Becoming Leaderly

Part of the IYF Guest Bloggers series. Deborah Stephens details five leadership lessons from Charlotte Beers. Cross-posted from Deborah’s blog.

Charlotte Beers broke the glass ceiling before we knew there was one. As former Chairman and CEO of Ogilvy and Mather and appointed by Colin Powell as Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy, Charlotte is one of the most successful women in the world. Admitting that her biggest failure in life has been retirement, Charlotte now spends her time helping women break through barriers, many of which Charlotte believes are self-imposed.  It’s a process she describes as “becoming leaderly.”  Here are five lessons from Charlotte Beers that can help any woman unleash the leader within:

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IYF Speaker Series Update: Author Gina Rudan Visits IYF Clients

Gina Rudan, our IYF author of the month, will be visiting the San Francisco Bay Area, November 9th-12th, 2011, including a stop at IYF client Brocade Communications.

Gina Rudan’s publisher informs us that Oracle Magazine will be running a review of her latest book PRACTICAL GENIUS: The Real Smarts You Need to Get Your Passions and Talents Working for You  (Touchstone Hardcover / Simon & Schuster; October 11, 2011) in the November/December issue and Profit Magazine, Oracle’s quarterly magazine aimed at executives, is doing an interview with her as well.

In her talk at the 2010 TEDGlobal Conference Gina Rudan redefined genius as something we all have, but need to find within.  In her latest book she shows how to tap into the kind of practical, everyday genius that will unleash your full potential and bring fulfillment to both work and life.

Gina redefines genius so that everyone can recognize it within themselves, access it easily, and harness it to transform their lives and careers. It’s about identifying your hard assets (which are your skills, strengths, and expertise), and your soft assets (which are your passions, creative abilities, and values) – and finding the sweet spot where the two meet. That’s where you find your PRACTICAL GENIUS. And that’s how you can merge the self you bring to the office and your authentic self.

In PRACTICAL GENIUS, Gina shows us how in 5 steps:

Step 1. Identify Your Genius: Only You Can Find It

Step 2. Express Your Genius: It’s Time to Tell Your Story

Step 3. Surround Yourself with Genius: You Are Who You Walk With

Step 4. Sustain Your Genius: Find What Fuels You

Step 5. Market Your Genius: Where the Rubber Meets the Road

She has been a guest lecturer, trainer and strategist for organizations including Fannie Mae, Booz Allen Hamilton, BET Network, Interpublic Group, U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Hispana Leadership Institute, Stern School of Business at NYU, and the Endeavor Organization. She is the curator of TEDxMIA and has held executive positions at Fortune 500 companies including Avon Products and PR Newswire. Gina was awarded the 2009 March of Dimes Woman Living to the Fullest Award and was recently selected as one of Poder Magazine’s top “20 Under 40” Hispanics in the U.S. A native New Yorker, she now lives in Miami.

Invent Your Future welcomes Gina to the Bay Area!

Contact us to request information on inviting Gina to speak at your company.