Sunday, August 25, 2013

10 Lessons I Learned from Sara Blakely That You Won't Hear in Business School - Forbes

I just love Sara Blakely's inspiring story and it's worth another read!

At last week’s inspiring National Association of Professional Women’s 2nd annual networking conference, I had the opportunity to attend the keynote presentation of Sara Blakely, Founder of Spanx. In her one-hour talk, Sara highlighted her fascinating journey from launching a start-up with $5000 in savings to becoming the youngest self-made female billionaire in history. Anyone who’s heard Sara’s story knows it’s exhilarating and motivating, but to see her live brings a new dimension to her story. She’s fresh, exuberant, funny and completely passionate about helping women feel and look their best, and about reforming all of the misguided trends that have kept in women in painful and ill-fitting undergarments over the last 50 years.

Read more...10 Lessons I Learned from Sara Blakely That You Won't Hear in Business School - Forbes

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Lou Holtz coaches you all the way to #1 | Harvey Mackay's Columns

Do you have what it takes to be successful?

One of my closest friends, Lou Holtz, the Hall-of-Fame college football coach, believes there are four things any person or organization needs to be number one.

Few people know more about success than Lou, the only college football coach to lead six different programs to bowl games, and the only coach to take four different programs to the final top 20 rankings. Along the way he guided Notre Dame to the 1988 national championship.

Read more...Lou Holtz coaches you all the way to #1 | Harvey Mackay's Columns

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Harvey Mackay: Here's more ways to improve your job performance | Tulsa World

A few weeks ago I wrote a column about what you can do to get better at your job. I have some additions to my original list, which included improving time management, getting organized, staying positive, writing goals, compromising, developing confidence, exercising mind and body, using mentors and coaches, practicing public speaking, improving your relationship with your boss and learning to love feedback.

Add these ideas to your list. Just remember, the biggest room in the world is the room for improvement.

Read more...Harvey Mackay: Here's more ways to improve your job performance | Tulsa World

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Memorial at Cosanti in Paradise Valley to celebrate Paolo Soleri

Of Paolo Soleri’s 22 books, hundreds of sketches, his world-famous wind bells and Arizona structures, some say his most valuable contribution to art and architecture is Cosanti.

“It’s where mind and hand really came together,” said Jeff Stein, Cosanti Foundation president. “Cosanti was Paolo Soleri’s real master work.”

The 5-acre property in Paradise Valley will continue as it has the past 50 years.

“We’re not planning to make any major changes. We want to keep the place intact as a celebration of Soleri’s work,” Stein said. “We’ll move slowly into the future.”

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How to ask for help - Harvey`s Columns

A little boy was spending his Saturday morning playing in his sandbox. He had cars and trucks, his plastic pail,and a shiny red shovel. In the process of creating roads and tunnels in the soft sand, he discovered a large rock in the middle of the sandbox.

The boy dug around the rock, managing to dislodge it from the dirt. With a little bit of struggle, he pushed and nudged the large rock across the sandbox by using his feet. When the boy got the rock to the edge of the sandbox, he found that he couldn’t roll it up and over the wall of the sandbox. Every time he made some progress, the rock tipped and then fell back into the sandbox.

Frustrated, he burst into tears. All this time the boy’s father watched from his living room window. As the tears fell, a large shadow fell across the boy and the sandbox. It was his father. Gently but firmly he said, “Son, why didn’t you use all the strength that you had available?”

Read more...How to ask for help - Harvey`s Columns

The Confidence Game

For about six weeks every year, beginning in late December and continuing through early February, football fans get the ultimate fix: the college bowl games, the NFL play-offs and, finally, the Super Bowl. It’s also an annual refresher course in winning and losing that separates the champs from the also-rans.

For a moment, consider the losers in these annual contests. The also-rans work mighty hard to get to those games in the first place. What causes these exceptional teams to be eliminated? Much of the reason can be traced to split-second breakdowns in what you might call the confidence game.

Legendary Alabama football coach Paul Bryant retired with 323 wins over 38 seasons.

“Bear” Bryant used to say that members of a winning team needed five things:

Read more...The Confidence Game

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