Saturday, May 8, 2010


Thriving in the New Economy - WOMEN PRESIDENTS' ORGANIZATION - Annual Conference
EVENT: KEYNOTE ADDRESS – MARSHALL GOLDSMITH, best-selling author and Executive Coach and FRANCES HESSELBEIN, President and CEO of the Leader to Leader Institute / formerly the Peter F. Drucker Foundation for Nonprofit Management, former CEO, the Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. (1976-1990)

WOW! What an amazing opportunity to see these two together. They have such a real affection and respect for each other’s abilities. I came away with severl pearls of wisdom from such a seasoned and smart duo.

Some thoughts to ponder…
-          Live by example
-          Lead by example
-          Have personal humility and total respect for others – otherwise the rest does not matter
-          You must have trust
-          How our your treating the people around you?
-          Find solutions through respect
-          “Manage to the Mission” like our armed forces, you have to have a real passion for the mission. Clearly know the “why” and the “purpose”
-          Innovate or die – Innovation is the change that creates a new level of performance
-          We all have losses and sorrows – But we have to see these as opportunities to make a difference
-          Don’t waste energy you could be using to make a difference
-          Get your staff to your passion level
o   This should be your first mission
o   Talk about your passion/mission and live it
o   Respond with “That will further our mission” or “That is mission focused”
-          Remember – MISSION COMES FIRST!

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