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On 27 August 2015 - 5:05pm

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Where do you think the concept of environmental sustainability came from? Sometimes we think America is the “entrepreneur of all answers.” We innovate here, and I love that quality about our country. And while I’m proud of California’s increased consciousness about the importance of preserving our Earth, we usually have to look back to see where the truth started.

One remarkable era we can learn from is the Edo period in Japan, lasting from 1603 to 1868. Japan was ruled at this time by the shoguns of the Tokugawa family. This period was marked by stability and rising urbanization. Here are a few key concepts this era espoused, from which we can continue to learn::

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On 26 August 2015 - 5:05pm

An interesting blog post by Auren Hoffman, CEO of LiveRamp, explored a key area of business and communication: rejection. He wrote about the importance of knowing how to deal with rejection, so that you will feel empowered to take risks, and asked people for their thoughts on how to help others learn how to handle rejection. Here is the advice I shared.

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Auren, this is one of those important nuances in communication. Thank you for bringing it up.

I believe that if you want to have people be able to accept rejection, then there are three significant ways to do so:

Be humble, emphasize Lessons Learned, and have a respectful, kind tone.

1- Be A Humble CEO. In regular conversations and team meetings, be sure to point not only to your successes, but also to ways that your decisions could ...more

On 24 August 2015 - 5:05pm

Do Unto Others is from ancient times.  Hearing different versions from philosophers and religious leaders make us realize the commonality of Truth.  What a wonderful way to tie the world together!

“May I do unto others as I would that they should do unto me.”
Plato, 5th century B.C.

“Do not do unto others all that which is not well for oneself.”
Zoroaster, 6th century B.C.

“Hurt not others with that which pains thyself.”
Buddha, 6th century B.C.

“Do not do unto others what you do not want others to do unto you.”
Confucius, 6th century B.C.

“Do not unto others what thou wouldst not they should do unto thee.”
Rabbi Hillel, 1st century B.C.

“Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.”
Jesus, 1st century A.D.

“None of you truly have the faith if you do not desire for your brother that which ...more

On 20 August 2015 - 10:30pm

False Expectations Appearing Real. That’s all fear is. We make it into a big bear of a challenge, a dark cloud, or the most important thoughts in our lives…

…When often our best way forward is of hope and positive expectations. That’s what’s real, true, enduring.

What do we expect?

Do we hope, strive for and live in a way that will make these hopes come true?  Or do we kow-tow to concern? Do we let being afraid be our ruler?

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On 19 August 2015 - 5:05pm

Pamela and parents

I love my parents… and love what Laura Lopez says here:

“When I ask people about the leaders who influenced them the most, 90 percent say it was a parent.” —Laura Lopez

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Laura Lopez is a leadership specialist, speaker, and author of The Connected and Committed Leader. Laura believes it is the connections between people that will drive success.

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On 17 August 2015 - 5:05pm

When getting involved internationally, it’s so important to listen to others. Respect the person, the culture, and their local community.  To do so is to honor the unique wisdom and presence they bring to the world.

Listening, and striving to understand other people, is the right thing to do. It will also open your business up to new opportunities. When you honor people and their local customs, they will want to work with you.  And you will love working with them!  Listening is mirrored in Respect,  which is a type of “business bliss.”

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On 14 August 2015 - 5:05pm

“One time, I was walking through a government building. There were two sets of double doors about fifteen feet apart. They were both automatic doors. When you walked through the first set of doors, you had to let them totally close before the next set of doors would open.

As long as I stayed at that first set of doors, the second set would not open. It’s the same principle in life. If you’re sitting around nursing your wounds, feeling sorry for yourself, you’re not going to see anything new. You’ve got to let those doors totally close. Let go of the disappointments.”

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This is legacy story. It’s a practical view on life. We need to move forward.

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On 13 August 2015 - 5:05pm

Sunflowers must follow the sun. It’s in their DNA. They literally are designed to track the sun.

Early in the dawn, they turn to the East to greet the rising sun. Motor cells beneath the flower guide the petals to orient toward the sun’s light.

What the motor cells do is pump in potassium ions, which alters the pressure. As the pressure rises, the motor cells lengthen, causing a tilt. The flower is then greeting the sun.

What’s interesting is that at dusk, the flower can ‘go anywhere,’ resting in any direction.

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On 12 August 2015 - 5:05pm

A loving email from my dad


Pamela and her dad – The Winning Team

March 30, 2011

PAMELA, TODAY A FRIEND ASKED HOW YOU ARE DOING. DRIVING HOME I PONDERED THAT QUESTION AND CONCLUDED THAT YOU ARE INDEED A REMARKABLE PERSON WITH MANY, VARIED TALENTS;

YOU HAVE AN AMAZING CAPABILITY TO ENTERTAIN PEOPLE.  YOUR IMPROV REQUIRES CREATIVITY, HUMOR, AND QUICK THINKING.

YOU HAVE A REAL TALENT FOR BUILDING AN ORGANIZATION FROM SCRATCH. YOUR INSIGHTS IN HOW YOU RUN YOUR ORGANIZATION IS A REAL INSPIRATION TO MANY–INCLUDING ME!

YOU HAVE A COMPASSION FOR OTHERS WHICH IS DEEP AND ADMIRABLE.

YOU HAVE AN INTELLECT FOR BUSINESS WHICH EXCEEDS ANY ONE OF OUR FAMILY, INCLUDING ME.

WHEN I TOLD YOU THAT YOU WOULD MAKE A ...more

On 11 August 2015 - 5:05pm

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Allen and Violet Large have given it all away. The Nova Scotian residents had called to check on their regularly-bought lottery ticket, when they realized they had won 11.2 million. They didn’t even know what to do.

But as their name indicates, the Larges have a wonderfully big heart. Within four months… they gave it all away. Gifts went to local hospitals, to fire stations, to more than 60 organizations.

One of my favorite quotes from Violet was, “We’re not used to that kind of money… we wanted to share it with people who treat us well. Money can’t buy happiness.”

“We have everything we need; I have Allen and he has me.”

May we all live with such Large hearts.

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