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Millennials see innovation differently from today’s leaders.

Millennials see innovation differently from today’s leaders. | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited (DTTL) have provided a set of interesting results from a survey of the world’s future leaders and what they think about innovation released for the World Economic F...
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How To Increase IQ by 10% Using The Weirdest Method Ever — PsyBlog

How To Increase IQ by 10% Using The Weirdest Method Ever — PsyBlog | Positive futures | Scoop.it
IQ was unexpectedly boosted by a training programme designed for a different purpose.

A new study which trained people to associate colours with letters has also found that their IQ was boosted by an average of 12 points.
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Learn about synesthesia and how it could impact cognition.

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Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, Today, 3:07 AM

Interesting to speculate what might be going here; given the greater plastic connectivity amongst synesthetes, I wouldn't have been surprised if this had led to increased creativity; but IQ gains seem, indeed, surprising. 

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10 Instinctive Decisions You Will Regret Forever

10 Instinctive Decisions You Will Regret Forever | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Perspective is a funny thing. Look forward and the path seems uncertain, the future unpredictable. Look back and all the dots seem to connect... except the dots that mark the choices you didn't make and the risks you didn't take.

Here are ten choices you will someday regret having made:
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Life is about choices. How to choose wisely, by Jeff Haden.

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This Is What Consumers Want From New Tech

This Is What Consumers Want From New Tech | Positive futures | Scoop.it
What needs and priorities define the contemporary American consumer? The Future Foundation took a look at some key trends shaping modern life, and using its findings, selected four startups the research firm feels will appeal to these consumer needs and desires.

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The importance of storytelling in the digital age

The importance of storytelling in the digital age | Positive futures | Scoop.it

At Film4, we talk about our innovation strategy as a treasure map rather than a road atlas. While we don’t have a clear A to B route towards a single goal, we’re privileged to have a talented team to help us understand where “there be dragons” and where it might be promising to dig for treasure.

Frank Rose, the author of The Art of Immersion and keynote speaker at our upcoming Innovation Forum, puts it well when he says:

We stand now at the intersection of lure and blur. The future beckons, but we’re only part way through inventing it. We can see the outlines of a new artform, but its grammar is as tenuous and elusive as the grammar of cinema a century ago.


Via The Digital Rocking Chair
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"Recent psychological research revealed how people want to inhabit storyworlds because of how stories work in the brain." ~Guardian 

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The Digital Rocking Chair's curator insight, November 18, 12:37 PM


Anna Higgs:  "Where does storytelling fit in to this new world of technology and how can we support artists to explore these new opportunities?"

Kajsa Hartig's curator insight, November 18, 3:05 PM

"...return doesn’t necessarily mean pure profit, but there has to be something of value coming back to us, for example a better understanding of who our audience is"

Alexandre Michelin's curator insight, November 19, 3:28 AM

tell your story and curate 

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3 Steps to Leading Your Life in a More Excellent Way

3 Steps to Leading Your Life in a More Excellent Way | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Different is good.

In fact, I believe different can be very, very good.

Of course, thinking and being different than those around you is easier said than done. After all, going against the flow, thinking outside the box, or deviating from what everyone else is doing is almost certainly uncomfortable if not outright unsettling.

But what if I were to tell you being different is exactly what’s needed to flourish and thrive in today’s dynamic, fast-paced, ever-changing world? At a time in our nation’s history when we need more people to step up to help make a positive difference in our homes, workplaces, worship spaces, and communities, it seems many of us are content to merely settle–more intent to stick with the perceived safety of the status quo than to risk taking a stand for what we truly believe is worth fighting for in our lives.

And it’s a big mistake.
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"It takes courage to be different from the crowd, but the alternative is too often mediocre me."~ @JohnEMichel

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Joe Boutte's curator insight, November 17, 8:03 AM

Excellence requires courage to create better alternatives.  We should aim to  avoid mediocrity by settling for  "conventional wisdom", "the way it's always been done", or "getting along".   Using all our gifts, talents, and experiences to create new approaches is key to everyday leadership.

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Bullying victims' video strikes a chord | BuzzFeed - Yahoo Screen

Bullying victims' video strikes a chord | BuzzFeed - Yahoo Screen | Positive futures | Scoop.it
For most of them, it was not an easy choice. Five Los Angeles teens who had been cyberbullied while in high school decided to read the hurtful comments on camera.
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Powerful video of kids who took a stand against cyber bullying.  We need more like them! #BulliesOut

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Empathy Heroes: 5 People Who Changed the World By Taking Compassion to the Extreme

Empathy Heroes: 5 People Who Changed the World By Taking Compassion to the Extreme | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Want to learn to change the world with empathy? Get ready to learn from the masters.
by Roman Krznaric   YES MAGAZINA
Ever heard of “empathy marketing”? It’s the latest business buzzword.

Via Jocelyn Stoller
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The story of 5 people who helped change the world.

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Rohn: The 4 Powerful Ways to Change a Bad Habit

Rohn: The 4 Powerful Ways to Change a Bad Habit | Positive futures | Scoop.it
No one understands as I do the inherent difficulty in changing old and persistent habits. But habits begin to change when we begin to change our perceptions.


Most of us don’t experience a cataclysmic transformation. No, for most of us change comes as an evolutionary process of almost imperceptible changes. We just keep nudging ourselves in the right direction, forming one or two better habits.


But what really makes us sit up and take notice? What really causes us to shed our old habits and take action?


Via donhornsby, Jean-Philippe D'HALLUIN, Roy Sheneman, PhD
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Reframe self-perceptions - very powerful!

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donhornsby's curator insight, November 4, 11:44 AM

(From the article): The best definition for “resolve” I’ve ever heard came from a schoolgirl in Foster City, California. Many years ago, I was lecturing about success to a group of bright kids at a junior high school. I asked, “Who can tell me what ‘resolve’ means?” Several hands went up, and I did get some pretty good definitions. But the last was the best. A shy girl from the back of the room got up and said with quiet intensity, “I think resolve means promising yourself you will never give up.” That’s it! That’s the best definition I’ve ever heard: Promise yourself you’ll never give up.

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Job Search: 5 Ways To Turn Your Age Into An Asset

Job Search: 5 Ways To Turn Your Age Into An Asset | Positive futures | Scoop.it

Managing the “age issue” is a matter of perspective during a job search. For older job seekers, the goal is to turn your age from a potential liability into an asset, so recruiters and hiring managers will view you as a seasoned veteran.
As a job seeker, your first commandment is to find the job that fits your experience, career goals, strengths and personal fulfillment. Hiring managers are looking for those kinds of candidates, too. Nowhere in the job requirements is there an age requirement.
But older job seekers are often quick to be discouraged when they’re turned down, assuming it’s because they are too old or overqualified. When rejection happens a lot to someone I know, my first question is: “Are you applying to the right jobs?” You need to be applying for positions that require more experience, instead of trying to shoehorn yourself into a job that can be filled by someone with less.
Here are five ways to turn your age into an asset:
1. Show that you bring not just experience, but wisdom. Most hiring managers know that experience can bring wisdom, but that wisdom isn’t guaranteed. There are plenty of candidates just coasting through their careers, never learning new things, making hard decisions or solving hard challenges.


Via Alexander Crépin
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Wisdom should always be in demand, regardless of age. WE wll get old, but progression to wisdom is less linear.

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I Took The Dirt Road

I Took The Dirt Road | Positive futures | Scoop.it

! always knew what I wanted to do. I knew at 8. And then life intervenes, and I suppose whereas some people find a superhighway, I set out on the same cross country journey but somehow ended up taking the dirt roads. With that said, there have been some great restaurants, some bad restaurants, and plenty of local attractions along the way. I continue to know what I love, and I continue to drive.

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Life lessons from childhood imagineer Jon Steinberg.

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A Self-Talk Gap: Exceptional vs Mediocre Employees

A Self-Talk Gap: Exceptional vs Mediocre Employees | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Having worked as an internal employee in corporate life for nearly twenty years, I’ve hired and worked with some super stars.  It’s no surprise that I’ve also worked with individuals who personified mediocrity.  Since coaching people on strengthening their personal leadership for the past five years, I have spent a lot of time understanding the gap between mediocre employees and exceptional performers as I support people to be and do their best.  Oftentimes, performance is influenced by self-talk as much as real skill gaps.
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Change your belief cycle, change your results.  Great post by .@AlliPolin!

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Empathy: A Handbook for Revolution - Roman Krznaric

Empathy: A Handbook for Revolution - Roman Krznaric | Positive futures | Scoop.it

98% of people have the ability to empathise and step into the shoes of others. But few of us use our full empathic potential.

Roman Krznaric’s new book  shows how we can boost our empathy and use it to improve our relationships, enhance our creativity, rethink our priorities in life, and tackle social problems from everyday prejudice to violent conflicts. Empathy, Krznaric argues, has the power to transform relationships, from the personal to the political, and create fundamental social change.

Through encounters with actors, activists, groundbreaking designers, undercover journalists, nurses, bankers and neuroscientists, Krznaric defines a new breed of adventurer. He sets out the six life-enhancing habits of highly empathic people, whose skills enable them to connect with others in extraordinary ways.

Drawing on over 10 years of research, you will discover how babies can teach empathy, what happens at a ‘human library’, how our empathic brains work and encounter the world’s first Empathy Museum. Krznaric also tackles the big questions: Can we empathise too much? How is empathy different from sympathy or compassion? And can empathy be used to manipulate people?

Krznaric argues our brains are wired for social connection: empathy is at the heart of who we are. It’s an essential, transforming quality we must develop for the 21st Century.


Via Richard Martin
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Being human, we are wired for connection, empathy is at the heart of who we are. #RelationshipCapital @StandardOfTrust @ThomasPower @Jshetty1

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Richard Martin's curator insight, July 22, 5:06 AM

Roman Krznaric has pulled together over a decade's worth of research into his new book on Empathy. Also worth exploring are his book The Wonderbox (aka How Shall We Live?) and his RSA Animate video on Outrospection:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BG46IwVfSu8.

 

How is this relevant to the building cathedrals metaphor? Well, building for the future, for a time and a group of people we might never know, requires a high level of empathy. This is an extract from the Empathy handbook: 'Our ability to empathise through time remains rudimentary, stuck in the earliest stages of psychological evolution. This may be one of humankind’s greatest moral failings. The empathic challenge we face, therefore, is to close this distance as much as possible so that those who are far away from us across space, time and social background are drawn into our circle of caring, enabling us to touch them more easily with our imaginations.'

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10 Behaviors That Could Kill Your Career

10 Behaviors That Could Kill Your Career | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Careers rarely follow a smooth, linear trajectory. If you’re experiencing a stalled or faltering career — and most of us do at some point or another — take a good look in the mirror. Are you guilty of exhibiting any of these common behaviors? These ten career-killing pitfalls can mean the difference between an upward ride and a downward spiral at work. If you recognize your own behaviors here, make it your mission to change them — before you have to. In time, you’re likely to see your career move from a stall to a soar.
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Jack Welch may be controversial, but he makes some great points here about career derailers.

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The Importance Of Human Connections - Interview With Sandy Carter

The Importance Of Human Connections - Interview With Sandy Carter | Positive futures | Scoop.it
I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Sandy Carter from IBM IBM -0.49% on my podcast All The Social Ladies. Sandy is the General Manager for IBM Ecosystems and Social Business Evangelism and has been with the company for many years. Sandy’s early adoption and love for technology positioned her perfectly as a social media evangelist and she has been moving onward and upward in the social media space since it all started for IBM in 2005. Here are Sandy’s insights on a few key areas I wanted to share with you as a woman in business:
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'Fail fast, recover fast' - not a bad dictum!

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10 Things I Learned While Interviewing Tony Robbins About His New Book "Money"

10 Things I Learned While Interviewing Tony Robbins About His New Book "Money" | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Now Tony Robbins has a new book out today. For the first time in 25 years I think.

Bill Clinton is the first blurb on the inside of his book (I ask him about that in his interview: "Why does Bill Clinton even call you? What do you guys talk about?")

So I was really excited to fly down to his house in Florida and interview him a few weeks ago. It was like going down to visit a member of the X-Men.
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Some Tony Robbins secrets.  Love him or hate him, there are some great life tips here!

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This Infographic Teaches You to How to Stop Negative Thoughts - SELF

This Infographic Teaches You to How to Stop Negative Thoughts - SELF | Positive futures | Scoop.it
The most uplifting infographic youll ever read. Bye, negative thoughts!

Via Luis Valdes, Ken Donaldson
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Great ideas to shrink your inner gremlins in one nice picture!

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Ken Donaldson's curator insight, November 18, 12:21 PM

Very good "cheat sheet" for staying on the positive (or at least neutral) side of life...

Anabell Hilarski's curator insight, November 18, 3:13 PM

Awesome Infographic: Teaches You to How to Stop Negative Thoughts - SELF #Psychology #BePositive

Don Sturgill's curator insight, November 20, 2:03 PM

The LIVE Method is simpler, but this is a step towards it.

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Ben Cohen Launches Stand Up To Bullying Day on November 14 in UK

Ben Cohen Launches Stand Up To Bullying Day on November 14 in UK | Positive futures | Scoop.it

Ben Cohen, the man who might be the one single-handedly winning England the Rugby World Cup is using the power of his celebrity to stand up to Bullying with his very foundation and his very own cause. Ben Cohen has firstly become an internationally acclaimed and respected gay icon as he... http://nobullying.com/ben-cohen-launches-stand-up-to-bullying-day-on-november-14-in-uk/


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In honour of anti-bullying Week in the UK.  Join Ben Cohen #BulliesOut

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Do NOT Teach a Starving Man to Fish

Do NOT Teach a Starving Man to Fish | Positive futures | Scoop.it
You've heard this old saying before: give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. You may even be nodding your head in agreement right now. Sorry— this saying is all wrong.

When a person is starving, that's not the time to fill their head with knowledge. The right thing to do is to first give the person a fish - banishing their hunger - and only then teach them to fish.
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Feed a man or teach a man - the first thing is to notice the man...

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Aspiring filmmakers get a kickstart on their teen zombie movie | PBS NewsHour

Aspiring filmmakers get a kickstart on their teen zombie movie | PBS NewsHour | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Sam Suchmann and Mattie Zufelt are best friends. Three years ago, these teenagers with Down syndrome had the idea to make a zombie movie. Now, with help from their supporters, they have raised more than $50,000. The NewsHour's Mike Melia reports on their project and how it reflects a shift toward empowering people with developmental disabilities to express themselves creatively.
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Great story for our times - with determination and support we can all do more than we know!

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The Rules of Engagement Are Changing: 4 Ways You Can Ride the Wave Successfully

The Rules of Engagement Are Changing: 4 Ways You Can Ride the Wave Successfully | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Leaders already know that keeping their teams motivated, engaged and driven to succeed is a demanding task in itself. But in today’s world it’s even harder, because leaders have to keep their people engaged while responding to huge, disruptive changes in how we work and what we care about in the workplace. It’s a big challenge, but the first step to overcoming it is knowing what the changes are. In Hay Group’s new book, Leadership 2030, we’ve identified six “megatrends” that are transforming societies and the global business environment as we know it.
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When You Criticize Someone, You Make It Harder for that Person to Change

When You Criticize Someone, You Make It Harder for that Person to Change | Positive futures | Scoop.it

“If everything worked out perfectly in your life, what would you be doing in ten years?”
Such a question opens us up to fresh possibilities, to reflect on what matters most to us, and even what deep values might guide us through life. This approach gives managers a tool for coaching their teams to get better results.
Contrast that mind-opening query with a conversation about what’s wrong with you, and what you need to do to fix yourself. That line of thinking shuts us down, puts us on the defensive, and narrows our possibilities to rescue operations. Managers should keep this in mind, particularly during performance reviews.
That question about your perfect life in ten years comes from Richard Boyatzis, a professor at the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western, and an old friend and colleague. His recent research on the best approach to coaching has used brain imaging to analyze how coaching affects the brain differently when you focus on dreams instead of failings. These findings have great implications for how to best help someone – or yourself — improve.


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We move with our thoughts, so make those thoughts positive! But feedback still important imho.

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Turning Lemons into Lemonade: Hardiness Helps People Turn Stressful Circumstances into Opportunities

Turning Lemons into Lemonade: Hardiness Helps People Turn Stressful Circumstances into Opportunities | Positive futures | Scoop.it


Why do some people suffer physical and mental breakdowns when faced with overwhelming stress while others seem to thrive? A landmark 12-year longitudinal study by psychologist Salvatore R. Maddi, Ph.D., and colleagues at the University of Chicago involving one of the biggest deregulation and divestiture cases in American history provides some answers.
In 1981 Illinois Bell Telephone (IBT) downsized from 26,000 employees to just over half that many in one year. The remaining employees faced changing job descriptions, company goals and supervisors. One manager reported having 10 different supervisors in one year. Dr. Maddi and his research team were already studying more than 400 supervisors, managers and executives at IBT before the downsizing occurred and they were able to continue following the original study group on a yearly basis until 1987. Results shows that about two-thirds of the employees in the study suffered significant performance, leadership and health declines as the result of the extreme stress from the deregulation and divestiture, including heart attacks, strokes, obesity, depression, substance abuse and poor performance reviews. However, the other one-third actually thrived during the upheaval despite experiencing the same amount of disruption and stressful events as their co-workers. These employees maintained their health, happiness and performance and felt renewed enthusiasm.
What made the two groups so different

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IBT research shows that hardiness  gives people the courage and capability to turn adversity to advantage.

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Dr. Matti's work is fantastic.
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Ten Scientific Reasons Why You’re Feeling Depressed

Ten Scientific Reasons Why You’re Feeling Depressed | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Are you waking up just feeling “blah”?  Like you don’t want to do anything except lie like a couch potato and watch TV, and even that is unsatisfying?  You not only feel low energy, but kind of miserable.  Perhaps you’re mad at yourself for not getting the house cleaned or not getting your work done and papers filed. Perhaps you’re feeling a bit lonely, left out by friends or unsupported by family.  You may dwell on mounting bills or the fact that you’re 10 or 20 pounds overweight.  You may feel aches and pains in your neck or back.  Or you may just may feel grouchy and want to remain undisturbed by life’s demands and conversational opportunities.  You may compare yourself unfavorably to your friend, roommate, cousin, or neighbor, who always seems to be on time, well-groomed, and on track to meet her goals.  We all have those “blah” days, but why do they happen and what can we do about them?
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Great advice here from @DrMelanieG on how to diagnose and beat the blues, and when to seek help.

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Melanie Greenberg's curator insight, November 13, 2:07 AM

Read the latest scientific findings about depression. Is it hormones, the weather, your lifestyle, your thinking, or all of the above?

Melanie Greenberg's curator insight, November 13, 2:09 AM

Depression is definitely a mind-body issue. New scientific findings explain why.

Ziggi Ivan Santini's curator insight, November 13, 3:30 AM

All people struggling with depression should be familiar with these.

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How to Cultivate Trust in Your Work Relationships

How to Cultivate Trust in Your Work Relationships | Positive futures | Scoop.it

Why trust is essential for a team to function effectively.


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Without trust, there is no sustainability in results! #RelationshipCapital @StandardOfTrust

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From Mothers to Daughters: Do As I Say, Not As I Do

From Mothers to Daughters: Do As I Say, Not As I Do | Positive futures | Scoop.it
When I was in my early 30s, I was the mother of a toddler, a very entrepreneurial marketing consultant to Wall Street firms and a wife of a financial services executive. At this age and stage, I felt had decades left for career adventures and accomplishments. I was, I believed, only just beginning.

A woman I met at a big event hosted by my husband’s company did not share my optimism. She, too, was in her early 30s: bright, attractive, overflowing with life—but bone dry in confidence. She told me she had been a successful hospital administrator before she became a mother. At her age, she said, she no longer had any career potential, but she was grooming her daughters to be doctors.
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Why we need to encourage daughters (hint - Dads can do this too)!

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