Corporate Ethics

Words to Thrive by…

Posted on December 10, 2012. Filed under: Books, Branding, Business, Career, Civility, Corporate Ethics, Environmental Disasters, Field Guides, Job-Seeking, Life, Manners, Network, Newly-minted Graduates, Pocket-Books, Recruitment, Self-Help, Social Skills | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Story empowers vision.  Vision empowers momentum.  Momentum empowers success.”

– Kathy Corday –

[Guest Speaker, 85 Broads’ Leadership Circle Storytelling Workshop, 6 December 2012]

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Regardless of how you feel on any given day, know that you make a choice about how you face the world.  Know that moments pass, good or bad.  Know that you are the constant in your life, whether alone or paired.  Know that anything you have ever truly wanted to achieve in life, you have.  Know that those things you thought you wanted to achieve in life but did not were of little importance to you.  Know that goals may change.

Your story empowers your vision of your life.  The vision you have of your life empowers your focused momentum.  Your focused momentum empowers your success.  Know this: you are enough.

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What’s Your Story?
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Turning the Page…

Posted on January 12, 2011. Filed under: Books, Branding, Business, Career, Civility, Corporate Ethics, Field Guides, Job-Seeking, Life, Manners, Network, Newly-minted Graduates, Pocket-Books, Recruitment, Self-Help, Social Skills, women |

With every new year comes the opportunity to open a new chapter in your life: a challenge to dream big, work hard, and learn from any setbacks you may experience along the way. Life is an amazing experience if you let it be.  Face your fears, risk doing the thing that you’ve always wanted to do, and try not to take yourself too seriously.  Most of all, be sure to take a moment, now and then, to look back on the trail you have blazed and appreciate just how far you have come.

Happy 2011!  May it be your breakout and breakthrough year!

Be well. Be Yourself.  You are enough!

 

© Kathy Corday and The Networking Field Guide®, 2011. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Kathy Corday and The Networking Field Guide ® with appropriate and specific direction to the original content. http://www.alchemymediagroup.com.

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Welcome to My Inner Circle

Posted on November 11, 2010. Filed under: Branding, Business, Career, Civility, Corporate Ethics, Field Guides, Job-Seeking, Life, Manners, Network, Newly-minted Graduates, Pocket-Books, Recruitment, Self-Help, Social Skills, women |

In life, you stand in the middle of three concentric circles; the better your ability to understand each of these circles, the better your outlook on life.  New to Chicago, I had taken a sales position whereby this concept was described to me.  I share it with you now as a way of paying forward a key piece of knowledge that literally changed my life for the better.

The three circles are as follows:

  • The Innermost Circle…

Circle of Control = YOU

  • The Middle Circle…

Circle of Influence = YOUR ABILITY TO PERSUADE

  • The Outer Circle…

Circle of Serendipity = BEYOND YOUR CONTROL OR INFLUENCE

At the center of the Innermost Circle, the Circle of Control, stands you and you alone.  This circle is all about you: what you think, what you do, and how you feel about what you think and what you do.  These are the only things in life over which you have direct control: your thoughts and your actions.  It is up to you to make the most of yourself here.  You can choose to be the active creator of your life.  Or, you can assume the position of a victim, by blaming others for your failures.  As an active creator, you are accountable and responsible for thoughts and actions, while a victim chooses to make denial a part of his or her everyday experience.  In short, you create the You that the world sees each day by choosing to be the best version of yourself that you can be, and by choosing to do the best that you can do.

Sitting between those things that you control, and those things which are beyond your control is the Middle Circle, the Circle of Influence.  It is here that you may or may not be able to persuade someone to think or act in a manner that would please you.  The old saying, “You can lead a horse to water, but you cannot make him drink,” comes to mind here.  You do not control what others will think, do or say, but you can improve your odds for a positive outcome by considering their feelings and circumstances.  Act in a way that exhibits compassion and grace.  While you may not persuade everyone to go along with your ideas, you are likely to have better interactions both in business and in life.

Finally, the Outer Circle, the Circle of Serendipity.  Here is where life happens while you are making other plans. You can welcome or dread the arrival of these unpredictable events outcomes in your life.  Regardless of how you choose to characterize life’s surprises, there is little sense in worrying yourself over them.  Good or bad, you are on the sidelines when it comes to these situations.  Better to keep moving forward in your life aided by the knowledge that you can control how you choose to react to these events when they arise.

Effective management of your own Circles of Control and Influence seems to greatly increase the likelihood that the majority of unpredictable events that come your way will be positive and benefit you.  The more positive energy you exert, the more compassionate interactions you enjoy with the people in your life, the more gracious you are in accepting disappointments; the more likely you are to be blessed by a welcome surprise delivered at your feet when you find yourself standing in the Circle of Serendipity.

The three Circles of Control, Influence, and Serendipity serve as an easy way to measure the day-to-day circumstances that come your way in life.  Make it a habit to filter the choices and decisions you make using these three circles as guidelines. You will soon discover that the energy once wasted on trying to control and influence those things beyond your control and/or influence is now free to engage in the things over which you do have control and influence.  Your approach to life can be just that simple.

Be well. Be Yourself.  You are enough!

© Kathy Corday and The Networking Field Guide®, 2010. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Kathy Corday and The Networking Field Guide ® with appropriate and specific direction to the original content. http://www.alchemymediagroup.com.

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CHANGE AGENTS: Now Recruiting!

Posted on June 22, 2010. Filed under: Books, Branding, Business, Career, Civility, Corporate Ethics, Environmental Disasters, Field Guides, Job-Seeking, Life, Manners, Network, Newly-minted Graduates, Pocket-Books, Recruitment, Self-Help, Social Skills, Uncategorized, women |

There’s a reason why BP Amoco is ruining the planet: short-sightedness.  It seems epidemic today.  Whether it is a matter of how and where to drill, or a matter of how to handle business relationships, companies seem to be focused on short-term improvements to their bottom line rather than lay the groundwork for long-term rewards.  Is it a lack of ethics?  Is it a sense of entitlement?  Or, is it just poor manners?  While I cannot solve the problems of many of these afflicted companies, I have thrown my hat into the ring to return a bit of civility back to the business world.  My feeling is that now more than ever, our planet needs us to take a good long look at ourselves.

Companies that are sick with short-sightedness are no different than those voted the best by their employees; both types are comprised by the people who run them.  With my new pocket book, The Networking Field Guide®: Essential Social Skills for Business, I have assembled a modern style guide to civility.  Among its pages, I share my own field-tested methods for becoming more effective at making meaningful connections with the people each of us needs in order to succeed.  The book takes the long-term view that our business relationships need to be cultivated long before we need them, then nurtured with honesty, and honored above all.

What ever happened to teamwork? Offering and listening to constructive criticism?  Joining with our colleagues and clients to create the win-win? Job performance and merit increases need to include measurements of open communication and effective teamwork.  Management needs to set an example of good leadership, sportsmanship and ethics from the top down.  It is imperative that the company policy reflect the intolerance for those who throw a blind eye at constructive criticism, those who wantonly abandon a sense of corporate conscience, and who thereby place the company at risk.  Moreover, management needs to reflect a more expansive view of the big picture and commit to a strategy whereby the projected outcomes, be they short-term or long-term, favor a number of interested parties without causing irreparable harm to their competitors or the environment in which they operate.  By looking for the win-win, everyone will come out better in the end.

An admitted optimist, I believe that a better business world is possible.  It can happen.  Change may come one person at a time, but things can change.  We need only make the decision, each and every one of us, that the outlandish selfishness that has brought our world economy to the brink of collapse, that has raised a generation of children convinced of their own entitlement, and that has lead to the pollution of our oceans with millions of gallons of oil can be stopped.  It seems a bit too simple, perhaps, to suggest that my small, little pocket book might be a tool in shoring up the vast leak of personal ethics.  Or, perhaps, it may be just that simple.  The Networking Field Guide®: Essential Social Skills for Business may, in fact, be just enough to start the conversation: a catalyst to better social graces, to more meaningful relationships, and to more well-meaning corporate citizens.  If only one person buys just one book and forges one ethically-sound business relationship as a result of reading it; change can come, if we choose it.

Until the next time, this is your Networking Field Guide® reminding you to be well, be confident, and be yourself.

© Kathy Corday and The Networking Field Guide®, 2010. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Kathy Corday and The Networking Field Guide ® with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

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