Defining Success


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  • Interchangeable Terms: From the Webster Dictionary Leadership: The capacity to lead Success: The attainment of wealth, favor or eminence
  • It is unique to each individual The only person that can define wealth, favor and eminence in the context of your own life is you. As Spiritualists and as Women, I believe it is critical for us all to examine these concepts of success and define them. Other things to consider: Where do you have success? Where do you want success?
  • The catch 22: Success and Leadership are intertwined “ If not me, then who?” John Giduck But truly, who wouldn’t want success? Public appeal Recognition Physical representation of that public appeal and recognition. It feels good, because it is good. You should enjoy success and share it with others
  • How do you devise a “personal strategic plan” for personal success? Identify your personal gifts and your personal values
  • Why not use a paradigm that is already familiar?
  • Interactive Exercise on Personal Values Identifying your values can be harder to define. It’s easy to say I have degree “X” to offer the world, but what do I value . In myself, in other people and the world around me. Air: To Know Intelligence Ability to teach Fire: To Will Pursuing interests Overcoming limitations Water: To Dare Self love Passion and dreams Earth: To Share Skill Commitment and responsibility Spirit: To Keep Silent Divine Connection
  • Personal Struggles Financial Abuse Death of a child Limitations What about the plight of the Stay-at-home mom? Does she feel less than because her expertise is in the care of her home and children? Other women must employ others to full-fill these functions Should you feel guilty about delegation of tasks? “ You can’t do it all” “ I Can’t” Is it that you “can’t” or that you “won’t”
  • Personal Activity of Defining Success
  • Defining Success

    1. 1. by Amy Christensen Friday, March 26, 2010
    2. 2. <ul><li>Questions to Consider: </li></ul><ul><li>Are the terms leadership and success </li></ul><ul><li>interchangeable? </li></ul><ul><li>What makes a successful leader? </li></ul><ul><li>In order to be a successful leader, does </li></ul><ul><li>one first have to attain some level of </li></ul><ul><li>success? </li></ul>
    3. 3. <ul><li>Favor </li></ul><ul><li>Eminence </li></ul><ul><li>Wealth </li></ul><ul><li>Public Appeal </li></ul><ul><li>Recognition of Expertise </li></ul><ul><li>A Physical Representation of Public Appeal and Expertise </li></ul>
    4. 4. At some point whether you look at yourself as more of a follower than a leader; you may find yourself in a situation where your experience and personal gifts place you in the role
    5. 5. <ul><li>“ Without a [personal strategic] plan it is impossible to know where you are going or if and when you achieved your goals,” Susan Wilson Solovic </li></ul>
    6. 6. Spirit To Keep Silent Air To Know Fire To Will Water To Dare Earth To Share
    7. 7. <ul><li>Education </li></ul><ul><li>Experience </li></ul><ul><li>Passions and Aspirations </li></ul><ul><li>Skills </li></ul><ul><li>Divine Connection </li></ul>
    8. 9. <ul><li>Set priorities </li></ul><ul><li>Delegation </li></ul><ul><li>Personal struggles </li></ul><ul><li>Self-imposed Limitations </li></ul><ul><li>The GUILT TRAP </li></ul><ul><li>“ I Can’t” </li></ul>
    9. 10. <ul><li>Maybe personal success is most simply defined as learning to value your own unique gifts, taking pride in your own unique experience, and honoring the challenges which have shaped who you have become. </li></ul>
    10. 11. Books Solovic, Susan Wilson. The Girls’ Guide to Power and Success. Broadway, NY: Amacon, 2001. Websites Christensen, Martin K.I. “Guide to Women in Leadership.” World Wide Guide to Women in Leadership. Anne Vaernholt. Website and photographs. 17 February 2003. 23 March 2010. National Women’s History Museum. “Cyber Museum.” National Women’s History Museum (NWHM). Website and Photographs. 2007. NWHM. 23 March 2010.
    11. 12. 1952- HM Elizabeth II of United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and Her other Realms and Territories An American woman named Margaret Abbot born in 1878 in India, won the nine-hole golf tournament with a score of 47. She is now recognized as the first female American Olympian winner. NWHM Suffrage Exhibit Photo Nellie Bly was the penname of Elizabeth Cochrane, a pioneer for women in journalism.  Born in May of 1864 or 1865 In 1889, Jane Addams and her friend, Ellen Gates Starr, founded Hull House, a settlement house, in a large home in Chicago. At the beginning, Hull House offered day care services, libraries, classes, and an employment bureau. Oprah Winfrey A late 19 th -century photograph of Elizabeth Cady Stanton (left) and Susan B. Anthony. Their intellectual and organizational partnership dominated the suffrage movement until their deaths in the early 1900s.