Monthly Archives: June 2014

The Classic Pamela Positive: Michael J. Fox Says, “When the Unexpected Intrudes…”

“When the unexpected and inconceivable intrude on life, and it will…deal with life’s actual events–don’t obsess about perceived eventualities.  Relax–enjoy the ride.” – Michael J. Fox

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Michael J. Fox is an actor and activist.  He has appeared in iconic roles including Marty McFly in “Back to the Future” and Alex P. Keaton in the TV show “Family Ties”.  He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in 1991, revealing his condition publicly in 1998.  Since then he has been a powerful activist promoting research for a cure.  He has been married to actress Tracy Pollan since 1988, and they have four children.  Fox is also the author of three books, including the memoir, “Always Looking Up: The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist”.

The Pamela Positive: We Carry Our Weather Around With Us

We carry our weather around with us.” – Stephen Covey

What a wonderful encouragement from Stephen Covey.  No matter if our day seems cloudy or rainy, either from the outside weather or from tough news or a challenging day, we determine our weather.

We establish the climate outlook of our minds, conversations…We shape the weather pattern of our communications; we forecast the rain, sun or clouds of our expectations.   We are in charge of our own weather, and our weather determines our hopes for the future.

Thank you, Stephen, for your life devoted to one of encouragement and positivity.

Stephen Covey is a speaker and author, writer of The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.  His work focuses primarily on leadership, family and living with principle.  He is a professor at the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University.  He and his wife, Sandra, have nine children and fifty-two grandchildren.

Expert Social, Business Etiquette Pointers

“Dress well. Groom yourself. Walk and speak more slowly. Don’t slouch. The more you act like the persona you aspire to be, the more likely reality will follow.”
– Lisa Gaché

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Lisa Gaché, CEO and Founder of Beverly Hills Manners, is a nationally recognized etiquette expert specializing in lifestyle, entertainment and family. Lisa provides practical solutions for modern day living and helps clients to improve social skills and enhance lives. She has become the credible go-to resource for the media and entertainment community–from dining with decorum to event hosting and red-carpet etiquette. Her tips, tools and guidance are useful for everyone, in every situation.

She was featured in Vanity Fair for her debut book, 24 Karat Etiquette: Golden Rules from the World’s Most Glamorous Zip Code (Skyhorse Publishing). Lisa makes regular appearances on television (The Today Show, Dr. Phil, Anderson Live) and in print (USA Today, Los Angeles Times, New York Post). Lisa is a self-described work-in-progress who balances her brash New York roots with the casual Los Angeles lifestyle. Her gentle humor and a refreshing no-nonsense delivery helps people understand that these skills are not about achieving perfection, but rather, it’s about putting one another at ease and creating an atmosphere of mutual respect.

Lisa’s formal training includes certification as a corporate etiquette and international protocol consultant from the Protocol School of Washington. She resides in Beverly Hills, California, with her husband and two daughters.

Civil Society’s Strength Across the World – Where Are the Hotspots?

What government ranks the highest with staffing and attention to culture? To education? Or health?

You might be a bit surprised!   Come learn where governments are investing their time.

Civil society sector FTE workforce, by field1

The Winners in Culture
Sweden (45.5%), Slovakia (37.0%) and the Czech Republic (35.8%) win out here.

The Winners in Education.
Be proud Pakistanis! They are the top country with devotion to education in the civil sector at 56.6 percent.  Still a long way to go in implementation and progress, but the will is there.  Peru comes next (45.2%) and a no brainer with South Korea (40.5%) where education is deemed a strong part of their culture.

Finally, Health

Japan (37.3%) and the Netherlands (29.5%) win out.

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Exciting to see new countries take the lead and help change the world. Let’s support them!

You can start by giving a child the gift of an education!

1 – 1995-2000

Why Being a Volunteer Can Help Run the World

When we think of worth, we often think of our salary. But we neglect to think about how our volunteers service service can actually help run an organization, including the government.

Many people get down on government.  “It’s inefficient!” they cry. And yes, it can be bureaucratic.  But let’s take a closer look if we look at what can done for civil society, if  we also add in important volunteers.

Civil society sector sources of support, with and without volunteers1:

Government with volunteers
Argentina 19.5%
Australia 31.2%
Belgium 76.8%

Government without volunteers
Argentina: 73%
Australia: 62.5%
Belgium: 18.6%

Covered by Philanthropy
Argentina 7.5%
Australia 6.3%
Belgium 4.6%

What a difference. Without volunteers, Argentina’s civil society would be cut nearly in half; Australia would be cut by nearly 2/3rds; and Belgium by nearly 1/5th!

So the next time you aren’t sure your volunteer work is making a difference,  please think again. You might just be helping run the country, one local city at a time.

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1. 1995-2000