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The Power is with You- Plug it in.


September blows in freshness. For me, this year’s new beginnings include the honor of speaking at a day-long leadership conference. I’m especially excited because my colleague Steve Gamlin, who I consider a famous (locally, anyhow) speaker will be doing his motivational, practical wizardry as well. Yippee!

Leadership: when you hear this word, what enters your mind? Leadership seems to be somewhat of a buzzword of late. “Lead yourself first.” “We are all leaders.” “Leadership for Women.” “Real leadership.” What does all of this mean?

For me, leadership means accessing what you have and using it to the best of your ability. It means being your best self, sharing yourself with others, and seeking ways to be an even better best self. To that end, I’ll be sharing a talk I’m calling “The Power is with You- Plug it in.”

The power is with you. Hold that for a moment. What happens in the opposite mindset, when we feel powerless? Do we have our next great and bold thought or plan? Do we do our best work? Of course not. The feeling of powerlessness spirals down, resulting in some combination of sadness, anger, anxiety, and possibly depression.

When the opposite is true, we feel powerFUL. We get the “world is our oyster” feeling. We sit and stand up straight. We smile. We laugh. We become more attractive. Words come out of our mouths at just the right time. We get our next great idea. Things seem easy.

Knowing that the power is with us does not mean that we think we know it all. Quite often, embodying this knowledge leads us to expand our knowledge and skill base further. This then puts us in a circle of other leaders, committed to learning and growing. Friendships grow. Leadership circles form.

So lead, but lead from the inside out. Outside influences can light our inner fire, but our inner fire is the light of leadership.

Yours in productivity,

- Carol Williams

How did Evernote Help our Small Business Owners on 9/9/16?

We had a SOLD OUT lunch n’ learn on 9/9 at the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce. Members walked away with a solid sense of what Evernote is, how it might be different from OneNote (and how it might be similar), and some of its basic functionality.

We learned, for example, how to deal with all those business cards! What happens right now when you get that business card from someone you met at a meeting? Does it get thrown on your desk after you find it at the bottom of your briefcase? Or, maybe it’s not quite THAT bad, but, after you send your “nice meeting you” note, where does this card go? How do you capture that important info?

Enter Evernote. You can snap a photo with the Evernote app and relevant information populates itself into the Business Card Setting on your phone. You can set your Evernote App up so that you create a Contacts Database. You can then start a New Note for that person, and tag that person “PROSPECT” and “BUSINESS AFTER HOURS” and “SEPTEMBER” and “FOLLOW UP”. You can change your tags over time as your prospect, for example, moves to being a CLIENT. You can add, subtract, or change tags anytime. You can search Evernote by tag.

 So many useful features, so little time! Stay tuned for the next e-news, or send me a note if  you’d like to chat sometime: 603.848.4732.

Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.
-Warren Bennis

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Upcoming Events

September 22, 2016: Private Event

"The Power is with You- Plug it in"
Morning Speaker for the NH Leadership Conference of SHRM (Society for Human Resource Professionals)
Holiday Inn, Concord, NH
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