Acknowledging Our Personal Growth Is So Essential For Sense of Self

Since personal evolution is most often a slow and gradual process, it can be difficult to recognize the scope of the changes taking place in our lives. Yet it is important that we regularly acknowledge our ongoing growth and reward ourselves for the many wonderful feats of self-improvement we have accomplished. When we intentionally contemplate our progress, we need never feel that we are languishing between past achievements and the realization of future goals. If we look closely at our lives, we may see that much of what brings us pleasure in the present is representative of the ambitions of our past that we worked so hard to attain. At one time, the abundance we enjoy currently likely seemed like a far-off dream. Now it is simply reality–a reality we created through our diligence, passion, and unflagging determination. Whether our progress is fast or slow, we deserve to congratulate ourselves for our successes. To remind yourself of the insights you have gained with time, temporarily adopt an outsider’s perspective and carefully consider how your life in the present differs from the range of experiences you lived through in the past. Creating a written list, in a journal or otherwise, of those strengths, aptitudes, and inner qualities you now attribute to yourself can help you accept that you are not the same person you were one year ago, five years ago, or 10 years ago. Your attitudes, opinions, and values were likely markedly different, and these differences can be ascribed to your willingness to accept that you still have much to learn. If you have difficulty giving yourself credit for these changes, think about the goals you realized, the lives you touched, the wisdom you acquired, and the level of enlightenment you attained over the past years. Recognizing growth is neither boastful nor immodest. Evolution is a natural fact of life and becomes a potent motivational force when celebrated. Knowing that you are brighter, stronger, and more grounded than you once were, you can look forward to the changes to come. In acknowledging your growth, you build a sturdy foundation upon which you can continue to blossom well into the future....

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Statistics And Individual Feedback Continue To Show How Organizations Need To Support Important Causes

A recent release of Edelman’s annual ‘Trust Barometer’ made for a depressing way to start the year. It gave us proof (as if it were needed) that people have lost faith in the global elite. From global business through to government and media, trust is at an all time low. Seeing as though Edelman is a PR agency, it’s no surprise they know how to cause a stir. The report was timed for release just ahead of The World Economic Forum at Davos. And if anything is a short-hand for the global business and political elite, it’s Davos. But it’s not just Edelman that hoped to get Davos tongues wagging about trust. I too wanted the Trust Barometer to drive conversations amongst the world’s business leaders. Why? Because when a trust deficit leads to a dangerous narcissist ruling the free world and Britain scoring an own goal through Brexit, it’s clear we need to start working out how to claw back that all-important trust. But how can businesses regain respect? For me, the answer is clear. Businesses need to take more of a public stand on environmental and socio-political issues. Although there’s a long-held belief that getting political might alienate part of a customer base, now that we are living in these highly poloarised times, the old orthodoxy of keeping schtum or sitting on the fence simply doesn’t work any more. With the digital revolution came mass transparency. Social media has left businesses with nowhere to hide. This is why the everyday people who sustain businesses are now more interested in how a company acts and thinks, which is why the Trust Barometer itself argues for trust to be regained by companies taking a more of a societal role. Today, businesses must be more than just money-makers Part of that societal role lies in social purpose. It’s become de rigeur for businesses of all shapes and sizes to have a ‘purpose’. But that doesn’t mean it’s a fad. There are some very sound commercial reasons that underpin this shift in global business. On a personal level, I’m a huge believer in the idea that businesses should have a social purpose. It’s one of the fundamentals that shapes my businesses and the way I deal with my clients. But there’s scope to push this notion of businesses assuming a societal role even further. And that’s by getting businesses leaders to come out and take a stance on the world most important issues. From climate crisis to equal rights, 2016 saw the start of business behemoths taking a stand. Smirnoff was brave enough to collaborate with a street artist to build a body of work that championed US immigrants. Bud Light...

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Engage For Good

Such a pleasure to see more cause marketing advertisements during the Super Bowl. Now is a great time for companies to keep the momentum going where millions of eyeballs are glued to: the television. Here are some companies continuing to share their purpose. SoCal Honda Dealers ‘Causejack’ Super Bowl for Charity Airbnb Takes a (Super Bowl) Stand on Acceptance Airbnb’s Super Bowl commercial stressed tolerance and promoted a new hashtag: #weaccept. Following the ad, Airbnb is continuing the conversation on refugees, immigrants and acceptance with a $4mm donation to the International Rescue Committee and encouraging its users to continue to open their homes – and their minds – to people in need. SC Johnson, Conservation International Get People Under the Canopy SC Johnson, the maker of household products like Pledge®, Glade®, OFF!®, and Ziploc®, announced an acre-for-acre matching challenge to help protect the Amazon rainforest. For every $25 donation, SC Johnson will match donations up to 5,000 acres. The acre challenge is part of SC Johnson’s partnership with Conservation International to support the new virtual reality film Under the Canopy, which allows viewers to experience the wonder of the Amazon in 360-degree virtual...

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Technology and Medicine Changing The Way We Live

This is just a short piece to show you how the technology and medical fields are combining forces to help us all live better lives.   I have been in touch with, and freelanced with a lot of people and companies in Denver, one of the cities that is home to some of the hottest tech and medical start-ups in the country.   The city is even being touted as the next Silicon Valley.   The reason I am so interested in Denver’s tech start-up scene is due to the fact that the companies there want to combine business with social impact in a BIG way. Everyone I have met there is only looking ahead, especially those in the digital technology medical space. After working with some folks I decided that I might as well try to create a technology product that would be viable in the health sector.   And guess what, a public relations entrepreneur such as myself was able to do this.  After years of being in PR for world leading PR agencies and Fortune 100 companies, I realized that yes, I also can come up with a product idea and lead a lean team to see if we can get the idea funded.   I have never been on this side of the coin, and to be honest, it is helping me become a better PR entrepreneur. The company I have started is BabyWeConnect, a start-up that will focus on ways to connect an incubator baby with its parents while it is in the neo natal intensive care unit alone in a plastic box.   We have technology today that can be bought off the shelf that will allow parents to connect with their NICU babies 24/7.   This is so critical for both the parents and the baby.  Without connection early on the baby and the families may suffer what is called ACES, adverse childhood experiences. We are in the very beginning stages of forming the company and getting our team put together.   The main point I want to make in this post is that we all can make an impact in one way or another in our lives, in our world, and in the lives of others.   Technology is what the consumer breathes minute by minute.   So take some time to think about how you too may be able to create your own idea that involves health and tech. With the health industry being broken and needing more heart and soul, it would be awesome if you could join the movement in making our world a healthier place for all generations.   We are so connected these days that we...

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Tips From Experts On Jumpstarting Your Social Impact Career

The following quotes are from amazing thought leaders in the social impact sector.   I know this is a long list of quotes from the 2017 Report from EnactImpact.   So much to learn from this report and how we all can make a social impact right now.   If you do not want to read through all of the quotes here is a link to download the e-book.   http://Click here to download your eBook If I Knew Then: Tips from the Experts on Jumpstarting Your Social Impact Career The emerging workforce is focused on impact. More young people than ever are graduating with strong track records of community service and considering the societal impacts of their potential employers. The steady rise in nonprofit work, the increase in startups & social enterprises, and the proliferation of corporate social responsibility & sustainability roles in the private sector are signals of a more enlightened workforce. Impact work isn’t limited to just nonprofits anymore… it’s spanning across the sectors and attracting a variety of professionals. So, we decided to go to the experts — people who have committed their career to positive social, environmental, and economic impact — and asked them one simple question: What is one piece of advice you would give to a nonprofit or social impact professional just starting their career? Put serving your community first, your organization second and yourself third. Our society needs young leaders who are willing to commit to strengthening our communities.  By doing so, you will gain valuable experience and perspective that will benefit you and your career. Brian Gallagher President and CEO, United Way Worldwide Working to create social impact is arguably the biggest gift you can give yourself in life. To work with purpose means to engage not only your mind and body in your career, but your soul too. The days and years fly by when you can create a career that fulfills your soul. This soul engagement thing is important because non-profit and social impact work is a marathon, not a sprint. Make connections and intentionally build your network. Professionals who devote their careers to social impact are a passionate lot, the advantage is typically once they are in the field they don’t leave it – so the contacts you make today will be part of your network for years to come. While cultivating your connections be mindful of what their goals are and how you can connect the dots in your network. It’s a small and very interwoven group, so always take the high road, do your best work, and maintain a sterling reputation. Join and actively participate in associations in the social impact space you are passionate about. Get...

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Purpose is more than a cause. It is a wholesome way of being and operating for any organization.

Been saying this for years and acting ON PURPOSE my entire career as a public relations practitioner. Great article that explains purpose is not a cause, it is a way of operating your business, Arguably it must become the way an organization operates. Although there are some ‘social good’ aspects of demonstrating a higher organizational purpose, it does not come to be simply through annual corporate social responsibility documents. Purpose is truly the secret sauce between financial success, business longevity and ‘doing good’ in society. It even aids employee engagement. When global giant Unilever, for example, shifted course in 2009 and decided to put purpose on par with the need for good profits through its ambitious Sustainable Living Plan, its employee engagement rose from the low 50’s to the high 80’s. But the company also witnessed its market capitalization rise from €63 billion to over €100 billion while its earnings per share grew from 1.16 to almost 2.00. Purpose ought to become the reason a business is in business. Here’s why: If an organization exhibits a high degree of purpose in its mission and objectives—taking a stand to benefit society—there is a very good likelihood that employees will more easily demonstrate purpose in their roles at work, become engaged, while adding to their own personal sense of purpose in life as well. It is no coincidence that the organization, society and the employee greatly benefits when this occurs. Another company that understands the purpose formula is Salesforce.  Chairman and chief executive officer of Salesforce.com, Marc Benioff explained recently at an event held at the company’s headquarters, states, “when we started the company, we actually built giving back into the start-up process. We said from the very beginning we are going to create a company based on three things. Number one, software delivered over the Internet—basically unheard of in 1999. Number two, a new business model, which was buy software on a subscription basis— again, unheard of at that time. The third was a new philanthropic model—which is to bake it into your company as you begin your start-up process I started when the company was 50 people big and we’re now 20,000 employees globally. I think what we’ve learned is that it creates a great company of high performers.” Again, before a company starts to run its business, or an individual entrepreneur is ready to launch a product he or she believes will change the world, they need to have a purpose, a why, and a passion that drives them to make a difference in the world with cause and effect.   Life and work is all about purpose. Purpose...

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