Becoming a Leader

Since childhood, my life was filled with role models of strong women leaders who were “firsts” in their positions.  Those early influences set the framework for the leadership roles of my life.

I wish I could tell you it’s always been easy – but I can’t.

Instead – I’ll share a very important but difficult story that changed my life and helped shape me into the leader and mentor I am today.

There was a day when I was all set to give up my dreams.  I’d been treated so unfairly and met with such hardships that I didn’t know if I even wanted to reach the goals I had set for my life. But then something important happened ….

You see, I had encountered a woman in my town that everyone both loved and feared who was a “first” to reach a powerful position in society.  She was also a leader in an organization that gave scholarships to high school girls to help them complete their studies. One month, I was one of the lucky ones selected for this honor. This woman decided that I had “potential” so she took my under her wings to mentor me on important life ideas. When I prepared to leave on a particular academic journey, she looked at me and said “I’m keeping my eye on you. When you get back, you answer to me about what you achieved.”

It was the memory of those words along with the hopes and dreams of my parents and grandmother that came back to me as I lay crying on my bed that summer afternoon feeling defeated.  I had earned the highest scores in the course on all the tests, but the professor gave me one of the lowest grades because he “didn’t believe in a woman studying business at that level.” When I found out he had left for a 3 month overseas trip and I couldn’t fight the grade without him being there I seriously considered dropping out of college. It was almost too much. How many times could I get shot down after trying so hard – because of unfairness of someone’s personal prejudices?

Yet, I knew that if I returned to my hometown without finishing my course of study, I would have to face my family and “that woman.”  Something in me knew that I couldn’t fail – I had to get up and fight once more to meet my goals.

There were mentors waiting on my good report – and I wasn’t going to let them down. I got up – choose to find the lesson in the pain – and went on to reach my goal.

My life was never the same.  After that,  I went on to achieve many other goals.

After graduating with a marketing degree, I pursued my interest in working overseas by joining the Peace Corps. I worked in West Africa organizing and developing food cooperatives.   Since then I’ve been to other African nations, Europe and most U.S. states for work or personal interests.

My education includes a B.S. in Marketing, an M.S. in Organizational Behavior, another M.A. in Organization Development and a Ph.D. in Human and Organization Systems.   When I started my doctoral program, I used the inspiration of my entrepreneurial father and leadership and mentoring background of my mother to focus my studies on women’s grassroots and community leadership styles. My dissertation research resulted in finding a unique empowerment leadership style of women who are leaders, mentors, and roles models in their profession, community or personal endeavors.

Over time, life taught me that as the world continues to evolve, every empty experience that makes people say “I never thought I’d see it happen” will be filled by a brave leader who refuses to give up on her dream.

When I decided to use what I’d learned to help others run towards their brilliance, taking the lessons found in their pain to fuel their journey, leadership roles have been in my life ever since.

I’ve shared this information as a keynote speaker and presenter at national and international conferences. I’ve even had the pleasure of delivering two commencement speeches, appear in the media, and serve as a peer reviewer for a prominent small business journal.

In visiting Spain and South Africa, my intercultural awareness of economic development was expanded as I marveled at the leadership abilities of women who live and work in a cornucopia of leadership positions.

As a faculty leader, diversity director, and professional presenter, I’ve gained experiences that are beneficial to others in their leadership pursuits. While serving at a major University, I gained the confidence of my peers to serve as a faculty leader for five years, an experience that let me use my collaborative skills to open communication that helped move the organization to its stated goals with groups that often experienced broad differences of opinions. My leadership role as a diversity specialist broadened horizons for more professionals in public and private organizations and businesses.

I love writing and have multiple published books, an article in a leading leadership manual published by John Wiley publishers, several dozen other published articles, and have coached others to write and publish their works. The great thing is I love work with women from around the world to help them become great business professionals and leaders.

If you’re ready to get the mentoring needed to reach your goals – despite it all – I look forward to supporting you.

The Lessons are In Your Story

When I decided to study women’s leadership, I needed to interview women leaders. I needed to design a way to determine what gives a woman her unique leadership ability.

When I contacted women leaders and asked them about their leadership skills, many couldn’t find a way to identify exactly what it was that gave her the ability to be a leader.

So I decided to take a different approach. I decided to ask the women to tell me their stories.

Having the chance to talk about leadership stories was the key to finding the lessons from women leaders.

The lessons were in the story.

One story was about how a woman had decided to lead the fight for quality education in her community. With a group of other parents, she went to the City Hall to talk to the councilperson.  When the group got there, everyone turned to her to be the spokesperson. That was her moment of becoming a leader. 

Another professional woman related how her workplace needed some innovative ideas to market educational products to an adult population. She knew how to work with this target group because she had taught adult education for years in a past job. Her ideas resulted in a significant increase in sales for the company. This led to her being the leader of a new division in her workplace.

Sometimes it is not easy to describe certain behaviors, such as leadership. But when you hear the stories behind the situation or event, you can find the lessons. Finding lessons in stories can provide a way to mentor others. You can share the steps you took, the insights you’ve gained, and the wisdom that you now put into action.

Women are great storytellers. Have you thought about how you can use your storytelling ability to share leadership lessons with others? Think of how effective you could be when you learn how to find the lesson in the story.

The first step to take is to actually find your story.  Women have a particularly difficult time talking about the things they’ve done and achieved in life.  It seems like bragging to say you’ve done something good.  But learning to identify those good times do several things.

  1. It lets you build your confidence because you see what you’ve accomplished in life.
  1. You become bolder to know that you can share what you’ve accomplished to encourage someone else.
  1. It makes you want to try something else and you move to higher steps.

After speaking to one woman about their leadership story, she said that actually hearing the words come out of her mouth gave her a new perspective on her life.  She felt proud in a positive way.

But what about when telling a story brings up a painful remembrance?  It might seem that you want to hide situations that show the imperfections, pains of set backs that happened in life.  But this can be some of the more powerful lesson you could share.

The Emotions of Memoirs

A hard part about writing memoirs is when you have an emotional reaction to what comes up in the writing. You might want to run away from the memory.  But you can also use this type of writing to help heal old wounds or to find a deeper meaning in what has happened. If the writing is painful, you can stop wring on that topic.  Switch to something more enjoyable.

What about “secrets”

Writing is therapeutic. Some of what you write in an autobiography or memories will be keep confidential for you and you alone. You will even have to decide if what you write should in fact see that light of day. Will you want you favorite aunt to know that you hated her perfume that seemed to cling to you when you gave her a hug? Do you want to put in writing the actions you did when you were a teenagers that until now, no one else knows about but you? Do you really want to share dark family secrets, about yourself or others?  Writings can be seen. Be careful what you put on paper.

You Can’t Write it All

My biggest worry when writing memoirs was that I wouldn’t be able to remember things in order that they happened. But that’s the beauty of the memoir. You do’t have to remember things as they happened. You don’t even have to remember exact dates and time. You record incidences or situations that you remember.

As you write, new thoughts will come up. You can also remember things as you find memories of your life.

When I cleaned my old room in my parents home, I found old writings from diaries and scrapbooks. I found the yearbooks from my high school that prompted many memories. The picture of me and my best friend that was stuck in the bottom of my old dresser drawer.  That drawer was a mess when I was young because I had so many activities going at once. These became the prompts for my stories.

You might find that you are writing short essays sprinkled with poetry. You will have pages with just a “saying” on it. You might want to put down the wisdom that know one else knows you adapted.

Don’t worry about forgetting or not remembering enough.  Just get started. You’ll find you have a lot to write about.  And you can’t write everything about your life. If you recorded every single thing that ever happened in your life you would never finish writing. You want highlights.

With the leaders, some pulled out of feeling like their “time had passed” and started getting involved in their community again.  What happened was that after doing a great feat, many were worn out but didn’t recognize this as a natural reaction to doing something powerful.

Now, by seeing how a leadership event requires a time of healing and rest, these women can empower others to know this truth too.

It takes confidence to tell your story:

  1. Turn Life’s Problems into Inspirational Lessons. Almost any woman at a professional or executive level has endured many hard situations in life.  These situations come from the natural flow of life, caring for others with problems, making decision that bring bad consequences, natural disasters, abuses or other situations. Some problems place a heavy load on your emotions and spirit and keep you from feeling the joy of living.  Making bad mistakes that result in heavy costs sometimes strip a woman of joy.  To live life fully, you have to change your perspective on past emotional and spiritual burdens. Learn to see these events as lessons that can inspire you and others to be more emotionally and spiritually in tune with God and the universe. People are seeking an understanding of how to lift their emotional and spiritual burdens. These people seek understand from others who have experienced similar things. When you realize that your life’s problems have gifted you with the ability to provide inspiration to help others in the world it changes how you perceive your life’s problems. The development of your skills, knowledge, abilities and experiences come from your unique life’s lessons.  Break emotional and spiritual ceilings by coming to terms with your life problems and see how you have been strengthened to benefit others as a result of what you’ve experienced.
  1. Identify Your Value Systems. Values are those life characteristics that really matter to you. They are the deep seated ideas and beliefs that cause you to act as you do and to pursue the goals that you pursue, consciously or unconsciously.  The secret to working consciously is to be able to identify your true values.  The core values of your life will direct how you respond to what life brings. Your mind is at ease when you function within your value system. Say for example one of your values if being with family, but your job requires that you are away from family most of the time. Instead of being peaceful in your mind that what you’re doing is valuable and worth it, you will constantly be questioning yourself and your work. You might not even know why you’re not happy and satisfied.  Knowing your value systems lets you get your life in order so you your mind is at ease. You break the barriers to what keeps you from becoming more productive, happy and successful.  Take time to identify your values on a personal and professional basis.  Then you will be able to use this knowledge to put several area of your life in order.  For instance, you can even manage your time and increase your productivity by working within your values systems. These are incredibly important strategic success secrets that will help you break heavy burdens that impede your rise to success.  Learn to identify you value systems and you will break loads of ceilings at once.

Learn the Process of Forgiveness. The only way to get fully uncluttered in your body, mind, soul, and physical areas is to get rid of what no longer benefits you. That includes not only getting rid of physical and material things that are no longer useful but being able to let go of emotional remembrances, hurts and pain too. That means deciding to forgive, let go and move on. It helps to know that forgiveness is an often misunderstood process. Instead of being something that you have to do immediately, the act of forgiveness is actually a process that can take place over time. When you commit to take the steps to forgive, you gain back parts of your life that you’ve put on hold indefinitely.  Unforgiveness keeps you trapped in the past of an ugly situation that rots away at your very core. Forgiving others as well as yourself, could be the most difficult thing you achieve in your life. But being able to forgive and let go will also be the most powerful move you can make to save your life and become a whole person in the process. Be determined to let go of your deepest hurts, clutter, secrets, hatreds, thoughts, pains, and other hard situations, in any and all forms.  Do this to move fully into your present and future instead of staying in the past. You will break some of the heaviest weights that hang over your head that keep you shadowed under rotting and nasty ceilings. Instead, break free into the sunshine of a new future and glorious possibilities.

Why put it in writing.  People are looking for human relationship.  They want to work with people they know. They are no longer looking for the person who makes them fel that they have been surprised to work with them.

John Nasbitt – Megatrends.  High-touch; High Tech issues.  People are looking for high touch relationships.  Touch people form the heart. Let them know you are a person that has been through situations too; you’ve taken the lessons of life and learned how to overcome. They want to relate t the heart of the person instead of the words only. Everyone has words, but what about sharing who you are, the hurts and troubles.

It takes commitment to put it in writing:

  • Creates a permanent records
  • Makes you vulnerable by revealing your inner thoughts to the world.
  • Clarifies your thoughts and gets them in order

It takes a strategy to make it real.   

  1. Know What’s Going On Around You. Starting a business with long term success potential means knowing what’s going on around you in the world. While you have no control over most of these strategic factors, they will affect your business success. This includes in society, education, politics, economy, financial situation, the competition, worker base and some other areas. You need to recognize how these areas will affect you even before you file a business license to start your business!

Does that surprise you that this is the number one thing you needs do as a strategy for success online?  Well, not only do you need to do this to start an online business, you should do this no matter what type of business you want to start; and the majority of people who start their own business fail to take this strategic step. Unfortunately, this is one reason why so many businesses either fail to get started or fail shortly after starting.

The step is important because these areas can mean having the consumer base necessary to run a successful business. Situations change.  People are still buying things but the economy is tough right now.  Perhaps that great business idea you had last month will no longer be relevant if the consumer group has had a negative impact because of the situation.

In order to be sure your business idea is relevant to the marketplace, keep up with what’s going on around you.  You can’t run a business in isolation. Read newspapers, news magazines, learn about relevant sites on the Internet to tell you what’s going on. This primary strategic step will let you know what type of products and services are needed in the marketplace as well as important emerging trends.

Be ready be flexible. You may have to make some changes to your idea or be more creative about what you want to offer. You might even come up with a new idea or innovation to bring that has never been done before.

Throughout history, tough economic times are when many savvy and creative business people have become millionaires by meeting the needs of society. When you learn to understand what’s going on around you, you will position yourself for success as an online business owner.

  1. Get a Focus. I can hear the moans from all of your with a dozen different idea you want to start in you “online store.” It can be very difficult to hear that you have to get a focus to be a success on the Internet but that’s how it is. Just think of the multiple online stores that exist where you can find any product or service you want. It’s like competing with a Wal-Mart online. It takes a lot of money and marketing power to become a full online store.

Being a success online means finding a focus for your business. The hard part about this is letting go of the idea that everything you want to do would be a success online anyway.  Something’s wouldn’t be.  Taking a strategic view of your business idea helps because you will see how your idea fits into the marketplace. You have to find a business idea that gives something others need, want or desire.

  1. Select a Relevant Product or Service. After you take a look at the situation around you, it’s time to consider what you have to add to the marketplace. Take an assessment of your background and see where you can shine in a business. What could add to a marketplace that either doesn’t exist, does exist but you could do differently or that you can present as a new idea to the marketplace, or that the market really needs at this time?  Look at emerging trends and see where your product or service idea fits in?  Do you have something that is in demand or that will fit the needs of a new trend that will soon hit the market?

 One way to start taking a critical and strategic look at what you have to offer is to study the competition. Find and analyze businesses that are similar to what you want to present. What you are looking for is what the competition is already presenting and how you can distinguish yourself in the marketplace. You don’t have to throw your idea out if you find a lot of competition.  What you need to do is learn how to brand yourself to create a strong brand in the marketplace to set yourself apart.

Take time to work on presenting yourself in a new and unique manner that will let you stick out from the crowd.  Don’t worry if you’re not totally sure about your brand as you start.  A false start is better than no start at all.

  1. Understand Marketing Strategy. Marketing in general fits into either a business online or offline. Marketing is the business activity that puts your product or service in the face of your potential target market group. You determine the exact product or service, your position or brand, how you’re going to present yourself and your pricing structures.  All of these tactics have to be relevant to the target market.

With Internet marketing you will need to develop some basic things to get going which you’ll discover next.  But with internet marketing, remember you can do a lot of marketing for free or for a very low fee.  Before spending a lot of money on Internet marketing study free Internet marketing concepts such as submitting articles to article directories or using some of the business social networking sites such as Squidoo to create a web presence.

  1. Write Your Business Plan. Would you try to go on a business trip without knowing how to get from your home to where you were going? Would you go without even knowing where the meeting was located? Well, that’s what it’s like trying to run your business without a business plan. Business plans give you the directions on how to focus your business. You do have to think things through. It makes you look at your target market, marketing plans, operational concepts, even your finances.

A business plan doesn’t have to be lengthy; it just has to have information that is important for you to have to know how to operate your business.  If you want to develop business that will eventually need financing, a business plan will be a necessity for that.  But for you, just develop the basics of the plan so you will know how to structure and operate your business.

  1. Get Help. You won’t be able to do everything yourself. Even if you enjoy doing it all, eventually it will keep you from getting a lot done. Eventually you will need to start building your online business team. It doesn’t have to cost a lot of money to do this. There are multiple freelance sites online where you can put out a n announcement of your business needs and let professional bid got help you.  One of these is elance.com.  another is guru.com.

Another great resource online is a virtual assistant.  This new type of business is s a person who does the type of things and administrative assistant would do for you in the workplace.  You can find va who knowhow to create websites, maintain your mailing list, even do regular contacts with your customers’.

Another resource person will be a good graphics designers.  You will need graphics for your ebooks, and other situations online. Start checking out the work of graphic  artists and other so you will be able to find your teams.

  1. Keep Learning. The internet is ever changing. So will your business. AS the world continues to change you will find that what you learn today will not be a relevant tomorrow.  Everything is going faster.  People now read ebooks on kindles instead of printing them out.  You will need to develop a mindset of a life long learner.  Without that you will soon be out of business as new technologies come in.  Being a life long learning on the web means selecting a professional mentor to help you move you business along.  Even if you feel that you have a handle on how to run your business, trying to do it in isolation will soon grow discouraging.  Hire a coach to keep you online and to make you accountable for your success.  Get involved with a group coaching for a more cost effective alternative.  Another alternative is a mastermind group.  These usually are smaller and a bit more expensive because you will get more personal assistance. Whatever you did, budget learning and coaching into your business in order to stay in business and grow your business.

First I help you clarify your dream or your vision. What exactly do you want in

this area? If you are unsure, as many people are, I have a process to help you

figure it out.

Next we uncover what is holding you back from having what you really want.

We identify any fears, concerns or obstacles that may be in your way and devise

strategies to overcome them.

Then we break your vision into six to eight bite-size manageable chunks called

“Keys to Success.” When you focus on your Keys to Success you will quickly

begin moving towards your dream.

From there, we create specific, measurable, goals and an action plan to achieve

them.

Through our weekly calls, I help keep you accountable, focused and inspired to

execute your plan. The difference between those who “have” and those who

“have not” is the execution of a plan. Many people have great ideas. For success,

you must ACT on them. I help you do that!

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Take time to find the lessons in your story.  Write out what you’ve accomplished or find something to talk to about it. You will find a power that you may have failed to recognize before when you acknowledge the lessons in your story.

 

Business Leaders Should Write a Memoir

 

When you know how to find the stories of your life to write about, you will be amazed at how much you have to share through a memoir.  What you’ll be doing is simply writing what you know better than anyone else.  Of course, you can keep your business memories to yourself or only share them with a personally selected limited group of people.  But what about the hundreds or even thousands of people that would benefit from know more about how you ran your business or the great ideas you learned along the way?

People love a great story. There’s nothing more exciting than a story about how a person achieved a goal or solved a life problem. Be assured, you have more memories in your business life to write about than you can imagine.

 

  • No one can have your story.  You are a unique person with unique experiences in life. Your business story can only be told by you.
  • Your memoirs provide the benefit of letting you record the meaning and purpose of your business life in writing.
  • You have a right to record your business memories and to let others have the benefit of learning from your business experiences. 

Writing memoirs helps you recall the accomplishments or your life. They also let you review the hard life lessons that have built character along the way. Sharing the events of your life lets others learn from your experiences.

When you write your life with words, you look at your emotions, feeling, decisions, and choices. You understand the road you walked and the path you followed.

Your stories can be a way to honor those who influenced your life along the way. You can see the themes of your life and come to understand how you have made a difference in your world and to the world at large. 

 

When you fail to start writing your memoirs you are taking your life for granted. The best legacy you can pass along to those you care about are the stories you’ve gained throughout your work life. Start today by writing about your business, your challenges and accomplishments.  Tell what you did to achieve your goals. The ideas are endless but the writing doesn’t have to be. It just has to start.

Confidence to Lead #7

Here is #7 of the seven confidence building ideas for women in business and leadership. Women in business need confidence in order to succeed.  Having a strong level of confidence means living a healthier, better leadership life.  

7. Learn to Unblock. It takes confidence to face obstacles and go through them anyway.  Every business professional will face obstacles; this is a normal part of business operations. But not everyone can look at those obstacles and decide to do what it takes to move through them to reach their intended goals. The confidence to do this comes in knowing that the best possible solution can be found. Seeking solutions in spite of the obstacles unblocks the barriers to success. Doing so is a true sign of confidence in business and leadership.

Being a confident woman in business and leadership is available to you when you take the steps to maximize your confidence in business and leadership. You can practice being a powerful problem solver who excels with confidence in your profession. When needed, you can find the mentoring and assistance that will support your business and leadership efforts.

 

 

Confidence to Lead #5

Women in business need confidence in order to succeed. Here is #5 of 7 confidence building ideas for women in business and leadership.

5. Embrace Your Power. Power is a good thing to have when you’re in business.  Power gives you the ability to get things done. A confident woman in business must understand and embrace her power.  Understanding power means knowing how to influence others to get things done.  It also means knowing what to say, when to say it, and whom to say it too.  There are obvious and not so obvious ways to deal with power and a confident business woman learns how these nuances work to increase her effectiveness.

Starting to Write about Your Life

When you think about your life what comes to mind? Do you freeze up because you only remember the overall bad stuff, the pains, confusions, or bad decisions? Let’s get that out of the way first and foremost. Being unsure about what to put on paper can be a great way to bring about writer’s block.

Here’s a first tip to consider as you think about writing your legacy through your memoirs: You control what you put on paper.

That is a major reason why writing your memoris are so important. You have the chance to share thoughts, dreams, adventures and memories that you may not have every shared before.

Others in the family see the outside person, but not all can know the inner you; the one that likes to laugh, who sees butterflies in the grass and the grasshopper sitting on the branch invisible to the rest of the world.

You could have dreams that no one would imagine. Someone once asked me where I really wanted to travel to in life. When I said “Venice and Greece” he was shocked. His preconceptions of who I am as a person didn’t match the reality of my personal dreams.

Would your children know that you wanted to see Botswana? Would they think you were satisfied to get to Las Vegas? If you don’t tell people who you really are, they will keep a vision of you created from what they see and their imagination and perceptions.

Start thinking deeper about your life. Think about the real you, not just the situations that you experienced. While all of this can go into the memoir, you decide what goes in and stays out. Start from that point and begin making notes as memories come back to you.

Write Your Legacy Memoir

How will you be remembered after your life is over? Surely you’ve thought about that. People are remembered. That’s for sure. You will be remembered. Your life matters. And each day, as you live in relationsihp wtih others, you touch the lives of others who will remember you.

But you can also be sure that you are remembered in ways that are important to you. Create your legacy through words. Write your memoirs. It’s easier than you might think to put your remembrances in writing. Follow this blog and you will learn how.

Academic Writing Frustrations

I help people write academic papers including dissertations.  While it can be thrilling to see these types of masterpieces take shape, it can also be extremely frustrating.  The Internet has become the new sweetheart to online writers providing just enough information and support research for web based articles and other online writing.   But when it comes to writing academic articles or doing scientific based research, Internet sources are not your friend.  I try to get this across to students all the time, but we live in an internet world.  Young kids are trained to go online to find their resources instead of searching through books.  I’m not saying books are not used, they are uploaded to the web, that’s true.  But I’ve seen citations from EzineArticles.com and even other articles based sites.  Some of these I write for so I know they’re not academically accurate on everything but use other web sties are sources.

So what’s a teacher to do?  Just keep pushing the understanding of when to use what resources and how.   Now there’s always the “deep web” that many are not familiar with.  That’s the part of the web that the average web browser wouldn’t look for that houses information from various university libraries or scholarly journals.  that’s where I want my academic students to dwell.  Get into those journals tha tsound like gobbly goop to others.  Learn to read them and understand how real research is done. That’s your task.

Today,  a student called, being frustrated at a meeting where another person was using Google to locate sources for a dissertation; straight off the web.  How that could even happen I’m not sure but I urged her not to let herself get confused.  Just stick to knowing that real sources for academic writing come from journals and other academic sources.  I know, many out there will begin to ask  about articles and more.  Sure, that’s great.  Ask away. I’d love the discussions. But let me know what type of writing you’re doing so we can look at it honestly. Meanwhile, I’ll finish my rant and move on.  The main thing I know is that it comes from not understanding the differences in sourcing information which comes with time, patience, learning and practice.

Business Leaders Have Stories to Tell

You might take the experiences of your business life for granted and not recognize the value of what you’ve been through.But here are seven reasons why it is important that business leaders take time to share their stories in writing or other ways.

Reason 1: You are a Part of History

Business leaders become a part of history by influencing their own part of society and the economy. You have lived through your own dynamic era in history and have a unique perspective on how the economy affects businesses in general and how society has changed for the business world over time. History is a story told from the perspective of a writer. Pick an event in your business history and write about your perspective on the event.

Reason 2: Business Leaders are a Demographic Group

You have a lot of colleagues who could relate to your story. Business leaders have a worldview that comes from getting up everyday thinking about how to influence the life of customers either directly or indirectly. You influence the world through the use of technology and belong to a group that takes risks others don’t. Write about what has inspired you to keep going everyday.

Reason 3: A Unique Cultural Understanding

Business leaders come in all demographic categories, and ethnic and cultural groups. If you are a Baby Boomer, you belong to the most diverse age category alive. Being a part of this rich diversity means having unique insights on cultural and ethnic history, traditions, and events. Boomers lived through the dynamics of changing the national policies towards segregation and integration. People were learning to live together for the first time during your lifetime. What was it like to be the first woman, person of your ethnicity or cultural group in your business or company? How was it for you to encounter a person of a different background for the first time?

Reason 4: Business Leaders Grow Wiser Instead of Older

Business leaders do age, but aging brings about wisdom. Many events you have encountered are experiences others would benefit by knowing. How did you get through the latest economic downturn?What did you do to change your business when the going got rough? You have more wisdom than you probably even realize and until you put it in writing others won’t realize it either.

Reason 5: You Live Life-Long Learning

To grow a successful business you have to continue to learn. The idea of life-long learning probably never crossed your mind because learning is just something you do on a regular basis. List lessons you have learned by operating a business over the years. Talk about the lessons of raising a family while growing a company. Tell how you got through conflicts in the marketplace. Talk about starting the company with little to no money. People need the insights of leaders who have made a difference in the world. You are in that category.

Reason 6: Your Stories Are Unsurpassed

There’s nothing like a good story to catch the attention of others; and business leaders have a lot of stories to tell. Your stories are the legacy you have to share and leave with the world. Record a documentary of your business from start to finish.The breadth of your experiences gives you unlimited amounts of materials to choose from in order to write stories of how your business functioned over the years, what people did in the workplace, and interactions you encountered over time. .

Reason 7: You Created What Others Only Imagine

Thousands of people each day are studying concepts of organizational behavior and change management. Many want to know how to work with teams. With your personal experiences these are topics you can write about with ease and give the practical side of the story. It’s necessary to know the theory but hearing how to live out the steps is equally or even more valuable. You have created ideas that others only imagine. Tell that story and inspire the creativity of others.

Writing business memoirs will never grow old. You could start today thinking of your business history and end up with a list of wonderful remembrances that help business owners stay inspired.

Job Hunters Need a Resume

Many job hunters mistakenly believe that the job interview is the most important component of finding a new job. But that’s not true. What’s really important is a great resume that enables you to get a job interview in the first place. It’s important that you not only submit a job application, but that you also attach a resume as well.

If a resume is so important, what is it that many job hunters don’t submit one with their application? One of the many reasons for this is because resumes, especially ones that are considered “perfect,” can occasionally be difficult to write. 

You have a number of different options when it come to writing a resume.  According to information in the Job Hunter’s Manual (http://www.theonlinebusinessreport.com/jobgive.htm) choosing an option for getting a resume created doesn’t have to be a big deal.

The main thing is find a reume format that works to highlight your skills and experiences.  Write the resume according to a standard format, make sure it is clean, neat and without errors. Then send it in to that employer. No matter which option you choose to write your resume, you should find that having a resume will increase your chances of finding a new job.