” List

By - Last updated: Tuesday, August 12, 2008

This exercise is from an article by Jim Collins, the author of Good to Great and is consistent with my summer exercise of more "being", less "doing". "Suppose you woke up tomorrow and received two phone calls. The first phone call tells you that you have inherited $20 million, no strings attached. The second tells you that you have an incurable and terminal disease, and you have no more than 10 years to live. What would you do differently, and, in particular, what would you stop doing?"

Gloria Steinem: An Inspiration

By - Last updated: Friday, April 4, 2008

When asked the question "Who would you like to have dinner with, if you could invite anyone to join you?" I said I would love to have dinner with Gloria Steinem. I find her profoundly inspirational!!! I have seen her speak on several occasions and each time she has walked on stage, the largely female adudience has risen to their feet in a spontaneous and prolonged standing ovation. I believe they are applauding her courage and determination, her willingness to fight for the rights of all women! On each occasion, she has encourgaged the women in the audience to perform an outrageous act, every day!! And I must say, this idea has always appealed to me!! And she suggests women get together in ...