Friday, November 19, 2010

Performance With Purpose

Last week my five year-old and I had a date to the dollar store with some money she received from her great grandma. As we were driving to perform this most important task, we had the following conversation:

Jenna (out of the blue): Mom, President Obama is out of town.

Me: He is? Where did he go…India?

Jenna: I don’t know what it is called. Some place with lots of monkeys.

Me: Monkeys? How do you know that?

Jenna: I saw it on the news…DUH!

Sadly, my five year-old is more “up” on current events than many adults I know.

I like to stay informed on current events. I enjoy reading both non-fiction and fiction books. On occasion, I even get to watch a documentary on TV. Knowledge gained from information and experience is power. And when you have power, you can have influence. Hopefully, we can all use our influence for the greater good.

I recently read a book named Influence by Maddy Dychtwald. The author refers to a 2007 study that found Fortune 500 companies with more women board members had a higher return on equity by more than 50 percent. Another study conducted showed that companies with more women on the board and in senior management performed better and saw their stock prices improve more.

Why? Wendy Beecham, CEO of the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs & Executives, says "Studies have shown there are different way of approaching problems, so the more diversity you have, with regards to both skill sets and and culture, the greater your chances of success."

To quote my five year-old... "DUH!"

Women have so much to offer any organization! And it’s been that way from the very beginning of time. Eve didn’t come along after Adam to just pick out paint colors and rearrange the furniture. She was there right at the start, taking an active part in the world. Her role as a woman was critical to the successful future of the entire human race!

I am so impressed by women who use their talents and strengths to make a difference. I love women who act with a purpose. I applaud women who get involved schools, community events, church groups, politics and charitable organizations. I respect women who can achieve work/life balance as they carefully manage a family and career. I admire women who go beyond their comfort zones to improve themselves and help others.

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, I have pondered my many blessings along with opportunities for growth. One of my greatest challenges has been achieving balance as a mom + career woman. And yet, it is managing those challenges that has helped me stay focused on what is most important and create a life with true meaning.

I resolve to be an influence for good. I will strive to perform with a purpose.

And I promise to take more trips to the dollar store with my five year-old so we can discuss the current events of the day and ultimately make the world a better place.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Ya i also read that book by Maddy Dychtwald and i am totally agree with you about that.Your posts are everytime great inspirational one's.Keep on posting friend.I like to read your posts.

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