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Enjoy this great article from TNOOZ on Travel industry needing mentors!

Posted in Entrepreneurship, Professional Development, Travel, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on July 30, 2013 by amandaaanthony

Dear travel industry, we desperately need more mentors for budding entrepreneurs. Thanks! | Tnooz http://ow.ly/np5WY

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REBLOG: Please, Thank You, And How To Stay Human

Posted in Business, Communication, Professional Development, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on October 16, 2012 by amandaaanthony

Please, Thank You, And How To Stay Human In An Automated Business World – Forbes http://ow.ly/ei4y9

 

“ Always vote for a principle, though you vote alone & you may cherish the sweet reflection that your vote is never lost. ”John Quincy Adams

Posted in Inspiration, Leadership, Quotes with tags , , , , , on August 31, 2012 by amandaaanthony

“ Always vote for a principle, though you vote alone,& you may cherish the sweet reflection that your vote is never lost. ”John Quincy Adams

Do You have the Qualities that make Olympians World Class Leaders?

Posted in Amanda A. Anthony, Inspiration, Leadership, Professional Development, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on August 13, 2012 by amandaaanthony

New Blog Post: Do You have the Qualities that Make Olympians World Class Inspirational Leaders?:http://wp.me/p2tIb7-5Y #leadership #inspiration #character

REBLOG-#Leaders: Are You Creating Disgruntled Employees?

Posted in Leadership, Organizational Management, Professional Development, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 25, 2012 by amandaaanthony

 

#Leaders: Are You Creating Disgruntled Employees? – Joseph Folkman – Harvard Business Review http://ow.ly/cuIIy #attrition #leadership #management

 

I Graduated & Found a Great Job….Why am I not Happy?

Posted in Amanda A. Anthony, Inspiration, Leadership, Professional Development with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 26, 2012 by amandaaanthony

Life’s Roadmap to Happiness…or just a Guidebook?

One thing was never explained to me growing up: that the “roadmap” to happiness so many of us follow (graduate high school then university, get a job, get married, have kids, etc) isn’t so much of a map as a travel guide written by the people before & around us. When you arrive at some of these destinations, they aren’t always what you expected. Many of us (ex. friends of mine, colleagues & me at some point in our 30’s)  look around & think,

“Is this it?!”

How I Landed on What to be When I Grew Up

I never knew what I wanted to “do with my life” in college, so I chose Business & fell into a Latin American Studies program (which turned out awesome). I figured at least I would be able to get a job and hopefully one day travel for work….that is how I started my career selling power tools as my first job out of college. I am a quick study, very passionate & highly competitive so sales has been a great match for me throughout my career. I am also creative, innovative & love psychology, so marketing became a close second to sales.

I was fortunate enough to work for 2 fantastic companies (Black & Decker, Procter & Gamble) in my professional career before recently starting on my own. Although both were “Corporate America”, the culture was completely different. I really value my time at both not only for the skills & expertise I picked up along the way, but for really seeing first hand the dynamics of working with people in different settings, under different circumstances, with diverse backgrounds and influenced by personal style + corporate mindsets. Understanding people is a lifelong journey, a skill that can really develop-especially in a successful sales & marketing person-by default…if that person is paying attention.

What’s the Point?

As you know by now, I am developing a company that will be focusing on helping people to figure out a plan for their own personal & professional development. In my travels, I find many people feel lost….the “roadmap” laid out for us from when we are young, is not specific enough to help us figure out where we are going. The real kicker, of course, is that only the individual can figure out where he/she is meant to go & what he/she is meant to do to be successful & happy. This is why I am a huge advocate of reading as well as seeking out mentors/coaches who will help you to see things in new light along the way.

Recently I spoke to a recent grad in her first job out of college & she expressed the following frustrations:

  • Difficulty finding a face-to-face mentor and to build a network outside her immediate environment
  • Dissatisfaction about her pay (& the concerns to pay off her student loans)
  • Frustration about her career path & current workplace

Haven’t we all been there? Where is that on the roadmap?!

Learning Something Every Day is a Great Start

I spent the better part of my 20’s with similar frustrations to this young woman, throughout various assignments, companies & industries.  It was only until after years of working that I realized the true value of many of the choices I made were not related to the $ amount I was compensated during each time but the depth & breadth of experience I gained.  A wise manager of mine once explained to me that value is not absolute; The value or worth of and object (or an experience) is only worth what you are willing to pay for it (or sacrifice)….and it may vary between individuals.

So, as a leader, when I am faced with challenges and stuck in situations I don’t particularly enjoy, I try to ask myself, “What am I learning here? Why is this important & what will I take away?”  This is particularly useful to anyone taking or giving feedback.  And it makes any tough life moment-work or otherwise-a little easier to manage.  The only person who can will you to grow is yourself.

The rest will come with a little hard work & patience;)

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Success: What does it Take? And Where Does Work-Life Balance Fit In?

Posted in Amanda A. Anthony, Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Professional Development, Uncategorized, Work-Life Balance with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 15, 2012 by amandaaanthony

 

I went to lunch with a friend and mentor of mine recently who has owned his own successful company for many years, and he said to me:

“Amanda, I don’t work. I love every minute of what I am doing and it is mine, so this is not work-it is play. I play all day.”

A powerful statement & an aspirational goal to any newly starting entrepreneur…but really isn’t this what we all seek for true happiness, success and personal fulfillment? And maybe this has something to do with more than just passion & luck to find the “right career”? Maybe this is beyond capability and experience.  Maybe this ties back to the ever elusive balance I have been seeking for most of my professional career…

Passion & Drive to Win

I have been passionate in just about everything I have done professionally…even the assignments I didn’t particularly enjoy. The reason? Frankly, I like to win. I always have; my family, friends & husband will all tell you I am a relentlessly competitive game/card player. I love facing new challenges & designing strategies to overcome them which is something that translates both personally & professionally.

Luck

I cannot say that I have never been tempted by superstition…but with that said, in recent years I have far less patience for others who cast luck as the responsible party for good (usually in others’ lives) & bad (usually in their own lives) decisions. We make our own luck.  As a famous entrepreneur said in a recent interview:

“The harder you work the luckier you get.  We are each presented 20 doors-you can call it luck; you create your own opportunities.”-@robertherjavec

Opportunities Won, Opportunities Lost

This is called experience in my book…and it eventually translates into capability, depending on our ability to learn along the way. The key is to take the personal emotion out when things don’t go the way we plan (which can be difficult), try to reach & learn from the situation, then move forward without baggage.  Learn from the past. Be Present. Dream of the Future.

Success = Happiness = Achieving Balance?

I am not the best (yet) at maintaining work-life balance…in fact I am just starting to get a grip on what this must mean/feel like once you achieve it. I have had the tendency to go “full speed ahead” in one or two areas at a time, slowly letting other areas slip, then readjusting the sails as needed.  Examples: A) Working outrageous hours, taking on more & more professionally, but letting my social life and/or health slip. B) Full engagement on my health & fitness along with work, but letting personal time suffer…You get the idea.

Now that I work for myself, it is not any easier to achieve balance. The difference is that now when I work too much, it’s for me, so in some ways it doesn’t feel like work. I have been on vacation for a week but when I check emails or work a little in between, I enjoy it & don’t have difficulty disconnecting afterward.  I recognize that it is early in my independence and I am not yet generating income, answering to stakeholders or facing crucial deadlines…but I wonder, is this a little closer to balance? When your work is enjoyable enough that the lines are blurry with fun time?

The tides are always shifting, the sands moving, the trees growing, the earth turning & changing…as are we. So the challenge remains how to keep everything moving at the right pace to keep balance. I will let you know what I think about this one a little later in my new career;)

If you haven’t read “The Four Agreements” by Miguel Ruiz, it is an excellent and practical guide to happiness that is a perfect accompaniment to my thoughts above.

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