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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.

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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.

The Pamela Positive: A Happy Woman…or a Cheerful Woman

“A happy woman is one who has no cares at all; a cheerful woman is one who has cares but doesn’t let them get her down.”
– Beverly Sills

We all go through troubles. That doesn’t mean it wrecks our day. It doesn’t color every moment! Be cheery and filled with good wishes for all, including yourself.

The sun still shines, even when covered by a cloud. It’s still there. So is your happiness. So is your joy. Sometimes it seems covered a bit, and then, we rediscover it in a more resplendent, beautiful way.

Beverly Sills was a singer and opera star. She was born Belle Miriam Silverman on May 25, 1929, in Brooklyn, New York. A gifted soprano, Sills was one of America’s most famous opera performers. At the age of three, she won a radio contest and soon began singing on the radio regularly as Bubbles Silverman. Sills studied opera with a voice coach as a child, and made her operatic debut in 1947 at the Philadelphia Civic Opera. After years of trying, Beverly Sills achieved her dream of singing with the New York City Opera in 1955. She played the role of Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus, earning strong reviews. After taking some time away from the stage to handle family matters, she returned stronger than ever in the 1966 New York City Opera production of Handel’s Julius Caesar.

During her long career, Beverly Sills received many honors, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1980. She has written books about her life, including 1987’s Beverly: An Autobiography. She was married to journalist Peter B. Greenough from 1956 until his death in 2006. The couple had two children together. In her retirement, Beverly Sills continued a life of charitable work, notably as a longtime chairwoman of the board of trustees of the March of Dimes.

How Volunteering Can Strengthen Your Company

Here’s my article that was recently published on Triple Pundit about the how volunteering can benefit your company. Enjoy!

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Volunteering can do more than make you feel good. It can help strengthen your company. Volunteering shows what your company stands for, attracts people who want to help, encourages collaboration, improves employee retention, and enhances brand image. If you haven’t guessed it already, all of these factors help your company’s bottom line. More people want to work for you, and customers want to buy your products because they feel good about what your company is doing.

Volunteering is a key part of any corporate social responsibility (CSR) program. Here’s why volunteering is invaluable to your company, and some tips on how to develop your program.

Instill company values

Volunteer work is a great way to show employees your company’s core values. When employees volunteer, they live your values firsthand. Not only are employees more aware of the company’s mission, but they will also appreciate company­ organized community work. It also helps individuals grow. If you get people out of their normal schedules, they’ll think differently, come back refreshed, and have new ideas.

In order to do this, create volunteer opportunities based on your company’s goals. Giving is positive and lighthearted. It sounds easy, but you can’t take it lightly. As with any business objective, sit down with your management team and establish a Volunteer Policy and Plan of Action. Determine what cause or causes match your values and business objectives.

Attract and retain employees

Volunteer programs are a must to attract talent. Even if people don’t take advantage of the volunteer benefit, they want to know it’s there. Fifty-nine percent of millennials now gravitate toward companies with pronounced CSR programs, according to a PwC millennials surveyYour volunteer program could very well be the difference in attracting an employee considering two different job offers, and encourage him or her to remain loyal to your company.

Equally, your employees are motivated by a desire to give back to the world. Research from Cone Communications shows 74 percent of employees say their job is more fulfilling when given the opportunity to make a positive impact at work.

Generate team-building

Team-building can be extremely beneficial to your company. It facilitates new ways of working together. First, you need to determine your business objectives and ensure the volunteering supports it. Are you a small or large company? Is your company local or global?

Be creative in the types of opportunities you offer and the times people can volunteer. Ensure you get team feedback as to the types of opportunities they’d like to see. A key trend is that managers are organizing volunteer trips as team building exercises. Pull employees from different business units who don’t normally work together. New ideas will flow!

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Improve your company’s image

Volunteering helps companies enhance their corporate brand image. It’s important that local communities see beyond the company’s office buildings, its logo and its marketing. It’s interesting to note that 40 percent of Silicon Valley companies have one to four corporate sponsored events per year; and, even more impressive, 46 percent of companies hold 10 or more events per year (Silicon Valley Community Foundation).

By volunteering out in the community, others will see your company’s presence in a positive light. When they think of your company’s product, they’ll think of all the good you do. Your product, and company, are associated with this good work.

Employees volunteering in the community lend a new light of visibility to companies. People see you doing good, and it establishes trust in your company. It highlights corporate presence and brand – while helping a company’s bottom line.

The best volunteer program

To build a successful corporate entity, people have to believe that their 12­-hour corporate days mean something. And while individual employees’ day­-to­-day work might not be in corporate foundation work, they still want to be associated with the good within your company. By incorporating volunteering into your company’s culture, you will see your company grow stronger and more resilient. You will help your business, and your communities.

Finally, volunteering is not just about the act itself. A kind “volunteer mindset” starts the first minute of your day. It’s about helping others with their day-­to­-day tasks. It’s about being forgiving when others are under pressure. It’s about offering a helping hand, or a word of encouragement. That’s your best volunteer management program. If you aren’t living this, no volunteer work will help.

Image credit: Flickr/Mount Rainier National Park

Read the article on Triple Pundit here.

The Good Trade: How to Give Back When You’re Short on Cash Part I

In August, The Good Trade, a website that promotes brands, items, and ideas dedicated to social good, published our article about how to give when you’re strapped for cash.
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Giving Back Doesn’t Have To Involve Money

The global economy is a rollercoaster. China’s growth rate goes down 6%, Brexit occurs and global warming is at its worst with record breaking global temperatures. The world feels as if it is in turmoil. On top of that you’re worried about job security or paying back student loans, and charitable giving seems like a secondary priority. Don’t lose heart. Giving back and making a difference doesn’t have to break the bank.  Here are some low cost and meaningful ways to give.

 

1. CULTIVATE AN ATTITUDE OF ABUNDANCE

First, let’s start with our minds. Be courageous and realize that you have more than you think. If you have a bed, shelter, clothing, a job, and family or friends, then you are in a very “wealthy” state. Understanding your own abundance will allow you to see how much you actually have. 

Go over the positives in your life. Write down heartfelt quotes that inspire you. As you fill yourself up with this goodness, you will be able to give to others. This gratitude will not only make us feel happier, but also keep our hearts healthier.

2. PICK UP THE PHONE 

Instead of being constantly worried about where our world is going, why not pick up the phone and find out how someone else is doing? Forget your concerns for a moment. Instead of calling someone to vent, why not call them to tell them you care?

Calling someone “for no reason” is an important opportunity show them that you are thinking of them. You are taking time out of your busy day to reach out. Everyone needs someone to just listen sometimes. They may be filled with joy or sadness. Be there to celebrate their good news, or support them with compassion.

A side benefit to you is that people who have satisfying relationships with family, friends and their community are happier, have fewer health problems and live longer. Remember, listening does not cost anything financially, and look at the good you are doing!

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Stay tuned this Friday to see other ways to give when your wallet is slim!

Can’t wait until Friday? Click here for the full article!

“Look on every exit as being an entrance somewhere else.” – Tom Stoppard, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

omen-foreboding-destiny-4979626-m“Look on every exit as being an entrance somewhere else.”

– Tom Stoppard, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

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